When I went to Bunnings
the other day I got a new porch light
so it comes in automatically. The old one has been broken for more than a year but I struggled to find a suitable replacement. This one was twenty quid or so, is led
and a lot simpler. No adjusting it, I wasn't confident it was working at first but first time I went outside in the dark it came on. So might get more of these! Any excuse to go back to Bunnings really.
Have been doing some clearing out this week so do need some black sacks to put things in the loft and some more Really Useful boxes
, they're great fit keeping stuff safely stored.Glossary
: passive infrared sensor - a sensor you can get that detects warm bodies... like those we have in the hall that turn the light on
sort of worked with my phone to track the route back from the awesome Unit One
bar we went to today. I cycled there while the others took their bikes in the car, then we did a gentle walk and cycle along by the zoo. Found ruins of a Roman fort that I did not know existed, Stutfall Fort
, in the grounds of Lympne Castle
. Then a couple of ciders in the bar, then I cycled home too. Fitbit only tracked the journey home, something went wrong on the way out, quite smart though.
Got some takeout from Unit One
too of their rhubarb cider
, very good indeed! Clare was driving so she could only have a taste, so we got a few points to bring home. Bit of a mix up, we ended up with six, as I didn't realise Clare has also bought some. We'll manage. I also had a regular Weston's when I first got there, waiting for them to arrive, and a cherry cider after our little walk. A proper treat.
Spending the afternoon painting
the hallway. Painting a bit of the hallway anyway. There's one wall that faces you as you come up the stairs, and I painted it before I had glasses. In the dark I think. There are multiple shades of white on there and it annoys me, when I come in with glasses on, in the light. Hope I can get away with just painting this wall and not feel the need to expand across the rest of it. The same wall spreads over three floors really...
We were lucky with the weather yesterday at Dreamland
, it was roasting there. Have luckily decided on a local day today and it is tipping down.
A few more fun days out planned this week, though all relatively local, bowling and cafes and a bike ride and things.
Still in bed right now I need to get up to get some DIY
time in. Think I broke my security camera
in trying to update it remotely so need to sort that before I go out. Also doing the tip and hopefully some painting today, but need to sort through some boxes of kids clothes too.
Not seen this before, a flappy bird
type game just appeared on my Fitbit
last night, though it has gone again now. Clare thinks it is because I got all my targets for the day, it was a reward.
We added to our week of fun today with a trip to Margate
. I will be back with more details for all of these but we are too busy fitting in the fun to be logging it all as I go.
We got stuck in car number seven on the waltzer
a couple of times, it's a bit stiff and doesn't spin properly...
Last two times we have been to Dreamland
the scenic railway
was not running, but now it's fixed again. There were big queues for it, too big for me, and the little one was too small to go on it anyway. The other two enjoyed it greatly. We went on quite a lot, probably even nearly got our moneys worth.
They have a new notice, no picnics
allowed. They will search your bags on the way in and point out that you can't eat that food inside Dreamland
, they want you to use the concessions. However there is clearly a picnic area there, tables set out. We took a picnic, we ate our picnic, I recommend you take a picnic too.
Third time we have been to Dreamland
, third different parking
option, best yet. First time we thought we were clever, and we went in the £5 unofficial parking next door. Second time we went, that was full so we went in the official expensive parking that we had to sort out over the phone. This time Clare looked into it more and saw recommended that you park in Morrisons
nearby. It's pay and display
but only £2.70 for 12 hours. Plus we got some wine
and some doughnuts
in Morrisons anyway so got some of the parking validated, which made it only about £1.50 for the whole day. That's how to park at Dreamland
We have been on a hovercraft
to the Isle of Wight
, we have eaten most of our meals so far in the pub, we have also been to Brighton
, life is good.
Not entirely spontaneous this one, but we were planning to visit Mum and Dad, and Mum suggested we go to the Isle of Wight
while we were there. We didn't book in advance, just drove and parked on Southsea Common
and queued for the hovercraft
, getting on the first one that came in. Nice and easy! We only walked up and down Ryde
, went in some shops, bought some books in a charity shop and went in a cafe. We were thinking of eating lunch over there but decided just to cafe it and snack in the day and then eat properly when we got back to Southsea. The kite festival
was on there so we walked aorund that and let the boys go on the bouncy castle
and things. Really nice sunny day, a trip on the hovercraft
made a real interesting change. It's so fast and convenient I'd be up for doing that again just to go in a few different pubs.
Instead of eating we held off, Mum and Dad took the boys back to eat and we carried on in Southsea
and Gun Wharf
for a bit. A night out as it was our anniversary