Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Youth Club-bing Together

Last year it was discussed that my village in rural Dorset; needed a Youth Club, just somewhere for the young 'uns to hang out and have a place they can sit that is warm and indoors and not with their parents!

Youth Club

We were lucky when I grew up here - we had a designated building, The old W.I. hut became our club and we loved it and looked after it as it was ours.
Our Summer holidays we spent painting it, drawing murals, cutting the grass it was great fun and times I will always cherish.
The hut was knocked down in the 90's and replaced by housing, which at the time left us with a Royal British Legion Youth Section - once a week. It wasn't the same as it wasn't our own.

Our youth don't have their own building either and at anytime we could be asked to vacate and that would be it. Awful really that this generation can't leave the village as the buses were cut and yet don't all have the luxury of taxiing parents (or the finances) to get out and about.

We don't have cinema, swimming pool or skate park. We have 1 shop, 2 pubs, 1 sports club and a garage...

I am not at all saying they are not catered for we have an AMAZING community that has Scouts, cubs and beavers, a performers group, various sports clubs, music and loads more but there is always that need when you are growing up to have that one place that you know you can go to.
Not all kids like clubs, my son was a performer until he was almost 9, he decided then he didn't want to do it any more and he also didn't want to do Scouts.
You can't force them!

He does however LOVE Youth Club and I am thrilled he does. They have a great laugh - play ping pong, talk rubbish (very important rubbish though) and listen to music, he just loves it!

This year I am running a Christmas Party for them. We are self funding and so don't get grants etc. so this is a begging post!
I need donations - anything from a £1 to a voucher, a supermarket voucher to a set of make up....ANYTHING at all that we can use to make it a great night for them and make them feel really well....appreciated and not just that gang that hangs around with nothing better to do!

If you feel as though you could donate anything please get in touch via any of my platforms.

Thank you for reading

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Advent-agous Competition!

I am hosting a few days of comping goodness so please check back as from the 1st of December when you can win a whole manner of treats in time for the New Year!

I am going to say it so hide your eyes.....

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Singing in The Rain - Rachel Anne Stroud

Not very often to do I cry in Poole High Street but I did today! Not out of sadness or misery just because I was moved to tears....

I have a lot of musician friends all of whom at some point busked in local shopping centres and it is really hard work.
The general public are not very forgiving and so when you see people actually stop or vie over to watch; you know somebody is good and that is exactly what happened today.

Rachel Anne Stroud is just 15 years old and stunned a whole shopping centre today with her amazing talent.

I am sick to death of hearing 'It's what I have always dreamed of' or 'It is my life' or 'I want this so bad' coming from the mouths of singers that don't DO ANYTHING about it, and just expect it dropped in their laps with a contract from Mr Cowell.

Busking and gigging were always the way singers and bands were discovered and they are far better for it too!

The sound is obviously just from my phone so doesn't do her justice!

Please share and use the hashtag #RachelStroud and let's get her noticed!

Enjoy..... Rachel's cover of London Grammar - Strong:

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Project Home & Why I've Been Away From the Blogosphere!

I had moved in to this house 8 years ago with 10 years worth of my own belongings and into a home that my parents had been in for almost 60 years and never thrown away.....ANYTHING.
I mean anything, every receipt for the house, every card received, every magazine with an 'interesting article' it was here in these 3 bedrooms and a loft with little room for a postcard let alone another human and a child.
The sorting started almost immediately and never stopped. With no car it was hard work - 3 skips filled and sent away and numerous friends hired and used for trips to the local dump, eventually space was appearing. Then Mum became more incapacitated and needed more care, I became more depressed and little was done for a long time. Neighbours made complaints but never offered help (easy to do when you are on the outside of a problem) and it made things worse. Mum's last few months were made miserable by varying factors. I eventually got a car and for 3 months we had a real family again, being mobile and cheering ourselves up; then she died.

I have to thank the interfering - for making me realise that life isn't all about appearances and having a heart is a huge factor. I would rather ask a neighbour if I could help than ever just poke my nose in and be an interfering ass. Karma is a great thing!

I couldn't decorate unless Mum was in hospital or respite as she had COPD and couldn't cope with dust and paint, so it was never going to be a real possibility and it made me sad. This house was not a home anymore but a real weight on my shoulders and a memory of what used to be such a wonderful residence.

If you have ever read any previous posts you may have come across my competition entry for Hilary's Blinds earlier this year.
At the end of that post I set myself a project and that is where I and this blog have been for what seems like an eternity! I have immersed myself in paint, wallpaper and old furniture and just knuckled down to doing up my home a room at a time.

