Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Bury Buys

We went to Bury this morning. We've been before without Tom but it seemed strange walking around knowing he wouldn't be going with us again. 

I've been wanting a new jigsaw for a few weeks but was waiting for Amy and Thomas to go back to school so I could use the dining table. The Works usually have 2 or 3 in stock although quite often the pictures don't appeal to me, but I spied this one today. A bit of art deco will be a nice change. 
I also bought some more books to add to the stash. I have about 6 in the 'to read' pile now so they should last me a few weeks.
My first purchase for the 'Christmas Box' was also made. A small box of After Eight mints. We don't really buy much of anything different at Christmas, and if we do it's mostly things like cheeses and pate that can't be stored, but Christmas at Number 38 generally sees a box of After Eights being brought out at some point along with my favourite Turkish Delight of course.  
I've also had my hair cut. I somehow seem to in sync with Sparky. I've noticed lately we tend to have our barnets done around about the same time.

Matthew came round for tea. He doesn't come very often so I pushed the boat out and did fillet steaks, a favourite of his and Amy's. Then him and Thomas had their usual play fight which leaves me feeling more than a little stressed the harder the fighting becomes although Thomas loves it. 

He's gone now which means the house has settled back down to its routine of Thomas on the x-box, Amy reading in her room, Mark watching TV and me blogging.

Just waiting for Bake off now. The sound of silence. Sometimes you can't beat it. 

xxx





12 comments:

  1. That jigsaw is beautiful! I might have to pop to the works and buy it myself!! I bought some shhhhh Christmas cards on holiday from the charity shop!!!

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    1. It's very different from what I'd normally choose and I wasn't sure at first, but the more I looked at it the more I liked it. Nothing wrong with buying Christmas cards in August - especially for charity! There's a bag at Tom's that has about 4 boxes of cards in it so I don't think I'll be buying any this year :) xx

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  2. Awwww did you cry too when the deconstructed vow au vents were critiqued?!

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    1. Haha, I've never seen so many tears on Bake Off - we've become a very emotional nation haven't we. Not sure what a stalwart like Mary thinks of such displays. I love watching Nadia, I find her really funny and her facial expressions are fab. I'm also warming to Paul. Wasn't keen on him at first I thought he was a bit abrupt but he seems to have lightened up a bit. Who is your money on? xx

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    2. I just don't know as my fave went in week 2! Do you watch the Jo Brand spin off on a Fri - so funny!

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    3. I've just had to google to see who went in week 2, my memory is shocking. No I've never seen the Jo Brand thing, but I love her, so will have a look at it. xx

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  3. ooh, books and jigsaw, that's you sorted for a little while!

    I think the right person went from GBBO last night, but I'm left craving vol au vents now. I'm not faffing around making them though, no, I'll buy some frozen ones on Saturday.

    Steak! My invite got lost in the post then?!

    You are good buying Christmas stuff already. If I buy chocs they last minutes in this house once Bill and Violet spot them, so I can't buy ahead.

    Have a lovely Friday. thanks for your comment, oh, and the drawers came like that, they are from Dunelm Mill, were pretty inexpensive, and are so pretty. I have a couple of their storage trunks in similar designs. The one under the stairs is so handy for Violet's shoes and stuff.
    xx

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    1. Yes indeed. Don't think boredom will set in for a while. I agree, the right person did go home last night, he quite possibly should have gone sooner. I love vol au vonts especially mushroom ones - it makes a party for me if vol au vonts are on offer.

      I'm going to have to have a trip to Dunelm soon. There's one near us so no excuse not to really. xx

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  4. p.s how is school going for Thomas? Are they still banging on about attendance at his school? Seems they are obsessed with it at Violet's school again, I'm not sure if I mentioned it earlier, but last week her teacher (new to the school) was giving a rallying chat about attendance on the first day and how 'if you aren't feeling well, just come in anyway'. She told me this and I was all 'no you won't, I don't care about stupid attendance, if you're not well you'll be at home ... mutter mutter mutter'.
    Well, a week school has been in now, and we've not since him since. He's been off SICK!!!!!
    Oh the irony. Surely he should have battled himself in and the kids could have decided if he needed to be at school or not!
    Don't get me started, just DON'T get me started!!!
    x

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    1. Have laughed out loud about the teacher being off sick. Where I worked we had a teacher off with fibromyalgia for weeks on end but she managed to go to Pride in Manchester and post on facebook dancing at a party along with plenty of photos of her on nights out on the lash. We had another off with stress for months who updated her facebook regularly with trips to B&Q and her house renovations/project managment while she was off.

      Thomas is doing OK. A little incident when a boy decided to twist his broken thumb and the teacher didn't deem it worthy enough to tell me about it. She seemed to think it good enough that the boys name had gone in the red book and he would be missing play the following day. I found her quite dismissive and felt like twisting her thumb until it broke.

      Attendance is pretty low key at the moment although we've had the usual letter about taking children on holiday in term time will result in a fine. Mentally I just say to myself Yeah, yeah, yeah.

      Is Violet still enjoying her new class? xx



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    2. Ha. Seems to be 'do as I say not as I do' doesn't. they have this thing about the kids having to tuck themselves in right now too. Which is all very well, apart from one or two teachers look like extras from Steptoe & Son and could do with not only tucking themselves in, but buying something more professional looking in the first place!

      Yes, Violet is enjoying school still. Thank God. I worry about her being bullied yet again. She can be a sensitive soul, though the other day when she announced she wanted to 'slap the teacher in the face', I had to tell her off. But inside I was bit like *yeah! get a bit of attitude girl*!

      I'd have gone bonkers about the thumb twisting thing. What the actual heck? Not only should the teacher have told you, but losing playtime? Is that it? Not a nice child, clearly. Yeah, I'd have wanted to twist her thumb. Sometimes, we can be made out to be over protective of our kids, but flipping heck, if we don't stand up for them and open our pieholes to defend them, who will? Especially if a teacher thing twisting an already broken thumb is not a big deal. Give me strength!

      xx

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    3. Oh yes, Mr Barnes is very keen on shirts and blouses tucked in as well as neat and straight ties. And woe betide any boy caught with his hands in his pockets. Have to say though he's always suited and booted himself and definitely looks the part. Unlike Thomas old Headteacher who quite often walked around school with no socks or shoes on!

      The teachers at Thomas' school sound the exact opposite of those at Violet's. You should see some of the fitted dresses and high heels some of the women wear, I don't know how they teeter around in them all day, and the men are always in trousers and shirts so they do set a good example.

      Aww poor Violet getting bullied. I can totally empathise. There was one boy who used to make a bee line for Thomas in reception and Year 1 and reduce him to tears regularly. Thomas is sensitive as well but seems to be toughening up a lot now, which I'm really pleased about and regularly encourage him to do. As Mark says, they'll all be sorry when the worm turns.

      See, the red book wasn't really good enough for me either. I would have gone straight for exclusion! But then we'd be back to attendance and averages, so that's probably why these horrible brats get away with things. Do you know, I used to be able to see both sides of 'school problems' quite easily, but not any more. Nobody else does, including the teachers, so why should I. xx

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