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Saturday, 31 October 2015

What a week

It has been an incredibly busy week both at work and at home.  We have been short staffed all week at work and everyone has been pulling together and working extra days and hours but we have constantly been playing catch up every day.  I ended up working an extra long day on Tuesday otherwise the locum pharmacist would have been without a dispenser for over two hours with an inexperienced counter assistant on what is always an incredibly busy day at the best of times.

So a delay in posting photo prompts.  First up is the 27th’s which was Crisp or Crunch, another one that took me a while to think of something for.  I only got round to doing this one Thursday evening as I decided to pick up some snacking treats for this evening and picked up a packet of my favourite crisps at the moment.  Tesco’s finest Ginger and Bird’s Eye Chilli crisps - delicious.

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Pumpkin was the photo prompt for the 28th – this one I took in advance while we were in Dart’s Farm last weekend as they had this lovely display of pumpkins
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Changing was the photo prompt for the 29th and something I picked up from Dart’s Farm was a large bag of fruit pot pourri and so I changed the pot pourri bowls over from the pine cones and berries to this one.  It smells delicious and looks good too.  I will be using some of the pine cones on my Christmas countdown frame and will probably add some of them to the pot pourri bowls too.

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Yesterdays photo prompt was Treat and I took a photo of the Halloween Treat boxes that I took in for my work colleagues.  Full of sweet and high calories treats – it just has to be done from time to time.

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Also this week I had a wonderful trip down to Mullion and joined Margaret and the girls at Scrapbook Magic for a great day of crafting.  This week we made gift bags, boxes and treat holders so lots of ideas for the future.  The journey home wasn’t so nice though as it now gets darker so much earlier and it was raining – I don’t like driving in the dark at the best of times so the rain made it even worse.

Yesterday evening I went with some of the girls from work for something to eat and listened to a UB40 tribute band.  The food and company was fantastic.  I was never a great fan of UB40 but the tribute band were easy enough to listen to although a bit on the loud side – must be getting old.

I am hoping my little trick or treaters will pay me a visit this evening as I have plenty left over from my treat making this week.  Hope you all have a fabulous weekend.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Toasty and Preparation

Flying by with another quick post for the photo prompts.  Sundays prompt was Toasty so I took a photo of my delicious tuna and cheese toasty I had for lunch.
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Preparation – I’ve been in Halloween treat making mode for the past few days.  Here is a photo halfway through the preparation of the treat boxes I’m making for work colleagues.

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Saturday, 24 October 2015

Catch up time

I missed posting yesterday the day just seemed to whizz by.  A relatively relaxing day which started with a nice walk with Max then a trip into town to have my hands and feet pampered – I’ve gone with green this time getting ready for Halloween.  A bit of retail therapy and in the evening I spent some time going through some more of my craft stash and before I knew it it was time to take Max for his evening walk and then bedtime.

Yesterdays photo prompt was Conkers.  While we were in Helston last week we found a tree which had kindly dropped some of it’s conkers for us so we gathered them up as I knew they would be required this week.
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Today I travelled up to Exmouth with my friend Lynne for a workshop with Anja – we had a fabulous time making three cards and a decorated pillow box which I will share with you later in the week.  After the workshop we called into Dart’s Farm for lunch and a look round their Christmas themed displays.  I bought some beautiful smelling Christmas fruit pot pourri and some LED lights which I am hoping will fit on my baked bean Christmas tree when I finally get round to finishing it.

After dropping Lynne back home I called into one of the local garden centres and came across some sweet Christmas stickers which are designed to go with the Christmas baubles they had displayed but I had already bought some clear baubles yesterday which I am hoping to use them on.  Today’s photo prompt is Stickers so these are perfect for this.  I think they will also come in handy for my planner/journal too.
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Thursday, 22 October 2015

Two for One

This has been a week of quick posts – getting back into the work mode after such a relaxing week last week has been hard, combined with shift changes there hasn’t been a lot of spare time this week.  I missed yesterdays photo prompt which was Apples so I am combining it with todays photo prompt which is Decorate.  I came across these chocolate coated apples that have been decorated with Halloween images - perfect I think.
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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Stitching updates

