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11th August 2017

Building Work In Progress – Garden Update

Building Work Has Started


Work on the patio has had to wait while Ant waited for his wood to be delivered.  He ordered it from B&Q at the start of last week and arranged for it to be delivered last Friday.

Friday came and part of his order arrived as expected. When he questioned why his other pieces of wood weren’t on the lorry the driver told him they were too big for his lorry and would be delivered by a different driver.
He told Ant to phone and check the status of the delivery but Ant decided to wait before phoning them.

Around 4 pm he phoned and was told the wood wasn’t on the lorry. He had to arrange delivery and they couldn’t deliver it until Tuesday.
Ant was a bit annoyed but there wasn’t anything he could about it so he just had to wait.

His wood was delivered on Tuesday. In the rain. The rain didn’t stop all day!

He didn’t get a chance to actually start work on the cover he’s building over the new patio until yesterday. Now he’s started on it, though, it’s coming on really well.

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How To Save Time As A Busy Parent; The Answer’s In The Palm Of Your Hand

Save Time As A Busy Parent

Being a mum (or a dad) is a busy, 24/7 job that will keep you on your toes. It can sometimes be a challenge to find the time to enjoy a little relaxation, or quality chill out moments, with your partner and loved ones. However, technology is evolving, and you’ll have access to a variety of services from your smartphone, tablet, or computer screen, that can save you valuable time and help your household run smoothly. Taking advantage of the tech and apps available in the palm of your hands could contribute towards a straightforward lifestyle and extra free time to enjoy days in the park with the kids. The following are some ideas for those who want to utilise their tech a little more and ease some of the pressure of parenting.

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Reminders And Playdates

When you have a million and one things to do on your mind; it can be difficult to remember any meetings at the school, playdates, and coffee with your mum friends. Therefore, it’s worth figuring out how to utilise your phone’s calendar and reminder system. Little alarms can ping you a day, or a matter of hours in advance of an organised event, and it will stop the need to go and check the paper calendar hanging on the fridge. Get into the habit of typing your plans into your phone as soon as you make them; that way, you’ll be able to think about the school run, what’s for dinner, and all the other household tasks that need doing, without the worry of forgetting something. You’ll start to notice the freedom and information that little device can give and you’ll end up loving those tiny beeps and pings when a reminder comes up.

Services And Deliveries

There are a plethora of apps and websites that provide services you’d need to spend time travelling for in the past. You can have a GP at hand with the right app, which will save you the trouble of waiting in the morning for an appointment or the effort it takes to get to your local surgery in the pouring rain when you’re feeling unwell. Shopping has been given a new lease of life; both with brand and store apps, and their websites. You can do a whole weekly shop from the comfort of your own home, with a cuppa, and you won’t have to drag any uncooperative kids around the supermarket. Companies can even offer you free delivery, or they’ll be a small charge, so next week’s dinner will turn up on your doorstep just in time.

Company And Communication

It can sometimes be quite isolating and lonely as a mum; you won’t always have the time to get out and about with friends to grab lunch or a coffee so that you can feel cut-off from the world. A smartphone or tablet is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family, with apps like Facebook, Whatsapp, and Twitter; you’ll be able to stay in touch with those you’re unable to see in person. You don’t have to constantly bury your head in your phone, but utilise its abilities and give yourself a bit of extra time to use as you wish.

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