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My Poor Neglected Blog

Why don’t I have time to blog anymore? Its one of my major frustrations, so I need to find time to dedicate some more time to my blog. I barely manage to scrape one post a month at the moment and I have lots of things that I want to add but lots of other things come before it. I did wonder if it was because life is becoming a bit “throw away” with major events being shared in 140 characters, and it shouldn’t be like that. I want to look back on my blog and remember what I have been through and how I shape as a person.

We have been doing some work at Bronco over the last few weeks with Bernie Price who is an amazing lady who does team training to create a high performance team. This is for the benefit of Dave and myself as well as the whole company as after 10 years we have reached a stage of maturity and need to set the path straight for the next 10 years and its time to re-evalutate who we are and what we want to become. Its interesting times, and one of the things that came out of the initial meetings is the question of where do you get your energy from. I definately get my energy from being busy, and manage to take on even more and more.

As you know I run Bronco alongside Dave, which in itself is hard work but full of rewards and its great to see how the company has evolved over the years and I’m very proud of its success. Even though I see Dave all day at work and at home too, we also have to make time to do fun stuff together so have a few trips away planned.

We also have 2 sons who are now 13 & 11 … both at a local school that pushes for success and results so with that comes lots of work. Just getting kids up and off to school in the morning as most Mum’s will know is a job in itself. Uniforms, homework, games kits, activities to go to etc.

The kids are mad keen on rugby so that is what takes up most of the weekend with training on Friday evenings, then we’ll be back at the club on a Saturday to watch the 1st or 2nd team in action, then the kids play rugby on a Sunday at home or we will travel to an away ground. Along with playing rugby comes lots of muddy clothes, so its a frequent cycle of washing and scrubbing boots.

We also have Cooper. So added to the pile of things I generally have to do, I have a puppy to look after. Somewhere out of my day there needs to be time for walking him. I love it though and couldn’t think of anything better than a long walk in the countryside. For instance today we went on a long walk in the pouring rain and the wind, both came back drenched but I loved it.

As if I haven’t enough to do we have become much more involved this year in a couple of clubs which combine our hobbies too. We love rugby and VW’s so what better way to spend any other free time.

I now help run the Harrogate and District VW Club which means trying to build a friendly club with regular meet ups where we will go for a drive into the area and then end up at a pub for a catch up. We are also busy planning a summer filled with weekends away at various VW shows and festivals where we will be camping and showing off our vans. Can’t wait for the summer to come. We have met some great people from all walks of life but with a common interest.

Alongside the VW Club, with the kids involvement in the rugby club, and we never seem to be away from the place I have joined the Executive Committee of the club as Communications Officer and do a lot with updating the website and the Pitchero site, and I am also involved with the Fundraising Committee helping to organise events and promotions that will bring money into the club. We have so many great friends at the rugby club its good to be involved and seeing changes happening to keep the club strong in the community.

So sometimes there doesn’t feel to be much left in energy when the day comes to an end but its all about organising time to fit around all the things that I love to do. So I’ll add my blog onto my list of things I love and try to dedicate some more time to it 🙂

Christmas 2013

I haven’t taken many photos this year, but I did get a great new camera for Christmas which I have been testing out. Here a few of the memories of the festivities so far.

The Christmas celebrations got started on Christmas Eve with Dave’s mum and dad coming to our house for dinner where I did the now infamous ham. It got us all into the festive spirit.

Christmas Day was just the 4 of us so we were up early for presents, a big breakfast and then it was nearly time for a feast.

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Dave was loving his Christmas jumper..

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This year we had a scrummy 3 bird roast from Booths along with all the usual trimmings.

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After our Christmas feast we spent the evening with good friends who were having a party.
I was out early on Boxing Day for a frosty walk with Cooper..

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While Dave tackled his lego VW

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On Friday Mand & Kelvin came to stay which is always great fun..

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Saturday was a trip to Hackfall Woods where it was wet and muddy…but amazing scenery.

