Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Photobox competition

I miss flicking through photos.

 My Mum took thousands and weekly we would wait patiently for them to be developed and come back from the shop or through the post. She would then make a coffee and we would sit down and go through one by one.
 I used to get the albums out and plague her with questions of who was who and frequently we said we would go through and write down people's names and dates as I wouldn't know, but we never did get around to it.

 Things have changed, we don't even take 'bad' photos anymore I suppose the trendy term for a mistake is a 'Face Bomb' but not quite as funny as the common 'oh there was a butterfly on that bush when I took the photo' that my Mum did millions of times!

 So having given it lots of thought I have decided I am going to slowly go through all my photos and turn them into coffee table books that way we can still flick through them but also add who people are, put them into subjects/holidays/celebrations the possibilities are endless!
 The photo book is the new photo way to display and I personally think far better than just having them stored on some file somewhere, and never really looked at. .....because what is a photo that is never looked at...just a memory that nobody returns to and that is very sad indeed.

 Those super people over at Photobox are running a great competition where you can win an amazing Canon Ixus camera and a premium canvas and just by registering you can get 40 FREE prints to sit and enjoy looking through with your loved ones! So pay them a visit and have a look at their awesome deals with prices for a photo book from as little as £5.99! There are so many personal items available you really will be spoilt for choice!

Enter HERE

All you have to do is register and you could win the camera plus  you will receive 40 prints so what's not to love!

Monday, 2 December 2013

Christmas Competition With Chic-Shack.com

The lovely folk at Chic Shack have given you the chance to win a gorgeous VW cushion of your choice from their fabulous range!
Ideal for any VW fan these quality cushions are available in various designs and you can even personlise the number plate!





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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Gimme Shelter!


I was in the process of breaking down in RocknRoll Mum's kitchen, I opened my email and thought you all might like to read this.

"Dear Miss Fancy

I have some good news in that I took your case to our legal section.  They have advised that when your father died the succession to your mother took place under the District Council and they granted her a new tenancy with fresh succession rights.  This means that you can succeed to the tenancy and therefore, become a tenant with us in your own name."


I still can't stay due to over occupancy in my birth home but what a fantastic peice of news and all because one woman didn't think the history looked right and took it further.....

I want to thank you all in the blogger sphere for the incredible support you have shown us, you are all stars in my sky xxxx

Friday, 15 November 2013

Who Cares?

In 3 weeks and 5 days Evan & I will be officially homeless.
I am so stressed I cannot think straight and it is taking all my neurons to write about what has happened, but I am so traumatised I need to get it off my chest.

In 1961 my parents were living in a thatched cottage with no mains electricity and no running water. My eldest sister Tina, had been born there in 1960.  Mum found out she was expecting their second child 18 months later and in January 1962 Rita came along. Living with a toddler and a baby in a cottage with inadequate facilities made it sensible to go on to the council housing list, and in October 1962 they were given the keys to a three bedroom house back in the village where my Mum was brought up.

I came along - born in the house in 1972.

Tina sadly passed away in 1999 and was followed by my Dad in 2000, her illness and subsequent passing affecting his health severely.
Mum managed for a couple of years, initially not liking living on her own for the first time, but eventually settling in to her own new routine.

At this point I had moved into a 1 bedroom flat after a wait of 11 years on the housing list. I had my only child in 2002, and we visited Mum most, if not everyday, to make sure she was OK.

Mum suffered a severe asthma attack and was diagnosed with COPD and heart failure in 2006. She was also dangerously overweight and could no longer go upstairs or walk any distance.
So to prevent her having to go in to a nursing home, I moved back into my birth home with my son and I became her full time carer.

It was hard. Having two such extremes of generation to appease I found it mentally, physically and especially emotionally exhausting.

Her health continued to deteriorate and after 7 and a half years Mum passed away 4 weeks ago, suddenly but peacefully in her sleep.
I am still grieving and as yet haven't touched her things - I can't quite face that and didn't believe there was any hurry.
Until this week when I was first informed that I would not allowed to succeed the tenancy, and that bombshell was swiftly followed by yesterday being handed my notice - stating I have until December the 15th to vacate the premises.....

