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It’s been a week of two halves with the weather, with it not being able to make its mind up whether it’s actually summer or not.

Hot and humid, so the washing has gone out on the line only for it to properly pour it down approximately 10 minutes later. (I swear it does it on purpose.)

Not knowing whether to boil to death if you take your raincoat out with you, or look like a drowned rat if you leave it at home and get caught in the inevitable downpour that waits until you’ve left the comfort of your own home and stepped out of the front door.

So with this in mind, I’ve chosen today’s Mixtape Monday song due to its appropriate title.

 

 

 

Let’s hope this upcoming week’s weather is less unpredictable.

 

This post has been added to the Mix-tape Monday link up.

 

 

 

castle steps

When I got a text message from school earlier this week asking pupils not to bring in loom bands, I had the sudden realisation I was old when I realised I didn’t have a frigging clue what a loom band WAS.

That’s the epitome of being old,isn’t it? Not knowing all the newfangled crazes , and what the kids are collecting this week and next.

Or what, or indeed who (pop bands) they’re into.

I had to ask the small people when they came out of school what they were. I’m still none the wiser. Something to do with interlocky band things that you can make pretty plastic coloured wristbands with. Or something.

I wouldn’t know. It’s all Panini World Cup album stickers in this household. Or Match Attax cards.

It doesn’t matter what decade you were born in, it seems there’s always some trend or craze to participate in.

When I was at primary school, it wasn’t loom bands. I remember these. Yes, and I’m fully aware I’m going to reveal my age now. Oh well.

 

Grolsch bottle tops

Remember these? If you were a Bros fan, you used to glue Grolsch bottle tops to your Doc Martens. We went to Haven last week. At the 80′s music  quiz, the Funstar announced the answer pronounced as “It’s Broh’s. I think. Don’t remember them.” No. It really isn’t. Good grief. You know you’re old when the Funstars are about 15 years younger than you and they know bog all. Sheesh.

 

Garbage Pail Kids

 

Who remembers collecting these? They were all the rage in the primary playground, and I can remember taking them in to swap. They had charming names along the lines of Puking Pete, or Adam Bomb.

They were far more up my street and appealed to my sense of humour.

garbage pail

 

So I suppose whatever age you are there’s always going to be something you collect and drive your teachers loopy with. For us, it was Garbage Pail card swapping in the middle of the playground.

Today, it’s apparently Loom Bands. Whatever they are.

What did you collect?

 

 

 

 

The World Cup’s about to kick off this week, and I’m about ready to go into hiding for the duration while the football mad members of the household talk about nothing else.

The 10 year old wants to know whether he can stay up and watch all the games. Yes, son. You can stay up and watch the ones that are on at a reasonable time, but as some of them are on about midnight due to the time difference, that would be a big fat NO and get yourself to bed.

There’s still school to go to, and the zombified look from being up all night won’t be conducive to a good learning environment.

I’ve resigned myself to the fact that every other word uttered over the next few weeks is going to be a football related one. so apart from hiding in another room while football’s on and commiserating with all the other football widows online, I’ve decided I might as well try and make it a bit more fun.

Just to make life a bit more bearable and stop myself from glazing over whenever the ‘f’ word is mentioned.

For example:

 

Whenever your home country is playing (in our case, the United Kingdom) theme your dinner to whichever team you are playing against.

So, for example, if England are playing against Italy, then you have yourself an Italian themed feast. Pizza, pasta, gnocci, etc.

 

It’s also an excuse for me to find lots of yummy recipes and ideas on Pinterest for inspiration.

 

World Cup party ideas board

 

Italian Food board

 

See, I can find the bright side of weeks of football tedium.

Are you a football widow?

Share your tips for making it more fun in the comments box below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s half term this week, and if you’re anything like me you’ll be looking for free things to do with the small people due to lack of cash.

With this in mind, I thought I’d put together a list of places that’s free to get into. (Love those types of places!) Take some sandwiches and drinks with you and it’s even cheaper as you don’t have to pay expensive cafe prices.

