Sunday, 14 July 2019

WIGS, MAKE-UP & SEQUINS...


Work and home life has been full-on the last few months not leaving me much time to blog! It's such a unique job with so many challenges in an extremely niche market but it's definitely the most interesting, fun and rewarding job I've ever done. Things change at a rapid pace, the circus moves from town to town and you have to be on your toes and adaptable at all times, which isn't always the easiest thing to do when you have three children. 

My employers are extremely accommodating and I work flexibly to be able to meet the demands of both my job and family life. I have always been blessed to work for people who respect the need to be able to work flexibly and in by supporting my ability to work in this way, have always got the best out of me as an employee. It doesn't mean I don't still feel guilty when I leave at 3pm to do the school run, but they know later on I'll be on line answering DM's, emails and posting on social media. 

I met the lovely Anna Whitehouse a few years back whilst in a queue for the loo at the Cheltenham Literature Festival (apart from there wasn't a queue she was just taking a moment to check messages and I didn't turn the doorknob enough so stood there like a fool!) I have followed and admired her 'Flex Appeal' campaign for years and find it incredulous that employers in this day and age don't embrace flexible working, not just for women with families but just as importantly for men too who want to be present to raise their families. 

I did have a horrible moment a few years back when our whole pub adventure came to an end and I was faced with having to find a job. To find anything part-time or flexible is nigh-on impossible and I feel it's often something afforded to loyal employees rather than new ones. I believe the key to any businesses success is finding the right people, the one's who fit into an organisation's ethos and amibitions and are prepared to show up and work hard. So don't be put off by going for full-time jobs or jobs that don't mention flexible working, find out if they are interested in you as if they are they will listen to you and I hope would accommodate your needs. 

Saturday, 29 June 2019

FATHERS DAY FOSSIL HUNTING...


A simple Father's Day this year of fossil hunting in a local quarry with the boys. Instead of doing a Sunday lunch I thought steak sandwiches cooked al fresco would make a nice treat, so took the single hob gas stove with us to cook them on. Simply cooked with lashings of garlic butter and served in a lightly toasted ciabatta with a pint of beer. 


We found slow worms hiding from the drizzle and plenty of pyramidal orchids - or are these early purple (I can never remember!)




We watched onimously as the dark clouds rolled up the valley, until the drizzle reached us!






Happy Father's Day...

Saturday, 18 May 2019

EXAM STRESS...


I remember exams only too well and am not one of those people with a photographic memory that can retain a lot of facts and figures, I learn through doing so I found school a challenge. That said I chose subjects I enjoyed and the ones that had more course work over exam based grades. I was one of the first few years of GSCE's and I guess they suited me more. I am incredibly frustrated with how exam based GCSE's are now becoming, and how much harder they are than when I studied for them. I am sure my son has done more or less the same for GCSE English than I did for A-level English!

My eldest took GCSE statistics last summer, so all he has to do is get four more GCSE's at grade 5 or above to go on to A-levels or whatever he decides to do, so I'm just hoping he has done enough! This photo isn't of my eldest I hasten to add, it's number two son, who was more stressed about his end of year exams in year eight than his older brother was about his GCSE's!

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

WILD GARLIC SCOTCH EGGS...


Went a bit mad for Wild Garlic Scotch eggs this season. Easy to make and the wild garlic just adds a little something extra when wrapped around the egg and chopped into the sausage meat. Perfect for picnic adventures. 



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