Saturday, 18 January 2020

Happy new year Potter!

Hello Lovelies!

Happy New year!  I know we are a couple of weeks in to 2020 already but I wish you all the things you wish yourself throughout 2020.

My first make of the year has been this Harry Potter doll.  I've really rekindled my love of knitting over the last few weeks and I enjoyed making this doll.  It is for my friends birthday as she loves Harry and I thought it would be the perfect little gift for her.

It doesn't take alot of yarn and so is perfect for using up those little scraps of wool that you always have lying around.  However as I haven't knitted for so long I had to go and buy all the colours I needed.

He has the cutest little wand that is made from a cocktail stick and the scarf can be attached or made separate and be removed.  I decided to sew this scarf on so it didn't get lost.  I found it a little tricky to do the glasses and as you can see faces are not my forte!

Since making this I have been asked to make two more by people and so my fingers shall be kept busy!  This one only took me a afternoon so it is perfect for being whipped up as a last minute present.

You can get the pattern for free from here so pop along and you shall be making your own Harry doll in no time at all!

Bye for Now

Hales xx
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Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Im such a bad blogger!

Hello lovelies!

Its true! I am!
I keep revisiting this blog and trying to summons up the love I once had for it.  I start with good intentions but life gets in the way.  I lead a busy life and to add that I have started study again.  This is taking quite a lot of time (more than I first though) and so the blog has took some what of  a back seat.

I still enjoy reading others blogs and also writing here but I have made a decision.

I will early nest year start blogging again.  I will start in January and try to set myself a goal of once a fortnight to begin with.  If I don't meet this coal I will, with all sadness, call it a day over here on The PB Family until such a time as I feel able to pick it up again or one of the family does so.

Well a big thank you to all those who have stuck with us, messaged to check on us and generally wished us well.
Have a great Christmas holiday no matter what you are doing or who with and I hope to be back with you in the new year!
Bye for now

Hales & Co xxx
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Monday, 5 August 2019

Doggie Delight!

Hello Lovelies.

I was very surprised this week when there was a knock on the door and the local courier stood there with a huge parcel.  Firstly I was thinking "What have I ordered and forgot about?".  As I opened it I was surprised to find we had been sent a box of dog food by the lovely people at bakers for the fur babies to try out

It was so heavy and stuffed with goodies!  As soon as the dogs realised there was food in there They just sat waiting to be fed!  I let them try some of the lovely treats.  When I opened them the smell of bacon was very overwhelming.  I have to say I thought it was a little artificial but it certainly grabbed the dogs attention and they gobbled them down without a second thought!.    There was no effect on the dogs tummies which is a problem we sometimes find with dog treats and as they are quite long sticks we were able to cut them in half as are doggies really small.  This meant they lasted longer!

I opened the sacks of food and they seemed to be nothing very different from other foods Ive tried.  To be honest it was just dog food!  The good thing was the size of the lumps of food was small so this suited our dogs perfectly.

There was a good mix of meat and vegetables and the dogs seemed to enjoy it.  Lets just say there was no food left in the bowls!  there was no overwhelming or offensive smells both from the food and from the dogs afterwards (if you get my meaning!). This seems to suit our dogs very well and they were happy enough with it so I think I will buy it and continue using it for them.

So all in all Bakers small dog food and treats got a paws up from The PB Doggies.  They were happy with it, we were happy and so a big thank you to bakers and insiders for this gift.

If you have a small dog I would recommend trying this food.  I can't vouch for bigger breeds and the food bakers market for them but the small dog food is a hit!

Well its a big bye for now from us!  Hope to see you back here again soon

Hales x

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Friday, 2 August 2019

Mad Hot Summer 2019

Hi Lovelies!
Wow has it been hot!  Unbearably hot too!.  I'm not a huge fan of the warm weather at the best of times but this has been something else!  I have spent lots of time in the garden both working and relaxing.  Ive managed to avoid getting burnt and have chased the Grandchildren around with hats and suncream so often I think they are getting bored of it now

It is however perfect for those evening strolls in our local woodland.  When the sun is going down its lovely to get in the shade of the trees and listen as the wind rushes through the leaves.  A simple pleasure but a pleasure all the same.

Mr PB managed to find a perfect way to cool down when we went on a date to Hemsby!  This was a Ferro Rocher milkshake.  he drank it to the last drop and gave it a huge thumbs up! Well you would wouldn't you?
What have you been doing to keep cool?

Speak soon

Hales xxx

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Friday, 12 July 2019

All girls together!

Hello my lovelies!

I have to say that although I am a bit of a social butterfly I do tend to have very few close friends.  This is for many different reasons.  Some I can explain and other I cant.  I have a couple a good friends that I have known since being a child. 