 

Yorkshire

 

Royal Armouries, Leeds

Home to the UK’s National Museum of Arms and Armour. Go along and see items such as weapons, and suits of armour from different periods in history.

 

Bradford National Media Museum

Learn all about the history of TV and all media such as the internet. Get behind a television camera and ‘film’ your own scenes.

 

National Railway Museum, York

Great for any train enthusiasts!

 

Brimham Rocks, Harrogate

Great if you’ve got climbers! Beautiful setting, with natural rocks jutting out in a picturesque setting.

 

Thornes Park, Wakefield.

A lovely park, with not only a park, but a great walk through some trees.

As you can see, there’s some brilliant branches for climbing!

up a tree

 

Cycle the Solar System

If you like cycling (and what better time to do it when Yorkshire’s about to cheer on the Tour De France?!) try this fantastic route. Not just any boring old cycle path, oh no.

Here, you can cycle the solar system and see all the different planets on your way.

The route makes its way between the village of Riccall between Selby and York and ends up in York itself.

 

Whatever you decide to do this half term, there’s bound to be something that takes your fancy.

 

As the media is in a froth over how out of touch Ed Miliband is for spending as little as £70 a week on groceries, I’ve been left wondering in what world is JUST £70 a week not enough to live on for food for an average family of four.

Each family is different, and everyone has their own personal circumstances, so how are we to say what is or isn’t right? For instance, if you had to get nappies and milk or whatever out of that, then it would get bumped up.

£70 a week though for a food shop? That sounds more than enough to me. This article refers to the ‘average family of four”, which we fall into.

Our weekly shopping bill comes to approximately £40 a week.

With this, we manage packed lunches for two children (Aldi. Got to love Aldi!) with fruit, yogurts, ham/cheese/tuna etc sandwiches, oatcakes or crisps etc.

We cook from scratch 99% of the time, so buy big bags of stuff like lentils, rice, pasta, staple tinned goods such as tinned tomatoes and chickpeas, and any meat or fish we get from hitting the reduced late on a night and bunging it straight into the freezer. For example the other night, I got two big salmon fillets for 99p.

Seventy pounds a week is a bloody fortune to spend on food, and can be so easily cut down.

It all depends on what and how you’re buying.

When I was a teenager, the only thing that would have got me out of bed on a weekend would have been an earthquake physically tipping me out of my slumber and onto the floor.

With no seismic movements though, I’d have quite happily lay there until two o’clock in the afternoon, only moving just in case it was actually possible to meld into the bedcovers and become part of the bed itself.

On a weekday, though? I was perfectly capable of getting out of bed because I had a little something called school to go to. The alarm would go off, or I’d get told to ‘get out of your  pit!” by exasperated parents if I ignored said alarm and bashed it to snooze instead until the last minute. (Hey, I still do that now.)

Which is why I have absolutely no sympathy for the poor little darlings at one school who are allowing children to ‘start their lessons in the afternoon so they all get a lie-in.’

Hampton Court House in Surrey is pushing back school start time until 1.30pm until 7pm as research has apparently found that students learn better if they are allowed to wake up naturally by their own body clocks and not artificially awoken.

Aw diddums, they need their sleep. Where does it end with pushing their days back then? If it was rolled out to other schools and we all took this approach, you’d be bound to get some who take the proverbial as they just can’t be arsed getting up full stop, never mind starting after lunch as it is.

That saying you can’t please all of the people, all of the time would come into force for this situation.

Not to mention they’re going to be in for a hell of a shock when they leave the cosseted walls of the school and enter the so called real world.

I can’t imagine many employers would be as tolerant as their previous teachers and wouldn’t put up with them rolling up for their first job somewhere after noon.

They’d have to get their backsides out of bed around 7am in the morning and they’d presumably still be in their teens when they got a job.

Less pandering. They’ll thank you for it when they enter the world of work and something called real life – as that 7am alarm clock will startle them out of their complacency.

What do you think? Good idea or not?

 

One school opens later for teenagers

 

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