Sunday, 25 June 2017

My Sunday Photo - 25th June 2017

a single pink rose

It seems like everyone is sharing flower photos but I'm a bit late to the party.
It seems like my garden is late to the party too as it's not given me many offerings so far.
I have four planters, one containing orange lilies, which have flowered but are already looking tired.
One containing white Carnations which are just starting to flower, one containing Lavender which looks half dead but the other half is starting to blossom, then there is my miniature rose bush which I had high hopes for but so far just this one little bloom. The leaves don't look so healthy either.
I've tried having my planters in different parts of the garden, but too far and I cannot reach them and too close and they don't seem to get enough sun.

Next week my husband is picking up some pallets and he's having a go at making some raised flower beds. I really hope he does and that we are able to grow more. 

I post all the photos I visit on my Pinterest Board, if you see your photo and you would rather not have it pinned then please let me know and I will remove it. 





Photalife

Sunday Snap

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Our Half Term Holiday

We went on Holiday at half term to Haven Littlesea Holiday Camp in Weymouth. It was our first time to this particular camp, but not our first time to a Haven Park. We really loved it and will definitely go back there, probably next year. I know these type of holiday camps are not everyone's cup of tea, but they suit us just fine. We love caravans and we love holiday camps which have everything on site.

We were so lucky with the weather, it rained when we arrived and it rained on the way home but in between the weather was lovely and warm and mostly sunny.

The first day we stayed on site and settled into our caravan which was lovely and clean and had everything we needed. We spent the evening in the arcade and having a chip shop supper.

Day two we went into Weymouth. We had a little trouble because Star was determined that she wasn't going and it took us over an hour to persuade her. I still don't know exactly what her problem was but she was incredibly anxious. Once we were in the car and on the way she wasn't so bad, until she thought we were lost and then she got worked up again. We know not to talk about being lost or not knowing where to go as it distresses her so much, and we were lost but trying to remain calm about it. Luckily the journey was pretty easy and it was only because of road works and a diversion that we lost our way, but we were soon back on track and old Tom Tom was very helpful.

When we arrived they wanted to go on the beach. This was not what I had planned, I thought we could walk along the sea front and visit some shops and leave the beach until another day. I was over ruled though and in the first shop buckets and spades where purchased and we headed straight to the beach.

I can't go on the beach in my wheelchair but I was pleasantly surprised to find that they had beach wheelchairs for free use. I didn't feel comfortable about using one so I just sat on the promenade where they were lots of  deckchairs. Dad and kids played on the sand in front of me, and went down to the sea to paddle. I could see them all the time.

kids on the beach


While on the beach we also got to watch a Punch and Judy Show, which was good fun if a little un PC. Boo particularly enjoyed the show and sat right at the front.


After a couple of hours on the beach we were all hungry so we went to a cafe to have a late lunch. Of course, with no planning I had no changes of clothes or towels and the kids were in a mess, so it was lucky there were plenty of cafes with tables outside.

Day three we planned our day at the beach better, taking a picnic, spare clothes and towels. We were on the beach at around 11am and stayed there until around 3pm. As well as playing in the sand and sea the kids also had a jump on the beach trampolines.

trampoline on the beach


On the evening we had a lovely meal at the pub restaurant and the kids played in the playground while waiting for the food. It was all very nice.

The kids loved the arcade so wanted to go there all the time, it couldn't be avoided because it was central to everything else, if you wanted to go to the entertainment club, the swimming pool or the restaurant we had to go through the arcade. We found that by making a budget of how much we could spend when we went there helped.

The swimming pool was fantastic. There was two indoor pools and one outdoor. The girls went to a pool party which was for the over eights so the Little Man couldn't go. Dad went with them and they had lots of fun while I had some quality time with my Little Man.

The kids and Dad also had a swim in the outdoor pool and I was shown how to get by the poolside in my wheelchair which was really nice. I am not confident that I could actually cope in the water just yet, but it was nice to watch my family having so much fun.....Then, as they were getting out of the pool to go to the other one and have a go at the water walkers, a disaster almost happened.

It happened so fast I cannot believe that it was real. The Little Man was first out of the outside pool and ran immediately into the big pool. He was too fast for me and I couldn't get into the big pool area with wheelchair. I called to Dad but before he'd even got out of the water I watched as my little man dived head first into the deep end of the pool! He can't swim, in fact he's never been to a pool before so I imagine he had no idea what he was doing. Thankfully a life guard was walking past as he fell in and he immediately scooped him out again unharmed. I think he definitely needed a lesson in pool safety and I'm horrified we hadn't talked to him before. But we were lucky, he was safe and unharmed, and it hasn't put him off swimming.

The water walkers were great fun, the kids had so much fun in them. The girls have tried them before but Boo didn't like them because they were too hot inside. This time, however, they all enjoyed them very much.

watter walkers


There were things we didn't manage to do while there, I think mostly because we spent so much time on the beach. If the weather had not been so nice then we probably would have spent more time visiting other places. We have already decided that next year we are going to extend our holiday so we can fit more things in.



Country Kids

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Word of the Week - Hot



Well, you certainly cannot look back at this week and say that the heat has not dominated it!

We had our Father's Day BBQ on Sunday and the weather was perfect for cooking outside. I have to admit though, two BBQs in one week is a little much, I'll be happy not to have another for quite a while.

On Monday, Boo went back to school after her chicken pox had all scabbed over and they were off on a school trip. She went to the Butterfly Farm in Stratford On Avon. It was really hot and I was disappointed to hear that the children were only given one drink all day! A lot of parents have complained to the school, but it's a bit late now, it's just a good job they didn't have any children faint in the heat. Boo had a lovely day though and was happy to be back with her school friends.

