River Severn Swells

For Somerset it has been the wettest January on record since they begun in 1910, for Shropshire it’s has been wet but not as bad. The flood barriers went up in Ironbridge early this morning so I thought I’d take a stroll to see how things are getting along.

I could only stroll so far as the path was flooded and as I threw my hiking boots out I didn’t want to get my shoes soaked (note to self: buy new boots).  The river is going at an insane pass, probably faster than Bolt.

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The pub just across the river from us isn’t under water yet but getting close. Their garden is now a pond and part of the road is a large puddle. On their door are flood level markings, thankfully this year they’ve not needed to add to it, yet.

Pubs on river fronts are a wonderful thing in the summer but not to brilliant in the winter months. The Half Moon’s picnic tables normally spread down another ten – fifteen  feet to the river and still have a bit of room to spare. Not today. The pub it self is safe, but if it gets much worse I wouldn’t be surprised if there are a few picnic tables floating down the river.

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After having to turn around due to a flooded path I headed into Ironbridge itself. The road is closed so I parked up and walked in. You can see how high the river is! This is from today:

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and this is from last summer:

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Just on passed the bridge the flood barriers are up and a very bored looking warden keeps an eye. Shops are open but I can’t see them getting much business today! Let’s hope that the barriers work and keep the shops and houses in Ironbridge safe.

Hopefully the water will subside soon and everything will be back to normal.

#52WeekChallenge

I’ve seen this challenge plaguing Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest and other random social media pages and blogs that I follow. The concept is pretty simple. 52 weeks in the year to save money. You get a giant jar and put in £1 the first week, £2 the second week and so on and so forth until the final week where you add your £52 and your total should be around £1300 and a bit. Originally thought up by a stay at home mum, and have even seen cheaper versions to help the kids save, 10p instead of a £1 etc. 

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So the concept is simple and I have a giant jar – stolen from the parents. It was just gathering dust up in the loft! I’ve even written out the check list from $ to £ and printed it off  will print it off to stick to the side of the giant jar. This whole #52weekchallenge is an exercise in money discipline for me. I really really really want to go to Australia at the end of this year but the flights are quiet pricey and what with a two week holiday touring the National Parks in America already planned for my budget is very tight. I have savings accounts but you know when you check your balance online and you really want that *dvd/jumper/new shoes/stuff* so you just transfer a few pounds and tell yourself it won’t make a difference but next time you go back online it happens again and yer, well you get the picture! The money that goes into this jar will be my flight money. I will not pick at the odd pound for a pint or swipe a fiver for fuel. It will be for Australia. I hope.

From looking around online I see that some people have gone for the £52 for the first week and working down. Fair enough plan but seeing as I don’t get a decent pay check until March I have a feeling that my weekly payments may be just thrown in to the jar in one lump some on that day – it will go in and from my first pay check it will go in weekly.

So the plan for the jar:

  • I will stick to the time table
  • I won’t swipe the odd pound here and there
  • I won’t dump loose change into the pot (will be too hard to keep track off)
  • I will save enough money for that ticket to Australia! 

Let’s see how this goes, I’ll update everyone every couple of months and Good Luck to those who are also attempting it!

It’s all over!

It’s that time of year again, Christmas is over, the shops have been restocked and everyone is nursing their hangovers and failed new years resolutions just two days into 2014. I can’t be bothered with making resolutions – I made one last year which I broke in the same sentence as making it ‘My resolution is not to make new year resolutions’ – fail. I like to follow the word of this cartoon:

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So, now it’s two days back at work before the weekend again and then everyone goes back for the first full week of work and school of the New Year. I’m one of the rare breed that is actually looking forward to going back to work. An email from my boss came yesterday saying their just waiting for authorization to have me come back next week – fingers crossed! I’ve not worked since October due to stupidly fracturing my ankle and I miss it. I love my job and I’m hoping that this season is going to be just as awesome as the last. 

Assuming I get to go back next week, my days are now spent trying to find everything I need from my room, kitchen, loft and god-knows where else and then playing Tetris as I attempt to pack it all in my ford focus in one go so I don’t have to do several trips. 

 

I keep getting emails from different websites and they all hit three specific categories. 1) Weight Loss/Join a gym – well it is January after all 2) Sales – save 30% here, 10% there, buy this and get that free – all good but do I actually need any of this stuff?! and 3) HOLIDAYS – It’s cold, it’s wet, it’s miserable so let’s spend thousands on a holiday to a hot country for a week. No thanks. I’ve got my own plans that I need to save for. Some travel emails do have some good tips, I’ll grant them that, but some just want me to spend £800 for an all-in week in Spain/Portugal/somewhere hot. Not my style. 

Not really sure what this blog post is about. Just random bits and pieces I guess. Christmas is over, New Years has come and gone and we’re all in that weird time where we’re not all back at work or school and we have to keep ourselves occupied – mainly by finishing off the left over Christmas chocolates and booze whilst watching the 101 movies that were recorded over the festive season whilst you tried to be a family and had arguments over who owed who money whilst playing Monopoly or what film was being acted out in a game of Charades.  

Best Wishes for 2014 everyone and hope that this year is everything you want whether you’re starting that New Job, quitting that old one, getting married, having a child (if you’re a good friend of mine then I will be buying the kid an annoying, loud, and most probably musical toy!), travelling or what ever you have planned!