Looking After my Niece and Nephew During the School Holidays

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I had a fab time last week looking after my niece and nephew, but you do forget how exhausting looking after kids is, so kudos to all you child carers out there! We did some really fab stuff together, and considering the fact that the weather really challenged us, we managed to have lots of fun. Allana cooked with me every night, except for the night that I took them to afraid I gave into kiddie pressure, and caused them great amusement by not having a blooming clue how to order, as its gone all tech in my local,...

Versatile White Mini Pegs

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We have had a very busy and great family week. A family wedding with a stylish 1920's theme, the bride and groom both looked amazing and could of stepped straight out of a F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.  They had really gone to town on the table decorations, with every table having its own personal theme. I hope Luke and Sarah have a long and happy life together, and if the pictures they are sharing are anything to go by, they are enjoying there first week away as husband and wife. Speaking of weddings, it definitely is the season, all of...

Manchester Pride

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I started writing this blog, as a way to get traffic to my website, all the experts tell you that this is a a good way to get people in your store.  I knew that there was no way I could write about my business, and buttons every week without it all sounding disingenuous.  So I decided to write for my grandchildren,and my niece and nephew, a weekly diary that would be there forever for them. Right from the start I thought I will stay away from politics, as people who know me know, im a political person, there is...

Chris Packham and Autism

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A lady I know published an article on facebook a couple of weeks ago that I had completely missed.  This lady is making a living from products she devises to help children with ADHD and autism, a lovely woman who deserves every success with her ventures.  The article she sent out is from Chris Packham, choosing to let people know he is autistic. The reason it meant so much to me is that I have a nephew, who has autism, so when a major celebrity puts out an article like this, its a big deal.  An amazing role model for...

The Enemy of Hope

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Giving Feedback I heard the expression "Enemy of Hope" on the radio the other day, and this expression has been going around, and around in my head ever since. When I was a Head of Buying in several different businesses, there is an expectation that you pass on feedback good or bad to help the development of the individual, which means on many occasions I have indeed been the "enemy of hope". The reality is that feedback is often opinion.  I have myself employed many people,  who I have been told beforehand, will never be a buyer or amount to...