Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Harry Potter Lex -GO perfect game for Christmas


Everyone loves games at Christmas and what better that to combine Harry Potter and a word game , you’ll have so much fun in this super - fast word game and I have seen the TV line up so I’ll be playing this instead with my family.



Harry Potter Lex-GO! 

Word Game from Waddingtons No1


Looking for a game to play with the family this Christmas?

Harry Potter Lex-GO! is the super fast word game that everyone 

can enjoy (whether you're a Harry Potter fan or not)!



Lex-GO! is one 'L' of a super-fast word game. Race against other players to get rid of all your playing card tiles by creating words, swapping letters and even attacking other players' words. 




In this special Harry Potter Edition of Lex-Go!, there are special spell tiles to increase your chances of winning:



  • EXPELLIARMUS tile allows a player to mess up another player’s tiles

  • DEPULSO tile allows a player to banish one of their tiles from the round if they need to

  • REVELIO tile allows a player to look at any number of tiles in the draw pile before choosing which to swap

  • STUPEFY tile allows a player to freeze another player out the game for 10 seconds





In this special Harry Potter Edition the 'POLYJUICE POTION' tile can be any letter 

and you can spell 'SNITCH' to instantly win the round.





Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Best Of The Vienna Christmas Markets

It’s only 16th of November I know I know but if you feel like flying yourself off to Vienna in the next few days or in the weeks leading up to Christmas then you will find Vienna in full Christmas Sparkle about now.It doesn’t cost anything to look at the markets and it is a festive treat for the eyes and it is not tacky in the slightest , I know Christmas does have that problem.The aroma of Christmas bakery items packs a pre Christmas punch and don’t forget to wash it down with some warm Christmas wine.

Vienna has many Christmas markets and the traditional “Vienna Magic Of Advent “ which turns the city hall square into a magical fairyland complete with the most magical ice rink I’ve ever seen.There are Christmas markets then there are Vienna Christmas markets and these are the ones you need to go to in your lifetime they are simply amazing .. no they are out of this world !

Vienna sets the imperial stage when it comes to Christmas markets , markets spring up in the prettiest of squares and the Baroque backdrop is truly breathtaking ,Vienna is such an elegant city .The Christmas markets feel also cinematic with glittering Christmas trees, and sparkling decorations which are set against imperial palaces and impressive art installations.All this is combined with live music and cosy comfort food which is an absolute must at this time of year.

The tradition of the Christmas market dates back to medieval times and in Austria the Christmas market is very different you will find yourself sipping on Christmas punch which comes in a whole host of flavours, and each market has it own Christmas mug which you can either buy or return to get your deposit back.A must have snack is Kartoffelpuffer which is a heavy potato cake served with a variety of toppings , I had mine with sour cream and bacon.

Vienna Christmas World – Rathausplatz

This is the Christmas market I went to with my husband and we were so amazed at the set up of it all , one minute it isn't there and then magically it is all ready with overflowing Christmas magic.It is full of Christmas charm with over 150 wooden stalls, complete with lights dripping off tress the best ice rink I have ever seen.There is so mcc to see and buy and you will find some beautiful Christmas keepsakes and gifts for other people.

Belvedere Christmas Market

I was at the Belvedere on Saturday to see the art of Gustav Klimt and in particular the Kiss

While we were there they were setting up for the Christmas market and it looks like a very intimate Christmas market in a breathtaking setting , it is a perfect place for a stroll day or night.This is a Christmas market with a Baroque flavour it is smaller and more intimate as previously mentioned.You could buy yourself a handmade Christmas decoration here and enjoy the stately surroundings.

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Slow Cooker Christmas Dinner

There is nothing to say that you couldn't slow cook most of your Christmas dinner what ever you're having , you could create a water bath so therefore turning it into a sort of Dutch oven or you  could just through everything in with the except of your Yorkshire puddings.

I put in the slow cooker this morning some cubed butter nut squash, a chicken stock cube , some water and turkey or chicken .Adding in any other vegetables you want even those bullets of doom that are Brussel Sprouts.

