Life Update

I took a back seat from blogging for longer than I had intended to because of various different reasons. I was studying and doing my Complementary Therapy Diploma, the kids were younger, my shifts were impacting my life as I was working every weekend and I was also building a business via treatments.

So nearly 2 years later, here I am back and raring to go. I do realise that there have been a lot of things left unsettled such as my update on the West Highland Way, my 18 for 2018 etc and etc. Life just got in the way and that’s fine. It often happens when you have a young family and are juggling many different things at one time and on a daily basis.

I also struggled to find where exactly my blog “fit”. I did the whole “parenting blog” thing but felt that there was a lot that I had to do which wasn’t me. I couldn’t trawl through blogs and leave comments in hope that others did the same. I have to be interested in a subject and it felt wrong to concentrate so much on getting likes and followers in order for stats to improve. It’s not me and it felt so superficial.

I know that some people use blogging as a full time job and that’s great but my head would explode if I had to devote so much time to being on a computer every single day, reading things that just didn’t interest me. I like to get out of the house, interact with folk and experience life without being chained to a desk!

Don’t get me wrong, I admire so many who have been able to turn their passion into a job. They work very hard to get to where they are and devote a lot of time and energy but it’s not something I want this blog to be about. There’s no rules in blogging world. Sometimes I’ll participate in things that pique my interest and sometimes I’ll fall away from it and that’s fine because this is my little space in the world where I can be a scatter brain if I want and have no judgement.

It is this place which helps me figure out my life a little bit, to maybe inspire others to work through things that crop up now and again within their own world and to process it and then move on. It’s a therapy within itself which is why I started blogging in the first place.

Sometimes I’ll do reviews for products I believe in or want to try and sometimes I’ll make some money off of the blog because I can and I may need a bit of extra cash to buy things for the kids, house, or cause extras are nice to have.

So on that note, I may increase my blogging in the next few months and I might disappear too.. who knows?! At least this is one space in life where there is no pressure or time limit set and I can be as free as I want to be.oh and spelling and grammar doesn’t matter either 😂

Balmaha Lodges:A Review

We stayed at the lodges last week, here is my trip advisor review… please ignore grammatical mistakes etc but I am seething with rage due to how we were treated by the management.

pic courtesy of tripadvisor

We stayed at the lodges last week and had booked back in July as we wanted a nice place to celebrate our young cousin turning 18. 
Upon arrival, we were met by the manager Lillian and another member of staff. They were unable to find our booking at the start but tracked it down a few minutes later. The booking was made with a family members credit card who would be along later, after work. 

We were told that the balance needed to be paid and that they would “just take it as long as you could sign it on their behalf”. I did this and when the other member of staff was processing the booking, she had absolutely no idea on the price and almost charged us double until I corrected her. 

We were told very sternly that the hot tub required vacating by 10pm and that no glasses were to be taken in which was completely understandable. However, being told this by the manager, I felt that I was in school again and felt she was very condescending bearing in mind that the youngest member of our small party was 11, the oldest in her 50’s and the majority were mother and daughter. 

When we got into the lodge, we were impressed by the cleanliness and would have recommended people to stay here.. that was until after we had checked out and the accusations and lies came through with additional charges for supposed damage.

Before I explain what happened and despite us letting one or two things go, I have to say that there were things which couldnt be ignored.. There wasn’t enough cutlery, glasses, plates, the heating made so much noise throughout the night that it kept everyone awake and there was no one to speak with on check out, and there was a broken window handle with no light on the cooker hob which meant when cooking, we had to use the torch from our phone. Some of the dishes were also dirty and there was a lot of dust. On the welcome email on booking, it stated that there was shower gel and shampoo… unfortunately not in the shower!

We still had a lovely night though as a family despite this and we did vacate the hot tub by 9pm. At this time it was noted that the manager was leaving despite saying that she would be on until 10:30pm but if we had an emergency it would need to be a good one as she stayed 30 mins away!

During the night, my 11 year old was unwell and had vomited but it was cleaned, with windows left open over night and when clearing the lodge out. This was going to come back and haunt us apparently…

We had checked out, went home and then came together again on Saturday evening where I received an email saying that they had charged us for cleaning and a broken drawer. We responded with shock as no one broke anything and the vomit was cleaned from the bathroom.

I was told that “The document that was signed by the guest who checked in on your arrival clearly states that any damages occurred during your stay will be deducted from the card”. 

No, this was most certainly not the case. I was not told that this was a disclaimer but I that I was signing for check in. I was signing for another persons card… I asked on many occasions for proof of this drawer being broken and was never provided with it. My picture of that drawer is included. We also asked for the bill of repairs as it was stated the £50 for cleaning the odour of vomit and repair to the drawer.

This was another response to a query in relation to signing on behalf of the card owner, “The reason you signed the check in document was that the original person that made the booking was not present yet. We usually take full payment on arrival before guests can check into there lodge and it was the guest that signed the check in document called the guest that made the original booking and told us to go ahead and take payment so we could check 
you in.” I did not make any call to the card holder as stated, and this can be proven via mobile phone records. 

