I have offered to be a volunteer at Demelza’s charity shop in Canterbury. Demelza’s is one of the lesser known charities, hospice care for children. Today was my first day. As I was in Canterbury it was also a good day to leave my car at the garage to have a new clutch fitted. I left home quite early as I remember from the days when I previously worked in Canterbury, just how horrendous the traffic into the city can be. I dropped the car off and as it was still quite early I walked into the city.
The shop is fairly central and as such, horrendous rent and overheads. So, they have to take a lot of money to cover costs.
It does get busy which meant the day went by very quickly. Lovely people work in the shop and we did have a lot of fun as well as getting things done. Mal’s prediction is that I will be coming home with much of the stock. I was very good and only bought a pair of lovely girlie curtains with black out linings for Josie for a fiver. They have never been used. It stuns me the things people donate that have never been used/worn. I guess it was a good day to start as lots of customers were coming in for Halloween costumes and we sold them all! Jack, the assistant manager (Manager’s day off on Monday) said it was the highest takings for a Monday since the shop had opened which he said meant I could never leave!! I have to say I really enjoyed the day.
Mal met me when I finished work and we took a taxi back to the garage to collect my car. All done with a new clutch.
Thought for the Day – “No one has ever become poor from giving.” ~ Anne Frank
Halloween is only a day away and everywhere you go now there are pumpkins for sale and each year it is becoming more and more commercialised. We even drove past a farm yesterday where they were selling 6 pumpkins for £10! We had 2 for the twins but didn’t find time to carve them as we were out most of the time so we sent them home with them. I wonder how many people realise originally turnips were used.
Out for our walk and it really was quite misty.
Mal spent the morning at his allotment and brought lots of goodies back, including a squash and I used some to make spicey squash soup.
Hammers didn’t do very well in their game in the afternoon.
Thought for the Day – “A child can teach an adult three things; to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.” ~ Paulo Coelho
Scarlet and Jack’s leaving day. Their mum wants them back today. We had them staying to help her out as she had an operation so an ideal time for them to visit. We took Ellie out and she really has become attached to Scarlet.
We did spot a lot more mushrooms including a shaggy ink cap.
Torin came to collect Scarlet and Jack, did a quick turn around and took them straight back, not ideal but he has had a bad stomach and so wanted to get home. Very sad seeing them go. We had a lot of fun.
We had a big tidy up after they left and then watched the Spurs game. A shame they only managed a draw.
Don’t forget to turn your clocks back IF you are in the UK. If you are in north Cyprus it is an entirely different story. Now that is going to be confusing, the north and the south have different times! A united island?? Well, they can’t even agree on the time so things are not looking too positive.
Thought for the Day – “Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence
We decided to take Ellie to the beach and drove to Stone Bay. It was so nice and Scarlet, Jack and Ellie were having so much fun playing that we stayed down there the entire morning. It was really warm and sunny. Scarlet started off with her wellies on and then of course, the sea went in them and then her and Jack were both soaking from the knees down. Well, that is what being a kid is all about! Ellie loves Scarlet and spends so much time with her.
They did make me laugh, they even dug holes together!
After lunch we took Scarlet and Jack back to Wingham Wildlife park, for their last visit of the holiday. They do love that place. In the evening we watched Roald Dahl’s “Mathilde”.
Thought for the Day – “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” ~ Jimi Hendrix
We all took Ellie out and then drove to Dover Castle. The twins wanted to go last time they were here but we didn’t have time. Even better this week being Halloween. They had creepy crafts and the ghost walk. It was really very good, well done Dover Castle. We are members of English Heritage and so everything was free. They really enjoyed themselves. Jack did get a little concerned when one of the ghosts wanted to “take these two children away”!
In the evening we all sat and watched the BFG.
Thought for the Day – “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
Mal spent quite a lot of the morning on the phone as there is a college who are trying to head hunt him. We also had to dish out cough medicine and throat sweets to Scarlet and Jack before we could do anything else. Eventually we all went out for a long walk.
It was Mals and my wedding anniversary, which we are sort of postponing until a later date! We decided to take them out for lunch so at least I wouldn’t have to cook. We went to Chom Choms in Canterbury. They like it there as they can eat as much as they want and they have desserts, and an ice cream machine and jelly beans!! Well, they enjoyed themselves. Mal bought me a lovely bouquet of flowers and tickets to see Michael Ball and Alfie Boe. I guess we will have our celebration then!
The main thing was the kids enjoyed themselves in spite being a little ill. Jack seems to be improving now. We stopped on the way home to buy Scarlet some new jeans as she seems to be having a growth spurt and the ones she has brought with her are short and tight! Although they are twins she is a lot taller than Jack now. Thought for the Day – “Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is.” ~ Mandy Hale
Jack woke us up in the early hours and had croup. We think he panicked which was making it worse so we had to calm him down and we managed to get him with his head over a bowl of steam which really helped and some Olbas to breath in. Scarlet went back to sleep but Jack couldn’t, so he listened to a story.
Later we took him to the pharmacy to check if there was anything else we could do. No, we had done everything right! My car was also checked into Halfords as my guess is that the clutch is going and they agreed, so now we just have to wait for a time when I can get it replaced.
Back home and we had lunch and then of course the twins wanted to go to Wingham Wildlife again! They spent quite a long while in the soft play area and then we went out to look at some more of the animals. None of us get tired of going there. We also watched the tigers being fed.
Jacks croup started again late evening and Scarlet said her heart started racing. Mal and I had visions of being up all night! But we did manage to settle them both down.
Thought for the Day – “The best and most beautiful things in the world can not be seen or even touched, they are felt with the heart.” ~ Helen Keller