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January 13 |11:01am

Miss 4.5 was excited this morning when we got home from our appointments to find a parcel waiting for her.

I entered a competition on the Pirates, Wings & Magical Things Facebook page. I knew she is a huge fairy and magical creature fan so couldn’t resist entering and we excitedly won what is called a Zwippy plush fairy friend so I think my miss is very happy with her prize.

Make sure to check out Pirates, Wings & Magical Things Facebook page to see all things above!


It’s hard to express how I feel about the passing of David Bowie who passed away at 69 years of age due to cancer. To me David Bowie will always be a part of my childhood due to watching and falling in love with his character “Jareth” the Goblin King in the movie Labyrinth. He brought so much colour and wonder to the music scene and I think alot of our music today is thanks to what he brought forth. My thoughts go out to David Bowies family at the passing of a wonderful musician and idol. I know that obviously David Bowie himself does not appear in the novelisation of Labyrinth which I own a copy of but know that every time I read it, I will see his face. He will ALWAYS be the Goblin King to me and I’m ever so lucky to have followed his art in both music and film as I grew up. An inspiration to the very end.


I know that he released his last album just four days ago and I know that this album was his way of saying goodbye to his fans, ever the artist to the very end. I have watched the following clip several times over the past few hours and the lyrics certainly struck me so if you haven’t seen this clip already then I really recommend you do, a true masterpiece.



To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other’s hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time. ~Clara Ortega


I was cleaning out our beach bag when I came across one of the shells that the kids had collected yesterday. It brings back memories from when I was a child and my Gran would take me for regular walks along the beach.

We would get in from school on a hot summers day and she would have all the beach stuff laid out and we would excitedly get changed to head to the beach.

I wasn’t a big swim in the sea fan but I did love to walk along the shore and scour the water’s edge for the tiny sea shells that I could find there and would collect them and they came in so many different shapes and sizes. I would place them in a jar I had and once home I would wash them all and look at their pretty colours and then the jar with all the shells would sit proudly on my shelf.

I don’t know where the jar is now but I remember those memories fondly and hope that I can provide the same for my children.



January 10 | 3.46PM

Today’s photo didn’t quite turn out to plan because initially we were heading to the beach and were taking the Gopro camera that my son got for Christmas but when we got to the beach we realised that the camera hadn’t charged so was flat so this was a photo taken earlier in the day instead (we may try the GoPro again at another stage)

“If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.” ~Mark Twain