SAW THESE TWO BUSKING IN SWANSEA AT THE WEEKEND. THEY WERE BRILLIANT. I didn't realise that my London Fashion Nephew was moonlighting!!

A CAR PARK ATTENDANT WITH A HEART!
Had a lovely weekend in Swansea. The Premier Inn did not have its own car park, so we had to pay 5.50 for 24 hours. The next day I needed to pay for another 24 hours. Unfortunately I pressed the button too soon and only paid for 12. Knowing what car park wardens were like, I got out of bed on a wet and blowing Monday morning at 7am to put some more money in the meter. Sure the enough the car park attendant was there shining his torch on to the dashboards of the cars. I told him I was just going to pay for some more time as it expired at 7.30 and I had put enough in. No problem he said, I’ll give you a manual ticket if you pay the balance to make up the 24 hours. He duly did and put his name and number on it to validate it. I went to give him the 90 p and told me not to worry. I duly put the ticket on my dashboard and thanked him very much. By the way he worked for a private company.

GOOD VALUE INDIAN RESTAURANT

We also went to an Indian restaurant a previously empty old building. Basic tables and chairs. No Christmas decorations. Nothing fancy. £7.50 for a 3 course set meal. It was the best I have tasted for a long while.

ROLLER COASTER

FOR THOSE OF YOU ASKED ABOUT THE ROLLER COASTER, I HAVE MADE THIS AMATEUR VIDEO TO SHOW YOU. NO BEARS OR ANIMALS WERE HURT IN THE FILMING!! Bra

RIP BIFF

 

RIP BIFF RIP (Grumpy Guy)  February 2000 - 17 December 2015     A little dog with a big heart, expert food sniffer outer, escape artiste extraordinaire, king of dwardling and a true friend and loyal companion.  Gone, but will never be forgotten. 

 

 

 

THIS WAS THE FIRST CHRISTMAS SONG I EVER LEARNED IN INFANTS SCHOOL AND IT IS STILLMY FAVOURITE NOW. NO THIS ISN'T ME SINGING!! Bra x

CHRISTMAS MUSICAL LIGHTS

I DECIDED NOT TO PUT MUSICAL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS ON MY HOUSE AFTER I SAW THIS REACTION!! Bra

THE TALE OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATIONS

Those of you who know me well will know that my idea of putting something away safely is to throw it all inand close the door.  This year as I tidied up my junk room, I took a long time, sorting things and bagging up rubbish to throw away.  This resulted in a very tidy room.  However, in that room were my tree decorations, collected carefully over the years, mementoes of trips abroad etc.  Alas no more.  It appears that no matter how carefuly I selected the many bags of stuff to throw away, I picked up one black bag too many.  The decorations were safely stored in a microwave box, but unfortunately it had to be returned as it was faulty and the contents were put in a black bag.  They are lying at the bottom of some rubbish tip somewhere scooped up with the other black bags in error. 

Now you know why I say to you "it's my mess but I know where everything is!" 

COLDPLAY QUANDRY

When more Coldplay tickets went on sale today, I tried ordering.  The first attempt timed me out.  On the second attempt I put the wrong card number in, each attempt giving me seats further back.  Third time lucky I thought, but just as I was ready to to complete the transaction, there was a tap at the window.  I was in a quandry, do I sit here and get it wrong again trying to hurry and answer the door. 

No I dashed to the front door and there was a delivery man with a parcel for a neighbour. I took it quickly and said  "I am being timed out for Coldplay", to the bemused foreign delivery man who wanted a signature.  Again I told him I was being time out for Coldplay.  ~"No worry", he said, obviously not hearing this excuse before or knowing what it meant and off he went without a signature.  

I got my tickets successfully this time!   

LITTLE BABIES’ SLEEPOVER IN THEIR NEW BEDROOM

Well I have to say it was worth all the work to hear little baby boy’s screams of excitement when he saw the new bedroom.  I think the installation of the roller coaster did it for them. LIttle baby girl didn't want to get off, her favourite phrases being "my turn now" and "one more".  It kept them occupied for hours, but I put a curfew on it because of the noise! 

We sorted out some Christmas decorations and lights for the room and little baby boy put on another show for when his mum and dad came to collect them.  It is strange how his rehearsals are very vociferous and demonstrative, but he gets very shy when he does the real thing in front of them!  

