Friday, 14 February 2014


 Whilst all around you, businesses are trying to shove 'romantic' gift ideas down your throat, I just want to say that you don't need to spend lots of money to prove anything on Valentines day. Time and effort the greatest gifts, breakfast in bed or a romantic meal get the idea. I am nauseated by the cringey way businesses use that particular celebration as another way to wrangle our hard earned cash out of our pockets. They use those charming twin sisters of guilt and obligation to make as much money as possible. 

Now don't get me wrong, I love a bit of shopping, but for what I hope are the right reasons, not guilt and obligation. But rather for appreciation of beautiful things (that would be for myself) or because something is just perfect for someone and it would bring them lots of happiness to have it. 
I don't buy something to say 'I love you'. Nothing says 'I love you' like you saying the words 'I love you'. 
I apologise for my little rant here but the commercialisation of emotion is hideous.

Perhaps I'm also a bit bitter as my husband is not here, he's away for work…we'll, I use the word 'work' very loosely! What I really mean is playing bass in a goth band to thousands of crazy young Japanese goths! But anyway, this Valentines day I celebrate with my lovely children and am doubly happy that hubby gets to do something he loves (I'm not really bitter ;-). Personally I think Valentines day should be about love. Love for each other, love for things you do, just love. Not necessarily romantic love, let's widen the net and get more love out there and more love in here!

Monday, 10 February 2014

Ghost cake & Raven Apocalypse

Well, I was seriously considering tweaking this blog so it is a Gothic Mums Blog…just check out the last few days…
So my eldest daughter is turning 10 and she wanted to have ghost themed sleep over party. 'Brilliant idea!' I thought and so it was until after the ghost stories were told…we lost a couple of girls that night…. only to their mummies, who had to come and collect them because they were too scared to stay. Mwah haha...
Here is the cake I made and everything is edible even down to the 'soil' (sprinkles) graves.

The following day I had to take husband to the airport, as he is off to Japan to play bass in a goth band he is in. I could barely concentrate on saying goodbye as we were surrounded by thousands of crows. This was not a Hitchcockian amount of crows, this was a gothic apocalyptic amount of crows. The picture doesn't really do them justice, suffice to say that it was AWESOME!!!! Then they all took flight at the same time and flew over our heads! Amazing!
And the footnote to the theme of 'Gothic Family' is my youngest daughter, she's 6 and a half… she says some well dark stuff, always makes me chuckle. Recently she asked...
 'Mummy can I use the red permanent marker pen so I can make blood on this cape and be the Queen of Darkness?'
She's always been that way…wonderful!