Cooking for the freezer, eating well on a budget and preventing waste!

Hi everyone. I have mostly been hibernating with my little one since the start of the New Year. Keeping busy but being quite lazy (down to tiredness) in relation to what we ate. I have to admit I have been seeing a lot of toast and salad these last few weeks. Quick, easy snacks that take minimal time and effort. Luckily my girl is more of a grazer so has been happy with picnic style nibbles. Everything is fun when you’re three. 20170125_1232071

Above: Love a no cook tuna sandwich but its time to get cooking again!

Lack of motivation is a real killer! Apart from a very generous friend and neighbour who invites me round to sample her yummy food once in a while, I really had lost all my passion for cooking and eating. (If you know me, you know that’s just not right ;-).)Especially having had limited funds to eat well in the first place. The last few weeks (the dreaded after christmas reality check) have been some of the worst for me financially since managing on my own. However, seeing how rough things had become, it was the kick up the arse I had needed to take stock of my freezer situation and general attitude towards meals and planning ahead!

For the first time in ages, my freezer was almost completely bare. No back ups. No handy extra ingredients to make a meal more interesting. Nothing but a bag of frozen spinach and some bread! Dire! When you are having a hard up week as a single mom, to not have a freezer full of healthy meals ready to go is a big mistake. It’s a life saver and saves you turning to a highly salted ready meal or the local chip shop when there’s nothing to eat in the house! It’s quite easy to do too if you change your mind-set and include it into what you’re doing anyway. You always need to eat and cook. It makes perfect sense to cook something that will keep for another meal too. 20170125_2020171

Above: Getting my cook on….

So, with that in mind, I started doing something about it. A little research online and a few helpful answers from mom (who has managed in a similar situation with three kids to keep alive!) I am well on my way. Now whenever I cook im thinking will it freeze? Things now only seem worth making if I can freeze a portion for a rainy day! There are some things that simply don’t taste as good once frozen, such as pasta, and can have its quality damaged. And some things just taste damn good made fresh and that’s how it should be. However, for most of my meals, I am now using the method of eat some now and freeze some for later. With a nearly four year old daughter to feed, who always wants something, it’s the best way forward for me. It also helps on days when she’s at nursery as I don’t want to stand for an hour cooking when she gets in, ive missed her, I want to spend time with her!

Above: Precious time

So here are a few things I have found freeze really well and a few ideas of what I will be doing to inspire you to be a bit more thrifty too ;-).Nothing goes to waste now in this house!

Cake!

Yes, you heard me, cake freezes! How I have not come across this bit of amazingly delicious information before I will never know but cake freezes really well, for at least 3 months. To be fair, my mom had told me this before but I didn’t believe her , thinking the quality would be effected, but its great! Now if im in the mood to bake, I don’t have to eat it all or feel I have to give loads away. I have one slice and the rest goes in my newly appointed cake freezer drawer (honestly) and its there for when people pop round for tea or when Emi wants a bit. It will take less than half hour to defrost at room temperature (sliced) or you can take it out the night before or warm in the microwave. Instant cake! I have tried all sorts from wholemeal fruit tea loaf to orange drizzle to cake full of fresh fruit. It all works well. And it works out much cheaper to make your own. Everyone should have a cake drawer ;-).

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Above: To think I have lived my entire adult life without a supply of frozen cake 😉

Bread!

I love bread. I have always frozen it but usually just buy a loaf and freeze it sliced. I have started teaching Emi how to make bread lately and she loves it. She bashes it about, loves the end result and makes her own labels for them to store them in the freezer. Making your own is also much cheaper as you will get 2 or 3 loaves out of one bag of flour, which is about the same cost as a standard loaf. I agree there’s not always time to make ones own bread (before you snigger) but if you do have a spare hour or two its well worth a try. Fresh bread straight from the oven with real butter oozing all over it is AMAZING! Slice it up and freeze the rest for some rustic eggs on chunky homemade toast or late night snacking at a later date.

Above: Emi making her bread and her homemade labels x

Pasta Sauce!

This is one of the most versatile things to make. You can use any meat, any veg, whatever you want or that is in stock and it is such a handy standby for midweek meals to have in as you can just lift it out and reheat it alongside some fresh pasta which takes minutes to cook. I just made a batch tonight using turkey mince, mixed frozen peppers, spinach and oregano, which took less than 40 minutes and has provided my freezer with three meals for the coming weeks ahead. It’s a  great way to use up cheaper meats too, I bought turkey thigh mince instead of turkey breast mince, which is about £1 cheaper to buy and probably is packed with more flavour anyway. Make it in a big batch in a large pan to go even further and in the long run it will work out even cheaper again. Perfect budget cooking and pure comfort eating to boot. Pack it with healthy ingredients and you’re onto a winner for both taste and health!

