Wednesday, 22 December 2010
Monday, 27 September 2010
Monday, 20 September 2010
Monday, 13 September 2010
At least I know the components of all coffees, and just need to worry about them having the right milk, and of course the machine itself. Expressio anyone?
Oh, and in other exciting news we've got a new hamster. We also bought a new hamster cage, which is very secure with no way of hamsters escaping or cats getting them free. The hamster is called Gnasher, and is mostly Ollie's; it seems very cute so far and also very fat.
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
We've also got a wedding to look forward to at the start of October - it's a small friends and family wedding; we're part of the friends contingent - it is one of Ollie's godfathers that is getting married. The service is in Lyme Regis, a lovely town so we're looking forward to spending some time there.
Weirdly we are staying in Charmouth, about a mile up the road where my childhood holidays were spent in a caravan. In fact, we have decided to stay in a caravan for the weekend, rather than spend a little extra for a lodge. I just could not resist for the nostalgia fest, plus the lodges are probably just wood cladded caravans anyway. Wonder how much the decor will have changed?
Saturday, 28 August 2010
Thursday, 12 August 2010
Then we all went off to the new park on Bembrook Road, I've heard good and bad things about the park. A couple of friends of ours even got shot at with BB guns there a few weeks ago. But today, was a very middle class take over (that is, if we all accept the inevitable that we are middle class anyway) with a good ten or fifteen children mostly playing nicely together and taking turns. Very lovely afternoon polished off with a nice cup of tea and more playing in the Bridge Community Centre.
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
And this week promises just a few days before we go on holiday. We're off camping in the middle of France - the Isle de Re to be precise for a week. I feel slightly 'of the moment' as a possibly (to be discussed at a later date) middle class family off for a week or two of camping in France. I think nearly everyone I know will be doing it this year.
Oh, and we just might try out the Hop Farm tomorrow despite being quite pricey it seems like it may be fun, and if not worth poking a bit of fun at the olden days.
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
This afternoon I'm going to the Children's Sports Day at their Infant School, very exciting. Last year Ollie was so busy with his crowd pleasing smile he forgot to run, so who knows what this year will bring. Am actually very pleased that the children are at an infants school at the moment, it is so nice they are all quite small and innocent and there are no scary big children to worry about.
Sunday, 18 July 2010
We went for a lovely walk along the seafront, down to free parking at Warrior Square then along the promenade, a quick paddle on the beach, and back. Very quiet, although with some enormous dog poo's along the way. A little alarming.
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
When we left University as he was under joint ownership he has been on extended visits across the county to all our houses. I've just re-inherited him a few months ago. And am really quite keen on him.
Then I heard my kids playing with the toy pushchairs and soft toys. Ah, lovely you might think except they were projecting them down the stairs and in to the stair gate to see what happened to them. And one, was my University toy, Andrew, I think they were specially gleefully chucking him down was he had his own seat in the buggy shopping compartment.
And now I must go to the gym, well as soon as I've finished my coffee and sit down that is...
Thursday, 1 July 2010
Thursday, 17 June 2010
Thursday, 27 May 2010
I'm just back from the opening of the local nursery garden. I was invited because, as a member of the committee we were responsible for fund raising for the garden, and supported the nursery in its development. The nursery just has a really small outside space, so it was key to use it as best as we could, and to enable the children to use it all year round. This wasn't possible with the previous sodden grass on one side and without any shade. Now it is a gorgeous little space, with plants, a muddy digging area for the children, a play side, an outside classroom and is just lovely.
So I'm a little proud of getting the money to make it all possible, and proud to work with such a lovely and productive team to make it happen, including the landscape architect who worked with us (and is a local parent and friend).
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Happy only with discussing Eastenders, and holidays. Anyone else share hair cutting dread? Oh, and as for the worry about price...
edit: It only cost £25 today, we did discuss my grey hair, and how long I left it but also the weekend not Eastenders. Also, why do we have to have head massages these days whilst the conditioner is being put on? Most unrelaxing.
Sunday, 23 May 2010
Then on Saturday up the East Hill for tea, and a game of rounders. The East Hill is sort of national treasure of a park, with wild bunnies roaming around, lots of different and special flora and fauna, and amazing views across the Channel and countryside. There's also a handy lift up to it for people allergic to climbing up steep hills.
Today was a lovely garden party in the neighbourhood for a birthday party, complete with treasure hunt, bubbles, and fruity punch. Fantastic. Just chilling out with a beer now after an action packed weekend.
Wednesday, 19 May 2010
The fact is is such an old hobby appeals to me, even if the slight waste of money feeling buying them does not. Still, they are only 50p and they only get a packet a week or so after being good/tidying their rooms etc.
