# Tuesday, December 06, 2011

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For several months we have been eagerly waiting the birth of our daughter who was due on the 26th of December. Penny, as she has now been called, caught us all unawares and actually arrived last Tuesday, nearly a month early.

Although I didn’t realise it at the time my waters broke on 27th of November. I guess I was expecting a massive rush of fluid but the slow trickle that I experienced confused me somewhat and I did feel a bit silly even ringing the hospital for advice. They did, however, call me in and confirmed that my waters had broken. They then gave me 24 hours to go into labour before calling me back for an appointment.

Penny, it seems, didn’t want to wait that long and having spent most of Sunday night at the hospital we were back again at 1am Monday morning with irregular contractions. After a 14 hour labour, and an episiotomy Penny arrived just after lunchtime on Tuesday. Now begins the real learning experience of figuring out how to look after a baby.

posted on Tuesday, December 06, 2011 10:16:28 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Regular readers may have noticed that things have been a little on the quiet side recently when it comes to blog updates. This is mainly because I have had an unexpected stay in hospital. My baby was originally due on the 26th of December but decided to make a rather early arrival. She actually arrived last week on the 29th of November, something that surprised everyone. I have been in hospital since and arrived back here on Sunday night. Hopefully normal service should resume here soon, once we have settled in at home.

posted on Tuesday, December 06, 2011 4:30:30 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, December 02, 2011
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This gold toilet was recently unveiled at the World Toilet Expo. Costing £129,000 it is gold plated. Quite why you would want a gold plated toilet is beyond me especially as its not the most attractive looking device.

posted on Friday, December 02, 2011 7:34:32 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, December 01, 2011

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article-1321356958949-0ECE449300000578-755857_466x310This is interesting its a sunken bridge which has been created across a historic moat. The bridge at Fort Roovere is part of a sunken waterway surrounding the Dutch fort. Architects built it rather than creating a bridge over the moat so it forms an invisible bridge.

posted on Thursday, December 01, 2011 3:30:04 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Grandmother Barbara Pitt has recently created the scent of Southport in a fragrance. She drew on the towns attractions to create the scent which captures the towns essence. Costing £25 it is on sale at a gift shop in the town and should be the perfect gift for those visitors to the town that want a unique souvenir.

posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 7:55:34 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, November 28, 2011
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This is interesting its a fence made of bee hives that helps deter elephants from areas populated by humans. Biologist Dr Lucy King came up with the idea after studying the African Savannah elephant. She noticed that the elephants refused to feed on acacia trees which housed African honeybees for fear of getting stung. Based on this she developed the beehive fence to stop elephants entering farm land. The fences have now been tested in three different districts in Kenya. Since they have been installed a total of 90 different raids by elephants have been monitored but there have only been six incidents of elephants actually crossing the fences.

posted on Monday, November 28, 2011 7:19:36 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, November 27, 2011

ENVIRONMENT-Orchid_2062416cIt never fails to amaze me how many new species of plants are discovered, even now. One of the more recent is what is thought to be the world’s first flowering orchid. Discovered by botanists in Papua new Guinea, the plant has been called Bulbophyllum nocturnum. it is the first known example of a nocturnal orchid that consistently flowers after dark and closes in the morning. The discovery was made after orchid specialist Ed de Vogel took the species for cultivation. He found that when the orchid grew buds they quickly withered as they reached the size when he have expected them to open. It was only when he took the orchid home one night that he realised the buds opened only at night, flowering for only a few hours before dying.

posted on Sunday, November 27, 2011 12:14:58 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, November 26, 2011
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Tesco are selling a Christmas pudding topped with gold leaf in the run up to this Christmas. The pudding costs £16 and is topped with real 24 carat gold. It looks quite nice but I’m not sure I would pay £16 for one.

posted on Saturday, November 26, 2011 10:23:06 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, November 25, 2011

If you are living on a tight budget then you might want to eat more toast sandwiches. According to this article they are Britain’s cheapest lunchtime meal. The dish which was apparently popular in Victorian times costs just 7.5p to make. The recipe comes from the brilliant Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management which contains many recipe gems. Whether the toast sandwich is one of the better of them is up to you to decide. If you want to make one it consists of a piece of dry toast sandwiched between two slices of bread and butter and seasoned with salt and pepper to taste. It doesn’t sound that appetising but is certainly cheap and cheerful.

posted on Friday, November 25, 2011 8:53:58 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback