Saturday, 22 February 2014

On The Beach

Hello friends

We've had a lovely morning. Sit yourself by the fire and I'll make you a brew.

We had a few errands to do in Cleveleys, live get some passport photos done for L they should have cost £5.99 but because M came with us and the shop assistant knew him (from the taxi - ranks up outside the shop) she knocked off the 99p. (great) and then we had a look at L's favourite shop.

After all that was done we parked up on the prom and walked on the beach. My goodness that wind was cold even though the sun was shining.
There were a few people out just for a walk and walking their dogs even a unicyclist was out with his juggling balls (behave, he had three)

We came across this shell. This picture was taken on our walk back to the car because the sun was then behind us. It's huge and the best thing about it is that there is no rust on it and it has survived the worst battering for years unlike the new seats and tables that have been unstuck and shifted by the bashing waves.
 This is a table on its side. Looks like lots of kids have been having fun rolling it around. They are L's skinny legs - sigh, to have legs like that.

Some of the old sea wall had been bashed about and broke which is not too bad as that is due to come down and replaced soon.
Next we came across the Ogre. He's got a really cute face. He looks longingly at the cafe on the prom. Probably hoping that someone will bring him a hot chocolate. He must be very cold sat there all day and getting buried by the cold sea twice a day.
The tide was quite far out but on it's way in. You have to be so careful on our beach because there are gully's that create islands and you can so easily get stranded.                                                 After walking on the beach we went back onto the prom and came to the Ogres paddle that had been washed up. It's been made from one piece of wood and has been beautifully hand carved.
Click on the pictures to make bigger to see the details.
Soon after we went home for some lunch and now it's really dull.Think it might rain later.

All these characters are from this book written about a local legend. I was luck enough to find it in a charity shop in pristine condition.

Hope you're having a nice weekend and then back to school for some.

Carolx

Friday, 14 February 2014

An Eventful Week


Hello friends

Come in and sit down and have a brew whilst I tell you about my week

My word it has been an eventful week, some good some not so good. It started when I went grocery shopping on Monday instead of Tuesday because I had some errands to do so I though I would save petrol and do it all at the same time and whilst I was out I bumped into a friend I'd not seen for a bit. We had a lovely chat and one of the things she said was, when I was ready and able to re-enter the would of work to let her know and she would have a word with her boss at the local college regarding learning support. It sounds great and in three years time the college could be busy with the new education rules - The school leavers then will have to go to sixth form, do an apprenticeship or further education. Looks like the timing might just be right (I really hope so)

Tuesday it was a nice day so I went around the garden an took some pictures of early spring but google wouldn't let me download them. I'm on google chrome now so I might do the pictures another time.

Wednesday, OH my word was that a windy evening/night. I had to take L to an extra dance lesson at the other end of Blackpool (dance show next Monday) and I only know the way along the promenade. I was not looking forward to the drive, bear in mind it was still only 4:30pm, it was still windy and the tide was on it's way in (hight tide was around 9pm). The journey wasn't too bad going and the wind was blowing towards us instead of from the side. Two hours later and it was a different story. The prom was still open but I didn't want to take any chances so I took the back roads. Well that was an adventure because I had no idea where I was going. I just pointed the car northwards. There were diversions due to fallen/falling debris and I ended up back on the prom for a short while. I got to a point where I knew where I was and got home safely. I was so glad to get home. M phoned on our journey home to see if we were ok and L spoke to him. All the emergency services were very busy that night. Well done to them. Plenty of damage around as you would expect with 100 mile hour winds. We fared well, no damage at all to our home or garden.

Thursday, L was off school because it was meet the teacher. We had an appointment to meet with L's form teacher to discuss her school work in general (she's doing very well) and then L had set some personal targets to set for the rest of the year and next year. So that was all good until the evening. L and I had settled down to watch Birds of a Feather comedy and M was getting ready to go out with the lads when everything went dark. I just thought a bulb had blown as M switch the bathroom light on but on looking outside all the street was dark. Yep we had a power cut. We lit candles and then I tried to phone Mum and dad but the land lines were dead so I tried the mobiles, dead too. I went round to make sure they were ok and had candles, they were and did but I gave a candle to a neighbours of theirs because his were buried in his garage. The power was off for, m&d, about an hour but ours was off for about two hours. It was something to do with the high volt cable thingy. Suring the power cut someone tried to come in through our front door. Thank goodness it was locked, M locked it on his way out.

