Monday, 7 October 2013

I know I said I wanted to post more, but life has been very busy. Time seems to be moving by fast, the summer holidays went by in a blur of time off, time on the beach - on the Isle of wight and just relaxing. T has started a new school and has celebrated his eighth birthday, growing up fast.Still no news on my job, but the process of privatisation appear to be gathering a pace. Any actual physical split of staff, the service etc will not happen at least until next April if not later. At the moment I have not made a decision on anything, my thoughts are to carry on, I still have a job at the moment and if there is an opportunity for voluntary redundancy then I could do ok, depending on the terms/conditions.

I still want to blog more regularly but bear with me, because life will get in the way.

Monday, 29 July 2013

I'm still here.........

Yes, I know it has been over two months but I have been still reading blogs, although not commenting and not blogging myself, just havent felt the blogging mojo and we have been busy. There has been great things and not so great things going on. In May beloved and I went to see Seth Lakeman in concert in Oxford - he was wonderful. We have also seen T invovled in a number of events in his last year at his current school - he goes to middle school in September and it has been great to see school plays, sports days and awards. We have also been enjoying the fantastic weather and have the summer holidays to look forward to.

The not so great things include now having a 3 year renewal driving licence due to my ongoing eye problems, which are not going to get any better - the best I can hope for is no further deterioration. At least I didnt lose my licence! Work is not so good, I work for the Probation Service and as many may know, it is up for privatisation and there is a lot of uncertain for everyone in terms of their jobs. I really feel like I am in limbo at the moment and it seems that we will not know where we stand for some time. Yes, I could be at risk of losing my job in the long term. In remembering my girl guide motto 'Be prepared', we are now saving a regular amount each month, in an attempt to have some sort of savings in the case I do lose my job. It wont be much, but at least its an attempt to do something positive rather than just wallowing in dejection and despair.

So as ever there is also positives and negatives, usually more negatives, but I keep trying to keep everything in perspective and just 'roll with the resistance'.
Till next time, bright blessings x

Monday, 6 May 2013

The Rollright Stones

A couple of weekends ago we had to go to Oxford, we made a day of it and on the way there we stopped at the rollrights - a group of standing stones and a very special place.I had wanted to go for some time, it was raining, but still wonderful, an ancient neolithic site with a dolmen - burial chamber and long barrows as well.
A very special place, I got goosebumps walking into the circle

Standing by the whispering knights dolmen

The witch!

The king's stone - separate from the circle and dolmen

The witch turning the king into stone
One of the main myths is that a witch turned a king and men into stone, also that you can not count the number of stones in the circle - T tried 3 times and got a different number each time - make of that what you will! I would throughly recommend the site for a visit. Till next time
Blessings x

I'm back

Hello to one and all, its been a while, we have been busy and there have been times when I havent wanted to step anywhere near the blog. Many thanks to all the thoughtful comments on my last post. My eyes are ok at the moment, just waiting for my next check up - not had a date yet. So what have we been doing. At the end of March, we went to the Volksworld show that is held at Sandown racecourse every year. I dont think we will go again, far too busy and the focus of the show has changed, anyway here are a few photos of some vehicles.
We could do with one of these if we get snow again!!

Home from home

You could have some fun in this Baja
We have also been to Portsmouth for the weekend at the beginning of April. We wanted to take T to the historic dockyard, well worth a visit, they have in the process of building a new museum around the Mary Rose, due to open later this year, but we did see the Victory and the Warrior, as well as boat trip around the dockyard and several other displays.
The Warrior

The Victory

Portchester Castle

The view from the castle tower

Outside the castle walls - originally dating back to roman times
Portchester castle was probably my favourite, although the boys like the dockyard.
The visit was helped by lovely weather

 This bank holiday weekend, we went to the VW show at Stanford Hall, in Leics, it was lovely weather and a great turnout, it is one of our favourite shows. This beetle was being shown as part of the historic VW club, no vehicle can be registered in the club unless it is pre-1979, with many of the vehicles being the split screen sort and early beetles.

I would like to go for a cruise in this cabriolet with the roof down.

T loves the military VWs
These are Kubelwagens, amphibious vehicles, great if you lived in an area prone to flooding!! It was very busy and we had a great time, beloved was able to pick up some very cheap parts that he needs - second hand - there are always people wanting to sell secondhand parts at these shows and it means that you can restore a vehicle a lot cheaply rather than always buying new. Back in a another post with a visit to a special place
Blessings x

Monday, 25 March 2013

Check up

I went back to hospital today for a follow up appt for my eyes. Once again, I had to have a lot of poking and prodding in my eyes, which has left them feeling very sore at the moment. The consultant told me that the drops have not worked sufficiently well enough and I have a different prescription. He told me that I dont have glaucoma at the moment as there is no nerve damage, but I'm at risk of this, if it was to remain untreated or I'm not on the right drops. From what he says, I will be on the drops long term and may have to take a combination. Anyway back for another checkup in 2-3 months time.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Spring Equinox

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I wanted to say blessings for the spring equinox, a time to say goodbye to winter and welcome spring, although it doesnt seem like that that at the moment. A time for rebirth and renewals, apt given my thoughts on the changes I want to make in my life. Hopefully we will see the end of winter and by the end of the month. Looking forward to the light
Blessings x 

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

moving forward

Many, many thanks for all the kind and thoughtful comments on my last post. We are slowly coming to terms with the loss of our dog, it will take time and we all miss her. There is something about opening the front door and seeing a waggy tail. We are pet less at the moment, beloved says he never wants another dog, I dont really believe him but it will be sometime before we have anything else. The twists and turns that our life is taking at the moment means that we are better off not having such a committment. So whats been happening.......

