Sunday, 3 March 2013

Reasons to be cheerful

The Angel of the North - I know I'm home when I see this. Image from

Hello, hello, helloooo. I bet you thought I'd fallen off the edge of the world, I've been so quiet these past couple of weeks. Nothing so dramatic, but to be rather melodramatic, I've been trying to sort out the rest of my life!

A week in Newcastle over half term helped me see where I need to be at this particular stage in my life and relationships. It's not so easy though with a bolshy 11-year-old giving you constant earache. Of course it's only to be expected. The week had a happy outcome with both of us looking forward to moving north, Dot enrolled in a new school and a couple of properties that made it into the 'yes, we could really live there' category (as opposed to the OMG, how can those landlords live with themselves putting shit like that on the market, category).

So optimistically we headed south again for the second part of this term. And it's like we've never been away. I'm starting to think it was a bad move coming back, as all of the angst, tears, acceptance and cautious excitement from Dot have been replaced by a resounding I AM NOT MOVING. And we're back to square one. She is of course, she is a child and we will move sometime in May or June, but it's painful being on her hate list.

Then there's work. I love, love, love the new project I have taken on, but it is really a job for more than one person. Several times this week I've been overcome with panic thinking about how much I've got to do - then just got on with it. I don't have time to waste panicking you see, which is a good thing. It's an interiors magazine and I believe the end result will be worth it - I'll post more when it hits the shelves.

So now you know, I haven't forgotten you and I hope you haven't forgotten me. Stay tuned this week because I have another competition to run, beauty reviews coming out of my ears to post and lots of other bits and pieces in the pipeline.

What have you been up to while I've been away?


  1. We went up to Newcastle too at half term to visit my family. I planned to stop at the Angel to take some photos as haven't done that for ages. Weather a bit grey so we didn't! Then planned to have a look at Newcastle on the Saturday to give my son an idea of the city from a University perspective - woke up to snow so couldn't do that either!
    I hope all goes well for your move back up North.

  2. Hi Trish, great to hear from you. The weather was a bit pants wasn't it, we didn't get out much either. Dot was crossing her fingers that we would be snowed in so she would miss school!

  3. Just thinking about your name. I used to go to school in Newcastle with a Wendy Burn. She would be 48/49 now. Any relation?

    1. I don't think so, but you never know. It's an unusual spelling so it could be we're related. I've been thinking of tracing my family tree so if I find out I will let you know. Whereabouts in Newcastle did you live?

    2. At the time I knew Wendy I was in primary school in Chapel House, in the west of the city. We then moved to Fenham after I started at the Sacred Heart school and I lost touch with many primary school friends at that stage. Good luck with the family tree!


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