About us

We are a hard working, family of eight. Swimming in the sea when we aren't busy on our small holding. Daddy dragon has to work away a lot, so this blog is to let him keep up with our adventures at home.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

True story

So, after putting up new window blinds, I made a classic mistake.

I left the ladder out.

It was stormy, 60mph winds, I didn't want to carry the big ladder out to the garage.

Big mistake.

Two little boys, I'm assuming, climbed the ladder.

 I didn't see them.

I was downstairs, baking with girl hatchlings.

I went up stairs to check on them. 

They were awfully quiet.

And my mama senses were screaming.

Somehow, they had opened the giant roof window. 

And two boys were not to be seen.

Train tracks, and match box cars were accross the floor, and I could hear the sound of two excited boys, coming from the roof.

I think I lost one of my nine lives, right there.

I don't have nine lives you say?

Yeah, I know, I lost at least one, possibly three.

The winds were blowing gales.

And I have two little boys on the roof.

So, I did the only logical thing. 

I shouted,

'Ice cream!!! Mama has rainbow ice creams for every one!'

These boys, they love those rainbow fruit lollies.

Love them!

I went downstairs, and outside to check if I could see them.

The roof was empty. 

But the car has had a battering.

It seems they were pitching cars and trains atop the car parked in the drive.

From two stories up.

Surprisingly, successfully, their aim was good. 

8 trains on the car, only 2 on the ground.

In gale winds!

Anyways, I went back into the house, where two eager boys were shouting, 

'Ice cream!!!'

 I took that ladder, and put it away in the garage. Then I dug to the bottom of the chest freezer for rainbow ice lollies.

Life savers they are.

I shall have to buy more, just in case.

And I'm now researching velux window locks...

Any suggestions?

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Velux windows complete

Earlier, I posted about our windows which needed tlc.

This is the outcome, of hours of sanding, painting and some brand new blinds.

I am incredibly happy with the results.

Now that the windows are looking bright, it makes the whole room look grubby and in need of new paint.

This house maintenance thing is like a hydra! 

Anyways, that is what we've been up too.

Happy windows!

Missing Daddy

This little girl wants you to know, she misses you.

She looked out into the tail end of hurricane Gonzolo and said, "I sure would love to go fishing with Daddy, even in this weather.'

Maybe there might be a calm day in December, just maybe. 

Sunday, 19 October 2014

My thought for the day

Where did the weekend go?

It truly does not feel like we have had a weekend.

It whooshed by and has left us all bone tired.

This weekend has mostly bee spent, decluttering, reorgansing, and changing up rooms.

You know that kind of, we are going to re do the whole room type project.

We did a couple of rooms this weekend, and those rooms look great.

Though it still begs the question, why do we have so much junk?

Two years of me being determined to de - clutter, and we still seem to have oodles of everything.

Anyways, it has been a good and productive, all be it exhausting weekend.

The girls all have new beds, new chests of drawers, and the boys room new storage. 

The pantry is cleaned out and organised, the hallway closet cleaned out, and the utility room sorted.

On top of cleaning ou the terrapin tank, hedgehogs, guinea pigs, rabbits... 

I could go on, but it would bore you to tears and leve you as tired as I am.

I did find time to put a final coat of paint on the windows too, hence I hope to post pictures this week once I have installed out snazzy new velux blinds.

I hope your weekend has been a good one.

Thursday, 16 October 2014


Best ever swookies (sweets + cookies) 
So, you take 200g butter, 2 eggs, and blend with 200g brown sugar, and a 1tbs vanilla bean paste. Then mix in 200g plain flour. 
Then chop minimum of four chocolate bars, tonight we added 1 kitkat, 1 share bag of rolos, 2 tubes of smarties, a lindt hazelnut bar. All chopped. Mix in chocolate chunks, then mix in another 75g plain four. Bake at 190. Happiness.

4am work day starts

This is what the baby does while mama works.

At 4am.

I'm just being honest.

Because mothers put on a pretty exterior and pretend every thing is done by the book.

I write books,

and this is what she does while I am busy writing,

at 4am. 

It will all work out in the end.

If you have an early riser, my best advice is to stop fighting it, and just roll with what life throws at you.

Besides, if you are not awake, you miss things, like this.

Good morning. 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Kirkwall harbour

(photo taken by Beth Davies)

And my quote for the day:

The size of your problems are nothing compared with your ability to solve them. Don't overestimate your problems, and underestimate yourself.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Missed it

I caught the sun coming up the other day, but despite being wide awake, I missed last night's merry dancers.

For future reference, and for anyone who is interested, here is a great resource:

Sunday, 12 October 2014

3am conversations

Some funny conversations happen at 3am.

Last night the two year old hatchling, he woke over and over and over.

Delirious with exhaustion, but certain he would be eaten by monsters.

So tired was he, that he would shout, 'Help ma - moo - meeee! Mine oysters are gonna get meee!'

His slurred speech is very unusual, as this hatchling has particularly clear diction.

Hence, it was my mistake when I tried to talk to him.

Distract his him from his worries.

The conversation flitted from trains, to dinosaurs, and back.

Before resting on Halloween, which as it turns out, was part of his growing concerns about monsters.

I told him he didn't have to dress up.

His sisters are going as 70's disco dancers.

By choice. (Just saying.)

I digress.

This little hatchling became very firm in his tone of voice.

'I have halloween costume too.'

'Okay, who do you want to be for halloween?' I asked, fully expecting Thomas, Percy, or James.

' I be Jack Nicholson and I gonna fight batman and win!'


Right then.

A moment later, after having been lost in thought, Hatchling no5 turned to me grinning, rubbing his hands together, and whispers, 'Jack Nicholson be scary. He even scare Batman!'

Well, it would seem he actually has some idea who he is talking about too!

Oh dear, I'm am quite uncertain how I am going to explain this one to the neighbours.