I am dumbfounded and in a state of complete shock. I never thought I would have to leave, I realised I would be over housed but as I had given up any chance of having more children of my own by looking after my parent;  I was going to foster, so I could help children in my area. 
I understand that somebody with a larger family would take priority and I understand that I have an extra bedroom, but the speed in which this is being done astounds me, as does the fact I am not being offered anything but to go on a list where "you should be given priority". Should?!

 I haven't told Evan yet. He is still incredibly saddened by his Nanny dying - so telling him we have lost our home too is just so cruel.
I understand I am a statistic and people in offices don't have columns on their screens titled 'sympathy' 'understanding' and 'compassion' I am 'STOCK' that needs to be moved, but I need to grieve. I need time to get myself in that place where I can sort out Mum's clothes and FIFTY TWO years of possessions.

I understand I can appeal, but what I don't understand is that the appeal goes to the very same person that has already said no. Surely the whole point of appeal is so your case is seen with fresh eyes and an independent opinion?
I gave up my own tenancy to care for my Mum, so put a home back into council stock at that point. And caring for my Mother in her own home saved my local authority thousands in nursing home fees, which she would of had to have lived in had I not taken on the role.

So where do I go? What do I do? I'm seeing Shelter on Monday for advice.
I never in a million years would have thought that giving up my life to look after my Mum would leave me and my son with nothing and nowhere to go and only 4 weeks to get there........
Xxx

Monday, 28 October 2013

It's 2.15am....

I can't sit still, I can't find anything to do, I can't stop doing things, I sit down and stare.
I want people around me, I don't want to see anyone. I want quiet; I can't stand the silence.
I want to sleep, I'm not tired. I want to talk about her, I have nothing to say.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Mum - Patricia Ann Fancy 1-1-38 to 13-10-13

I don't have any words today so I borrowed somebody else's.....



We Only Wanted You

By Author Unknown


They say memories are golden
well maybe that is true.
We never wanted memories,
We only wanted you.
A million times we needed you,
a million times we’ve cried.
If love alone could have saved you
you never would have died.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we love you still.
In our hearts you hold a place
no one can ever fill.
If tears could build a stairway
and heartache make a lane,
We’d walk the path to heaven
to bring you back again.
Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one,
the chain will link again.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Horrible Histories Giveaway!

I  just love Horrible Histories, I know Evan is crazy about it but I don't need an excuse to watch the show it's hilarious!

Evan and I are a pretty gore lovin' duo! Anything slightly odd, weird or just plain horrible suits us down to the ground so combine this with Ev's love of history and you can't get much better than Terry Deary's Horrible Histories book series. We started buying the books years ago, then got into the BBC series. We watched the live stage production which is fantastic so Ev was thrilled to find out that toys were coming out!

Nothing quite sets you up for a day like a good rendition of  'Stupid Deaths'!




The show has won numerous awards and I'm not surprised - it is so well written and the humour is perfectly balanced so adults get the jokes that go over the children's heads.

The toys carry on the great sense of humour and the range is superb.

Evan really likes the Battle arena which includes exclusive Gladiator and Mummy figures for your Roman and Egyptian armies to utilise in battle!
You can bring a Mummy back to life in your Egyptian embalming tomb or reanimate a roman soldier into a Gladiator within your Roman Jail!




Ammo comes in form of .... Flying Pigs! Of course! You try to hit your leader from the top of the platform which stands upon exploding pillars, if he falls 3 times the game ends. Included are battle cards to play tactics in the game.

There are numerous other sets which you can buy to combine with the arena - Starter Roman & Egyptian sets which include soldiers and pigs and catapults to FLING YOUR PIG!





Those lovely people over at Horrible Histories Toys have given me a fantastic Battle Arena to give to one of you lucky lot!
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Friday, 27 September 2013

Socially Yours ...(Online)



I started using the Internet in 1995, almost 20 years ago! At the time it was nothing like it is today and I remember being at Uni and printing off vast amounts of pages for a little information!





Today everything is SO accessible from shopping to research to sex and dating, everything you could possible need or want is at the click of your device!

