Bye Bye Budgies, Budgies Bye Bye


Sadly we have had to let our three budgies go to a new home. George, Mildred and Flo had been under constant attack from one of the cats and after the cage got knocked off the top of the piano once again it was decided it was unfair on both budgies and cat.

All 3 cats have had a go at the budgies and in doing so fallen attached to the cage sending, seed, shit, feathers and budgies flying. Quite how the birds have survived each time is a mystery. Diesel and Woody both did it once and never did it again but Tag never seemed to learn no matter how many times she did it. Just before Christmas we had to buy a new cage and the old one finally smashed to pieces as it hit the floor.

We weighed up the pros and cons of the cat vs budgies and decided it was better to give the budgies away.  Ben and Lissi are both quite attached to Tag and if the temptation of the budgies has gone then we won’t need to have to lock her out the back when we go out. So Sarah put them on Freecycle and they’ve gone to live with a young lad who suffers from Asperges Syndrome who love animals.

Y Viva Espana

This year we’re off to sunny Spain….

Lissi has gone to Spain on a school trip to visit the Spanish school that came over here before Christmas and especially Luis who came to our house each night after school. As seems to be normal with these things the departure time was 6am from outside the school. This meant that we had to get up at 4:30am and be out of the door in an hour. Thankfully Ben didn’t wake up so we moved Bex into our bed so she could keep an eye on him!

Almost as soon as the coach pulled away Lissi started putting comments on Facebook – here are a few of them:

is on the coach going to Gatwick Airport!!

is bare tired so goin sleep now…Miss you brian ♥

Our flight is at 9 everybody so my last status will be as we taking off!!!

Just arrived at Gatwick!!!

is shopping at the airport!

Will be boarding soon!

IS boardin the plane!

is taking off at Gatwick! Adios Inglaterra! (9:45)

has arrived in Barajas!! Mum how do i do the code?*

is frikkin hot!

has nearly arrived at the hotel, is really hot yet there are patches of snow randomly on mountains and ground?!?!

will be at the hotel in 15 mins, got no batery on phone bye

is at the hotel

is walking around Tudela? Like wtf??

Is being dragged round deserted alley ways by spanish boys who clearly need a map!!! :@

is eating popcorn in bed, will be on here for about 30mins cos its nearly 11 in spain but really not tired. Talk 2 me!
And that was it – it turned out that they had been taken by some of the Spanish kids to a bar to eat but they didn’t know what there was so they decided to go to a Pizza place but they didn’t get there till 10 minutes before they were due back at the hotel so the whole group had nothing to eat. Sarah wasn’t best pleased – hope the organisation picks up today!

* She’d ran out of credit already and need a voucher code sending through!

Ben’s Science Experiment

Question: “ Dad what will happen if I drop this bluetac from the top of the stairs?”

Background: Ben is bored at Lissi’s parents evening and has been investigating the Science labs and the Geography room. He has been frustrated by the the fact that unlike the Sixth Form open evening much of the school is closed and he can’t go and investigate the other buildings (like the music department with it’s lovely drum kit!).

While in the Geography room he has spotted a lump of bluetac stuck to the side of the blackboard which he now has a small piece of and he is now standing at the top of a staircase after again been denied the ability to investigate the balcony in the school hall.

Hypothesis: “I guess it will splat when it hits the ground”

Experiment: The bluetac is launched from the top of the stairs

Observed results: When it hits the ground it bounces and disappears under a trolley in the hallway.

The experiment was repeated from the top of another flight of stairs and the same result was observed.

Analysis: Dad……

The (Not so) Secret cake

It all started when I got home on Friday night and I found a message from Lissi on Facebook entitled “Read this when Mum isn’t near you”. It said:

I had this idea that sometime this sunday you could like do the food shopping in asda and take ben and mum with you, you’d have to take your time tho so that i can make mum a special tunis cake and decorate the edges with icing like i did before and i’ll find some sort of birthday decoration for her when i go shopping tomorrow, but you’ll have to go shopping on sunday tho or she’ll find the cake plus it will last longer if we do it on sunday 😀

Unfortunately Lissi being Lissi she couldn’t help her self and as time went on she became less and less subtle about the whole secret escapade. For example she came into the living room and announced Kevin can I have a word with you out here! Then just outside the door and within earshot of Sarah she said “I forgot to get a lemon can you get one when you go to the Co-op?”. Then on Sunday she also rang me when I was out buying prezzies for Sarah and asked me to get some eggs. However the piece de resistance was when she left the recipe for the cake on the dining room table and Sarah found it.

Anyway my instructions were to keep Sarah out of the way for 4 hours. FOUR HOURS! How long does she think it takes to do the shopping? And anyway on a Sunday the supermarkets close at 4pm and we didn’t leave till 2:30. So we did the shopping and then drove back to the house with it – Sarah had to stay in the car while I went in and put the shopping away. She made Bex take her a cup of tea out to her. We then went off to pick up a monitor from Sittingbourne (which I had bought on ebay and actually turned out to be broken) and on the way back we got a text asking us to stay out for another half and hour!

In the end we went back to the house and Sarah hid upstairs for a while but we had to stop Lissi as we needed to start dinner! She iced it in “secret” on the Dining room table after dinner! So was all the effort worth it in the end? Well you judge, what do you think?


He’s Back!

Lissi with snail stuck to her face

Brain the snail is back less than a week after going back to school! The cold weather that shut most of the schools in the country last week meant he was stranded there for a couple of days so he has come back to us to look after in the warm until the deep freeze is over!

He’s just been sitting on my hand while I’ve been typing this and I’ve been stroking him! Lissi is over the moon about his return but we knew that!

Tuna Cake

Tunis cake

Lissi made a Tunis cake for her Great Nan “Sausage” – I think it turned out really good

(Ben calls it a Tuna cake by the way)


Welcome to Brian the Giant African land snail that has come to spend Christmas at our house. Brian is the class pet in Ben’s class at school and as Lissi likes snails we asked if we could look after him.


He is living in Lissi’s room and she is taking care of him. He thinks he’s gorgeous and told us the other night that she thought he was settling in as he was really coming out of his shell!

brian and lisi

Whoops-a-Daisy Angel

Monday afternoon I headed down to Ben’s school for his nativity play – I knew he was a Shepherd because he had come home and announced that in his play he had to wear a kitchen towel on his head!

Ben Shepherd

The play was based on a story about a disorganised angel who is always late and her halo is never on straight who is chosen to show the way to Bethlehem on the first Christmas night. The angel was played by Ben’s little friend Paige who seem to relish the part!

Ben seemed to enjoy it too, much more than some of the other shepherds but he couldn’t resist giving us a wave as he set off on the road to Bethlehem! After last year’s performance as a sheep in the FS1 nativity at the other school he didn’t seem to be as lost this time!