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

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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

What I did on my holiday!

Well sadly the week has not ended that well. I have the dreaded cold that my hubby and kids have been putting up with and I am feeling very sorry for myself. I do hate colds they make you feel so awful but thankfully I get them very infrequently so I guess I should count myself lucky. But anyway before the dreaded lurgey set in I did manage to get some serious sewing done and I thought I would show you it here.

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The top picture is from The Quilt Room found here and took me a day to do. I have the backing and wadding just need to finish it off now. The second picture is my own design called “Shattered” and will be a quilt for my eldest daughter and the bottom picture is a cushion that I made and was taken off me by my youngest daughter.

I have had a lovely week off work and feel like I have my mojo back a bit.

Hope you are all well

TTFN x

Disneyland Paris 2013


Meeting Goofy
Sleeping Beauty's castle Meeting Rapunzel Minnie Mouse at Cafe Mickey Meeting Snow White

5 days in Disneyland Paris have come to an end. On one hand I am sad, we have had a fabulous time meeting Minnie and Mickey, Goofy, Eyeore, Tigger, Rapunzel, Snow White etc etc I am sure you get the idea.

On the other hand I am so completely exhausted I can’t wait to get home and flake out. If you have never been and you are thinking about it prepare to be more tired than you have ever been in your life and then double it. Your feet and legs will literally not feel like they belong to you, your back will ache but your children will be excited, delighted and completely subsumed by the whole Disney brand. Actually if I am honest so are the parents.

My husband and I have had several discussions about the whole trip and I thought I would share some things with those of you who are considering the trip but who are Disney ‘virgins’. I am not employed by Disney and these comments are purely my own opinion and do not necessarily reflect those of Disney.

Disney hotel

We stayed at the Sequoia Lodge Hotel. It is a 3 star hotel. 4 nights and 5 days B&B for 3 adults and 1 child cost around £1300 (bearing in mind it is the first week of the summer holiday). We added the half board plus option for some £400 or so making a total cost of £1700 for a 5 day break. We drove to Disney as the Eurostar quote was for approx £1000 !!!!!!!!!!!!!! The drive was very straight forward and only apptox 3 hours. The ferry cost £70 return to Dover although we incurred a £60 fee for arriving at Calais early and getting an earlier ferry. Still it was a lot cheaper than the train and less restricting time wise.

The hotel was completely fine. I don’t recommend reading the Trip Advisor comments as they consist of people moaning about how very expensive it is and how little you get for your money. Yes it is expensive but think of what you are doing. Disney is perhaps one of the biggest brands in the world. You are paying for the brand. The hotel is not 5 star but you are simply using it as a place to shower, sleep and eat. Does it need to be anything spectacular? There are daily meet and greets with Disney characters in the hotel with ample photo opportunities. There is no compulsion to buy the ‘official’ photo and you are very welcome to take your own photos, in fact several times the official photographer happily took pictures of us as a family with our own camera. You are paying for beautiful amazing memories. For many this kind of trip would be once in a lifetime. Ok including spending money a 5 day holiday has cost £3000 but I have beautiful pictures and memories of 2 children who quite simply have not stopped smiling.

Eating in Disney – I strongly recommend getting the half board plus option it will save you money. I also recommend booking your restaurants on arrival especially Cafe Mickey. They get booked up very quickly. I think there is an option to book online before you arrive but don’t quote me!  You can check on the website. Expect to pay upwards of €30 per adult for a meal. A meal for us cost approx €120, we made considerable saving by getting half board plus. We highly recommend the Cafe Mickey experience. The kids loved eating their meal while meeting Disney characters. The characters were brilliant. They interacted really well with adults and children alike and posed for photos very happily.

Trip Advisor reviews mentioned the fact that breakfast was a bit like a scrum. This was not our experience. When you book in you are asked what time you would like breakfast. You get given cards for each of the days you are having breakfast and that’s it. You go down for breakfast, get shown to your table and it is a buffet style continental breakfast. Toast, croissants, pain au chocolate, 3 cereals, fruit, cheese, ham, yoghurts, coffee, tea and juice. You can pay for a cooked breakfast if you really want one!

The parks themselves

There are 2 parks. Disneyland and Walt Disney studios. We did 4 days in Disneyland and 1 in Walt Disney studios. Recommended rides are Tower of Terror, Rock and Roll Rollercoaster, both in Walt Disney Studios. In Disneyland park our youngest daughter loved the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and It’s a Small World. Space Mountain was awesome but broke down with my husband and eldest daughter on it so they had to walk from the highest point to the exit. The Dumbo ride and Rocket ride were ok and the Alice in Wonderland Maze entertained for a while.

The highlight for both girls was meeting a princess in the Princess Pavilion. This involves queuing for a reservation ticket which gives you a time to go to the Pavilion. You then queue again at your alloted time and finally meet 1 princess. You don’t get told who is there and it is pot luck who you get. The look on both my daughters faces as they walked round the corner to be greeted by Rapunzel was priceless and quite frankly made the expense worth it. If you have girls (and there were quite a few boys too) this HAS to be done.

A final word on queuing. Be prepared to queue. Be prepared for a variety of definitions on what ” to queue”  actually is. There is nothing like a queue to bring out the indignant English in a person and boy did I get indignant. That said queuing is part of the experience too and there has been thought into the queuing experience. Most of the queues are covered protecting people from the sun. There are lots and lots of places to buy

drinks and also water fountains with drinking water available. Fast passes are available for some rides but we did not try this out.

Make sure you see the evening parade at 7 pm each day. We all enjoyed that a lot worth sitting on a kerb for hour to get a decent space.

Without fail every employee was smiling. There were polite, they engaged with the kids at every opportunity. The temperatures during our stay topped 38 degrees C and there were characters out meeting and greeting. They must have been so hot but they remained professional and did their job without any deterioration in quality of performance.

Would we go again? Oh yes definitely. Would we stay at the hotel again? Yes definitely. Go to Disney, immerse yourself in the magic, find your inner child again and have fun and make some amazing brilliant memories.

The wolf huffed and puffed ……

…….and the house of sticks fell down.

We have been for a walk today to King’s Wood nr Ashford in Kent. It was fairly bracing but very nice to see the sun and blow way the winter cobwebs.

Savannah had this idea to build a shelter from the wood she found. However, this was soon found to be fairly impractical so a small bridge over a large muddy puddle sufficed but such imagination bless her.

I hope you all had a lovely Easter and I hope that the sun continues and we soon get some warmth.

TTFN x

Gotta love this time of year!!

Savannah by Samantha Halliwell
Savannah, a photo by Samantha Halliwell on Flickr.

So here we are 3 sleeps till Christmas and yup, no2 daughter is poorly. It is my fault because only last week I was boasting that she is never unwell and now here we are with a temperature of 38.5, headache and generally feeling appalling. She even took herself to bed for a couple of hours this afternoon. This is unheard of.

I did manage to use the time productively by finally getting some presents wrapped but now cabin fever is setting in. Not with me you understand but with my husband. He cannot stand being cooped up indoors for more than a few hours so a day at home is pure and simple torture. Added to that the fact that the car is on the fritz, Christmas is sooo expensive and the weather is quite simply appalling going out anywhere was simply never an option.
Christmas boredom sets in and it is still 3 days away!!!!

TTFN x