DECORATING THE LITTLE BABIES' BEDROOM/CLEANING

The Deniwats will be very surprised when they see how I have transformed the master bedroom in to a bedroom and playroom for my little baby boy and girl. It has a Spiderman and Minnie Mouse theme.   You will notice that they have their own set of curtains, each side of the window.  Little baby boy has already sent his letter to Father Christmas asking for a Scooby Do Mystery Mansion for him and a Twirlywoos Boat for little baby girl to be left at Gran's house when they come to stay on Christmas night.  I have a good feeling that his wish will be granted! #veryspoiltbygran!!

CLEANING!

Well, as I previously mentioned, I am thoroughly enjoying my cleaning business and working for some really lovely people.  The other day I met one of my ex school friends, who did the secretarial course with me at the Grammar School.  Those of you reading my autobiography will remember that the headmistress at the time did not give the secretarial students the credit they were due.  Well it turns out that when my friend was made redundant from her secretarial job, she started a self employed cleaning business like me and is loving every minute.  My goodness, the headmistress, who didn't rate secretaries very highly, would have had to lie down in a darkened room with smelling salts  for a fit the vapours if she ever thought we would become cleaners!!  

    

MISS YARIS/SACRILEGE!

MISS YARIS UPDATE

Well it turned out that Miss Yaris was very poorly indeed.  The two front tyres had lots of pin pricks in them as if I had run over a wire brush and had to be replaced.  No, the police hadn't set a stinger trap for me!

SACRILEGE!

This beautiful solid brass horse and carriage was going to be given to the scrap man. I rescued it and after a bottle of brasso and gentle probing with cotton buds restored it to its former glory.  It would have been sacrilege to have destroyed it.   

 

A COUPLE OF MISHAPS/HALLOWEEN/MISS YARIS AGAIN!

Well I was in my office (shed) getting ready to finalise my blog, but as I had pushed the lock forward to keep the door shut, I realised I didn't have the key in it, so was locked in.  One window was shut tight but luckily the other window opened and I managed to unceremoniously clamber out.

Later in the evening I took the prawn korma out of the cold oven to  put something else in, put it on the edge of the cooker, stood up and knocked the korma, which was overhanging the cooker and it landed square on my head.  My new strong holding hair spray is called Essence of Prawn Korma with Coconut and Cream!

HALLOWEEN

I had little baby boy and baby girl on Wednesday night and on Thursday we spent the day baking and making a Halloween tea party for their mum and dad when they picked them up after work. I had bought them little projector torches and we made a spooky screen so little baby boy could put on a show for them.  The rehearsal went extremely well.  I led mum and dad in the dark in to the spooky cinema and he did his little play with help from me.  He got round of applause and we all tucked in to the spooky halloween cakes and sandwiches.   

MISS YARIS

Miss Yaris was poorly again today.  Her front tyre is flat.  My kindly mechanic is coming to fix her tomorrow as he is very busy today.

MY NEW BUSINESS/GRAN's BABYSIT

 

I have had a busy but very enjoyable week working at my cleaning and gardening jobs and meeting some lovely people plus I am hoping to get a bit fitter!  I had little baby boy for two days as well and we had a lovely time together. 

MISS YARIS/MERCURY RETROGRADE/NO ROOM AT THE INN/DOUBLE TAKE

Well I spoke too soon about Miss Yaris, she was sick this week.  After never letting me down all these years she wouldn’t start, even  when Miss Renault Clio next door tried to jump start her and just when she was filled to the brim with rubbish for the dump.  Luckily Miss Mercedes stepped in and selected clean rubbish to take to the tip.  My kindly mechanic came out and saw Miss Yaris and soon made her better.  She needed a new battery  – it happens to us all at some time!

MERCURY RETROGRADE

My news paper asked this morning if I was having trouble sending emails and if the car was playing up.  Well actually I was and it was!  Poor Miss Yaris needed a new  battery for the first time ever and it took me all morning to compose and send one email.  I gave up trying to work on my Blog. The Sky channels had a mind of their own as well and the Sky Plus clashed and failed.

Never mind, I realise now that I was a victim of the Mercury retrograde which causes a lot of problems when it happens.  I learned to read the phases of the moon,  now it looks like I will have to understand Mercury as well now!

NO ROOM AT THE INN!

Just had a very short break in thg North East to see the football  and stayed with relatives, instead of the usual Premier Inn..  There was no room anywhere in Durham and Newcastle this weekend due to Freshers Week at the Unis, the Rugby and the Durham book fair.  Still it was very nice to have a couple of days away and had a lovely time with the relis.

DOUBLE TAKE!

As I wandered across the car park at Aldi's, I pressed my car key and unlocked the boot of Miss Yaris.  As I lifted the back up, I noticed a big yellow bag in the back.  I started to realise that something was not quite right when a lady got out of the passenger seat.  It was the wrong car.  She quite understood and laughed, as she had parked her identical Yaris in colour, model and bumps and scratches on the outside, next to mine in the car park and was getting out of it so the boot lifted up because it was unlocked! 

