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Organise Terry’s 50th Birthday Celebrations #101in1001 #22


This nearly didn’t get off the ground due to my usual amount of procrastination and disorganisation.

PLUS the fact when I first mentioned it, Terry didn’t WANT a party and he is a really difficult bloke to buy for (aren’t all blokes?) Discussions with friends and the children came to nothing, after all… do you go against his wishes?

So as the time drew closer to his 50th I began to panic!

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Setting up Bank Accounts for the Children #101in1001 #25

This was much harder than I thought :D

Sounds a crazy thing to put on my 101in1001 list but the challenge is MORE than that – the challenge is to make my teenage children money aware.

I am not talking about saving accounts, they have had these since they were born. Now they are all teenagers  I wanted my children to have current accounts of their own so that they could manage their own pocket / birthday money.

I hoped that this would teach them how to budget, how to save for something they want and to put their birthday money away before it burns a hole in ther pockets.

It is also fairer, if we transfer the same amount of money to each, they don’t miss out – they would each have an opportunity to spend their money on weekly treats, or save for something special and it would be THEIR choice.

So why was it difficult? My kids are sassy! They KNOW that if I transfer a small allowance into their accounts each month and say everything they ‘want’ needs to come out of that then their upturned palm will have less of an impact.

But it is done, and early days yet – but it is going OK :D



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Attend an Opera #101in1001 #54

Don’t you love it when a plan comes together?

When I was putting my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days, there were two challenges I was quite keen to do, to attend my first full-length ballet and also my first full length Opera.

I must admit, although I enjoyed and appreciated the ballet, it didn’t quite rock my boat ( a little too genteel), but last week’s visit to the Opera certainly did! I saw Verdi’s La Traviata at the invitation of The Hawth, Crawley and Amande Concerts to review for Theatre South East. I was excited but also a little bit nervous as I always get when I have to review something I know nothing about.

But oh, it was lovely! You can read about my experiences here – I shall certainly be returning to continue my education. A great challenge.

Holiday - August 2015

Holiday 2015 | Eurocamp | France


This year’s holiday was a little different, although last year’s holiday was wonderful we were aware that the children were a little bored and resorted to wifi a lot. So this year we decided to try out a holiday that would keep them more occupied.

Decision. A Eurocamp holiday at Chateux de Marais in the Loire Valley in France. having got a new(er) car last year we were more confident could make a longer journey.

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Theatre Reviews 2015

Even though I have transferred all my reviews to I am still aware that people are checking back on this site for them. Please forgive me, I shall add links here so that no-one misses out on some of the wonderful experiences that I have had.

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The Girl On The Train | Paula Hawkins | Review 

Official Blurb

What the blurb says: “Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train.”

My View (no spoilers)

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Race for Life – 2015 #101in1001

Having supported my 7 good friends as they trained and ran the marathon in aid of St. Catherine’s Hospice in Crawley, I wanted to do something too to raise money to help beat cancer and help eradicate this vile disease forever.

One of my 101 challenges was to take part in the Race for Life, but due to lack of confidence in my ability to even walk the 5k course I thought that I would leave this challenge until next year.

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