Spider club

Once a month we go to a spider club well it’s not just spiders but arachnids to be technical. It’s held at the Bobbing Village Hall nr Sittingbourne Kent UK 

Meeting this Wednesday 26 April

8.00–10.30pm.
This month we have Paul carpenter who will kindly be doing a talk on the Tarantulas of Zimbabwe including film of OBT in the wild 

live food can be purchased 

We will also have the normal raffle (please bring a prize) and the Aussie raffle which from this month onwards will have Tarantulas as prizes

Also, raffle tickets on sale for the November auction night for some really special prizes.

Free tea and coffee cans 50p
I will have the microscope if you need any skins sexed
£1 for Non-Members

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Things are slowly getting back to normal, whatever normal is.

As I said things are slowly getting back to normal,  Allan went off to cub camp last weekend with Ali, the pair of the had a great time, I’m never sure who is the biggest kid.

Ali at cub camp

Ali at cub camp

As I had been stuck indoors all weekend and the boys were on half term this week I decided we needed to go out or should I say I needed to go out, so we had a few day trips. 

we took the boys and one of their friend Joe to leysdown the local seaside resort about ten mins drive away if you don't get stuck in traffic getting on the island.

we took the boys and one of their friend Joe to leysdown,  the local seaside resort about ten mins drive away if you don’t get stuck in traffic getting on the island.

Wednesday was our invicta arachnid meeting where we had a great talk by hazel from wildwood which is a nature park, the talk was on the dormouse and she brought one to show us. oh and we cleaned out in the raffle, we won £10 and this bag of goodies, not bad for £3 worth of tickets.

Wednesday was our Invicta arachnid meeting where we had a great talk by hazel from wildwood which is a nature park, the talk was on the dormouse and she brought one to show us. oh and we cleaned out in the raffle, we won £10 and this bag of goodies, not bad for £3 worth of tickets.

Thursday we decided we would take the kids to wildwood as we have a season ticket, so we took the boys, and their friend Josh and Shelby with us.

Thursday we decided we would take the kids to wildwood as we have a season ticket, so we took the boys, and their friend Josh and Shelby with us.

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we also took the boys with their friends to the local park, one day.  and below that are some pictures of my handsome grandson 🙂

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We had a lovely meal out at the local pub which is only a few mins crawl I mean walk home 🙂

All in all it has been a really nice relaxing week,  it really does make a change getting out and about again after not being able to go anywhere because of going back and forth to the hospital or clearing my dads flat or not being mobile because of my broken foot.  
I have an appointment at the fracture clinic Tuesday and I am hoping they say I can take the air cast boot off officially, to be honest I have stopped wearing it indoors as I would rather put up with the slight pain then be clumping around with it, and I have never worn it at bedtime.  

It’s now 3.36am Friday night/ Saturday morning, I have Darren my grandson here for the night as I babysit him most weekends and we are planning on going to a boot fair in the morning/later on so I had better try and get a couple of hours sleep.  

I will sign off with a couple of silly pictures,  one when I was cutting Ali’s hair and decided to take a picture before I shaved the last bit off, like you do and a picture I found on my phone which Alex had taken of himself being silly 

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Bug Club BBQ

As members of the Invicta Arachnid Club we are very lucky to have certain things included in the membership and one of these things is a BBQ and fun day for the kids.

So this year off we went with Shelby and the boys……..  They got to see a fantastic children’s entertainer. called Reg E Mental and the kids love him, even the big kids.
As always it was a great day. great company and lovely weather…

Oh and we got to have a cuddle with a few pets as well.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Normal!

Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas, But I’m glad it’s over with.

I love friends and family around but this year I felt burnt out by the day after boxing day.
We had friends stay over during the holiday so on Christmas day there was 9 around the table.  and of course to make space for the table and to allow for a little person being there as well the sacrifice was the big Christmas tree, ok we have Arthur the half a tree that goes on the wall but it’s not the same as having presents under the tree and this is the second year we haven’t had the big tree up as last year there wasn’t room because of the way the furniture was at the time.  The boys were quite disappointed and kept saying that next year can we have the tree up and I tend to agree with them. 

It’s actually been a hectic Christmas,  we went out for a lovely Christmas meal with the other members of the invitation arachnid club , we actually went on the 21st which was Alexs birthday so he made full use of the smart phone we had got him as he is now 1o and wanted to go out and of course all his friends have a phone…  (yes I gave in ) to be honest he has a better phone than me although I didn’t go as far as getting him an iPhone like apparently everyone else has 😉 funny enough the novelty has worn off now and he hasn’t touched it since Christmas but no doubt will do once he has more numbers stored in it than mine, Allan’s and his granddads

Christmas Meal at the Tudor Rose with the Arachnid Club

Christmas Meal at the Tudor Rose with the Arachnid Club

The day before Christmas eve we took the boys to Bluewater to see the Coca Cola Truck, which we got soaked seeing this year as it was pouring down and blowing a gale so much that we had to take our own pictures this year and the tree and everything had blown away twice so they put it away in the end. And of course  we had to go to the lego shop, it’s the closest one to us and the boys love spending their money there.. Alex always had birthday money, In fact Ali still had some money left over from his birthday last July as well, (they save well) so both stocked up with Lego,  we came home with over £100 worth of lego between them,  as they also got some money in their Christmas card from my dad as well.

