They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, don’t they? And true beauty in the eye of this beholder is natural. The things that I find most beautiful are the things that occur naturally. Or are au naturel. I don’t find Katie Price particularly beautiful when she is full make up, back combed hair and pouting. But the pics of her in riding gear, hair back and in a hard hat, with very little make up and I think she is stunning.
is today!! Today is the day that all their plans for 2014 are revealed. And I just wanted to give you, my lovely readers, a heads up on some of things on their website: Sport Relief
There is much excitement and chatter about an episode of Only Fools and Horses being shown soon as it features DAVID BECKHAM *runs round with pants on head*. The “Lovely David” as the gorgeous Lady Barrow calls him, is in the episode that now seems to have the #BeckhamInPeckham. Genius
Everyone knows about the FA Cup. Don’t they? It’s one of those iconic things that you recognise whenever you see it. Children dream of their team winning it. Players dream of lifting it. And whilst they all dream about it and think about it, it is always just out of reach.
When I say intensive driving, I don’t mean getting in the car and driving from Land’s End to John O Groats. No. That would be bonkers. What I am talking about is doing an intensive driving course in order to pass a driving test in a relatively short period of time.
We have now got two teens through driving lessons and driving tests and have a bit of a hiatus until we have to do it with E, though she is seventeen next year so it will come around all too quickly. It took C just under a year to learn to drive, failing her theory test a couple of times and the rules now say that you can’t apply for ten days after failing a test and then you have to possibly wait months for a appointment. Same with a practical. It can take up to six months to get an appointment from the first time you apply and you can’t apply until you have passed your theory.
Oh how it has changed from when I learnt to drive and the instructor suggested I book my test as soon as I started my second lesson. The theory being that I would be ready for it by the time it came around. No such luck now. And that was back when the theory part of the test was being asked three questions whilst sitting in the instructors car back at the test centre
Hell I didn’t even do a hill start on my driving test because there weren’t any hills in Peterborough!
I also remember being able to swap a night babysitting for my driving instructor’s children in exchange for a lesson. not lessons are the thick end of £30 each. Add to that the cost of insurance these days (compared to the £6 it cost to get me insured on my mum’s car) and learning to drive costs a serious amount of money.
Well it can. There is a more cost effective way of doing it and one that we are now seriously considering for E. A residential course where she can learn to drive in a week. For around £15 an hour E could do an intensive course over seven days with LearnDrive and sit her test at the end. B and B costs are on top of that but for the cost of the driving lessons this looks like serious value for money to me.
It is even possible for another guest to stay free of charge so I could go with her.
I was always a bit skeptical about these sorts of courses until I started to look at them in more depth. And I have to say that they look like a great idea to me. And not just for seventeen year olds. Maybe also for adults who have a change in circumstances and need to learn quite quickly. It occurred to us when Mr B senior had his stroke that if Lady B couldn’t drive she might have been a prime candidate for booking a seven day course in order to help Mr B get to his appointments.
Whatever you do though, don’t call them crash courses. I don’t think crash should ever be used in the context of cars, do you?!
This is a partnered post. For more information on this please see my disclosure policy
Planning the perfect family vacation can be a challenging task. This is most true when you put kids into the mix. Holidaying with children can be a bit complicated because it may require you to exert a little effort, especially if they’re picky when it comes to destinations. If this is the case, you should plan a safari vacation to Kenya.
To date I have not had to blog about the same rant twice on Ranty Friday. I blog, I get it out of my system and I calm down again. Or whatever it was I was ranting about get resolved and that is the end of that.
Not this week though
It’s funny how you notice things when you walk your dog, isn’t it? I take him out at pretty much the same time every night and do an alternative of two routes as I wait for him to do what dogs do before they go in their cage over night. As I wander the streets I look at the houses and sub consciously do the “oooh they are having a party”, “that blossom is beautiful” as I wander past. I also notice when it looks like nobody is home.
I look out of the living room window at this time of year and vow that we will get our garden sorted this year. There is nothing really wrong with it, it just needs a bit of tlc. And at this time of year it looks even more neglected than usual. The grass is too long, there are leaves from the trees on the grass, there are weeds, it just needs a few hours of hard slog to sort it out.
This time last year I was knee deep in #SecretThing. My immediate family knew that I was off to Ghana with Comic Relief with Annie and Penny, but nobody else. The suspense was killing me and as Sport Relief and the Great British Bake Off aired I got incredibly emotional. We watched as Lorraine Pascal went to the Virtuous Women’s Bakery knowing that a fortnight we would be there too. But we couldn’t say anything on Twitter because it was still all hush hush.