Sunday, 4 June 2017

June - Week 1 & Photo 5

Photo 5 is a quick snap of my birthday china and a bit of useless information for you. Did you know if you hold a bone china plate to the light and place your hand behind it you can see through it. I didn't, but I do now. 
I thought I'd start by posting a few photos of our week at the van. We tend to do the same things when we're over there, walks along the front, a trip to the park, maybe some shopping and lots of pottering around, taking it easy. This time was a little different because it was my birthday and I woke up to banners, balloons and lots of cards. My birthday bash was a trip to the casino where I won the princely sum of £37.
We don't eat out very much but decided we'd have a quick lunch in the hotel we went to when Matthew, Sophie and Sienna came over at Easter. I asked for a simple egg and cress sandwich and this was served. For £4.50 there were no grumbles and we'll definitely be going back.  
It wasn't the most relaxed lunch. Thomas had been suffering with headaches for a couple of days and one came on just as we'd ordered. I'm wondering if they're migraines because dark glasses and a sleep seemed to sort them out. He's flat out here. Thankfully they seem to have cleared up, but I'll be making an appointment for him at the opticians just to get his eyes checked. 

Aunty Edith and Ken came over one afternoon and we spent a lovely couple of hours on the front eating fish and chips and ice-cream, watching the children on the boats and the donkeys.
Mark bought Thomas an electric scooter. Last year he fell off his normal one and twisted his ankle so badly we thought it was broken and ended up in A&E, so I knew something would happen but I didn't realise how quickly. Within 10 minutes he'd fallen off and had 2 nasty cuts to his knees. There was blood and I don't do blood but credit where it's due, Mark patched him up and after putting on long trousers, he got back on and set off again, albeit at a very slow pace.
Returning home is the worst part of any holiday for me because of the mountain of washing and ironing that needs doing. This time though there were some lovely surprises in the post. A beautiful hand sewn card from Sadie. The detail is lovely. She sews some gorgeous samplers and I'm always really impressed with her lettering. 
And a card and some yummy chocolate from Rachel. She very kindly sent me 2 lots but one was consumed within a couple of hours of me opening it and before taking a photo. 
Plus there were lots of lovely birthday wishes from all you lovely people. Thank you all so much. It's lovely that you take the time to leave messages, they are all very much appreciated.

I thought about whether to post the next photo or not but me and Mark can't stop laughing when we look at it and it's one of those daft ones that needs to be kept. I walked into Thomas' room last night and was met with this. I've no idea how he's managed to get out of shoes, shorts and undies in this way, but he has. The thing that made us laugh was it looks as though he's vaporised into thin air. Obviously there's no top as he never wears one. 
The garden has come on a treat in the week we've been away. Sweet peas have doubled in size, petunias are flowering in abundance, geraniums are about to bloom, there are 2 buds on my rose and the clematis is out. 
I made a start on the jigsaw yesterday. It's a 500 piece and the pieces feel huge - like something from the Early Learning Centre. I might buy these in future. They're easier on the eyes and grow quicker but are just as enjoyable to do. 
As usual a bit of hooky was undertaken at the van and I whipped up a few hearts for the Tigerlily Trust. I just need to buy a few buttons to sew on the blue ones and they can be posted off this week. Then it will be back to knitting angels. 
I used my new china tea cup yesterday and it's lovely to drink from. They certainly knew how to do things properly back in the day. 
And sadly, once more we've woken up to the awful news of terror attacks in London last night and more senseless deaths and injuries. The One Love concert is being held in Manchester tonight and we'll be watching that. When something happens in your own city, it somehow feels more personal. 

Amy is back at college tomorrow so will be travelling into Manchester. In the past we may have reminded her about being aware of her surroundings, to watch where she's walking, mind her bag and make sure nobody is following her etc. Now we find ourselves telling her what to do if she finds herself caught up in an attack. 

It's a world I don't understand but from her reaction, it's a world she seems to take in her stride telling us "I'm a bit frightened but don't worry, we had a terrorist talk just before we broke up". 