Another quick post today.  This is the progress I made on the Cornwall Cottage sampler.  I was able to work on it on the Sunday while we were on holiday and got to the bottom of the basket with the first shade.  Unfortunately no progress this Sunday travelling home and going out for high tea.  Not sure if I will get to work on it this Sunday either as I am working.
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I managed to get quite a bit of the baby sampler done while I was away and it is almost halfway to completion.
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Photo prompt for today is Soup Season.  This is a book that I picked up at a garden centre and I have tried out several recipes over the past few years.  I will be trying out a few more now the colder weather is on it’s way.
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Monday, 19 October 2015

Quick post photo prompt #19

Today’s photo prompt is Cosy.  I’ve been thinking I might have a go at knitting a festive tea cosy – another project to add to my never ending to do list.  I came across this one on the Craftsy site.
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Sunday, 18 October 2015

Homeward bound and high tea

Today our holiday came to an end and by 10 this morning we were on the road back home.  Today’s photo prompt is Dashboard so I took a photo of our car dashboard while DH was driving us home. 

We were back home just before midday and when we got home I was greeted with a lovely smile from Harley-Jay who had been staying in our house for the week with his mum and dad.  Vicky was in the process of making a Japanese souffle cheesecake when we got home which we tried later and it was very nice.

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Late afternoon I met up with five of the ‘girls’ from work for high tea at the Royal William Yard as a belated celebration for Debbie’s 50th birthday.  We enjoyed smoked salmon and cream cheese finger sandwiches to start.

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This was followed by the most amazing scones, clotted cream and jam and also a trio of other cakes including individual Victoria sponge cakes, carrot cake and lemon drizzle cake, accompanied by copious amounts of tea and lots of chat and laughter.  Absolutely delicious but we couldn’t eat everything so we all had a little take out bag of the cakes we couldn’t eat.

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No time for stitching today but I will post some stitching progress pictures from our week away – hopefully tomorrow.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Out and About photo prompt #17

We didn’t really go very far today as Max was limping this morning when we took him for his morning walk.  We had planned on catching the bus to St Keverne and then walk back to Coverack via the coastal path but we didn’t want to risk doing any further injury to Max. 

We did go out for several short walks and this afternoon I took him on the beach for a while.  As we were OUT AND ABOUT (the photo prompt for today) on the beach we saw loads and loads and loads of jelly fish which we tried hard to avoid stepping on.  I don’t think I ever seen so many on one beach before.

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We sat on the rocks and watched the tide come slowly in.  There were lots of people walking their dogs and a couple of families playing on the beach and rock pooling.  There were limpets on many of the rocks, along with dried seaweed.

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There were also some lovely patterns in the sand again which had been left behind as the tide had gone out this morning.

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Sadly this is the last day of our holiday but hopefully we will back for many more over the coming years.  We have been truly blessed with wonderful sunny weather this week and enjoyed so much of this part of the county, We will go home feeling very relaxed and thankful.

Friday, 16 October 2015

Porthleven

Today we decided to travel the short distance to the most southerly port in Great Britain - Porthleven.  I’d been here once before when our eldest son was doing his work experience at RNAS Culdrose but that was about 15 years ago.  In many ways it hasn’t changed much other than there are quite a few more shops, galleries and eating places than I remember.  This is another place that takes quite a battering in stormy weather – thankfully today all was calm.

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It was so calm I was brave enough to go for a paddle in the sea.  It wasn’t as cold as I thought it would be and it was so relaxing walking along the beach which is more pebbly than sandy which made it hard work to walk along.

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This boat had just returned and set anchor just outside the main harbour.  I wonder if it had been a successful fishing trip for them.

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Today’s photo prompt is the one I was dreading most – Selfie.  When we got back to our holiday home I took Max up on the deck area to take our selfie.

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This evening we enjoyed a lovely fish and chip supper from the Paris Hotel.  They have a lovely menu every day of the week and we have eaten there a couple of times this week but earlier in the day we decided we just had to have our fish and chips as a takeaway and eat from the box – well a holiday by the sea wouldn’t be the same if we hadn’t.

