Category Archives: holiday

Bridget Jones’s Baby ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿ˜„

What joy I had going to see this film tonight! ๐Ÿ˜„

I wanted to see it sooooo much – and Jeff didn’t want to see it sooooo much – I decided whilst he was away working it would be an ideal time! ย Plus I rather value my marriage and Jeff had said making him watch this was testing his love for me too much! ๐Ÿ˜„

Anyway off I trotted to the Cinema – Bridget Jones is probably the only film you can confidently sashay into the cinema and proudly ask for a single ticket! ย I picked my seat – on the back row folks – Go Me! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ I was all alone until another female singleton sat one seat away from me. ย I turned to her and said “Folk will think we’re a couple who’ve had a row” ๐Ÿ˜„ ย She joined in the fun and moved 3 rows in front – just to keep up the charade …….. ๐Ÿ˜œ

So there I was – sat snugly between two couples – I was enjoying my popcorn and happily grabbing handfuls – and then I remembered – I hadn’t bought any – but I don’t think they minded sharing ………. ๐Ÿ˜œ

Now the film! ย Oh what a little nugget of pleasure it was! ย I howled with laughter and then wept like a baby! ย It was bloody marvellous and I loved this film! โค๏ธ

I did miss my Jeff though – especially when I left the cinema and couldn’t remember what parking bay I had left the car in ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜œ


Getting old! ๐Ÿ˜ณ

I just came back from food shopping. ย There was a time when, if two young men stood close to me at the checkout I used to think they were flirting with me – now I assume they are going to mug me and steal my purse!

I’ve turned into a suspicious old woman, clutching my handbag and scowling at anyone who looks young enough to be my offspring! ๐Ÿ˜ณ

On the brighter side I’m on a mini hollibob again – 5 glorious days off whilst Jeff is working in France – 5 glorious days of clearing out cupboards, washing, ironing, cleaning and doing all those shitty jobs I don’t have time to do normally ๐Ÿ˜ณ ย I’m also going to overdose on Orange is the New Black!

Have a good week folks! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Back to School ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

Nope I’m not happy. ย I love the holiday’s and always feel a sense of loss when they return ………….

No, not for them – a sense of loss for ME! ย No more coming home from a nightshift and straight into bed – no more lazy mornings, not worrying about pack lunches, school uniforms, homework and school runs ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

Third born started Secondary School this morning. ย This can’t be right, she’s too small and still just a baby ๐Ÿ˜ณ ย She was so lovely this morning, hugging and kissing me, but I know by next week she will begin the “secondary school attitude” of being sassy, wanting to wear makeup to school and generally giving it large ๐Ÿ˜ณ

I hope she’s having a good day. ย I’m missing her – it was her turn to do the ironing …………. ๐Ÿ˜œ


Seaside and donkeys ๐Ÿ˜œ

Not quite a Donkey – but close! ๐Ÿ˜„

The Gardiner Family have returned from their trip to the seaside ๐Ÿ˜„

Isn’t it amazing how two days away is all it takes to restore you to a peaceful, relaxed state! ย The weather was beautiful and to just lie on a sandy beach, listening to the waves and the seagulls calling was bliss ๐Ÿ˜

I’m making that all up ๐Ÿ˜„ “relaxed and peaceful” doesn’t go arm in arm with a long car journey to the coast with the girls in the back of the car! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ ย The weather was lovely though and we all got a little tan – me on my ears and half my neck – Jeff on one calf and third born a small patch on her chest – fourth born was spared!

Of course it wouldn’t be a “Gardiner Holiday” without some hiccups ๐Ÿ˜œ ย Fourth born getting her hair caught in the “high performance” hand drier and having to be physically extracted was an experience as was the ยฃ70 parking ticket Jeff collected for not conforming to the parking regulations ๐Ÿ˜„

As always my children keep me entertained with their constant questioning about various things and their complete “We haven’t got a clue what you’re talking about Mom” ๐Ÿ˜œ

On the last day I said I wanted to visit a Donkey Sanctuary.

“What do you want to do that for” asked third born in horror “All the donkeys will be dead!” ๐Ÿ˜•

“Of course they won’t” I replied “they may be old but a Sanctuary is where they are looked after and cared for!”

“Oh – I thought you said Cemetery – not Sanctuary!” ๐Ÿ˜•

We didn’t go after all – the moment was lost …….. ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„



Happy Hollibobs ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

I’m now on my Hollibobs – a whole week off from work ๐Ÿ˜ƒ A whole week off to do all those shitty jobs you don’t have time to do normally!

I went shopping for Arowyn’s birthday this morning and the store assistant asked if I was interested in buying some oven cleaner they were promoting ๐Ÿ˜ณ How the fuck did she know?????? ย Of course I laughed and laughed and snorted my “no thanks!” ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

We are hoping to go to the seaside for a few days next week. ย After the last two years of me being in charge of booking us “cheap” mini breaks – Jeff has forbidden me to book anything again ๐Ÿ˜œ

Last year I booked us into Pontins Holiday Camp. ย I hadn’t been to a holiday camp since I was a child and I’m pretty sure we stayed in exactly the same chalet, the same, undated, undecorated, grubby chalet. ย We had to sleep with one leg on the floor to stop the faux leather pull out bed from wobbling. ย The club-house was like a scene from the Jeremy Kyle show – infact we nearly had to appear on the Jeremy Kyle Show on our return as Jeff threatened to leave me for putting him through such trauma ๐Ÿ˜œ I personally thought it was great fun and the icing on the cake was the pool being closed – due to a child having a poo in it! ย Now I know this is what happens I intend to poo in every pool I go to so I don’t have to take the girls swimming! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

The year before that was a cheap hotel in Bournemouth. ย Anyone remember Faulty Towers? ย An overflowing shower, a broken toilet seat and us in the middle of a group of rowdy young men enjoying a Stag Do – actually I rather enjoyed that bit! ๐Ÿ˜œ

Anyway Jeff is in charge of sorting out our holiday – he hasn’t actually booked anywhere yet – so we’re probably going to be sleeping in the car! ๐Ÿ˜ณ

Anyway happy Hollibobs to me – can’t wait! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€


I was looking through some holiday photos of when we were on our honeymoon in South Africa. ย Jeff convinced me to go down some massive caves on a tour. ย It was beautiful down there – for a short time ………..

We were with a guide, a whole group of us. ย We had to crawl in the smallest tunnels and gaps – and when you know there are folk behind you, you have no choice to continue through the caves and tunnels – hyperventilating!


This was me climbing out at the end – I stood on a small child’s head to get out first ๐Ÿ˜œ


Happy Valentine’s Day ๐Ÿ˜


Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone, loving someone โค๏ธ

Be it wife, husband, partner, lover, child or precious pet โค๏ธ

The love is overflowing in the household – 4th born has delivered her gift to her Valentine – which consisted of a letter telling him he was her “best boy” unlike the last one who didn’t make her happy like this one ๐Ÿ˜„ she also included one of 1st borns Lynx body sprays, which he’s not happy about and said that’s why he can’t get a Valentine of his own ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„

3rd born couldn’t give a stuff – she don’t need no man to buy her chocolates, she’ll buy them herself – thank you – that’s my girl ๐Ÿ˜„

Jeffrey has made me a pizza – to suck on – due to dodgy tooth situation – he’s also fitted new fire alarms as a token of his love ๐Ÿ˜

Have a lovely day folks xx