Week 41 – 43 #Project365 – 2014 Catch up


Well hello again – I’ve been AWOL for 3 weeks!
Busy girl with training for the new job and working extra hours to get our processes in place at the new store.  I don’t know how all the Mummys’ manage to work, blog, keep home and look after children and still find time to do this project. I’ve been pretty much fit for nothing! (In my defence I have to get up at 5am and not getting home much before 3pm and by 7 or 8pm I’m off in dreamland!!)
I have taken a photo everyday – (I promise) some are quite boring, garden, leaves, spiders, journey to work – so I’m only posting a selection from the last 3 weeks. I must admit it even crossed my mind to give up,  but as we’re so close to the end of another year I’ve decided to brave it and tough it out! Besides TBAM and Elaine (Fun with Gran) will shout at me!!
Week 41
Sunday/Monday – training
Tuesday – catching up at home
Wednesday – Orange Wednesday for the Equaliser. Good story very dark character played by Denzel Washington. Parts of the film are quite brutal. It makes you wonder how it will all end.
Thursday, a few hours at the new store, lots of tail ends of processes and procedures still to finalise. All a bit hit and miss for now.
Friday training again – nothing much Saturday – food shopping.
Week 42 – 
Sunday last day of training.
Monday – New store opened  – start at 6am to get the tills filled with cash. Customers started queuing up at 8am for the 10am opening. We had a male voice choir singing at the opening, it got VERY busy – I was pretty glad I’m back office and after half hour on the shop floor we beat a hasty retreat back to the office!!
Tuesday – day off – catching up at home,  and tidying up my notes for work so I can make sense of how we do things.
Wednesday – Friday in work – getting frustrated at being trained one way and our support person for the week have a different way of doing EVERYTHING – and rushing us along. Very annoying!!
No Orange Wednesday – just too tired!!
Saturday – a well deserved day off to recharge the batteries.
Week 43 – 
Sunday – Horrid day in work – started at 6:30am and didn’t finish until 4:30pm.  How I didn’t tell them to stick the job where the sun don’t shine I don’t know!!
Monday – Day off – relaxed at home watching films with Hubby and visited friends.
Tuesday to Friday – in work – feeling better with no support and us 3 ladies working it all out for ourselves using our training notes to get things done. Management seem pleased at how well we’re doing, which is a bonus!
Oh yes and on Thursday the grandsons came for a visit. Baby Theo is now 10lbs and doing well. Ashley is his usual bouncy self. His speech is coming along nicely too – thank goodness.
No Orange Wednesday -Both of us not feeling too good, we both got some bug giving us headaches and gippy tums.
Saturday – reviewing pictures from last 3 weeks and realising how similar many of them are!!
Also made some Pumpkin Soup - yummy!!
soosie wales, autumn, grandchildren


  • Autumn leaves, debris and sunshine. 
  • Theo fast asleep – he looks so much like his brother at the same age. 
  • Cuddles with Grandad and Ashley playing games on Daddy’s iphone. 
  • Ashley showing us a drawing from Nursery. 

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Week 40 #Project365 – 2014

Work is going well, it’s all making more sense this week. I still have the Admin role to train on and I don’t think the management team is impressed that I’ve not done any of that yet. Their fault.. you can’t expect someone to learn 2 roles in under 3 weeks, I’m now booked to start Admin training at another store!

Been on a few short walks and also spent some time walking around Caerleon taking even more photos of the Amphitheatre and Roman Barracks. It’s done me good this week to get back out in the open air taking photos of random things. I feel energized again.

Orange Wednesday – A Walk Among the Tombstones – Liam Neeson’s latest film. Good drama/thriller about an ex-cop come private investigator. He gets involved with looking for men who are abducting women and then asking for ransom. Only the perpetrators are also sadistic killers.
Not filled with action but does move at a good pace. Let’s face it Liam Neeson is usually a safe bet in any film.. Yes??

Thursday a visit to see son, DIL and the boys. Theo is doing well and is now 8lbs and tends to sleep a lot too.  Ashley is very tender with him and when he’s dishing out kisses he gives babba one too!

We looked after Ashley for a bit on Friday whilst Mummy and Daddy did some food shopping. He loves being outdoors and we decided to show him some wildlife – spiders and ants! There was a spider on one of (many) webs in the garden and he thought it was fun to blow on the spider to see it move. He also noticed one on a web by the back door and some ants running along the patio.

