The Weekend!

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Since returning to work full time, weekends have taken on a new significance for me.

I like to make plans and have things to look forward to.

Also, the youngest is still on holiday from school and not doing much during the week, I want to do something nice with her – something she will like.

It doesn’t need to be anything flamboyant, just something that makes me feel I have done something with the weekend, other than housework.

My word of the week this week is:

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The eldest, has spent the whole week, parading around with a ginormous backpack, rehearsing for the V Festival this weekend.

I can’t say that I am not nervous about this but hey, she is 19.

Himself and I had a conversation on Monday evening that went like this:

Me – What are we doing this weekend?

Himself – Leave it with me.

Me – What about going to the outdoor theatre in Liverpool – it is Jungle Book this Saturday?

(himself rushes to check the weather forecast)

Himself – Torrential rain is forecast, it would be miserable.

Tuesday Evening –

Himself – What about extreme trampolining? I will look it up.

Himself – They only have 9am slots free, we  have to walk Jack and it is 40 miles away – too early.

Wednesday Evening –

Himself – A ferry to Belfast from Birkenhead? I will look it up.

Himself – It costs a fortune, oh I suppose that is because it is August.

Thursday Evening –

Himself – Blackpool Pleasure Beach, the youngest will love it, I will look it up.

Collective response – The lights start in a couple of weeks let’s leave it until then.

Himself – A coupe of nights in The Lakes? I will look it up.

Himself –  It is peak season, everywhere dog friendly is booked.

Himself – What about Iron Bridge?

Me – Oh yes, that would be lovely!

Himself – What about the weather forecast? .

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Therefore, I still have no idea what we will do this weekend, despite having talked about it all week.

One thing is for sure, it will involve a dog walk.

Do you have some great plans for this weekend, or any ideas to share?

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Have a lovely day!

 

My Captured Moment! #19

 

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The south Lakes Safari Zoo – Circa 2009!

‘ I do not care that there is a Lemur behind me – what time is lunch?’

Seriously this child was, and remains, so difficult to impress.

Like the inhabitants, she perked up after she had been fed!

I loved this zoo, it was fab!!!

I also love this picture, it makes me laugh out loud!

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Have a lovely day!

 

Blinded by the light!

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When we first moved into our house, I thought that I would have Roman Blinds on all the windows.

However, the show house had them and it quickly became apparent that they were going to prove very popular on The glade and so,  I held fire.

I covered the living room and bedroom windows with curtains in the interim.

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We are restricted as to what we can do with the walls of the house for another year, while they dry out properly.

Therefore, I used the curtains to inject a bit of pattern into the rooms.

That is, with the exception of the youngest’s windows because she needed blackout curtains.

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This little window is at the top of the stairs and right next to the youngest’s room, it has the only roman blind in the house on it because I thought it would look neater.

This summer, the brightness pouring through the window has proved to be a bit of an issue for Miss Glade. 

Personally, I think that we shouldn’t complain about bright days but apparently, it has meant 4am wake ups which, it appears is unacceptable – kids eh!

A solution needs to be found.

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 These white venetian blinds in my kitchen are my favourite window treatments in the house.

I love american style Plantation Shutters but lots of local companies have stopped doing them.

I didn’t trust my measuring skills enough to order them online.Therefore, I compromised and these white blinds have been in my kitchen ever since.

I love the uncluttered, sleek look.

All of our windows are little boxy ones with (allegedly), straight corners.

So, feeling a bit more confident about my measurements, I have been having a look online.

The VELUX Blind direct website is full of ideas. I am thinking that the little  blind that I have on the top of the landing could be replaced by a black out Roman Blind.

However, they also do venetian blinds like the kitchen ones, with full light control – I am torn!

What do you think?

One thing is certain, the youngest won’t tolerate another summer of my dithering.

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Have a lovely day!

Disclaimer – Excitingly,  VELUX have asked me to mention them in this post,    however I probably would have done anyway because I love the options they have available and, more importantly, their website is easy to navigate ha!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If I could…………

The lovely Catherine at Pushing The Moon has tagged me for this ‘If I could…….” meme.