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Thursday, 15 October 2015

A trip to Helston provides photo prompt #15

Another easy going day today with a trip into Helston and a walk around the boating lake that DH and Max visited yesterday.  Beautiful sunshine once again although a slightly chilly breeze to start the day but it soon warmed up very nicely.  It really is a very pretty place to walk around, plenty of people making the most of the sunshine out walking their dogs, parents with their children feeding the birds and plenty of people in the nearby cafe sitting and enjoying the views.  This is the view from the cafe.
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While we were there I was able to capture todays photo prompt which is Leaves.  Nestled among the leaves on this tree were an abundance of plums.  The tree was covered with plums _ wonder if anyone ever picks them – I’m sure they would make lovely jam.

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This morning I finished my second book so we wandered around Helston town looking in the various charity shops so that I could buy something to read for the rest of our holiday.  I managed to pick up a couple of books, one by Diana Gabaldon called Drums of Autumn and one by an author I’ve not read before Erika Mailman called The Witch’s Ttinity.  I think I will start with the unknown author first.

We also came across The Craftbox Cafe where we were able to sit outside and enjoy a hot drink and soak up the sunshine.  After we had finished our drinks I went in and had a lovely chat with the owner/manager? to find out more details of the workshops that they run there.  A little bit different so I think it might be somewhere to take the crafting girls one day for a day out.

As we wandered back to the boating lake we came across this lane with it’s unusual name.

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Once back in Coverack we walked the short distance down to the beach, stopping first at the small gift shop where we decided to have an ice cream to take onto the beach.  Max loved paddling in the sea chasing pebbles and burying them in the wet sand.
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I loved the textured patterns the water and sand created on the beach.
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Another wonderful day – fingers crossed our last few days here will be just as sunny and dry.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

To Do photo prompt #14


Staying in Coverack means I’m not far from my crafting haven Scrapbook Magic.  I am very fortunate that DH doesn’t mind me booking in for a workshop while we are on holiday.  He and Max dropped me off there this morning before they went for a wander round Helston and then going back to Coverack for a paddle in the sea – he informs me the water was very cold and he also saw lots of jelly fish too - DH that is not Max.  Another lovely sunny day which they made the most of.

Today’s photo prompt is To Do.  The workshop Margaret was holding today was to create this gorgeous countdown to Christmas frame.  I got as far as painting the frame and cutting out all the elements to decorate the frame.  I also managed to decorate the book which inside contains a pocket which holds the numbered cards for the countdown.  Although I had plenty of time to assemble the Christmas countdown at the workshop there are a few items such as pine cones and other embellishments which I know I have at home that I want to add.  So this is my To Do project when I get back home next week.
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Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Snow falls in Newlyn?


A small snowdrift falling in Newlyn?  For those that know Newlyn you’ll probably have guessed it’s leftover ice from the fisherman’s catch this morning.  It just struck me as amusing seeing the seagull perched on the ice – he’d earlier been delving in finding small bits of fish remnants for his mid morning snack.
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Today started with me waking up to this beautiful view of the sun rising – a promise of another fine day ahead.
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We decided we would travel down to Penzance in the car and walk to Mousehole.  The sea wall which also took a bit of a battering in last years storms has now been restored.  Beautiful blue sky. although a slightly fresh wind made for a very comfortable walk.
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Mousehole is another small fishing village with a small harbour again bathed in sunshine.  Lots of narrow streets and quaint cottages with just a few gift shops, art galleries and cafes.
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We decided to have lunch in a lovely cafe called Hole Foods where they had a lovely selection of foods on offer either to eat in or takeaway.  I decided to try out the Spicy Lentil Loaf with salad while DH went for a Brie and Ham baguette.  A hot drink to go with our lunch, mine was a Cappuccino which came decorated with a sprinkling of chocolate but in the middle of the foamy milk a heart had been formed – how sweet.
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They also stocked a lovely selection of local wines, beers, preserves, etc.  It was nice to be able to sit and enjoy the food and also have something to look at while eating.  They had sour dough and spelt bread available to buy, an assortment of coffees and teas, chocolates, crisps and all sorts of other delights.

We caught the bus back to Penzance and then we returned back to our holiday cottage.  The late afternoon has been spent working on the baby sampler as the light in our holiday home is fantastic for stitching.