 

DENIWATS' VISIT/PUB CLOSURE

The Deniwats came for a flying visit and cleared the garage even more.  My big and little babies came over to see them and it was nice to get together even for a short while. 

We said goodbye to the pub at the end of the road.  The losing of it was quite contraversial, as it had served the neighbourhood well over the years and is unlikely ever to be a pub again.

Other than that, nothing much has happened this week which is of note!    

GARAGE CLEAROUT/LITTLE BABY GIRL'S FIRST NURSERY SCHOOL DAY/VISITOR IN THE MUSHROOMS

GARAGE CLEAROUT

The garage eventually got cleared out at the weekend.   It is amazing how much room there is when it is tidy, (alien to me of course).  Unfortunately my motto is, if there is a space, put it there and close the door.  However, while sorting out stuff, there were many memories to be found, especially amongst the many photos, gathered over the years.  I was ruthless and kept copies, and got rid of the duplicates, but I was still left with quite a lot.

I also found some old items stored there, including hoof oil and sheen, I used to groom my adopted horse Calypso, a few years ago.  When my big baby girl was starting her new senior school, she also starting riding lessons and became a very good little rider.  I decided to have a go, and started learning to ride.  This completely changed my life in many ways and I am thankful that I did it.  I know how hard it is to make a horse walk, let alone canter or gallop and have great admiration for riders that can.  Suffice to say, I never reached any dizzy heights, but I did jump 3 ft once and once only. My big baby girl gave it up after a couple of years, more's the pity, and I carried on.

A couple of years ago, I took my little baby boy to a riding school to ride one of the ponies.  He walked round the school, led by the groom, but he was more interested in the man netting the hay, instead of looking ahead.  When he got off, I asked if he liked it.  "Yes", he replied.  What did he like best, we asked.  "The man with the hay", he said.  Well, would he like to ride again. "No thank you", he replied.  That was the end of that!

Calypso was retired and I sponsored her for a year, until she unfortunately had to be put to sleep.  She was beautiful inside and out, gentle with little animals by her feet and would let let me tickle her tummy while she was lying down in her stable.    

NURSERY

My little baby girl started nursery this week.  She looked lovely in her little uniform top, but unlike her brother, she will not pose for the camera!

SPIDER

I had just put the mushrooms in the pan when this little fellow started to crawl out.  I emptied the mushrooms on to the side quickly, and then put him out side.  I hate spiders, but would never kill one as they can't help it that people don't like them.  He looked worse for wear on the step, but was gone later, so I hope he survived.  

THE POST CODE LOTTERY SCAM

The scammers obviously seem to be attracted to me.  Baron Wheels has informed me that I have won £850,000.  If pay £200, then I can claim it.  There are mistakes in the letter, but this can easily scam people.  No wonder I am supposed to keep my win quiet.  First of all, I don't remember entering this lottery and secondly no lottery would ask you pay a charge to claim your money. 

STARTING SCHOOL/MISS MERCEDES/TAX OFFICE

My little baby boy has just got his new uniform and shoes for starting school next week.  How time flies!  He is going in,  in the afternoon for the first 2 weeks, then full time.  I am Deputy After School Picker Upper in case his dad can't get there on time.  My code word is at the ready!

Poor Miss Mercedes was very ill this week.  Her springs went at the front.  However, she is much better now that they were replaced and fixed by Mertech in Chathan, who did a very good and reasonably priced job.  Miss Yaris is a bit battered about on the outside, but she is still running very well!

It is not often that the Tax Office has a good press, but credit where credit is due.  A girlfriend of mine had worked for 6 weeks for an agency which turned out to be on a self employed basis.  As she was late submitting her tax return she was fined £100, which went up on a daily rate to £500.  She sent the cheque for £100 for the fine and £110 that the agency held for her as a tax provision.   She was at her wits end as to how she could pay such a steep fine.  I wrote a letter for her to appeal against the fine, stating that she always had been PAYE, she was only 6 weeks' self employed, could  not get through the them by telephone, not for the want of trying, and it was turning into a nightmare.   She got a reply from them allowing her appeal, refunding the £100 fine she had already paid and refunding the £110 tax because she had lost her original job in the September and did not find permanent employment until after the new tax year, so hadn't reached the taxable limit for the old tax year.   THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS TO FILL IN AN ONLINE TAX ASSESSMENT BEFORE THE DEADLINE, EVEN IF YOU ARE SELF EMPLOYED FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME.

