Thursday, 23 May 2013

Holiday Fashion - Help needed

I have a problem not on a world changing life or death level but on a fashion front level.

I am fat, I don`t smoke, hardly drink don`t beat up old ladies or get tagged for anti-social behaviour.  Shock horror I do eat cake and chocolate and can`t stick to a diet for more than a week. I don`t want lectures  because guess what I believe most of us self abuse in one way or another.  The foot that goes too hard on the pedal, a lousy relationship that has you reaching for a recreational wine bottle or smoke, or you walk up a mountain in just a tee-shirt. Perfection is so hard to attain isn`t it and I`m just happy to maintain this weight now and not get any bigger.

Dressing is not a problem most of the time but I am going on holiday soon and I have made the most awful fashion mistakes in the past.

 I usually end up looking like a bouncing castle when I try to wear bright clothes or if I stick to say just red I look like a post box. I can cope with winter dressing I actually think I look quite good on this photo. Long skirts, boots a colorful scarf and your done.

Here though I look hideous using dark clothes on a sunny day.

 My best summer effort is this which I wore to Ladies Day at Ascot so I need some serious fashion advice. Where are the amazing accessories? still in the shop because I haven`t a clue how to get it all right.

So far I have avoided packing but the days are ticking off the and my holiday to Turkey draws closer.   Will Linen trousers and a jacket be ok for the airport or will I look like I am going to work? Do three quarter length trousers make me look like a baglady or is it best to just stick to skirts and tops. I can`t believe I have got into my fifties without being fashion savvy. 

Never mind if all else fails I can always airbrush the hell out of the holiday photos.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Windy Wales

Springtime in North Wales - Wet and Windy

Snow White Wales

beautiful Stunning North Wales 

Thrifty Tips

My Top Five ThriftyTips

Competition Entry for the comp being run by Jane details below.

Family Days Out
 If you have children then buy your family some Merlin Cards when they are discounted in January. Do not actually activate your cards until say the Easter Holidays to get the most use. Not only can you have endless days out but if you buy the premier cards you also get free parking and discounted food. Best of all you don`t have to queue and if you have ever seen the queues outside places like Madam Tussaurds that is a real bonus. Tesco vouchers can be used to purchase Merlin cards. My single mum friend buys one adult card with tesco vouchers and then just pays for her childs entry.

Saving By Internet

Make full use of the internet you are after all paying for it. Check sites like, join quidco and cashback king and don`t ever go out to a resturant without checking for vouchers. Free delivery codes listed on the internet have saved me a lot over the years.

Everyday Savings

Learn how to make soda bread it tastes good, does not need yeast and is so much cheaper than buying bread. Dying clothes gives them a new lease of life. Re dyeing black jeans is my favourite as they look like new again.

The Surprises

Enter free competitions with any spare time you have there are lots of competition sites on the internet. Be patient though it can often take hundreds of entries for one win. I have had some amazing wins  so give it a go.


If you are looking for a new job then try and get one that has very good benefits including  generous sickpay and annual leave allowance. 

This competition is being sponsored by Which Offshore, a site offering advice for expats on offshore investments - and as part of our competition entryJane wants us to list a reason for thinking of off shore pensions.

My good reason for choosing them is they have proven historically that they keep pension money safe.  That is reassuring in these unpredictable times.

Saving for your pension is essential and there is so good advice here.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

DIY Disaster

It`s hard work clearing the garden

Roof tiles ready, dogs aren`t sure this is a good idea. First the garden and rubbish needs moving.  We had bought a very old house in Southport Merseyside that needed an awful lot of work. Full of enthusiasm we set about clearing the garden and building a garage.

Work goes on and up comes the old tarmac to make room for the driveway to the new garage. This is my oldest son Mark working very hard.

Hubby thought it was a good idea to bring the discarded model village items from Southport Model village into the garden. I was not impressed to find this lot in the garden when I woke up from working a night shift.

The disaster was still to come though.

The landrover was filled with rubble and heavy tree stumps.

As it  reversed down the side of the house just where the tarmac had been broken up disaster struck. Suddenly the two back wheels disappear into a hidden cess pit! We had no idea it was there but breaking up the tarmac and then loading a heavy landrover was not a good idea.  It cracked right through the heavy concrete that had been put over the cess pit years before.

The air was very blue as you can imagine.

The landrover had to be unloaded, a tow truck had to come and get the car out and it cost a fortune to sort the cess pit out! 

This post has been written as an entry into a competition with NetMums.