My Captured Moment!

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August 2005 : Eureka, Halifax.

Sorry about the glare from the Himself’s jacket in this old picture.

It was taken at Eureka, The Children’s museum in Halifax.

There was lots of excitement when we got to this exhibit because “Daddy” works for the Post Office.

He celebrated his 30th year in the job earlier this year, that is a lot of Christmases.

He gets so exhausted, that by Christmas Eve, when I hand him my present to give to me ha!, he is usually full of cold and fit for nothing.

So as we approach this ridiculously busy time of year, I thought it would be nice to pop a picture on here to remind us all of what he looks like ha!

And, for those of you who don’t already know, that excited 2 year old is giving the ultimate Christmas Present this year, she is donating her hair to The Little Princess Trust.

This is a charity that  makes wig from real hair for children who have lost their own.

If are looking for a charity to donate your Christmas card pennies to, she does have a Just Giving Page.

To me, this is what Christmas is all about!

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Thank you Heledd for hosing x

Have a lovely day!

Fudge!

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One of the best things about Christmas surely has to be the food.

This fudge like creation has become a regular feature in my December kitchen.

It is eye wateringly simple!

I often pop a few pieces in a bag with a pretty ribbon and gift it.

Now it isn’t actually fudge in the true sense of the word, in fact I would argue because we are not using tons of sugar, just a tin of condensed milk, with dark chocolate, it is almost a healthy option, isn’t it?

Go on give it ago, get older children to join in.

Ingredients

350g Dark Choco;ate

1 tin of condensed milk

30g Butter

Whatever else you want to add -see end for inspiration

Step 1

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Add all the ingredients into the pan together.

Step 2

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Gently stir on a low heat until everything is melted and combined.

At this point you add whatever you want, then give it a good stir.

Step 3

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Pour the mixture into any foil lined dish.

Pop it into the fridge to set.

Step 4

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Cut it into pieces, any size you fancy.

I then pop it in a plastic container into the freezer.

It doesn’t actually freeze and can be eaten straight from the freezer.

Enjoy!!!!

Suggestions

Vanilla Extract

Cranberries

Pistachio nuts

Brazil nuts

A few dashes of rum and raisins

The possibilities are endless!

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Have a lovely day!

Five On Friday!

I am so thankful it is Friday!

The lurgy continues to linger in our house, thankfully it is only effecting the adults.

Thank you to everyone who left lovely comments last week about the youngest’s hair cut.

The response has been overwhelming and she has already  been inundated with sponsor money from her school friends.

People have shared some very touching stories and one, in particular, made us both very emotional earlier this week.

I am so very proud of her!

So on to the rest of our week.

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It has been a funny old week when not much went to plan. However, I think it is becoming our norm and I am learning to roll with it.

Just as I was preparing the Christmas cake to go in the oven last Saturday, we received a phone call from the eldest telling us that her heating had broken.

I knew it had snowed in Manchester the night before and that it was bitterly cold.

So, we made an unexpected mercy dash to the wilds of Manchester with our little fan heater.

Of course, there was much recalculating involved because the cake needed nearly four hours in the oven and the youngest was going out for the afternoon.

The little one came home early and I turned the oven off before the end but left the cake in.

She was delighted to see her sister and the cake was absolutely fine.

The eldest was very grateful!

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The eldest works in a pizza restaurant and so we made a booking in  another name and surprised her.

She was shocked but delighted!

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As a bonus we got to explore the Manchester Christmas Market.

It was absolutely packed on Saturday night, there were so many lovely stalls and food vendors.

I think we will have to have another trip before Christmas to have a proper mooch around.

It definitely got us in the Christmas mood.

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I have spent a lot of time this week wrapping presents.

Himself is the youngest of 7, most of them have families of their own and some even have grandchildren.

We buy them all, so I have to start the shopping early or I would be panicking by now.

I really don’t like wrapping Christmas presents because there are so many in one go.

So I have tried to space it out a bit this week and whilst it was better, it is still not my favourite job!

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I think I bought this book intending to give it as a gift.

However, I love it and have decided to give it to myself as an early Christmas present ha!

It looks brilliant and there are a few things that I want to try this weekend.

So there it is,  my five for what it is worth this week.

We are planning a quiet weekend, himself is working, it is so busy for him at this time of year in the Post Office.

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Thank you Amy for hosting.

Have a lovely day!

My Captured Moment!

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Middle Temple : 26th November 2010

This is Miss Glade the day after I was called to the Bar.

This picture was taken exactly five years ago today!

We went from here, to see Father Christmas in Harrods and then onto the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park – it was a lovely day!

Thankfully, the wig is absolutely no indication of her future plans ha!

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Thank you for hosting Heledd.

Have a lovely day!

The Mersey Tunnel

The Mersey Tunnel has been a significant part of my life.

As a child, I spent an awful lots of time shuttling between the two sides of the River Mersey.

Now I find myself, once more, doing the daily commute through it.

So when himself suggested that we do the Tunnel Tour, I jumped at the opportunity.

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The tour starts in the art deco building at St George’s dock.

You know you are nearly there when, you see this original payment booth from 1934 when King George opened the Queensway Tunnel.

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The  2.01 mile tunnel was dug by hand, it took 1700 men, 9 years to build.

Sadly, 17 lives were lost but really that is quite amazing when you think about it.

This original pick axe is on display in the room where the tour starts.

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Although no longer in use, the original control room from the 1960’s certainly caused a stir.

It was like a scene from an early James Bond film.

Nevertheless, Mick the engineer, was quite insistent that the original was much more efficient than the computer version used now.

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There were plenty of dark corners and at the other end of this passageway, there was a hole in the wall.

