Am thinking you do love shopping FF!!
What are they like? They enjoy being babysitter free but the great excuse is the 2 year old, thank goodness.
Mmmm maths was never my strong point either, arithmetic fine, maths a no, no.
Am off to have crown done later, jewels perhaps?
Lovely and sunny here but still chilly, brrrrrr.
Will pop into supermarket on the way home, feels as though I'm never away from it.............or am I superly unorganised around grocery shopping? Hopefully I won't be drooling like last time after dentist............
ED did not get in to Uni, grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, she has been waiting for almost 3 months for response, she was very upset but a couple of hours later she started looking and applying for other things. That's my girl, felt so sad for her because she could only apply for the one Uni so all hopes were for that one. She already has a degree, she has volunteered in a primary school, she is sitting her Maths Higher, what more, blood???
Onwards and upwards xx
No, I'm not changing to FF loves shopping! Just FF makes full use of what she sees around. I've been after a jacket like that for about four years, so I took advantage of the fact that I found it when I wasn't looking and the other things as well. I will never willingly go clothes shopping for me, so the answer is to go with daughter for GD's clothes and see what there is by accident
When I started to actively think,"ooh I could do with a pair of summery shoes to go with the new trousers", there wasn't a pair in sight inspite of how hard I looked!
Children back at school today and it wasn't half as messy as yesterday. Been babysitting daughter's two children tonight and have just got home. 12 yr old is now adamant that she doesn't need a babysitter (daughter has been leaving her home alone for short, very short, periods of time) so I pretended I was just there for the 2 yr old. Helped out with homework, she told me I was better than Mum and Dad.
Thankfully it was History homework, I'd have been useless if it was Maths!
Oh my you have both been incredibly busy!!
Brilliant when you finally get around to things that have been left for another day!!
Am and have been on the "CBB" bench, (can't be bothered) most of the day, though will have to move to do the dishes, there's only about four things but it's an effort............
New dress arrived today, really like it, wore other one a couple of weeks ago, the one today is more dressed up looking!!
What are you like FF? You are changing to FF loves shopping hahaha.
May take a little longer with the Bank Holiday JCJ?? xx
Dishes are calling.....................
On the Smug bench. Yesterday I ticked off one of my long list of holiday "to do"s by properly cleaning the fridge (first time in aaaages) before restocking with the 3-weekly supermarket shop in the afternoon.
Today I have cleaned all the windows on one side of the house - including the sunlounge. We have a LOT of glass! Ones on the front can wait until the sun is off them! I have attacked the cobwebs, cleaned my blue glass collection, dusted the bears (risked being reported to NSPCT as I have discovered, over the years, that the most effective method is to hold them out of the window and shake and pat them. In my defence: more humane than storing them in bin bags to keep them clean?! ) I have mended a lamp that fell apart as I dusted the pleated shade. And it works!
In a minute, when I've finished this mugatea, I'm off to town to a big bedding/curtain store to get some throws to cover the sunlounge chairs because I've noticed how faded and dirty they look. Probably should attempt to clean them before shoving throws on but, realistically.....??!
No word from cottage lady about my deposit. Not sure how long I should leave it before asking about it. Don't really want to speak to her!
Back to work today. School was pristine after my holiday clean. A NPD so I thought it wouldn't be too bad. I was sooooo wrong, teachers can (and do) make so much more mess than the children. They changed all the wall decorations, so staples, hessian strands and bits of paper and card everywhere. On ledges, on shelves and on the floors. Half an hour overtime done tonight (I will NOT let any parent who goes into school the first morning of term think that it's not clean). So I'm already ahead in the game of swings and roundabouts this term. Yay!
Easter was great, all family got together, a good meal and an easter egg hunt that we all enjoyed. Ate far too much chocolate Went to a car boot sale, nothing much there.
Today been out with daughter looking for clothes for youngest GD, I was only along for the ride but I seem to have bought a jacket, some leggings, new undies and two new tops. Ooops. Would have been a lot cheaper to stay at home and not go with her
Haha Ali!! I love it!
Glad you are home safe and sound JCJ, would also wait till £150 back safely then rip them to shreds on that site that advises trips haha.
All quiet today just over to supermarket with GD, bought the "heavy" things so tomorrow will be a lighter day.
GD back at school on Wed...............
Bought sun cream today, not for here, never that hopeful??
Have heating on oh sooooooooo cold xx
Oops! too late JCJ, I have eaten a tub of chocolate covered marshmallows and they were deeeeeeeeelicious!!! My OH also gave me a shiny whistle for my Alessi kettle, it's dragon shaped and completely gorgeous. (other desirable brands of kitchen prettiness are also available, etc). I don't think they do a camel one but I live in hope
Ah, the art of writing a review which sounds flattering but tells everyone the truth... Handily placed for a public pay and display car park, communication from owner extensive and comprehensive before our stay commenced, accomodation compact but well presented by owners who obviously take great pride in the care and upkeep of this charming little cottage, lots of options for eating out........ But not till you get your deposit back!