The rest of the week has mostly involved my feeling that I'm melting on the settee with both patio doors open. There is just no escaping the sort of heat we've had this week. Even with fans blowing. Night times have been the worst, the kids haven't been able to get to sleep for ages, and the neighbours think it's okay to let their kids play outside on their bikes and scooters until 10pm. Even when I was a teenager my mum made me be home by 9.30am on school nights, these kids are the same age as mine.

On Thursday night I checked on the kids as usual before going to bed myself and the Little Man was soaked in sweat! I stripped him down and opened his window a little more, but there just wasn't any air blowing in.

I had trouble sleeping myself and I take drugs to help me sleep!  I had the bedroom window wide open and the curtains but it was just so hot and humid. When I did fall asleep I had a nightmare which woke me, and then I heard a car skidding and a loud crash followed by lots of shouting. I thought I was still dreaming, but no, I was wide awake and even hung my head out of the window to hear what was happening. It must have bee a few streets away as I didn't see anything or anyone. I then couldn't get back to sleep wondering what had happened.

We haven't had any storms here yet, and yesterday it was only slightly cooler. I do like a good thunderstorm as it clears the air and makes it fresher. Fingers crossed the weekend won't be so hot and humid.


I'm linking up with the Reading Residence for the Word of the Week Linky.




Driving Back to the 80s

I was a teenager in the 80s so it's a very special decade for me. I had a boyfriend in 1982 and he had a Triumph Spitfire Convertible. It was incredible driving along with the the wind in my hair, very exciting for a teenager. Sadly, some jealous person filled the petrol tank with sand and the car was never rescued.


One of my favourite 80s programs was Knight Rider, and Michael Knight's best friend was his car Kitt, an AI computer module in the body of a highly advanced robotic Pontiac Trans Am. Kitt was always coming to the rescue and I would have given anything to own a futuristic car like that.  

Then in 1985, Back to the Future was released with the fabulous De Lorean Time Machine Car. I loved the film and I loved the car. Back to the future also had two brilliant sequels featuring the De Lorean which was finally trashed at the end of the third film by a train. A couple of years ago I got to see Paul Bradbury's De Lorean at the Gadget Show Live, which he'd modified to look just like the one in the film.



You can see more cars from the 80s Films and Tv over on Virtue Lease Cars site. How many of them do you remember?

I asked my hubby, Graham, which would be his favourite car from 80s Tv and he said it would have to be The General Lee, a Dodge Charger from The Dukes of Hazzard. In the opening  scenes of the show you see the car fly over a police car!


Back here in the UK, cars were not so fancy, in fact it's hard to find any UK television programs that feature cars, but there is one iconic one. The Trotters Reliant Van from Only Fools and Horses. This one has a special place in my heart as my Dad used to drive a Reliant Van, only his was blue and he did have back windows. 




If you have children born in the 80s they may remember the first appearance of Postman Pat. He's still around today and he's driving his LDV Sherpa Post Van.
" Everybody knows his bright red van, people stop and smile as he waves to great them."


I hope you've enjoyed my road trip back to the 80s. Do let me know your favourite 80s vehicles or let me know if you've heard of the ones I've mentioned here.

disclosure: this is a collaborative post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Teacher Gifts Guide and Competition

It's that time of year when it's almost the end of term and parents start thinking of gifts for their kid's teacher. In the past I've spent ages with my kids making home made gifts or baking cupcakes. Last year I wasn't well enough and this year I find that they are getting a bit old for the home made things so I will have to buy presents again. Thankfully, Star is now in Secondary School so I only have to buy two gifts for Boo and the Little Man.

Do you buy presents for your kid's teacher? Tell me what you are buying this year for an entry into my new competition for a box of Cadbury's Chocolate for sharing. A great way to get the summer holiday started.

First though, please take a moment to browse some of the teacher's gifts that I've found. I would love it if you were to click through as there are lots of other gifts available on these sites and I'm sure  you will find something that's just perfect for your child's teacher.

Box of Treats

Last year I bought Star's teacher a one off box of treats from Boxcitement. She was absolutely thrilled with it. You can find some bargains on the sale page.

boxcitement gift box

Tea Lovers Gift

Who doesn't love a nice cuppa! This gift from Twinings is just lovely and they have many other gifts in their shop too.

twinings tea gift


Travel Books

Why not inspire the teacher to get away from it all during the break with a fabulous travel book like Lonely Planet's Ultimate Travelist

ultimate travelist book

Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

Now this is a great gift for any teacher, they can go home, bake themselves a delicious chocolate chip cookie in less than a minute and put their feet up, relax and enjoy! Contains 3 portions to microwave in just 45 seconds.

chocolate chip cookie mug mix


Cat Mug

Do you know that your kids teacher is a cat lover? Well, then they would love to receive this amazing Cat Mug from My Geek Box. You can find all sorts of geeky gifts  at My Geek Box from Doctor Who to Star Wars and much more and prices start from less than £10. So check them out if you are looking for something a little bit different. 
cat mug


Chocolate

Chocolate is a great gift but you could make it even greater buy buying a personalised Dairy Milk bar from Cadburys. You can personalise bars from 110g for £4, 200g for £5, 360g for £7 and 850g for £12. So, something to suit all budgets. It's real easy to do too.


personalised chocolate bar


Competition Time


To get your Summer Holidays off to a good start I'm giving you the chance to win a Cadbury Treasure box full of 18 bars of chocolate for sharing. (or not!)

cadburys treasure box

Fill in the widget to enter and Good Luck! 


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