Friday, 23 September 2011
Thursday, 22 September 2011
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Both myself and my husband cut up our credit cards two years ago and have not used a penny of credit since - we are paying back our debts and will be doing so for a good while yet. We have a budget for everything - we sell things we don't want any more and use the money to buy the next thing we want/need in this way we always look for what we call "old money" before use "new money".
Don't get the wrong impression - we have made money in the past by moving house lots of times but as the housing market took a downturn we lost money and we are paying the price in our lifestyle now.
If we get financial education on the school curriculum we will produce a generation of children who can't have the wool pulled over their eyes by the banks - they will learn to manage money before they get their hands on it in any real quantity and that can only be for the benefit of society.
Tuesday, 20 September 2011
Monday, 19 September 2011
I've been experimenting with altered art in particular altered books - it was a fab morning.
I took a battered old book and started to use the pages as a journal - in the inner front cover I doodled and wrote one of my favourite sayings "when one door closes... another door opens!" then using some old magazines cut and stuck little pictures and doodles - I warn you doing this activity makes you feel about five again but so much fun.
Sunday, 18 September 2011
My health professional of note was my midwife Jane who looked after me during all five of my pregnancies - she was always reassuring and went the extra mile popping up on to the ward after I had my babies to say hello to the new arrival. Community midwives are rushed off their feet these days but Jane was the utimate professional
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Saturday, 17 September 2011
Friday, 16 September 2011
Thursday, 15 September 2011
Wednesday, 14 September 2011
There is about as much chance of me becoming the Pope as there is David Camerons big society becoming a reality if the experience on my road is anything to go by. Last night there was a knock at my door - it was a Police Community Support Officer who had been summoned by the "Man with a Van" to have a word with us because we had asked politely for them not to block us in. After an inital questioning she quickly came to the realisation that we had one car and one driver in our house - me .The neighbours have three cars a big van and a motorbike !! and that we had indeed done nothing more than ask politely more than once.She went on to suggest that I didn't use my drive but parked on the road - when I said I thought it might antagonise the neighbour she said - "f you were there first then it's tough!" She also said the PCSO would come and ask him to move if he blocked me in but we were not to ask - as asking again could mean they could accuse us of harrassing them over parking !!!
I was brought up to believe that neighbours should look out for each other and strive to create a harmonious place to live - is our society so broken we can't even listen to each other without a lady in uniform arriving on the doorstep?
Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Monday, 12 September 2011
Sunday, 11 September 2011
The finally unveiled memorial to the victims of 9/11 is beautiful in its simplicity. Ten years before 9/11 I stood on the viewing platform of one of the twin towers and the view over New York was unforgettable. Ten years later I watched in horror as the attacks unfolded whilst my three year old daughter played in the garden. My much loved grandmother had passed away just ten days before. I share the sadness of the families and pray that they find comfort today.
Thursday, 8 September 2011
So the question now is - to carpet or not to carpet - the floorboards are already sanded and looking rather shabby chic - guess another rug needs making.
Wednesday, 7 September 2011
By contrast we had a lovely relaxed first day back to home ed yesterday :)
Monday, 5 September 2011
Sunday, 4 September 2011
I went to University in the USA in Kansas and my friends houses were full of hooked rugs I watched a video of one being made on Youtube and thought this looked easy!!
After hours of searching for the special hook which I finally located on Etsy I was donated a piece of hessian from my crafting mum so I confidently sketched out my design, cut up my hubbies old t shirts (as I wanted my rug to use recyled fabric) and set to work......
The hessian is smelly and gave me an allergy - streaming eyes and sneezing for hours........
The hooking with t shirt fabric makes your hands hurt and takes forever...
Making rugs like this might have been money saving but it is the least fun I have ever had making something ... no wonder the rugs were passed down from generation to generatiion and vintage ones are worth a small fortune
Here's the rug so far - I will finish it one day !
Saturday, 3 September 2011
Sometimes in the middle of all the baby chaos and home school stuff my beautiful older girls fight to get a look in - one came past rubbing the sleep from her eyes this morning moaning "blogging or home school - Why don't you just put the kettle on mother!"
So by way of mother's revenge and much to their embarrassment I'm going to post their picture on my blog and wish number two good luck for her first day at high school and number one a brilliant year.
Two in school - two at home school and a baby certainly makes for a different September!
Friday, 2 September 2011
Isn't also true to that when you make one part look presentable in either home or garden all the scruffy bits remaining suddenly look even worse !