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Above: My healthy turkey and pepper pasta sauce x

Stew!

Stew is gorgeous. Such comfort food and an excellent filler on a cold winters night. Its my perfect winter food. I love beef stew cooked down using red wine and loads of onions. Again, with the same principle as the pasta sauce, meat and veg will all freeze very well once cooked. I’ve used cooked leftover chicken to then make a chicken stew, which will then also freeze. Three meals from one chicken. I’ve also sourced the cheaper cuts of beef which are perfect in stews and equally freeze really well too.

Soups!

Any kind of soup will freeze. I have been doing mainly vegetable soups as they are really cheap to make and really quick to defrost. Carrot and coriander, pea soup, mushroom, potato and leek, they are all a great way to full up on healthy produce and get some of your five a day too without really thinking about it. It makes a great accompaniment to your frozen homemade bread too! This is the main way that I use up those scabby last onions or carrots that get forgotten at the back of the drawer. Once its cooked and blitzed, you would never have known it once looked a bit manky.

Stock!

Another way to use up the slightly gone too far manky veg lurking in the bottom of that fridge of yours. Celery, carrot, onions, anything really can be bunged into boiling water with seasoning and simmered to create a lovely stock. I always strip me chicken clean, use the left over meat for soups or stir frys and then boil up the bones with some veg to make a few pots of stock, which will be frozen and then used as the base of a new dish at some point down the line. There is far too much waste in terms of food these days and there are so many things that can be done with all those slightly less attractive bits!

Other Lifesaving tips!

Eggs!

Eggs are amazing! Dont just see them as a cake ingredient. I try to use them as much as I can as they are very cheap to use per person and they last for ages! Dont overlook these beauties! And don’t keep them in the fridge!

You can use them for:

Omlettes (You can vary with the filling such as cheese, mushrooms etc)

Scrambled eggs (On toast, with a fry up, with fresh herbs, with smoked salmon etc)

Poached eggs (on a bagel, with crushed avocado, Eggs Benedict etc)

Soft boiled eggs (With toast soldiers of course, how else?!)

Hard boiled eggs (To cut up on salads, to mash with mayo for egg and cress sandwiches, to eat whole out the fridge as a high protein snack.)

In baking

To make yorkshire puddings (these freeze too!)

To make pancakes (Cook them and freeze some!)

As a binder when making burgers

As a glaze when making pastry

Frittatas (Love a slice of this hot or cold and again can be filled with whatever you have.)

Can you tell I like eggs?!

 

Natural Yoghurt!

Yoghurt is worth so much more than just eating from the pot.

You can use it for:

Eating with honey and fruit as a healthy breakfast choice

Mixing into curries or other spicy dishes to cool down the heat!

Mixing with fresh ingredients like herbs or cucumber to make individual dips to accompany meals.

Blending with fresh fruit and honey and freezing in individual ice lolly moulds for a fun task with the kids and a healthy alternative to pudding.

Mixing into porridge for the creamy version without the cream guilt.

A day or two past its used by date is still fine, don’t waste it, pour a couple of tablespoons into the blender with frozen fruit, milk, nuts and honey to make a delicious smoothie.

Make a pasta sauce. By blending nuts, herbs, cheese, olive oil, lemon juice and the yoghurt, then you have a really healthy and natural alternative to the usual cream laden white sauces.

Above: Strawberry, Mango, Yoghurt, Almond, Banana and Honey smoothies for breakfast. Someone likes to eat the fruit frozen!

Fruit!

Always keep in a good selection of fruit! It is so versatile!

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You can use it for:

Lemons can be used to make drinks, add flavour to dishes or make the perfect pancake topping! You can use the rind and juice and both of these freeze well in ice cube trays.

Bananas can be eaten whole, eaten warm with custard (classic) for an easy pudding, left to go brown and mashed into banana bread, added to smoothies.

Apples can be baked, stewed, grated for cakes, made into apple sauce, chopped over salads, or just make a nice snack for kids!

