December photo challenge 

We love this idea from #popcornandpearls. Join us on Instagram at @funmammasa and lets see those cute Christmas photos


Blog challenge 21 … what am i reading at the moment

I have just finished proof reading an authors novel so I must admit I didn’t have much time for personal reading.

I will however be collecting my copy of Weaning sense by Meg Faure and Kath Macgraw this week so am excited to start reading that.

Image by weaning sense

I entered one of my recipes for a banana rice pudding into a competition and am excited to say it is featured.


Blog challenge 17 … my hidden talent

This title implies I should share just one but as I hardly follow rules I’ll share a few….

I can knit, crochet (limitidly), Sew ( I used to make my bears their clothing), make soft toys , cross Stitch, do embroidery and most other forms of crafting.

Over the years I’ve taught myself most craft forms from calligraphy, to candle making (gosh  was that messy).

I love fabric painting and decorate. I’ve been known to make jewellery and can bead up a storm.

I can also bake, Cook, make pickles, preserves and homemade bread from scratch.

I studied art at tech so I’m somewhat creative and go through wild periods of sketching, painting and creating.

I play the piano …all be it badly and taught myself to read music.

So, i’d sum my hidden talent as being slightly creative. 


Blog challenge 16 …. if i won the Lotto

If i won the Lotto I would very selfishly do two things.
First I’d buy an awesome camera and then I’d pack a backpack with bear and papa ( as the other bears have school to consider) and i’d close my eyes pick a random place on the map and start travelling until the money ran out and I had to come home to work in the real world again. 
The camera would be to photograph every inch of our adventure.

But I guess to win I’d actually have to take a ticket…. sigh !

What would you do ? 


Blog challenge 13 … about my family

Our family consists of me and papa bear


My eldest daughter Tammi and her fiance Dean

Tammi and dean

My 3 older son’s, Dylan,Shaun and Byron.

Dylan;Shaun and Byron

My two younger son’s Ronan and Hamish (little bear)

Ronan and Hamish

And my youngest daughter Kerri Anne.



Blog Challenge 12 … my favourite childhood book

As a child i was a regular bookworm.  I’d hide under the covers reading by torchlight and always had a book with me wherever I went.

At 12 I discovered the beauty of old world poetry and swooned at the works of Lord Byron and Dylan Thomas. 

Robert Frost soon worked his way into my heart with each line of his poem The Road Not Taken.

It wasn’t long after that I discovered the world of Shakespear and romantically read through his plays , devouring each word.

I’d  read all the children’s classics by 12 and started enjoying the works of Jane Austin, Charles Dickens and oddly Wilbur Smith.

But, I think if you ask me which book sticks out as my favourite on my childhood it would have to be Anne of Green Gables by L.M.Montgomery.

The story recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan who is mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert to help them on their farm in the town of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island

The novel recounts how Anne makes her way with the Cuthberts, in school, and within the town. It describes her love of literature and later she eventually goes off to study teaching.

As a child i identified with Ann’s character and today it’s still one of my most loved books.

What was your favourite book ?