It was started by Jocelyn from The Reading Residence who called it The Walter Mitty Post, which I think is brilliant!

I usually do my day dreaming during my commute, here is a little insight into my whimsical thoughts!

If I could live anywhere

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I actually really love where I live but I wish we had a warmer climate.

I absolutely hate the cold and hope that when I am older, I get to spend a good proportion of the winter in a warmer place.

If I could spend the winter by the sea and even next to a beach, I would be a very contented pensioner indeed.

If I could have any home

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I actually love my home and I don’t think I would want another.

But I do wish that our problems with the builder’s were sorted, we have lived here for fourteen months, it is very frustrating!!

However, I would love to transport this house, when it is  finished, to somewhere warmer – please see above.

Nevertheless, because I am a massive contradiction, I often dream about transporting it to Cornwall – I LOVE Cornwall!

If I could have any garden

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It would be big enough for a She Shed and I would be looking to Sammy from Seize Each Day to help me decorate it. She has the most fantastic beach hut.

The garden would have an orchard and an old fashioned kitchen garden with a door in the wall that leads to a secret garden.

It would be in Cornwall and have a gate at the very end that leads to a cliff top  with,  a secret beach below.

I would still have pots everywhere filled with flowers and  herbs.

I love them.

If I could be on holiday right now

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I would be in Crete, beautiful Crete.

I love the island, the people and the food – it is wonderful!

If I could have any job

I would own a coffee shop.

It would be called the Vanilla Tea Room and himself would work front of house.

I would spend all day baking!

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If I could have any talent

I would be able to work a computer ha!

Then I would not have wasted the whole of Saturday afternoon on the phone trying to be self hosted.

Please note the word try,  I am still not self hosted and, I will never get those hours back!

I would be grateful for any advice at this point ha!

If I could live any day again

It would be the first day I was a mum!

It was a wonderful but overwhelming day.

I would tell that frightened girl that it was going to be ok, the baby was going to be ok and life would be ok.

If I could have any superpower

I would have an invisibility cloak, I’m not even sure that is a super power, anyway,  because I am actually quite shy in real life until I get to know someone.

However, when I do know you, I would use it to play tricks on people and try to make everyone laugh.

I now have to pass the fun on and nominate (only if you want to of course);

Sammy from Seize Each Day

Clare from Mud and Nettles

Tara from After The Rain 

Haylee Aloada Bobbins

Amy from Love Made My Home

Thank you for nominating me Catherine x x x

Have a lovely day!

The Monday Quote!

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 I think Theodore Roosevelt had it right!

I apply this philosophy to every aspect of my life , home, job, children or handbag, they are what they are – I have other things to occupy my time.

I hope some of those competitive types who I have encountered at the school gates over the years have learned this – and now give their lovely children a break.

Thank you Theodore!

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Have a lovely day!

The Liverpool Eye!

I am joining with

Ali from My life My love for her fabulous linky

This Week I’ve Loved

The Liverpool Eye

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 We have been meaning to go on the wheel for ages.

Last weekend we had dinner in Liverpool and decided to go and have a look.

There wasn’t a queue and as it was dusk, it seemed the ideal time to hop on.

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We climbed into the capsule, which had commentary by a couple of local radio hosts, piped into it.

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 The background of this picture shows how light it was at the beginning, we watched the dark descend upon the city.

Each time the capsule went around, slowly, we watched the light fading and the darkness fall.

There were three turns of the wheel in total.

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 The view as darkness fell upon the famous skyline.

I don’t think we could have timed it any better.

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That is why This Week I have loved the Liverpool Eye.

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 Have a lovely day!

‘Discover’ – Geocaching, Patience and the Beach!

 I have been wanting to join in with the fabulous Word Of the Week run by Jocelyn who writes at The Reading Residence,  for ages but have not been organised enough!

