Thursday, 16 June 2011

Keep On Writing

So now I seem to be on a roll.  My lovely friend Teresa has promoted my blog on her Facebook page and instructed me that I need to update much more regularly and I have started a second blog "Toddler Tales" about life with a two and a half year old.  Let's just hope I can keep it up.

Work life has become increasingly busy.  At the end of last week I had two companies ring me up to check my availability and offer me jobs.  Somehow I've managed to swing it so that I remain at the BBC but drop to two days a week, and start a new project next week at an Indie doing 3 days a week.  I know it means I'm full time and full on again for the next few months, but I'm hoping that this will both help the finances and highlight my profile to the Indie world again.  Then come the end of the year I might be able to find a project that I can work part time on and still earn the required pennies.

Of course I'm still hoping for that elusive lottery win.  Some days I just get that feeling that today is the day I'm going to win.....of course it never is, but there is no harm in trying.

We're off to the Gower this weekend for a night under canvas.  Alas without our faithful hound this time as the site doesn't take dogs.  It could be an interesting time as we are going so that my husband can take part in a world record attempt.  No, it's not how many people can fit in a 3-man tent.  Nor is it how many marshmallows can be toasted over a camp fire in one go.  It is in fact the world record attempt at skinny dipping.  Yes, really.  At 07.30 on Sunday morning 300 or so naked people will take to the sea up to their waists for an allotted period of time to achieve a world record.   Good on them I say.  I'll be the one taking indecent photographs that may somehow find themselves on Facebook!

Well I'll report back on that one next week and in the meantime I'll just keep on writing.....

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Rain Rain Go Away....

Well after another absence of three months, I've finally got a spare five minutes to update my blog. The weather is terrible and I have a slight hangover but I'm learning to grab those spare minutes to actually get some things done.

Life has as usual been full on but we've crammed a lot in over the last few months with more adventures to come.  The garden has been really productive and the rewards that we have literally reaped to date have been fresh raspberries and strawberries, rhubarb and peas.  I have tomato planes, courgettes, lettuces, beetroot, leeks and french beans to look forward to.  I did have a few squash plants but those irritating snails and slugs took a real liking to them and scoffed the young plants.  I have a thing about not wanting to use slug pellets and try to remove any pesky gastropods by hurling them over the hedge.  Alas this wasn't enough so I'm going to have to think of another solution.

We had an amazing family holiday to Lefkas in May to see my Dad.  We were really spoiled and had the most fantastic time.  The villa that my Dad owns is in the most spectacular location surrounded by the mountains and with views out across Nidri to the sea and islands beyond.  It has it's own pool which was well used by us all.  Corey was given a little inflatable dinghy by his Grandad which he loved.  He would sit in it floating blissfully around the pool whilst shouting directions to Daddy to "swim under the boat" and "throw my my beach ball".

We've managed a couple of nights camping in Salcombe.  We arranged to meet friends on the Saturday but decided to head down ourselves on the Friday.  Despite being given directions and a description of the site we somehow managed to end up at the wrong campsite and only twigged when as we headed back from the beach we passed the campsite that we should have been at on the way to the campsite we were actually pitched at.  Oops.  We did a swift de-camp on Saturday morning and re-pitched at the right site in time for when our friends arrived.  A lovely weekend was had despite some heavy rainfall.

Work has been busy but that's nothing new.  I was given a promotion which somehow meant more to do over less time as due to budgetary constraints I was asked to handle four projects doing four days a week.  Well at least it gave me a day a week to concentrate on my other job - no rest for the wicked!

We went to a wedding yesterday and had such a great time.  There were friends that I hadn't seen for literally years and it was just brilliant to catch up with them.  Hopefully it won't be so long until we next see them again.  The weather decided to make another rainy appearance, but the venue, an old barn was stunning - if a little on the cold side!  Mingling with friends, drinks in hand with a hog raost and then a barn dance to top it off made it a fantastic evening.  My poor husband had a sober evening as he had to be up at 05.00 Sunday morning to head off to Windsor on his motorbike where he was marshalling as part of his NEG (National Escort Group) course.  Still I had a great time and I got a free taxi home.

Things to look forward to are more camping trips including next weekend where my husband has decided to take part in the world record attempt at skinny dipping in the sea just off the Gower coast - hmmmm not something I'll be taking part in but if the weather is good it should be fun being a spectator!  We have a couple more weddings later in the year and if funds allow we are hoping to make a return trip to Greece.

Now if only this rain would stop I could get out in the garden and plant some more veggie seeds.....Rain Rain Go Away......