As long as I have plenty of eggs, some cupboard basics and some fruit I know that we can  make a decent meal or two with dessert too! Hope this has given someone out there a few ideas to stretch out their ingredients that little bit further! xx

 

 

Put your phones down! (Why being a phone addict ruins relationships)

I often ask myself these questions. Who needs to sit on their phones all day? What are they even looking at for all that time? Dont they have more interesting things to be doing? Using your phone is one thing but being on it all the time is another. I have known my share of excessive phone addicts. People who sit on their phones all day and night, especially in the company of others, with that in particular being something that really annoys me at times. It is like people just don’t value face to face communication or time anymore. How are relationships, including friendships, expected to be maintained or grown, if the people within them are mentally elsewhere all the time? Being present physically is not enough. I know people who have brilliant relationships in all areas of their lives and those are the people, not surprisingly, who don’t let technology take over from whats really important. Living in the moment. Building what you have. Not letting recreation time become everything over everyone.

I did some cafe watching a while back, armed with nothing but a yummy hot chocolate and a pair of eyes. In the half hour I was sat there, I was surprised to observe that only about 2 people walked past without a phone. Everyone else was looking down at their screens as they walked by. Not even looking what was in front of them. This was in Birmingham, so you can imagine there were a fair few people to watch during that short time! This is something I wouldn’t have noticed before. Until you think about something within your own life, you can be pretty oblivious to it. I remember when I was pregnant, I swear I had never really paid much attention to noticing other pregnant women before, then suddenly I spotted them everywhere. 😉 Funny how the mind works. is-17

We are, of course, all guilty of doing it to some extent. Over using technology that is. I’m no exception. I am a fan of going online myself. I am an Ebay queen, I occasionally browse Facebook and I text my family and friends to keep in touch. I thought I had a good balance with my phone/home life. I always try to put my daughter first and apart from the occasional text throughout the day that requires a quick reply or a bit of browsing whilst she watches a film on repeat for the 100th time, I thought I had it in check. Sometimes you don’t notice how things start to creep into your life and take over and I am sorry to say I am a little guilty of that lately.

The occasional browse on the news sites went from a few a week to being a morning routine of grabbing my phone upon awakening and making it my first activity of the day. I am guilty of saying “In a minute” to Emi many times, whilst I lay in bed reading showbiz news so utterly unimportant, as she nagged me to get up and make breakfast. It was, I suppose, a delay tactic. I’m fully aware that the minute I get up, my long day as a single mom to a 3 year old starts, who although exceedingly lovely, is very demanding of my time and energy, which is completely exhausting. It’s a shift. So whilst im not going to be too hard on myself , adjustments can always be made to improve things. Another example is my bath. A quick 10 minute dip to clean myself turned into another opportunity to watch meaningless YouTube videos whilst she played in her room. 10 minutes started extending to 40. I always spoke to her and she ran in to see me but it’s still taking away from our time. So I am guilty of that too.

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I’m not here to shame others. I’m not here to say I know best. Parenthood is a massive learning curve. Nobody knows all the answers.We all make mistakes, some of us notice and correct them ourselves, some of us don’t notice anything and never self reflect. The important thing is to try your best. If you can say you are trying, that is the best you can do. I suppose when I needed to lye in, or extend my bath, that was the best I could do on that particular day. I still gave all of myself to my daughter outside of that time for the rest of the day. But I realise if there’s a day I need a break like that from now on, I will go and have 5 minutes whilst she’s busy rather than pushing on towards an hour.

A good parent, in my opinion only, is an honest one. One who is self aware and can admit their faults. I have many. But as long as we try and look into reflecting on things too then it will all work out ok. I still get my fill of showbiz trash headlines. (A single mom needs to dream for 10 minutes about how the other half live!) I just do it when she’s in bed or at nursery now. Our time is too precious to keep wasting.

Some of the best examples of people in my life live by this same premise.

I have a wonderful friend that may not reply for days at a time, which, if you didn’t know her, you may take that as a sign she maybe wasnt too bothered about the friendship or the importance of keeping in touch. Fortunately, I know her well and know that to not hear from her is often a good thing, as it means she’s busy and focusing on work, life, family and her children. She makes them a priority as naturally they come first for her. And that is how it should be. She replies to me when she has time. Sometimes she even surprises me with a swift response or two ;-). It doesn’t matter how long we spend apart, when we reunite its lovely, because we make time for each other in those moments. We value that time and respect that each other has taken time out of our priority lives to be there. So being in the moment with her family and not looking at her phone every night is exactly the right thing to do. Family is everything, especially where young children are involved. Her partner is equally set on making his priorities the children and supporting my friend as his partner and mother to his children. I know many couple like this and they are always stronger for it. Team work always pays off! Being present is a choice.