But this week I am and my word of the week has been `Discover’!

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 It is no secret that we like a bit of geocaching.

In my opinion, it is good healthy fun for all the family.

However, our eldest has never enjoyed the delights with us before. She is usually at work, uni or nursing a hangover, whenever we go.

On Sunday, she advised that she would be free to come out with us for the day and asked what would we be doing.

When we decided on geocaching, her face remained unchanged and she asked would food be involved. Knowledge of a picnic and ice cream at the end secured her participation.
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 So you see there were no expectations.

She imagined she would be walking the dog with food being an added bonus.

So off we set, suitably attired for a rummage through brambles.

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 Then this happened!

The youngest discovered the first cache on our list.

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 She filled in the log and the eldest discovered:

The caches are there.

The clues are accurate.

The logs revealed that tons of people do it.

It is really exciting!

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When it came to locating the next one, she was in the lead.

There was a water trough involved and she was straight in.

I had to remind her that the youngest needed to look too and to wait her turn to sign the log ha!
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 She was delighted by the whole thing and was talking about how she could incorporate into her lesson plans – she is studying primary teaching!
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 This is a picture of them as they rushed to the next cache, they are both bouncing along, even the dog is bewildered. image

They were well away, racing to their next discovery!

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 Then I discovered this view of the beach that I have never seen before.

It was beautiful!

This is the added joy of geocaching for me, I always see something I would have missed.

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Have a lovely day!

My Captured Moment #18

 

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My Captured Moment was taken last Sunday on the roof terrace of our holiday accommodation.

I love to take pictures but I am far less happy in front of the camera.

However, this particular morning the eldest had invested in a new ‘selfie stick’, her last one having been stolen at uni – students!

We had an hilarious morning of her taking pictures all over the place including in the car.

When I came to delete them all off my phone, I stopped at this one because I love the look on both of the girl’s faces.

It is a carefree moment, we are all make up free and have not done a thing with our hair – but we are on holiday and having fun!

I also promised a selfie to confirm that, I no longer look like I did in the wedding picture I posted last week.

Oh I am so nervous now as a come to press publish but it was a captured moment x

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Have a lovely day!

 

When in Rome………or Spain!

One of my favourite things to do on holiday is to go food shopping.

Three out of four of our contingent is vegetarian, so with the best will in the world, some meals have to be self catered.

Vegetarians get a raw deal in the UK, however we always come home from our holidays grateful that at least most places here have a vegetarian option.

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During our recent trip to Spain, we found a particularly lovely Carrefore supermarket.

It was clean and airy with a vast range of everything we could possibly need. It was easy to navigate and even the girls didn’t mind visiting.

There was an abundance of choice of everything that we could possibly want to eat.

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We were particularly taken with the produce section.Just look at those tomatoes and aubergines – wonderful!

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As you would expect, the Tapas section was huge.

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We enjoyed the feasts we created from our finds!

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Am I alone in this slight obsession with foreign supermarkets  because don’t every get me started on Publix in America, my favorite ever!

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Have a lovely day!

 

Elche – A 1950’s Diner!

Some days it was so hot in Spain, that we simply had to seek refuge and find somewhere that we hoped had air conditioning!

On one such day we headed to a shopping centre in nearby Elche.

We ran into the L’Alijub centre and breathed  sigh of relief.

However, being used to air conditioning Floridian style, the strength found in Spain was disappointing.

Nevertheless, when I drew breathe, I realises that the youngest was quite nattily dressed for the occasion.

Mad men eat your heart out – you get the picture!

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Given her choice of attire, when we spotted an American Diner that served veggie burgers, we were in there like a shot.

Tommy & Mel’s was such a quirky little place,the food was lovely and great quality.

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Although the menus were all in English, apparently the staff did not speak any at all, and himself’s request for vinegar resulted in a bottle of larger*.

The littlest fitted in anyway!

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Have a lovely day!

*We do have a go at the lingo when on holiday, we used google translate a lot, I think his issue is his accent ha!