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Tyneham village, car park idiots and Ikea treats

I'm sorry that I have let a week elapse between my last blog; it has been such a busy week with work yet again, and then this weekend was another busy weekend. After our long weekend away last weekend I had visions of two lazy days around the house - DVDs, takeaway and long bubble baths... but when my other half invited me down to Weymouth to stay with his parents' for the weekend I was tempted away from my plans of R&R by the promise of sea air... and dinner out and a roast dinner the next day!

On Saturday I managed to tick off one of my 2011 goals by paying a visit to Tyneham Village.  Tyneham is a ghost village in south Dorset - left this way during the 2nd World War when the MOD commandeered the village, moved everyone out and used it for firing ranges, as they still do today. Most of the buildings are all ruined now....

... but the schoolhouse was maintained, and you can still see the children's names on their pegs, the work on their desks, and their schoolroom. I'm sure some of you are thinking I sound like a right boring old person going and visiting abandoned towns then I'm sorry but I love things like that! So interesting walking around all the ruins and wondering who lived there, and what happened to the children at the school.


The people of Tyneham must have been devastated to move out as a short walk from their village was this amazing beach! 

And here is Tom with his adorable little nephew in his woolly outfit!


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If you follow me on Twitter you will know that after my lovely weekend away we came back to Southampton on Sunday to find my ultimate pet hate - someone parked in my parking space. When I bought the flat it came with an allocated space, with a big number 39 painted on it for anyone who wasn't sure who it belonged to. Sadly, some people still have the attitude of 'there's no car in it now so I'll just park in it' - which absolutely grinds my gears! Worse still, the car parked in it was one that had been left in my neighbour's space for a week last week, meaning they racked up seven angry notes by the time they moved it! Unfortunately they moved it into my space on Saturday and left it there until this evening - meaning we had to pay to park today! When Tom went down to leave the third note the girl was getting into her car, and told Tom she needed somewhere to park as she was a student living in the halls next door! She saw nothing wrong with parking in people's spaces saying she'd 'only left it there a few days'.... ARGH. Is there anything like this that really gets you going? I would also file this one next to drivers who drive in the outside lane up a traffic queue and then push in.

Oh, by the way - despite Tom's advice that it probably wasn't the wisest place to move her car to, this is where the girl left it this time... Unlucky if that's your garage!


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It is now one day and one week until I move from a little one bedroom flat in the city centre to a three bedroom house in the country (sort of) with the boy. So naturally we paid a little visit to Ikea this evening to size up some things we might like to buy when we move in - the answer, of course, being everything! We bought a few little bits, my favourite being a slice of their yummy Daim (dime?) cake in the cafe. NOM!

24 comments

  1. Omg that girl would piss me off immensely, but if someone's in your space, isn't there someone you can call and get it towed away? I hate parking in Southampton, my boyfriend has to park miles away.

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  2. That looks delicious!

    Oh, I would've pushed her car as far as I could. haha

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  3. Wow, the deserted village looks fascinating - must go there someday.

    Good luck with your move! I love those IKEA cakes too. Last time a went I brought several back with me! Wonder if I can find a recipe anywhere.

    Amy
    Narrowboat Lucky Duck
    www.nbluckyduck.blogspot.com

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  4. Oh my god I would have gone mad at that girl! You should have got a clamp and clamped her ass lol! xx

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  5. I love IKEA cakes (: Every time my boyfriend visits me at uni we go to ikea because their food is so yummy and cheap too!

    And wow, that girl sounds bratty, i'm impressed by the calm way you handled her (:

    x

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  6. I find those kind of places fascinating too. Grr at the parking girl, that would've sooo peed me off too.

    Sadie x

    http://brandnewbutterflywings.blogspot.com/

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  7. @ cherry pullinger: we have a parking company but they went into administration so nothing they could do - annoying!

    @ bethany: we tried pushing her car last night, haha, but she had the handbrake on - dammit!

    @ amy: you can buy a whole one of the daim cakes if your ikea has a food section? a recipe would be amazing though!

    @ jo: I would have gone mad at her too - it was my other half that saw her, and he did actually shout at her; I don't think she'll be parking there again!

    @ life in the wendy house: their food is amazing isn't it! I love the meatballs and gravy - yum! luckily it was my other half that saw the girl, and he did have a go at her! I would have said much worse!

