Unbeknownst to me, my family decided to bring my birthday forward a week and surprise me! I walked into a quiet room – most unusual when there are six children under six running around and causing havoc – for the doors to be thrown open to reveal cake, prosecco, balloons and a very loud chorus (thanks to my nieces and nephews…) of ‘Happy Birthday!’

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Every now and then, you need to get out of the city, get to somewhere that internet coverage is patcy (at best), phone signal is completely lacking and in place of the echo of constant rattling and clunking tubes, is the distant running of a stream…

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      I’m thinking of 2017 as a book with 12 chapters in, one for every month. At the end of every  month I’ll be rounding up some of the fun things that I’ve posted about on the blog as a bit of a reminder of what’s been going on and linking you back to those posts – in case you fancy a re-read or are a new reader who’d like to see a bit more from this little blog 🙂

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I hate exercise. No, I do. I like how it makes me feel after, but before and during? It’s a no from me. I’ve never been happy with the way I look – a string of nasty boyfriends and a bad relationship with food has long seen to that. But this year, I’m determined to feel better about two things: my mental health and my physical health. As I’m sure you’ll all know – both of those things are linked!

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I always wanted a close knit group of friends. It seemed to me, that everybody had slotted into a little group along the way, and somehow, I hadn’t quite managed it… Time to get a bit personal today! This is a long ole post, and seems a bit bleak at the beginning, but all will become clear at the end – so get yourself a cuppa and settle in 🙂

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