Well, the blog's been around for literally years without ever having an "About me" page because I depended on the description in my profile, but everyone who's anyone seems to have one so I thought I'd better join in the trend ! Anyone who reads the blog will know us all already but here goes !
Chief reviewer - that's me ! - Cheryl, about to hit my forties (eek !), originally from Sussex but now living in Dunkirk, Northern France, where I teach English to teens by day and blog by night (well, until 10.30pm when I'll head off to bed with the latest book I'm engrossed in !). I love reading, cooking, getting crafty with the kids (I used to be a keen cross-stitcher, scrapbooker and patchworker but don't have the time since starting blogging !) and researching our family history.
Married to Madhouse Daddy Mike, who I blame entirely for becoming an ex-pat in France. I was only supposed to be on a year's contract in 1995 in Brest (stop sniggering in the cheap seats!), down in Brittany, but then I met Mike and never made it back home. I got the last laugh though - it's an 8-hour drive down to the in laws' whereas we're only 1/2 hour from Calais so it's quicker to get back to Hastings, even with a change of country !
The three Madhouse Mini-Testers are :
- Sophie, born in 2001, but definitely getting in some early practice as a stroppy teen ! Loves : reading, Hello Kitty, all things British, riding her bike, electronic gadgets, lollipops, muttering "it's not fair" while stomping up the stairs and a boy in her class who I'm not allowed to name (even though he can't speak English so he'd be none the wiser even if I did!)
- Juliette, born in 2005.
Loves : winding up her big sister, saying made-up rude words (such as "pooey-pants-face") to her Grandad on the phone, being a tomboy (broken glasses and a chipped front tooth in the SAME WEEK at school!), Playmobil, making cakes (and eating them) and drawing.
- Pierre, born in 2009, and about to start school (where did my baby disappear to ?!)
Loves : In The Night Garden, big cuddles, TV sleeps (he's much too grown-up for naps now), spending hours on the potty, kicking a ball around in the park, dressing up in the girls' fairy wings, toy cars.
You might also come across the odd reference to Angel, our "angel baby", the little sister who wasn't meant to be in 2008.
Four-legged friends :
- Didou and Vicky, our mum and son Maltese/bichon balls of white fluff and naughtiness
- Charlie (who - we later found out - is actually a Charlotte), our albino rabbit who likes to sleep on his back with all four legs in the air, giving me a heart attack every time I pass his cage until I nudge it to check he's still alive !