Looking at a recent survey looking into our nations online habits some of the results really surprised me! for instance 27% do not use social media sites at all, that is a quarter of those studied. Companies are so wrapped up in directing advertising and promotion online through Facebook and Twitter they need to remember there is still a large amount of Internet users that are not seeing 'that ad' or 'this competition'!

Facebook is still coming out on top closely followed by Twitter and Pinterest but Google + and Linkedin are closing the gap with more people using them to socialise and career build.





I use the Internet everyday, mostly I use it for company as many of my good friends are online and we chat everyday but I also use it for shopping, recipes and of course my hobby - Comping!

I have met some amazing people online - most of which are now very dear friends and next weekend a big group of us are getting together for a comping weekend. It is also my birthday so I can't wait!
Online relationships are often accused of being fake/not real and not 'real life' friendships but for me this couldn't be farther than the truth!
I spend all or most of my evenings alone and without my online friends I would be basically Nobby no mates! We discuss everything and air our views and problems and without this social interaction I would have been institutionalised a long time ago!

Obviously you do have to be careful like I have written about before (which you can read HERE) as you do NEVER know if people are being honest. A friend of mine recently blogged about a very sad and SHOCKING experience she had to deal with, worth a read of any net users time. Tattooed Mummy was completely taken in by a 'friend' and it is a disturbing read.





3% admitted to 'Stalking' somebody online with love interest being the most popular answer but Ex's, Family and partners ex all being subject to being looked at.
It's not just personal stalking though that hits the headlines with an increasing number of employers looking at potential and current staff's social media behaviour - which doesn't always turn out well! Just have a read of this article!

I think people really do not realise how much information they put out there! I know I am careful to never get really personal on any social media platforms. I don't disclose going away or going out and I certainly never get in to very personal arguments! Where we used to have time to reflect and chill out before we retaliated it seems rows and arguments are at the touch of a button and before people think the backlash is instantaneous!




A good movie to watch is Panic Button - really shows how a comment anyone makes without thinking can get you in a awful lot of trouble!

This survey has really made me think about just how much of my time I do spend on my laptop, phone, iPad....errrrr But for me in my situation where I cannot go out in the evenings very often it is a lifeline so I am not beating myself up too much!

How much time do you spend online?
Have you ever stalked an ex online?
Do you think our nations online habits are a good thing or can only lead to isolation?

Please feel free to comment! I love reading your views!


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Sunday, 15 September 2013

All Change! - Pocket Money Memories...

I don't know about you but as a child of the seventies I didn't really get pocket money, not in the way of a weekly handout anyway.

I always wanted these but never got them:



My Dad used to run the Christmas 'Thrift' club at our local pub and he put some money away each week for me and my older sisters' - so that we had something to spend on things at Christmas. It was always a lovely surprise and I always really appreciated it. I used to buy prezzies for everyone and something to wear New Years Eve out of it!

I used to earn pocket money as I got older - for washing my Dad's work van or doing the polishing or such like. I used to love saving, but things changed when I got older!

So I made it really important for Evan to save right from really young and he still does. He saves his weekly pocket money of £3.50 from January to July for his summer break and then July to November to do his Christmas shopping.

He earns his money by being in charge of the household recycling and composting. He sorts all the paper, cardboard, and tins/plastics each week and has just added washing up one evening a week.
I also have a list on the inside of one of my kitchen cupboards; of extra allowance he can earn if he is observant (He doesn't earn much this way).




I can always remember my Dad standing in front of the airing cupboard shouting at my Mum that he 'couldn't see his clean hankies' they were ALWAYS in the same place on the top shelf on the left! Always.
So I thought trying to teach Ev to notice things - like bring in the milk or pick up an empty cup and take it to the kitchen, but he rarely notices - it is just not instilled in men!

It's reviewed about every 6 months or so although this was the first increase in a year. He is happy with it and enjoys saving.
In the summer I bought him a Terramundi which he is ONLY saving £2 coins in! So this year he will see a total change in the amount he can save without extras! He is though determined to save the approximate £1000 it will hold in £2 coins.


