Archive for September, 2012

This is a quick reminder of an annual open house weekend. So you can take advantage of it and visit mansions, historical houses, museums that are open for free. I think this is a brilliant opportunity to visit a place or two.

Here is the link with things happening in Richmond.

Richmond open house venues

Please feel free to choose your own borough, date and time from the drop down menue on the left hand side.

Enjoy a historically fabulous weekend for free 🙂

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For those who would like to read it in original Russian, here is the link.
Enjoy your free reading, by just clicking the link 🙂
Anna Karenina (Russian)

I also found that libraries across London have Anna Karenina in English (if you don’t speak Russian of course). But I wanted to succumb it en originale bien sur 🙂 If you would like to read it in English online, here is the link.

Anna Karenina (in English)

After finishing which, I am planning on going and watching at Odeon, with 30% off the ticket price. I will update with more info on how to get the discount.

By the is it only my 3 year old, who finds Keira Knightley scary? As soon as they start showing the Ad with her for Coco Chanel, she asks us to switch the chanel as it is scary! I can’t help but agree with her though. But than I may be biased…


Дамы и господа,

Мы все видели ролики последнего кино с Кийрой Найтли “Анна Каренина”. Я думаю что я не одна кто подумал, надо бы полистать книжку Льва Николаевича Толстого опять перед тем как посмотреть кино и высказать сцою критику.
Искала, но не нашла на русском книжку. Думаю что можно было б заказать, но у меня терпения не хватает. Но нашла я это произвединие в просторак интернета. Если Вы хотите почитать книжку жмите тут 🙂

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I hope you remember it is Open House London this Saturday and Sunday. You can visit loads of museums for free. And there are some kids activities as well. This is an activity for 7-11 year olds and young architecths or those who liketo build (or destroy) 🙂 Check here:


And ifyou would like to find out some local places to you, that you can visit for free have a look at list here. Have fun exploring the local venues for FREE 🙂


So what are you going to watch or where are you going to visit?

I know where we are heading, our local surroundings are bursting with history 🙂



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Ok, this is not an activitiy to do with your child. But every penny we save goes towards their Uni fund right? Yes it is about the energy hiking prices. If you are not interested you can skip it from here to my other articles 🙂

Last week I got a call from Southern Electric. Normally as soon as I find out they are cold callers (d’ohhhh) I politely turn their offers down and hung up. But I was in a good mood, she didn’t have any funny accent (so I could understand her) and having a tea so decided why not to drill their (!) brains a bit.

After the learnt lines like: “We are the energy providers in your area, the others rent from us, so if you  switch to us we would offer you a better deal” line (I had to inturrupt her and ask her to go to the point though). She said that with the current providers I am paying more and they would make it cheaper if we switch to them. I doubted but I did not get to the math point so, I was gasping the air waiting for her to finish her line and to start drilling her with calculations 🙂

I know, that is not such a nice thing to do. But it gets to me, when they just call out of nowhere, having no info but my number and that I am not their customer, they claim that I am paying more and they know better. So I started!

I said ok, the prices are going up, until when you will fix the price? She said until March 2013 (my current is till May 2013). Taking into account my house specifications, how much they would charge for month for dual energy by direct debit (they prefer that). And if they would cover my leaving costs from the current supplier (they DIDN’T, but doesn’t hurt to ask right?). If there are charges to open an accoun  with them (THERE ARE!). I was writing them all down. And added up the yearly sums and the result was that if I switch to them I would have to pay £200 more a year. Why? Because she called me and tried to persade me they are better. I laughed at all this and said thanks for wasting my time and you need to learn some basic Math (honestly just basics) before trying to call me more.

Since I did not have any energy companies calling me anymore. So I believe she passed the message.

I have done my homework, before switching to my current provider I have checked all energy suppliers. I went trough USWITCH (just google it). And got a cashback for swithching. It is always better to do the switches online, as if you do it over the phone or via seeing the person you would lose that £50 or £100 cashback that you would gain otherwise doing it all by yourself online. And FIX your prices now. As the prices are hiking and the latest you start to pay the raised prices the less you will pay out. Ifyou can afford pay by direct debit. Take your meter readings and update your profile often so you do not end up paying “guesstimate” rate but for the actual usage.

Some other little energy saving tricks that some of us know some of don’t.

