Quick Biscuits!

Imagine this scenario, friends with kids turn up unexpectedly and you have no biscuits or anything sweet to offer. Well, 15 minutes and you could have a tin full of biscuits!

It’s so easy too so no stress and not too much mess! 


  • 2oz sugar
  • 4oz butter
  • 6oz plain flour


  1. Heat oven to 180c/Gas mark 4
  2. Cream butter and sugar
  3. Stir in the flour and knead 
  4. Roll out
  5. Cut out 
  6. Place on either greased baking tray or use foil
  7. Cook for 10 minutes at 180c/Gas mark 4 

Cool for a couple of minutes and they’re ready! Enjoy. 

The Dementors

I’m pretty sure that anyone who’s read Harry Potter and has ever suffered depression can totally understand where JK Rowling was coming from when she wrote about these creatures that swoop down and suck every last drop of happiness from you. That is exactly how I would describe depression, you can feel it, like a big black cloud coming down and surrounding you and you feel like you will never feel happy again. 

I’m writing this today as I can feel them hovering way too close, I can feel them surrounding my head and trying to squeeze the happiness out of me. Every now and then there’s a feeling that I may shake them off but it lasts minutes if I’m lucky, they’re here and I’m not sure how to fight them off. That’s the part that I think JK Rowling got wrong, or maybe I just haven’t mastered the art yet. Thinking of the happiest moment in my life and picturing it doesn’t seem to work for me, I’ll keep trying. 

I’m trying so hard to keep the Dementors at bay, the black dog is here and it’s following me around like its lost it’s owner, I am not it’s owner, I have a real black dog called Toby and he doesn’t make me feel like that, I don’t need a black dog that does this. Even Toby is trying to help fight this off, he’s trying really hard, he’s not succeeding but, my feet are at least warm right now. 

Anyway, anyone else who is having problems with the Dementors or black dog today, you’re not alone. 

Tips for travelling with your dog.

If you have a dog, you would probably like to be able to take your dog on your journeys with you – after all, they are part of the family for most of us.  We recently got a passport for Toby our Jack Russell as we realised how much we dislike leaving him behind.  We have a campervan and intend to take him across to Europe with us and travel around – I didn’t want to do that without him.

We all like to get away from it all at times and whether it’s a two week trip away or a weekend visiting friends, it often means travelling by car, it doesn’t have to mean leaving your special family member behind or in kennels, dogs can be very good car travellers.


Firstly, we would recommend leaving a good few hours after your dogs breakfast/dinner in order to be sure his or her stomach is settled – some dogs can get car sick and this is less likely if they haven’t just eaten.  Of course, this isn’t always possible, if it’s not and you need to feed your dog mid journey, try a smaller portion than normal and try to allow a thirty minute gap before continuing – if you can.

While your at it, you may need to stop for regular calls of nature, remember your dog may well need to as well.


Make sure you’re prince or princess is comfy and take one of their normal blankets, not a special one that’s just for travelling – they love familiarity. Maybe add a couple of familiar toys too? Dogs can get bored on long journeys and a couple of favourite toys can keep their mind busy and their behaviour in check – maybe not noisy toys if you are a driver who is easily distracted?😉

Safety First!

Some prefer to have their pooch crated for journeys and some like to use special doggy seatbelt, personally I prefer the seatbelt option but either is safer for your dog than neither and will keep your dog from jumping around.  Some dogs will be calmer in a crate if it’s what they’re used to so with this one, it’s your call which you choose.

A bit of exercise!

If you’re travelling a long distance, make time to stop to stretch both your legs and your dog’s, not just for weeks and poos but also just to get a bit of fresh air and have a stretch – make sure you stop in a safe place, motorway services are usually pretty good.  Another thing to remember when you need to stretch your legs – if the sun is shining, please do not leave your dog in your car, dogs DO die in hot cars, they can’t sweat to cool down like we can and it can happen fairly quickly. If you need to stop for food, use the internet to find somewhere en route that is doggy friendly.

Overnight stops!

If your journey is such that you need to stop overnight, there are hotels and campsites that dogs are allowed, you can search online for this and find one on your route.

I hope that helps you to arrange your trip with your dog!  Thanks for reading.Malaga

The Tooth Fairy

RagTop Dolls

Don’t kids just love the tooth fairy!  Well how about making it even more special for them – those magic years don’t last long at all, they soon stop believing, either that or their teeth stop falling out and they’ve got all their adult teeth.

I have been working on this new product over the last few days and hope you’ll love it as much as I do and as much as my two guinea pig children do – friends with kids often benefit from my sewing trials.


If you like these and would like to order one, they are custom made to order so please check with me regarding the lead time – it’s usually only a week or two depending on what else I have in progress.  You can add the child’s name and pick a colour for the little tooth pocket and for the embroidery.

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April 2015, Trip to Andalucia. 

I’m currently busy finishing off a few last bits of work before jetting off early on Friday morning to sunny Spain. No, I haven’t started packing just yet, washing has been done and is awaiting the dreaded iron! 

As always, I’m very excited to be heading to one of my favourite parts of the world. I’m definitely a sun worshipper and I adore the pretty villages of Andalucia, with mountains and sea so close together. It’s 2 months since we last visited and I’m hoping for some sunshine. I have fibromyalgia and was recently diagnosed as being vitamin D deficient. I know the deficiency isn’t diet related and the doctor said herself, what I need is sunshine, she refused however, to give me a prescription for a few years in Spain!

On this visit we will be staying in what looks like a lovely apartment in Rincón de la Victoria which I found via AirBnB, review to follow on return from Spain – if we return! 

I’ll leave this here with a promise of write-ups as we go as well as photos of the places we visit. 

¡Hasta pronto!

Everybody’s free to wear sunscreen!

There are some safe sunscreens, be aware also though that you need half an hour sun exposure without sunscreen per day to avoid Vitamin D deficiency. Go to the link below to read which sunscreens are safe, why 75% aren’t and why. 

The two most interesting points for me were 32 & 33, let me know what you think. 


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A Little Improv Can Go a Long Way with Dementia

Long Distance Daughter

improv-sign-crop2 Credit: Tom Magliery

Most days, dad sleeps a lot. But today, he’s wide awake. He’s on the phone, yelling at me. He’s so angry, but there’s sadness in his voice, too. “I don’t have any money, I don’t have a car. I don’t even have any shoes,” he tells me. “And I’ve got to go down and see mom and dad.”

Now, my dad is 92 and his parents have been gone for decades. He has money in bank accounts that he doesn’t remember how to access, and he has a car he’s no longer able to drive. These days, his shoes mostly stay in the closet. He wears his slippers when he has the energy to walk down to the dining room to eat with his friends Leo and John, or when he gets the urge to bust out of the skilled nursing wing where he lives. He heads…

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WARNING: Malaga’s Atarazanas market will EXPLODE your sensory perception

We’re heading to Malaga this Friday and I haven’t yet had the chance to visit this market, it sounds amazing and so we are hoping to get a chance this time.

I adore the city of Malaga so this is my excuse for nipping in while we’re over – not that I really need an excuse.

Keep an eye here for a write-up on our trip, in the meantime, check the fantastic article below by the excellent East of Malaga blog.

WARNING: Malaga’s Atarazanas market will EXPLODE your sensory perception.