 

 

 

 

GRAN’S LAST BABYSIT

I did my last babysit until the next school holidays.  As the weather has been so bad, we decided to make more bread and cakes.  As you can see, the nearest I will get to my Mercedes G Wagon is made from carrot cake.  They put their hands  on the pastry and I cut round them.  We also made part baked rolls and I will be heating them for my Bank Holiday Barbecue (Indoor/Outdoor dining with the  Gazebo Opening Ceremony)!  Very Hyacinth Bouquet!

WINDOWS 10

Well I finally succumbed to Windows 10.  It is excellent for photos, there is no messing about with folders.  Straight into picassa and get it from your phone.  However, I have to reset my computer every day and I spend a lot of time mucking about with the internet etc.  If you are a computer whizz, I would think there is a lot on there that is of use to you, but if you aren’t and don’t want to edit photos etc. , then you might not want to change.  However, please don’t take my word for it as I am probably doing something wrong!   

FLY ON MY TOUCH SCREEN

I have a touch screen on my computer.  It is very good until a fly walks across it!

 

MY LITTLE BABIES' GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF!

I had the little ones on Wednesday night ready for looking after them on Thursday and their mother suggested that if they went to bed a bit later, they might not be up at the crack of dawn in the morning.  (This doesn't work by the way).  They saw the bread lion and the clever efforts of the other bakers and baby boy said he wanted to make a snowman, as I told him we would be baking bread and cakes in the morning.

It went surprisingly well and we made a snowman with a ciabatta roll head and wholemeal crusty loaf body, with a grape hat and scarf, mandarin orange segment nose and sultana arms.

Then we made a chocolate fudge skull with strawberry jelly with mandarin oranges for eyes and mandarin orange segments for nose and teeth.

He made a sweetcorn condiment holder with the ciabatta bread.  They were very proud of their efforts and led mummy and daddy in to the kitchen with their eyes closed.  They had already scoffed the other ciabatta bread pieces!   

GAZEBO

Well, my gazebo is finished, thanks to the handiwork of my neighbour, working to my design. There is only the painting to do now, but that can wait until nearer the winter, as the framework is seasoned wood. The window canvas at the back will be moved to the right hand site to hide the garage and water butt.  I am looking for some material to staple to the inside of the roof to give a marquee effect. 

ROAST POTATOES

Whilst in Devon, visiting the Deniwats, I bought some Pureety Gourmet Ultimate Original Roast Potato Seasoning from a local farm shop.  I used it on Sunday and I have to say they were the best roast potatoes I have ever made. 

 

A HAPPY CAR PARK STORY

As car park operators often get a bad press, I would like to thank DASH Park and Go, for the help they gave me.   I often use the car park at the 02, North Greenwich Tube Line.  There are often queues for the automated ticket machine, so I decided to go on line and registered for an account with them, so I could literally park and go.

After I had registered, the next time I parked in the car park, I got confused about whether I just leave the car there and go or text the number on the information board.  I decided to be safe and send the text.  It kept failing and someone came up and explained about the ticket machine.  I told him him I was registered and he said you should be able to park and go with no text.  So I parked and went!!

When I checked my account on line there was no mention of visit or the cost being deducted.  I emailed Dash and they explained that you texted if you were in any London underground car park.  I told her I had, but then I discovered that I had put the wrong number in.  I apologised profusely and she said that I had to nominate North Greenwich on my account and then I could park and go.  She did this for me and said I was now set up and only use the text if I used any other station.

She cancelled the fine I would have occurred for not paying for my parking.

A VERY BIG THANK YOU FOR NOT BEING A JOB'S WORTH

  

BEWARE OF THE MICROSOFT WINDOW INDIAN CALL CENTRE SCAM

If you receive a phone call from a man saying that you have problems with your computer, IT IS A SCAM.  Microsoft do not contact people by telephone.

Someone phoned me this morning to say that my computer has been intercepted by hackers.  He asked me if I was in front of it, I wasn't. I asked him what it was all about.  He told me he would need to find out their information through my computer.  He was obviously calling from India.

I ask him what his name was and he said Benny Edwards!  I asked him who worked for, he said Microsoft.  Where was he based - Reading!!  I asked for some ID and he quoted me a number.  He also quoted a telephone number for me to call him back.

As I knew this was a scam, because a friend of mine with no computer is plagued with these calls every week and when he says he has no computer they put the phone down, I told him I would call him back later when I had more time.  He warned me that if I didn't he would have to block my computer to stop the hackers and it could never be unblocked!

