Week 37 #Project365 – 2014

Hello everyone, I’ve had a very busy and hectic week but a very happy one!

Sunday – relaxing

Monday – Trip to Tredegar House and gardens. We didn’t go inside the house or formal gardens, just had a walk around the parkland and had a picnic.

Tuesday – DIL has been getting a few twinges and pains for a few days so we offered to have Ashley overnight just in case she went into labour. Son dropped him off after nursery and he helped Grandad to water the tubs.

Wednesday – All ready for nursery he wanted to take his Hamley’s cat with him!! His Mummy and Daddy picked him to take him to nursery and 30 minutes later son rang to say DIL waters had broken!
His other Grandad and Nanna was picking him from nursery and had him overnight. We still went to the cinema for Orange Wednesday! The Guest this week – a cracking film – Dan Stevens who plays The Guest is really creepy and there are some real butt clenching moments in the film.  Not the sort of person you would want to welcome to your home.

Thursday – No photo for today – I was at my work induction which took ALL day. I was bliddy knackered by the time I got home.  It was awful having my phone on silent and only checking it when we were at break… although I did sneak a quick look now and then when the boss left the room.. she was aware of the circumstances.

Friday – At 4:40am I had a text from our son to say that our second grandson had been born, 6lbs 15oz and will be called Theo. We picked Ashley up from nursery and took him to the hospital to see his mummy, daddy and new brother!

Saturday – Ashley stayed with us while Daddy went back to the hospital to see Mummy and Theo. They were discharged mid afternoon. It’s all quiet now and we can relax for a bit now!!


  • Singing the wheels on the bus
  • Ready for nursery
  • Wasp caught in a web – can you see the spider laying in wait?? 
  • Orange Wednesday – The Guest
  • Watering the tubs
  • That’s one big acorn!!

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Welcome to the world! This is Theo.

Welcome to the world! This is Theo.

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Week 36 #Project365 – 2014

Well it looks like the second grandchild will be along any day. The midwife has informed the DIL that everything looks fine. She’s getting a few twitches and pains … Ashley still thinks she’s having a cat!!

SUNDAY – We had Ashley for the day and we went to the local park. He liked pushing me on the roundabout and I managed to get a good shot of him on the swing. His speech is coming along but he kept grabbing our hands and saying ‘Go tet’ … we had no idea until we got to the park and he sat on the bench and shouted ‘go tet’ … ah ‘Go sit’ right gotcha!!!

MONDAY – Popped to Newport to get both my watches fixed. One battery and one new strap.  Lots of police about keeping Newport safe – must have been pretty boring just standing about all day.

TUESDAY –  Went to friends for supper and drinks. They bought me some flowers to congratulate me on getting the job.

WEDNESDAY – Orange Wednesday – Let’s be Cops.  A comedy about two layabouts who dress as cops for a party and get mistaken for the real thing. They get mixed up with the local hoodlums and real cops as they keep pretending to be cops. It sounds a bit daft but it was actually a lot better than I thought it would be. Very funny and quite moral for an American film.

THURSDAY – NATO Summit in full swing. Lots of helicopters flying over the area for the past few days.  Did you know it was the biggest security exercise ever in the UK? It gave great exposure to Wales and Newport – perhaps Americans will realise there are places outside of London…
I’m really proud for UK and Wales that it all went off without any problems. Hopefully it’ll generate some good trade and tourism for the UK and Wales.

FRIDAY – A bit of deadheading of the hanging baskets – I’ve been pretty lax with the photos of my baskets this year.. as you see they are still going strong!

SATURDAY – I won some Converse shoes a few weeks ago and I don’t care that I’m a granny wearing them. They are LUSH!!

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Week 35 #Project365 – 2014

I’ll get my good news in first this week – I got the job! They called me on Friday and offered me an admin job in the cash office, minimum of 20 hours. The days / hours have to be confirmed and the pay isn’t wonderful but it’s a step in the door and better than having the zero income we have as the moment.

My second news – all the blood tests came back OK, one of the tests had a raised level so will have to be repeated but nothing to be concerned about. The lightheadness when I look up has been put down to a bit of arthritis in my neck that may be pressing a blood vessel. So ladies when you are  in labour and the midwife says don’t push into your neck… I slipped a disc giving birth to my second son and it wasn’t picked up for over 6 months, so the damage was already in progress.. 30 years later it’s still haunting me.. ah well could be worse!!

Anyway – onto the past week.

Sunday – Time to cut the conifer hedging. Hubby now has a petrol trimmer which is better than having cables trailing.  Lots of exercise for him up and down the ladders. He’s a wreck when he’s finished!

Monday – Short walk around the village – someone had fly tipped tyres, looks like they came from a large vehicle too.

Tuesday –  We didn’t do much today – pottered about the house.

Wednesday – Orange Wednesday this week – LUCY – about a young woman who takes a drug that increases the capacity of your brain and makes it work to 100%.  A film to switch off your own brain to ignore the plot holes – why was no one else affected? what the heck was the ending about??  It was ok but if you want to see a similar film watch Limitless which is far better.

Thursday – Took some pots on our walk with the intention of getting a lot more blackberries but we only managed enough to make a small crumble for tea. Most of them have been picked or are turning mouldy.

Friday – Our local Pensioners housing is being renovated.  The paint was peeling off the walls and they weren’t well insulated. The council has fitted new windows, new insulation and skimmed the exterior walls, replaced the roof and fitted solar panels. The bungalows are looking very smart now and it’s good know the residents will be warm and cosy every winter.

