Glad that you survived the shoe shopping mc! It was bad enough with just one child - albeit one with unusually narrow feet for a boy.
Hope you enjoyed the balloon flight DL. We bought MIL one for her 70th birthday and she really enjoyed it. It's something I would have loved to do - despite my fear of anything approaching a 'height' - but wouldn't want to risk it now as a bumpy landing could cause problems.
Podds, I forgot to comment about the houndie boys yesterday They are seriously hansum boys and those rosettes are well deserved.
Bake Off starts today? Woohoo!
Took SM out as usual this morning but she was very distracted cos she couldn't find her bank card. We found it when we got back, it was in the pocket of the mac she wore on Friday. It confirms my feeling that she should keep her card when ours arrives so that she doesn't mither about it. It's a pity we didn't find the porridge and milk when we found the card - MS clearly remembers buying them on Friday but they are no-where to be found now!
It's another lovely day. Maybe a bit cooler than yesterday but temp still in mid 20s, which is enough for me
Glad that you eventually arrived in 1 piece Dragon. It was 28C here today, that's plenty hot enough for me! In fact, it was still 24C at 8pm.
DL, I'm worried about your ability to commit to anything - I think sofa September might be too much for you
Chuggy says that she is still in one piece but seems to be feeding the 5000 on a regular basis. I'm hoping she will be back with us when the summer is over but meanwhile she sends her love to everyone.
The assessors arrived at about the same time as me, the carer arrived just a little while afterwards. Mum had already had her breakfast - I had to chip the burnt porridge off the bowl! I have ordered a lockable 'cash box' from Amazon and will put her meds into it so that she can't help herself to them. I have also sorted out Mum's bank account so that we can have a card of our own to use. That means Mum's card will be de-activated, but she doesn't use it independently anyway.
This is the 2nd morning I have been up at 7am - a time of day that I don't see often since we both retired! I'm sure it must be against my yuman rites!
Hoping that everyone is enjoying a bit of sunshine without melting.
Fab photos Pippi! Many of them look very professional - especially the close-up of the puffin!
This morning up was up 'early' so that I could be with Mum when the first carer arrived. She was due at 7.45 so, although I knew that she was more likely to be late, I was there at 7.30. carer turned up at 8.15. Nothing to be done as Mum had got up and dressed, done her brekkie and taken all her meds (when I say 'all' I mean including those that were supposed to be taken at bedtime)!
Carer eventually arrived and was shown the code for the front door etc. Said that the carer who came this evening would prob do the assessment at the same time and it would help if I was there. 6.30 carer turned up at 7.05. Mum had already had her meal (says that 'someone' got it ready for her but doesn't know who). Carer said she would not do assessment at the same time, will come back to do it at 7.45 tomorrow and, yes, I need to be there. Does anyone spot a pattern or two here?? I will be very tetchy if I am there at 7.45 and no-one turns up till gone 8.00 . . .
It has been nice weather here again today, bright and warm for much of it, no rain at all
Lovely holiday report Pippi! We have been as far as Orkney (on a cruise) but haven't seen any of the Shetlands.
As to camping - I totally agree with Podds! We used to camp every year when I was a kid, my parents had a big tent and lots of kit. I swore I would never, ever do it again! I spent one night in SB's little tent when it was pitched in the garden and we did one Eurocamp holiday when SB was about 8. Other than that I have been successful in my avoidance!
Becks, glad you are having fun.
Dragon, I hope you have a great time! I guess grandchildren will also be going?
I am in complete agreement with the views expressed about University vs apprenticeships. There are not enough graduate jobs to go round and not enough people in trades to fulfill need. However, I don't think anything will change until attitudes change generally and apprenticeships are no longer seen as 'second best'.
I actually told SB that I would not support him if he went to Uni when he left school. He had messed around during his 2 A level years and came away with results that reflected the effort he had put in. There was no way I was going to support him while he messed around for another 3 years at Uni. He had no career plan and no idea of what he might want to study if he did go. After 4 years in employment he was absolutely ready to study and certain that he did not want to spend the rest of his life working for Barclays. He worked out what he wanted to do, worked hard and got a 1st, which he would not have done if he had gone at 18!
BFF and her hubby picked me up after lunch and we went to watch the airshow. All flying had been cancelled due to blustery winds We went and had a drink, then came home. It's disappointing - but we lost a pilot several years ago and I would never want that to happen again, especially just in the name of entertainment. Mind you, I do feel sorry for the families who came down this week especially for the airshow.
I hope everyone manages to get a bit of sunshine at some stage during the weekend.