In other news for the last two days the sea fog has come in and slowly frozen us up the hill. Very chilly in the mist.
Monday, 17 May 2010
Having a fire made it possible to go this time of year, even though the evenings were chilly our fire, and having a fair few clothes on kept us nice and warm. Unfortunately Wowo is getting really popular so is booked up most weekends this year, but I can highly recommend it for week day trips, or next year.
Noted the fashions of the weekend were mostly wellies, and shorts - not necessarily together but makes me glad I've invested in a pair of shorts for the summer. Next camping trip to Wareham in two weeks time!
Thursday, 6 May 2010
This is the first time we've had the party leaders do live debates at election time - which is interesting, can't help wondering how many people think they are actually voting for the leaders though and well, discuss.
My vote is in, as is Mat's. The voting went fairly OK bar Ollie accidentally falling over the nursery barriers in to their tent (sorry A nursery). And I had a monent of tick versus cross debate in my head, which was a worry.
So good luck, and may the best party win. Or at least my one.
Sunday, 25 April 2010
Sometimes having students to stay is like having a lovely birthday present; these kind boys bought us honey wine, honey from their town, coffee, chocolates and sweets. Really nice presents from really nice tall boys!
And they smile a lot, so I know I'll like them already.
Sunday, 18 April 2010
Sunday, 11 April 2010
So I convinced everyone to go the the Brass Monkey, as I'd looked it up and it was soul night. Got there to hear an extremely loud 'heavy metal/punk cross over' band playing. All followed by lots of laughter and a bit of ribbing. It turns out the band did have soul in their name, hence my error. Then home via a taxi driver 'mishearing' us and nearly taking us to the wrong town.
Thursday, 8 April 2010
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
Very excited about new storage - stationary and storage -items from the Gods all.
Monday, 5 April 2010
Now having the 'we're quite broke but do need more storage' age old issue of which is better Argos or Ikea. Of course, the better thing to do would be source a second hand chest of drawers that is solidly built etc. etc. However since Billie the hamster holing up minus an eye in an old storage unit we have it has put me off second hand a bit for keeping clothes in at least.
You never really know what has happened do you? What if an older lady had weed in the drawers? Or anything?
So which is best; Ikea or Argos? Ikea would normally have been our shop of choice but factor against it from here is that it is at least an hour there, and the petrol that two hour round trip costs too. Argos is just down the road, well in the town centre, and has marginally improved its design recently. Still, both shops have a specific 'look' neither of which I'm over keen on.
Any thoughts? What shall we do?
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Of course it turned out to be teaching pre-GNVQ Health and Social Care, and Childcare to students with lower grades AND all the interview questions were (surprising to me anyway) about my experience teaching and supporting young people. Course my experience is limited to hosting foreign students, and um, being young myself twenty years ago. Neither of which seemed to go down particularly well in the interview.
And I didn't even want the job.
Still, didn't get it so just as well.
Monday, 29 March 2010
Sunday, 28 March 2010
We went up to the East Hill, which was much chillier than the Old Town and saw all the activities laid out for the children. J got her face painted and they both participated in an obstacle course and won a book and an inflatable ball (which of course is now in the neighbours garden). We saw a lot of people, hello people we saw!, and we went back down in the actually quite/very steep carriage.
All good fun.
Thursday, 25 March 2010
And now Costa have launched a drink called Flat White; which is made of frothed milk just sort of flattened down and horror of horrors full fat milk.
Gutted. It's not my drink anymore. Not only do I hate full fat milk I'm distinctly unkeen on things that have been frothed; even then flattened I'm not keen.
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
I don't want to moan because I am very lucky to have this time with the children, and um, housework in the middle of the day but it does seem an almost impossible task to find a job that fits in with the children, and our life. And frankly, I want one as I am getting a bit bored; the money would come in handy as would the activity itself.
At this stage I do want to work around the children though; after all I had them to look after them myself but it just seems impossible to get the right balance. And to find the job with the right balance, a job that isn't with more children that is. Teaching assistant jobs seem perfect, except not for me. Plus, the pay is terrible.
Thursday, 18 March 2010
I actually feel a bit cross with them still, even though they've now left.
And another thing, both had a habit of standing whispering outside rooms to I guess plan their sentences, or entrances but it was bloody annoying especially when they creeped up on you.
We're done with students for a couple of weeks now though, which is quite nice actually. Pleased to be able to fling open doors without fear, cook vegetables, (and proper vegetarian food with lentils and things), oh, and I guess build up excitement and cultural awareness skills ready for the next lot.
Monday, 15 March 2010
Took our own wine too, which is always good, even if I drank most of it as M was driving home. Did bring some back to watch 24 with.