  1. Turn off the lights of the rooms you are not physically in.
  2. Turn off the energy supply from the sockets! (Even when TV is off, but plugged in it consumes 30% of the usual energy consumption). This little trick will bring your yearly bill to -£250!
  3. The other obvious ones you know. Keep the frezer full at least with newspaper. Fully load the washing mashine etc…

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It will be warmer tomorrow and on Sunday too. So why not to get down the beach for under £20? Check my blog for more details 🙂

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Enjoying this Friday at Brighton beach. It is a bit windy, buy the water is warm. So once in water it is great to swim riding those waves. Even a little one enjoyed jumping on waves while swimming. So now she knows if a wave is coming we have to be on top of it and jump in order not to get covered with water. It is like in life, if life is presenting big waves to cover you just ride them and enjoy being on top of it rather then being under it and drawning 🙂
It is now 20C but it has to go up to 24C by 4 pm so we are still stocking around for another dip in the sea.
But the weather forecast is 27C + for tomorrow Saturday and Sunday. I wish we did not have weekend plans so we could come here when it is warmer. Oh well, we make the best of what we have 🙂

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I am wearing my bikinis already so that as soon as we reach the beach we will take a dip 🙂 I teamed it up with a cotton wrap dress, leggings, light cropped cardi and a silk scarf. As we are leaving early and it is still a bit chilly outside. So off we go to enjoy hopefully a FANTASTIC day by the sea! I packed a substantial picnic last night and got everything ready on a buggy. So we only woke up, showered, put the clothes on and out the door. I love when we are this organised and leaving the house early is STRESSLESS! Have a great Friday everyone!

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We finally made it yesterday to Staines upon Thames (for the water fun I talked about here )around midday after 5 train stops (that seemed like forever with my little one asking the famous “are we there yet?”). What a beautiful day it was and a peaceful atmosphere by the river was making everbody enamoured 🙂

We had a quick picnic, I made sure it is a healthy one of course. As when we arrived the waters were off.

I think the warden takes the lunch brake so here is the updated opening hours, in case you would like to go there.

Opening times:

10.30 a.m. – 12p.m.

2p.m. – 4p.m.

She had a bib on with the “Swiss” air logo on and she made me chuckle as she called it “an ambulance airplane” I tried to explain her, that it is a flag of Switzerland and that mummy used to live there before she met her dad. But she was way too distructed keeping an eye on a water park 🙂 She just nodded and kept eating, half listening (or not listening) to me.


As we barely finished our picnic and put an extra layer of sun cream on we heard the kids cheering as the waters were on 🙂 And of course my little one was one of the first ones to run towards the splashing fun.


After having loads of fun splashing, sprinkling, screaming in water she had a quick bite of the rest of our picnic and went on to enjoy the two playgrounds that are neighbouring to the splash ground.


After which she was too knackered to go on a train ride and wanted just to sleep in her buggy. I walked back to the station enjoying the view again. Yet again you see couples dreaming on and feeling blessed. That boat named “Daybreak” made me think that this truely was a daybreak 🙂


After coming home, she decided to express all what she experienced during the day in this painting. Apparently that is her and other kids having fun in spray park. How creative is she 🙂

For more info about this free water spray park please read here


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I checked the weather and it is staying this gorgeous over the weekend as well. So I have proposed to my husband why not to take advantage of this gorgeous weather and go to the seaside. It may well be the last chance of us bathing in the sea this year (well in UK). So we decided to go on a day trip to the sea side.

Options are countless. But being a family we would like to take the best that is on offer. I have checked redspottedhanky (as it does not charge for the debit card) first. Than to make sure I get the best fares I checked thetrainline (beware they charge, but it is good to compare). I found out what train company the redspottedhanky was offering the best deal (£23.45 for 3 of us a return ticket to Brighton) and it was the Southern. In the spirit of checking it all I went to the Southern‘s webiste and found an offpeak day return ticket for 3 of us for £22.50. Bear in mind we do have a family and friendsrail card. (And it always saves us 1/3 of a ticket price. We even use it to buy Zone1-4 day card for London and it pays itself off within first month alone. Sometimes a little investment of ths sort pays off in the longer run.) And of course I went through Quidco. A cashback site I always use and I got so much in cash back within last two years of using it, I can not believe people who do not use it. So I will get 6% of my ticket price back, i.e. £1.35 not much but these type of little things add up and by the year of the year you get at least £350 back from all your shopping and switching (energy, phone etc).

So happy now and I hope the Great British weather will stay this good and warm so we can enjoy a day of sunbathing and swimming in the sea. Yippee. Now off to prepare for our trip 🙂 I just thought I would share this with the rest of you, so you could enjoy the weather 🙂


All the links are clickable. And NO, nobody is paying me, I am just sharing the research I have done so you do not need to spend much time and just continue enjoying the sun 🙂

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