Thursday, 28 June 2012

Work life

Over the past few days I've really been struggling, I've felt so tired and can't get seem to concentrate on anything.  I'm blaming this crazy weather we have been having, it's funny we always seem to blame the weather here in Britain.  Last week I was fairly creative though and managed a few layouts, I drew inspiration from Shimelle and based some of the layouts she created for NSD 2012.  The photo quality isn't great but you get the idea.

This one is my favourite, I love the typewriter book plate that I purchased from Broadway last week.  The photo was taken before I went to London with the school back in May to see Matilda, which by the way was fantastic.  I felt that I needed to document my working life before having Charlotte and that I gave up my career to have her, which was the best decision of my life, and I don't regret it one bit.  Whilst writing the journalling it made me realise that maybe I would like to go back to work (part time - I would still want to be around for Charlotte) and that it would be a shame to let all that experience and knowledge go to waste.  This will soon be possible as Les will be retiring in September. The only drawback is that I've had nearly 8 years off and my confidence levels are pretty low (lets face it you don't need much confidence as a stay at home mum!). Also who would take me on, 8 years is a long time and the way the econmic climate is would anyone take the risk in employing me.  Lots to think about - but one things for sure I don't want to be a dinner lady for the rest of my days, some of my colleagues have been doing the same job for over 20 years, I just can't see myself being there that long.  Not that there is anything wrong with being a dinner lady, I work with a lovely bunch of ladies who are all very kind and a real laugh and they help to keep me sane.

Right I'd better run, thanks for listening to me moan on.


Wednesday, 13 June 2012

National Trust

So schools back and so normality reigns, although I have to say that I really did enjoy half term.  It was nice to spend some time with Les over the Jubilee weekend and we went out each day.  The 3 days Les was at work I managed to get loads of little jobs done that have needed sorting for a while, including painting!! 

Most weekends we have been going to National Trust properties, our membership runs out in July and we realised that we only visited 2 houses last year.  So we thought we would pull our fingers out and visit at least some of the properties local to us, regardless of the weather.  We have been enjoying it so much that we're renewing our membership you only have to visit a few properties and you've got your money back, and plus Charlotte seems to enjoy it.

We had been to Snowshill Manor before and thought we would go back and see how it had changed if it had at all.

The following week we went off to Hidcote gardens, wow what a place, I loved it so much we went back last weekend!.  This was just gardens the Manor house wasn't open to the public.  I loved the way the gardens were sectioned off and based on different rooms, they had made holes in the hedges so you could walk through into the next room.  The garden was filled with seasonal flowers and the colours were so vibrant and bright, whoever designed it wasn't afraid of using colour.  I found it very inspirational and could spend all day just wandering around.


Charlotte loved running around in between the hedges.

It had been raining the day before, I love the way the water sits on the petals.

Les and Charlotte standing like soldiers in what they called there sentry box.  Crazy pair!!

The last house we went to was Charlecote, the weather was glorious and we took a picnic so we could sit along the river Avon.

Crochet on the lawn.

This is my favourite photo of the day, I love the way Charlotte is looking at her Daddy!! This fills my heart with so much love for the pair of them.

So with half term last week it gave me some spare time to scrap. I'm really embracing journalling on my layouts and love it.

I hope you made it to the end of this post, thanks if you did!


Sunday, 10 June 2012

10 things on the 10th

So the 10th of the month has come around again.  Here are my 10 things, this idea I 'pinched' from Nathalie who done this last month.

1. Wearing - Skinny black jeans, cream top and body warmer, Converse All Star trainers.

2. Listening - Robbie Williams, Swing when you're winning. Loving Jazz and swing music.

3. Eating - Liquorice Allsorts (loving these at the moment).

4. Drinking -  Les has just made a cup of tea.

5. Reading - Me before You, by JoJo Moyes I've just finished this book. I can't recommend this highly enough.  It's a real gritty, heartwarming story, it had me in tears by the end of it!

6. Needing - To learn how to hula hoop!!

7. Wishing - We had another week off from school!

8. Crafting - Finishing off a layout from this week and catching up on my Smash book.

9. Enjoying - Journalling on my layouts, this may sound daft, but its taken a while for me to do this.

10. Loving - The fact that it's only 6 more days before I see my parents!!

Be sure to go and check out the other peeps 10 things on the 10th via Shimelle's blog.

Thanks for stopping by.