Oh, and for those of those who know what I mean I'm on Book 3 and rooting for the werewolf. Bella could have lovely cute little dark haired children and live merrily in La Push enjoying the beach. Think Edward bit too moral for my liking.
Saturday, 13 March 2010
The vet was concerned about her leg, and said it may never heal. She gave me a choice to have her put down straight away or take her home with medicine and wait. I couldn't face putting the lovely lovely Billie down; she'd been nothing but a delight and she didn't deserve this.
I took Billie home with me, giving her medicine twice a day, and blocking all the holes in her cage so she didn't get in to the tunnels and hurt herself more. Her leg swelled up and she started to smell. She continued to be lovely; taking her painkillers, drinking a little, not eating much but nestling down to her bed.
By the end of the weekend it was obvious something was seriously wrong and we took her back to the vet. For the last time. Her broken leg was causing internal bleeding, and the infection was from that. The antibiotics had, and probably could not work. We said goodbye to the loveliest little hamster we'd known.
And yes, lovelies, I'm back - regular updates to follow...
Sunday, 28 February 2010
Thursday, 25 February 2010
Or I'd write about everyone at school giving me the evils because I parked on the corner, and then got car in wrong gear and nearly ran over road crossing families. Nearly it was. Or about how when I went forward another group of children and parents got in my way. But I'd seen them of course, just did not like the looks in their eyes.
Jesus, sometimes just the littlest things are the hardest. Like closing doors, or getting my automatic, with only 2 gears in the right one.
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
I think the real reason is a kind of creative block; not just on my writing but also on my art work which has meant I'm stuck, not going anywhere and with no good ideas. So sorry - hopefully normal service resumed shortly, hopefully.
Friday, 12 February 2010
I've just finished reading this; using the time I should have been reading 'Tess of the D'Ubervilles' for my book group. And its fantastic, really enjoyable, page turn-able fun. Twilight, that is not Tess which has almost put me to sleep every time I've picked it up.
Tess is an allegory for what - the fact that no one really cares about poor Tess and her feelings (unsurprising as she is so so boring despite her misadventures) but Twilight is a good old fashioned story about love, and thwarted love, and the challenges that lovers face. OK, so it is not all that well written, and the descriptions are a little wordy (use wow words I can imagine Stephanie's editor saying, and she certainly does) but it is fun and it keeps you interested.
So sorry bookclub, I've failed the Tess test and joined the teenagers this month. Anyone else prefer Twilight to Tess? Or Tess to Twilight for that matter?
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
Friday, 5 February 2010
I then actually took the appliances out of their packet, which as an electrical screw driver phobic was a big deal.Read the instructions, and put the batteries in then tested them. Jesus at this rate I'll be wielding a drill next week. I then propped them up in appropriate places as really could not understand wall mounting stuff.
Then I've whizzed around changing all the bins, making beds, washing in and out of the machine, cleaning the table, and um, sitting down. Now it's just past ten and I'm waiting for a gas safety visit, hence the devices.
Wednesday, 3 February 2010
I got a phone call at the gym from our students company saying the girls were trapped in the house. I felt a moments concern then realised they had just been stymied by the double handle thing on the door so told the agency to get them to call me if still stuck, or worst case scenario to leave by back door. Got home unconcerned and then realised I had actually, um, locked them in the house. They had managed to get out by the back door, of course leaving it unlocked for the burglars to enter.
Fortunately, all's well, I'm out of the shower, cat and hamster safe from burglars and students out for blistery walk on Suicide Hill, or whatever they call Beachy Head these days.
Tuesday, 2 February 2010
Of course, this morning I'm still in a mad albeit more sensible frame of mind so won't be giving the silly person the air space. Instead the poor children and hamster are driving me bonkers. They all want something, and they all seem persistent in not doing what they should be doing (children - getting dressed, hamster - being quiet and doing her playing at night time not first thing in the morning when we should be busy).
Oh, and I'm annoying myself as I also need to get a move on...
Thursday, 28 January 2010
Somehow I just can't write a decent post or article about this though. Truthfully I think I have over thought it, I've written an essay plan, for my course on it; written an exercise on how packed lunched evoke the different senses and done lots of thinking.
So there it is, thought I'd write something, it is fascinating; brown bread in the 1970's, Cup a Soup's in the office - but never anywhere else, Wagon Wheels and houmous and bread sticks. I can't write it but I'd love to have your thoughts on it? What's healthy and acceptable to the peers? What is unacceptable to your peers, or was? What is downright fantastic? (e.g. Wagon Wheels)...
