Entrance Hall Tidy Up

We have two entrances at the front of our house, and the one everybody uses the most is currently a utility room/hallway/storage area type room, which by its very nature seems to be constantly a dumping ground, and is never clean and tidy.

I’ve been meaning to sort it out for ages, and this weekend, I finally tackled it, so I thought I’d show you a quick before and after of one area of it.

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And afterwards ….

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A quick tidy up, removal of the nasty plastic drawer unit, and the addition of a new wicker trunk to house all the shoes, and it looked a whole lot better.

The trunk is the larger of a set of two, from Matalan, which cost £60 for the pair.

It’s a manic week here again: I’ve packed a week’s worth of work into the first two days of this week, as I’m off to Bournemouth to see my parents again tomorrow for a couple of days.

Dad has another appointment with the consultant on Thursday evening to see how he is progressing (not great at all, though there has been some improvement) and hopefully to get a treatment plan going forward, which I’m attending with him and Mum.

I’ll be back on Friday, which is the last day of school. I cannot BELIEVE the Easter Hols are here already!

Vlog: Sunday Car Booty #3

Sorry, I know it’s two videos in a row, but I just wanted to share this morning’s bargain purchases with you – I promise we’ll be back to written posts again this coming week!

Going to the boot sale on a Sunday morning makes me happy – there’s always a nice atmosphere, people are chatty and interesting and it’s just a general good vibe.  I drove all the way home with a smile on my face and feeling generally uplifted this morning. Even getting up at silly o’clock is easy when the mornings are getting lighter and warmer.  Hooray for Sunday Car Booty, I say!

Have a happy Sunday, everybody!

Recipe: Tasty Pork Pad Thai (And This Week’s Menu Plan)

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Ok, so this isn’t the most attractive photo in the world, but as it’s the only one I’ve got, I had to run with it.  You’ll just have to trust me when I say that the meal tastes an AWFUL lot better than my photo would have you believe!

I love cooking with minced meat on weekdays, as it’s so quick and easy, and this meal can literally be on the table within 15 minutes – it’s so easy.


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  • Noodles – I used straight to wok ones this time, but I actually think the dried ones work far better in this particular recipe.
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tbsp chilli sauce
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 500g minced pork
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 med onion
  • Veg – whatever you like or have to hand
  • 1/2 bunch coriander


1.   Prepare the sauce: mix together oyster sauce, fish sauce, chilli sauce and lime juice.

2.  Heat oil in wok or frying pan, add garlic and pork and fry until pork is cooked through.  Crack the egg into the centre of the pan and stir into pork as it cooks and sets.

3.   Add onion and other veg, and continue to stir for 3 to 5 mins until softened.  Add the noodles to the pan (if you’re using dried ones, they’ll need to be soaked/cooked first!) along with the prepared sauce.  Mix well, ensure everything is heated through, then serve, dressed with chopped coriander and a wedge of lime, if you like.

Well worth a try, particularly if you like Thai flavours.  Yum.

This week’s menu plan is looking like this:

Monday: Slow cooker minestrone soup with bread and cheese

Tuesday: Jacket potatoes with various toppings – tuna and salad for me no doubt, while the boys’ll want ham, cheese and baked beans.

Wednesday: MIL over for belated Mother’s Day meal.  Thai Chicken risotto vaguely based on this recipe.

Thursday: Gammon, potato croquettes and baked beans.

Friday: Salmon, new potatoes and veg.

No idea about the weekend yet – it seems like too far away to think about at the moment!

Sunday Car Booty & A Quick Update

First of all, thank you so much to everybody for all the lovely comments on my post about my Dad last week.  I know my mum read them all as well and was very touched by all your good wishes.  So, thank you – it really is appreciated.

Unfortunately, although the treatment he had has gone some way towards improving the situation, my father is still on some heavy duty pain relief, is unable to walk very far at all and is still in substantial pain at times.    He has a further appointment with the consultant a week on Thursday, and I’m going back to Bournemouth to spend another few days with them and take them to the hospital for the appointment.  I do think the best option is going to be surgery, but I get the impression that the consultant would rather continue with less invasive procedures at the moment.  We shall see.

On another note, my back problems have gone away, thank goodness.  I’m almost 100% confident now that it was stress related, particularly as a friend emailed me and said her husband suffers from the same thing.  Stress is a funny old thing, isn’t it?

The last week has gone in something of a blur.  I’ve been extremely for some reason tired and sleeping 10 hours a night some nights.  Eating all the wrong things, too.  Hmmmph.

This coming week looks to be a busy one, as I need to pack a lot in as I’m going to be away the following week.  Today I was up with the lark, wide awake at 6 am (does anybody else have a body clock that makes them fall asleep by 9pm but wide awake before it’s even light?  I know I’m a morning person, but it’s getting ridiculous!).

So I went to the boot sale first thing – it was rubbish (probably because it’s Mother’s Day), and I only managed to buy two things.  Unheard of!


Brand new pack of Winnie the Pooh removable wall stickers, which I paid £1.50 for, and a pretty Monsoon summer top for £1.  At one point I thought I was going to come home empty-handed!

I’ve just done my menu plan for the week, written a shopping list, and planned my blog posts.  I’m now off to write the mother of all To Do Lists, so I can hit the ground running tomorrow morning.

Hope you’ve all had a good weekend, and wishing you a fabulous week to come x

When Real Life Gets In the Way ….

Monday again.  It seems like a century has passed since last Monday.
My father has been really poorly and is still not better.  We are waiting to see if his treatment has worked.
I’ve been in Bournemouth with my parents since Friday, but am going home today as I have work this evening.  It’s been a fraught, distressing and wearing time, and I’m worried about my poor Mum as well – she has been sick with worry about my Dad, who isn’t the best patient in the world.
Trying times.
I also have a pretty painful back which has been getting steadily worse for nearly a week.  Maybe stress related?
Anyway, the purpose of this post was not a ‘poor me’ rant, it was just a quick pop in to explain why I haven’t been blogging, and that I will be taking a little break for the next few days because I’m busy with that pesky ‘real life’ thing!
Back soon xx