Author: Gemma Pepper

Yes she’s Mine

When people look at Hollie and I they never ever believe she is my daughter, she looks a little older and I look a little younger maybe. I always feel rather defensive when people ask “wow is she yours” I always follow that with ” I was 20 when I had her” I’ve always looked younger, I never tried to get in bars under age I just got laughed at, it was something I hated growing up, now it’s not so bad though! I guess it’s not just the way I look but it’s the way I feel, I don’t feel 36 next month. I am mentally young, I like all kinds of music, I still listen to Radio 1 through choice! I borrow Hollies clothes, I have her dungarees on again today, I have been warned not to do this clearly still pushing the boundaries as well. I love the odd night out and my one true love… festivals! Nothing beats a bit of D&B in a field, admittedly I can’t do it for …

Mumness

Installing the WordPress app was something I thought I’d never do again, not sure I was ever really cut out to be a blogger, not even sure what one was. Did I want it to be my job? Did I want to put the effort in? I’m still not sure to be honest but one thing I do know is I felt like I needed to chat. Since the algorithm change on insta I feel I’ve chatted less and less. Social media was once the place to keep up with friends and family, even make new friends, but the reality for me has become far from that. I’ve withdrawn from posting on Facebook like I used to and insta just got me down, I didn’t want to talk on posts 3 days old, I like real time and that doesn’t happen as much as it did. So I dug out my WordPress password and thought well maybe I should start writing and see what comes out! Turns out I’m just moaning but everyone needs a …

Hollies Wedding Speech 

Wedding season is now in full force and I wanted to share with you Hollies speech that she did at our wedding last year as her May blog post. It really made me laugh and cry, maybe I should read it more when we fall out, because we do and all teens fall out with their parents it’s only natural but underneath all the attitude and drama they all feel like this about you, just like Hollie about us, we are lucky she can express her feelings easily some children find that incredibly hard. Bare with them they Love you… and enjoy Hollies speech.     When Mum asked me to do a speech I was under strict instructions never to mention the chair she once threw at me, never to mention the awful arguments and most importantly never to make her out to be anything less than she is. My perspective of my mum is far different to anyone else, she’s beautiful, she’s someone I look up to and she is my best friend. …

Why Chiltern Edge Should Not Close

Welcome to Hollies second blog post, unfortunately not one I ever thought she would be writing. She was keen to express her feelings on the school, her second home and I encouraged her to keep positive and to keep focused. In the next few weeks we are holding out hope that it will be turned into an Academy rather than the possible closure of a lovely rural school that has been around decades. I personally don’t want to go into to much detail here and take away Hollies view and what she feels is important to get across as a pupil, here she is.   I am currently a year 9 student at Chiltern Edge school which after an ofsted report this week has been put into special measures and threatened with closure…. these are MY thoughts. Imagine growing so closely to something, knowing everything about that something, knowing its wrongs, it’s rights and becoming so emotionally attached that you couldn’t bare to think what you would do without it. NOW, imagine what it would …

Mr Bloom Live

” Hello my name is Mr Bloom and id like to come and see you soon”, we all know that line don’t we, but this time for Oscar he really did come and see him at our local Theatre in Reading. Mr Bloom played by Ben Faulkes was joined on stage with his veggie friends, Colin the Runner Bean, the Wee MacGregors (the radishes), Joan the Fennel, Raymond the Butternut Squash, Margaret the Cabbage, and Sebastian the Aubergine. With an interactive story line including singing and dancing it’s a hit for Mr Bloom fans all around the country. Munchkin Entertainment new producers of children’s shows have been running Mr Bloom Live since early February and ends at the end of April and you can still currently find him in these cities here. Oscar was mesmerised by the singing and dancing, although he got a little fidgety during the other parts. The story line was based around the preparation for the royal visit of King Edward, the first half lasts around 3o minutes with a 20 minute interval …

The Caversham Rose

A newly refurbished bar has re opened it doors last week and it has all the thumbs up from me. I never knew the place before so I’ve pretty much walked into it as new place to go. First impressions of bar always count for me, I’ve seen a quite a few in my lifetime in all shapes and sizes and I have to admit I do like a bit of the wow factor when you walk in. The Caversham Rose is firstly a impressive size and very pretty, I love how it’s been styled inside and out, the outside area is perfect for summer evenings and it even has heaters so you can stay out there all night long if you wished. With its cool background music and well mannered staff greeting you as you walk through the door it immediately makes you feel at home. It’s not lost the local pub vibe, yet it’s striving for much more and it works. I went last week and its very clear everyone was enjoying themselves …

Peppa Pig My First Cinema Experience 

We were lucky enough to be invited to a special pre view of Peppa Pig My First Cinema Experience in London last weekend. It was the first time we had even considered taking Oscar to watch anything on the big screen and I have to say it went really well. There were cakes, balloon modelling and story telling in the foyer before the movie with a picture opportunity with Peppa and George. We even met the lovely Harley Bird the voice of Peppa !  Oscar is a big fan of Peppa which helped his concentration as it last for around an hour. There were 9 new featured stories in the film and inbetween those were lots of interactive well known childrens songs and actions to copy with Peppa, George and their friend Daisy.  It really is the perfect first cinema experience to take your Peppa fans to over the Easter holidays. The new stories include watching Peppa and her friends take a trip to London and a family holiday to Australia.  Peppa Pig My First …

Dear London 

Please don’t be worried ! Sometimes things happen we don’t have answers to, but for me your still the place of adventure, hussle and bussle of city life and a place I still love.  I will never stop walking your busy streets, I will carry on taking my children to see your beauty and culture. My husband will work right there in your heart and I will walk side by side with tourists and dwellers for many years to come.  I will never be scared into thinking your not safe, I will never be told it’s too dangerous, I will carry on believing in you even in your darkest hours, we will unite in keeping you alive.  We will protect you, we will never let the evil drive us away. You will still remain my favourite city, where all my fondest memories are.  Tonight rest easy, it’s been a tough day but tomorrow the sun will rise and you will too. We will never be beaten, we will always stand by your side.  G x 

Meet Hollie – An Introduction

For a while now I’ve been thinking about letting Hollie do a monthly feature here on the blog, she’s a very opinionated young lady who has views on all sorts of things that are going off in the world. I also thought it might be interesting for people to read things from a teenagers view, its pretty cool at times. I might live to regret this but here we go everyone meet, Hollie… Hi I’m Hollie I’m 14 years old and live with the crazy family you’ve probably all seen here on my mum’s blog… I didn’t really approve of my mums blog when she first started writing it as I thought it was quite “cringe” however throughout the last few months I’ve seen her write, I’ve watched her share her thoughts and now its become a little part of her happiness. I admit it has grown on me and I really do enjoy her writing her blogs, for her to get to share her thoughts, ideas, days out or even her personal life. I’d …

The Killer Thats Being Missed..

  Sepsis, a word I had only briefly heard of 4 weeks ago. My only knowledge of it was that it was something to do with blood poisoning but I had no idea what kind of devastation it can have on your body and that it can take away your loved ones quicker than I even want to think about. Four weeks ago Hollie’s step mum was rushed into hospital, she is 26, she is a wife and a mummy to 2 beautiful children, she’s a daughter, a sister, a friend and we nearly lost her to this horrific killer. Rosie is the best step mum to Hollie, she young, caring, beautiful and she loves Hollie like her own and I’m so grateful we have many years left of sharing Hollies future. But it could have been a completely different story if the ambulance wasn’t called when it was and the paramedics hadn’t spotted the tell tale signs of Sepsis. We are all guilty of thinking things like this won’t happen to us, but I’m …