This evening I will be doing some reading which brings me to today’s photo prompt Book.  We always bring along some reading material when we go on holiday.  I’d brought two books with me J is for Judgement which I have been reading during my breaks at work and managed to finish yesterday.  Today’s reading material will the The Cake Shop in the Garden while DH prefers James Herbert and Ghosts of Sleath.
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Monday, 12 October 2015

Memories photo prompt #12

Today we woke up to beautiful sunshine.  After enjoying a leisurely breakfast we then headed off for a walk along the coastal footpaths.  Initially we were going to walk from Coverack to St Keverne walking inland but we only managed to get about halfway when we had to turn around.  The reason for the u turn was that in order to follow the footpath we had to walk past some cows which in itself wasn’t the problem but when we got nearer we also saw a bull keeping eye on a young calf – we decided it was best not to tempt upsetting either of them and so headed back down the footpath and along the coastal path again.  We wandered around to Lowland Point and watched a helicopter practising manoeuvres near the old quarry before heading back to our holiday home. 

Memories is the photo prompt for today and we were able to enjoy many of them while having lunch on the sun terrace of the property we are staying in.  Amazing views out to sea and across to the small harbour in Coverack.  We could have sat there enjoying the sunshine for ages but believe it or not we didn’t want to risk getting sunburnt.
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Sunday, 11 October 2015

Sunday catch up

Firstly the photo prompt for today is the Colour Orange.  I recently bought a lovely set of Yankee Candles from QVC (they also came in two gorgeous boxes which was another reason for buying them) and two of the candles are different shades of burnt orange.  They smell absolutely gorgeous (although DH isn't always in agreement with me on that).
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Today is my Sunday SAL for the Cornwall Cottage Sampler and I realised I didn’t put last Sunday’s progress up on my blog.  I only managed to get a couple more rows worked on it last Sunday but some progress is better than none.  Here is a photo of where I left it last week.
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We have travelled down to Coverack today for  a weeks holiday so will be adding more stitches to this while I am here today.  DS2 has kindly agreed to housesit for us this week – I hope they enjoy the time on their own.

The sun had disappeared by the time we got down to our holiday home but the outlook for the week is dry which is all we are hoping for.  We don’t want it too hot otherwise we can’t walk as far as we would like as it’s not fair on Max.  We had a walk shortly after we arrived and were amazed at how strong the waves were especially as it was not particularly windy.  It’s no wonder part of the sea wall got damaged last year in the storms.  The waves today were obviously nothing in comparison to then but they were throwing lots of seaweed up onto the road.  We felt the sea spray and could taste the saltiness in the sea breeze.
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We are looking forward to a very relaxing week and enjoying the beautiful coastal countryside so we can recharge both our mind and body.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Colours of Autumn–Photo Prompt #10

Normally when I think of the colours of Autumn I think of reds, browns and gold and initially I was going to take a photo of the leaves on the trees as they change colour this month.  However, I decided I would take a photo of a small area in our front garden showing the colours of Autumn that are in our garden at the moment instead.
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 We have the green leaves of the Agapanthus. the beautiful red and white Cyclamens, new green growth from bulbs which are probably being confused by the mild weather, the brown crunchy leaves which are falling from the trees in our street which will provide some nice winter mulch and tucked in there were also some tiny violet/pansy type flowers which I’m guessing a passing bird must have planted as I certainly didn’t.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Photo prompt #9 and October sketch challenge

Today was treat day.  Colette and I went into town and had our nails painted.  I’ve gone for a pink colour this time and Colette had a reddish/orange colour both look very pretty.  After a little pampering we went round town for a while with her friend looking at a few baby items – getting some ideas for next years arrival.  Colette and her friend went off to do some shopping together and I went to meet up with DH who treated me to lunch.   Also during the course of the afternoon we went for a hot drink which gave me the opportunity to take a photo of today’s prompt which is Warm Drink.  My favourite warm drink at the moment is a cappuccino preferably with cinnamon sprinkled on top.
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Of course the day of being treated wouldn’t have been complete without a piece of cake – my choice was a lovely piece of carrot cake.

