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It’s been busy……

I can’t believe where time has gone these last few months.  Both work and play have been busy, a case of not being sure where to turn.


Work has calmed down for now….just as well I’m on holiday next week, off to Goodwood Festival of Speed for the weekend.  It really has been manic.  I had my appraisal back in the second week of May, I’ve now only just got around to filling the forms in.  The issue with work at the moment is that we have a new contract starting at the beginning of July, and for some reason, it seemed really really important to get most of our schemes done before it starts, don’t know why as we’re still with the same contractors, but…..  Anyway, where I was planning on spacing all my schemes over the financial year, almost two thirds of them had to be completed between April and the end of June……not helpful at all, especially with an interfering boss!


Play has been good…..

The bfs Kit Car is now officially roadworthy, I am so so proud of him.  The IVA (Individual Vehicle Assessment) went so well….all he needed was cable tie around some loose wires, a 50mm length of insulating tape over the ends of some bare wires (he hadn’t quite covered the properly) and a 19mm socket to adjust the headlights.  Even the testers said that it us very unusual for a kit car to pass this text first time.  Now its time to deal with the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) to register the beast, fingers crossed she’ll be road legal by mid July.

I changed my car…..I now have my Rosie……
I’ve been to the cinema a couple of times, in the nice new local shiny cinema. Wonder Woman, was ok, not sure of it. The latest Pirates of the Caribbean….awesome, better than the last couple.  The new Transformers tonight.

Stickers, stickers and more stickers……..

And we’ve been attempting the gym…..I need to, to help with the short walk I’m doing next May.

Oh and we had a General Election……that was a busy one.  My polling station had over 75% turn out!

It’s all go…… I’m so looking forward to next week, not that it looks like playtime is slowing down…….

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It was my birthday yesterday…..

I’m telling everyone that I turned 1……I don’t go into double figures, all numbers get added together until I get a single number, so I never get older than 9.  I used to say the length of time I’ve had my driving licence was my age, but I’m not sure I like that figure so much now, but don’t tell one of the nieces, she was born a month before I passed my driving test!

I was totally spoilt….a beautiful bag from my sis; jewellery from my parents; iPod for Rosie (my Land Rover) and some walking sandals from the bf; a few bits from the bf’s parents, including the Bat Out of Hell tickets (his mum won them, and gave them to us) amongst other bits and pieces……  Also lots of lovely messages through social media.

Work was ok……could’ve been worse, I achieved a lot during the day.

London was lovely, very vibrant and saying ‘up yours’ to those wanting to cause trouble – Bat Out of Hell was fantastic.

All in all a great day….a long one, but great……

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I got a Rosie…..

Rosie is my new vehicle, she’s a pretty metallic red Land Rover Freelander 2.  So let the adventures begin……

Before Rosie was Olive a lovely little red VW Polo.  She did what I needed her to do, but my job involves going down some nasty pot holey/rutted roads, and she is far too good for that, and deserves a better life, and she was a little small for my needs.  When I got her, I was still in a mainly office based jobs using decent roads, and she was perfect for my needs, then I changed jobs.

Before Olive was Matilda, a gorgeous aluminium coloured VW Golf MK5 GT TDi Sport.  I loved Matilda, and still really miss her, even though it’s been 2 years since I had to say bye bye to her…that was hard.  But bless her, she had a drink problem, it wasn’t so bad to start with…..I figured that if topping up the coolant every few months or so, was all that she needed then I could handle that.  The problem came to light following a fuelling issue, her fuel tank got a fungus growing in it (diesel thing apparently), she died on me (and the bf) a few times, over a short period.  We sorted that little problem, new fuel filter, took her fuel tank off and cleaned it out…….that’s when the drink problem started, everyday I had to top up her coolant. With the drink problem and the need of a new clutch and flywheel, I decided that it was time for her to go.  I still believe today that it was her way of telling that she’d done her bit for me, she was ready to move on (I always said it was her choice to move on, not mine).

