Friday, 20 January 2017

Hire A Photographer The Easy Way With Bidvine


I have always taken my own photos which means that I am rarely in them, also the quality isn't as good as a professional. I have never had a family portrait done and had no idea of the cost. All I can go on is the price of school photos but seeing as both my children are grown up that is a bit out of date. Then I was approached by Bidvine* to try their service which is an easy way to find photographers in your area. Just follow a few simple steps and Hey Presto! quotes come in from local photographers to choose from. The first thing I noticed when using the site was that Bidvine have more than photographers, they have everything from domestic cleaners to piano lessons. A truly versatile service, but how easy was it to use?

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Slimming World Weigh In #2 and Best Recipe of the Week


This is my second week on Slimming World and my first best recipe of the week. We Grandad has been experimenting and trying out lots of different recipes. He has also adapted some favourites such as Spaghetti Bolognese to be Syn free too. The Best Recipe of the week is definitely potatoes with peppers and I have included it here for you. Firstly, how did my second week go?

Monday, 16 January 2017

Our Weekly Journal 16th Jan 2017


It was an awful week weatherise, rain and cold. Grandads's hip is getting worse and still no sign of an operation so we were confined to the house a bit more than usual. Bear and I did manage to get out a few times to the local park where he played football or collected sticks to throw from the bridge into the stream. The weather has been so mild that the stream is still clogged with greenery and the water flows slowly. Not the best Pooh Sticks Bridge at the moment. 

Bear knew it had been raining and we took a cloth to dry the slide but he was still disappointed to see the play equipment wet. "Wet, wet" he said "play, play" shaking his head looking sad. 

At the top of the slide are numbers and letters engraved into the sides. Bear likes to read these. He says the letters he knows, always starting with A but continuing with whatever he fancies.

Come on Nanny! Open the gate.

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A, B, C.....
 Wednesday was back to Tots club, Bear made a paper snowman in anticipation of all the snow that was possibly coming our way. Sadly we had none, I so wanted to see his face watch the snow fall as Bear hasn't seen any yet. We still have a few months of winter left so there is lots of time for snow, I hope.

Investigating a necklace that he then gave to the little girl sat next to him..ahhh
Bear is resisting getting dressed in the mornings so quite often is only partially dressed. Twice now he has had no trousers on and under the guise of drawing on paper he has drawn on his legs. This means soaking in the bath and scrubbing them clean. Bear loves bathing but hates having his hair washed, we had tried everything, so it's just a matter of getting on with it as quickly as possible. He does love being wrapped up in a warm towel after though, and carried like a baby.

"Baby! Baby!" he shouts as he tries to climb out the bath with soap in his hair.

Oops, Bear has to scrub the pen marks off!

All cosy in a warm towel wrapped like a baby
On Thursday Mummy came home early as she was feeling poorly and Bear snuggled up on the sofa. He was watching you tube on my  the iPad when his eye lids got heavier, his head nodded and he lay down to sleep. Bear has never fallen asleep without motion or in his own bed. Aww so cute, mummy and I watched for ages.

Just too much ZZZZZ
On Friday it was Grandad's birthday so we went out for lunch and then on Sunday met up with the rest of the family for Sunday lunch. It was lovely and sunny but still very cold.

Collecting sticks on Sunday
 We had a great week even though we didn't go far or have snow. How was your week?



Sunday, 15 January 2017

#MySundayPhoto Number 3


#MySundayPhoto Number 3 is of Bear sleeping. This is not just any sleeping no this is Bear sleeping. Bear has never, ever, ever fallen asleep unless he is in his bed or in something moving. A car, his buggy or us rocking him as a baby. He usually has a nap in the afternoon but the last week or so he has dropped it.

On Thursday his Mummy was feeling poorly and came home early. Bear snuggled on the sofa with her watching you tube on my his iPad. Slowly his eye lids became heavy, his head nodded. Every time his head fell forward it would wake him for a second. Then he lay down and slept for half an hour. 

We just sat and watched.



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Saturday, 14 January 2017

Thoughts On Saturday - The NHS and Thundersnow

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Thoughts On Saturday - The NHS and Thundersnow

The NHS. 

Many of you know that I am a retired nurse, I was a theatre sister for over 30 years, so the NHS is close to my heart. One of the reasons that I retired was the amount of paperwork that I was expected to do. More paper, more numbers and less about patients. I understand that the government needs figures because they have set targets and these need to be measured. I was saddened to see two headlines this week. 
The first that the Red Cross had declared the NHS an humanitarian crisis and secondly that there had been major alerts at many hospitals. A&E departments were overwhelmed due to the lack of available beds and the amount of people attending. 
Not surprisingly these two reports are linked. I didn't know that the Red Cross is called in to help the NHS when they reach a crisis and need help. The Red Cross helped get people home, by providing transport and settling them back in. This frees beds for those waiting in A&E. The signal that sets this in motion is the A&E target of getting people seen and through the department in less than four hours. Like all things in the NHS it is never one thing or one departments fault when it all fails to work.  
If patients cannot leave hospital and go home then there comes a point when no more patients can be admitted. This puts pressure on everyone but A&E departments are at the front line.  There are winter pressures that never seemed to stop and give relief in the summer. Wards are closed due to contagious illnesses such as flu or norovirus. Routine operations are cancelled. The very public image of ambulances queueing at A&E hide the hidden misery of people suffering because their operations are cancelled and the knock on effect that waiting times become longer and longer.
I do not know the answers. Not having easy access to a General Practitioner (GP) and people not being able to go home because they need care are two of the main problems. Reducing the numbers using A&E as an alternative to their GP and getting people out quickly would reduce the pressures on the NHS. Lets hope the government really does care and doesn't just use a sticking plaster when major intervention is needed.


