What about me?

On Saturday one daughter, one nephew and two German students are playing hide and seek in the house. During the course of the game the living room curtains manage to get pulled down, rail and all!

So I have to stop what I’m doing, take all of the curtains off the rail, find all of the missing bits, climb on chairs, sofas and windowsills to put the rail back up, put one curtain up, take it back down again because I’ve put the rail upside down, remove said rail and turn it over and put it back up again, search for the bits that fall off again, put four curtains back up and then go back to what i was doing.

Then on Sunday all four of them present Sarah with a homemade card apologising for misbehaving – just Sarah not ME!

The case of the vanishing vacuum cleaner

Last week our vacuum cleaner suddenly stopped working – I checked all of the usual suspects like the wiring connections in the plug and the fuse but they were all fine. As it was just a cheap one we decided to buy another.

After we did we put the old one out in front of the house ready for the bin men to take away. A couple of days later Sarah heard someone talking about it and it promptly vanished!!

However the next morning it was back again!!

And then the following evening it had gone again but this time the hose was left behind.

Make your minds up!!

Licence to print money

Is it just me or do the Power companies set your monthly payments too low when you switch suppliers or move house and then let you run up a huge bill which ties you into them till you have paid off the balance.

We moved in to our house in October last year – in November we switched to E-on who told us our payments would be £65 a month.

After a few months we found out they had totally under estimated our reading at our old house and we now owed them over £1000. We were then told that our payment should have been £80 per month. With the money owed for our old property we now had to pay £140 per month

we then found out they had under estimated our readings in the new property too and their current estimate is £159 per month (double what we were originally asked to pay. So with the money owed from the previous property and the money owed from this one they want us to pay £235 per month (and that is after they waived almost £600 of the back money.

So we have gone from £65 to £235 in just under a year – talk about inflation and we are stuck with them for at least two years – after which they’ll be dumped without a doubt!!

What a world we live in

Yesterday Sarah was sitting with the kids in MacDonalds in Thornton Heath (near Crotdon)talking to her mum on the mobile. Ben was in the play area with his sister and cousin. Suddenly he let out a scream and came running over to his mum in tears. he had been bitten on the face by another child.

This child was about the same age as Ben and launched an unprovked attack on him – ben had just been standing there quietly when it happened.

The bite mark on his face was so bad that he needed to go to hospital to have it checked over. Thankfully the bite wasn’t so deep and to require any major treatment but he has to take anti-biotics as a precaution and may need a tetanus injection.


The staff in Macdonalds were useless and the person who Sarah asked didn’t even know if they had a first aid kit. Luckily for them there wasn’t a serious disturbance between the parents of the two children because I doubt they would have coped.

Meanwhile Sarah’s mum had driven down to the restaurant and while she was inside her car was keyed from one end to the other in the car park outside.

And I think to myself what a wonderful world!

The naked truth!

I’ve been watching that Trinny and Suzanna program the Great British body and I had to laugh at the end! All through the program they were banging on about how they were going to get these people to strip off to help them deal with their body issues. In reality when it came to the crunch the only two people in the field who seemed to have issues about stripping off were….Trinny and Suzanna!! Everyone else got their kit off and lay about naked for hours on end while they organised the sculpture. The two of them wrapped themselves in space blankets and only shed them when they were so close together their bodies were actually hidden!!

I wish I’d known about it – I would have been up there like a shot – never known to be shy about getting my kit off in public!! I always wanted to be in one of those Spencer Tunick pictures – maybe one day!!

Take your daughter to work day

Sarah’s eldest daughter’s school organised a “Take your daughter to work” day and we were asked if we could take them with us to give them a taste of what a day in a work environment was like. So a couple of weeks ago I asked my boss if it was ok and to my surprise he said yes!

So today she came in with me and found out just how boring work can be!! I got her to help me sort out some graphics for an event next week and generally observe what I did. The girls in admin nabbed her while I was talking to one of the Directors and got her putting purchase orders into envelopes and franking them.

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After a while I ran out of things for her to do and she started rummaging in my desk drawers and found a toy monkey which is now dangling from the back of my seat!

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Tomorrow she has to discuss her experience and give a presentation so I blagged her a company t-shirt to wear but she’s just tried it on and it’s miles too big!! Oh well maybe she’ll grow into it!!

It’s taken me 3 hours to get home

All of 40 miles!!

There was an accident on the London bound side of the M20/A20 and the motorway was shut. I don’t know what had happened but as I past the spot the Police were turning all the traffic round preparing to get them to drive back down the motorway on the wrong side.

Meanwhile it had taken me over an hour and a half to get the 5 miles to that point. The reason the driver of a 40′ truck full of beer obviously hadn’t spotted the stationary traffic in front of him and had to slam the brakes on. This caused him to turn over and as I passed the police were unloading the beer from the back of the truck as it lay on it’s side across two lanes.

Sometimes I hate the South East!

Try anything once…..

….except incest and Morris dancing!

Well it finally happened I’ve gone back to Morris dancing. It happened at the Sweeps festival in Rochester last weekend when I was finally convinced to go back. So I went along to practise last Wednesday and again this afternoon – and to be honest I really enjoyed it. I’m also amazed how many of the dances I can actually remember after 2 years.

Also today the side – Wolf’s Head & Vixen – were in the Independent on Sunday magazine in an article entitled

“Hey nonny no, no, no: Goths and pagans are reinventing morris dancing”

you can see it here

And there are pictures of the side here and here

Here is one of them it’s our friends Hanna and Matt with their daughter Lillie

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