Monday, 18 August 2014

Some Stuff and LOOMS

The beginning of the summer holidays were hot and it was a relief when it cooled down, but now it feels a bit Autumnal out there. Talking with my mum today she agreed but also suggested that there might be an Indian Summer later on. I am not sure I can wait that long.
I have never experienced heat like it.
I think I might want it back. I wore long sleeves and a scarf today. It's August.

P had saved her money for something but once round at the shop spent her money one Loom Bands for T, who had brought seven single bands home from school the previous day.
There was love.
It was sweet but over the following days it resulted in this.

It's a craze and there are small rubber bands all over the house.


Saturday, 2 August 2014

No Warning at Wakehurst Place.

We went to Wakehurst Place for the afternoon, late lunch.
Been once before, more details here

I over heard the Nurse talking to her NCT friends that Wakehurst were now charging for the car park, I didn't think about it anymore.
It takes us forty minutes to get there, I am sure we go a different way to everyone else we know, and the car park is nearly empty when we get there.

I am not keen on gardens like this as lovely as they are, specimen planting I think they call it, I much prefer a more organic flow like Vermont.

But you just can't help trying to spot the perfect Christmas tree.

And then there it is.

We find the bee hives whilst following the sound of a lamb who honestly bleats as if being murdered That could be normal, I'm not so outdoorsy.

I finally see the Seed Bank, it is amazing.

A turn takes us through the Pinetum.
Could have been the weather but on that afternoon I know it was the most perfect place on earth.

Then we got a late light bite which I think set us back the best part of £20 and the kids were amazing and choose one of those plastic animals from the shop.


So we pay for that and the parking, £10! What!
When you drive in it does say in really BIG LETTERS

Free Parking for the first 30 minutes

Pat on the back!
This is nothing to brag about, you are giving information, what can you do for thirty minutes in Wakehurst Place?

I don't have a go at the woman at the cash desk, she looks like she has had enough but I am tired from the sun and probably a little short when she tells me it's £10 for a full day and I reply how much is it for half a day?
We don't qualify for that rate, we've been there longer than two hours.
Shocked AND wounded I tell her that I didn't see the tariff and she assures me that it is at the top of the ramp as you come in.

It is!

But you will probably miss it. It seems the only sign and you walk past it rather than toward it and it isn't flashing the most important information any normal person in the UK cares about.

I did stop and read it and sure enough at the bottom of the sign there it is written in a type size no bigger than 18 I am sure, £10.00

I should have taken the hint at the nearly empty car park and questioned what was up.

Basically if you are National Trust members you get into WP free with your membership but
Kew Royal Botanic Gardens doesn't get any revenue from this, something to do with the lease they hold that isn't up for another 50 years or so.
That Seed Bank isn't going to run itself so it's now pay to park.
I do feel for them.
We would have paid had we known the charge on entry. £10 is not terrible for a full day but most of us like to know the cost up front.

I've grown as a person, 10 years ago I would have driven up there parked and gone in for a wee, validated my parking, drunk a pint of water and gone in again. Maybe ten times just to try and make a point.

I am not sending an email to complain, because I feel like I'd be getting involved with people who don't think like normal people, who think that if you make such a change it is ok to take down the big sign that tells everybody whats happening within two months of it going up.
I presume there was a big sign at some point.

The lovely bits will stay a memory but the not cafe and the sparsely populated car park and not because they are over priced it is ultimately the service someone thinks you deserve.



Photos Photos Photos

A quick trip to see family on the IOW

T had to write a piece on a mode of transport for school, luckily for us Uncle A is an amazing fire fighter who was able to open the pumps.

They really are very lucky to have had this visit and I get a bit teary when I look at the pictures and see the love. Uncle G probably took this pics because I recognise the funny faces.

Did you know the fire engine is in fact called a pump and can hold 1800 litres of water that can run out in only 2 minutes.
Yep fire is really serious.


School Costumes.

I am not very qualified to do anything, any work that I do do can terribly wrong really quickly.
Any task can send fear and I am a constant checker which often makes no difference.

Recently I made some real corkers, just this weekend with baking and then all last year with numbers that actually on closer inspection wasn't that bad but it stings to think about.

Did I tell you I work for the Church of England?

I am really good at cleaning and organising but unfortunately at the moment I work with finance.
The good thing about working with money is you can't miss any mistakes, it all works it's way out in the end,  this mantra is praised by the man who checks the books and he tells me that if I know this then, I will never go really wrong.

Anyhow this last school term was one of making things, luckily we have G in the family because, I really need him for stuff like this.
Apart from the cups most of this stuff is what we had at home.

Maths Day - the theme is the Circle.

G cut it all out and P painted it and I think G put on the second coat. P then wore it all morning the wrong way round which drove G insane. Then she wore it to school and all evening and he loved her for it.

Back when I was a college, hot drinks came in crappy cups, and one of the bigger coffee drinkers put one of these together. On this day the idea was used again for Golf Ball Head.

Circus Day

Originally T wanted to be a clown and I made her a romper with two patterns and then she changed her mind to acrobatic, which is just as well because her home sewn all in one really didn't work somewhere everywhere.

Feathers don't always work.

Pom poms work on everything.

Funny little things.

Sports Day.

P is in Preschool and the parents don't go to that one but I have seen P trail blazing with and egg and spoon, which I think she gets from her sister.

Great end of year reports and now we are well into the summer holidays and all is well.