New things 28 to 33 (staying at home)

New thing 28 : French Martini

Vodka, chambord and pineapple. Sounds so fruity and good, tasted so acidic and alcoholic.

I’m sticking to at home Espresso Martinis instead

3/10

(Photo not my own and most likely not even a French Martini)

New thing 29 : a third birthday party

This gave me so much anxiety, with a tiny house there was no room for friends. With a three year old at a small nursery there were not enough friends to fill the community centre.

We planned a little family get together at home and I was so worried without friends Emily would think it wasn’t a proper party and be upset. Luckily she mostly had a good time but the number of games and presents all got a bit overwhelming and we needed a few chill out moments to come back down to earth. God knows why I expected the terrible twos to end without any drama.

Despite the buffet and party hats and games her best bit was the evening with just her grandma, auntie and me dancing to Kylie Minogue and spinning around on our bums.

Rating varies from 1/10 to 10/10 depending on the exact time of day

New thing 30 : a Halloween Tea Party

I can’t take credit for this cute set up, I was recovering from an operation so Auntie and Uncle took over.

Emily loves afternoon tea and thinks Halloween is the most important holiday of the year so 10/10 for this little party.

New thing 31 : teaching a child to ride a bike

Look at this beautiful bike with all the accessories but no stabilisers.

Such grand plans.

I thought I was a no stabilisers person. I wanted to use the amazing bike man in Harrogate that everyone raves about who teaches your child to ride in one session.

Then I spent £200 on a bike that is just slightly too big and therefore terrifying without stabilisers to keep it steady.

I tried an outing where I held on to the bike as Emily rode it so she didn’t wobble too much, it was all going really well until she got fed up and both refused to ride the bike and refused to walk.

I was stuck in the middle of the village, I didn’t want to surrender the bike to potential thieves while I went home to collect the car. Negotiations started with Emily (and potentially also me) having a minor meltdown and ended in me carrying a shockingly heavy bike with one hand and a shockingly heavy toddler with the other.

Emily now owns a bike with stabilisers and a little strap to drag it behind me with. She has so far only done real cycling inside my tiny house.

Stress level 10/10 (and that’s before I mention the experience of building it…which was ultimately not done by me)

New thing 32 : Broadhurst Drive-By Cocktail

Here is me trying to make a “brunch” cocktail as a change to bucks fizz (I find christmas stressful and need multiple forms of alcohol before midday hits)

This is a gin, vermouth, lime juice and apple juice cocktail served as a long drink with lots of ice. It was OK but needed way more lime juice and a good splash of simple syrup to make it a decent drink.

Next time I’ll just mix up different fruit juices with prosecco as I think a peach puree with prosecco is equally brunchy but tastier and less effort

4/10

New thing 33 : Frankly Delicious Chocolate Order

I follow lots of people and places on Instagram thinking one day I will buy from them and rarely do. Frank posted one day about how hard it is being a small business so I finally got round to ordering some dark chocolate with blackcurrant which was excellent. It is a lot more expensive than most chocolate (as it is responsibility sourced and made in small batches) but perfect for a treat.

No photo as it was immediately eaten but 10/10