We had a get a new car, not what we had planned, but we now have a car that is far more efficient and economical and also only £30 a year road tax, cant be bad. Things are going on for both beloved and I at work. Beloved has been transferred to another branch, not his choice, but either that or redundancy, the problem is that it is further away and he will need some form of transport, its too far to cycle. Not sure what we will do, its always one step forward, two back. I dont normally mention my work, I work for the Probation Service and we have the sword of privatisation hanging over us, it will be going ahead and we will probably all end up working for serco!!! Worrying times ahead, but my tactic at the moment is not to think about it otherwise I would make myself ill.

I've been reading several comments recently about the very 'extreme' frugal living blogs and how they affect people in terms of  making people feel guilty for spending money. I've stopped reading these blogs, some of them can seem quite judgemental and as I have commented on other blogs, I dont want to wear a hair shirt. We all spend our money of different things and have a million and one reasons why we do so. We do have treats, little luxuries and days out, these are all budgetted for and we are still paying off the debts at a steady pace. I am wanting to focus on the here and now and what is important to me, hence no longer beating myself up that we do spend money at times.

Given the uncertainties with work and focusing on living life how we want to, has got me thinking about the future and what I want to do. For the time being, I will stay at work to see what pans out with the privatisation. What I am thinking about are plans for myself. I want to do a bit of a garden makeover and I want to learn more about permaculture, this is something that really interests me and I would like to incorporate this into our garden. My spiritual path is developing and after spending a lot of time on a winding,wiggly path, I have reached the point of being certain in what direction I am heading. There is so much to learn and absorb, it is exciting and I want to spend more time on this path and my development. This is all part of my attempts to live in the here and now, but I do still dream!!

Blessings x

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

RIP my beautiful girl

RIP my beautiful girl
I'm still here, but it has been a busy and difficult few weeks, culminating in the loss of our beloved dog. I will return soon x

Monday, 21 January 2013

Health and a Harvest Moon

Many thanks to everyone who left very kind comments on my last post. I dont think I have yet to come to terms with the glaucoma, its like it is something going on "over there" rather than to me. Im putting the drops in religiously, but I do get frustrated as there is no way of knowing if they are working, until I go back for a check-up. I will get over this and accept it, just coming to terms with it. Since start of the year, I've not had a good start - just recovering from a bad s & d bug and several weeks ago, I badly scalded my right hand whilst making a cup of tea and doing about 4 things at once. Bit of a bugger when I'm right handed.

As you can see, I have a new blog name, I wanted something that reflected me and my 'path'/feelings/beliefs more and whilst I am still dreaming of living by the sea, I'm trying to be a bit more in the here and now! The header photo is of a standing stone at The Minions on bodmin moor, we visited the standing stones last year when visiting family in the summer. A very special place, as are all standing stone sites. I now want to visit Avebury and the Rollright stones in Oxfordshire.

A harvest moon is the full moon that occurs closest to the Autumnal Equinox. As you may know, Autumn is my favourite season and also the season of my birth. I always find it to be the most special time of the year and this full moon is special, but then so are all the others.

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Tuesday, 8 January 2013

One day you're up, the next you are down

Just  when we think things are on up, there is always something to bring you down again. In short I have been diagnosed with Glaucoma, I'm still in shock to be honest. There are long term implications and I am worried that I could lose my driving licence, I am going to have to disclose this to the DVLA and they ask you to have regular field vision tests. The last time I did this (during my most recent eye test), I had to do it twice to pass it. If I end up losing my licence, I could lose my job, its a requirement to have a licence. I have been given eye drops and will need to see the Opthamologist again in a few months to see if the drops are working. The long term implications could be loss of vision and possibly blindness. I guess I am going to have to get used to it, take the drops and try not to let this stress me out. Many people with Glaucoma do not lose any vision and carry on as normal, so think positive!

Blessings x

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Hello,where to begin, belated Happy New Year to one and all. We celebrated by seeing the Hobbit on New Years Day, we thought it was great. In all, we have had a lovely Christmas and New Year and I am enjoying the last few days of my holiday with T. I mentioned in my last post that we had received some fantastic news. Well, I have come into some money, we are very fortunate. It will be enough to pay off some of our debt, which will really make a difference to our budget. We will be able to save about £300 a month, which will be  redirected towards the rest of the debt. The load is definitely lighter and the burden of debt will get lighter alot quicker now.

Continuing on the theme of money, we are continuing to work on improving our money management. What have we done so far:
  • cancelled unnecessary direct debits
  • returned to the envelope system for food/petrol etc
  • returned to menu planning and shopping lists
  • returned to sticking to a weekly food budget
  • keeping a record of every penny we spend

Still to go is continuing to sell anything unwanted, monitor our spending and improve our frugal living skills. I am also hoping to be able to start paying into our pensions again and increase our debt repayments. I'm hoping that this year will be better for us and we have turned a corner and see a small chink of light at the end of the tunnel.

Blessings x