Sykes Cottages: The Townhouse,Kircudbright

This weekend it was my birthday and I wanted to do something different, go away somewhere nice that I hadn’t been to before… Somewhere that I could relax and put my feet up and big enough for the kids to run about in and play. It was ideal when Sykes Cottages arranged for us to go to “The Townhouse”, in the lovely,  inviting and historic town of Kirkcudbright.

When we approached Union Street and saw all of the beautifully colored houses , we were excited to see what awaited us inside. We weren’t disappointed. The house was absolutely amazing, warm and we felt right at home immediately. The location which is around the corner from the town center, was very convenient for any of those last-minute items we all generally forget to pack when in a rush.

When we walked into the house, we saw an amazing sitting room which was very cosy, with two very comfortable couches, a TV, books, some board games and DVD’s. We really had everything that we needed for a weekend with the kids. The one thing that the house didn’t have, was WiFi but we didn’t see this as a negative at all because we went away to relax and escape the usual hum drum that we have on a regular basis. If we needed to find out any information, it was already at our finger tips because there was a lot of information on what to see and do, a phone book (remember those?), and a very handy booklet located on the table in the hall. If you’re absolutely desperate though, we found free wi-fi in the various little coffee shops and you can pay for it via BT but why waste a perfectly wonderful weekend surfing the net?

Continuing on our tour of the house, we went to the middle floor where the kids made their own discovery. In the room which we nicknamed ourselves as the “seaside” room due to the lovely bunting, vibrant and fresh colors of blue and white, there sat a lovely bear called “Sam”. He had his own little bag which contained his clothing and various outfits, the children were captivated and played with him all weekend. He went everywhere with them when we were in the house and they wanted to take him with them when we left. He was a fantastic addition  and a really great idea. It made the experience  even more family friendly and added character to such a wonderful and old house



Next there was a single room and then a bigger room which we chose to be ours for the weekend due to its brightness, color scheme, and view of the street. The floors were beautiful wood and there was an old fireplace inside which added to the rooms character. I wanted to further investigate the history of this house because when you are inside, you can almost imagine being transported hundreds of years back in time, The owners have done a wonderful job of restoring the house and keeping many original features such as wallpaper  samples which have been put into frames and old photographs from the 1800′s.

On the top floor of the house, there is a bedroom with an en suite, which is the master and normally we would have opted to stay in there but with the children being with us, they always want to be close by. The room at the top was nicknamed the “Rose” room by my eldest due to the decor and there was a hint of a red rose smell in the room as well. It’s a beautifully decorated room and very large too, but I think that the one we chose was our favorite by far.

The attention to detail in this holiday home is probably by far the best that I have ever seen and we go away quite a lot. I like style but I favor comfort and a family friendly atmosphere which is what we got when we stayed in the Townhouse and we are looking to book again in the next couple of weeks, It’s not far, has loads of things to see and do as well as a lot of history for those (like me), who are interested in architecture and of times past. Go, stay and relax because I guarantee that you will come back feeling refreshed but with a longing to go back.




*Thank you to Sykes Cottages for the opportunity to stay at this lovely cottage.



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Internet Trolls:You Can’t Silence Us

I’ve been blogging for a few years now, I started on blogger before I was encouraged to make the leap and go self hosted.

Along the way, my group of twitter friends has grown. I fall in and out with twitter and blogging but there are “constants” in the blogger and twitter sphere who if I met in person tomorrow, know that we would get on like a house on fire. One of these people, Kiran Chug, has recently been a target of on line trolls due to her believes in feminism and her right to bring her children up surrounded by these. I say enough is enough. She had to take a break from writing and the community of bloggers were left with a sense of loss because she is a fantastic writer and friend to many not to mention a fantastic support to quite a few!here is a link to that post and I do suggest that you read it.

She received messages such as being told that she should put her kids up for adoption amongst other things. To that person, I laugh at you and your cowardice ways that you need to hide behind a computer screen in order to verbally abuse a parent who cares enough about their kids to bring them up to love, care and respect women. You don’t even qualify for the term “bully”. I pity you for you are weak and pathetic.

Our community of support and respect will not deter us from bringing our kids (I have a girl AND a boy), with feminist values and I for one will continue to let my son wear his sisters high heels, make up and hair clasps should he wish to! You will not stop me/ us, from supporting our children’s independence and exploration of who they are and come to be. Gender is not dependant on clothing worn or toys that kids play with and the quicker people realise that, the better. If my children are gay, it’s not because of playing with toys not “designed” for their gender. If they are gay, I will be as proud of them as I am of them now.