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I have a group of friends that I see only a few times a year for birthdays etc, however, when together, we will sit and talk for hours, with not one of us sat on our phones or being distracted elsewhere, because those present is all the input and conversation that’s needed and desired. The same goes for another close friend nearby. We often share cups of tea and lunch and just talk to each other about our lives. It always feels good to talk face to face, establishes a greater bond of friendship and makes me come away feeling positive to know that I have a friend that will listen rather than be distracted elsewhere. Time is so valuable. To give your time to someone else is a gift.

My parents are another great example of how to stay interested in each other and make reality where you choose to put your energy. Each night, after spending very different days apart, they come together at the dinner table and discuss their day. Some people say old-fashioned, I think its vital to what makes their marriage a success. Being interested and making time for each other. I find it really sad when people willingly lose good relationships or friends through a general lack of being interested in them anymore. People will always appear more interesting if they are actually listened to, noticed, appreciated and don’t have to compete with a device of some sort. Back to basics.

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A lot of people in this world currently have stopped talking to each other in person, spending far too much time transfixed by liking, following, chatting, sexting, texting. There are so many platforms to entice every different sort of person online, whether that be shopping, playing games, gambling, social media or sex sites. People are too accessible. We live in a society where you can argue with your spouse over something as trivial as doing the dishes and rather than talk it through, simply go into a different room instead and arrange to have sex with someone else at the click of a button. Relationship ended in 5 seconds. There is always someone willing and eager to smooth over a bruised ego for attention and sex. That is truly frightening to me. Does anyone stand a chance? Nobody talks and fixes anymore. Likewise, people can spend more than is in their bank account getting carried away playing poker with other real online players in a different country. The thrill and the risk is what makes the fun. Often though, money is lost and the real friends in physical form are dropped and ignored for players you will never meet on the other side of the world.

I’m not condemning these things altogether, they can be useful platforms to be sociable or spend some down time. But moderation doesn’t seem to apply anymore. There is just too much. Too much opportunity. To much accessibility. It’s up to everyone else how they choose to live. I can’t tell anyone what to do. I do know, however, whats important to me though, especially after writing this, so I will keep reminding myself of that x

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Above: Pointing the camera at the only thing on the screen that matters 😉 x

How do you fix a generation of nasty yobs?!

Yes I live in Birmingham (quite a nice town on the outskirts).

Yes I live in a mixed area of both council and private properties, this road in particular being a real mix of people and backgrounds.

I fully understand that living in a city will bring its share of crime, disrespectful people and idiots. Does this mean, however, that I should be intimidated within my own home by what can only be described as ignorant bastards without a brain cell between them? No!

I can usually get through my time here quite pleasantly. We have had trouble in the past, granted, but since about a year ago, all has been quiet. No more quad bikes destroying the calm of the avenue for hours on end at a time. No more teenagers hanging out on my front porch smoking weed that filled my house up above it. No more opening my door to find intimidating groups of men or boys right on my door step with a baby inside to worry about. I was rather enjoying the lack of people on this avenue this year. Peace had been restored.

Today, the New Year brought me some unwanted visitors. I wouldn’t usually post about something so insignificant, but I don’t actually feel it is, thinking about it. The manner in which I was spoken to today in my own hallway, truly makes me lose all faith in a lot of the new generation of human beings and absolutely makes me want to hang my head in dismay that these people are being taught that its ok to be such nasty assholes in their adult life towards good people just trying to live and bothering no one else. I say taught because there is no way if raised correctly these people would be so utterly cold, disrespectful and unsympathetic towards others in situations they themselves are causing.

Being New Year, I had a big clear out of Emis room today, with her help of course (Help includes jumping in my carefully sorted piles of clothes, emptying a box of jigsaw pieces in the area I needed to hoover and dancing around naked whilst I cleaned around her-she is 3, why not!). I had armfuls of cardboard from xmas gifts, toys she doesn’t use anymore for the charity shop, clothes to sell, you know what its like with a 3 year old hoarder! I carried the cardboard down for recycling being completely unaware of anyone being outside my door. I wouldn’t have opened it if I had heard voices. With Emi singing at me it was hard to hear anything else.

