Glasses On

Harrison has been suffering from an ear problem that has made doing certain things a little disorientating, so as you can imagine riding coasters was one of the things he could only do every so often, or at least be very selective on what rides he could go on.
I discovered some interesting articles online and watched a few videos about those not being able to focus when on coaster rides and it is a huge problem that could make being disoriented even worse, to the point of being sick. I suffer from really watery eyes and Harrison wears glasses, so more often or not he had to take them off to ride some of the extreme coasters and I just had to suffer from sore eyes, this made not being able to focus a real big issue, so I did a little more research and found out that a lot of people in this predicament wore either sports glasses or ski goggles on rides, this meant you could safely wear your glasses on a ride and reduce the effects of disorientation or even get rid of that feeling.
I looked on Amazon for these type of goggles and found a very highly rated pair of safety goggles so I bought two pairs so that we could see if this would make riding coasters a better experience.

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What a difference this made, I can only but highly recommend trying this not just for those like ourselves but also anyone who likes to wear sunglasses or glasses on rides or at least to stop things flying into your eyes, I mean bugs still fly in the summer air they do not detour their flying space just because you are on a coaster. It worked a treat, I did not have watery sore eyes and Harrison could see for the first time riding a coaster and the true experience that he never had, he did not feel disorientated or sick and now riding coasters takes on a whole new satisfying joy.
Since this new way of riding coasters, I have found that these goggles also come in a shaded variation so for those summer theme park days out this could be the perfect solution.
Oh and if you have been worrying about what they look like on-ride photos, fear not because your photos will turn out just fine at least one advantage you will have over others, is that your eyes will be open and the reaction on your face will just be from the ride, not the wind in your face making you squint.

JLP Thorpe Park Takeover

Every year JLP offer a heap of exclusive events for partners and their guests and this year they offered yet again the ‘Thorpe Park Takeover’.  It is an absolute no brainer as we all know that going to theme parks such as Thorpe Park any other time of the year can not only be costly but also at times very busy, with this exclusive event it means I can still enjoy this theme park with very little queue time, if any.



Last year I took advantage of this offer and went with my work bestie ‘Ali’.  This year I decided to take Harrison so he could experience not only Thorpe Park at an exclusive event but also as a fright night event and being able to ride coasters in the dark.


It was a fabulous day and night event with the usual array of scare mazes that came into their own when it started to get dark and also the onsite scare actors that really added to the events fun and frolics. 


Ever Pass By?

Do you ever drive or walk past a place and think, “oh I wonder what that’s like”? Of course, I'm talking about food, again.
Westerham seems to that go to place for a mooch around a few shops, grabbing a midweek ice cream, a Sunday lunch or a swift half or two and of late it has been that peaceful drive to for a fair few visits with either Wayne or Harrison.


On the journey towards Westerham, we pass Titsey, blink and you have missed it. Titsey is home to the beautiful 'Botley Hill Farmhouse' and a lovely tea house called ’The Sheep Shed’.


Wayne and I stopped off one day just out of curiosity in the hope they did breakfast and we were pleasantly surprised. I had a latte and a homemade scone, jam and cream and Wayne had a bacon and avocado bap.



Family Meal Out

It has been awhile since my mum and sister visited and this time they are seeing the new place, but where to take them out for dinner?
Perfect place, The Star.
I tried something different, a seafood risotto but my mum had the calves liver, success.







The Star Re-Visited

When you find a great restaurant it makes sense to share it and to get an all round opinion of just how good the food really is.
So I took Harrison to try out ‘The Star’ and if the food was really consistently great then we would have to try the menu once more, starters, steaks, my favourite ‘Calves Liver’ and some old fashioned desserts.
Did it stand the test?
Yeah hell it did!







The Star

When I used to go for long walk at Epsom common I would often stumble upon a pub in the middle of nowhere and then one day my best friend at work Ali, asked if I fancied a meal out but she had no idea where to go.  I told her of a pub close to where she lived and suggested that we try this pub out, to my surprise this hidden gem is called ’The Star’.
The Star has a great menu from pub classics, something to share or gourmet burger to it selection of seasonal dishes, steak, ribs, combos and lighter bites. There really is something for everyone.
Oh and not forgetting the puddings and a new feature, it's Gin bar.




Another Year

So did 2017 hold all what you expected or was it just another year? 
As January past us just like February did, we are now in the month of March and we are now having our typical winter weather complete with snow storms and icy winds.
I am looking forward and not looking at the past, my future holds plenty of changes and career aspirations.  I am going to undertake a team leader and first aid course in the next few weeks and put any of last years wasted energy in trying to obtain a few extra skills this year, better myself, better my career and stop wasting time on goals I wanted to reach that I just never could.  Maybe with more experience under my belt in the next few coming months might give me a chance to go for those goals again but as a stronger person.
So this weekend off means it will start with the usual five loads of washing and a little me time just get get myself in a relaxed state. I will then have to start thinking about how I apply myself and why I want to become a team leader. This is just the start as now I need to be thinking where do I want to be in two years and then where do I see myself in five years?  
These are all questions I am going to be asked and in reality something to give me focus, it is not just about a course you have undertaken and past (mind you that looks good on a CV), it is something more than that, it is what it develops you into.
Here we go….2018.