Monday, 14 August 2017

The Perfect Outfit for My Man

My husband is also my carer, he has to do so much for me and our small children. I really don't know what I'd do without him. He has to help me with everything from the housework to cooking. I can't do half as much as I used to. He also has to help me by bathing the kids and putting them to bed. I try to help as much as I can but it's really hard for me, especially if it involves going up and down the stairs. He doesn't get much time off to go out so he has converted our shed into his man cave. He has his stereo, guitars and even our old settee in there. He's made it proper cosy and it's where he goes for some time out, and he's still only a shout away if I need him.

Every now and then I like to treat him and this week I had the opportunity to treat him with some new clothes from Jacamo. Here he is posing in front of his man cave...aka the shed!

I chose for him a denim look shirt which I knew he would like. I really like the contrast around the collar and the sleeves. I also chose some blue chinos. He likes the smart casual look. To go even more casual he also has a new polo shirt he can wear with his chinos.

He's always been a big fan of Jacamo, the clothes fit really well and come in a large range of sizes which is perfect if you are extra tall or overweight. The prices are really competitive too and there is lots of choice.

So what do you think of his look?

I think he's happy anyway, the only thing that would make him happier is if someone offered me a guitar to review... as if!

Disclosure: I was sent the clothing in return for my review, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Not Today, Today I'm Feeling Blue

Our Summer holiday is half way through, we still have another four weeks to go of this extended holiday. So far we have, had a birthday party, visited relatives by the sea side for a weekend, had another, quieter, birthday lunch and have been out to the shops three times. It doesn't really sound a lot for four weeks does it?
For me it's been exhausting.
It seems that every time I leave the house I need at least two days to recover. Also, we are still having major problems with Star and it's so difficult to get her out.
This is not the summer holiday I wanted. I wanted to make it one they would remember. A really good happy time with lots of fun. I don't know what sort of condition I'll be in next summer as I feel myself getting worse day by day.

I got really upset this last weekend, simply by reading other blogs. It seems that everyone is off on days out, going to festivals, enjoying holidays. Doing the normal things you do during the summer holidays. Doing the sort of things I wanted to do. But my stupid body won't let me.

We had a lovely weekend in Dorset, I really enjoyed the break from routine, the sunshine, the change of scenery and the fact that the kids had a good time. What I didn't enjoy was not being able to get to places, the fair was a nightmare for my wheelchair. I couldn't get on the beach and play with my kids. I wanted to sit in the sand and paddle in the sea. I wanted to run around and play with my kids. I wanted to go over the rocks hunting for  fossils.  Instead I was often left behind on the promenade. I love being by the sea, just taking in the air and the scenery was lovely, but I felt I was kidding myself because I wanted to join in too.

Two people hugging with the text, sometimes when I say I'm okay I need someone to look me in the eyes, hold me tight and say, I know you're not

Every time we plan to go out we have to take into consideration my wheelchair. Will I be able to get around, will there be parking close by for me? If it's outdoors I have to consider the weather, it's an electric chair, too much rain is not good for it. (or me)

Even a simple shopping trip can be difficult. What if there is a missing drop kerb? We went to a shop the other day, the disabled bays outside were full so we had to park in the regular car park. There was no drop kerb so I had to drive along the busy road to a zebra crossing before I could mount the pavement.

We bought a National Trust membership this year, which is great, I've a long list of places to visit. But National Trust properties don't have lifts so I'll never be able to see upstairs. Also, I can't take my powered wheelchair into the properties at all, so I only get to see as much as I can walk with my sticks, which is usually not a lot. If it's a nice day I can get around most of the gardens, until you come to steps. And most gardens have steps.

Yes, I'm feeling sorry for myself today. I have been all weekend. I hate that this has happened to me. It doesn't make me feel any better thinking that there are people worse off than me. In fact I feel even worse because I feel so bad for them too.

I'm lucky that I have my lovely, understanding family. But, I don't want their lives restricted just because mine is.

My hopes of a fun filled, memory making summer are slowly drifting away.

But it's not over yet, I need to fight this, I need to turn it around and make things even better. Stop feeling sorry for myself and let my kids enjoy the experiences even if I can't join in.

Just not today.

