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I'm 57 years old, working full time, wife, mother and grand mother, wishing that I wasn't working full time! I love and enjoy our children and grandchildren, our dogs and cat, our garden and allotment. I love crafts - knitting, sewing, crocheting, patchwork and restoring old furniture. I love to go to country auctions and love thinking that I've got my self a bargain!

Saturday, 10 November 2012


Afternoon All,

Just dropping by to say Hello, not much happening here to report on really. We are still waiting at work to find out what management intend to do with their precious review and who will be for the chop and heading down the road, who will be demoted and will really have to do the same job on less money and who will be safe. Well there are 4 of them who will be safe that's for sure - the very 4 who have sat and planned out this review!

Loyalty and hard work counts for nothing these days - my Dad worked for the same company for nearly 40 years - 27 of those years were working nights and he says you're nothing but a number to them - he was never late, never had a day off sick and he says he wasn't any better thought off for his loyalty and devotion.

My Mom used to work in Boots on the pet food counter and she used haul big boxes of tinned dog and cat food out onto the shop floor (this was back in the 70's in the days before health and safety and manual handling were ever thought off) and now at the age of 76, her spine is just shattered and she suffers terrible pain every waking minute and I do most firmly blame Boots and how hard she worked there, but again was there any thanks.....No.

I suppose the 'Armani Suits' (at work) would say that you get a wage at the end of the month, what are you moaning about? But a little thought and consideration would go a long long way. i.e. Just tell us who's going to loose their jobs now and not either just before Xmas (don't management just love to do that to the working masses) or just after Xmas!

What's started my rant and moan, well I do a 50 mile round commute every working day up and down the motorways and I know that I should really be thinking of purchasing a new car (not new, new, but new to me at least) but I am worried about going for a new car if I'm going to be made redundant! We made the mistake of going and just having a little look today and I said to my hubby that we shouldn't have gone - but we did and it's always the same isn't it? You can always find something when you can't afford to buy it?!!


I did go out a few weeks ago and I brought myself a new Kenwood Mixer - it is brilliant! so far I have made cupcakes, fruit cake, coconut and lemon cake, pastry and my own bread in it. I find the bread comes out far better than making it in the bread maker - going to have a go at doing a Bakewell tart in it tomorrow.

Since we did all the work in the house, it's really really, nice to walk into after work, it's clean and tidy and looks lovely - in fact for us it's perfect and there's nothing now that I would change or alter and for once, there is just nothing to be done on the house  -  but I feel a little lost.......for so many months it was a case of either searching for the best price on everything, or going out looking for things or actually doing the work. So now I feel like I've lost my target or my goal for what needs to be achieved next. Does anyone else ever feel like that especially when a big project comes to an end?

I've even managed to find time to read a book this week, it was Fern Brittons new one, called Hidden Treasures - it was ok, bit lightweight but better than I expected and it was set in Cornwall, which was nice and helped with imagining the characters and surroundings  - Judy Finnigan has one out called  Elouise which I quite fancy reading but have got to wait for it to come out on paperback before I buy that one, another book I am hoping to be given is Alan Titchmarsh's new one about his new garden - that should be good. I also like Kate Moreton and again she has a new one out but only in hardback so that's another one that I'm waiting for. She also links her settings to Cornwall

We both love Cornwall, especially St Ives and the Sloop Inn, the Sloop was were my Nan always liked to go in and my Dad would buy her a Whisky, which she really used to enjoy..... whenever we are down there we always have a drink in there for my Nan......... we've had quite a few happy holidays in St Ives, we like to book one of the little fisherman's  cottages, right in the town - it's a place with a brilliant atmosphere. We always, always stop at Jamaica Inn, on the way down too.......just for me to soak up the Daphne Du Maurier atmosphere, you can almost see the spirits of long a go pirates, dodging around and in and out of it's thick walls. Just brilliant!!!

I am wishing my life away aren't I? wishing they would tell us at work, wishing I could afford a new car and wishing I was in St Ives......... my Hubby would say that patience has never been my strong point!!

Oh well, the log burner's lit, Strictly's on tonight so I'm going to get warm by the fire -  at least wishing's free and doesn't cost anything!!

Speak again soon

Byeee xxx


  1. I hope you come out favourably when they announce the job cuts at work and that your job is safe. I work in NHS and there are so many cuts being made there too, no job is safe, they are cutting back but it is affecting those on the front line as well as others so will inevitably affect patients. NHS safe in their hands....I dont think so.
    Take care Trudie, love Anne

  2. Thanks Anne - It's such a worry isn't? - I think the cuts in the NHS is already affecting patients - you're right no such thing as a safe job and I know this is 'ageist' but especially if you're over 50 too - we keep being told 'we need young people' in the service - whatever happened to experience,wisdom and local knowledge? - they don't think that they need that any more...but they do. Take care xxx

  3. All the best on the job front. Hope they sort everyone out soon and then at least you'll know where you stand. I know how you feel when the house is all done - all I can say is live in it and love it. Enjoy your new found freedom, but, of course you are - tele, fire and warmth.
    Love from Mum

    1. Thanks Mum, we've been waiting to hear since June of this year and you just know that they'll tell us just before Xmas - think I'm going to start with the crocheting again and perhaps that will help me get back into the swing of things xxx

  4. I hope you hear soon, and that the news is what you want it to be. We're on the last push with the renovations - I'm sure we'll have that feeling too, but I have to admit that I'm looking forward to it! We've never yet stopped off at Jamaica Inn, but if we manage to get to Cornwall in February, we may well do, and I shall think of you. x

    1. Hi Scarlet - We always stop at Jamaica Inn, one for me to haunt the gift shop and buy a book from there and two to give the dogs a run, if it's overcast and the wind is blowing if you walk a little way up on to the moor and look back you can almost hear Daphne Du Maurier telling you about Mary Yellan and her bully of an Uncle - Joss Merlyn - Hope you have a good holiday - we went down one year in December and had really good weather for the time of year, xxx

  5. Hope all turns out alright for you on the job front. There is nothing worse than you knowing that somebody knows who is for the chop but the people affected seem to be the last to hear about it. Best of luck!

    1. Thanks June you're so right and it's making for a not so nice atmosphere to work in too Take Care xxx

  6. All the very best for your job situation - but if you lose the job, remember that when one door closes, another one opens. This could be your chance to make that move to Cornwall!
    I did it, after dreaming of living in this gorgeous county for years and in 1987, along with my two youngest boys aged 10 & 7 years, a Border Collie, a cat and a bucket of fish, all crammed into a Metro, I drove down from Leicestershire and started a new life. Never regretted it for a second!

  7. Oh that sounds brilliant! I'd love to have your courage, I bet it was a great place for your boys to grow up in too.........food for thought! xxxx

  8. I wish I could make all your wishes come true!

    1. Thank you Laurie, that really nice of you xxx