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Me and My Brother

Well my little brother is finally getting married.  I’m so pleased for him.  He has chosen a goodun in Becky!!

Growing up Paul and I used to fight like cat and dog…can’t remember when we didn’t fight.  We did have some good times, but we certainly get on better now.  I know I can call on my little brother if I need help, usually techy help admittedly, although I can manage pretty well on my own!

It’s nice when he and Becky pop in to see me on the odd occasional Saturday night and we munch through a couple of pizzas 🙂

It’s amazing how we keep in touch too, started off with the odd occasional phone call, then onto texts, msn and facebook and now twitter, technology has certainly brought us closer together.

And I know he’ll not be too happy about the pic, but look how cute he was when he was little 🙂

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Everest for Emily

A good friends daughter is going to be climbing to Mount Everest Base Camp in September for the charity Childreach International.   This very worthy charity works with
local communities in the developing world to help improve children’s access to healthcare, education, child rights and protection.

Emily  needs to raise the minimum of £2450 to go on the expedition, but would like to raise as much as she can. If any of you that read this post would like to contribute to  Emily’s adventure and to help Childreach International please click on this link.  Any amount can help and I know that Emily and the children that she is trying to help will be very grateful.

Thanks for reading.

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Goodbye 2014, not a bad year really!

Well it’s been a while since I even looked at writing a blog on here but thought I’d close the year off with one, so here goes.

2014 is going to end as it started, single but a year older.  2015 means I reach the half century…50, really, 50? …not quite sure how I feel about this milestone.

Anyway 2014 was looking promising with an invite to go on holiday to UAE and tickets to the WEC at Silverstone, however both of those fell through due to a friendship going tits up…nothing new there!! Rinse and repeat several times over the last couple of years!!

January and I got to go to Mercedes Benz World at Woking with Matt and Pat who I met on my hols in November 13. That was a nice day out with them, they ended up buying a brand new Merc soft top…not jealous at all!! We went for lunch and then I had to get back for the dog.

merc benz world

I got to Thruxton for the BTCC testing in February which was a great few hours, the BMW’s looked fast and it was proven through the season that there were.  Nearly got run over by Flash in the paddock. Pic is of the winner in the unbranded car. Will hopefully get to testing again in 2015.

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Need to skip a month or so before I get into the F1!! It was Dad’s 70th in April so we all went out for a meal to celebrate, nice evening had by all!

March brought the start of the F1 season, no races for me in 2014 apart from watching on the TV.  Cheering on Jenson again and it was looking fairly promising at the start of the season.  Mercedes Team seemed to romp it every week.  Danny Ric did really well and really showed the Vet what he was made of!! I did go to Silverstone for testing after the British GP and ended up in the paddock for the day.  OMG what an amazing day that was. I got to stand in the pit lane and take lots of pictures, nearly got run over by Danny Ric (Little devil aimed for me I think!), got to go into the Williams Garage and watch Massa and the team set up for a run out.  Met the lovely Jules Bianchi and Massa.  Talked to Massas wife and watched their little boy kick around a football in the paddock.  If he doesn’t go into motorsport he will probably end up a footballer, a wicked little kicker. It was very surreal being in the Paddock, seeing peole that I’ve seen on the TV being interviewed each F1 weekend.  The only downer of the day was that JB wasn’t there, probably a good thing really!! The rest of the season passed very quickly with a Mercedes Team win and Lewis as Champion (JB again next season!!).  Really sad about Jules and hope that he keeps fighting #ForzaJules

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After Silverstone I had a horrendous journey back to meet up with a friend on the way home for a couple of hours, horrendous rain and thunderstorms, which luckily stayed away during the day. Nice catch up with friend though and great tea maker 🙂

August and I got to meet up with Mary, Kate, Emily and Megan in London for a couple of hours after a meeting.  We had lunch in the National Theatre on the South Bank. They actually do really nice lunches in there! Lovely to see them all again!! I won tickets to Wilton Classic and Supercar show so went with my Sis in Law Becks. It was a hot humid day and I was melting.  Didn’t seem as many cars there this year and I don’t think I actually kept any of my pics as they were all very samey from the previous years that I have attended.

September and I won tickets for Ascot.  Me and my best friend Steph went and had a great day, no winners for me though, Steph had a couple. It was Mum and Dad’s 50th Wedding Anniversary in September too and we all went out for a meal.

October ended with a mini heatwave and me sailing off into the sunset on P and O’s Azura.  I was expecting a great holiday, but unfortunately it wasn’t a great experience.  I did meet some nice people, I celebrated my 49th birthday and I visited some nice places.  I would like to say that I would travel on the ship again but don’t think I will.  Most of you will have seen my pics on Twitter or Facebook so will just put a few in here.

