Category Archives: holiday

Bridget Jones’s Baby πŸ‘ΆπŸ˜„

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

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! Β Plus I rather value my marriage and Jeff had said making him watch this was testing his love for me too much! πŸ˜„

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! Β I picked my seat – on the back row folks – Go Me! πŸ˜ƒ I was all alone until another female singleton sat one seat away from me. Β I turned to her and said “Folk will think we’re a couple who’ve had a row” πŸ˜„ Β She joined in the fun and moved 3 rows in front – just to keep up the charade …….. 😜

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 ………. 😜

Now the film!  Oh what a little nugget of pleasure it was!  I howled with laughter and then wept like a baby!  It was bloody marvellous and I loved this film! ❀️

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 😜😜


Getting old! 😳

I just came back from food shopping. Β 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! 😳

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 😳 Β I’m also going to overdose on Orange is the New Black!

Have a good week folks! πŸ˜ƒ

Back to School πŸ˜₯

Nope I’m not happy. Β 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! Β 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 πŸ˜₯

Third born started Secondary School this morning. Β This can’t be right, she’s too small and still just a baby 😳 Β 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 😳

I hope she’s having a good day. Β I’m missing her – it was her turn to do the ironing …………. 😜


Seaside and donkeys πŸ˜œ

Not quite a Donkey – but close! πŸ˜„

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

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

I’m making that all up πŸ˜„ “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! πŸ˜ƒ Β 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 😜 Β Fourth born getting her hair caught in the “high performance” hand drier and having to be physically extracted was an experience as was the Β£70 parking ticket Jeff collected for not conforming to the parking regulations πŸ˜„

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” 😜

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!” πŸ˜•

“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!” πŸ˜•

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



Happy Hollibobs πŸ˜ƒ

I’m now on my Hollibobs – a whole week off from work πŸ˜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 😳 How the fuck did she know?????? Β Of course I laughed and laughed and snorted my “no thanks!” πŸ˜ƒ

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

Last year I booked us into Pontins Holiday Camp. Β 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. Β We had to sleep with one leg on the floor to stop the faux leather pull out bed from wobbling. Β 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 😜 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! Β 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! πŸ˜ƒ

The year before that was a cheap hotel in Bournemouth. Β Anyone remember Faulty Towers? Β 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! 😜

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! 😳

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


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

We were with a guide, a whole group of us. Β 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 😜


Happy Valentine’s Day πŸ˜


Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone, loving someone ❀️

Be it wife, husband, partner, lover, child or precious pet ❀️

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 πŸ˜„ 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 πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

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 πŸ˜„

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 😍

Have a lovely day folks xx