I left mine on low for 6 hours and here’s the result.

Sunday, 1 December 2019

How I Work

I work like this ... my brain wiring is different but I’m sharp as a drawing pin or as alert as hidden lego.

I am neurotypical . I am autistic .

But I carry merrily about my day , I will more than likely remember more about you than you do , I will remember everything that happened to me and school.

I am a fact sponge.

I like sponge cake.

I don’t expect allowances I just expect to be allowed to explain myself and that is hard at times.

I live without a label.

No I can’t do mathematics nor do I have a hidden art skill.

And I still do everything as I did before with the exception of working as a teaching assistant.I now volunteer at a school hearing children read and now I’m helping them with their Children nativity. I’ve joined a choir and sing soprano well I try ! but I’m getting my voice back to where it was.

How to Stop Winter from Destroying your Finances


How to Stop Winter from Destroying your Finances

The temperature outside has been dropping consistently for the last couple of months, and there’s a good chance it won’t heat up again for a little while now. On the plus side, the winter brings with it some amazing opportunities, including moments with beloved family members, meaningful days with friends, and the season of giving. On the other hand, winter is incredibly expensive, particularly when it comes to things like food and energy bills. 
Fortunately, if you’re worried about the extra expenses of this time of year, and the impact that they might have on your bank account, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself. 

1.  Stop Leaking Heat from your Home

Keeping on top of your strategies for home maintenance can seriously reduce the amount you need to spend in the long-term. Many modern energy companies are offering free cavity and loft insulation today, which could save your home some serious money. You can check out whether your energy company is offering this service online. 
If you don’t have free help from your energy company, consider investing in some thicker curtains to keep draughts out, and use caulk and sealant to fill up any gaps around your home. Don’t forget to take advantage of draught excluders in the rooms of your home too. 

2.  Upgrade your Boiler

We know, this can sound like a super expensive way to save money. While you might need a loan to pay for your new boiler and thermostat this year, you can rest assured that the money you pay will be worth it in the long-term, when you’ve got a more energy-efficient home. Your old and run-down boiler could be using a lot more energy than necessary to keep your radiators warm through the winter. 
Additionally, if your boiler is past its best now, then there’s nothing to stop it from breaking down fully in the next couple of months. The last thing you want is the expense of an emergency repair to pay for, on top of the cost of a new boiler. 

3.  Check for Local Help

In the UK, there are sources of assistance out there for seniors who need help managing their heating bills. If you, or someone that you’re living with was born before the 5thof January 1953, then they’ll be eligible for help with their fuel payments in a lot of cases. There are government winter fuel payments that allow you to keep your costs low each year. 
Different regions of the UK have different benefit and payment schemes available. It’s worth speaking to a professional like someone from the citizen’s advice bureau to see what you could be eligible for. Or, consider talking to your energy supplier and asking for their tips. 

4.  Compare Suppliers

If you’re still with the same gas and electricity supplier that you’ve been with for the last seven years, now could be the time to make a change. A lot of the best deals on energy today are reserved to attract new customers. There’s a chance that you could have been shifted onto a less attractive tariff – and you’re not even aware of it. 
Take the details of how much electricity and gas you usually use onto a comparison website and see whether you could reduce your bills by switching to a different company. Changing energy suppliers is often a lot easier today than you used to be. In some cases, you can sign up for a new package online and your new provider will handle the switch for you. 

5.  Go Energy Efficient

Finally, the lights and appliances in your home are likely to be put to use more often during the winter months when you’re hibernating with your family. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to make sure that you’re using energy efficient lightbulbs. As well as having a longer life-span than your traditional bulk, LED bulbs are also good for the environment. 

There are other things that you can use to make your home more energy efficienttoo. Once you’ve finished replacing your lightbulbs, take a look at things like your washing machine, tumble dryer, and even your kettle. While you might not be able to afford to replace all of them at once, you can get rid of the one that has the biggest issue with energy consumption and keep working on replacing items one at a time. Eventually, you’ll have a super-efficient home.