Home now. Easter Sunday roads not at all busy. OH asked me to drive over half way there and nearly all the way home. His PD makes him too nervous to drive on motorways - (and I'm scared he can't think fast enough any more!) We are definitely going to have to change our holiday habits: things are only going to get worse for him!
I was very polite and restrained in the "comments" book at the cottage. Thanked her for a nice holiday, said Christchurch was a lovely place to visit (because it is) and suggested a few small additions to the kitchen equipment in case I'm not the only person in the world who a actually wants to "self cater" on a self catering holiday. (Perhaps I am?!)
I didn't mention her neurotic emails and texts, or the parking nightmare, or the bedroom rug/painted floor skating rink combo, or the fact that I spent most of the week in constant fear of damaging something!! Hopefully, she will be happy with the state we left the place in and I shall get my £150 damage deposit back.
Just dug some of the saved Christmas turkey out of the freezer for a cheat Sunday roast later!
Happy Easter everyone. Don't scoff too much chocolate!
Hee hee JCJ, glad you enjoyed your skink!
Well, we shall never go to wherever you are??? Not to that cottage anyway..............
How long are you away?
Just bought a dress for the hols, am thinking will have to sort out what I'm wearing and what I am chucking out, have been trying to organise myself for days but want to stay close to the "CBA" bench, until further notice............
Managed to do everything yesterday, woo hoo, ED had her boiler fixed only for it to stop working last night, she went on the phone and calmy stated her case, engineer out today and a £30 cheque coming her way, lets hope it is successful this time, 4th callout in 1 week, grrrrrrrrrrrrr!
Beautiful and sunny here but the usual soooooooooo cold, heating on brrrrrrrrrrrrrr xx
Just had what I guess is kullen skink for lunch! Only it came by the name smoked haddock chowder. In a plastic pot from a posh foodhall (sells pants in the department store! ) Ate it (nom nom nom) and thought of you.
It's a good job we don't live here permanently (would be bankrupted by the parking?) because it's 5 minutes walk to this foodhall and it is FULL of delicious (but expensive!) treats. I'd be as fat as a hippo after a few weeks!
Left the car in the carpark yesterday (after paying the "half price for prompt payment" £25 fine, because I was on the reading bench with a cuppa and forgot to renew the parking ticket until 2 hours late. Ticket issued just 15 minutes before I remembered and paid for another 20 hours. Grrrrr! I hate this place! So mad!) and had lunch at cottage then went for a walk around the saltmarshes. Baked spuds in cottage for dinner then lovely chat with brother and D-I-L at their house until past midnight! Bro has a camel on his mantelpiece and another on a key rig in the front door - now we know where H&D got to?
Today we took a picnic and walked to the quay. Got on ferry to Muddeford Sands where we had a picnic on the beach. Walked 2 miles, via delicious ice cream stop, to another quay to catch a ferry back across the river. Weather much better than the overcast day forecast: some sunshine but a cold wind. My face is the colour of a tomato (except for owl eyes due to my glasses!) and the skin feels too tight. Sore face, tired feet. I know I'm on holiday!
Back in cottage now. OH asleep on sofa (pretending to read, but the snoring - and lack of tremor- give him away!) Trying to decide what I can be bothered to cook - or go out to fetch - for dinner.
Haha FF, will google and see!
Hope you have stopped going round and round JCJ, and have had a lovely time with brother.
Early beds again this week, GD today and have to go to ED's later cause her boiler is NOT working again...........
Bit chilly here, brrrrrrrrr.
Into town later, quick supermarket trip and visit to Mum, there's method in my madness, I want to do nothing over the weekend. xx
Traffic hideous leaving Christchurch towards Bournemouth, this morning, so we aborted the Swanage trip: far too stressful. Parked in Southbourne (for free!) and walked to Boscombe pier along cliff path, having a picnic en route, and back along promenade after a cuppa from a kiosk.
We found chippies in Southbourne and ate them in the car enjoying a sunny sea view. The wind was too cold to eat outside!
Back to cottage - spotted a free roadside parking space, but OH couldn't reverse into it because there was someone right behind him. Round the block again(1 way streets) and, again, there was someone right on our tail! Grrrr. Oh! S** it! Parked in carpark and paid using the app on my phone!
Might visit Swanage by train. Probably not. Going to see some of the New Forest tomorrow before going to brother's in evening.
Nearly had an argument with chippie owner whilst she was cooking our order: she claimed beetroot was a cure for cancer! And to think we've been shovelling Tapoxyfen down our necks unnecessarily for all these years?
Hubbie and I went to Swanage once. The only thing I really remember was that we had lunch in a cafe and the coleslaw was the most delicious coleslaw I have ever had. I'm talking about 20 odd years ago and I still remember that coleslaw
One saucepan? Really? No Spoons? A very good excuse to eat out.
Perhaps your cream needs time to work, Katy. Ask GD again in a few weeks.
I once read that haemorrhoid cream is a very good solution for for bags under the eyes, apparently it tightens the skin temporarily and is used by "celebs". I have not tried it myself so can't speak from personal experience!
