Because I’m Worth It…

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For ages I’ve been complaining that I don’t have a decent camera, so when I saw the recent television adverts for the new Huawei P20 Pro I was instantly smitten with the hype regarding it’s photographic capabilities. However, I wanted to make sure that if I was going to splash out almost a grand on a new toy I needed to be a hundred percent certain it’s what I actually wanted, so I spent many hours online trawling through review sites until I was absolutely sure.

Shall I? Shan’t I? Decisions, decisions… until I couldn’t resist any longer, and with one swift click of my mouse the deed was done. I am now the very, VERY proud owner of a magnificent piece of tech that takes professional quality photos in all conditions. Oh my word, it’s even better than I imagined, and shiny… so shiny.

Normally I’d freak out at the very idea of such extravagance, but I’m earning good money, the household bills are covered and my next holiday is all booked and paid for so why shouldn’t I treat myself? I’m totally worth it…!

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A Very British Regatta…

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After working 6-days-a-week for over a month, life has finally settled down to the point where I have my weekends back, so what better way to celebrate than to attend the local regatta. The ominous black clouds and possible forecast of rain wasn’t going to stop me from enjoying myself (I’m British), so off I went in search of riverside shenanigans.

Upon arrival it was a joy to see so many flags flying, alongside miles of multi-coloured bunting. There was a Punch and Judy show for the little ones and a wide variety of stalls selling everything from home made fudge to knitted dolls. As is typical of such events, tea was being served in china cups along with scones and sandwiches while outside the pub, right on the waterfront, we were serenaded by the obligatory brass band; who I have to say were outstanding. I somehow managed to bag myself a prime location right at the end of the main jetty and loud speaker announcements kept us all informed regarding the various boat races throughout the afternoon.

I do love a good regatta, and this one certainly didn’t disappoint. I’ll definitely be returning for more boaty escapades next year. Ship ahoy…!

Tea For Three…

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Just spent another lovely afternoon with my beautiful, grown-up twin daughters and I couldn’t be prouder of them. Not necessarily for any awards or great achievements (although both have enjoyed their fair amount of successes) but for the fact that they’re such grounded young ladies who are a joy to spend time with.

We covered the usual wide range of topics while munching on cheesey biscuits alongside chunks of mature English Cheddar, all washed down with gallons of PG Tips. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree as we all agree wholeheartedly that the 11th commandment should read ‘Thou shalt not pour the milk in before the teabag has been removed‘.

It’s heart-warming that no matter how hectic their lives are, they always make sure that we have some quality time together on a regular basis. I know that I’m biased, but I really do have the best girls in the world…

Aim Higher…

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Just a few weeks after saying a fond farewell to my colleagues at the end of my temporary contract, I appear to be saying a happy hello to a whole new bunch of people. Despite the fact that I already had back-to-back shifts as an exams invigilator scheduled throughout May, I applied for an administrative role that I didn’t actually believe I had any chance of getting but I figured that the interview experience would be useful. However, to my utter astonishment within a couple of days of thinking I didn’t do particularly well in front of the interview panel I was offered the position.

This new job will be at a higher pay grade than I’m used to and in a department that I’m not remotely familiar with, however, they clearly saw some potential in me so I shall endeavour to prove to them that they made the right decision. It does go to show that no matter what you believe you’re capable of, it never hurts to aim that little bit higher…

Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside…

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By a happy coincidence, the sun was shining and I was off work at the same time as a friend with a car, so the only thing for it was to head off to the seaside for the day. Forty five minutes later we were walking on the sand discussing beach huts when we noticed that just across the road were some amazing gardens.

Apparently, the local council had spent a vast sum of cash, including money from the Heritage Lottery Fund, on regenerating their eight Edwardian gardens. Wow! So much to see it was a little overwhelming at first. Bluebells were everywhere, along with yellow irises, large white daisies, wallflowers, marigolds and dozens of beautiful flowers I don’t know the names of. Ponds, waterfalls and sculptures were dotted around the place along with pagodas and other such hideaways to enjoy some shade in the heat of the day.

Walking works up your appetite so after a large portion of chips we went off to explore the docks and nearby nature reserve, before returning to the pier for cappuccinos and a final wander around the perfectly manicured lawns. I’m so lucky to have like-minded friends, who are willing and able to treat me to special day trips like this…

Special Days…

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Days can be special for many reasons; birthdays, anniversaries, and so on, but today was special for me because I got to combine two things I really love doing. I spent the morning catching up with my gorgeous twin daughters over cups of tea and jammie dodgers, which is my most favourite pastime in the whole wide world.  Just seeing their faces and listening to all of their news fills my heart with joy.

In the afternoon I took full advantage of the sunshine and went for a three hour walk in the countryside to a quaint little town next to a river. Spring had well and truly sprung and the air was full of birdsong as I wandered along the winding pathway flanked with hawthorn bushes in full bloom.

Upon arrival there were plenty of nautical things to appreciate and as I sat on the quayside, enjoying the warm sun on my face and the sound of the splashing of boats passing by it occurred to me that sometimes the best things in life are the things that money just can’t buy…

Long Time, No See…

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We’ve all done it; saying to an old friend ‘We must meet for a coffee soon’ and then it goes weeks, months or even years before you actually get around to it, but when you can both finally find a small gap in your hectic schedules it’s lovely to be able to finally catch up properly.

Texting, emailing and Facebook messaging are all well and good but there’s nothing quite like a face-to-face natter to help you to re-connect fully with old mates. Neither of us could actually recall how long it’d been since we last put the world to rights over a cuppa, but as the old saying goes it’s better late than never.

The venue was a local contemporary art gallery, so we combined our nattering with a look round the latest exhibition before heading off to the tea rooms for refreshments. Window seats ensured we had a lovely view of the garden as we discussed everything from holidays to hand gel, and before we knew it the afternoon had whizzed past in the blink of an eye.

In a busy world where we meet new people day in, day out, it’s very important to show how much you still value your old friendships.