Another who was my mainstay through my teen age years and then I have friends that I have known since becoming a adult.  The thing is all of these people are important to me.  They are the people I would trust my life with.  The ones who I have laughed and cried with.  There are friends that I have confided secrets with and those that I have laughed as we have told stories about misadventures. 
I have grieved with some and held others as they have cried. Some of my friends know each other and others have never met.  We have been sick together, fought battles and just been happy to 'do life' with.

No matter how close we are or how long it has been since we last spoke or saw each other, they are my friends, My family and who I most like to be around. 

We all need these people in our lives.  We need those that we can depend on,  be reassured by and just have fun with.  I have been blessed with the best bunch of friends and would be lost without them.  How would I ever manage without them?  I wouldn't! I wouldn't want to either.  So my friends,  Never underestimate the effect you have had in my life.  The way you have propped me up and at times defended me.  you have held my hand through life and will continue to do so and in return I shall hold yours!

I love you guys.

So if you have a friend that you haven't seen or spoken to for a while pick up the phone, make a coffee date or just go for a walk in the park together.  Maybe you have fallen out with a friend over something that now seems daft. Our pride gets in the way and ruins things for us.  Build that bridge, make that call and get things back on track.  You wont regret it!

Bye for now!
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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Things change in life

Hello Lovelies.

In our lives things often change.  We get married have children, work, progress in our careers, some marriages don't make it and some do.  Some people find the love of their lives first time round and for others it takes two or three or more attempts.  

Mr PB and I in the early days

When we dont know what our future holds it can be pretty scary stuff!  We kind of have a plan for our futures of how our lives will map out but then things change and we are left floundering!
Its difficult when you are going through changes and sometimes its hard for others to understand.  Our children have grown up except for the girl child who is very much her own person now at nearly 14 years old and so Mr PB and I are embarking on some pretty life changing stuff ourselves.

We have been considering things for quite a while and although nothing is finalised just yet there is a very very good chance we will be leaving our home and moving to somewhere new.  We may be embarking on new careers, who knows.  All we do know is that what ever we do do, it will be together and as one!  

Bye for now
Hales xxxxxx
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Thursday, 9 May 2019

100 Books I wish to read!

Hello lovelies

I hope you are all well.

As regular visitors here will know I have a love of reading.  I read any chance I can get and always have two or three books on the go at one time.  It drives Mr PB crazy that there are so many books in the house and yet I cant pass a charity shop without nipping inside to see if there are any books that catch my eye!  

I often buy books on a whim and to be honest I'm running out of space so, with that in mind I have decided to compile a list of 100 books I would like to read before I'm 50 years old!

Now I am only 44 years old right now and so I have six years to complete the list! 

 Of course these are not the only books I shall be reading but the list will give me a good variety and keep my reading in some kind of order. Or not as the case may be!

It would be nigh on impossible for me to complete the list right now and so I shall keep adding to the list as I find books that interest me and crossing off those which I have read!So without further ado here is my list!

1. The Red sister

3. Home Going home going

4. The dark and hollow places (follow up to the forest of hands and teeth which I loved!)

5.  Ten arguments for deleting your social media accounts right now!   (Ive heard mixed reviews about this but I think its worth a read)

6.  Twisted tales - A whole new world! (I'm slowly making my way through the series!  For those of you who don't know these are books telling the classic fairy tales with a completely new spin on them!

  7.  The Binding 

8.Lost boy - A retelling of Peter Pan in Wendy's words

 9. Bye Mam I love you - Sonya Oatley
  11.  Judah's wife - Angela Hunt

  12. Sarai (Wives of the Patriarchs Book #1)

13.  Mice of the round table -Merlin's last quest

14. The End - Mark Hitchcock

15.  Does Your Tongue Need Healing? by Derek Prince

16.  Women of the Word - by Jen Wilkin 

17. Love Letters Of Great Men And Women by Ursula Doyle

19 The wisdom of Sally red shoes - Ruth Hogan

20. Little house on the Prairie 

21. The Silent Companions: by Laura Purcell 

22. When I Was Invisible by Dorothy Koomson

23.  The Sapphire Widow - Dinah Jefferies

24.  This is going to hurt - Diaries of a junior Doctor - Adam Kay

25.  Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Phew!  So that is the first instalment of my book list!  All of these books are available on Amazon and if Mr PB is reading this, any are suitable as a gift for Moi!I shall be back soon with the second instalment and if you have any recommendations for books you feel I may enjoy please feel free to comment below!

Bye for now!

Hales xx

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Happy new year Potter!

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