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This evening I have been making up some more Halloween treats and I've also played along with Hannah's October sketch challenge again.  Like Hannah I have also gone for a Christmas theme - I have lots to make and I'm a bit later starting them this year.  I also decided to turn the sketch by 90 degrees and have used the tree stamp from a retired SU hostess stamp set called Warmth & Wonder.  I used an embossing folder on the background piece of card and some torn paper strips to create hopefully a snow drift effect.  Some Stickles was added to give a bit of Christmas sparkle.
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Thursday, 8 October 2015

Journal photo prompt #8

A bit late in the day but it’s my late night of working and I called in to see our daughter on the way home.  Todays photo prompt is Journal.  I have several journals which I have only recently started working with.  The leather journal was a 50th birthday present which is going to be my art journal – I’ve painted a few of the pages with gesso in preparation of doing some art journaling.  The Plum Paper is my planner/journal which I started working on in October and love working with that each day.  The travel journal I made out of the packaging which my Lollipop Club Box comes in and I made to take along with me next week when we go on holiday.  Finally the cream journal was a birthday present to me this year which is going to be my crafting journal, a place where I put sketches I’ve used, instructions for tutorials on projects i want to make more than once, etc, etc.
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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Snuggly photo prompt #7

Todays photo prompt is Snuggly.  As the colder weather starts to arrive the need to keep my feet warm is paramount.  If I have cold feet when I go to bed not only does DH object (for some reason) to me putting them on him but I can’t get to sleep if they are cold.  This is one of my favourite pairs of socks for this time of year – they were a Christmas present and I love them for their multicoloured yarn and the sweet pom poms that decorate the top  of the socks.  I have placed them on my  lovely blue snuggly blanket which is my craft room which if I feel cold of an evening (and we haven’t got the heating on) I can wrap around my shoulders.
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I have lots of things that can keep me snuggly and warm this winter including my cow onesie and my cosy dressing gown – not forgetting my dear furbaby Max who is always up for snuggles.

I’ve not had chance to take part in WOYWW this week as I’ve been at work today so there isn’t really much to see on there but I’m still going to have a look round other peoples desks.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

October Sketch Challenge from Stampin By Hannah

I love to see what fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrators create with their products and have recently come across a blog called Stampin By Hannah.  Last Wednesday on her blog she put up a sketch which she is going to use throughout the month of October – I thought I’d play along too.  This is my first attempt using the sketch and I will just about get it posted before Hannah posts her second offering. 
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I’ve used one of my favourite stamps sets at the moment which is also very appropriate for this time of the year called Vintage Leaves and used the matching dies to cut the leaves out.  The sentiment comes from another set of leaves called Lighthearted Leaves and I have repeatedly stamped the sentiment out to create the border background.  Very clean and simple but I’m pleased with the effect.

Todays photo prompt is Favourite.  I’ve decided to take a photo of my two favourite mugs.  The one on the left was a Mother’s Day present many years ago and the one on the right is a Christmas mug I won as a raffle prize at a craft group also many years ago.  Both of them are used on a daily basis.
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Monday, 5 October 2015

I made this Photo Prompt #5

It’s been a really miserable day down here in our part of the South West.  I did manage to get Max out for his morning walk before it absolutely emptied down with rain but I wasn’t so lucky later in the day.  While walking back to my car after a hospital appointment the skies opened and I got drenched.

Today’s photo prompt is I Made This.  The end of the month will be upon us before long so I thought I had better make a start on my Halloween treats for grandchildren, work colleagues and friends.  This is just the first of many I need to get done but at least I’ve made a start.  I’ve made them before and it uses a template that can be downloaded from Martha Stewart.  One down, x amount to do.  Not everyone will be getting one of these – I have some other treat holders in mind as my work colleagues had coffins the year before last so I will need to do something different for them. 
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I had to do a shift swap today so now have three days on the trot to work but after that I have a week of work to look forward to.  We are going away for the week, back to Coverack where we stayed in May.  Youngest son and family are coming to house sit for us.  It will give them some time on their own as they share a house with her mum, boyfriend, sister and boyfriend so quite a houseful.  We are just hoping this wet weather is going to clear up soon – fingers crossed we will have dry weather for our holiday.