Holy mackerel where does the time go?

I have to admit that I am not sure if this blog thing is going to continue. I don’t feel the urge to keep going right now, mostly because I don’t seem to have anything to write about that may even be remotely interesting for you all to read. Writing a blog of my life and the stuff in it needs to be interesting and quite frankly it isn’t.

Whilst I contemplate the whole blog thing I may as well provide an update on the Worldwich of Sam.

Flipping heck what has happened since February…… Well the summer holidays are upon us. for once the weather seems to be holding up. I am off for the next 2 weeks but there are no plans cos hubby has changed his job and is now a taxi driver. He loves this …. a lot. Maybe my blog can be full of the stories he comes home with… and maybe not! Because of this recent change in work there has been a slight impact on the finances and going away anywhere is off the cards. Thats 2 years on the trot as it happened last year when I changed my job and cocked up the holiday plans. Anyway we are staying at home. Yesterday was a trip to Wingham Wildlife park near Canterbury. Pleasantly surprised actually. Better than Howletts Zoo to be honest and many many more of the animals were actually visible. I guess that the anti caged animals lobby may argue that this is not a good thing and quite frankly I have no desire to get into the semantics of this but we had a good few hours watching the lemurs climb over people and the meerkats standing up on their hind legs and the otters who are quite simply so fricking gorgeous.

I have bought Savannah a sewing machine and am introducing her to the world of sewing but again I am struggling with mojo and don’t know what to sew. we are trying to learn the basics like threading up the machine and winding the bobbin on etc so its early days but she has made a fully lined tote bag with my support and seemed to enjoy it a lot.

Other plans include a maybe trip to London (finances pending), Broadstairs water gala next Wednesday oh and Pokemon hunting. I am not going to apologise for being one of “the masses” playing this game as I am thoroughly enjoying it. I get out of the house gets my steps up for my Fitbit and generally stay fit. I am not running at the moment due to potential arthritis in my big toe and I don’t really know how this is going to pan out but walking is good.

Anyway going to leave you with some pictures of bags and animals until next time TTFN xx

Week 2: Favourite

Tony, Savannah and me (is that correct!!!) went to Hythe today to take some pictures. It has been a beautiful day with lots of lovely sunshine. A little chilly but gorgeous. This weeks theme for my photography  is “Favourite” and I have decided to visit somewhere that I love and means a lot to me. My grandparents lived in Hythe and I spent many summers and Christmas’s there as well as day visits with my parents. We would walk along the promenade and the canal and I have many many fond memories of these walks with my Grandad, Dad, Uncle Keith and others whilst my mum and nan stayed at home and chatted.

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Oh my goodness me….. it’s been awhile

Firstly I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and got everything that you put on your list. I hope you are all gearing up for the New Year and all that it may bring you. It has been such a long time since I wrote and I have no idea why. Maybe my blog mojo pottered off for a little siesta, maybe I have been so busy in my life that I had little time for blogging but I am still here and still plodding along.

Summer has been and gone and I have been hard studying with my asthma module and then in October I began my Prescribing module at University. This is a challenging module and needs me to be focused and organised.

From a photography and sewing perspective not much has been happening but I keep trying to dabble and will keep on doing so cos I enjoy it.

Then all of a sudden it was Christmas. Savannah got a Kindle and is totally made up with it. We also got her a metal detector that she has asked for for the last 2 years and a walk on the beach the day after Boxing day turned up 3 pence, 2 rusted pieces of iron, 1 nut and 1 washer. I feel that there may be many evenings on the beach in the summer with this gift and lots of fun.

Imogen got so many bits and pieces for Christmas, she was going to have driving lessons but has changed her mind for the moment. She has such a busy year coming up, interviews for University are already lined up, trips to Disney with her Health and Social group, 18th Birthday in the summer. I can’t believe my little girl is nearly 18, how time flies.

Anyway enough babble for the moment, Happy New Year to you all, may you all have health, happiness and wealth.

TTFN xx

Day 5

We have nothing planned today. My sister was hoping to move house so we were going to help but it has been delayed so we find ourselves with a day to fill.

And what exciting stuff we have planned. We are going to Westwood Cross to see if we can find Imogen a winter coat and to get Savannah school shoes. I need to pop to Homebase to get some lawn edging to make the edges of my border neater. We bought some solar fairy lights last year that have never been hung out so we have just hung them up. They are not really where I had originally planned them to be but they will be easy to move once we have the garden looking the way we want it to look. I am now on the hunt for a table top patio heater so we can sit out in the garden in the evening and enjoy what little is left of our summer. Although I think that will be something for next summer now as I think our summer may be done.

It really does feel like time is speeding by. The harvest is early this year, according to the farmers on the news, by about 4 weeks and for some reason it feels like the evenings have really drawn in already. It was so chilly the other evening that we even laughed about putting the heating on (we did resist that I am pleased to say, no heating until at least October, jumpers before then 🙂 ).

Anyway I must be off I need to get ready to go shopping. I hope to get some pictures of our twinkly lights later and will post them for you to see.

TTFN x

Broadstairs Water Gala Fireworks

I have been playing with a longer exposure on my Canon D3200 this evening to get some firework pictures.

 

My favourite firework picture of the evening

My favourite firework picture of the evening

 

I like the red firework at the top of this picture

I like the red firework at the top of this picture

Triple fun

Triple fun

Day 4 tomorrow and off to London to see my friend before she goes back to Australia at the end of the week.

TTFN x

Day 3

Broadstairs Water Gala day today.

A lovely lie in was followed by application form completion for my Independent and Supplementary Nurse Prescribing module that I am due to commence in October. Fortunately these work related things soon were completed and relaxation time commenced. A nice surprise was that Imogen joined us for a while today as well.