Unite all bloggers who are feminists, parents, carers, friends because the trolls won’t win. Ignore and continue to do what you do because you do it well. As Kiran rightfully pointed out and as living proof, social media has helped me through PND twice and it will continue to help others time and time again.

Think about how you respond to someone next time you decide to ridicule because we will just ignore the negativity and become stronger against you/those who try to take us down, because we are stronger than you.

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Dapper Laughs Guide To Rape

I rocked my son who is 20 months old, to sleep for his afternoon nap. I looked into his eyes and watched as they became heavier and heavier and felt his grip on my fingers loosen before he eventually drifted off into sleep.

Before he went to sleep, I had caught a link up on twitter about some guy in the papers who was glorifying rape, putting down women and saying such horrible and nasty things that I really couldn’t believe that it could come out of someone’s mouth. I was fuming and thought, how does a child of either sex, go from such tiny little people who look to their parents/carers for love , and guidance, and find the world magical, to this misogynistic sad excuse for a human being? As a feminist, it scares the utter shit out of me that we have someone like this person, walking around in public who is obviously volatile and unpredictable towards the female sex. How is this ok and why is society accepting of this type of behavior? It isn’t ok to say things like “She is gagging for a rape” and “you can’t rape a woman”, two things that are completely untrue but was said at his recent show in London, according to the Daily Mirror.  Why didn’t people walk out instead of just sit there in uncomfortable silence? Why are we scared to go with our morals and beliefs, defend the woman in question or all women for that matter?

The scary thing is that Dapper Laughs has followers who also think that what he is saying is funny , they have trolled the internet for the sole purpose of being abusive towards anyone that thinks he was wrong for what he said. From using offensive, degrading and misogynistic terms towards – mainly women,  he increasingly gains power to continue his torrid campaign, he yearns for power and is no different from any perp who carries out such vile acts.   The other frightening aspect of this story is that ITV have defended keeping this sorry excuse for a man,  and so far are continuing to allow him to be part of their network! They are saying in a round about way, in my opinion, that RAPE IS OK. The man himself also tweeted that they were signing him up for another 2 series.. this scares the hell out of me.

I would challenge Dapper Laughs, to go into a rape crisis center for a few hrs, to hear the stories from survivors,  of their abuse and violence and to see the devastation caused not only by the rapist but how comments such as his, contribute to the rape culture that is alive and well in our society. Although, actually I’m not so sure it would be a wise idea for him to have access to survivors ( it would be detrimental to them). One of the most disturbing things he mentioned was about how rape happens, that if he was going to put together a rape guide, it would involve “duct tape and rope”. This is a stereotypical description of how rape happens and statistically a lot rapists are known to their victims.. its not a person hiding in the bushes all the time but someone we know!


Have you seen this story? What is your reaction to it, and have you signed the petition to have him removed from ITV?


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Weekly Exercise Plan


I returned to Mark, aka- GymGuyMark, my  personal trainer last week and had my measurements and weight taken and found that I lost another 2lbs. I had been away from exercise due to my trip home to Canada and everything that happened there but I’m delighted to be back into the swing of things. We had a fantastic session together and I did some running on the treadmill, used the rowing machine, did squats with the medicine ball, hillclimbers and the plank. I like the way that he mixes our sessions up and the variety of exercises that we do and I never get bored at all. I highly recommend Mark, especially if you live in and around the Glasgow area because he’s fantastic.

As I have a lot on and can only have 1 session (usually) per week with him, I am going to log all exercise that I undertake and it means that I have recorded not only my meals as in this post here but I can direct Mark to the activity that I am doing when not in a session with him. This means that he can tell me if I’m doing enough or too much (highly doubt it).  He can also tell me if my diet is lacking in anything or if I’m eating too much of any one thing as sometimes I can be guilty of that, especially with carbs!

Monday: Up at 6am, walk dog for 30mins and go to gym for 7am where I plan on running on the treadmnill for 30 mins. I need to be back to get the children up and Daughter ready for school. If all goes to plan, we will either walk or cycle.

Tuesday: Up at 6am, walk dog for 1 hr, walk to school weather permitting. Also take in a body pump class in the evening.

Wednesday: up for 7am, walk dog for 30 mins, walk to school. Swim at night before night shift. Will try to fit in a session with Mark if he’s available.

Thursday: walk dog for 30mins , not much in the way of exercise as nightshift KILLS me

Friday: walk dog 30 mins. When I wake, a possibility of a swim or another dog walk.

Saturday: Run with Daughter , taking dog. We decided that we would do the Santa Dash on the 23rd November and she is keen to try running, so I will introduce her to the “Couch to 5k”

Sunday: It’s my birthday .. a family walk with the dog.




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