a day in my life …. photo diary

A busy but productive mother/daughter day …..

weekly round up # 5

This might be the last weekly round up for a little while as I’ve something else in mind and I might struggle to do everything.

This week has been a busy but fairly productive one.

Monday I spent the morning sorting my c.v. and applying for a couple of jobs, then had an interview. It was good experience, however it wasn’t a permanent position as advertised only a few months to cover maternity leave.

Tuesday I spent the day at a ‘job fair’ in St George’s Hall in Liverpool, to be honest it wasn’t really much good as most of it was training courses and apprenticeships, but I did come away with some new job sites to check and saw some old colleagues hard at work. Also met up with a couple of my fellow unemployed colleagues and had lunch and a quick look around the shops.

Wednesday was a form filling job application day again, also checked the new sites from Tuesday and got a phone call to arrange a telephone interview.

Thursday I decided to have a break from the computer and helped switch our energy supplier and tv/phone, it was funny to watch my mum have an argument with an automated phone system which actually hung up on her. I watched a couple of films and knitted, the break from forms was very welcome. I did however check my emails and reply to one job advert. The football was back on again and as usual a divided household, Oscar supporting Portugal and Eric supporting Poland.

Friday I took mum out shopping, her car was off the road so we had a mother/daughter day buying much needed essentials (clothes mostly). Oscar and I enjoyed the Wales match however hugging a child holding a handful of pringles is not a good idea, they shatter into a million pieces and go EVERYWHERE. Everyone was supporting Wales so a happy house all round.

Saturday was an at home day, Oscar and I played games, did homework and watched more football, Italy v Germany this time, once again a divided house. At least some happy faces.

Sunday it finally stopped raining and I made it back to the allotment…. it’s been a few weeks and the warm weather and rain isn’t helping as the nettles and bindweed are huge. We spent an hour or so but couldn’t use the brush cutter and manual tools didn’t make much of a dent so decided to call it a day. The weather forecast for the coming week is dry so I’m going to hire one for a week and really get stuck in, the job hunting can take a back seat. Another good match Iceland v France, I would have loved Iceland to win but always thought France would do it. I think a lot more teams (and people) need the Icelandic spirit, no matter how far behind they got they never stopped trying until the final whistle. Iceland are my team of the tournament for spirit and determination.

So more allotment blogs to follow, hopefully without weeds plus my latest idea, borrowed from another blogger but with a twist.

Have a good week folks, fingers crossed the sun shines and rain stays away.

Weekly round up #4

Guess what I forgot to do yesterday, that’s right press publish (at least I saved it)

It’s been a funny week, lots and nothing in one. The weather is being bonkers as usual for Britain, sunny one minute then cold and rainy the next.

Anyway the week went like this…

Monday was a quiet catch up day, sending off job applications and sorting bedrooms and wardrobes.

Tuesday was a clear out of more cupboards and drawers, lots went but everywhere looks exactly the same. How can that be ? I had a look around a school that I’ve applied to for a job. Pre-interview interviews seem to be the way forward.

Wednesday the car went to the garage for a much needed service, more job applications sent then a walk around the local shops with mum.  I went to the jobcentre, still haven’t had any money because my job coach was on holiday so couldn’t press the button to release my payment. Thank goodness for my wages last month, I understand why people are using food banks and being made homeless more and more. A sad state of affairs.

Thursday I decided to have a day off from applications and job hunting, I went to vote then went looking for a swimming/bathing costume for our holidays. No luck but we came up with a few new ideas for wedding favours for my brothers wedding later in the year.

One of a pair of Jays that visit our garden most mornings and evenings. 

Friday was a strange day, everyone was angry, confused, upset, overjoyed, surprised and excited by the EU referendum result. What’s done is done, now we need to be decent human beings, accept that each person has opinions and get on with life again. Today was also sports day, the weather wasn’t the best but with a couple of quick dashes into the hut they managed to complete about three quarters before the monsoon arrived and it was abandoned. Oscar came second in one of his races and 5th in a race he wasn’t down for !