I immediately checked to confirm this was a scam.

It appears that they ring randomly and most of the people who answer will have a computer.  They have no knowledge at all of anything whatsoever to do with your computer unless you fall for it and give them the information they want

This could be extremely threatening to older, vulnerable people especially if they are threatening to block the computer.

THEY ARE ONLY AFTER YOUR MONEY AND CARD DETAILS, DO NOT PART WITH ANY.

If you are unsure, tell them you will call back and google MICROSOFT PHONE SCAMS. Remember this will ALWAYS be a scam.  The same goes for anyone who calls you to say they want to sell the shares you have in a company which is the subject of a hostile take over and they are paying 10 x the prices for the shares and you mustn't let the company know.  It will cost you dearly if you get involved with them.  Again, no share dealer will ever ask you for your share details, in a cold call.

GRAN'S BABY SIT 13/08/15

Had my little babies at my house today, instead of going over to theirs to look after them.  Little baby boy likes playing with my house phone, pressing all the buttons and pretending to call his mum.  I heard him say "Hallo" like he usually does and then "Ambulance Please".  I rushed to the phone to find that he had somehow dialled 999.  The operator asked me if I was callling an ambulance and I told her that it was my grandson and apologised. 

"Well can you put the phone down then to free up the line then" she replied rather sharply.

I did so and slunk away feeling suitable chastised.  He is now banned from the phone.

When I asked him what happened and he said that she  asked him if wanted a fire engine, police car or ambulance, and as he is fanatical about all these vehicles, he decided he wanted an ambulance!  I am lucky that he is too young to know what numbers he pressed.

We went down to Monkey Bizz for them to play and keep occupied,  A buggy board on the the back of a pushchair is one of the best inventions.  You can get anywhere in double quick time, except when he kept getting off to pick blackberries!   It all went well in there, but then the heavens opened.  I had planned to get a bus home, but decided to get a taxi.  We waited by the door for the taxi to come and there seemed to be a horrendous backlog in to the car park with no one moving.

Someone had parked a people carried in the aisle while they went to pick up their children as there were no parking spaces.  When she came out a big ding dong erupted between her and the car that was stuck behind her holding up the traffic.  She deliberately took her time strapping her children in to the car with her door open!  The taxi driver came to find me and when we left the tail back was still snaking up the road.

Everything was going well when we got home, until I heard loud sobbing and crying, little baby boy had caught his finger in the door.  I brought them indoors and put CBEEBIES on.  They were quite quiet until their mum arrived to pick them up.

Roll on the next time!! 

MERCEDES BENZ WORLD

Took Miss Mercedes to Mercedes Benz World to visit her friends.  I fell in the love with the G Wagon.  You have to sit inside to appreciate it.  The price is £100,000, so I have bought a lottery ticket tonight so that I can place my order tomorrow!! 

It was quite interesting to learn about the origin of Mercedes Benz.  Mr Daimler and Mr Benz first started the company known as Daimler-Benz.   When Mr Jellineck, a car and racing enthusiast joined and Daimler died, he stipulated the name should be Mercedes after his daughter, so it became Mercedes Benz.  The symbol became a wreath (Benz) and the 3 point star inside to mean "on land, on water and in the air (Daimler) was trademarked and has been in use ever since with a few variations. It also has a 4 point star trademarked, but did not use it. 

BUILDING A GAZEBO

I have designed a wooden gazebo for my garden as the plastic one had a tendency to blow away, even when it was firmly tethered.  My next door neighbour is building it for me to my design.  The posts are in and the felt has been put on the roof.  So far so good!

 

 

MY HOLIDAY WEEK

I have had a really lovely few days holiday.  First of all I had my little baby boy and girl for 2 sleeps for the very first time.  We went to the beach the first day and the zoo on the second.  They were an absolutely joy to look after and they went home to their mum and dad just as shattered as we were.  It was quite funny because on the first morning, I told them to speak to their mum and let her know how it was going.  On the second morning I received a text to say that she was  leaving for work shortly if they were going to phone.  I had to break it to her gently that no mention of mummy had been made since the first phone call the day before!!!!  

The day after I visited the Deniwats in Devon and had a really relaxing holiday, especially with the beautiful sea view from their flat.  It was lovely to see their big baby boy so happy after a very tough time. No, he is not their very spoilt cat!!

Finally I went to see Jimmy Cliff at the  Indigo Theatre at the 02.  He was brilliant.  Considering his age, he didn't stop for 2 hours, even for a drink of water, on a very hot night.

Now I shall be sorting out the garden and catching up with my Blog!