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Are you fed up of large corporations taking over and everything looking the same? I know I am. This blog shares a year in the life of a local family, supporting local living and local businesses.

What a weekend…

Well, what a weekend it has been here in the Redlands.

I have to start by mentioning the weather – anyone for a little rain? Relentless rain hit the Redlands for well over 24 hours from Friday afternoon. However I didn’t let it spoil my plans for what was a jam-packed weekend.

Friday Afternoon:
Hubby took the 3 children down to see the Dinosaur petting zoo,
at the Logan Entertainment Centre. Whilst Mr 3 spent half the show in tears,
petrified of the dinosaurs, he came home and couldn’t stop talking about them.
It was an interesting opportunity for the children to get up close and become a very
active part of the audience.
If you have young dinosaur fans, it is worth keeping an eye out of the next round of shows.

Friday Night: Date night
Hubby and I enjoyed a well deserved date night, whilst a wonderful friend of mine kept an eye on the children. We stopped at Hog’s Breath Cleveland for dinner and then down to the cinemas at Victoria Point. We watched American Pie 3, which I must admit, was hysterical. It’s definitely not going to win any awards for best drama, but as long as you go in with low expectations you will have a great time.
There were many points in the movie where the entire audience was in stitches and hubby came away saying there were several scenes where he was crying with laughter.


Saturday: Voting

If you hadn’t noticed (what? were you living under a rock?!) the council elections were held on Saturday. Things in the Redlands had started to get nasty, to the extent of newspapers being stolen from people’s driveways… (I don’t know how much truth there is to this one, but it was on Facebook therefore it must be true… right…)

A warm welcome to our new Mayor Karen, who has made some big promises on the way in. It will be interesting to see what happens over the next couple of years. Also a sad goodbye to Melva, who was an incredible supporter of local community events and schools. Regardless of political view-point, I can honestly say you gave your all when it came to supporting local events.

Sunday: Party

Luckily the skies had cleared by Sunday morning and we  were off to a 4th birthday party at Cleveland Point. They have now finished upgrading the area and it is well worth a visit. There are brand new bbqs and tables, a new play area and a brand new toilet block. It will be interesting to see what they do with the large concrete circle, that is left over from the Narnia film, which is still sitting at the end of the point.


Well there you go, that is a brief wrap up of the weekend 🙂 What did you get up to on the weekend?

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Well, well, well

Well, Easter has come and gone “bye-bye Easter bunny”

Although I can honestly say it has left its mark, in the form of a kilogram sitting nicely on my thighs 😛

The kids are back in school today, which means it is the perfect time to reflect on the last couple of weeks. Over the Easter break I tried to stay purposely social media and internet free (ok, not free, but severely limited). It allowed me to spend much more time with the family and really enjoy what was going on around me.

Obviously I spend far too much time on there though, as a friend of mine sent me a message asking if everything was ok, she was worried about me because I had been very quiet on Facebook…. oh dear….

We had a lovely Easter as a family, not doing a lot, but sometimes I think that is best.

We did go out to the Easter Festival held at the Redlands show grounds on Easter Monday though. The event was provided for FREE by the local church groups, and I really to mean free. Free entry, free rides, free food and drink. As you can imagine the queues were a mile long (I do believe we queued for over an hour for the bouncy castle… I kid you not!!) but everyone was in good spirits.

I can only begin to think about the amount of organisation and the numbers of volunteers that would have been needed to make the festival run, so thank you to everyone involved.

What did you get up to over the Easter break?

Back to work for me now, off to train a wonderful group of students for the week. Have a great week!


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