Day 084 – Open your mind and try something new

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Day 84 – Jun 9th

Finally, its Friday and the end of the week. I’ve managed five days of cycling to work and back after six months off using the motorbike. Today was exhausting, I’d not had much sleep after staying up to watch the election results that really just weren’t worth it! I won’t go into any politics on here, as I think people see enough of that online anyway, my facebook feed has been full of it for a while now, and people are starting to get a little tired of it.

Its nice to be home early on a Friday, it gives me a little longer to play with the girls. Olivia is always keen to get outside on her scooter, and with Clare preparing dinner, I took both of the girls for a short walk around the corner to see their grandparents, on what was supposed to be a flying visit, although things are rarely quick where Olivia is involved!

Once the girls were in bed we got back into watching tv together. Now and again we find a series that we want to watch together, although it is rare as our tastes are very different. I’d told Clare I was intrigued by all the hype around Game of Thrones, and needed to see what all the fuss was about, and surprisingly she agreed to give it a go with me. Its not the sort of thing I’d normally have gone for, let alone Clare, but people were talking about it so much, I just had to find out. I’d given Breaking Bad the benefit of the doubt and was suitably rewarded with an excellent five seasons of entertainment, so I figured I had to at least give this a chance. The first episode hadn’t exactly gripped me, but people assured me I’d need to be half at least a few episodes in and I’d soon be hooked. I can’t pretend that it isn’t heavy going, but I am trusting my friends that my determination will pay off! Time will tell!

Day 083 – Election day, have your say!

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Day 83 – Jun 8th

Thursday the 8th of June is election day, where the country gets to vote in a new leader. Unlike previous elections the difference between the two main parties has never been more obvious, and so turnout is expected to be much higher this time around. Clare had been busy all day, and so waited for me to get home so we could all head out as a family to the polling station, our local library.

There is something about going out to place your vote that makes you feel extra grown up and responsible, certainly not a decision that should be taken lightly. I still wouldn’t call myself the most politically astute person I know, so I do try and make sure I’ve done some research before I put my X in the box. This year I was already fairly clear on who I was voting for, and feeling a little confident with my choice, I even put a little bet on!

My only other duty of the evening was tending to my greenhouse, and making sure my tomatoes and chillies were adequately watered. We are starting to see the plants flower now, and have even found a couple of small tomatoes beginning to grow. The first time I grew tomatoes I had a really good crop and made soup and a pasta sauce from it, since then I haven’t had so much luck, so keeping my fingers crossed for a better crop this year.