Sunday, 19 November 2017

My Sunday Photo 19th November 2011

4 girls paddling in the sea standing in height order.

I've had to resort to my archives again this week. This photo jumped out at me, it's always been one of my favourites. It was taken on a 35mm camera in 2001. Those little girls are all grown up now.

It's not the best quality but I just wanted a photo of the girls having a paddle in the sea (Aberystwyth, Wales.) It wasn't until I had the photo developed that they were all standing in a line in height order!

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Sunday Snap

Friday, 17 November 2017

Word of the Week - Salem

This is one of my cats, we have two, brother and sister, Salem and Sabrina.
Last weekend Salem got sick. We don't know what happened he just started being very poorly and the weight dropped off him incredibly quick. We decided we'd take him to the vet on Monday, but ended up going in as an emergency on Sunday. They checked his bloods which came back okay and then gave him anti-biotic and anti-sickness injections. We had to take him back on Monday.

He was given more injections but they really didn't know why he was so sick. We had some pills to give him from Wednesday and he has to go back to the vets today.

All week our focus has been on Salem. We lost two cats just two years ago, Suzie and Scribbles. They were both really old but it was still hard to let go. In comparison, Salem is quite a youngster at just seven years old. We really didn't want to lose him but it looked so likely at the beginning of this week, he was skinny and listless and did nothing but flop on a cardboard box. We tried cushions and blankets but he just wanted a cardboard box. 

After his vet visit on Monday he started to perk up a little and we managed to get him to eat a little cooked chicken. As the week as wore on he has eaten a little more each day and is now getting up off his box to walk to his food rather than having it shoved under his nose. It's progress, and he's even looking like he's starting to put on weight again. Fingers crossed he is on the mend and will continue to get better. It's been a tough week.

In other news, we missed the Little Man's parents evening because of being at the vets. We are waiting to hear when his teacher can fit us in for a chat.

On Wednesday we managed to go for lunch at my friends house, the lunch we had to cancel last week because of sickness. It made me realise that I'd not been to her home since before I got sick (I have seen her many times though.) Then I realised that there are so many places that I haven't been since I got sick. We had a lovely lunch and catch up though, I really must get out more.

Yesterday Star managed to fall up the stairs at school and has sprained her wrist. Thankfully it was a fall up and not down and that she didn't do more damage. With her condition she could have easily dislocated something. She came home with an ice-pack and a sling! 

Today is Children in Need day and the younger two have gone to school as last minute made up super heros. We were told we could be as imaginative as we wished, we just hope that they understand that the costumes were very last minute..eek...Boo has gone as Super Silver Cat, and the Little Man as Sonic the Hedgehog Super Fan. 

I'm hoping for a nice peaceful weekend. 

The Reading Residence

Thursday, 16 November 2017

The A Word and a New School

The BBC drama, The A Word, is a great way to get everyone talking about Autism. One of my Autism mum friends the other day said we should be promoting Acceptance rather than Awareness. I can see her point, a lot more people are aware of Autism these days and now they learn how to be accepting. However, there are plenty more people out there who know very little about Autism, so how can they accept? Awareness and Acceptance go hand in hand in my opinion.

photograph of the cast of the A Word with a back drop of the lake District
BBC - The A Word

We are now two episodes down in The A Word and just in case you've not heard about it, it's a drama which features a family that have a young child, now 7, called Joe who is autistic. The first series focused on the family becoming used to the diagnosis, finding out all they could about the condition, and looking for cures, which are non-existent. The new series find that they have accepted their son's autism and are now finding the best way to deal with it. Besides the autism there is loads more going on in the drama, including romance, break-ups, lies, cheats etc. The usual stuff that make up a good drama, with autism as it's main focal point.

In the second episode we see Joe going to a new school, one with a unit, or centre for children with learning difficulties, or autism. I don't pair the two together because some autistic children are high functioning and have no learning difficulties.

Autistic children are difficult to place in schools. I think that those that are high functioning generally manage most of primary school okay because most of their behaviour can be put down to immaturity. it's when they get to secondary school that problems can begin. They are generally bigger, noisier schools and it's difficult for an autistic child to fit in. The routines are different and the lessons more focused. There is no room for immaturity or idiosyncrasies, or children that don't fit in the mould.

I'm lucky because although my daughter is in mainstream school, they have everything in place for children with difficulties. The child is allowed to carry on the school day with the other children as much as they can, but if problems arise they have a whole department of the school, including teaching rooms, dining rooms, toilets and shower room, and the children can go there if they wish. Only children with problems are allowed to enter, so it's a kind of safe haven, especially if there is bullying going on. The school is also very good with dealing with bullying.

My daughter is happy at school, and although she loses a fair bit of time due to her illness, she is coping really well. I think she may make it right through to the end.

She will be my first child to do that. My eldest child was taken out of Secondary School for home education when he was almost 13 years old. The school just had no idea of how to deal with him. He was uncontrollable, angry, violent and being bullied mercilessly. He was incredibly unhappy and after loads of meeting with the school the only option I had was to home school him, or the preferred term these days is home educate.

I found it difficult to control him at home so I was offered a home tutor as help but eventually he was found a place in a special school where he managed to go on and complete his GCSE's.  A lot of special schools don't go on to exams so I was lucky to have him one that did.

Last night's episode of The A Word, we also saw an older boy, called Mark. He was also autistic and his mum was single and it was obvious she had a lot on her hands. The situation reminded me of me and my son as I was also coping with all this while being a single mum. The meltdown scene had me in tears as I remembered how things used to be. I'm sure it would have resonated with a lot of other mum's with teenage autistic children. I am lucky that once my son had passed through puberty things became so much easier. Now, as long we mostly leave to do his own thing, he gets on fine and rarely has a meltdown. His way of dealing with things that really bother him is to leave the house and walk off his frustration. He's done this since he was nine years old and now at nearly thirty I still find it stressful.

