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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Monday, 6 May 2019

Showers in May!

Hello Lovelies!

Firstly my apologies for the lack of posts.  I was writing a series of Easter posts when I was taken ill.  Unfortunately I was unable to finish the series and havent posted since!  Thank you for the messages asking where I was and why I hadnt posted.  Its lovely to know you are missed and I do apprieciate it very much!

So with that being said, I hope that you have had a great Easter break and are enjoying this lovely bank holiday! 

Unfortuntaly here at Sunny Suffolk the weather has been quite a mixed bag!  We nipped into town (Mr PB and I) to take our grandaughters books back to the libary.  We had the intention of browsing the shops but as we left the libary it absolutely bucketed it down!  We even had hailstones!  In May!  So we decided against it and instead came home.  Home is a five minute drive and by the time we got home it had stopped raining and the sun was out!  Its so interchangeable.  You get up in the morning and dress for cold weather and by the afternoon we are all wearing t-shirts and shorts!  Whats going on!

I am hopeing that today (Monday 6th May) We shall beable to get out into the garden and give it some much needed maintainence as it is in a sorry old shape.  Last year it was pretty much neglected with the exception of a bit of pruning and mowing the lawn, it was pretty much left to its own devices.  That means that this year it will need even more work.  I do love a spot of gardening but stryggle phyically to keep up with it.  Mr PB however has the fitness and strength but absolutly hates gardening!  That is where we compliment each other!  He does the heavy stuff, the lifting mowing etc and I do the pretty things like putting in plants and flowers!  We are blessed in that we have a small sized garden which is half patio and half lawn.  This means that there isnt too much gardening really.

What will you be doing on your bank Holiday?

Bye for now
Hales x
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Tuesday, 23 April 2019

My UK Towns and Cities Bucket List

Hello lovelies!

How are you all?  
These past few days have just wizzed by and I cant believe that we are on week two of the Easter half-term holidays already!  How did that happen?  We havent been particualy busy but the days have flown!  In just a few days time all the childrens easter eggs will be eaten and they will be back at school.  Where the parents may welcome the rest that comes from having the children back at school, We, as grandparents will miss dropping by the houses and just being able to have fun and spend time with them all.  

Mr PB and I are planning to take some time out this summer and going traveling round the UK,  We usually only get as far south as the midlands and no more north than skegness so we are hoping to go fuirther afield!  

We have been pondering on places we might like to visit and have made somewhat of a list.

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I will begin!


I have friends and family in Cornwall so have visited a few times, however Mr PB has never visited.  I love both the coastline and the countryside area and although it will be quite a long journey from where we live, Its a visit we look forward to.


I love big cities.  I love the hustle and bustle and the people.  The noise and the shopping, The Museums and the exhibitions.  Liverpool ticks all those boxes! 
Mr PB does not like cities or city life!  But I have a cunning plan!  He is a avid sports fan.  He has supported and followed Liverpool FC since being a boy and I think that if I combine our visit with a football fixture then there is a good chance he will agree to a visit!


This is a place I have always wanted to visit but unfortunately I haven't had the opportunity.  I would absolutely love to visit on the summer solstice but I fail to see how that will be possible this year but I can hope! 
It must be a beautiful sight to see the sunrise over that beautiful monument, surrounded by all those people with thier own personal belief systems. Amazing!


Who wouldn't want to visit Brighton!  I guess one of the most noisy, flamboyant and fun times of the year must be the gay pride festival.  Miss PB would be content to just wander around Brighton looking for Zoe Sugg or Gabriella Lindleys houses!
  But I would love all the ethical craft shops, the vegan food and the hippy tat shops!  But of course, the main reason Choccywoccydoodar!  No but seriously it is just a beautiful part of the UK coast.


Mr PB has been to Scotland many times.  As a child he travelled there extensively with his family.  His Father was involved in the grain industry and he would travel the country with that work and had opportunity to take the family with him. 
Edinburgh is a city steeped in history and to visit the castle would be a huge box ticking exercise for me!  Mr PB has often spoken of returning and so this fine city is on our list.

Lastly We would like to go to Wales and to drive through the Chedder Gorge on route to the coast. 
The views are spectacular and I would love for us to do some hiking in the area.  Maybe I need to work on my fitness levels first!  

So that is our list!  We are hoping to do some of this at least!  Who knows what this year will bring but we know we will be having a staycation in the UK and not going abroad so all these places are stark possibilities!  I will keep you all updated and shall of course take lots of photos and document it all here!

Well that is all from me for today.  Please leave a comment below telling us where you will be holidaying this year, or are you having a staycation like we are and staying here in the UK?  Either way we would love to hear all about it!

Thank you for visiting and we hope to see you all here at our little space on the tinterweb sometimes soon!

Bye For Now

Hales xxx

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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....