Sunday, 16 July 2017

CamperJam 2017

Wow, what an amazing weekend we've just had at Camperjam 2016. Their 10th Birthday celebration. On the Friday night there were lots of people in party hats, and this year we managed to get there, set up and eat in time to walk down to the entertainment, despite deciding to move pitches halfway through setting up, which resulted in J, C, B, L and R walking the awning across the field!  However, we were soon set up, but had forgotten our flag pole so had a few sad faces, but we took our traditional photo, ate and went down to the entertainment.

The second day was hot, and we walked miles around all of the trade stands.  We treated Bumblebee to a snazzy yellow strap so that I can pull the tailgate down easier!  A new light so that now, well once it's in and wired up, we'll have light when we open the sliding door, and some beach mats with the VW logo on, one to go in between Bumblebee and the awning and one for the porch of the awning. 

L and R treated themselves to hand spray-painted T-shirts.

And many a snow cone and slush were consumed, resulting in an array of multi-coloured tongues! 

We headed back to the camping area on Trainy McTrainface which was a huge hit with the kids as we had managed to miss it all weekend last year, and were treated to an awesome sunset at dinner time.

Then we headed down to the entertainment area for more snowcones and to see 16 Stone Pigs last ever show!  Which was amazing!  We sat outside for most of the gig, but B was desperate to get inside for one of the big balloons that were dropped.  B and I headed inside the tent, making our way almost to the front, and although the big balloons came close, we didn't manage to get hold of one so she had to settle for some of the smaller balloons which had also been in the big balloon drop.

On the final day, we had a lovely fry up cooked by R and supervised by J :) then we packed everything away and walked on down to the trade area.  On the way though, we stopped at the off road experience and C, L and R had an off road ride, the proceeds of which were going to raise money for cancer research.

A fabulous time was had by all.  The loos were amazing this year too and we are all counting down the days until CamperJam 2018

Love Lupin Girl x

Thursday, 25 May 2017


I read 1984 when I was about 11 and remember loving it and my English teacher at upper school (current year 9 old year 3 lol) being surprised and impressed that I'd read it (only 2 of us out of our class had read it)and knew what it was all about. We were just about to start studying Animal Farm at the time. 

I've always wanted to read it again so when I saw it on Audible I I had to get it. 

It was interesting to listen to it again as a grown up and when even more time had past and to realise just how accurate a lot of what Orwell wrote about is. 

Lupin Girl x

#ThrowbackThursday 25 May 2017

So here's my second #ThrowbackThursday for you. 

I haven't made this for ages, but it is delicious and so I'm going to have a go next week once my degree is finished eeek.

Gluten Free Bakewell Tart

I hope you enjoy it as much as I remember enjoying it!

Lupin Girl x

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Tempting Tuesdays

As summer appears to be here this week I thought I'd share a tempting summer pudding with you all.

It is a bit of a twist on the Eton Mess.

You need fruit.  I used blueberries, raspberries and strawberries.

I used shop bought meringues this time, but we have made our own meringues in the past when making Eton Mess, and if I'd had more time I would have done this time too. 

Then instead of cream, I used mascarpone cheese (as I'd got some left over from making the Birthday tiramisu) and honey.

I'd love to hear if you enjoy this,,
Lupin Girl x

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Tesco Free From Battered Chicken Balls with Sweet and Sour Sauce

Foodie Sunday is what it says on the tin really. A post about food, because what is better than enjoying food on a Sunday surrounded by your friends and family?

I used to love a Chinese Takeaway as a treat now and then, but can't have it any more because of my allergies.
Then I saw these in Tesco


Tesco Free From Battered Chicken Balls with Sweet and Sour Sauce.

They were delicious. 

They reminded me of the 'real deal' except maybe the sauce wasn't quite as fluorescent lol.

The chicken balls had a nice thick amount of batter around them and a nice chunk of chicken in them.  We both enjoyed them. 

My only complaint, and it's a common one for allergy friendly food. It wasn't a big enough packet. You only get 12 balls, so R and I had 6 each, but we could have done with a few more!

Lupin Girl x

Saturday, 20 May 2017

An update and Vitamin D

I have realised that I haven't updated you on how things are with me recently, so here is a very quick update on my migraines

After a couple of nasty migraine attacks I went back to my Dr's to see if I could get some different medication to try.  She was a bit concerned as one of the new symptoms was facial numbness on one side.  So she referred me urgently to a Neurologist.

I got seen within 2 weeks, and although he agreed that I did have some facial differences on one side of my face - a different level of feeling was the main one, he pronounced the rest of my medical exam as 'unremarkable'! 

I had him stumped on the numbness though, so he said he would send me for an MRI scan and some blood tests, which I had taken there and then, and he put me onto Gababentin along with the Pizotifen I was already taking.  The dose for the Gababentin was increased slowly, so for the first week I was taking 1 tablet 3 times a day, the second week 2 tablets 3 times a day, and after that 3 tablets, 3 times a day (which on my next repeat they put into one higher dose tablet so I only have to take 1 tablet, 3 times a day again)

My appointment for the MRI came through quickly and so I had to dash to the tattoo and piercing shop to get my daith piercings changed over to plastic holders.  The MRI scan itself was fine, I have had one before, about 5 or 6 years ago.  The results came through showing nothing sinister going on - which was a huge relief.

I had assumed that my blood test results were all normal as I hadn't heard anything, then I received a letter at the beginning of May telling me everything was ok, except my Vitamin D levels which were 18.9 (I have no idea what the normal range is though!)  The letter said that he was leaving it up to my GP to decide what to do about it, so I waited.  After about 10 days, when I still had heard nothing from my GP, I phoned them, and they hadn't received the letter, so I had to take it to them so that they could photocopy it. 

My GP rang me yesterday and I have to take Vitamin D3 for the next 3 months and then get a repeat blood test taken.  I have also been advised to try and get some sun exposure - although not too much, whenever possible.

The numbness in my face is a lot better than it was now, although, especially when I'm tired it still feels odd along my left cheek bone, but most of the time I don't notice it any more.
I will update on whether I notice an affect of taking the Vitamin D and on my repeat blood test when I have them. 
The sun is out as I write this, so hopefully I can get outside for a bit as well today.
Lupin Girl x