Sunday, 10 April 2016

Our Next Venture

Thomas with his winnings. Not that I've been to collect them, but he's badgered me so much that I borrowed the money off Amy, gave it to him and I'll re-pay her tomorrow. He likes money does our Thomas but it burns a hole in his pocket. He's becoming a bit of a poseur for the blog and if he doesn't like the photo I've taken will make me take another. He was happy with this one and gave it his seal of approval.
I got up this morning full of the joys of spring and set to shortening Thomas' school trousers. What a nightmare. I measured them wrong and when he tried them on they were under his heel, so I had to unpick them and start over. Then the shuttle ran out, the cotton broke (serves me right for buying the cheap stuff), and when he tried them on again, they were still a smidgen too long and "didn't feel right", so the whole process had to start again. I got in a right strop about it and took to my bed for 10 minutes (I got bored after 5, but held out to save face). Anyway, to avoid ruining the day, I'll do the others in the week. 

I decided retreating to my comfort zone of knitting was a better option where I have a charity knitting experiment on the go. I don't usually go for pastels but it's for a little girl and the colours remind me of ice-cream for some reason. 
Plans for the week include, kids back to school, a visit to the nurse, Middleton with Mum, Bury with Mark and a visit to the Trough of Bowland.

After a long hard think and lots of debate weighing up the pros and cons we've decided we'd like to buy a holiday home/static caravan. We've visited 2 sites over on the Fylde coast but they weren't exactly what we were looking for and our next port of call is the Trough of Bowland. 

Our list of 'wants' is quite high and we won't buy for the sake of it, so I don't think it'll be a quick process, but making the decision to actually do it is a pretty big part of the process completed. We've been toying with the idea for the past couple of years and having done it before are going into it with our eyes wide open this time.

And even if we don't find anything, it's our Tuesday trips sorted for the next few weeks!

xxx





18 comments:

  1. Thomas looks thrilled - I would be too. I love the colours of your wool. What is it you're making? A static caravan sounds perfect. What a great way to spend your holidays/weekends. X

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  2. There is method in my madness Jules. A holiday home in the UK means less flying! Plus we'll get lots of use out of it at the weekends and in the holidays.

    On the charity page Knit for Peace they've made a dressing gown out of knitted squares. It's not something I'd like to make, and I think it's more a group thing anyway, hence the squares, but I'm experimenting with the principle of a 'square' cardigan for a little person even though I'm not making squares. It's just mindless knitting really, no counting, increasing, decreasing etc. Goodness, re-reading that I'm not sure it makes sense, but I don't know how else to explain it. xx

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  3. Well that's an exciting venture. And financially, a smart move.

    Oh Thomas and his winnings! ha ha! I'd be the same, both with look of joy, and it burning a big old hole in my purse. I love to spend loot when I have it :O)

    Glad you are back to daily blogging, not only have I missed it, but I missed you terribly whilst you were gadding about abroad.

    So basically, I'm saying you have to stay in England at all times, and blog all the time. Yep, that makes me happy :O) x

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    1. Aww, what a lovely thing to say and as I aim to please I'll not go abroad again for a while.

      Oh yes, Thomas is definitely a spender. No sooner does he get it than it's gone. Amy on the other hand still has birthday money upstairs and generally doesn't part with her money very easily. She saw some branded trainers in Lanzarote (can't think what they were), and to make sure she was getting a good deal, spent half an hour texting her friend over here to get her to look up the price in the UK for comparison. Not a bad way to be actually, but it made me smile.

      I have a guilt thing with money. Don't know why but I can spend all day on other people, but struggle to buy things for myself, apart from books! xx

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  4. Have you considered a towing caravan? We sometimes put ours on a seasonal pitch for the year and then just tow after that for the next while. I love The Fylde area and we go there quite often and also to Yorkshire. We don't use our caravan as often as we should, and that's the benefit of a static where you can go without all the hitching etc of a tourer. Am with you all the way on the flying as I hate it. Good luck with your search whatever you buy. Catriona

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    1. Hi Catriona. We have considered a tourer and pitching it for a season and if we don't find a static site we'll be looking into that. We used to have a tourer and I can honestly say they were some of the best weekends away and holidays we had (after the awning had been erected haha). Mark says he's past hitching one up every time we go somewhere which is understandable, so it would have to be sited for the season. We're not 100% sure it would be big enough for us though, even if Amy doesn't come. Thomas is getting bigger all the time and we have 2 dogs, but if we don't find a static site, we've definitely not ruled it out.

      Agree totally, the Fylde area is beautiful and we've spent lots of time over there. xx

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  5. That is a lovely photo of Thomas with his winnings!

    I'm so sorry you had such trouble with adjusting the hems. I hate it when things go wrong, the sewing machine acts up, thread breaks, etc. Hope the rest of the trouser shortening goes smoothly.

    Your knitting looks lovely. The colors are very pretty. Looking forward to seeing a photo of the finished cardigan. I'm sure it will look lovely.

    Enjoy your search for a holiday home and I hope you find one that meets all your wants.

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    1. He does look happy doesn't he. Half of it has been spent already. Like I said, it burns a hole in his pocket.

      Oh those trousers were a nightmare. I have another pair to do which I'm not relishing. I usually have them done in half an hour, but it was one of those jobs that went wrong right from the start.

      We have a couple of sites to look at tomorrow and even if they're not suitable the drive out will be lovely. xx

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  6. Your Going to bed for 10 minutes but getting bored after 5 made me really smile. Well done Thomas, he'll have to start a blog of his own then he can have lots of selfies! Have fun hunting for a holiday home - sounds good.

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    1. It was really boring up there! No wonder it used to be used as a punishment. Mind you we don't have a TV, Xbox, computer or Ipod in there, it was just me and the ceiling haha. xx

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  7. The holiday home idea sounds great! Lovely knitting too.

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    1. Hi MMC. We've toyed with this for a couple of years now and I always said never again, but things change don't they. I'm not sure we'll find a site to be honest, we both have different wants and I'm a fussy b****r. But we live in hope and will be off to the Trough tomorrow for a look. xx

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  8. How exciting. I hope you find exactly what you're looking for.

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    1. Hello Jo. It is exciting, although I'm trying to rein myself in from being disappointed if we don't find anything suitable. There's a lot of boxes that have to be ticked so that it's right for all the family and even the dogs! It'll still be fun visiting different places even if we don't find anything. xx

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  9. Not far from me then in the good old TOB! I get very stressed over trouser hems. Esp if I've to cut them. I've ended up with different length legs in the past.
    Today has been a non starter. I've done nowt n watched crappy day time tv!

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    1. No not far at all Rachel, we'll be neighbours :)

      Those blasted trouser hems were a nightmare. I don't usually struggle as much as that so I don't know what was going on yesterday. I'm still traumatised so haven't attempted the others yet. I'm laughing at your different leg lengths because I once shorted some of Mark's work trousers (in my defence I was in my 20's, because age really does make a difference don't you know!), and he looked like the budgie had died. I'd cut too much off as well so there was nothing I could do. He had to go back to stores and ask for another pair rofl.

      Sounds to me like you've had a fab day! xx

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  10. That made me howl, half mast trousers!! And yes, I'm far superior now as to when I was in my 20s!

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    1. I've grown up as well. Back in the day I used a needle and thread. I've progressed to a sewing machine now. xx

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