Monday, 21 April 2014

Our little entrepreneurs!

Yesterday, while visiting Nanny and doing a little weeding in her woodland garden, Kaycee found some saplings and didn't want to throw them away with the weeds.
She asked Nanny for a pot so she could plant them and sell them when they'd grown bigger.

Today she's been talking about her saplings and came up with the idea of growing more plants so she can sell them.
We ended up spending the day emptying the greenhouse (we'd been using it to store kitchen stuff, duvets, computer stuff and loads of other stuff) and getting it organised so the girls could start growing flowers!

They're now planning on writing a blog about their new business and they're trying to think of a name to call it.
We've been discussing how businesses make a profit and the fact that you have to use some of the money you get from selling the plants, to buy more seeds, pots and compost.

They've been planting the seeds I get free on the front of the gardening magazines I buy :)

I think Kaycee's going to love running her little business because she's a born organiser and she already has her first customer....Nanny put her order in today!

The daisy pictures are here just because we all love the huge daisies we have in our lawn :)

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Kitchen chronicles - We have a floor!

You may recall we've been without a proper kitchen for just about the whole time we've had the house and at times it has really got us down.

The last few days, however, has seen Ant slaving away, getting it emptied, a radiator removed, the floor down and today we started papering the walls :)

The paste is still wet which is why it looks patchy!

It finally feels like we're on the way to getting a proper kitchen and I have to say I'm beyond excited!
Argos are delivering our kitchen units on Tuesday and Ant will be fetching the worktops from B&Q ready for the kitchen to be installed (by him) at the weekend. After that his last job will be to buy and fit the tiles :)

I really cant wait to get unpacked properly and make it all pretty!

In another couple of weeks we should have a normal house, one where rooms aren't used as storage for items from other rooms and where I'll be able to hoover the carpets and mop the floors without having to shift boxes/books/white goods to be able to get to the floors!

I do have the sheds and greenhouse to sort out as we've been using them to store more boxes but the majority of that will be garden stuff that needs to stay in the sheds and a few more bits for the loft.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Gone series by Michael Grant - Read 100 books: numbers 27-32

I haven't updated my, 'read 100 books' challenge, I set myself as part of my day zero challenge recently so I figured it was about time I did, especially as I've got quite a few to add!

Aiden got the Gone series for his birthday last year. He read the first book and when he'd done he said I should read it. The last time he'd said that to me was after he'd finished The Hunger Games which he absolutely loved, as did I so I gave this a go.
I have to say, I wasn't expecting great things but right from the start this book totally grabbed me and sucked me in.

Here's a short synopsis, not written by me because I tend to waffle on and can't really keep it short and without spoilers so this is from Amazon!

Suddenly it’s a world without adults and normal has crashed and burned. When life as you know it ends at 15, everything changes.
In the blink of an eye all the adults disappear in a small town in southern California and no one knows why. Cut off from the outside world, those that are left are trapped, and there’s no help on the way. They must do all they can to survive. Chaos rules the streets. Gangs begin to form. Sides are chosen – strong or weak. Cruel or humane. And then there are those who begin to develop powers . . . It’s Lord of the Flies for the Heroes generation.

It's not for the faint of heart as some of it, and the rest of the books in the series, can be quite gruesome. I'm not going to suggest an age range for this series of books because it really does depend on the maturity levels of the individual so what I'd say is to check them out yourself before letting your young adult read them.

Book 2 - Hunger.

When life as you know it ends at 15, everything changes. The clock is ticking for Sam Temple and the kids of Perdido Beach but it’s not the big one-five that they face now; it’s starvation that threatens the FAYZ. In an abandoned mineshaft a faceless animal lurks, pulling the strings, toying with human and mutant alike. And he’s hungry – hungry in the darkness.
An uneasy calm has settled over Perdido Beach. But soon, fear explodes into desperation as starvation sets in and the mob look to place blame. For the ‘normals’ the buck must stop somewhere: with the ‘freaks’. More and more kids are developing strange powers and, just as frighteningly, so are the animals in the FAYZ: talking coyotes, swimming bats and deadly worms with razor-sharp teeth are just the beginning.
For Sam Temple the strain of leadership is beginning to show and he’s got more than just dwindling rations and in-fighting to worry about – Caine is back with the psychotic whiphand, Drake, by his side. And in the background lies the greatest danger of all – and he too needs to be fed.

Book 3 - Lies

It happens in one night: a girl who died now walks among the living, Zil and the Human Crew set fire to Perdido Beach, and amid the flames and smoke, Sam sees the figure of the boy he fears the most – Drake. But Sam and Caine defeated him along with the Darkness . . . or so they thought.
As Perdido Beach burns, battles rage: Astrid against the Town Council; the Human Crew versus the mutants; and Sam against Drake. And the prophetess Orsay and her companion, Nerezza, are preaching that death will set them all free. As life in the FAYZ becomes more desperate, no one knows who they can trust.