Saturday I bought a swimming costume, it’s lovely, bright and cheery. I don’t know if it’s all the changes in the weather but this weekend I’ve felt very headachy and ‘not right’ Oscar was with his dad this weekend so the rest of the day was watching films, football and minecrafting (Oscar sets me challenges when he’s away)

Sunday was a quiet day, a lie in and watching football day. I have an interview tomorrow so best go and prepare.

Wish me luck !

Weekly round up #3

I’ve been a bit busy and a little rubbish at blogging this week. Sorry I’ll try and do better next week. So this week went like this…

Monday was the rescheduled PTA summer fair (due to council not granting licenses in time for our original Saturday one), the weather wasn’t fantastic so we all squished together in the school hall, ate cake, drank tea, won bottles and bottles of wine and generally had a good time. Then a quick dash home for food and drop Oscar off with grandpa and back to school for a meeting about secondary school. Scary times ahead !!

Tuesday I dropped Oscar at school and remembered the library books were in the boot of my car from last week, thankfully the fine was a little over £1 for all our books. It was also application day, a cup of tea and I started applying for jobs. A boring day really.

Wednesday I met the ladies for lunch, it was lovely to all be back together. It’s only been a couple of weeks but feels like forever, loads to catch up on (even though we whatsapp as a group almost daily). I also collected a very excited boy from school and took him to Tae Kwon do to find out that he had passed his grading and received his new yellow belt.



Thursday was another busy day and I had my forgetful head on. I had some forms to fill in first thing then I was meeting an old boss for lunch to give her a present, it didn’t arrive until after I’d left but any excuse to meet and eat. Only problem was I turned up without the gift ! So a quick dash home after lunch, washed, changed dropped the gift then on to a pre-interview interview at a local school. It was lovely, I would like to work there, time will tell.

Friday was another at home filling forms and applying for jobs day. One application was so complicated it took nearly three hours to do, I think it’s so they’ll only get genuine people apply, you need more stamina for some of the application forms than the actual position. We finally booked a holiday, yippee. A couple of weeks in Spain, can’t wait.

Saturday was a me day, Oscar is doing saturday school for the 11 plus (his choice before anyone complains), saturday school is one of his favourite days as it’s only his class in school and they get to play football or use the computers at wet play and it’s only a couple hours, and after school he was going straight to a friends house. So I went to the cinema to catch up on some films I’ve been wanting to see. I saw jungle book, which I enjoyed then Alice through the looking glass. I love these adaptations (although the white queen annoys me with her twiddly fingers) I want a cheshire cat, I already live with my little mad hatter. Unfortunately I had forgotten about the summer party/fair in the park and couldn’t park anywhere near home when I got back. Thankfully most cars had gone by 6pm so Sunday I wasn’t going anywhere.


Sunday has been a film watching, minecraft playing, listening to the bands in the park day, one advantage of living so close. The rain didn’t dampen their spirits and the turnout seemed pretty good. Oscar has dyscalculia and Meares-Irlen syndrome, so I’ve invested a little time and money this week and bought some educational guides to help him. Over the summer we will crack this wall and hopefully get a better understanding, maths for him, and how his brain works for me. The first book arrived today, more to follow.

Oh and I’ve not been to the allotment with all this rain but I’ve watched a LOT of football this week.



And so it begins… International football, I love it.

I prefer watching it than league football although I don’t really support any one country. I usually have a favourite of the two teams playing but not one across the whole competition.

I look out for players from my home teams, Liverpool (for me) Real Madrid (Oscar) and Everton (step dad) and of course we endure England. They always promise so much, start well, then fall apart. I guess the media doesn’t always help, picking them apart before they’ve even kicked a ball but who knows this year could be the one.

Fingers crossed.

So the drinks are ready.

Match one is about to kick off, come on France …