Category Archives: Just practising

It’s all about the food

8 weeks until D-day and this is the position:

23 completed
12 ongoing/planned
4 changes 
11 still to do 

I have not actually got any ticks this week but I thought I would inspire myself by moving two of my still to do into my planned category. I have to say I am so excited about these and they are going to happen at the weekend.

The first one is challenge no 42 – at Easter, make an Easter showstopper with daughter. For this, we have purchased a new bit of bakeware. It was a bit pricey but I do intend to use it a lot. Here is the beauty.

Cake tins for Easter Showstopper

I can’t promise a showstopper as seen on the Great British Bake Off but it will still be amazing.

Easter Sunday will see me abandoning the usual roast and attempting challenge no 7 – cook a three course meal consisting of three dishes which belong to three different cultures. There were rules:


I will reveal all later but this little beauty will be brought out again.

I have warned the family that the three courses might come out over the course of the day and they might not turn out perfect! Jordan did say that there is nothing to say it has to be perfect. We will have the cake to fall back on.

I am still busily stitching away and also took part in a 3 hour zumbathon for charity with Kathryn at the weekend. This certainly was good practice for the 10k run will be doing in June. It was also longer in time than my 10 mile run!

On our way to zumbathon – happy then!
Tonight’s update

Next week there will be more ticks!

A Town Called………Arundel

Challenge no 22 is to visit somewhere in England that I have never been before. I do have 2 ideas for this one; the first one a beautiful little place the train has stopped at whilst travelling to Cardiff; the second one, which I plan to visit with Chris is to have a bit of a “fan girl” experience. I would hasten to add that I would never have thought to visit if my idol had still been alive. I will share the place and experience once ticked off.

Chris and I did actually practice visiting a town I had not visited for sometime last Sunday. Funnily enough, Chris had been on a train back from London when he noticed Arundel castle looking splendid on the landscape. He thought it might make a nice change to take a journey by train there. Investigations found that the castle is closed on Sundays in March and the train journey would have been over an hour long due to a lengthy stop for a change in Barnham. I am sure Barnham is a lovely place to live but after Karen and I found ourselves waiting there for over an hour in July, I have a phobia of the place. Despite all this and a wet looking weather forecast, we decided we would drive to Arundel to explore the town.

We planned to have a late breakfast once there and we were delighted to see as we drove through the pretty town, lots (and I really do mean lots) of little cafes where we could satisfy our hunger. We parked opposite the closed castle and walked along by the Wey and Arun canal, a place I do plan to go back to in the summer. Chris had then insisted his stomach needed food so we went to find a place to eat. We chose a very busy little cafe on the corner called The Tudor Rose and enjoyed a very nice sausage bap and a delicious latte. Whilst we were sat in there, there was a downpour of rain so maybe Chris’s stomach is connected to the weather forecast.

One of the many cafes
Canal I plan to visit in the summer months

The sun reappeared to allow us to explore the shops. We turned into Tarrant Street and I was delighted to find some wonderful quirky shops. I did manage to resist buying a pair of sandals but did buy a present for a friend from an amazing clothes shop called Fanny Adams and some small tins of paint to help me with challenge no 43 – Upcycle/DIY something from a charity shop. Again that shop, Arundel Interiors, is delightful to look around. We also bought some tea in the Tea and Biscuit Club. The assistant let us smell all the different varieties before we made our purchase.

Before we got caught in another downpour, we did find a lovely little garden to admire, and in my case, nearly fall flat on my face. It was looking over the canal and would certainly be lovely to visit in the summer.

Mind the steps!

After a cup of tea and cake from another of the little cafes (it would be lovely to try them all), we wondered around finding more attractions the town had to offer including the Lido which I would imagine is a popular venue in the summer months.

We had a delightful time in Arundel and plan to visit again soon to hopefully explore the castle, enjoy a boat trip and buy lots of presents from the unique shops. Might return to Fanny Adams and buy myself that outfit I still need to buy.

One More Try

This year (my 50th) is bringing me 50 challenges to try to tick off. It is tough but I realised the other day that I can use some to my advantage. I have bought myself some flowers and found that I love that experience so regularly do that. I also try and buy friends and family some every now and then – it brightens their day too. I will certainly buy myself another shade of lipstick. Certainly like that now.


One I still have to tick is bake a cake I never have tried before. I am practising this regularly by trying new cakes and techniques. I do know the cake I have in mind to make for this but it is fun and tasty trying new cakes.

This is the challenge that I will have to have one more try (and maybe another one or two) before I am quite happy.

Challenge 15 – go and pick yourself out a new outfit.

I did actually plan to do this one for Christmas but after feeling groggy last Friday with a cold, I decided that I needed a bit cheering up. Normally I buy from Next but I thought the George selection in Asda looked very appealing and I wanted a short skirt. Needing to wake up, I took a walk to our local store but ended up being so disappointed because I could not match anything. I had an idea what I wanted and they needed to go with these lovely shoes bought for me by Chris.


Armed with Freddo chocolate bars, I marched home, made a coffee and along with the tissues, I opened up the faithful Next catalogue which had sat unopened for two weeks. Could not find the sort of thing I wanted. I was on a mission though and soon found what I wanted online at Dorothy Perkins along with a 25% discount. This meant I could go with two tops with the skirt!

I was so excited when it arrived. I had a bit of a worry – should a fifty year old really wear shorter skirts but I planned to dress it up with woolly tights and with short legs would it matter. Should I really care?!


I was delighted with it and paraded round with it. It turned out I was being quite fashionable because Jordan said all the girls in his office wore that sort of thing (okay they were probably 25 years younger than me) but he did assure me it looked nice. Hopefully he means it and will take his old mum out in it sometime!


Anyway this will be a fantastic challenge when I complete it but I will give it one more try to find the perfect outfit so I can tick the box -well maybe two or three more tries!