Sometimes I don’t have the energy,
to embrace the day,
to fight this thing called life.
It is more appealing to hide,
In my little bubble,
with no interference,
form the so-called people,
that wide me up terrible.
My head goes into spin,
so I lose my direction,
with no idea,
how to get back in the arena.
All I can do is rest,
Waiting for the moment,
For me to perform.
The front that saves me,
So much heartache and woe,
When my strength appears,
I can get back to fighting levels,
With the armor of safety,
To complete in this difficulty,
Of life and all it’s mystery.
It was half term this week and and what better to have a family day out and go explore someone new. So, that is just what we did, we got recommendation from someone we knew about this place called Tropical Birdland in Leicester.
At the birdland you can go through the aviary section where you can freely walk around and see many different variety of tropical birds. Some closed cages and other cages you can walk in and get up close to.
There is also other wildlife in the aviary area including owls and billy goats.
There is a specific pond section with different moi fish and ducks.
My boys loved being able to feed the birds and get to them close up and hear different calls that the birds made.
The avairey is set against beautiful, natural surrounds that are very calm and peaceful I found espeically being autisitic. There is also a woodland walkpath where the beautfiul woodland is there to greet you . You can freely walk around and explore if you desire. There is no time limit you can take as long as you want to explore with at the pressure of rushing around to take it all in.
Further down the line there is an open area where all sorts of parrots are out in the open. Some even mimic human language which amazed my sons. If your luckily some get really close and sit on your shoulders.
Of course to make my kids ecstatic was the wonderful wooden play area for all ages groups – with slides, swings and climbing frame to keep them amused while you have a sit down and a break.
I found the place really clean. The staff were really friendly and happy to assistant you and answer any questions you may have regarding birds.
There is an onside cafe and the food is really tasty. Alternatively there are many picnic tables and plenty of bins (which makes me very happy).
Regarding the cost for tickets I think it is really reasonable. You can see the prices below compared to other well know attractions and I feel it is worth the money for an excellent day out for kids and adults.
Defiantly a wonderful day out in the outdoors for any age really and really enjoyable experience.
Cheers for reading X
I love a good bargain and trying to save money when I can. So, I thought I would share some of the things that really help reduce the cost of my spending.
1.Plan, set a Budget for a X amount and stick to it.
2. Go to the supermarket near closing time to get reduced items.
3.You can put your recipts to a good use by download Shopprize from an app store and scan your recipts. You then can over time exchange the coins into amazon vouchers. It doesn’t take that long either. Sadly the app only works on Android at the moment.
4.Wait until after an occasion to get knocked down prices, I.e. Halloween/Christmas etc.
5.Use mysupermarket.com as it is brilliant for comparing products and finding the cheapest place to go.
6.Take advantage of the advantage card. Tesco and Boots are my favourite and they are nice little earners.
Thanks for reading X
Today I am sharing a review of A Boy Made Of Blocks by Keith Stewart. It is losing based on the authors relationship with his autistic son.
This book has a main theme of Alex who is the dad of his son , called Sam. Sam is a child who is diagnosed with high functioning autism so, he can communicate but to what extend no one is really sure.
Alex has been the main bread winner, whilst his wife had to leave her job to cater for Sam’s needs 24/7. Naturally, this seems to have caused a rift between Alex and Jody due to pressure, stress, confusion etc when raising an autistic child.
As we have found out further along in the book that communication between Alex and Jody was broken down therefore causing Jody to call time on their marriage, for now it was deemed a trial separation.
On that Sunday Alex left the family home feeling devastated, so he moved into a friend’s apartment which was a typical bachelor pad with all the mod cons including an XBox.
Alex gets into a more depressing situation when the mangers at his job have changed and decide that they no longer need Alex as mortgage adviser. Therefore Alex decided to take three month redundancy deal that the company offered as an incentive.
This causes Alex to spirals into depression.
A new arrangement between Jody and Alex where on a Saturday Alex would look after Sam. Normally Alex and Sam would go to the park but this worried Alex particularly as Sam was hostile to other children and very scared of dogs. There relationship is very basic and it is all new for both Sam and Alex where they are on the beginning of journey if you will in finding out about one another.