I opened my front door, which leads into a communal hall I share with 2 other neighbours, to see grown men in my hall smoking and rolling up joints at the bottom of my stairs. This may seem like nothing to some of you, but they didn’t live here, I had never seen them before in the area, and they had seemingly just walked in off the road and decided to enter my hallway and hang out in there. It is very intimidating for anyone, before events took a nasty turn, never mind afterwards.

Before I said anything, one cocky shit said “Oh alright love we are just waiting for Steve”. He smirked and turned away, feeling very happy with himself and not realising that normal people with any sense of neighbourly goodwill at least know their neighbours first names. It said a lot about him that he assumed I didn’t. I ignored this at first, knowing full well no one called Steve lives in this block, just asking instead if they would not smoke in my hall as I had a young child at home and the smell fills my flat up. They said sorry love, quite sarcastically, and carried on rolling and smoking. Staying put, continuing to talk to each other whilst facing away from me with no intention of stopping after apologising. Mocking me directly.

I said “Who did you say you were waiting for again?”. The reply was Steve, followed by a snigger and another back turn. I said “Well unless someone new has moved in since yesterday when I spoke with my neighbour Darren, no Steve lives here, so could you please leave as you don’t live here either.” I thought this quite reasonable. I remained calm and spoke sense. I had a small child on my hip. A reasonable person may have seen their intrusion and left at that point.

These were not reasonable people. There is a new generation of spoiled, uncared for children, who do what they like at home with no consequence, or do want they want on the street because of lack of education at home about basic manners, respect and morals. They grow up into spoilt, ungrateful, greedy adults, with no sense of self-awareness, with a massive sense of self entitlement and a thirst and desire for everything to go their own way at all times. Crime is ignored. Life has no meaning apart from getting through each day on their terms only. The streets are theirs to claim in their eyes. Anything and anyone is fair game.

I was quite speechless at the massive toddler tantrum that erupted from one of the blokes in response to my statement. “For fucks sake, we are just waiting for a taxi and just fucking chillin so you need to shut the fuck up and get back in your house and leave us alone, it’s a council property anyway so you have no say so fucking shut up.”

This was actually his argument. In my hallway. Knowing himself he didn’t live on this road and had intruded my hall off the streets. With my 3 year old daughter in attendance being shocked by his foul dirty mouth, listening to every word. God forbid she ever thinks this sort of disgusting behaviour is acceptable.

I was pretty shocked for a few seconds but kept my calm and said “Well you’re wrong as these are not all council, I am a private tenant and regardless of what you think I pay my rent and I have rights to my own entrance hall and seeing as you don’t live here I am within my rights to ask you to leave and stop filling up my property with smoke. You are also being incredibly aggressive and intimidating in front of my 3 year old and I don’t have to accept it in my own rented space from someone not even from this area.”

This angered him greatly, to which he started swinging his arms back and forth Kevin style, pacing the hall and aggressively lunging towards the stairs, spitting his words at me, saying “Whatever, its council, im not going anywhere, call the fucking police if you want me gone or fuck off, im staying put.”

He looked like he was so raging mad, he might run up the stairs towards me at any point if I said anything else, so I started backing up, ushering Emi inside first, getting ready to close the door and call the police if necessary. Luckily, I didn’t have to waste any more words on a brick wall, as I think his mate could see his gobby shite of a friend had overstepped the mark and scared us and said “We will go love, sorry”. He literally had to drag his mouthy friend out whilst he continued to shout obscenities about his hardship of not getting what he wanted. He actually felt hard done by! As soon as they had stepped outside I followed them down and shut the door, bolting it so they couldn’t come back in, but even then they remained literally looking at me through the glass, they had made a point of just going as far as off my step and no further, not leaving my front porch area and continuing to smoke in front of my property, swearing at me as I closed the door. (Little fucking bitch, I believe I was called that time.)

It’s fair to say, me and Emi were both pretty shaken by the experience today. Me more so. Emi forget within 5 minutes but did start acting out the days events in great role play bossy shouty sessions using her dolls as the naughty men and telling them off. She is a great story teller that girl! It’s all material for her. No awareness of the real danger in the world at that age. I hope she remains innocent until necessary.