Another inconsistency is referring to the cost of repairs..”Dear Angeline, The £50 that was deducted from the guests account that booked the lodge does not cover the damage that has been done to the lodge or the extra cleaning that was needed done.” Sorry, what? But you said this: “Due to the damage to the kitchen drawer and also extra cleaning charges for sickness in Lodge 7, we have deducted a further £50.00 charge due to this“, I’m quite confused about this email and her contradiction.

Here is the kitchen drawer in question

Once Lillian decided that I had proof of everything that was lied about, she then decided that she would no longer converse with me. This is pretty poor customer service Lillian. I asked again for proof of damage, the bill and also for info so that we could discuss this with the owner. All of this was ignored. I also note from a previous guest that this isn’t the first time that she has lied, and the proof was recorded via his mobile phone.

A few days later, I called the lodge and I was able to speak with the owners wife who really was lovely. She listened and said that she had heard bits and pieces and that she couldn’t comment until speaking with the manager which I felt was fair, as there are two sides and she hadn’t seen the emails exchanged. She said that she would take my number and have her husband call me that evening. 4 days later, I’m still waiting. 

Whilst we understand that running a business is time consuming, I think 4 days is more than adequate to contact a paying customer.

As no one will return calls or emails, we have decided as a family to take things further. We explained that we would do so and made no attempt to add reviews, and gave them the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately we are too kind and we now have no choice but to warn folk against booking in what is lovely accommodation. 

As an aside, I noticed damage to the hot tub cover from lodge 7 and saw in a previous review that another guest was charged £150 and accused of causing that damage. It’s still broken… so theypaid for nothing..I was told by the owners wife that they decided not to repair the covers anymore due to the hassle. It also states in other reviews from other guests about the poorly stocked kitchen which they haven’t obviously taken note of and when asking Lillian about this in another email, she stated that the kitchens are fully equipped… There aren’t even any tea towels to dry dishes with! 

Anyway, I realise that this is war and peace but I don’t want anyone else being party to such horrible treatment. The money we paid could have had us be elsewhere and hassle free. Thanks for ruining the memories of what should have been a memorable ocassion. It could still be a lovely place if you could employ a manager that doesn’t lie.

Week 1 complete!

In my previous post I talked about 100 days of exercise and intermittent fasting. Well folks, the results of the first week are that I dropped almost 1lb and I’m back in the 12 stone bracket..Just!

Apologies for the upside down picture but my husband took it and I have no idea why it turned out this way! I am happy with this result because I had a weekend of birthday celebrations and I didn’t eat very well at all. I don’t think I was majorly out of my calorie allowance but I did have a bottle of red.

Here’s a picture I found on line which shows 1lb of fat… again as said, it may not seem a lot but looking at this picture makes me even more motivated for the week and months ahead.

Doesn’t this really put things into perspective? For me it certainly does and although the weekend was bad, I’ve put in a lot of effort with running and getting at least 30 mins of exercise a day. It is enough you know and all I need to do is strap on my heart rate monitor, put the dog on her lead and plug in my earphones. It’s as simple as a walk or a walk/run. Even introduce some lunges if you feel like you want to. It all adds up to the bigger picture!

Day 1 – Complete!

I woke up after a 9hr sleep and my first solo injection of B12. I purchased a years supply of B12 when I went home and the lovely chemist also threw in a few needles for self injection.

I haven’t self injected but know the sites that I can and I know the muscles so I wasn’t scared about doing it. I’ve been fighting with the GP practice to have my 3 monthly injections moved to every month or two months but they said it’s not possible. I then asked if they would teach me to self inject so that I had a source for needles but they wouldn’t allow that either.

I don’t understand why it differs from one practice to another, it would also free up time if people wanted to do it. There are some practices which do allow but unfortunately mine isn’t one of them.

Anyway, I feel that by taking more b12, my energy levels will be much higher and therefore I can complete this 100 days of fitness! That’s the point I was trying to make with all of the above but waffling as usual!

Today when I went to the gym I did 2 miles on treadmill with an incline , walking, 5 mins on the step machine and got up to level 6 for a short time and I was on the bike for 5 miles. I thought I did very well and tomorrow I want to do more weights.

So this is where I am for day 1!

100 Day Fitness challenge

I have been getting my mental and physical health in check due to some recent events back home, and through watching some YouTube videos, I came across a wonderful woman who lost over 50lbs since last January.

As you all know, I like to keep fit but sometimes it falls by the wayside and I never seem to fully get on top of it. So as of tomorrow, I’m setting myself a “100 days of fitness” challenge. I want to either walk, run,gym or swim myself to a better me in 100 days.

I joined “The Gym”, a few months ago and I really enjoy the atmosphere as well as the 24hr access and the fact that it is close by. I have gone late and also early in the morning and I like that I have that flexibility which can change daily due to family and work commitments.

So tonight I will get a good night sleep and be ready to take on my challenge from tomorrow. I will blog/vlog and maybe put some stuff up on Facebook but I’ll share the links when and if I do.

I’m lucky that my birthday is coming up as I’ll be buying some personal training sessions as well as working with a friend who is writing me a programme on line as well as checking in with me. I think with all of these things, I’ll nail it and get some good results by February.

How do you tackle your fitness commitments? Do you go to a gym or do it at home with weights or fitness dvds?

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