Book 4 - Plague

The FAYZ goes from bad to worse . . . The Darkness has been foiled once again and the resurrected Drake has been contained. But the streets of Perdido Beach are far from safe. With a growing army of mutants fighting against the humans, power in the town hangs in the balance. In a small room of a house near the edge of town Little Pete lies ill on a bed. In his fevered dreams he continues his battle with the hidden evil that seeks to use his power to bring about anarchy and destruction.

Book 5 - Plague

Night is falling in the FAYZ. Permanently. The gaiaphage has blotted out the sun and the barrier that surrounds the town of Perdido Beach is turning black. It’s Sam’s worst nightmare. With Astrid still missing and Edilio and Lana struggling to maintain order, Sam and his followers need all the courage they can get. As their world descends into darkness, only real heroes will survive.

Book 5 - Light

All eyes are on Perdido Beach. The barrier wall is now as clear as glass and life in the FAYZ is visible for the entire outside world to see. Life inside the dome remains a constant battle and the Darkness, away from watchful eyes, grows and grows . . . The society that Sam and Astrid have struggled so hard to build is about to be shattered for good. It’s the end of the FAYZ. Who will survive to see the light of day?

The rest of the books in the series all kept me hooked and I have to admit to being quite sad when I reached the end of the final book, especially when I read the note from the author. It felt like I'd lost friends with whom I'd been on a long and exhausting, epic adventure!

Thursday, 17 April 2014

How does your garden grow? April 17th

Not many changes in the garden this week and I still haven't had time to get out there much so it still needs weeding!

Any idea what this is going to be? Have a few of them popping up all round the border :)

Mammasaurus and How Does Your Garden Grow?

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The Gallery - A favourite place

It's been a while since I joined in with The Gallery. I decided to make time for this one because it's a place we've been talking about a lot just lately. The girls really want to go back to Hubbard's Hills (Louth, Lincolnshire) soon and keep asking when we'll be able to make time to go.

I've used some of these photos a few times before but I couldn't resist using them again, they're some of my favourites because I had borrowed a DSLR camera from Ant's friend and I just adore the quality of the photos :)

Hubbard's Hills is a really lovely place, no matter what the weather.
We've been in summer with some of the cousins and spent hours in the shallow river

We went in the freezing cold winter (yes it looks lovely weather but believe me, it was freezing!) wearing wellies and warm coats and still managed to get wet but it didn't dampen spirits, it added to the fun!

Hopefully we'll be able to go again soon; I'm looking forward to it just as much as the kids!

Sticky Fingers Photo Gallery

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Photo Challenge - Late again!

April 5th - I've been helping Ant get his garage sorted. We have about 300 VHS tapes that Ant was going to put on the computer but we decided it would probably never get done because he's always so busy. We decided to get rid of them and was going to send them to the tip but thought we ought to offer them up free for collection in case anyone wanted them. It seemed such a shame to bin the lot, especially as they contain all complete seasons of Buffy and Angel. I've listed them on a Facebook group, free for local collection and if no one wants them, we'll ask granddad to take them to the tip.
April 6th - Ella and her doll (actually, I think this one may be Kaycee's doll!) and lots of bracelets she found while helping sort the bedroom.

April 7th - An attempt to make a den. The wind was very strong however and kept blowing it down. Excuse all the mess on the patio, it's from the garage and it's taking a while to sort through everything!

April 8th - My first ever Scrabble game! I played with the girls and didn't know until Ant came home and pointed it out, that we'd put a word on backwards and that wasn't allowed! I was working with Ella and Kaycee was on her own until Ant sat and joined her team. It was a really enjoyable game and I hope we get time to play it again soon :)

April 9th - The girls 'helping' to paint the arch!

April 10th - The girls have been pestering to have Aiden's tent out for a while now and I kept saying no because I didn't want them to break it. I gave in and said yes and they broke it! We found this one left in the attic by the previous owner. Ant said it's really old but it's in excellent condition so he put it up for them and they decided to sleep in it that night! None of us thought they'd actually make it the whole night because they were scared once it got dark but they did it and were pleased with themselves the next morning :)

April 11th - For some reason my laptop can't see my iPhone anymore and I spent hours trawling forums and websites trying to find a solution. I stayed up till 2am just trying to get my photos off my phone and onto my laptop. I gave up and used Ant's laptop the next day and I'm leaving the problem to the super wonderful husband to fix. It is his job after all!! 


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