Today, so far so good.

How has your week been and was you affected by the wind on Wednesday?

Carolx

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Baking Something Different

Hello friends

Thank you for your kind words on my last post I really appreciated them and I feel a bit calmer now.

We have another sunny day again today, wow That's three day on the trot but unfortunately it's all about to change and it'll be back to normal, rain.


I made some chocolate scones on Sunday, a bit of an experiment. Ooo they are so good. I put some cocoa powder in with the dry mix and instead of using a milk and egg mixture to bind it all together I used egg and soya custard (it needed using up). The mix was very soft and wet and when baked was still moist (a bit cakey). when a little cooled I split them and spread chocolate spread. (well they had to be tested, didn't they). They would have been extra nice with some whipped cream on top. L loved them, M hated them. Next time I'll make them bigger, extra yumminess.

Look what else I made. Fortune Cookies. We hunted every where to buy them but to no avail so in the end I trawled the internet to find a recipe. They taste amazing but I don't think I will make them again because I had make them in small batches so that I had time to fold and bend them before setting. To fold and bend the cookies you really need to wear cotton gloves which I don't have so I used a clean tea towel. It was a bit tricky but got there in the end. I made these for L's Chinese presentation at Guides last night. I didn't put the fortunes inside them for hygiene purposes but placed them  in a bowl.  The evening was a great success. 1 Challenge down just 9 more to do for L's Baden Powel badge.

Has anyone else been involved with the Baden Powel Challenge badge? When I was in Guides it was the Queens Guide badge (I didn't go for it) now the Senior Section, formally known as Rangers, do this one. 

I'm off to enjoy some sunshine so I will catch our with you again soon

Carolx





Sunday, 2 February 2014

Our Not so Great Outing on Friday

Hello friends

First, welcome to two new followers, Vintage Kitten and Kim H, hope I won't bore you too much and that you find something of interest.

Hope you are all ok after the storms again. I do feel sorry for the folk down south who are struggling with continuous  floods. It must be so horrendous for them.

Today we've had some lovely sunshine with cold winds (great for blowing the washing). I can't remember the last time I saw the sun.

Anyway back to Friday. We had to take L to Manchester's Children's Hospital to see a orthopaedic surgeon because she has Scoliosis (curvature of the spine). The appointment was for 2pm so we brought L out of school at 12.30pm, An hour to get there then half an hour to sort out the parking and find where we have to go. We were five minuets late but we were ok. The journey was awful, There was a lot of surface water on the motorway so that caused a lot of spray  and made visibility very poor and on top of that it was still raining. I took some crochet to do on the journey but couldn't to it.

After waiting an hour we got sent to the x-ray department and then back to wait and see the surgeon. He was such a nice man and explained everything to us and was patient when we asked lots of questions. Back in July when we first started the investigations regarding L's back she a  46 degree curve now it has a 60 degree curve. The surgeon explained that a back brace would not work so there were two options left. 1) Leave it alone but it will get worse and will cause problems. 2) Operate to correct it using rods. We were all a bit shocked because we thought she would have the brace. L had tears and said she didn't want the operation. The surgeon was very understanding and realised we had all had a shock. So has given us three months to think about it and has put L on the waiting list (9-13 months waiting) anyway (we can always change our minds). Even today I still feel sick at the thought of L having to go though all that. We will decide to go through with the operation because in the long run it will giver her a better quality of life.

The journey home was very quiet and it was 6pm. We got caught up in the rush hour. We had a quick tea and then took L to her dance class. Thought it best to continue as normal (dance show coming up in two weeks) as keeping busy would keep her mind of things for a bit.

By the way we didn't make it back to Manchester today for the Chinese New Year celebrations because L went on a sleepover last night and thought that would be more fun.

Thank you for dropping by

Carolx

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