Sunday, 30 August 2015

Joining the 21st Century

I've finally done it.

I've updated from this:

 (my ancient, but trustworthy 9 year old Nokia brick)

and this:

 (my now obsolete 6 year old i-touch)

to this:
(my new i-phone 5s)

I'm loving the fact that my apps now work again and I can do my Tesco shop by scanning the barcodes on the products already in my kitchen!

I've also joined this:

Don't really get the point of it yet, but I guess it's hard to switch mindsets after blogging for nearly a decade.  

Now wrestling with the thorny problem of what to do when a "friend" of a "friend", who you know in real life, has sent you a friend request, but you don't really want them reading your facebook page. 

Oh, blogging is so much easier.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

WM's Tram Law

Yesterday daughter set off on her first Guide Camp.  Excited, but a little apprehensive, she sat on her own on the coach and we waved her off.  Immediately I worried that she had no friends, no one would talk to her, she would be lonely and unhappy for the entire weekend.

Anyway, my worries abated as I realised that this meant that hubby and I could go out on our own for the first time in ten months!

We booked a lovely restaurant in Didsbury and, since the tram network has been extended across Manchester, we decided to use the tram to get there thus enabling us both to drink alcohol and be really bad parents.

This involved changing trams at the Cornbrook stop.

This is where I realised that there is a tram law which I have been subjected to many times, but I'm not sure if anyone has recorded it.

"I'm going to publish it, so it's mine" I told hubby.

So here it is:

"A tram for every other possible line will pass you before the one you want arrives."

We saw two Altrincham trams, two Manchester Airport and one Eccles before an East Didsbury tram arrived.  And the same thing happened on our journey back!

In fact, when I think about it, every time I've stood in the city centre waiting for my tram, several others go past for every other line before the one I want.  

Now there's a law about it, it won't be so frustrating, will it?

Friday, 28 August 2015

God's own County

The school holidays are flying by and we're still enjoying ourselves.  We've had lots of days out, we sampled Chester Zoo's new Island Adventures, we've been blackberry picking along the Mersey, we've walked along parts of the Bridgewater Canal we haven't explored before and this week we went for a walk in God's own County, Yorkshire.

I absolutely love Yorkshire.  

It's such a beautiful place and so varied from the Moors to the Dales.  And right on our doorstep!

We ventured to Malham, walked to Janet's Foss:

 and then Goredale Scar:

Our original plan was to climb up the waterfall onto the top, but the sign said "Warning: Dangerous Climb" and it was roaring with fast flowing water.  (There is no footpath, you literally have to climb up the waterfall - look at the people in the picture for scale).  I have done it before, but as we were slipping around on the lower rocks and other people were turning back I decided it was too risky, so we walked back and along the lower path to Malham Cove.

Harry Potter fans might recognise the limestone pavement which featured in the later films:

We then walked down the side of the pavement to the bottom of the cove:

and back into Malham, past Town Head Barn, for a well earned cup of tea and a scone.

A great day out!

Tuesday, 18 August 2015


Yes, we've been to Mexico!

We've been on a tour of the Yucatan Peninsula, looking at ancient Mayan ruins and beautiful Colonial cities:

We ate beautiful Mayan food:

 including, of course, chocolate:

then we headed for the beach at Tulum to relax.

I say "relax":