The youngest was invited to throw a stone through the hole and it hit the water pretty quickly.

The River Mersey was not far away – yikes!

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This ventilation fan is original and still in full working order.

It was very impressive and extremely effective.

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This corridor led to the car deck, which is the bit that I drive along at least twice a day.

The corridor also led to the refuge points that were installed in 2004.

The refuges were very reassuring, there are seven of them, they each have a video link to the Tunnel Police and, are linked by a walkway below the road surface.

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Underneath the car deck was another tunnel that they call Central Avenue.

It was meant to be used for trams but the idea was quickly abandoned, it is now used for cabling and the main ventilation fresh air supply duct.

As regular users of the Tunnel, all three of us really enjoyed the tour.

Himself was fascinated, I was reassured and the youngest enjoyed the novelty of finding out what was behind the familiar walls.

Tunnel users will love this tour, although most of the other people in our group had never even driven through it, but still seemed to enjoyed it.

It is worth two hours of your life just to be throughly entertained by the double act that are the guides Billy and Ryan.

They were very welcoming and kept up their hilarious banter from start to finish.

If you get the chance, give it a go!

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Have a lovely day!

 

Five On Friday!

What a week!

We have had the lurgy at The Glade HQ, so between that and world events this week, it has not been the most carefree of times to say the least!!!

But as usually happens in these situations, my children amaze me.

For example, on Wednesday evening during dinner, the youngest asked if she could have her hair cut into a ‘Pixie Cut’.

My immediate response was to say no, never, because I am paranoid about head lice and that mane needs to be tied up.

However, she went on to explain that she wanted to donate her hair to the Little Princess Trust.

This is a charity that provides wigs for children suffering from hair loss.

She has decided that she will try to get sponsorships too.

I am so incredibly proud of her as are her friends, to be fair we are all a little bit amazed.

After all this is the tweenager who cried last time 2 inches was cut off her hair.

Therefore, if she is prepared to make this sacrifice for others, it gives me hope for the world in general!

So, to my five for this week;

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This beautiful head of thick, lush hair will, on the 22nd December, be gifted to Little Princess Trust.

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I would not be at all surprised if this is the hair style she comes away with, Audrey wears it so well but will a 12 year old?

But as the little Miss said herself, she knows her hair will grow back, others are not as fortunate.

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In a complete change of tone, last Saturday we went on a tour of the Mersey Tunnel.

The Tunnel has featured heavily in my life and I, once more, drive through it twice a day.

I will write a post about it for next week, but I have had a reoccurring nightmare about being stuck in there since I was about 7.

It was a fascinating morning, I was amazed at times and have definitely come away reassured.

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On Monday, I posted about having a lovely day!

This week, I printed off the instructions and framed them, they now adorn my newly painted kitchen wall.

Please feel free to print them off yourself if you would like, I don’t think LifeHack.org would mind for a moment.

I am delighted with the result.

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Finally, I have been making some Christmas plans this week.

I have still not baked the cake, this will have to happen this weekend.

But when we popped to a local shop to buy a gift for a charity collection, the youngest picked this owl decoration for our tree.

We think he is really cute and very Glade appropriate because, we share our trees with a very noisy owl or two.

That is it for this week. We have been trying to recover our mojo and do our bit, some more than others – I am looking at you Miss Glade xxx

We have plans to take my 84 year old Mother in Law out to the Museum of Liverpool this weekend, if it isn’t too windy, she keeps us all entertained.

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Have a lovely lovely day xx

 

 

 

My Captured Moment!

I have changed My Captured Moment this week.

The pictures are blurry – sorry it was a long time ago.

Paris : August 2005

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Eiffel Tower

We had a great week or so in Paris.

We had been to Disneyland Paris and then spent the rest of the time exploring the city.

The youngest told a metro car full of people that the Eiffel Tower has spoken to her (I told you about her imagination last week ha!). Girls

L’Arc de Triomphe 

Moments after this picture was taken, a van got stuck entering the tunnel under the Champs Elysees.

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Pompidou Centre.

Then himself, second from right with a big stick, got chosen to be part of the street entertainment outside the Pompidou Centre.

That was very funny indeed!

We had a very eventful visit, for all the right reasons and, this is how I am choosing to remember this beautiful city.

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Thank you Heledd for hosting x

Have a lovely day!

My Monday Quote!

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At the end of each of my posts I always instruct the reader to ‘Have a lovely day’.

In light of the abhorrent events in the world over the last week, it got me thinking about how does anyone have a lovely day after hearing such terrible news?

Indeed, I was in two minds as to whether to even put it on my first post after Friday’s news.

It was my own little act of defiance that made me include it, to change would mean they had won!

I found this set of instructions on life hack.org and thought it was a nice mixture of helping yourself to enjoy the day,  while at the same time trying to make someone else’s a little bit lovelier.

While I am not naive enough to think that I can change the world, at least I can try to change or influence, my own little world and the  little world’s of those who share it.

Also, each of the actions are small enough not to be too taxing.

I  do hope I try to do most of these already, but there is always room for improvement.

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I hope this helps you to have a lovely day, one action at a time!

Let us not let them win! x x x

 

 

My Sunday Photo!

Autumnal Sunset

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Liverpool : Friday 13th November 2015 

As we head towards the dark, damp days of Winter, the only consolation is the stunning early sunsets.

This unedited picture was taken from our office at 4pm.

I love the silhouette of the Liver Building and, the spire of Our Lady and St Nicholas church against the late autumnal sky.

The Wirral is just about visible at the other side of the River Mersey, it had been invisible earlier in the day because of the rain.

I guess it is about appreciating every pretty thing that nature has to offer at this time of year!

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Have a lovely day!