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
Sunday, 24 January 2010
He was very kind in fact and showed me all the new fangled equipment - a TV in the screen of the treadmill. And the less new fangled; apparently the rowing machine hasn't changed since my last visit, oh um, five years ago. That was a touch embarrassing to admit, but pretended I had been very busy with my babies.
I might even go again today. Will have to have a shower first though.
Thursday, 21 January 2010
Although the food in the fridge and freezer nearly came to that, and we had fifty pound excess so could not claim on the insurance, so probably it all means nothing.
Nothing, nothing at all.
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
What does it all mean, and is it connected to me having a cold, and incidentally thinking about getting some white low Converse as summer shoes? Horses and kings of England I don't know about!
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
This would never happen in the city, or at least not for over 24 hours; for some reason it took that amount of time to find a generator that worked so we can have electricity at least temporarily. Apparently something caused the local sub station to blow up and catch on fire meaning a little block of houses near me were all affected. We don't have a gas light, and the battery camping light - oh, yes, maybe I bought a kids one because I preferred the way it looks, and it did not really work. And the other lighting epiphany was that candlelight isn't actually very bright at all. So we could only just about read with torches, which isn't fun; we tried to watch a film on the computer but it ran out of power; and we sat in near darkness before having a cold wash and bed.
Oh, and in the end, all the food in the freezer has gone bad. It'd have been OK if we'd cooked it up in the dark last night and had a party. But we didn't as I naively assumed the freezer would be OK if I didn't open it and that the power surely would not be off for more than 12 hours.
Right, normal service resumed, grump over.
Sunday, 17 January 2010
1 or 2 shots of vodka
Fizzy mineral water
Thick slice of lemon
Dash of PLJ (or other) lemon juice
Mix together in a tall glass, sit back and enjoy.
Particularly good in front of the new fantastic Glee, see E4 tomorrow at nine pm if missed tonight, or ingredients missing, and Mondays are acceptable decadent telly watching nights. Glee is camp, fun and full of songs, with a little drama. Love it. Any other favourite drink/TV combo's?
Saturday, 16 January 2010
So - what do you think? Would it seem a little false if I ended more posts with a question? Or is it an excellent way to get reader participation in the blog?
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
However new day, new year, new me, I've had a lovely morning doing 'art' I've got a fabulously funny friend coming to visit this week, and I'm all excited so I must note the following:
1. I need to stop smoking for various reasons but these are the current ones;
- The pictures on the packets make me feel a bit ill, and I really don't want a diseased heart/lungs.
- I don't want the children to see me smoke.
- It's cold outside.
- See above, so I could put my pyjamas on earlier if I stopped.
- It's expensive unless you brave dodgy cheap shops and do special looking down techniques to get the bargain stuff.
2. I made a lovely vegetarian possibly beef style stew last night and just had it for lunch.
3. Must remember I really like soya chunks, see above.
4. I must get some soft pencils, I'm almost obsessing about how much I need them, even if truth be told I very rarely use a pencil.
5. It's like really cold, and I'm pleased I've discovered the delights of long sleeve tops underneath short sleeved ones. Sort of a t-shirted baggy tank top look.
6. That is all for now, except I really like to blog.
Sunday, 10 January 2010
Thursday, 7 January 2010
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
So instead we wandered down the street pulling our supersonic (more of that later) sledges, called for some friends and found a great little hill on the edge of the East Hill. Sometime after we'd be sledging down it causing it to become a great slippery ice rink of a hill we realised it was actually a shortcut to some houses and middle aged ladies kept trying to walk up with bags of shopping.
However, that did not deter us, we risked the railings leading to the frozen reservoir on one side, brambles on the other and sped, I say, sped down the hill. Our friends had a more sophisticated version of a sledge which was a much more sedate ride, which dare I say I preferred.
We only had two big tantrums between us, laughed at each other, particularly at unskilled turning skills and had a brilliant time. Roll on tomorrow's snow day!
Monday, 4 January 2010
And as for Art and Design, I'm really excited about that too - and its local and up the hill which always makes me happy. Rumour has it we might do some lino printing too and I can't forget how utterly satisfying making marks in to lino with a sharp scraper is. I think the last time I did it was during my GCSE's when I did a project on my hands. Or it might have been washing up, but I remember talking lots of hand photos and have a nice unlined one to look back on.
We're all going to be busier than ever - but planning is a great thing. Oh, and I've got a lovely moleskin diary to write it all in so I don't mind.
Saturday, 2 January 2010
Luckily there is an answer and it is some supersonic athlete's foot cream. Which is a fungus too, although hopefully a different kind. Oh, and lovely pharmacist said; 'Ooh, it looks red and a bit wet.' Grim.
And I've got some spots on my chin.