At Bluewater and the coca cola truch

At Bluewater and the coca cola truch

Christmas came and as I said the house was full from Christmas eve until after boxing day, and I was the one running around doing all the work. The morning after everyone had left and it was just back to us again I woke up feeling like someone had slit my throat, and things have gone downhill since then with me now in full fledge Man Flu!  But despite that we have managed to get the house back to normal.  (well as normal as this house gets)
I haven’t taken the decorations down yet but I can’t see them staying up much longer, it’s just a matter of when I feel better.  The room already looks better to me just swapping the tables around again.. we have a leaf table and another oval table and this year one was used for serving from and the other we sat around.  

The boys got a few presents but in comparison with previous years not as many although they did have a guitar and keyboard to share, an MP4 player each, a few games, a camcorder each as they both love doing videos and the main present a laptop which we went halves with my dad to get. oh and a onesie… they have been going on about getting one for a long time and finally they have one… actually with the exception of going out on the 28th for fish and chips where I made them take them off for a few hours so I could wash and dry them. and of course as soon as they came out of the tumble dryer they put them back on again and still have them on.

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I ended up getting a rather expensive Christmas present on the 27th as my beloved range cooker had just about passed away so to speak.  For a lovely big stainless cooker the knobs were plastic and it had 11 and I had used pliers to turn them as they had all broken. to replace them it was £11.99 each so that would have been over £130 just for that, but the seal had gone in one of the ovens so I was struggling to get the right temperature and cook with it and the electrics had gone for the fan assisted oven and the warming plate and of course ignition, while it was a gas cooker without the electric fan the oven wouldn’t work, so I was down to a grill, an oven that was hit and miss and 7 rings….   So the credit card that we had spent two years trying to clear and had nearly paid up with the intention of getting rid of it once and for all took a beating.  we actually had to order a new card first as we had even cut it up.. and lo and behold a new cooker was being delivered.  Sadly they couldn’t deliver in time for Christmas but it’s here now.  And we couldn’t afford to replace the old cooker with the same so this was as close as I got… only one oven but its HUGE! instead of two smaller ovens, one grill and a slow oven which I never used except for storage because I used my slow cooker instead. I am going to treat myself to a huge tray bake tray when I can..
So goodbye old cooker, you served me well and hello new cooker!

I'm Spoilt for ChoiceThis picture was of the old cooker years ago when it actually had all the knobs on it.
and this is the new cooker.

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Anyway that was Christmas and while I loved having the house full we have decided that next year for the first time in many years it will just be Me, Allan. My dad (if he is still about so to speak but that’s another story when Christmas is over)  and Amber if she is still living with us and the boys for Christmas dinner. We will have the big tree up and instead we will have open house for Family and Friends on Boxing day. 

We were very boring last night as I was still not feeling well (Cant believe that I have gone the whole of the holidays and new years eve without a single drop of Alcohol ) although I may make up for it today and have a glass of wine. Anyway we stayed in and watched a few more of my Call the Midwife dvd’s that I treated myself to for Christmas.

So for now if you are still awake after all this waffling on
I Wish you a Happy New Year and may all your hopes and dreams come true in 2014

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Time flys past in the Summer Holiday.

Now I have more time, Everyone is still in bed and I can actually get on my pc without the boys taking over the pc’s I will catch up on the last three weeks of the summer break.

I’m not going to ramble on for ages. we went to loads and loads of places, the park I lost count of how many times we went there… but here are a few highlights of the last three weeks.

The memorial fly over at Headcorn Combined Ops

The memorial fly over at Headcorn Combined Ops

Ali with the BB Gun range.. they both love shooting it doesn't matter if its Airguns or BB guns..

Ali with the BB Gun range.. they both love shooting it doesn’t matter if its Airguns or BB guns..

Alex showing off his target and complaining the sights are out

Alex showing off his target and complaining the sights are out

The obligatory Ice cream you have to have on outings

The obligatory Ice cream you have to have on outings

A trip to Fun Drum indoor adventure

A trip to Fun Drum indoor adventure

Sitting on the bouncy castle at the Invicta Arachnid club fun day

Sitting on the bouncy castle at the Invicta Arachnid club fun day

Allan setting up the disco for the funday at the arachnid club

Allan setting up the disco for the funday at the arachnid club its actually smoky because they were testing out the smoke machine  

they had a Magician at the funday, Ali enjoyed it but as usual started off on his own at the back, but towards the end he really surprised us and sat closer and interacted a bit with the poor guy who worked so hard to involve him

they had a Magician at the funday, Ali enjoyed it but as usual started off on his own at the back, but towards the end he really surprised us and sat closer and interacted a bit with the poor guy who worked so hard to involve him

We went to a friend and neighbours wedding and reception

We went to a friend and neighbours wedding and reception

Boys after a long day at the wedding reception, they had got to the point where they wanted to go home so what better to keep them amused... give them our phones.

