Redundancy, Daytime TV and escaping to Garden Centres …

Hey up its me,

A lot has happened since we last spoke and I’m in a very weird place. A good but weird place.

After 13 long years at the same company I have taken voluntary redundancy and I’m now jobless. Ekkkkk. I loved my old job but truth be told I wasn’t going anywhere very quickly with the higher archy bringing in new blood rather than offering promotion internally. Its disheartening but I won’t bore you with the details. Basically I took the money and ran. Well I say that, I actually rang my dad asked for his advice, then took the money and ran. Dad is the only person I will listen too when it comes to business matters. Always has been , always will be.Mum for the fun stuff and dad for the serious.

Soooooo the thought of going for an interview scares the living-be-jesus out of me. Im not very confident when it comes to talking or bigging myself up. I lack confidence and will probably talk myself out of a job. That’s if the potential employers can even understand me. I talk at about 100 miles an hour.They do say a change is as good as a rest so I’m taking it as a positive and practising speaking slowly. Much to the amusement of D.

Right now for the down-side. Firstly I won’t get to see my blogging buddy Liz on a daily basis anymore. I will miss her and a  select few terribly. I made some lovely friends. Secondly bloody day time TV. It’s only the third day and I’m ready to rip the TV out of the wall. Its all about shiny track-suits, knock off Uggs, bad teeth, Joey Essex hair styles and paternity tests. No wonder this country is in the state it is. I nearly spat my coffee out earlier when we sat down for some lunch, switched on the TV and there he was ‘the man that married his horse’ Yep a bloody horse. Only in America!

Before you state the obvious I realise I don’t have to watch these programmes. If I’m honest I am still finding their funny teeth and hair slightly amusing. Give it a few more days and believe me the novelty will have worn off.

In order to regain some normality, to get some fresh air and because I thought it was about time I got dressed, Mum and I decided to go out for coffee and cake. There’s only so much day time TV one can take and ‘horse man’ had sent me over the edge!

There’s a lovely garden centre in Loxley Valley – Rhinegold Garden Centre  with views over the valley and Damflask Resevoir, its beautifully situated

Its only a 5 minute drive from my house, so we headed there.
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We made our way through the plants, past the gargoyles and budhas

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and the beautiful steel structure

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Via the Gift and nick-nack Section

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In between the wellies, plant food and watering cans you can find yourself a lovely little treat. Homeware including pictures, cushions, clocks and ornaments feature highly. Both mum and I could have spent ages here just having a good rummage.

I want this white dresser for my kitchen. I may be back for it!

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Spot the difference. Both cheeky monkey’s!!

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You maybe mistaken for thinking I’m sat in the sun chilling somewhere… the sun may have been shining but it was still blinking freezing.

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Mum tries some ear muffs on for size…

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Before tucking into carrot cake and coffee in the The Old Glasshouse Cafe.

I really need to cut down on the cake or I will look like a house side! I have a Champagne Afternoon Tea with the girls this weekend. I can feel my thighs getting bigger just by the mere mention of it.

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Mum fell in love with this little lady (below)

She goes in for the operation to cut away the cancer in a few weeks and she’s a tad apprehensive. As you would expect.

I intend to go back by myself and buy it for her as a surprise. Mums own special Guardian Angel. I recon she will watch over her just fine.

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I picked up a little something for 2 of my friends also – Karen and Rach.

They’ve been brilliant over the past few weeks ,firstly with mum and then with my redundancy. Its the least I could do. They’ve both got a Candlelit name for themselves. I got myself one too. My names spelt wrong. Im Tracey with an e, but for 50p (yes just 50p) I can just about cope with it. Cute aren’t they. It’s not about how much something cost but the thought…

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Mooching around garden centres and drinking coffee is a great way to while-a-way a few hours and more especially escape day time TV!

Mum and daughter time amongst the wildlife and greenery giggling about a man that married a horse – you really cant beat it.

Tracey x

2 thoughts on “Redundancy, Daytime TV and escaping to Garden Centres …

    • lizandtracey says:

      Thanx Rob. I’m taking a week out before I decide. Busy updating my cv and weighing up where I want to go. Will no doubt end up in an office somewhere . It’s all very weird but I’ll be fine , Tracey xx

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