I don't believe that money should be just handed out willy nilly and I think teaching Ev to earn his pocket money has made him realise value to an extent - he still thinks I have one of these though:



This is my entry into the Tots100/Roosterbank Competition.

makes it simple for families to manage pocket money and gives children the skills and confidence to look after their money responsibly.
Pocket money on Roosterbank.com is virtual, so no real cash deposits are required. Parents use the site to keep track of pocket money transactions, set up regular weekly pocket money payments, make ad hoc ‘boosts’ and approve spending.
Children can view their balance and make decisions about what to do with their pocket money. That may be saving for the future, donating to charity or building a nest egg to pay for a favourite treat.
There are also fab competitions and rewards to encourage them to get into a saving routine, including Roostie Interest which children earn on savings and can be redeemed for prizes!




Roosterbank


One thing I do love about Ev's change pot is that he loves to use the Coinstar in a local supermarket. It counts up all your change and gives you a coupon which you can either take to customer services for the notes or take off of your shopping. It also allows you to donate to charity which Ev loves about it. He knows he donates twice a year and it's brilliant!



Friday, 13 September 2013

Safely Does It - Child Internet Safety



Somebody this week Tweeted me that:
 'Teaching children Internet safety should be like the Green Cross Code Man taught us road safety in the 70's'
NEVER was a Tweet more accurate.
With headlines on a daily basis of youth suicide due to cyber-bullying, kids repeatedly accessing traumatic footage, young boys and girls being targeted by predators etc. Now is the time we really must approach this subject with our kids and make them aware of the hidden dangers.

As you may or not know I have a son. He is 11 going on 25 and has hit his 'Alpha Male' period! I try to protect him all the time, 'wear your bike helmet', 'Don't watch that', 'No you can't have that game' etc etc This week I have seen him go to on to upper school and then be bullied after just 2 days. That issue was stamped on straight away and the school was excellent.

Sometimes though the bubble wrap just isn't enough and no matter what you have done previously something happens and you realise just how vulnerable your precious child really is.



I've heard and read a great deal about keeping your children safe online this week. It is a complete minefield and extremely difficult to control.
As soon as online safety is mentioned we instantly think predator or paedophile but it is also about what they SEE. I know I've accidentally seen things online I wish I hadn't - but a few clicks here and there and you can end up in some really dark places miles away from where you start.

Mamabear's Robyn Spoto talks about just how important talking to your children regarding using social media is in today's world; in this really good article HERE.
I use a combination of talking about bad stuff online and what sites I like him using, along with History monitoring and keeping a constant regular check of who he is friends with. To be honest he is not really into social media yet and actually watches videos, game walkthroughs and plays online games, so I am not in 'that place' yet of Twitter and Facebook etc.

Sometimes though, even with all my good practice and knowledge it gets really difficult and I found out just how hard a few months back...

My son has a Nexus, which he received from me for Christmas. Previously to that he borrowed my laptop and used it with me present in our lounge, but as he has always been a really good boy online and I know from checking History & various installed software he looks at nothing bad AT ALL - EVER. Well not at home and not on any of our devices.

He was in bed and I went up to check on on him - you know, tuck them in - poke them - watch them for a while.... He'd fallen asleep reading his Kindle app. I picked up the Nexus which was sleeping and went to Google something....

He had a few pages open and I was closing them down when I saw it.

PORN.

It wasn't just naked people, it wasn't just sex - it was pure full on HARDCORE explicit. Stuff I would never, ever look at and my little boy, my baby had seen it.

I sat and I cried. I got angry. I swore. I cried again.

I remember finding a porn mag when I was 12 in my Dad's work van, this made THAT magazine look like Cbeebies.
I NEVER want to see Mr Tumble on that website.

