Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Relocation Stress Numer 1

No doubt the first of many! So we have an gorgeous little dog called Matilda - she is 2 1/2 years old and is a "Shug" 1/4 Shitzu & 3/4 Pug! Super cute, quirky black hairy character! I wanted another baby when our youngest started full time school - so my husband bought me a puppy, worked for a little while. Anyway - easy to export her to Mongolia, rules are simple - but airlines do not like to fly "snub nose dogs" this makes sense to me now that I know about it - as the brachiofacial dog breeds are renowned for having breathing problems and therefore have larger health risks associated with them when doing long haul flights!However as the owner of a beloved snub nose dog - this is a really tough deal to work through! Yes we can take her with us, there are airlines who will likely take her. But as Mongolia is not an approved country for export to Australia she would then have to spend 6 months in a facility in Soeul before entering Australia for the 30 day quarantine. Not fun for anyone! Is it safer to send her home now as a young and healthy dog to either family and friends for 2 years - I think so rather than risk her not being able to come home at all. But I tell you it just makes me want to cry. I was wondering how you take a dog out in -40 for a wee, but I think I will stop thinking about it for now!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Recon to Ulaan Baatar is a go!!!

Today we received our e-tickets for our visit to Ulaan Baatar (UB), Mongolia - to see if we are up for the challenge to live there for 2 years! It made start thinking, planning, wondering (worrying) about a million things....and I thought now is the time to re-start and re-task my little blog! In hindsight - I should have started a blog when we were moving to the UK and chronicled our amazing adventures here - maybe I will do a summary at some point! I am very good at taking
photos, scrap booking memories and keeping tickets of events - but the idea of a blog to record the memories and experiences coupled with the ease of sharing them is appealing! So my new goal it to stick at this blog thing! We have had the most amazing 3 years in Gerrards Cross and they have flown by so quickly. Here we are on the cusp of a mind blowing adventure! Although we have not yet formally accepted the position in UB in our heads I think we up are for it! The kids are all quite keen - most days anyway! We fed them tidbits of information and photos over the time that Jeff was doing a project there recently. Plus the fact we can all go and have a look - see the school, housing and area before we make our final decision is fantastic and crucial to the success as a family of making this move a good one. So, it's going to be a wild ride - of that I have no doubt - but nothing worthwhile was ever gained easily I believe and there is a lot to be gained from this journey ahead. Now - what to pack??????

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Pizza Night!!

A great night at home with the Broughs - I made 4 different lots of pizza dough - one of them gluten free in my Thermomix in less than 25 mins - had them all proving for the afternoon. So i made a double batch of Courgette/zuchini slice yum! And vanilla ice cream for the next day. All 8 of us topped our own pizzas - no complaints from the kids! Jeff cooked them in our little Jamie Oliver brazier/pizza oven. Super scrummy and then to top it off I taught Jim how to make Italian style mango Ice cream in 5 mins - heaven!!

Butterfly Birthday Cake to match!

I loved making this cake to surprise Clarisa! Two layer chocolate fudge cake - with delish chocolate frosting, topped with vanilla and chocolate butterfly biscuits of 2 sizes! and sparkly sprinkles of course!

Clarisas 40th Album

I really need to learn how to rotate photos in my blog! The changes I can make in Picasa dont stick! Ah well, I'm just the slow mode techno dork! Well Ive been slack on the creative front - in reference to scrapping lately - been rather preoccupied by my cooking and stepping into the world of Thermomix demonstrating! I am loving experimenting so I will be adding it to my blog and I have also ventured into Instagram - It is just my thing!! So back to my latest offering - I did this 40th album and matching card for my lovely friend Clarisa - I am so lucky to have her in my life and I am glad I could show her with my craft! Hope you like - made with love.....from the Heart xx

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Debbie & Mike Album

Finally back on here again! The end of a school year is so crazy!! And so far the holidays have been super busy - in a good way!! We have been lucky enough to attend the olympics - wow!! So my latest offering is an album and card to celebrate the marriage of Debbie & Mike! It was an awesome Wedfest enjoyed by everyone there!!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Link to Photo a day Album

I am putting my Photo a Day Album through Facebook - here is the link if you want to have a look - will try to do a link to fatmumslim too! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151002819468252.456399.747533251&type=1&l=6b61d6f4f3