sweet nothings

Sticking to diets, exercising regularly, being organised, remembering basic things (like really really basic things…my child’s lunch box for example), being professional at all times, keeping composed under stress without freaking out and general ‘Super Woman’ type behaviour has never been a strong point for me – I know I’m not alone with this, my weaknesses are normal….right?

So lets throw in a Christian Festival called Lent. I’m not massively religious, (I went to a Catholic School…of course I’m not), but thought I’d join in this year and renounce a luxury that would help both  my health and ‘Spring Clean’ me, (apparently this is part of the whole Lent experience). So we’re 4 days into celebrations…I haven’t started yet!

Better late than never is what I say…so I’m sacrificing sugar…and wine! This is going to be hard, as I have one spoon of sugar for my first two coffees of the day, I sweeten my porridge and have half a spoon of sugar for each of my 4 other cups of tea for the rest of the day, and I’m renown for drinking wine…and lots of it!

I’ve posted this to the *cough* millions of blog followers…stop laughing – so that I can spur myself on and hopefully hear back from others who will also be enduring the Lent pain. So far I know of a friend who has quit chocolate, but taken up shortbread…another has stopped her white wine intake but not her red (!)…Please let me know if you are strong Lent Abstainers…we can do this…we can!! x

Rewind Festival – the 80’s never sounded so good

Again, it’s been a while since settling down and composing my recent happenings, I put this down to lack of motivation / summer hangovers / certain friends and family / eating too much / bloggers block / mental block / motivation block / general blockage / awholelotta holidays / general fun / festivals / that type of thing.

I’ll start with another festival which I can HIGHLY recommend if any of you have a guilty pleasure for Howard Jones, Hugh & Cry, ABC, Bananarama, Billy Ocean, Bucks Fizz, etc – I SWOONED on arrival at the Rewind Festival in Henley on Thames last month. Although I was hugely into clubbing and the dance scene from late 80’s onwards, I still had a lot of love for those I’ve just mentioned, (especially for Hugh & Cry).

Clearly the best bits of Rewind were the fancy dress, (funniest moments of this was someone dressed as Vivienne from the Young Ones doing his pervy laugh and snorting…oh and Chewbacca with a Storm Trooper, clearly pics of this HAD to be taken), along with a whole HOST of Madonnas, bad fleurescent numbers and silly wigs. The atmosphere, (it was just a happy 80’s vibe minus the youth!!)..oh and the music. Billy Ocean stormed the stage and had the whole field in a frenzy – even our very small children were getting ‘down’ to his Caribbean Queen and Get Outta My Car!

Things we learned not to do again? Forget the kids, it’s not for them! Just drink the Pimms and stock up on this one drink, as much as you and friends can hold – we were stuck in a que for the most expensive miniatures of the most goddawful wine (Black Tower no less…eeewww – my taste for alcohol since the 80’s has improved, this stuff was an insult)! Make sure you fail to listen to certain friend’s optimistic weather forecasts the day before the event and wear wellies and waterproofs – if you must wear sandals, ensure a pair of Havaiana’s are at hand for when the weather cheers up. We only live down the road, so our saturatedness was short lived!

This event was definitely for those who LOVED the 80’s, who LIVED in the 80’s or for the younger ones who just APPRECIATE the 80’s (and were probably conceived during that decade) – hopefully I’ll see you there next year for some lycra and batwing fun, (although I may wear a vintage mini crini and go all Sarah Stockbridge on you) xx

festival funshine…

OH WOW…Camp Bestival…what a fun time. Hubby, myself, Lady I and Lady P all made our way down to the beautiful Lullworth Castle in  Dorset with our friend Steve and Little Lady S – we were too late to book Camping Plus, so we had to make do with a Yurt…ahhh, poor you I hear you say…I know, I mean, we didn’t have the joy of putting up an enormous tent or have too far to walk or anything!! Which is why we helped Steve with hers, (you see, I’m not THAT shallow….well maybe a bit, and to be honest I was drinking wine while hubby and Steve put the tent up, but I did make sure they had wine too!)

This is the first time we have ever camped with the girls or been to a festival with them, so clearly we were a little scared, we like our little luxuries, and the thought of smelly loos, washing my face in public, leaving my hair to go wild, and other such horrors brought fear to my heart. But it’s a festival…so I got over it! We bought a Radio Flyer trailor, which was a godsend – I highly recommend trolleys for festivals, they are literally beds on wheels – although I was starting to worry that the girls would lose use of their legs after the weekend, as it seemed we had been pulling them around endlessly.

The festival was a total success, TONS to do, or not to do if we wished; we saw Mr Tumble, The Zingzillas, Fiona & Shrek, drank lots of Pimms, had lots of facepaints, false feather eyelashes, went down the helta skelta quite a few times, bumped into lots of fellow festival friends from home, drank more, watched House of Pain, Mark Ronson and Groove Armada, watched some seriously scary scateboarding, heard Blondie but missed Primal Scream….as we were too festivalled out by the end of it all and left Sunday evening! I was sad not to bump into a few people, but mobile phones are pretty useless in these situations and messages were delayed so utterly pointless – organisation is key if you want to see friends, and you have to do it the old fashioned method, say where you’re going to meet up and meet at the time arranged…simple.

I absolutely recommend Camp Bestival to anyone who has kiddies, it’s full on, but too much fun not to.