Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Working from Home


I've been working from home for about six months now. I keep a very messy desk.

I tend to spread all of my papers out across the dining table which converts to my working space for the day, and I just busy myself all day. On my desk you might find pens, pencils, memo pads, post-it notes, lists, note-pads and stacks and stacks of books. There will be library books, children's paintings, cups of coffee, plates and snack-wrappers.

Yes, I am that messy person when I work from home.




The thing is, although it can look like a big old mess - I know exactly where everything is and I know which messy pile my books are going to be found. I work well from home. I have a good routine - I'm up, I take the kids to school and then I sit in my own messy heaven for about 6 hours until I pick the kids up.

Once the kids are home from school, the dining table is then reverted back to the family table where we eat and chat about our days. Once the kids have settled in home, I might then sit with a book for an hour and mull over some ideas. As I am working from home, sometimes I find it hard to get in a routine and I find myself getting distracted by jobs that might need doing in the house. I am sure that most people who work from home get like this, but I try and allow myself around 45 minutes to eat my lunch, walk the dog and then potter about catching up with house jobs. The rest of the time I do try and concentrate on my work.

It has been a good start to my PhD. I am loving the way I work, I enjoy the flexibility of working from home. I can't see me getting any tidier in my ways - as the old saying goes, if it isn't broke don't fix it!



Friday, 16 February 2018

Half Term Day Out with Mersey Ferries

I have now lived here in Liverpool for about 10 years. I love living here and couldn't imagine living anywhere else. My husband has lived in Liverpool all his life, and believe it or not, despite having three kids and loving trying out new and exciting things to do with the kids - we have never actually been on the ferry!

As you can imagine, I was thrilled to be offered the chance to review the ferry crossing with Mersey Ferries, not only would we get the chance to cross the Mersey on the ferry, we would also be able to visit the Spaceport museum, included with our ticket.



We set off on a beautifully sunny (but slightly breezy) Friday from the Pier Head. I love the Pier Head. It's such a great place to walk, relax and the architecture is amazing. We do like to spend a lot of time in the town centre as a family and it is good to be out and about in all weather to blow off the cobwebs!



The ferry itself was wonderful. Beautifully coloured and designed by Sir Peter Blake, the ferry was comfortable with plenty of seating and a lovely little cafe on board. We found a table and got some hot drinks to warm us up and keep us going. As it wasn't too cold, we sat on the top and looked out onto the Mersey, taking in the views of our gorgeous city.

Once in the Spaceport we were treated to lots of really cool and interactive activities to teach us all about space. We learned how the seasons work on Earth ( it is because of the tilt of the Earth's axis,), the different gases in the Earth's atmosphere and the role of gravity in weightlessness. The girls were really interested and it was great to be able to talk to them about space and teach them something new. I was also keen that they knew that astronauts are not always men - Space Men and Space Women FTW!


We also sat and watched a show about space and astronauts in the planetarium with the information beamed onto the ceiling. This was so much fun - the kids loved it, and myself and Warren also learned some new things.
We also went on a roller-coaster ride through space on the simulator. The kids screamed all the way through it with excitement - it was so funny. There was also a Star Wars exhibition on - this was so interesting. Lots of figures from the film series and collectibles on display.



Time seemed to fly over and before we knew it we were back on the ferry for our return trip. Included in our ticket was also entry to the U-Boat Story, but unfortunately we had cut it fine with time and needed to get back. Maybe this is one for another time!





We absolutely loved our day out. It is so important to spend time with family and doing something a little bit different always makes it more memorable. Liverpool is a wonderful city and this is definitely one of the best things we have done in the city with the kids. We also thought that the family ticket, which was for two adults and three children, including the ferry crossing there and back, entry to the Spaceport and U-Boat Story was excellent value at £35 - it is literally a full day out for the family. Also, from Monday 19th February to Friday 23rd February, the Spaceport are also doing free Jedi training classes, which sounds like great fun!

For further information and ticket options see here.

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Disclosure: We were given a free family ticket for the purpose of this review. All words and views are our own.

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