A Few Days in Grassington

Spent a lovely few days in the caravan with the boys. They played on the park, getting to know others on the site and enjoyed some walks about and about.

We also have some fabulous Barnsley chops on the BBQ which led to a discussion as to why they were called ‘Barnsley Chops’.

This post was written after this blog was first published. It was added to record this specific event and was back-dated to the event time/date.

House Extension

In the spring of this year we finally decided to get some prices on a new extension for our house. After being recommended, we opted to have the extension built by Kemp Building services. Having also met Jamie (the builder) he was quick to put us at ease with the process and made everything nice a clear.

The price was right and the extension would now begin work in the early months of May.

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Brinon sur Sauldre – A Family French Holiday

In the summer we took a lovely road trip through the tunnel to the small village of Brinon sur Sauldre where we had rented a villa for the week to celebrate a momentous family occasion.

We all had a great time and the kids had a ball in the pool!

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A New Career Chapter

Today I quit my job working as a Secondary School teacher in a Lancashire high school. The job was well paid, with a good pension and a good salary. I am leaving to work as a freelance WordPress developer and consultant with no guaranteed salary or benefits. Why am I doing this I wondered?

I have been teaching for over a decade now. I have taught a number of different subjects but finally settled into teaching ICT and in fact was Subject Leader (Head of Department in old money!) for over 4 years. It was during my teaching career that I developed a passion for working with the web and particularly WordPress, making blogs for students to access as well as websites for students to use in distance learning.

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My little MG TF sports car

After getting my first job I purchased this lovely little sports car. Two seater and mid engined it was an MG TF 1.6 litre engine. I bought it mainly because now was the time. I had no family and therefore a very unpractical car was fine.

I loved the car and it was great in the summer with the roof down and the hard top made the car much more practical.

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A Garden Transformation

The first task was to plan out what we wanted. As the garden was quite large, and south facing we thought we would make the most of this with 2 large patios at opposite ends of the garden. As we kept Budgies in the aviary we wanted to make sure this was on a concrete base (it was on the lawn at the moment) and also to incorporate a rabbit pen area so they could roam about a little during the day.

The plan was that we would construct a raised bed, using all of the soil that was dug out for widening the paths and making the patios. This would need a small wall building in order to retain all the soil. The wall needed a footing and so we marked out its length and then created a concrete trench with which to build the wall on.

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Single Seater Racing Experience

The Three Sisters race track is located in Ashton-in-Makerfield near Wigan in the north west of England. The experience started with some driving tips and tricks to learn the lines in a nice Mini Cooper and then we got about 10 minutes around the track in a single seater Formula Ford card reaching speeds of around 80 – 90 mph – it felt much faster!

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