I wanted a little snow. Just a little of the nice stuff, big fat flakes that flutter down and make everything pretty. Enough for a snowman but not enough to disrupt transport or schools. This didn't happen for me and for lots of people. I live in Cardiff we have the Gulf stream to keep our Winters a little warmer but wetter. Others were warned of Thundersnow. As I understand it, Thundersnow is a storm with snow instead of rain and it is rare in Britain. It must be, I'd never heard of it before.
Some had snow but worse was the threat of flooding on the Eastern coast. Towns and villages were evacuated, and people were in fear of their lives and homes. 
Some were brave? Reckless? and stayed behind. The high tide with the winds to make it flood are due at midnight Friday, fingers crossed the weather forecasts were wrong and all are OK when we get up Saturday morning.

Did you get snow? I'm still hoping for some, just a little.

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Week One with Slimming World


Week One with Slimming World

Last Tuesday I joined Slimming World on-line, it's now been a week and yesterday I did my first weigh-in. 

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

2017 Dates To Remember


2017 Dates To Remember

If you like to plan ahead it helps to have a list of special dates. I scribble them down in my journal but forget to look so I have made myself a list. I have also made a pinnable image so it's always exactly where I need it. 

Monday, 9 January 2017

Our Weekly Journal 9th Jan 2017


It has been quite warm this winter so far and surprisingly sunny, until this week. The sun has stayed but my it is cold! We still ventured out all wrapped up to enjoy the sunshine. Roath Park is a favourite, it's not far and quite flat so Grandad can walk a bit with us. The lake had big areas covered in ice with the seagulls enjoying a walk about.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

#MySundayPhoto Number 2


#MySundayPhoto Number 2 is of Bear at Roath Park. Thursday was a glorious sunny day and I really wanted a picture of Bear next to Roath Park's Scott Memorial Lighthouse. I asked him to stand in front but things on the floor kept distracting him

"Look up at Nanny" Grandad said, so Bear looked up. I am really not that tall.




Saturday, 7 January 2017

Thoughts On Saturday - Jill Saward, Trump and Shopping in PJ's


Thoughts On Saturday - Jill Saward, Trump and Shopping in PJ's

Happy New Year and welcome to Thoughts On Saturday. On Thursday it was reported that Jill Saward had died aged 51. My first response was "who?" 

Friday, 6 January 2017

AncestryDNA Test Kit - Should You Buy One?


AncestryDNA Test Kit - Should You Buy One?

A few weeks ago Ancestry had a Black Friday sale on their DNA kits. I had been considering whether to buy one for ages as they are very expensive. Usually they are £79 plus £20 postage and packaging, yes £99! I paid £49 each plus postage. It's always the way, I see a bargain and so bought two. One for me and one for my husband.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

It's Time To Lose The Fat! Slimming World Here I Come!


This is definitely not a New Years resolution, I've been meaning to do it for ages. It's time to lose the fat. I've done it before, many years ago I lost four and a half stone on the Atkins diet. Boy, that was tough. Just the thought of bacon or mushrooms made me nauseous. Since then I have tried lots of diets, all started off great but I soon give up. I just can't keep it going. This time I'm doing it with Slimming World on-line, I really do not think I could give up time each week to go to a group whereas I am always close to a screen.

Home Is Where The Heart Is

Each week I join in with #MySundayPhoto, a linky* that showcases photos from around the world. I love looking at all the pictures and commenting on my favourites. It is a great way to spend a Sunday morning.
This week I came across Catherines Cultural Wednesdays blog and her picture was titled Home Is Where The Heart Is. She questions where her home is and asks her readers where they feel is home.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

#MySundayPhoto Number 1


A New Year and a new #MySundayPhoto so back to the beginning and here is Number 1 for 2017.
I have a slightly different theme to start my year. It is of a board game called Survive. I love board games, not those designed for children but grown up ones (I was going to say adult ones but that puts a whole new meaning on it!).

The only problem is that at least 4 adults are needed to play for the games to be fun. We used to play lots with my son and daughter in law but since Bear was born we just do not find the time. That is why Christmas is so good, we actually find time to get together. Playing games with my son and daughter in law was on my 2016 wish list and is back on my new one for 2017.

I haven't made any resolutions as they all go out the window by about 7th January instead I have a list and this year I am going to have goals too. Goal number one is to join in with #MySundayPhoto each week and to comment on as many as I can as there are always so many great photos. Goal number two? To write my list of goals tomorrow.

I hope you had a great 2016 and I wish you all good luck and good health in 2017.


2016 Happy or Sad? A Review Of Our Year.


2016 Happy or Sad? I wrote a post last year I'm Going To Make 2016 The Best Year Ever! in response to a couple of bad years. As a family we had lost some of the most important people in our lives. Between us we had lost mums, grandmothers, aunties, uncles, sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, brothers. A long list of grief and loss. I wanted 2016 to be different. OK I couldn't change the future and prevent people dying but I could change me, and make me happier. Did it work? Was 2016 happy or sad?
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