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I arrived back mid November and then back to work and started getting ready for Christmas.

December is here and the decorations are up and I’ve started getting bits and pieces as I am doing Christmas Dinner.  The first time my parents have left their house on Christmas day since they have been married, which is 50 years! Christmas Eve and I start the prep, all the veg sorted and the turkey crown cooked.  Christmas morning, yet again on my own with the dog.  We had a few pressies to open from friends and neighbours which was nice! Out for a dog walk as it was a lovely crisp morning. Started the cooking about 11.  Everyone arrived about 12 and mum and dad started on the G and T’s, Becks and I on the rum cocktails, Paul on a coffee!!  Presents opened and dinner cooked and served up, wine drank, dessert eaten, cheese and biscuits and port.  More presents and coffee and mints.  Washing up done in between the courses (note to self – dishwasher required – preferably male and hunky!) Everyone left and I finished tidying up, had a bath and collapsed on the sofa.  I survived my first family christmas in my house!! I think it went rather well!!  I’m just too organised 🙂


So the in between Christmas and New Year – quiet as will my New Years Eve be.




Lets see what 2015 brings…hopefully a healthy, happy year with lots of exciting things to do and see.

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Why’s it so hard?

As some of my friends will know I am trying to downsize.  Yes, I live in Social Housing, due to previous and present circumstances.  I cannot afford private housing or to purchase my own place. I wish I could but sometimes life throws things at you that you can’t get out of.

Anyway this is just a post really about how difficult it is to downsize.  I have been on the Homeswapper site for 6 years since hubby and I split and have had no luck.  I just want a 1 bed place, ideally 2 but that wouldn’t be right as it’s just me.  I have now found a 1 bed place but the chap wants to move to Devon due to personal circumstances.  It looks like someone has a place for him, but they are relying on someone else and then I need to try find someone that wants to move to mine…following this ok?  That’s the problem, not all homeswaps are straight forward.  I thought the Government were supposed to be making things easy for people that want to downsize?  I am not seeing any help.

As it is I can’t move until ex is taken off the tenancy, I have no idea where he is and don’t really care.  There appears only to be the homeswapper site or I sign up to the waiting list and fight it out with the many thousands that are trying to get housing.

Why can’t the Government pull their finger out and help the people that want to give up space to let larger families have what they need?  My feelings are that the Councils need to take back control of  housing and ensure that people are filling the homes properly as the homeswapper site, as good as it is is not being used correctly.  Too many people wanting to go into something larger when they don’t need it.

For those that poo poo people in Social Housing, yes there is a stigma, but gone are the days of cheap rent.  Most of us cherish what we have and work hard to keep it up together.

So anyone from Government that reads this, please sort out this little problem as I would imagine that this would help lots of people out if Common Sense was used.


Canada…but not F1 related (Part 1)

1986 aged 21 and I got married for the 1st time to a man 19 years older than me the day after my 21st birthday.  I’d taken on 2 step children who were 5 and 9 years younger than me after their mum passed away from cancer.  We were given a council house in Ferndown.  Youngest came to live with us and the eldest with his Aunty, however a few months and eldest moved in too.  Bit fraught at times but we got through it.  We decided that we would like to go to Canada to go and visit husbands releatives.  We headed off in September 87.  We initially went out for a month but ended up staying for just over 2 years, and what a 2 years that was :-0

Eldest stayed at home and youngest came with us.  We headed off on a BA flight to Vancouver and were met by relatives who then took us back up the highway past lots of mountains and just beautiful, beautiful scenery. We stopped at a diner for breakfast and I had the best hash browns ever, not sure about the bacon, just streaky bacon.  Pancakes with maple syrup, mmm scrummy! We stayed with husbands releatives on a remote ranch about 450 miles north of Vancouver.  The drive from the main road and along a dirt track to the ranch was about 4 miles.  Middle of nowhere, no mains electric, no mains water, no mains gas…we’ve gone back to  the olden days :-0  Beautiful scenery, a lake, hills, trees and wildlife. Spent a few days wandering the ranch, horse riding and travelling into Williams Lake which was the nearest town.  A few trips to a proper cowboy pub, yep, cowboy hats, checked shirts and jeans.  Good ol country music and lots of dancing. We went into Williams Lake to the shopping Mall, hadn’t encountered a Food Hall before, oh my…A&W their burgers and onion rings, yum.  A little place that sold Cinnamon Buns and a proper sit down diner that did Eggs Benedict to perfection.  Another diner down the road that did a wonderful Banana Creme Pie…heaven!!  My first encounter with flavoured cider…peach was my favourite.