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Then it was out to Primas for a lovely dinner, but Cooper had to stay at home. Love our new picture in the background #spoilt

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On Sunday we had a long walk in the sunshine all the way to Studley Deer park next to Fountains Abbey, and all the way back again across the Seven Bridges. Stunning scenery all the way, and fabulous that its on our doorstep.

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A quick trip to the shops to buy Dave a new toy that the kids soon dived onto

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Then it was New Years Eve with Dave’s Mum & Dad for dinner at our house.

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Edinburgh U12 Rugby Tour

At the end of October we headed up to Edinburgh by train on Friday after the kids finished school, for Ethan’s U12 rugby tour. We had been looking forward to the trip, as Edinburgh is a great city, but there is something about being on tour with the rugby team..its a load of fun. The theme for the tour was Yorkshire, so it was compulsory to always wear a flat cap and a white rose and we had Yorkshire phrases we had to use. Any rules broken and you could be up in kangeroo court and you wouldn’t want that!

Here are some of the pictures from the tour…

Saturday morning was taken up with rugby at Watsonians ground where the kids played against Watsonians school as well as a touring team from Liverpool. This is a rubbish shot but its some action from Ethan

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This is Dave and Miles kitted out pitchside

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and here is me with my Yorkshire Terrier 🙂

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After the morning of rugby we headed to Murrayfield to have a stadium tour which was very interesting going behind the scenes. I loved that they had a tartan pattern in the seats in the stadium. In this picture you can see the special lights that they use to repair the pitch after matches. The ground was massive!

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In the evening we were back to Watsonians for a team meal as well as kangeroo court. Fortunately we didn’t get brought before the court but for those that did there was a lot of canapes eaten which consisted of a Weetabix topped with whipped cream, anchovies and chillies along with other delicacies.

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The Sunday was more rugby, this time a tournament had been organised. Ripon were playing really well despite the late nights. Ethan scored a great try during one of the matches.. his first! … I was very proud!

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Here’s the team at the end of the tournament

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And what else did we do… we managed to grab some time to wander through Grassmarket and along the Royal Mile for a bit

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and enjoyed the local brew

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It was a great trip which the kids really enjoyed as well.. and here’s to many more.

My Big Sis Turns 40

Happy Birthday to my big sister..today she turns the big FOUR ZERO .. which also means that I won’t be that far behind. We have just spent an amazing weekend at Hagg Hill Hall near Chesterfield with 13 friends, 6 kids and 3 dogs where we ate great food, drank lots of bubbles, dressed up in our 70’s outfits and soaked in the hot tub.

Today though is Mand’s official birthday so what better way to celebrate than to remind my big sis of how we just haven’t changed…

We have always managed to have fun

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And look great in 70’s clothes

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And know how to throw great dinner parties

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And here’s a couple of pictures of the fun from the party weekend with our different looks 🙂

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Have a good one sis 🙂

A Day Out in Knaresborough

Knaresborough is only a few miles away (only 11) from where we live but we have not been as a family for a touristy day trip. After seeing Chew’s lovely pics of Knareborough on her blog made me plan a day out to see the sites for oursleves, so on Bank Holiday Monday, as a bit of a birthday day out for Miles we headed there to visit Mother Shipton’s cave and have a walk along the river.

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We loved the stunning houses that were lining the valley of the river alongside the impressive viaduct. A definite retirement possibility apart from the lack of garage space and too many people walking past your front door!

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Mother Shipton’s is renowned for the Petrifying Well, with the oldest items being the Victorian top hat and ladies bonnet that can be seen high up on the wall.

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The water is so calcified there are warning signs not to drink it!

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Here’s me at the Wishing Well.. you have to put your right hand in the water, make a wish while your hand is still there and then let your hand dry naturally. Of course I can’t tell you what I wished for 🙂

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We also walked along Beech Avenue with some of the oldest and biggest beech trees in the country, they were stunning…

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but not all of them survive…

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A great family day out and certainly a place to visit again.