While I was watching the episode, alone, my eldest son came into the room. He saw the scene where Joe was really upset and wanted to listen to a song he had heard on the radio one more time. My son said 'they wouldn't let him go into school like that' so I told him that it was a special school. He watched for a few seconds more then got up to leave with the comment 'I'll leave you in peace to watch your program that's taking the p*ss out of Autism.' I was quite stunned. I certainly don't think that of the drama, but it's made me think a little more about it. Do Autistic people really want drama's featuring autism? Does it upset them? It obviously upset my son, but then he only watched one scene, maybe if he'd watched more he'd have felt differently...although maybe not the scene of Mark having a meltdown.

I find myself torn now. I will carry on watching and I hope it does raise awareness and acceptance of autism. But, maybe not in front of my son.

Have you watched The A Word? What do you think of it? Where you aware of autism before or have you learned anything by watching it? I'd love to hear your views.

Joe and his mum and dad from the A Word pictured against a backdrop of the lake district
BBC The A Word

Lucy At Home

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Christmas Toy Bargains for Kids

Have you done any Christmas Shopping yet? I like to get mine done early but I'm always on a look out for a Bargain. I've found a selection of bargain kids toys share with you. Enjoy!?

What U Talkin Bout?

Say it but try not to spray it! A real funny game for kids and adults. 

Jacks Wacky Face

If you don't want to pay over the odds AND get pie in your face, then you can get this Wacky Face Game for only £5 too, another £15 saving.

Nerf N-Strike Retaliator 

Have you got Nerf fans in the house, I know I have. This fabulous Nerf N-Strike retaliator has a fabulous 25% off at the moment. Check it out for just £27.74 (was £36.99) 

Disney Frozen Delux Elsa Styling Head

Perfect for little Frozen Fans and perfect for your purse (or wallet) at £15 off. Reduced from £39.99 you can now buy this Elsa Styling Head for just £24.99

My Little Pony Equestria Girls - Rainbow Rocks Twilight Sparkle Doll

You can get this fab MLP Equestria Girls Doll with a massive 50% off for £12.50, was £25.

SuperGraph Art Set

My kids love something at Christmas that they can enjoy being creative with and this Super Graph Art Set would be loved by my Little Man. It's currently only £20.25, reduced from £27

Paw Patrol Splash Mat

All three of my young children loved their Aqua Pads and now you can get a fabulous half price Paw Patrol Splash pad for just £10. Great fun for kids, no mess for parents!

I hope you've enjoyed my bargain, if you want to find more bargain or just more toys for your Christmas Shopping then The Entertainer is a great place to go.

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Monday, 13 November 2017

My Christmas Wish List From Lakeland

I know Lakeland isn't the first place you'd probably look for Christmas gifts, but if you don't you really are missing out as they have a fabulous selection for everyone and all neatly categorised for easy shopping. Not only do they have gift lists, you can find some fabulous recipes and decoration ideas. And have you heard of Poppa Balls yet? They are fantastic in drinks and recipes. I first discovered Poppa Balls in my iced Matcha Latte which just have to buy every time I go past Meecha. If you haven't discovered them yet, go and give them a try today, they really are delicious and add a special touch.

Back to the Christmas Shopping, I've been through and decided on what I would like, so it's my Christmas Wish List so to speak. Extra bonus if my family pop by as they don't seem to have an idea of what to get me.

Heated Throw

I so need this lovely throw, I get cold so quickly and when I get cold I get more pain. I have a little blanket that I can pull out whenever I get too cold but how lovely it would be to have a heated throw, no more cold and painful legs! 

Lakes Gingerbread Vodka.

I love gingerbread and I love vodka so this makes perfect sense. It sounds like the perfect Christmas tipple to me. Costs £13.99 from Lakeland

Wilton's Food Colouring

Okay, this may at first, seem like a strange request as a Christmas present but this Colour Right Food Colouring system is absolutely amazing. Me and my brood are always looking for the right colour and with this kit you get a colour chart to mix the colours so no more guessing, you can get just the colour you want every time. 
Even Better! Buy this kit now and get a free Easy Layer Pan set! Just what I need to make a rainbow cake, which is something I've always wanted to do. 

It costs £19.99 for the  Colour Right Food System Pack and you get the free pan set worth £14.99. 

Lakeland Chocoholics Christmas Hamper

Again, this is two gifts in one for me, I love chocolate and I love boxes. This gift would be a dream, just look at those irresistible treats, chocolate popcorn, salted caramel truffles, pandora with chocolate cream filling..and more..yummy!  Then you get the adorable wooden box with lid and heart shaped handles. This gift would last me for so long. It costs £39.99 

Robert Welch Tea Light Holder

Isn't this pretty? It really caught my eye. I love my tealights but current I burn them in old Gu ramekins, you know those little glass pots that come full of dessert. It's a great way of recycling my ramekins but this is really cute and I would love it. A bit pricey for tea light holder at £39.99, but it would look great in any setting and I'm sure the light effect would be amazing too. 

Lakeland doesn't just offer gifts for bakers or ladies, you can also get gifts for the whole family. You can find gifts for Him and gifts for the kids too, including some Harry Potter merchandise.

I hope you have enjoyed my wish list, is there anything you would like from it, or from Lakeland? Have you ever done  your Christmas shopping at Lakeland?

Disclosure:This post contains affiliate links which won't cost you any more if you purchase, but may make me a few pennies.

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I've also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I've loved. If I don't love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It's always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I'll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.
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