#101in1001 Update – 40% done

Oh my, oh my, I only have 9 months to complete my 101 challenges in 1001 days and I am ONLY 40% through. A disaster! Although a lot of challenges are on their way I must admit some I haven’t a hope in completing, these challenges either need tweaking or replacing to become managable – heeeeeelp!
This is part of my 101 things to do in 1001 days project! You can see the complete list here Please help in any way you can – inspiration, guidence, or just encouragement – it all helps.

However on a positive note I HAVE completed another ten and they are all blogged about and here they are!

30% – 40% of tasks

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Work an hour a month for charity

Work an hour a month for Charity #101in1001 #20

When I set out my 101 challenges back in 2014 I had no idea how difficult some of them would be to achieve, not because the challenge is hard but because timing just doesn’t work out. If I had to set myself some other goals I would be far more realistic.

Doing something everyday for a week is fair enough, if you fail you just start again but doing something every month or every week for the entire challenge just shy of three years is impossible.

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Sometime this week I shall become a Grand-Nanny!

Sometime this week I am about to be a Grand-Nanny! And I couldn’t be more excited and proud.

No not a blood Grandmother, thankfully I am a few years (I hope) away from that yet.

It is funny how things work out. When I first left college in the 1980s, despite being under qualified I was very fortunate to obtain a job working as a Nanny for three wonderful children. When I began work, the eldest had just started school, the middle was at part time Nursery and the youngest Sophie was just 18 months old.

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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😀

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😀



La traviata

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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