Saturday, 20 September 2014

Festival Time

Every year we go to the local festival but this year it was a little different, mainly because it's not our local festival anymore because we moved house! It was lovely to go back though and we saw lots of old friends.
Last year the festival was a big washout, which was a big contrast to the year before which had been a lovely day.

This year we had nice weather which always helps, and there were loads of people there enjoying the day.

There are always the obligatory fair rides, I'm thinking it won't be long before my three will grow out of these (and my purse won't feel so empty)

 The kids loved these Jeeps, you can hire them for kids parties too which sounds fun!

 There is always a fire engine there and the kids love to take turns sitting in the driver seat

I love this photo of the Little Man through the fire engine window
A future career perhaps?

There is always a centre ring at the festival where they have all sorts of activities like a majorettes display, karate, zumba, belly dancing and singers. Here the kids are taking part in a dance routine with a rather cuddly looking Buzz Lightyear.

This year there was an animal tent where they let you hold all sorts of wonderful creatures like snakes and geckos. Star was particularly enamoured with this gecko and didn't want to put him down. A future pet idea maybe?

There were also lots of the usual stalls and the kids had fun on the tombola and hook a duck. My final photo is of the Little Man playing with a water pistol that he won. Note the very serious face as he aimed at me.

We will be looking forward to next years festival, lets hope it's sunny again.

Go and see what everyone else has been up to this week over on Country Kids at Coombe Mill Blog Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Friday, 19 September 2014

Time - Word of the Week

This weeks word of the week is time. I could have chosen busy, but I don't actually feel as though I've been busy, being busy means you get things done. I haven't achieved that much so I'm going with time, and how I need more of it.

Monday was the weekly shop, which is normally done on Sunday, but I didn't have time because we went out instead.
Tuesday I had to take ED to an appointment and took Star with me. Star didn't want to go straight home so we spent lots of time browsing around the shops.
Wednesday we went out shopping for a desktop PC for Star but the one she finally chose was not in stock so we had to go back on Thursday.
Thursday was spent shopping for a desk for said PC and of course we picked up the PC and I set it up while OH fixed up the flat pack desk.
Now, it's Friday and in about 15 minutes I have to go and pick up OH's dad and take him to a doctors appointment, then I'm picking up ED from work as she finishes lunch time, then I'm taking No1 Son out shopping this afternoon.

When do I get some TIME for myself?
Well, I have had some time in the evenings once the kids are in bed, but I've been trying hard to get on with my blog work which is taking up all my time. However, OH has other ideas because all he's wanted to do is discuss the politics of Scotland.

Next week could I please have a couple of extra hours in the day?

The Reading Residence

Thursday, 18 September 2014

In the Print! - Competition

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Good Luck everyone x

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Changing Rooms - Finding a Bargain

I'm currently embarking on redecorating my entire home and have even set up a new blog to record my journey. Yesterday we had our first year house inspection which went really well and pretty soon it will be all systems go.

You can read the full details on my other blog but the house hasn't shrunk or moved much which is great because there won't be much work for the builders to complete before we can get on with decorating. I'm really looking forward to it because I'm truly fed up of the magnolia now and can't wait to get some colour into my life. Of course I'll be looking for new furniture and accessories for some rooms too, it's going to be an incredible task. I'm not scared of the work and planning is good fun, the biggest problem is the cost.

So now I'm on the lookout for bargains. I have a huge job on my hands and need all the help I can get as I don't yet own a money tree in my garden. That's why I was thrilled to find a site like Voucher Bin. You can find discount codes for almost everything there. You can search for store vouchers alphabetically, or by categories depending on what you are looking for.

I don't do any shopping online without first checking there is a voucher or discount available. I've just found some great blinds for my extra large kitchen window which are a bargain at just over £40, and at Voucher Bin I found a code for an extra 10% off.

It's always good to find a bargain, even better when you can get yourself a little extra money off the total cost, even if you don't have a big expensive project on the go like me. Just think of how you can save on your Christmas pressies!

This is a collaborative post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I Hate Driving

Just seven weeks ago I picked up my new car. When I say new, it was really new and shiny and the most loveliest car I've ever had. I was so excited.

I'd not had a car of my own for more than two years. The last time I had taken out a loan to purchase a second hand car and I'd been totally ripped off. The car was purchased from a private seller and after two month I took it for an MOT test and the car had to be scrapped because it was dangerous. The experience was awful, I was left with no car and no money and the worry that I'd been driving around with my children in a dangerous car for two months. It did put me off.

Then the opportunity arose for me to have a new car and I have to admit it has been really difficult with all the hospital visits and appointments having to rely on public transport, taxis and lifts from friends and family. So a new car was just what we needed.

At first it was great, the car is a dream to drive. I have driven some awful cars in the past so it was so refreshing to have one so nice. We couldn't wait to go out every day.

I don't know exactly when things changed but I actually dread going out in the car now. I feel frightened and that makes me nervous and I'm worried that  my nerves will lead to me making a dangerous mistake. With a few weeks of having the car I ventured on the motorway and it was fine. I did get a little mixed up on the journey home but managed to rectify it and we arrived home just half hour later than expected. We did see a nasty accident on the motorway, it had happened sometime before and they were clearing up, but it was still disturbing. Maybe that spooked me?

Now I find every time  I venture out I see someone do something stupid, particularly at traffic islands. Do people know how to use islands? I think they should spend more time in lessons getting people to drive around islands, maybe even include it in the test, it's more important than doing a three point turn. I see so many near misses, witness so many people in a hurry that they pay no regards to anyone else on the road, see stupidity everywhere. Is it me? Have I lost my nerve being on the road?

I've been a driver for more than fifteen years and in that time I've had one minor accident and a couple of bumps while parking...(stupid concrete posts in car parks!) Nothing serious and no-one has ever been hurt.
I do consider myself a safe driver, although I still have a little trouble parking.

My partner has suddenly become the worst passenger ever. He was fine when I was driving him around before, but since then he's had a few driving lessons himself. Now he thinks he's a better driver than me and I'm dangerous. He says it's because he was involved in an accident before, but not while I was driving. He makes me feel even more nervous and nerves are not good while driving. I find myself concentrating really hard every second I'm in the car. I've stopped listening to the radio and ignore the kids. The road is all I think about. And driving has stopped being fun.

I'm determined not to let this beat me though. In the last week or two I've been tempted to give the car back, really, it's been that bad. However, I know we need it, and the kids would be devestated. Will get my confidence back?

So, am I a total nutcase? Have you ever felt like this? How can I help myself feel better? Do offer any advice you can, I think I need it.

Thanks xx

The day I got my car