We got into Broadstairs at around 1 ish and pottered around the craft stalls (and the usual smattering of tut stalls pretending to be craft). Savannah and I had a go on the Mexican hat swing ride and I realised that I am no longer much good at fairground rides which does not bode well for our planned visit to Chessington next week 😦

Savannah met Elsa and Anna whilst sitting at the bandstand which is always a big hit with her. And she had a go at the Skip 2 B fit challenge. Apparently this is not a trendy thing for 17 year olds to do or have their photo with so no pictures of Imogen today.

Skip 2 B fit 2 minute challenge

Skip 2 B fit 2 minute challenge

Savannah meets Elsa and Anna

Savannah meets Elsa and Anna

Ice cream sundae at Morellis was then followed by a solo airplane display. Sadly I missed his smoke love heart as I was not quick enough with the camera and it is still a bit breezy today but it was quite clever.

Anyway we have popped home for some dinner and then Tony is off to play squash whilst Savannah and I go back to Broadstairs to see the fireworks later this evening. I will try to get some pictures of the fireworks later and pop them up for you to see.

TTFN x

Reculver Bike Ride

Day 2 of our holiday and today was the planned ride to Reculver. According to Google it is approximately an 8 mile ride along the promenade from Margate to Reculver. Savannah has only just learned how to ride a bike without stabilisers so we were a bit worried whether she could make it or not.

We set off from home at 10:15 and with quite a strong headwind cycled to Minnis Bay. This took 1 hour and 5 mins and was fairly hard work. Savannah decided she wanted to carry on to Reculver so we did and arrived there 2 hours after leaving home and after 1 hour and 45 minutes of riding.

Panorama at Reculver

Panorama at Reculver

After a break for food and toilet and a look around the ruins we started off for home and what a difference. 1 hour and 12 mins later we arrived back at our front door.

I rode my Pashley today for the first long ride since I bought it. It is such a dream to ride. It is heavy to pick up and get in and out of my house but not excessively so and I manage ok. It is challenging in the wind as I am basically a wind break with the basket on the front but once I had got used to this cycling was not a problem albeit a bit on the hard side facing into the wind. Cycling home was much more pleasurable. I used my Map my Fitness app on my iPhone and we averaged 5.4 mph on the way to Reculver and 7.9mph on the way home. The whole journey was a little short of 20 miles and Savannah did amazingly well.

Savannah at Reculver Towers

Savannah at Reculver Towers

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Pashley Sovereign

Pashley Sovereign

 

Sadly Imogen did not want to join us today as she is not a fan of cycling but we will return to the sea wall between Minnis Bay and Reculver as there were some fab photography opportunities there to be had.

Day 3 tomorrow and off to Broadstairs Water Gala

TTFN x

What I have made today!

We have had a lovely family day for Easter Sunday. We started with a lovely lie in and then an easter egg hunt (inside as it is raining today). Savannah wanted to go swimming and to my surprise the leisure centre at Maidstone was open so Tony, Imogen and Savannah went swimming whilst I watched on (I don’t really enjoy swimming much).

On our return one I got the roast dinner started and then I managed to get an hour of sewing in. In that time I made a larger pin cushion and another lanyard for me for work.

LanyardPin Cushion

Homemade soup a la Ben and Holly’s Magic Kingdom

So Savannah was watching an episode of Ben and Holly’s Magic Kingdom and Nanny Plum made a soup and yesterday Savannah decided she wanted to have it for tea today. Ingredients were potato, carrot, onion, peas and cheese. To say I was a little apprehensive was an understatement but trying to be a good mummy I bought the ingredients and googled ways to flavour soups without using stock. I made it this evening and OMG it was absolutely gorgeous. A couple of people have asked for the recipe so here is my Vegetable soup a la Ben and Holly.

3 small potatoes

2 large carrots

1 red onion

cup of peas

parmesan shavings

salt and pepper to taste

splash of soy sauce

double cream

cheese and garlic croutons

1) peel and cut up carrots and potatoes into approx 1 inch pieces and boil in a saucepan of hot water for 10 mins (large saucepan half full of water)

2) chop up the onion and fry it for a few mins to soften

3) tip away approx half of the water and return to the heat.

4) add the fried onion and peas to the saucepan with carrots and potatoes

5) bring to boil and simmer for 15 mins, add salt and pepper to taste and splash of soy sauce.

6) blend into a creamy soup, add handful of parmesan shavings and approx 50ml double cream to soup and mix in

7) serve with more parmesan cheese and crouton on to and crusty roll

8) enjoy!

Hope you enjoyed it, sorry it did not hang around long enough for me to take pictures. I will be making more for the winter to freeze, fab on this cold winter evenings after a walk on the beach.

TTFN xx

PS Savannah didn’t like it!!!

 

 

Autumn and conkers

Today I have made my Christmas cake ready for a weekly dose of brandy before I decorate it in December. I have never made one before so this is a bit of an experiment. Tony and I have bought a bottle of brandy goodness knows if it is a good one or not but the proof of the cooking is in the eating (is that right!!!!).

While the cake was in the oven cooking (3 hours can you believe) we went for a walk to the cemetery. As grim as that sounds it is a beautiful place to go for a peaceful walk. The conkers are all falling from the trees and the beauty of this place is that the local kids have not found them and trashed the trees to get them down. I took my macro lens for my iPhone with me and managed to get some lovely shots.

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I am trying to enjoy this time of year but I am struggling a bit at the moment. Work has presented me with some challenges of late which have significantly stressed me out. I am trying to deal with them and little things like today help me calm down and get some perspective.

Anyhoo, must go to feed the cake. Pictures to follow

TTFN x