Positivity in a survival situation

Ok so it’s not quite a survival situation but it felt pretty hopeless a few hours ago! 

We found out some more news today which means our house sale is unlikely to go through before our wedding in 7weeks time. As you know our home is totally packed and we have hardly anything to hand. 

Getting home tonight and talking to Flint about it I felt totally exhausted mentally with this emotional roller coaster – one day it’s on, the next it’s off. 

Well Flint comes into his own at times like this. I was miserable, really moody and grumpy about the state of the house and the idea of potentially living this way for another 12 weeks. I hated the idea of coming back from honeymoon to our house all packed up. In our minds we would come back as husband and wife to our new home and a new chapter in our lives. 

One of the things that really winds me up when I’m annoyed at something is when people are flippant like ‘oh well life goes on’ or ‘don’t worry it will all work out’. I find it really frustrating and unhelpful. Flint knows this and knows the best way to manage me in these moments. 

He’s really good at understanding how to motivate me and how to make the best out of a bad situation. He said he can remember being very young at school reading a survival book and learning that there is always something you can do to improve the position you are in. This has stuck with him and hopefully will stick with me too. 

We looked around us and the mess that is now our home. He just looked at me and said ‘right lets do something about this’. He started taking all the boxes upstairs and storing them in the spare room that we don’t really use. I felt guilty and started helping. It only took us an hour and we now have one room full of stuff and the rest of the house is clean and tidy and comfortable to live in again. 


It’s amazing what a bit of positive attitude can have. I feel happy and able to enjoy being at home again until one day the sale completes!! The pressure is off, it feels like a huge weight has been lifted and we’ve had a great evening sorting through the things left to do for the wedding and honeymoon. 

This weekend is our hen and stag do and I can safely say we will be letting our hair down and forgetting about all these grown up things! X

Smug to mug….(running troubles)

Well this is embarrassing but hey it’s fun to share!

Tonight I decided to go for a short run after work as I really enjoyed my last one on Sunday. It was snowing earlier today yet this evening it was really bright and sunny albeit a little chilly. I figured I should make the most of it. 

I started off really well with my running music and my app supporting every move. There was no one out in the fields which was great because I always feel self conscious running around people. It’s especially awkward running towards someone, like I need to make it look easy and stop grimacing! 

I ran easily at the beginning and soon reached a quiet lane. A few cars drove past and I felt pretty smug if I’m honest – this is easy!! There was a bit of a gradient coming up and I thought to myself “yeah I’m up to it tonight”. It was hard but I made it to the top of the ‘hill’ (it isn’t a hill, it’s a slight rise but hey it felt like a hill to me!).

Looking good, I’ve taken a different route to normal and in my head it’s not that far and I can make it the whole way round. Until….

I get this weird thing sometimes when I’m mega hungry, I think it’s low blood sugar level. I feel a bit faint and ‘shaky’ like I might pass out. It’s my fault I should have had a quick snack before running. Oh dear.. It’s a long way back and I’ve totally overestimated my abilities! 

There are more uphill bits and I just don’t have the energy. I walk for a bit and ring my mum for a chat. I’m pondering calling ‘Flint’ but that would be embarrassing and a failing! Mum and I chat for a bit and I notice it’s taking me ages to make any ground and will probably take over 30mins to get home. 

I’m hungry and tired now. I cave…

Jo “hello”

Flint “hello?”

Jo “I need you to come and save me”

Flint “eh?”

Jo “I overestimated myself and I’ve got the shakes”

Flint “are you joking?!” Laughing! 

Jo “no, can you come and get me please?” 

I couldn’t help laughing at my ridiculous situation. Smug to mug in the blink of an eye!


It’s a good job he’s my hero!! 

Just keep running …. 

It’s been a tough week and for a lot of different reasons.

We were supposed to be completing on our house sale yesterday and moving into our new home. Unfortunately on Monday we found out that our buyers had pulled out for health reasons. We can’t be angry, it’s one of those things but it has definitely been stressful. Our house has been packed for 3 weeks and we left out just 2 plates, 2 cups, 2 sets of cutlery etc. We packed all of our clothes except what we thought we would need for that short time and we are surrounded by boxes!

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Waste not Want not

Last night I walked in from work after a long day. Flint was home – he got back Friday after 7 days out in the woods working. Sometimes he comes back with things he is excited by and I pretend to be.

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Breaking Camp

Flint and I are due an imminent house move as we have sold our first home and bought our second. We’re sad and excited all at the same time. We both love our current house and its location surrounded by countryside. However, it was never forever.

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Foraged Hogweed and Prawn Curry

Yes that’s right a weed in the dinner 🙂 I’ve tried it before so I know it’s ok, a bit hairy at times but ok!

We planned to have a curry tonight but didn’t have many greens in so we took Tilly out for a walk in the fields and foraged for something to ‘green it up!’

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