Hope you manage to find an open chippie JCJ, nothing worse than really, really looking forward to something................how dare they close hee hee.
Aaah the cottage, you may just end up sleeping there and out and about the rest of the time. At least you are "away" woo hoo!! And any excuse to eat out, sounds good to me.
Had a quiet day, catch up time, seem to have lots of washing, honestly, where does it come from???
Nearly all done, just some tumble drying to do
YD brought home some stuff that is meant to tighten lines around your eyes, fluttered my lashes at GD and asked do you notice anything different about Nannie?? No she says, scanning my face, ah well..................xx
Lots of things disappointing about the cottage, but it's location is very handy for the town. And at least it's clean, warm and dry - and won't tear itself to bits even if the wind gets up!!
We had a walk at Hengitsbury (?) Head today. Sunny spells and a cold wind. Very pleasant. Set our hearts on takeaway fish & chips in the park in Christchurch, only to discover, on returning there, that BOTH chippies were closed! NOOO! Lots of posh pub/restaurant options, none of which appealed (mostly because inner toddler was still screaming "I want fish'n'chips!!") Eventually ended up in same pub we had Sunday dinner in. Whilst eating, I overheard the couple on next table saying to barman that they were going to the Regent (cinema/theatre) to see the ballet. I told this to OH and he wanted to investigate. So we've just watched Jewels, live from the Covent Garden Opera House! Most enjoyable, and quite an unexpected outcome from failing to have fish'n'chips! We'll try again tomorrow to achieve that culinary delight!
Won't be cooking anything more than basics in cottage because the kitchen is the worst equipped we've ever had. That's the price you pay for being 2 mins walk from lots of bars and restaurants, I suppose. I lost my rag trying to cook bangers and mash last night: no veg peeler; no chopping board - just a wooden bread board; no sharp knife; only 1 saucepan ('though there was a large brand-new-still-sealed-in-plastic stove top casserole/skillet) so I had to cook the spuds, carrots and sprouts all in together. Luckily there are 3 frying pans, so no problem cooking the sausages. Who has 3 frying pans and only 1 saucepan??? Someone who never cooks?! No wooden spoon or serving spoons either. Nightmare. We'll just have to eat out more
Tomorrow we plan to visit Swanage as nextdoor neighbour, at home, loves the place so we want to see why.
I've had a sort of good day. Went to school gave toilets a thorough clean, although I have limescale remover, I can never leave it overnight in case the children come into contact with it in the morning. And unless left overnight it doesn't work so well. Bleach I'm not supposed to use for the same reason but there are no kids about in the holidays.
Then.... two GC to look after while my daughter had her hair cut and coloured. Daughter told me that youngest GD hadn't "been" for two days, so I could possibly expect a poonami! She was right, not twenty minutes after she left me in charge there was a large smelly explosion. I coped, she got clean and windows were opened.
A little while later....drama.....she fell over the step that divides my conservatory from the house and bumped her head. A cuddle and a chocolate matchmaker helped us over that one. Elder GD (12) being a great help in getting the chocolate and then the dummy while I cuddled and kissed better.
Elder GD then showed me an app? a game? On her tablet that she had to press certain buttons to play classical music. She was really good at it and I could recognise many pieces that I learnt to play on a real piano many years ago but my point here is that she LIKES the music! She likes Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky etc. A completely new way to learn about music.
You are there, woohoo!!
Have a lovely time.
Gosh, parking sounds awful..............for all the rules etc that you have to obey, you think that perhaps owners could be truthful??
Quiet today no GC, ED has a bacterial infection which is contagious, she's not having a good time just now, said I would have them tomorrow so she can rest.
Sun is shining here but it's brrrrrrrrrrrr cold.
Will have to look for something in cupboards, fridge for tea, couldn't face the shops today, don't think I will find anything yummy but am determined not to go out xx
Arrived at cottage - eventually. First place we've ever stayed that didn't give us directions. We ended up parking in the first carpark we could find and walking to locate the cottage - via a pub for Sunday roast dinner because it was getting late and we were hungry! The car park is NOT "next door" but up the narrow one way street (the wrong way), and across a road. We parked outside the cottage to unload, blocking the road, then had to drive all around the houses to get back to the carpark. I've put £2 on the car overnight (24/7 charging! ) And will have to find £6 in coins for tomorro, by 8am (**** that!!) or try to pay by phone (an extra 20p 'convenience' charge) Hopefully, I can just pay for the week and have done with it ..... then the carpark will be full next time we come back to it?
Cottage is nice but tiny and stinks of paint. The garden is not overlooked - shucks, your plan won't work, FF - and looks like it will be a proper sun trap. Owner has left 2 scones, a weeny pot of jam and some clotted cream and milk in the fridge. Nice!
It's just as well we've rearranged rendezvous with bro as he is 6ft 6 and I feel like *I* am going to bang my head on the ceiling beams!! We are going to their house on Thursday instead now, because their dog can't come here.