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The Kiddies Go To Farm

We had a very busy weekend. The kiddies went for their swimming classes, played for hours in the garden splashing in the pool, playing with bubbles, football and letting loose in the sun. And we ended the fun weekend with a trip to our local farm – Stockley Farm, in Cheshire, which was a lovely experience. How was your weekend?

 

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Thoughts on Stockley Farm

It was good fun. The weather was dead warm at almost 30 degrees. And the kiddies were loving it. This was our first trip to a farm as a family and I was well impressed. The trip to the farm started with a tractor ride which was the highlight of the day. Then we had the opportunity to go round the farm, popping into the many animal barns to see the animals. The kids even got the opportunity to feed some of them. It was a good family day out for sure. We will be doing it again for sure. There are quite a few farms around us in Cheshire, which we will be exploring this summer.

 

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There was also a soft play available, and a playground which was a nice surprise. I didn’t think the farm would have all those as well but it did, and it kids made sure they made the most of them.

 

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Days out are always fun for the whole family when done right and this was a great experience all around. I really liked the fact that the tractors that took us to and fro the farm were both prompt. Since we had to park our car in a car park a mile away from the farm, and catch the tractor. The last thing I wanted was to hang around waiting for a tractor. But thankfully we didn’t have to.

 

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Have you ever visited a local farm? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

 

 

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Cheshire Feels Like California

The Lovely Weather in Cheshire

I was telling a friend the other day, how crazy this whole weather thing is. I would never have predicted the warm weather we are currently experiencing. Cheshire feels like California. The weather has been dead warm for weeks now which is very usual for us here in Cheshire. And it has been pretty warm in most parts of the UK. We usually have a very short summer, much later in the year. But this year, we skipped spring altogether, and dived right into the warm weather.

I like the weather to a certain extent. It feels great to not hear the corny jokes about how horrible the British weather. They get boring sometimes. It also feels great to be able to style our summer pieces.

We have been making the most of the lovely sunshine as much as possible. Our summer wardrobes are looking good. We are enjoying the fact that we can wear less and lighter clothes. The kids have worn shorts all week, and we always have our sun cream with us for protection. How is the weather where you are?

 

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Bring on the Weekend

The weekend is almost here and I am seriously looking forward to it. I am looking forward to it so much that I have been busy reading a book with funny weekend quotes and Saturday quotes to get me even more in the mood. My Hay Fever has been a lot better this week thanks to changes in my lifestyle. I have been implementing the Hay Fever Tips I shared on the blog some weeks ago, and my overall health has improved. I hope it keeps improving. Hay Fever is one of the most uncomfortable illness to have.

This week has been very busy and it has been hard being on top of everything thanks to the half term holiday we enjoyed the last week. We spent the holiday in Chelmsford, Essex; and we had a terrific time with the family. We didn’t want the holiday to come to an end. Which is always the case when we get together with the crew. How was your half term week? Do you have any weekend plans?

 

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Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain

I have been reading Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain by James Bloodworth and it is quite an interesting read. It is all about the author going undercover to work in many companies to discover what life is really like for the workers. I found the book informing, enlightening and very disturbing. It is shocking to see how big corporations treat their staff. And how many people live from hand to mouth. Reading this book has made me even more grateful for even the little things. I hear about how many people struggle to survive on low-income jobs, with many on zero contract jobs in London and I find it worrying. It is a book worth reading for sure. 

Reading  Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain also brought back memories of some of the previous jobs I had. I once worked in a call centre in Bristol whilst studying for my masters in International Human Resources at the University of the West of England (UWE). I had a zero hours contract with the company. But the good thing then was I wasn’t bothered. I had enough money to survive at uni, the money from job was just extra money to shop with. But that isn’t the case with many others. Many people solely relied on the income to survive and having a zero hours contract meant work was never guaranteed. 

I still remember how many times I would be booked to come into work, only to get a call an hour or 2 before to be told I was no longer needed for the day. It was my first job in the UK, and this was around the year 2008/2009. It was quite experience, and I would never forget it.

 

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Good all that is now a distant memory and this is now my reality. When I remember where I am coming from, I am thankful, and it makes me work even harder. I am looking to keep doing what I do and improve in what needs improvement. My plan is to work on my blog SEO and draw in even more traffic. I found an SEO services London company, and I am seriously considering having them on board.

How do you attract more blog traffic? Please share your tips. Have you ever visited Cheshire? What do you think of the county in general?

 

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How to Handle Difficult People in Your Life

Have you ever experienced those moments when you meet someone who is impossible to deal with? You know, the kind who aren’t cooperative, who refuse to see things from another perspective other than theirs or who are inconsiderate. They come in so many forms that are unbearable. No matter how nice you try to be with them, it’s so frustrating trying to get along with them.

 

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I’ve encountered a lot of difficult people in my life. At first I tried to avoid them as much as I could but hiding from them didn’t make them go away. Instead I devised new methods to handle difficult people. Here are some tips you’ll find helpful.

 

  1. Rise above their behaviour

If you’ve met a difficult person, chances are that you have tried to reason with them. But in the end, you realize that their behaviour beats all reason. Don’t react to their irrational behaviour with irritation, frustration or aggression. It’s not worth it and it only makes the situation worse.

What you should do is to not partake in their irrational behaviour. Don’t react to it, rationalize it or beat them at their game. And no matter how annoying their behaviour is don’t snap back. Just let them be.

 

  1. Set boundaries with everyone especially difficult people

Difficult people try to assert themselves on others for some strange reason. If you give in, believe me they will continue to with the crazy behaviour.  The way to deal with this is to set healthy boundaries between you and that person.

When they try to assert themselves on you, you have to draw the line and tell them that they can’t treat you that way, and then move on. Sometimes you just have to put your foot down otherwise their irritable behaviour is going to continue.

 

 

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  1. See through their drama

Difficult people don’t act difficult just because they decided to. There’s some underlying reason behind their behaviour. Sadly, difficult people don’t know how to communicate what they want to others. So they create drama, because that’s the only way they know how to communicate with others.

When you look at the situation in this light, it makes you feel compassion towards them. So before you react badly, make sure you pause for a few minutes to think about this. As you show compassion and show them that there is a better way they can communicate their wants clearly, then they would change.

 

  1. Don’t take it personally

Facing difficult people can make you feel horrible with yourself, lower your self-esteem and feel guilty for being resentful towards them. All this affects your mood and attitude to others. Their behaviour is not directed at making you feel bad but rather they don’t know any other way to communicate with others.

For the sake of your peace of mind, don’t take what they do personally. Focus on achieving your goals and living your amazing life. When you allow their annoying behaviour to get to your nerves, it distorts your day and makes your relationship with others go sour.

 

How do handle difficult people in your life?

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