I sat up most of the evening. Debating on what to do. How do I ask him? What do I say? Do I shout? Do I cry? Do I ask him just how much he watched? It went on and on and I didn't sleep.
Morning came and we woke as per usual, instantly he knew something was wrong with me and I don't know how! I asked him to sit in the kitchen with me and have a cuppa. He did.
I explained very calmly what I had found and he sat with huge tears in his beautiful eyes, quite utterly mortified. Then it all came out in a barrage of guilt and explanation, he hadn't seen much at all. his older FRIEND had shown him how to bypass the blocks and look at this horrendous free site and Ev (gulping down huge tears) had told him to stop and he shouldn't be looking at this in his house!
I explained the best way I thought, that it wasn't real, that it's almost a 'cartoon' of sex and he should NEVER EVER think that this is what to expect from any future partners. I also offered to even him buy him a magazine to which he absolutely refused (thank goodness) but I explained that I would rather know what he was looking at; That I wasn't cross with him and it was natural to be curious! He was so remorseful and heartbroken that we cried together and it was all OK.....I know he is not ready for any of it YET and even though it scared the hell out of me, HE was actually really mature and stood up to his friend.

I was lucky enough to meet and discuss this issue briefly with Eleanor Mills (Journalist & Broadcaster) at BritMums Live, as Eleanor was a guest speaker on the Feminism Panel. She has written an amazing post regarding porn and the young entitled Generation Porn.



So, we can control what they see and what they do to some extent but just get that clever OLDER friend in the picture and it all goes haywire!

I've invested in better software and bought Norton 360 which allows protection for up to 3 devices. There is also Norton Family Premier which is specifically aimed at children and seeing what they do online! I haven't used that product, but I love 360 - NO getting around anything, anytime, anywhere - Fantastic! You can read all about Norton's top tips to keep children safe online HERE.

Screen shots from my 360 and yes I know I need to back up!:




The worst thing he has looked at since? Some dodgy songs about poo on you tube and I really don't mind!

So have you had any problems online?
Do you use any software aimed at children's usage?
How have you approached the subject?
Do you think schools should fit this into the curriculum?

Song for this post.


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Friday, 6 September 2013

Dear Son.....

Dear Son,......


I'm sorry I can't be with you
each and every day,
I'm sorry I can't protect you
from the nasty things they say,
I'm sorry I can't just stop it
and make it go away.

I'm sorry that it's you this week
that has the brunt of it all,
I'm sorry that it started
just at the start of Fall,
I'm sorry that the boys involved
you thought were your good friends
I'm sorry that it carries on and never
seems to end...

If I could wrap you in my arms
and take it all away
I'd wrap you in bubble wrap
and not let you out to play
I'd keep you in until you are 50
and not let anyone near
but I can't so I have to watch as
you cry and shed a tear...

I know and understand how much it really stings
when they whisper and chant
and call you nasty things
it gives life a nasty slant.
Now that I am older I know that
I could deal
but then, back then
I remember how you feel.

People used to say ignore them and
they will go away
But they never did
and bitches always stay.
Just concentrate on the good
and try to give as you get
because they obviously don't know you
or haven't met YOU yet!

You are a super cool boy
and I'm lucky that your mine
and if they had any brains
they would stop and take the time
to get to know the real you
that is funny, bright and clever
and anyone that bothers
would have the best mate ever.....


Wednesday, 28 August 2013

I REALLY Hate you Incy Wincy!

OK, I know there is a use i.e Fly population etc etc but I just cannot put up with British House Spiders - not at all, not one bit! It's the start of the season where they are wandering around looking for Mr or Mrs right and so far I've had 3 of the buggers, bloody huge ones appear from nowhere and scare the shit out of me! Actually no, it's been 2 for me and 10 minutes ago number 3 made Evan SCREAM so loud I thought he was being murdered in his bedroom, I still haven't seen THAT one....yet. Red Raid - it is my saviour, although I don't like using any type of chemical really I truly cannot live without this stuff. I tried conkers and conker spray, bought sirens and wired brush catching crap devices but NOTHING works except your hoover and Red Raid!  I have poisoned myself once with it when I sprayed the loft and was in there too long breathing it in BUT I'd do it again if it stops the horrid frighteners!

 I did really well last year and held this:




She had starred in James Bond and was fluffy and had sticky feet, I didn't feel half as worried as I thought I would. Adrenalin kicked in after though and my legs went!

