The crew of the Star Ship Enterprise celebrate Christmas by singing a very special song….It did make me chuckle.
On 1st December, our daughter Emily was 14, so as her birthday treat we took her and her friend Paintballing at Delta Force. If you’ve never been, it’s really great fun. Just because I’m a mum, I wasn’t going to miss out, after all why should I? But as people arrived to form other teams, I was a little horrified by how few females were going to play. There must have been about 100 people playing in total, if not more, of which about 8 were teenage girls (of which Emily and her friend were 2 of them), and 2 were grown women (I was one of them). So that’s 10 females playing, and all the rest were MEN!! There were some women my age, but they just stayed at Base camp and didn’t play.
Now just incase you were wondering, women are allowed, and can play with a paintballing gun. We’re very good at it. I must have shot about 6 people, and only got shot myself twice. Out of 12 games I think that was very good. As females we may be a little more careful, but we think about what we’re going to do and are very methodical. Unlike most of the GROWN MEN who don’t think, and just run straight at the other team, and then get all cross when they get shot. Us women hide, and sneak up on the opposing team from behind, and shoot them when they least expect it, hehehe! We were the brown team, and thrashed the green team 38 to 70, or something like that. The kids (Emily, Theresa and George) as well as Mark and myself had loads of fun, but the tops of my thighs are a little stiff today. As Mark and I were walking back to base camp with out helmets on, one of the “Marshalls” with us went past us saying “Excuse me lads”. I then replied “I’m a girl!!” We arrived at the Paintballing session at 9am, and finished at 4pm. We then came back to our house for a special dinner, and cupcakes for pudding. Mark then took Emily’s friend home for 9pm. I think an early night is in store this evening.
Emily, Theresa and George, all kitted up for Paintballing.
They’ve got some amazing discounts off at Victoriana Nursery Gardens in November:
20% off Fruit Trees & Soft Fruits – 10% off Everything Else!
Now is the perfect time for planting Tree Fruits and Soft Fruits – even more so this season considering the awful weather we have had in October and early November. And so as a ‘seasonal something extra’ you can claim 20% off Fruit Trees and Soft Fruits until the 1st December – by example that brings a single apple tree down to just £14.40. To claim this discount use the offer code NOV13 between now and the 1st December when shopping for Fruit Trees and Soft Fruits.
But if it’s not Fruit Trees or Soft Fruits you’re currently after you’ll be pleased to know that NOV13 will also give you 10% off everything else we sell! Just remember though that the code is only valid until the 1st December!
Credit Crunching Gift Ideas
There’s no getting away from the fact that things are still pretty tough for lots of us.
Giving a gift is, by far, one of the easiest ‘cheer ups’ there is (as is receiving!). But with money tight it can often be difficult to find a gift that is just a little bit different. And so we have put together some really special seed packs that will bring a smile to any recipient’s face – whether they be a novice gardener or a seasoned pro. With packs for children – to budding chefs – to ‘herbal tea nuts’ there really is something for everyone, and definitely something for the person who thought they had everything! The full range of gift packs can be found and purchased from Credit Crunch Gifts
Not only are each of our seed gift packs unique, they are also discounted – making them perfect for those on a tight budget! Starting at under £6.00, even the most expensive of them is under £15.00. And if you order before 1st December NOV13 will give you a further 10% off!
For those who really want to take the hassle out of buying and giving presents, we can deliver direct to the recipient (and even add a gift card with the customer’s personal message for a small extra charge).
So that’s it for now – lets hope the weather holds out so we can all get on at this busy time of year. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @Victoriana_NG for daily updates on what we’re up to at Victoriana!
All At Victoriana
“What is this?” I hear you ask. Well it’s a little something that I wrote, and it’s being published on 3rd April next year. I’m very excited about it, and the pictures have been drawn so beautifully by Marijke. You can pre order it now if you like. Please click HERE for all the information you need. Hopefully if this book sells well, then I’ll end up having a little series of them, which will be great.
It’s amazing to see the difference in house prices across the UK. It seems the further north you go, the more you get for your money. And what AND lounge, and at least 4 bedrooms, with a bigger garden to fit in my vegetable patch, fruit patch and little orchard. With enough room for some chickens and 3 pigs. But in the south east that’ll cost you a fortune! Unfortunately loving further north is a bit of a distance for the kids to travel to school. Click here to see what you can get. Personally I like the 2.8 acres in Bolton, or the 18th century house WITH LAKE!! Still I can dream.
Good on you Joanna Lumley. I think this will look wonderful, and brighten up the morning commute to work. Click here to see.
My wonderful friend Clair has a horse at the stables where I get my manure from. She’s helped me out before with transporting some manure in a trailer from the stables to my allotment plot. A little while ago, I asked if she could do me the same favour. So today she got the trailer loaded up, and hooked up to the back of her car (we don’t have a tow bar on our car, just incase you were wondering). And off we went to my plot to off load my gardeners gold! As we stood in the trailer shovelling out the manure into a rather sizeable heap, I asked her how much she reckoned it all weighed. Turns our it’s about a tonne of manure that can fit in the trailer! That a lot of poo if you really think about it. Not enough to cover all the beds in my plot, but it’s a start. When I’ve spread that lot about, she’ll get me some more. It must have taken us about 45 minutes to empty the trailer, then Clair left to do the school run, and I stayed for another 30 minutes to start spreading what I could. I think I did about 5 barrow loads. It then got to the point where my back was telling me to stop, as it had had enough, and needed to stop. After a hot bath, I think I dozed off about 9.30pm.