Saturday – Walked along the main road for a longer walk to the local shop.  The local brown road-sign always makes me smile – Historic Square.. you can walk around it in under 5 minutes.   Not exactly worthy of  a tourist sign – in my humble opinion.

This weeks pictures in 3 bites.


soosie wales, orange wednesday, hedge trimming, fly-tippingOrange Wednesday – Lucy, Hedge trimming, Tea-time Treat, Fly-tipping 

soosie wales, hedgerows, tourism  Mouldy Blackberries, Caterpillar, Historic Square ?

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Before and after renovations.  

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Week 34 #Project365 – 2014

This week

Sunday – pottered about the house.

Monday – eating breakfast and broke a chip off a tooth. Call to dentist and having it looked at on Wednesday.

Tuesday – Call from Asda asking me to attend an interview on Thursday.

Wednesday – Dreaded visit to dentist but wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. The tooth could be repaired without injections. I now have a have amalgum and have composite filling in the tooth.
Orange Wednesday – This week we saw ‘What If?’ A Romcom with Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan. It’s a down market sort of ‘When Harry met Sally’. It had some good funny moments but the characters weren’t developed enough to make you really care about them. It was very odd hearing ‘Harry Potter’ take about putting his junk in her trunk!!
If you want to see a good geeky romcom go for Ruby Sparks..

Thursday – interview day. Actually a recruitment session, there were 8 of us and we had to do some tasks first so they could observe us working together. Nothing too tasking, I’ve run similar sessions myself.  Although I’ve applied for cashier they picked up on my management experience and I may be considered for a Section Leader.  Wait to hear from them now..

Friday – food shopping and a quick visit from son and grandson.

Saturday – looking after grandson for a few hours whilst Mummy and Daddy have some time together. When they arrived he’d been asleep in the car and was still a bit dopey. Unfortunately he was a bit poorly, he gets dizzy spells and can barely walk without holding onto something. If he looks up he falls over – poor boy. They have spoken to our GP but they need to see him when he’s like it..typical it had to be on a Saturday when they are closed.
We cwtched up on the sofa and watched Peppa and slept.

Not many photos this week – just couldn’t be a***ed.. sorry..

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Week 33 #Project365 – 2014

Not a busy week. No long walks as I’ve still got a painful foot.

Sunday / Monday – Pottered about the house – tidying and cleaning.

Tuesday – We looked after Ashley for a few hours. We built houses with his mega blocks, scooted cars, tickled, looked at books, watched Peppa and fed his toy cat a biscuit.
Seeing him smile and laugh brightens any day.

Wednesday – No Orange Wednesday this week. Nothing out that we wanted to watch.  We went blackberrying instead. Picked around 2 kilos..enough for 5 boxes to make a decent sized crumble for us both!

Thursday – shopping at Tesco. Found an offer for Kelloggs cereal 3 for £4. Looked along the shelves to find what we wanted…but some ranges were not in the offer.. I asked a staff member if Special K was included and he said ‘no, only selected ranges’.
I pointed out that the shelve edge didn’t say that.
I’ve taken it up with their Facebook team..waiting for an answer. I’m not being fobbed off..

Friday – Bought some new PJs in Asda Living sale. Nandos opening soon at the Retail Park. Overpriced spicy chicken anyone?

Saturday – catching up on competitions I saw a funny captcha!

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Week 32 #Project365 – 2014

Gosh week 32 already. I don’t know what keeps me going to be honest. Perhaps it’s now a habit or knowing I have a few regulars that pop by most weeks.  This week it was a chat with the other #365 Nana that kept me going with thoughts and ideas. Thank you Elaine.. :)

I’ve not been able to go for long walks as my feet have been painful, I suffer from dry and cracked heels – it’s my own fault as I’m barefoot unless I go out past the gate! I’ve been slathering on the heel cream when I remember! Continue reading

REVIEW: Hotel Chocolat Summer

I’ve recently been trying out Hotel Chocolat – Summer Fusions Sleekster box.  The collection includes fruity flavours, caramels and nutty mixes.

The chocolates feel very indulgent, something you can savour rather than devour!  Personally I prefer them at room temperature as the choclate and flavours combine better. During the heatwave last week we had to put them in the fridge – well I didn’t want them to melt!!  Tasting them straight out of the fridge gives you a different taste experience as the chocolate cracks open to reveal the cool inner flavours!

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Some of the flavours are :

  • Summer Cooler – Apple, cucumber and mint – yeah I know weird.. This one wasn’t unpleasant but did taste rather strange.
  • Blackcurrant Bombe – WOW this one really is a bomb – the flavour explodes in your mouth.  Hubby’s favourite.
  • Burnt Caramel – I’m not a lover of caramels normally and this one was the last one in the box.. ah…. BUT it was lovely, slightly smokey soft caramel – one of favourites.
  • Pineapple and Coconut – a white chocolate coat on this one. It tasted really refreshing.
  • Peach & Hazelnut Gratin – Fruity ganache and nutty praline topped with a whole hazelnut – This one was my ultimate favourite.

The above selection is £24 – a good price for the quality that they are. They also have smaller selections if your budget won’t stretch.

Why not pop over to Hotel Chocolat Summer to see for yourself.


I received the above selection in return for an review. All words and opinions are my own.