BUT

This is NOT a typical house spider! They are black, fast, nasty and want to eat me and my child! It's the surprise factor, why hide in clothing? Why be under my damn pillow? 

I love natural history programmes and watch most but there has never been one as far as I know that is about our spiders, I mean those that dwell in the British Isles. I would like to know more like where are they when you don't see them, how long do they live when they are not in my house? How many young do they have etc etc 
It won't make me like them but it would maybe let me understand them a bit more.

Please BBC make one!


Sunday, 25 August 2013

Competition Time With Chic-Shack.com

The lovely folk at Chic Shack have given you the chance to win a cushion of your choice from their fabulous range!
From brilliant Canvas', and mugs to bang on trend cushions and home decor items you can seriously find everything at Chic Shack.




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Silent Sunday......






Sunday, 18 August 2013

Camp Bestival 2013 - review

I LOVE Camp Bestival, I have been lucky enough to attend every year since it first began and Evan has grown up on the festival circuit and looks forward to this as our family summer holiday.

We arrived on Thursday, living locally allows us time to do a couple of trips so with a car brimming with camping equipment and people (we both took a friend) I drove over and dropped them off to set up. I drove back home for the food and tables! our friends arrived at 11pm and they pitched, so all asleep before 2am.  This bed time became the norm all weekend.
Friday, dawned bright and sunny and we had a morning exploring the site and marvelling at the amount of things to do for kids and adults alike, you can explore the grounds, go to a talk, watch Knights on horseback jousting, or  just lay back and listen to music whilst chilling with a selection of food & drink (of which there is an abundance!)  OR you can pick from the hundreds of other entertaining attractions going on every minute!


If you do want to experience woodland stories or a specific act make sure you head off EARLY!

I was lucky enough to have front of stage tickets for two to watch Ash on the main stage.  Again, we were blessed here as another one of our group also won this prize, so we pooled prizes and myself and Dawn took the two teenage girls along.






  They were gobsmacked that they were allowed down the front to watch from the press pit.
 Ev and his best mate decided on buying onsies from one of the stalls and walked around dressed like this all weekend!



Whilst Dawn & I had the luxury of watching Billy Bragg from onstage!



I have always allowed Evan more freedom at Camp Bestival than anywhere else we attend as the atmosphere is so family friendly/orientated that I fee very safe with him there. 
The only thing I would be negative about (and nothing actually to do with the festival) are those campers that still bring Chinese Lanterns and light them around the camp site. This really freaks me out and only a matter of time before somebody is seriously injured by them setting fire to tents!

Saturday arrived all too soon, with us up bright and early to meet up with Matt from Camp Bestival to claim yet another prize, in the form of a drink on CB.  This was gratefully received as the bar prices at the site weren't cheap and packing light had meant that alcohol was not on our packing list.  Armed with our vouchers myself and Lynn debated keeping hold of the blokes vouchers (they were too lazy to get up!) but were good and shared them out back at the tents.

Yet more wandering around marvelling at the sights and sounds, a visit to the Skylanders area for Ev and Dom, our 10  year olds and then back to the tent for a well deserved BBQ!




The Levellers were next which was amazing - I realised it was 21 years since I had first seen them live at Glastonbury - I didn't feel old though and danced my butt off!!
Sunday arrived even faster than Saturday had....and again after a leisurely morning we headed off to throw paper aeroplanes for a world record breaking attempt before a side of stage view of 1975 in the Big Top, (wow just wow!), a meeting with the band (wow and even more wow!) and the dancing more at DJ Fresh!




We all watched Labrinth from the front of the stage, This was followed by a wonderful spine tingling fire work display and animation on the castle which just gets better year in year out! Just the icing on the cake of a wonderful weekend.
I've read lots of reviews of this festival on other blogs, and seen the comments on Facebook about the facilities but cannot believe these people were at the same festival.  The toilet facilities have been slammed everywhere I look, yet having attended hundreds of festivals and with Glastonbury still fresh in my mind these were heavenly.  I didn't even try the "posh loos" but the on site staff near our tent were constantly cleaning the loos, and not once did I open a door and run away.  The queues were always manageable and none of our group ever had a problem.  The showers were fantastic, of course, they are always going to be busy first thing in the morning but if you were prepared to pop over later then it was easy.
Food at festivals is always diverse in taste and price, but we found some stalls that were very reasonable, The Soup Library and our absolute festival fave Tea & Toast always delivered.  The Schuh welly exchange was fantastic and these proved to be life savers when the heavens opened as we packed up on Monday.