There were rules! I was not allowed to buy anything new with 2 exceptions bedding and flooring. Everything I used had to be upcycled, blagged, won or a review item. I had no idea what a huge task I had set myself.


Over the next week or so this blog will be full of DIY - on the cheap-skate!

I have products to review, products that I love and just want to rave about and ideas to share....

I am getting there, things are looking like a tunnel that has a very bright LED at the end .... and I'm loving it.... 

Stay Tuned

Jumping on the Lumia Band Wagon

I am an iPhone owner.

I own an iPhone.

It is a 4s

That is all I have to say about that!

Note that I don't say - I love my iPhone, My iPhone is amazing .... because well it isn't.

I have had to get the screen fixed (son's fault) Camera replaced (not son's fault) and now I have no sound so cannot make calls/answer or listen to anything.

It is also very small and to be honest I don't like small tech. It makes it feel less worthy of care, I'm a big chunky fan - camera, phone, laptop I like it to feel how much it has cost.
Perhaps it is my age? I do still love CD's and Vinyl.

Microsoft offered to let me trial the new Lumia 930 and I am so glad I did.

You may have noticed that all the advertising lacks the Nokia name but this phone still bears the logo. Microsoft have just released details of the new phone which will be just the 'Microsoft Lumia' so Nokia as a phone brand is no more.

I sold phones in the early 90's BEFORE text messaging even existed YES KIDS NO TEXTING! It was a strange industry in those days, utilised mainly by business men and dodgy geezers!
Thankfully it has moved on from that at such a pace that it is an industry to behold.

I am digressing!

Lumia 930.

First thing I noticed was the size and weight - I love it! The phone feels like a good quality item that deserves a case and shouldn't be thrown in your bag! 9.8mm thick and boasting a screen that is a lovely 5 inch display!
It completely swamps my iPhone in size and weight.

I find it so much easier navigating the Windows 8.1 OS and tiles are so easy to set up and play with, giving a personal homepage that is worthy of a laptop!

It doesn't come pre-loaded with lots of games either which I like as you can nip to the store and pick your favourites with no problems whatsoever, with more and more apps being added all the time.


20 mp YES TWENTY Pure View main rear camera with a dual LED flash I couldn't believe this, putting a lot of cameras on the market to shame. It has options that you would get with a DSLR and features not amiss on a top range system!
I love it and would use it everyday without fail.

Comparison pics to follow...


Yes it seems the Microsoft/Windows collaboration has almost gone and got Android accessibility! Lumia specific apps that are included work really well and the Beamer utility is awesome - I played with this a great deal and it is really fun.
It wouldn't be ideal for streaming content of gaming or such but one day....

Nokia HERE Drive, HERE Maps and the free Nokia Mix Radio where you can listen to created radio playlists, take them offline and get suggested radio stations!

Nokia HERE Drive allows you download maps for use offline great when abroad or in low signal areas.

The files app is awesome and allows you to store docs, pics, pages etc into easily accessible folders both on the phone & memory card.
Storyteller app allows photos to be organised, filed and tagged into a wonderful format that makes it quick to access and show off!


There’s a 32GB internal memory which unfortunately you cannot upgrade but hopefully this will be a feature for the future. 
You can open the nano sim holder with a nail or a hairgrip which is awesome as that silly pin needed for the iPhone is a right pain!

You can read text almost everywhere, even in direct sunlight, thanks to the Clear Black AMOLED high resolution display, which is very sharp.

Available in black, White, Green and Orange with a slightly velvet-rubbery feel so it gives a strong grip and avoids being thrown around!

Detailed Spec: 
  • Main camera: 20.0MP
  • Display size: 5''
  • Display resolution: Full HD (1920 x 1080)
  • Processor name: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800
  • Maximum talk time (3G): 17.9h
  • Maximum standby time: 16days
  • Battery capacity: 2420mAh
  • Size & Weight:
  • Height: 137 mm
  • Width: 71 mm
  • Thickness2: 9.8 mm
  • Weight: 167 g
  •  Operating System: Software Release: Phone 8.1 with Lumia Cyan 

  •     Processor: 
  • CPU name: Snapdragon™ 800 
  • Number of cores: Quad core
  • Clock rate: 2200 MHz
Overall I just find it 'friendlier' than my iPhone. My love affair with Apple is over, just the whole unsharing uncaring attitude has been enough really and as I write a lot and need to be able to share with my different tech - I'm now finding an Apple a day is not enough!

Lumia all the way.

Written from my hospital bed so pics will follow when I'm home!