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  1. The Wild Atlantic Way has excellent walks and cycles. The newly branded Ireland Ancient East is covering tourism in the East. personally, I'd split, Dublin and West Cork, somewhere like inchydoney or skibereen will provide water attractions like whale watching, kayaking and surfing, with glorious beaches and walks. Dublin, you can walk the Wicklow way, Powerscout, djouce mountain, while retaining the culture of the city.
  2. So after decades of completely ignoring my face, in the last six weeks I have gotten seriously into skin care. I'm not even sure how! I also bought my first powder compact, and am really liking it so far. I don't wear make up as a general rule, but this seems light, non irritating and softens some blemishes. Diffused light, by hourglass. Speak to me of powders, blushes etc of wise people of the Board.
  3. Sent. Deirdre real surname. Thanks for organising this.
  4. I was strong and held out, so only starting Fitz and the Fool for the first time today. Yay for more glorious Fitz-Ian angst (I assume)
  5. I'd go with shite myself
  6. All the Craft sequence books by Max Gladstone seem to be £1.66 on for the kindle. Highly recommended.
  7. Excellent. I'm delighted for her, and me.
  8. My mum is there at the moment. Was due to fly 40 minutes after all this started. She's safe, and on a runway, but it's absolutely terrifying.
  9. Or kedgeree my dear man. i grudgingly eat horrible porridge at work, and live for the weekend breakfast. Eggs are essential, whether sweet or savoury.
  10. I really like the udome colours. The shire pattern is very pretty too. Ancients if Gondor is also basses. I noticed that I have more oscha than anything else in my stash. Mostly blues. They do good blue. See Scot, get your bum over to oscha. Buy your wife a lovely shawl. You can snuggle into it too.
  11. Is your sister geographically close to you? All you can really do is be there for her. Let her cry /rage and never speak a word of what she says to others - and possibly not even herself. I've definitely ranted stuff that I don't think and don't want to discuss post rant.
  12. Ha! I'm into wrapping and geeking out over fibre/design. I knew when I saw the title it was related to the oscha release. I'm very tempted by the evenstar undome shawl. I tend to prefer a more abstract pattern. Lots of handwoven wraps out there inspired by ASoIaF
  13. It's not rigid . We will share and share alike. I just continue to have my bank account and he has his. Joint savings and bills . It's fairly sprawling. My current, his current, bills and mortgage, current expenditure savings(known costs such as a new car, attic conversion, new doors, painting and decorating that sort of thing), long term undefined savings, As future education expenses, As childrens allowance (technically investment in shares), taxes, management fees and unexpected expenses for an apartment I used to live in that is currently rented, a unit linked long term savings and I think that's it! Ive a holiday fund at work. I also have a salary sacrifice and bonus sacrifice tax efficient account at work. I'll start selling released shares in that next year. Our pay goes into the current accounts, then gets divvied up into the various accounts and we can spend the rest. The Crèche fees actually come out of his account. Then it's whoever feels like paying.
  14. It's something I have been dealing with recently. My little girl is 20 months and I went back in February. in a way, I think you are framing your take home in a slightly old fashioned way (I could be wrong) in saying "your" take home would be £300. I'm guessing you are factoring the full childcare costs into your salary. I wouldn't. I'd use half. Your husband/partner should be contributing the other half regardless. If nothing else , you want a ready source of "you" money, whether that be for sanitary paraphernalia, clotheths, make up or a coffee in Costa. we had discussed me maybe staying at home. Turns out I , personally, am not cut out for full time satm. I'm finding toddlerhood tough on days I have her all by myself. (I found small babyhood much easier). we have developed our own routines. I'm up at six, in work by 7:30 and leave at 4-4:20. Pick her up at 5-6:10 depending on whether I walk the dog before or after picking her up. J and she get up between 7:30 and i8:30. He feeds, dresses and drops her into creche. I've probably taken 3/4 of her sick days as I have flexi time. she stays up til 8:30 or 9 so both of us see her in the evening. Im still breastfeeding but it's not been an issue so far. i like working. It provides a structure to my day that I need for my mental health. Financially, I like having my own money. National pension contributions are valuable as are private pension contributions. having said that, I can see the merits to part time, especially as they get older and have after school commitments.
  15. Linked-in. Do you use it? How do you use it? Are validations important. How about the photo? Im considering looking for a new job and it's something I've never really paid attention to.