Taking it easy on Saturday catching up with competitions and reading some blogs.
While finishing off this post I just had this conversation with other half:

Him: Catching up on competitions are you?
Me: No, doing the photo post and then commenting on some from last week, I’ve not done any yet!!
Him: Arh, why bother? you haven’t got time now.
Me:: What?? not likely I’m not giving up something I’ve been doing for nearly 3 years.
Him : ok no need to bite my head off…


soosie wales, caereleon, children, autumn


  • Sleepy Theo
  • The new store –  nearly ready for open day.
  • Not just any brick wall – this one is Roman and over 2 thousand years old. The Romans sure knew how to build to last!! Caerleon Ampitheatre.
  • Autumn is here.
  • Investigating a spider.
  • Church clock tower – Did you know that a lot of christian clock towers only have 3 faces?? The forth blank side represents the catholics who don’t / won’t contribute to the church.

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Week 39 #Project365 – 2014

My week started at 5am on Sunday when the alarm went off- first day of work in over 4 years.  I felt a little apprehensive but not nervous at all.
There’s a lot to take in and it was rather annoying to discover that there will be no formal training only ‘on the job’ training done by the ladies in another store.  There are no SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) to work from and I was rather surprised that such a huge company does not work from SOPs or any formal written down procedures. Perhaps I’m paranoid as I’ve written and presented training sessions, written SOPs and been part of a management team and am a very process driven person.

Monday – Visit to the dentist for hubby after cracking one of molars on a hard sweet! While he was being seen,  I went to the local coffee shop for a flat white.

Tuesday – Tidying up the garden and putting the plants and bench back into place on the new patio. In the afternoon we had a visit from son, DIL and the boys. Ashley is very gentle with the baby and doesn’t appear to be fazed by him at all..The only picture I have of them this week is one my son took.

Wednesday / Thursday / Friday – Working girl!! The management has come to the conclusion that 18 hours a week for 2 weeks won’t be enough time to learn the full job (well Duh!! I did say at the induction session!!) So money is now no object and we can come in as often as we want to get to grips with the job.  So for the last 3 days there has been lots of note taking and understanding about half of the processing. Still a long way to go. With 6am starts and addled brain by the time I came home there have been no pictures.. oops..

No Orange Wednesday – we were going to see Walk among the Tombstones but I was too bliddy knackered! We’ll go next week as I have Wednesday off.

Saturday – it was nice to have a proper breakfast with hubby, I’ve missed his constant stream of mugs of tea!!

Hope you’ve had a good week :)



soosie wales, patio, grandchildren, coffee


  • the path from the kitchen to the garage
  • the finished patio
  • sleepy boys
  • civilised coffee and kindle 


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Week 38 #Project365 – 2014

Boring week of pictures to be honest!!

We’ve had enough of our decking, it’s rotting in places and Hubby is constantly having to screw down some of the planks – it was an accident waiting to happen.
We decided to have it all ripped up and a new dressed stone patio and side path laid. The builder started on Tuesday and it is now almost finished. He’s back today to sort out a bit of drainage as there is an area that puddled when the patio was hosed down.

Orange Wednesday – A Most Wanted Man – a VERY slow drama, if I’m honest if I had been on my own I would have given up after the first hour but we stuck it out! The film has had good reviews and I usually like a drama, especially if it keeps you guessing but I found it rather boring and my mind kept wandering.  Hubby wasn’t impressed either.

Son and the grandsons (oh that’s weird to type… grandsons.. plural!!) came on Thursday. Ashley is getting used to the baby and is behaving well around him.  Baby Theo is SO tiny – you really do forget how small a baby is.

Shopping on Friday and there was a familiar little figure poking out from the shelf – well familiar if you are a regular linker to #365!!

And that’s it.. didn’t do much else or go anywhere this week.. Start the job tomorrow – first day of training.. 6am start!!

soosie wales, gardens, orange wednesday

Above –

  • ripped up decking,
  • the stone being delivered
  • patio more than half done
  • orange wednesday
  • spider
  • Lamaze toy (reminder of our esteemed #365 host TBAM!)

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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!!

Soosie wales, wasps, orange wednesday, tredegar house, garden

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!!

soosie wales, nato, converse, garden, park, orange wednesday,

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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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