Run Rachel Run!

Not sure if you’ve noticed the new link at the top right hand corner of Jude’s blog…..

Ray (pictured with Jude) is running the London Marathon in April this year. She has just set up a web link with just giving – it’s so easy, just click on her picture and it takes you to the web page.

Even a blonde like me can manage it ;-D

IRELAND – The Surprise 40th Birthday Bash

Well alot of people will know that we have spent this weekend in Ireland.  I can’t tell you how many people knew about this but I managed to keep it a total surprise from Ian.

Ian and I flew out on the Friday morning and I took him to Bewleys in Grafton Street for his breakfast (which was delicious) and I even went into Penneys (Ireland’s equivelant to Pri Mark) and had a little spend. 

We went to Bray on the Friday and had a lovely roast chicken dinner from my Aunty Vera (with sausage meat stuffing mmmmmmmmmm) and then went out to the pub.

Saturday we went to Balbriggan (nearly bumping into Rachel Murray at the train station!!) and had the best night ever.  Ian thought during the course of the afternoon  I was ‘doing something’ at the local pub but never suspected what was in store for him.  Having the boys in Ireland at the party was the icing on the cake for him – so a huge thank you to Trish. 

This is advice to anyone thinking of arranging a surprise party – be warned, it’s so stressful.  I was a nervous wreck on Saturday afternoon worrying  Ian would bump into someone. His best mate was in his hotel room waiting for us to leave the hotel bar so he could go and watch to football!

Well I had apologised to Ian for all the text’s i’d sent…………………….. Ian check the O2 account this afternoon, well I sent 175 International Texts on Friday and Saturday!!!!! Oops. Well, I think it was totally worth it.

Photo’s will follow, I’m sure.  Just wanted to thank everyone who helped pull this surprise off and to thank everyone who went making it such a special night for Ian. 

Mind you, it shows we are getting older.  It is Monday afternoon and Ian and I are still trying to recover, a true sign of a good party though.



Well, we’d sort of found a new house. We never thought we’d find anything as nice as Poplar Road but about two weeks ago we viewed a 1930’s semi. We booked the viewing without really knowing much about the house and went with the attitude is was probably going to be too small. Wrong! It was lovely, full of character and the ground floor space is fab. (complete with log burner, a beautiful conservatory and aga in the 23ft kitchen – it was to die for)

We’ve had involvement with the council about Jude’s adaptation, they’ve been really great and given us so much help, visiting potential properties with us. They had a few queries, but ones we thought could be sorted. When I spoke again on Friday there was another question, pretty big one actually: what was the size of the front lounge? By law the council only have to provide a family with one living room. The front lounge is 16ft – pleanty big enough to use as Judes bedroom! This means they would only need to build a bathroom on the side of the house. I knew about this point but it just hadn’t occured to me when we saw the house. On top of that the boundary wall which we were intending to do the extension to is not owned by the current vendor but the neighbour. Another mine field me thinks.

What next! I cry???

On a lighter note it’s Ian’s birthday in two weeks and next weekend I am taking him away. I’m SO excited, i’m terrible, just like a big kid at Christmas.


Jude went to his new nursery for the first time last week, it’s been a long time in arranging this but we’ve made it, and Jude really enjoyed himself. I have his eye appointment today with the results from his VEEG (visual EEG).