Jody buys Sam an Xbox and then gets into the game Minecraft. Sam desperately wants his dad to join in. At first Alex sees this of a pain especially as Sam is constantly calling Alex to check every small development in the game.
There were issues that were concerning Alex around technology and whether it was good for Sam to spend such a long time on the XBox. However, this game was a great distraction for Sam as he could totally escape all his worries, especially as he was getting bullied at school for being different. We find out later on in the book that it is quite clear that when dad does get involved playing Minecraft with Sam it sort of strengths communication and building a stronger relationship between father and son.
When Sam is not centre of attention he is more open and thinks clearer without having to worry about talking and what to have to say. Rather, communication flow is more natural between Sam and Alex. This has helped Alex understand his son more better through the game and can be less jumping to ideas bur more empathetic to why Sam does the things he does. I find this such a brilliant insight into knowing about Autism. Sometimes, you need to have some sort of physical activity that is about order and structure to help ease the anxiety for a person with autism and help the communication between two people.
There are obviously other branches of ‘drama’ if you will regarding Alex’s brother who died due to a car incident when Alex was young. The theme around guilt, running away and facing up to things is a big topic at the end. His sister, mum and Alex all learn to face up to doubts and thoughts. With the main notion of communicating their worries can break down the tension and built back relationships instead of hiding for fear of the outcome. This can help the process of grief and moving forward in all the individuals lives.
There is little nuggets of wisdom form Sam and we can learn a lot from Sam with making things simple outlook of the human race. Seeing them as objects and colours that need to fit together.
Overall, it is a heartwarming story and tells the tale of strangers almost rebuilding and strengthening the relationship between families. I love the fact that it is a personal account and feels real rather then just listening again and again to the trible of the professionals.
There is a new book after this one which I will definitely will be reading in the future be as it would be lovely to hear the new developments of what has bee happening in Sam’s life. Especially, as at the end of this book Sam has moved to a new school that specialises in autism.
This book is definitely a must if your interested in autism or want to hear about a autistic parent’s point of view.
Cheers for reading X
Today I saw a colouring in book in Poundland and it all based on this term Hipster. I have heard this termnology quite a few times over the past couple of years, so I thought I would come up with some key chartersitics in what makes a hipster.
I just thought I would start of with the definition of what a Hipster is: It is someone who follows the trends/fashion that is outside the cultural mainstream.
Please note it is just a bit fun, nothing serious.
1) Firstly, I think one of the main identify features is the beard, not the dirty biker type but you know the clean and grommed variety. It is looks pristine and full of beard oil.
2) They hate anything associated with mainstream, for instance they love films that are underground and unheard of.
3) To be a true hipster they don’t like any well named bands such as Beyonce but go for the more unusal tastes. They love bands such as Death Cab for Cutie or Radiohead or Archaide of Fire.
4) They hang out in artys fartsy coffee shops and post their arty coffee on Instagram. Or unusal places that no other person has heard avout.
5) They are likely to be riding a bicycle as a mode of transport and look down on people who drive a car.
6) Old technology is popular for the hipster and when they are walking about outside they flash the old walkman.
6) Massive fan of ‘vintage’ and get all there clobber from flea markets or raided from there parents and grandparents wardrope.
7) They wear spectcles not because of poor vision but for a fashion statement.
8) Tend to be a vegan and more then likely have a speicfic instagrem account for all their foodie pictures which happen to be taken from there old style camera such as a Fuji X.
9) A hipster is found to have on their YouTube channel videos full of live music.
10) They wear lumbar jackets, skinny jeans and converse…you know what am talking about, this is a common uniform for a hipster.
Cheers for reading X
For a quick and tasty snack check out this: Roasted garlic and olive oil chickpeas.
The ingredients you will need:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Pinch of salt
- 400g can of chickpeas
- Couple of cloves of garlic
1) preheat the oven to 200C/400f.
2) Drain the chickpeas, place them on some kitchen roll and dap them dry.
3) chop the garlic up finely.
4) In a bowl drizzle olive oil over the chickpeas, add a pinch of salt and mix the garlic altogether.
5) place on to a tray and cook in the oven for 35 minutues.
6) Take theout the oven to cool down for five minutes and voil you have a yummy and crunchy snack.
Cheers for reading X