Boys after a long day at the wedding reception, they had got to the point where they wanted to go home so what better to keep them amused… give them our phones.

Ali munching at his Aunty Debz 40th Birthday Party

Ali munching at his Aunty Debz 40th Birthday Party

Alex at Debz party

Alex at Debz party

oh Look Allan lining up some requests for the disco at debz 40th Partry

oh Look Allan lining up some requests for the disco at debz 40th Partry

And the Lovely Debz herself

And the Lovely Debz herself

We went on a bee tour at Flynn's Bee Farm and they showed us a transparent hive   if you want to know more here is their website  http://www.flynnsbeefarm.co.uk/gallery.php

We went on a bee tour at Flynn’s Bee Farm and they showed us a transparent hive
if you want to know more here is their website
http://www.flynnsbeefarm.co.uk/gallery.php

Ali holding up one of the trays for collecting the honey

Ali holding up one of the trays for collecting the honey

Alex all ready to get some honey

Alex all ready to get some honey

After wards we had tea, Ali had, had enough by now and as usual went off by himself.. he doesnt do people and the older he gets the worse he seems to get. even with us nowadays.

After wards we had tea, Ali had, had enough by now and as usual went off by himself.. he doesn’t do people and the older he gets the worse he seems to get. even with us nowadays.

we went to the Kent chrome and cruisers our local car show that is held once a year...

we went to the Kent chrome and cruisers our local car show that is held once a year…

boys checking out one of the 1000's of cars

boys checking out one of the 1000’s of cars

There was a guy doing balloon models and the boys set him a challenge. they wanted a motor bike and even insisted on what colours they had .. poor guy

There was a guy doing balloon models and the boys set him a challenge. they wanted a motor bike and even insisted on what colours they had .. poor guy

We have the most lovely country park near us where we often take the dogs for a walk,

We have the most lovely country park near us where we often take the dogs for a walk,

Boys sitting having a rest before we start picking

Boys sitting having a rest before we start picking

well its blackberry season so off we went with the tub and we collected loads from around and made our own jam.

well its blackberry season so off we went with the tub and we collected loads from around and made our own jam.

some of the blackberrys we picked.. ok i say we picked, I mean the boys picked.

some of the blackberry’s we picked.. ok i say we picked, I mean the boys picked.

End result Jam..   Alex did most of the work and Ali wrote on the labels

End result Jam.. Alex did most of the work and Ali wrote on the labels

My favourite picture of the day.. and the end of the catch up :)

My favourite picture of the day.. and the end of the catch up 🙂

We have the most lovely country park near us where we often take the dogs for a walk,

We have the most lovely country park near us where we often take the dogs for a walk,

And that's the end of the summer break for 2013

And that’s the end of the summer break for 2013

Not to mention there has been lots and lots of baking 🙂

Our New Additions, Simply Spiders

I am now the proud mummy to a Brachypelma vagans and a brachypelma auratum in other words a Mexican Red Rump tranchula and a Mexican Red Knee tarantula,

One is only incy wincy at the moment though and the other is not much bigger..

I have always had a thing for spiders although never held one before last month when I went to the local Invicta arachnid club meeting when I decided sod it I want to get one, anyway we went to the meeting again yesterday evening (its held the last Wednesday of every month) and because finances were very short this month, I had already said to Allan and the boys we couldn’t get one yet, so armed with enough cash to get the drinks and raffle tickets we went along.

I bought 3 strips of raffle tickets for a pound  (£) for the table raffle and two Australian raffle tickets (the way that works is the last ticket to be drawn wins the prize of £20).

Well we cleaned up 🙂 we won a dvd
and bottle of wine on the table raffle and ended up with two bottles of energy drinks because Charlotte won those and didn’t want them,

and  I won the Australian raffle (yay)  Sooooooooooooooooo

I went and spoke to someone who had some spiders for sale and to cut a long story short we  bought two spiders.

One baby one and one yearling, They are both ideal starter spiders and very easy to take care of so I’m told! 

I have to admit I was a bit dubious about handling them,  funny enough the big spiders I am ok with it was the little one that was bothering me. 

Anyway the problem was soon solved, as I was taking these pictures it ran over my hand and was quickly popped back into its pot..  

Mexican Red Rump Brachypelma vagans

Mexican Red Rump Brachypelma vagans

brachypelma auratum mexican red knee

abrachypelma uratum mexican red knee

This is what they will look like when they are grown up
Cool or what?

brachypelma auratum (mexican red knee)

brachypelma auratum (mexican red knee)

(Mexican Red Rump) Brachypelma vagans

(Mexican Red Rump) Brachypelma vagans