My Captured Moment #21

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September 2007

As the return to school is fast approaching and we all prepare to take “that” photograph, My Captured Moment this week is the youngest’s first day in reception class.

Having attended pre school for a couple of years before she truly started school, the youngest was quite familiar with the school building and routines of the day.

However, she was still delighted to be going to ‘big school” and loved her big girl “buniform”.

This is my favourite first day back to school photograph!

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Have a lovely day!

Bounce Below……in a cave in North Wales!

It was suggested that we might enjoy a family trip to Bounce Below in North Wales.

It is such a popular spot that they only had pre booked placed available on the day that we went.

Himself had booked our tickets in advance,  the only slot they had left was more than a week away at 10am.

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Therefore, we left the house at 7.45am on Sunday morning!

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We arrived in plenty of time to be fitted for our safety helmets.

The website had been checked before hand and so we all wore long sleeves and long trousers.

The reviews on line suggested that you couldn’t take your phone in to take pictures.

However, lots of people had their phones but there wasn’t anyone available, in time, to walk me out to get mine.

So I don’t have any pictures from inside 😦

When you arrive you are part of a big group with the same time slot.

The whole group is led into the mouth of a cave where there is a circuit of nets with tunnels and slides linking them together.

There is a very strict protocol about which way you go and there were plenty of members of staff on hand to police it.

Other than that, it is for you to explore.

The nets give a trampolining effect which is great fun.

The tunnels/slides are not as bad as they seem and even the youngest, who was initial hesitant, found her confidence.

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This picture was taken after we emerged from the cave an hour later.

There was a lot of crawling involved and if I was to go again, I wouldn’t wear jeans, my knees were chaffed.

I would also take my phone!

It was a great experience, it was very funny at times and we all really enjoyed it.

Most of the staff were great, but lets not discuss the service in the cafe!!!

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However, every cloud has a silver lining and, if the staff in the cafe had been better, we would have missed this lovely riverside walk to Llanrwst town centre from the carpark.

There we enjoyed a lovely lunch and we were able to sit outside in the square.   A great finish to the morning.

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Have a lovely day!

 

 

 

My Captured Moment #20

 

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Disneyland Paris : August 2005

It is 10 years, almost to the day,  since this picture was taken.

The eldest was ten, she had been before and was very excited.

The youngest was two and quite bemused.

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In fact, she didn’t mind meeting Goofy.

The eldest loved it.

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However, the next night while the eldest bungee jumped!

The youngest was very pleased indeed to receive a Mini Mouse balloon!!

We had such a fantastic few days in Paris 10 years ago, it was lovely looking back through the photographs.

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Have a lovely day!

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Liverpool Eye!

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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!

 

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!