What a sad world children everywhere are being raised in.

xxx


 




22 comments:

  1. So glad you had a wonderful birthday Suzanne.
    Hugs-x-

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    1. Thank you Sheila. It was a lovely day and going to the casino topped it off nicely. xx

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  2. I lived in London during the Irish bombings and remember my mum trying to contact me. Moorgate had been bombed and I lived close and used the underground. There were no mobiles then which do allow people to share info quickly. The police were able to track last night's terrorists down,identify them and kill them in 8 minutes. we have to carry on living because that's what life is for. Your birthday treats look amazing and your break enjoyable.

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    1. That must have been frightening for your Mum trying to contact you - and for you. Yes, at least we have mobiles these days so knowing somebody is safe can be found out quickly.

      To respond and kill the terrorists in 8 minutes is brilliant, I have nothing but praise for our emergency services. One of the benefits of living in a city is the rapid response time. The emergency services were at the arena within minutes as well. Not sure what would happen if these atrocities took place elsewhere. The sad thing is, even with such an excellent response time, the amount of people who were killed and injured beforehand. There's nothing we can do apart from carry on though.

      I thoroughly enjoyed my birthday thank you. We don't go out very often so the casino was a real treat. xx

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  3. What a lovely update, congratulations on your win!

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    1. I was on a roll Thrift Deluxe but time was getting on so I had to call it a day. I could have walked away with £1,000's hahaha. xx

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  4. It sounds like you had a wonderful week, although I hope Thomas has recovered from his injuries. I love the shoes, shorts and undies picture. That boy makes me smile.
    It must be a bit of a worry for you about Amy, but it seems she's very level headed about it all which is the best we can all be. X

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    1. The boy makes me smile as well Jules, he's a real character, just like Amy used to be when she was little - she still is actually.

      We had a lovely week, even with the headaches and the scooter injuries - there's always something isn't there.

      It is a worry, but what can we do - as Tania says, life has to carry on. There's nothing we can actually tell her apart from run and to go through fire doors, stockrooms etc if she needs to. The main thing I've had to tell her is not to be polite. She's the sort of girl who'd stand there holding the door open for everybody to go through!

      Hope you're all well. xx

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  5. A lovely update. Knee pads for Thomas I think!

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    1. Definitely Sue. Plus elbow pads, helmet and gum shields I think. He's not a natural outdoorsy boy and I think the fresh air makes him feel dizzy hence all the wobbles and accidents!

      Hope you are both well. xx

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  6. That photo of Thomas' clothes and shoes has made me laugh out loud!! Get him on BGT next year! It does look like he's vanished himself out if them! My boiled egg sandwiches never look that good!

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    1. I don't know how he's managed to do it Rachel. Very unusual as I usually find his stuf all over the place. I love an egg and cress sandwich I just need to remember I like them, it's something I rarely think about making. xx

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  7. So many nice treats for your birthday and the lunch looks very yummy.
    I really feel for Thomas if it is migraines he is suffering with. I had them from age 25 to 60 (when I finally became menopausal!!) and then they just went away-yeah!!
    Son #2, Terry, was in London when this latest incident happened. I'm glad to say we had facetimed with him at about 7pm your time and he was so tired. They had had a long flight and when they arrived in London he went shopping so he said he was going back to the hotel and going to bed as they had a 6am call for the flight home. So, thankfully he was in bed when it happened.
    I'm sitting here watching the 'One Love Manchester' concert. It's amazing how they were able to pull that together, at such short notice, and all the artists donated their time. I hope they raised a ton of money.

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    1. He describes them as sharp stabbing pains and he needs to sleep them off so it sounds like migraines doesn't it. I had them for a couple of years in my teens and apparently puberty can bring them on which I didn't know until I googled.

      Oh my goodness, I'm so glad your son is safe. What a time for him to be over here. Sadly several people from abroad have been killed or injured.

