Something big happened today!

The “Royal baby” – a boy, as yet unnamed – was born this afternoon, on the hottest day for 7 years. I’m fairly sure the Press will make something of that.

I have been so excited about this Baby – not in an unhealthy way, but in an “I love that we have a Monarchy and think that William and Kate are great for Britain” kind of way.

I’ve already seen tweets from people getting annoyed that he isn’t a she…that is, that the new Third in line to the throne is a boy, not a girl – for those who don’t know, a new law passed last year means that the first-born is automatically the heir regardless of gender – so if he had been a she, then the UK would have had a Queen-in-waiting for the first time ever (rather than a Queen by “default” because someone couldn’t produce a boy)

But do you know what I think of those idiotic tweeters? (Clue right there) I think that they are horrible, selfish and small-minded people. And that’s all I have to say about them.

I am absolutely delighted – and definitely on the side of those who think that the Royals are brilliant for the UK. Just look at all the celebrations in 2011 for the Royal Wedding, in 2012 for the 60th Jubilee, and now in 2013 for the Royal Baby.

I feel like Harry needs to get engaged or something so that 2014 has some excitement too!


Christmas is coming!

It’s finally December!!




This is my stall from Thursday’s Ladies’ Shopping Event at my church. I had such fun, even though it was an incredibly busy few hours for me. I only had two hours to dash from work to the event, and get all the decorating done before setting up my stall. It was made more manic by the fact that I had planned a really nice decor scheme, but the two Christmas trees that we normally use weren’t there… so I had to change things on the spot. As it was, I didn’t even get to see the overall effect because it took so long that I only had twenty minutes to set up my own stall before we started.

It was a really fun night and I sold lots of my crafty things. I got loads of compliments and was very pleased with it all.

But, as always happens with me – as soon as it was done and we had finished tidying everything away, I started to feel really ill…I went to bed with three hot water bottles as soon as I got home, and woke up feeling like death! Fortunately I had a late-ish start, as I had a meeting to attend, and my student was driving – but I still have no idea how I made it through the day. I went to bed at 7pm and watched movies in bed, then spent most of Saturday morning in bed too.

I felt better after lots of sleep, so when I got a text from a lady in my small group, inviting me to the local Panto, I said yes!


(You can’t tell from the picture, but it’s Sleeping Beauty. I have no idea why they don’t put the Princess on the picture!!)

I haven’t been to watch a Panto in goodness knows how many years – I think I was about 12? But, I used to be in Panto when I was a teenager. I was in a theatre company called Touchwood, and we did a Panto in the winter and then a summer show. Watching Sleeping Beauty made me realise how much I miss performing.

It was great fun, there were three families from my church who had booked together (one of the Dad’s got called into work unexpectedly, which is how I was invited) and it was so lovely to sit with the little kids and join in with all the audience participation bits. I loved it – shouting and making faces and singing along! Panto makes you a kid again 🙂

The rest of the weekend, I have taken it fairly easy – I’ve done a big Christmas present order online and have planned all sorts of fun. I’m minor-league grumpy with my brother because he’s decided that he’s not coming home at all for Christmas, which I think is a bit rude and selfish, but there you go.

Something that’s cheered me up, though:






Prince William and Catherine Middleton


This is the first Royal Wedding of my generation and I am SO excited – I’ve been up since 8am wathing the coverage on BBC, and it’s just amazing 🙂

Days like this make me very proud to be British. I love that we have a monarchy, and that even in this era when the world is worried about wars and famine and poverty (which we of course should be concerned about) we can still be happy for our future King and his bride.

One of my earliest memories was watching all the coverage when Princess Diana died, and I remember seeing Princes William and Harry walking down behind the funeral cars…I was only little, but these are the things that you remember, aren’t they – and I’m feeling very patriotic and excited that we are getting our future Queen today.

Yay for Prince William and Catherine Middeton 🙂