Dark blue image of man and the sea and the text, Today I'm feeling Blue

Mummy Times Two

Saturday, 12 August 2017

My Sunday Photo

beach huts under an ominous dark cloud.

This photo was taken last Saturday at Charmouth Beach in Dorset. The kids were busy hunting for fossils on the beach and I was on the promenade, unable to get on the beach in my wheelchair.
In front of me was a lovely blue sky and twinkling sunlight on the sea. Then I turned and saw these lovely beach huts. It wasn't until after I'd taken the photo that I noticed the dark clouds, but I think they add even more atmosphere to my photo. 

Thankfully the clouds passed sideways and didn't go over the beach. They also didn't cause any rain where we were.

This next photo is what was in front of me, taken seconds before the one above.

the sea on the Dorset coastline under a blue sky

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Sunday Snap

Friday, 11 August 2017

Our Weekend Away in Broadchurch AKA Briport, Dorset

Did you watch Broadchurch? I loved it but I never really thought about where it was filmed.
Then, last weekend we went to visit relatives in Bridport, Dorset and stayed a couple of nights.
On the first day my Brother-in-law took us to West Bay which is less than a mile away from his home and instantly I recognised it from Broadchurch. It was quite amusing seeing lots of people stop and take photos of 'Wessex' police station. Of course I had to sneak one in myself.

a photo of the police station that appeared in the drama Broadchurch

And here's one I took of the Jurassic Coastline at West Bay.

the sea, beach and cliff side at West Bay in dorset

The next day the kids went fossil hunting at nearby Charmouth Beach. The beach was too rocky for me so I had to be content with sitting on the promenade being calmed by the sea and enjoying the sunshine.  It was a real strange day weather wise. When we arrived it was raining so hard we couldn't get out of the car, but once the rain cloud passed we had lovely sunshine! A couple more dark clouds passed by but we didn't have anymore rain.

The sea lapping against a sandy beach and lots of big rocks

After lunch we went to visit Lyme Regis, a seaside town I'd not visited before. It turned out to be a beautiful day and the kids quickly changed into their costumes and went paddling in the sea and were building sandcastle on the beach.

The beach full of holiday makers, the sea and a lovely blue summer sky

Once again I was stranded on the promenade but my longing to tip my toes in the sea got the better of me and it was so close I thought I could make it. I asked my hubby to hold me and I hobbled barefoot across the sand to the water and paddled. It was amazing! It was also very cold and sent my feet and legs into spasm so walking back was incredibly painful and I couldn't get back up the step to the promenade and hubby had to ask a stranger to help lift me. It was so worth it though.

On the evening we had a lovely BBQ in our relatives back garden while the kids played on the trampoline. It was such a lovely weekend and our relatives were amazing hosts.

The next day we made our way home and decided to stop off at Weston-Super-Mare for lunch at a beach side cafe.

We love Dorset so much we are planning on returning next year for a whole week.

Country Kids

Word of the Week - Growing

This week we had the second of our little ones birthday's.
My Little Man, my baby, turned seven years old!
My babies are all growing up. In just two weeks it will be Star's 12th birthday. So I will have a seven, a ten and a twelve year old. Definitely not babies!

I talked with the Little Man earlier this year and he said he was happy not to have a birthday party. After Boo's manic day I was really happy we'd come to this decision. I still wanted to make the day special for him though so I invited my friend and her two children over for a party type lunch. We had sandwiches and chicken dippers, crisps and chocolate bars. (Totally unhealthy which is how birthday spreads should be.)

And of course we had cake!

He went for Minecraft again, last years cake had a minecraft sword in it. This one was quite therapeutic to make. I'll have to invest in a roller cutter though, I cut out all those pieces individually!

For anyone not knowing about Minecraft, this is Stampy Longnose one of the characters and he's made up of pixels, which is why he is made with squares.

After the party lunch the children played lovely together for over an hour. Then on the evening the Little Man's grown up brother and sister played Mario Party with him which made him so happy. 

Before he went to bed I said to him,
"I'm sure you've grown bigger today" and he replied,
"yes, I've grown bigger which means my brain has got bigger too and I'm more intelligent."

I love my Little Man.
I love all my children and it scares me how quick they grow, but on the other hand, I'm so happy to have this time with them and I really hope and pray that I have long enough to see them grow even bigger.

The Reading Residence

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