Before Matilda was Sparkles an amazing metallic dark blue Peugeot 307.  She was so amazing, she kept me alive, when an idiot in a lorry decided that he would kill her off.  It was a beautiful sunny July morning, single carriageway road, staggered crossroads, right hand turning facility in the middle of the road.  The lorry drivers plan was to go across the main road using the right turn facility.  Instead of stopping to allow me through on the main road, he just kept rolling.  Driver side to driver side impact.  Because Sparkles was so awesome, me and my sis walked away, with bruising and whiplash, unfortunately, she was written off.

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Bat Out of Hell the musical

Even if you’re not a fan of Meat Loaf, the show is well worth a visit.

I love Meat Loafs ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ album, when CD’s came out I happily replaced my worn out tape.  It turns out that it was the first CD that the bf ever owned, and that he is a Meat Loaf fan.

The bonus of this was it was in The London Coliseum….what a stunning building.  I’ve always wanted to go in there, have walked past it may times, and I love the globe on the roof, so this was a special treat!  What a birthday pressie!

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It seems to be one thing after another….

I kind of hoped that after the horrific attack on Westminster Bridge a few months ago, was a one off. But now with Manchester and London again, I wonder how many more times the UK will be hit.

I really feel for Ariana Grande, I can’t even begin to imagine how she feels after her Manchester concert. I hope that the guilt she so obviously feels, because those that died and were injured, were there because of her, doesn’t hold her back.  The One Love Manchester concert she pulled together was truly amazing.

Then there comes the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower Block….

Hopefully things will start getting better, but it just seems to be one thing after another at the moment.

Those horrific attacks will never stop me from visiting places like London or Manchester, in fact I’m off to central London this evening…….

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Has it really been that long…..

I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since I last was here….
Next weekend is the nieces wedding….time has gone so quickly, the joys of being busy at home and stupidly busy at work.

My holiday went so quickly…..

We got the sludge eating fish (a pleck I believe?) called sludge bucket and a couple of hatchets (I wasn’t allowed little sharks!). Sludge bucket has transformed the tank, it’s so nice and clean.

Sewing machines were taken for repairs and collected yesterday (Saturday), so looking forward to having a decent sewing machine at my class again.

Had a little drama with the bfs Audi TT…fuel pump decided it had had enough and died. Luckily it allowed me to get home from my class on the Thursday night and that we wasn’t planning on using to go to Stratford upon Avon.

Stratford upon Avon weekend was amazing as it always is (that’s another blog). The Kit Car show saw us purchase helmets for the Kit Car. The bf said he had a great Birthday too.

The next week saw the bfs Sky Q being installed….I quite like it, I used to struggle with his old Sky especially with catch up TV. I sort of tried sorting my wardrobe, but need more than a day or so! Wednesday turned into taking the parents shopping and having and hour or three chilling with my kindle and Jackie Collins.

Election Day was Thursday….I collected my ballot box Tuesday night, came away with the usual dos and don’ts…. Do be polite, dress appropriately, follow protocol….. Don’t say how many voters you’ve had, dress in red blue pink purple yellow orange or green or multicoloured. Election Day arrived, my mum is my Poll Clerk, we had a good day, had to get up at about 5am as we had to be at the polling station by 6.30am. We were open between 7am and 10pm. I’m also pleased to say that my local County Councillor is the one I voted for!

Friday was nail day…..neon yellow and green this time (sadly no photos). And we collected the car transporter.

Saturday was another early morning leaving at 6.30am for the trip to Telford…..didn’t get to see the famous Iron Bridge this time. Thankfully this time the rolling road was a success this time and the bfs Kit Car has an engine that purrs like a kitten now. We was home at a sensible time too….around 6pmish.

We shut the sticker business down for the two weeks I was off, so that was back up and running by Sunday evening.

It was back to work Monday, and it is really stupidly busy, it’s one of those times where everything is wanted at once, but come late June nothing will be happening.

I usually waffle in this blog during my lunch break, but I’ve not really had time to stop and eat let alone write…..