Took a trip to Vancouver and stayed with more relatives.  Beautiful city, surrounded by mountains and so many different cultures.  I’d not really been to London or any other big city where everything was so vibrant and different.

After a couple of weeks we came back to the ranch and met a rancher who lived down the road, well 10 miles down the road…offered us work, a home and said a lawyer would be able to sort out immigration. So we phoned home, said we were staying and started our new life in Canada.

To be continued…..


Silverstone Blancpain 3/06/2012

Last minute decision to go to Silverstone to watch the Silverstone round of the Blanpain Championship led to me leaving home about 8am.  Dry when I left home, but got onto the A303 and rain. Luckily the roads were fairly empty. Had arranged to meet a friend at Cherwell Valley Services about 9.30, got there bang on time!! Quick pit stop and picked up a few bits for lunch and headed off to a wet and cold Silverstone.  Not having booked tickets we were directed to what seemed the furthest car park. Bit daft really considering there was hardly anyone there and they could have let you in the circuit to park up.  Anyway we found the ticket booth and away we went.  Walked through to the paddock and had a wander round the cars…only 3 races on the Sunday and a few people with their own sooper dooper cars allowed on the track.

Lambourghinis galore…ugly boogers, but the sound from them is pretty awesome 🙂

Went past the United Autosports VIP area and saw Mark Blundell chatting away before the race. 

Walked through to the pits and onto the pitlane, wandered up and peeked into a few garages…awesome cars!!

Made our way over to the stands ready for the start, about 50 cars getting ready to line up for a very rainy start.  

12.45pm and the cars are off…Safety Car start as it’s still pretty wet out there.  2 laps in and the Safety Car comes in and away they goooooo 🙂

One thing wrong with this event was there was no live timing or screens set up.  Makes a difference when you can see what’s going on in other parts of the circuit as you certainly can’t hear the tannoys.

Anyway the BMW came storming round with quite a good lead already…Race Leader at start of race

Stayed in the stands for about hour and half. 2 BMW’s fighting it out for a couple of laps and finally the No.3 got past. Very cold and wet, rain had eased but we were getting a bit wet from the spray on the track…headed off down to get a hot drink and use the loos…argghhh what a sight, blue lips, blue chin and teeth wouldn’t stop chattering…just wanted to go home and get nice and warm…however after a hot drink a few chips we decided to have a wander over to the Wing and watch the cars come through there.  Some pretty good moves around some of the corners, raining again but not long now until the end of the race so wandered over to Luffield to watch the last 20 minutes.  The cars looked very slow going through there, although they probably weren’t.  BMW no 3 was the winner with Audi’s 2 and 1 coming in 2nd and 3rd.

Headed back to the cars and off home, yep you guessed it, pouting with rain and so many cars without lights on.

An enjoyable day, apart from the cold and wet!!

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F1 Season is nearly here

Not too sure where the last month has gone.  Started off with a bad back after slipping on the ice, just get over that and end end up with a fluey cold, which finally after 4 weeks is just about at it’s end.

Busy making cards for Valentines Day….soppy people at work wanted them and I may have sent one myself!  I’ve also had to make some wedding invitations for my neighbours who are getting married in April, I think I’ve become their wedding planner…J Lo I am not, although I appear to be getting her bottom 😉 Mother’s Day is nearly here so I need to get a wiggle on and make more cards, also brothers birthday in a few days time.

However March 16th heralds the start of the new Formula 1 season…I CAN’T WAIT 😀

After the practices in Spain I have no idea who’s going to come out on top, I do know there are some ugly noses on those cars though…time will tell if they do anything.  As long as the Frome Flyer aka Jenson Button becomes World Driver Champion for 2012 I shall be one happy bunny!!  So will I be up for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Practice, Quali and the race…too bloomin right I will be.  My Twitter feed will be absolutely chocker block during those times and I wont be able to keep up and watch everything.  I’ve now got a V+ box, so I can now record the races and watch again when there isn’t anything on the goggle box!!

In more racing news my workmate Rob Hedley has got his drive in BTCC with Thorney Motorsport, I am so excited for him and will hopefully get to a couple of the races this season to cheer him on. I’m hoping that he’s going to be testing at Thruxton in the next week or so, I shall definately try and get over there to watch.

I’m off to see Lord Drayson at his factory in April with work, really looking forward to that.  It will be interesting as it’s to do with his electric powered racing car.  I gave up the chance to go to the WiIliams F1 Factory for a meeting for work…how silly am I?!!  However I have been promised a souvenir from my colleague that’s lucky enough to be going!! (Mike just bring back Bruno Senna 😉 )

Well I guess that’s it for a quick update.  I will have to get back to posting on a more regular basis again.

Thanks for reading my ramblings!!