    @ sadie: I know - it made me so cross!!

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  8. This post made me laugh, that girl would have made me crazy! I love historical places too, i think there is somehting really peacful about them.
    Oh and diam. MMM
    xxxx

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  9. Oh That would really do my head in if someone parked in my allocated parking space!!!
    That old school building is eerie but in the best possible way. I would find it fascinating too...I mean what did happen to 'Arthur Pritchard' (i think thats what the name reads) did he get married, did he have 3 children + a dog with a red collar. Who knows :]

    Ayeisha
    x

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  10. Daim/dime -or however you spell it- cake is so good! That village sounds amazing, I love seeing places like that, really getting me wondering about their lives and what the people are doing now.. I would have gone back to get my name tag from my coat peg if it was me!
    xxx

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  11. AH that looks like such an interesting place, I love thinking about those things tho!

    That girl is mental, who does that?! Surely it's quite obvious that's someone's allocated space?!

    That cake looks amazing! As if I need another excuse to go to Ikea...!

    xxx

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  12. LOL good ol' Freshers(!) So exciting about your move though! I loved looking at all the photos from the abandoned village. Things like that, full of history and nostalgia, really interest me, ever so slightly eerie to see the name plaques and things still intact. xxx

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  13. so jealous of your visit to tyneham, it looks so interesting (I'm a bit of a history geek) and that beach is gorgeous! x

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  14. I LOVE GHOST TOWNS! So funny, because my friend Jen and I were thinking of doing a road trip this summer and visiting a few ghost towns here. Rural exploration is so fun!

    That girl would piss me off too. Are you able to call a tow truck on her? I lack patience and would probably want to do something bad to her car.

    Also, daim cake is the best! I haven't had it in ages but it's the one thing I always get at Ikea!

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  15. It's not boring at all - I love things like that too! The names are kind of freaky, and I love the old writing desks.
    That cake looks delish, and you must be so excited to move into your new house!

    Rosie x

    P.S. It's not wrong to want the same dress! I can't buy it so someone should ;)

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  16. that cake is the most amazing cake ever. I LOVE IT. you have fab taste x

    ps. im angry for you about the girls parking. if that was my garage id block her in... and NEVER MOVE MY CAR AGAIN!

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  17. Oh that girl sounds like such a pest!
    The town sounds like a great place to visit. Looks really interesting. x

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  18. Aww Tom's nephew is the cuuutest! :) So excited for your big move, remember I'm coming to bunk with you too right? ;) Haha. Seriously, I have no pity for that girl whatsoever. Makes me angry, does she think that just because she cant afford to pay for parking, that you can!? Things like that really annoy me, I'm glad you didnt let her get away with it. She just sounds like an absolute chancer. xx

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  19. Not boring at all - the ghost town sounds fascinating! I'd never heard of it before but it's not far from where my dad lives so maybe I'll suggest going there next time I visit.

    And that girl would've sent me crazy! "Only left it there a few days"...? That's a heck of a long time when you're stealing someones space! Some people are just dumb. I don't blame you for getting annoyed about it.

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  20. People parking in my space is the thing that annoys me more than anything, I feel angry just reading about her doing it to you!! Honestly I find it the most frustrating thing in the world. I leave really angry notes telling them I'm calling the police etc which has stopped a few but still doesn't deter some people. I'd have really kicked off at her, hope you do if she does it to you again! What an inconsiderate idiot.

    Phew, rant over! Sounds like you had a lovely trip :) xx

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  21. I heart Ikea. I can't wait to go back and get more stuff. Congrats on checking something off your list. I like old places. Especially disheveled ones. It's a great photo opportunity. And that girl is dumb.

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  22. Love abandoned stuff like Tyneham - it is very much on my to do list. One of my fave things is urban exploring, you should check out www.28dayslater.co.uk it is nothing to do with zombies x

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  23. that is so annoying, and rude! that cakes looks so good though! xx

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  24. Great Blog Rosie, I wish I had your dedication! The photo of Pancake actually looks like one of those joke animal cards you get in Clintons, it just needs some googly eyes!

    We had a lovely day at Tynham to, I'm so glad you and Tom are together, I couldn't have chosen anyone better for him. Aaaah getting all gooey now lol

    See you soon,
    Gem x

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