I always try to lock the door downstairs and ask that the neighbours do also. However, they have a habit, either them or the postman, of forgetting. I have lovely neighbours downstairs who, if at home, which is rare, will help me up the stairs with my shopping if they see me struggling. I will feed their cats on days they are away. We have a good neighbourly friendly relationship. My other neighbours are equally ok, friendly enough to say hi to and quiet as mice. No trouble. But someone is forgetting, maybe on their way out on a morning, to close the door, meaning that, as both sides are out of the block for a day or two at a time, very often, for most of the week, I am the only person in this block with my daughter. Which can have its good points. It’s very quiet. Although, I have to say, it at times makes me feel incredibly vulnerable as if they were outside my front door today as I opened it, as kids have been in the past on my top step smoking, the unreasonable nastiness from that one particular bloke could have ended up with mine and Emis health or lives at risk. That is the reality of bad people and the situation I am in on my own with a child. There is no partner only hours away to make you feel safe once they get in from work as there used to be when similar things happened when Emi was a baby. Its pretty scary at times. That is not dramatizing it. It is the reality of being a woman with a child in an isolated place on my own. You never know whats around the corner and I am hoping for better things than that rubbish today.

It is not ok, in my opinion, simply to say, well its the area, you chose to live there, deal with it. Yes I chose to live here, in a decently priced rental property, as a starter home, with my partner and first baby on the way. Since being made a single parent, when things like this happen, I am a vulnerable woman with a young child. And I hate that. Because even the strongest of women, when faced with unreasonable people who could put their lives in danger if something flips them the wrong way, cannot use their strength for good to defeat or reason with idiots who use their personal rage and lack of intelligence to bully their way through life. These kind of people, with such ignorance to their own deficiencies as people, are dangerous. Bullies are not big men, they are not tough either. Nothing these people do should be encouraged or praised. The world would be better off without them. Sad but true. Nan used to say they need putting down as they bring nothing to society apart from trouble. I would like to believe you could help some people with kindness and patience but we all know that some people are beyond that sort of help.Bad habits are ingrained in them from childhood. Nan might have had a point somewhere;-) Only kidding. But that’s the question.

Short of getting rid, what can we do about it? Call the police as that moron suggested today? He and me both know that if I did, they would roll up 3 hours later, say they had searched the area and go back to real policing. They would log it and tell you to keep logging it. And on the log goes. With no end. No purpose. No outcome apart from to appease the caller and seem half interested. I have been there. Nothing actually gets sorted.

What else could we do? Join neighbourhood watch? I have never read much on them, but imagine its much the same but with the addition of lots of curtain twitching, with the end result being calling the police and logging it. Oh and having a nice sticker proudly displayed in the window. I am sure it helps in some areas but in the forgotten ones it serves no purpose apart from giving the nosy neighbours a role.

And that is about it. I hate that people see these yobs and turn a blind eye, because its easier to let them do what they want than become a target to their bullying. The men in my hallway today were grown men of about 25-30. Grown men. Not teenage kids. How are they allowed to enter someone elses property and intimidate a mother and small child trying to go about their business. My Nan used to say just leave it. She always ignored them. And for the entirety of her life within her flat on this same road, she had people smoking in her hall, keeping her awake and on edge, meanwhile assuming it was ok because nothing was said. I imagine if it was they would still have been there. Yobs don’t listen to reason. Of course, on her own, she was vulnerable too. But the fact remains, it is not ok. I will not live as a recluse being told that thugs rule and there’s nothing I can do about it. I can at least try.

It is time for entire communities to come together, take back control of their areas and work together for a better way of life. There used to be such community spirit and now people just abuse each other. I would rather live an honest life making the best of it. People should help each other, as it used to be. I am calling for better patrols of well known problem areas as a starting point. This worked before. It took endless logs from many people within this area when the anti social behaviour was at its worst but it led to a raised police presence in the area, which, I believe, is what has contributed to the quiet of the last year here. I don’t know if this will even be acknowledged by one person in relation to an individual event but I will be trying.

Good people who live their lives honestly should not have to live in fear of leaving their own home. It doesn’t matter if you live in a council home, a private rent, a bought home, a caravan, you have the right to privacy and safety. I pay my bills same as everyone else, this is my home, that hall is my entrance. I will not allow it to be taken over by fully grown bully’s. I don’t think one person can make that much difference against the war on brain dead hooligans but it does have to start with one person at least.

I will fight with everything I have to keep my little girl safe within her own home. This is her safe place. If it doesn’t feel safe, what do we have left?

That is my thought for the start of this New Year anyway. Its survival for peace. I have always fought for what I believed in and loved. It’s not about to stop with my home. Pro-active and positive. Pick your fights x