      I was just going to watch an hour of the concert, I usually dip in and out of these things but I was glued to my seat - we all thought it was brilliant. £10million has been raised so far which is fantastic. xx

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  8. Glad you had such a lovely birthday week! Sorry to hear about Thomas' headaches; good idea to have his eyes checked. So sorry to hear about the London attacks. I really don't know what this world is coming to. Hope Amy will be OK as she goes about. Hope we will all be OK as we go about our daily lives.

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    1. I think having his eyes checked is the first thing to do although I suspect they might have been migraines or maybe a viral thing. He described them as sharp stabbing pains, poor thing.

      The London attack is horrendous. So many people from all over the world have been caught up in it. I couldn't believe it when I woke up to the news.

      Hope is all we can do isn't it. It's frightening for everybody but life has to carry on and that includes Amy going into the city to college, although in reality anything could happen anywhere.

      Hope you are keeping well. xx

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  9. I started to develop headaches and migraines at the start of puberty. I am now a human barometer. If it is lovely and sunny and then the weather changes to rain and thunder my head pounds and I get sparkles in the corners of my eyes. Only thing that sorts me out, is a cool pitch black room. Sleep it off. I also found that if I know the weather it to change I drink extra water it seems to shorten the time I am laid up. I hope it passes with him. Its pretty miserable.

    Can I ask about your caravan awning. Is it a blow up one? have you previously had one with poles? We have a 2nd hand one with poles, it seems extra flimsy?

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    1. Hi Sol, I'm wondering if it's puberty. You're pretty much summed up what Thomas was like. He needed to put sunglasses on and sleep and would wake up fine. But this happened maybe 3 times a day? Feeling a bit guilty though because meningitis never crossed my mind (the light thing), until Mum mentioned it and my brother had it when he was 16. Anyway, he's OK, so I'm not thinking about that. He's terrible for not drinking at school but I'm always pouring water down him at home.

      The awning is a blow up one and it's brilliant. There are 4 tubes that get pumped up in less than 10 mins and then there are several smaller tubes that go between the main ones to support it, but we leave these blown up for the whole season and just store them in the van so that cuts down on time. Of course you still have to peg in but the main job of erecting it is so much easier than one with poles.

      We had a pole one when we had the first van and it was lovely when set up but it took ages to do and was really heavy. Don't recall it being flimsy, in fact it was pretty sturdy. Are you thinking of buying a blow up one? xx

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  10. It could be puberty for sure, they also checked me out for a trapped nerve in my neck. As I vomitted quite a lot when younger as I was dehydrated with not wanting to drink when I had the migraine. If they persist its worth checking it out with the GP. :)

    I think as we now have a perm pitch it might be worth getting a better awning. This one is only 3/4 length and I think with age has gone thin. There are 2 small tears as well, that I never noticed before. The people next to use also have a blow up one, I think I will ask if I can have a closer look.

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    1. We'd love a permanent pitch but with Thomas and Amy still at school/college we wouldn't get our money's worth at the moment. It's a future dream though. Ours is a 3/4 and it's a tight fit around the windows but it's fine for us. xx

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  11. hope those headaches stop as suddenly as they started. Not nice for him to have to deal with.

    Violet does that with her clothes. I'm forever finding her pants discarded in a pile where she's removed them, in what I call 'sunny side up'! Nice!

    Glad you had such a good birthday. And you have me craving egg & cress sandwiches now. Though I might make them the Royal way next. In the book I bought recently, they have 'egg & cress points' or something like that, basically chunky egg & cress on ridiculously thin toast triangles. If it's good enough for the Queen ....

    xxx

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    1. He's not had one since we got back so I'm hoping it might have been a viral thing that materialised in headaches. The pain was the sort where you want to cry but can't iykwim.

      My birthday was lovely thank you. I love egg and cress sandwiches but when I fancy one it seems too long to wait for the eggs to boil, cool and make them. I should really be prepared and make a tub of of it, - but it's just one of those things I never do.

      The toast triangles sound nice and you're right, if it's good enough for Lilibet.... xx

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