Fest-taxi were the only true disappointment.  I used them on Thursday and they were excellent but Monday getting hold of one was impossible.  We watched in dismay as one poor disabled lad was turned away and told that even if he waited they wouldn't be able to help him.  On site security were fantastic at this point as they carried his belongings to his car for him, but the taxi could easily have made just that one journey. I really feel that if you paid on arrival you should be given the option of a return on Monday.

At no point did I feel anything other than safe, my children were safe and my belongings were safe.  Phone charging was hit and miss, so it was a good job my children were safe as I wasn't so worried that I couldn't reach them.  The phone charging point was £5 for half hour and three times we actually walked away with phones that hadn't charged at all, so I do wonder if it was working properly.

Camp Bestival is marketed at families and certainly lives up to that perfectly.  

That said, our group although a family were older, teens and young adults and oldies and we all came away happy and looking forward to next year.  

Huge thanks go especially to Matthew Sanger and the team at Camp Bestival, they put on an amazing show that just keeps getting better!

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Saturday is Ape Caption Day...Aping Around! 13 July 2013

I have been absent from this for a few weeks but I'm back! So can you caption this?
I look forward to reading your witty feedback ;)




I do some strange things at weekends......


Pop on over to the delightful Mammasaurus and do some more!


Wednesday, 3 July 2013

My Next Festival Look

Glasto Style! 2013 What you should have been Rockin!

So yet another year over for Glastonbury Festival and boy after the slight wet start; what a scorcher!

You could not have made it through the weekend without a pair of shorts and a comfy set of pumps or sandals!

Next.co.uk have asked us to put together our 'My Next Festival Look' and this is my effort, after walking miles and miles, surviving the Thursday downpour in a 2 man single skin tent and finding the secret Stornoway gig in the Crow's Nest - this year (my 20th) will go down as one of the hottest, not as hot as 2010 but getting there!



My Next Festival Look


Tie front top
£38 - next.co.uk

Black Preppy Sunglasses

£12.50 - next.co.uk

Boyfriend shorts
£30 - next.co.uk

Lace up shoes
£27 - next.co.uk





Buy White Straw Stetson from the Next UK online shop
£24 - next.co.uk



What a great selection and coming in at only £271.50  you can rock with the best of 'em (Including Sir Mick)

The Background pic I took at the beginning of the set from sitting just below the farm - awesome view :)

Monday, 24 June 2013

Britmums Live - its a rap! Well a poem....

I thought id write a poem
instead of writing a post with clout
My weekend of fun at Britmums 
And what's it all about!

I was really nervous
I really shouldn't have been
I spoke to so many people
And not one of them was mean

I played with wands and a floppy monkey
Kissed my best friends on the lips
Met people of all shapes and sizes
And feel better about my hips!

I laughed and cried a lot in talks
I even participated in a discussion
I probably didn't make much sense
And I knew that I was blushin'

I stayed the night at Jo's house
Who was as friendly as can be
With Sonya, Rach and Lucy
Fantastic hospitality!

I watched talks about PR, Feminism and brands
I picked up lots of lovely tips
And shook a lot of hands!

I ate a lot of biscuits
Drank a few gallons of coffee
Indulged in some delicious cakes
And lattes that were frothy

I found out things about Kirstie Allsopp
dog sick and helium balloons made of foil
And .katie Hill is damn hilarious
and her experience with her coil!

I met loads of lovely people
And have lots of blogs to read
Everyone a brilliant effort
All styles cultures and creeds.


And then I cried  about loss
Matilda Mea and Kerry
And all of us bloggers sang together
fireworks by Katie Perry

And then it was all over 
So quickly it hardly begun
What was the one thing that I learnt?
That blogging is all about fun!