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My Front Door Story

Yale Door are looking to hear bloggers' front door stories to be in with a chance to win a brand new composite front door from them. These are exactly the type of front door I was drooling over when we had our house extension completed a couple of years ago. It was even in our building plans, but as it was one of the final jobs to do we ran out of budget and so are still stuck with our old front door which is looking rather worse for wear these days and sadly takes the wow factor away from the rest of the house extension. We are currently away from home so I can't even show you a pic of our rather sad looking front door.

So despite being on holiday at the moment on a rather crazy but amazing road trip (more on the blog about that when we get home soon) and struggling with getting any Internet access at times, I decided to have a go at writing something up and then I'm going to try to find a way of getting it uploaded to the blog and online - probably by walking round the city trying to find a wifi signal somewhere!

Anyway back to the front door story. Being away from home has actually really made me appreciate my own front door. I've spent the night tossing and turning in my bed, hearing the wind and rain, and knowing that our security is only dependant on a couple of bolts and a padlock (see photo) whilst staying on a boat. And then woken up to the sound of someone coming home from a night out singing 'yellow submarine' at the top of his lungs. (The boat next to us is done up like the Beatles' famous yellow submarine in case you were wondering about his choice of song).
Yes I'm really missing my front door. It has made me realise that a front door not only gives security, but also protects from the elements and stops noise nuisance getting through. 

Don't get me wrong, we are having a great time on our road trip and staying in some amazing places, including some truly weird and wonderful ones (including a lighthouse with a Tardis on the roof a few nights ago!) And this place is just as bizarre, here's a photo of our current front door where we are staying on holiday, so you can see what I mean.

But I do miss having a proper front door and all those things it stands for...security, comfort, style, warmth and protection. 

I also know that having a front door also relies on knowing how to use it as 'user error' can be a common problem!  Let me tell you a couple of stories of what happened to us when we first became proud owners of our own front door after moving into our own home. 

Moving in day... All the hustle and bustle of packing and unpacking, going in and out, until finally we were officially 'moved'. Everything was into our new home. Exciting times, eh? So exciting in fact, that when we popped out to the shop and then returned home, we found that neither of us had brought the front door key with us. 

We had managed to lock ourselves out of our house on our very first day there! 

Our helpful neighbours came to the rescue, fetching a ladder, then climbing in through the upstairs window (which unusually for us, we had left open that day, as we are usually very good at closing windows when going out), then he came downstairs and let us in to our own house. 

Thankfully, they had seen us moving in and so knew we genuinely were the rightful occupants of the house and so were happy to help us 'break in' to our own house.

Our lesson was learnt and front door keys came with us everywhere since then. 

Leaving the keys indoors and getting locked out is one thing, but ownership of a front door is prone to user error in other ways too...

This time the keys were left outside! Generally being quite good with being security aware, when the doorbell rang unexpectedly one day, I put on the door chain and slowly opened the door a fraction to peek at who it could be. 

It was a dreaded door-to-door salesman but the first thing he did was point out that I had left my keys in the lock. So all my extra precautions of putting the chain on and carefully opening the door, were kind of futile if someone had wanted to get in before that point. 

That lesson has also been learnt and we are now far more responsible front door owners making sure that keys aren't accidentally left inside or outside the house.

Whilst I've told you a couple of our funny front door stories, we also realise and appreciate the importance of a good proper front door rather than a joker of one! 

This is my entry into the Yale Door blogger competition with the chance of winning a brand new, fully-fitted composite front door (the kind of door I have long dreamed about!) You can find out more here : www.yaledoor.co.uk/blogs/blogging-competition/ 

Just to clarify, the photos here are from where we are on holiday. We do have a proper front door at home (albeit a rather tired looking old one). As much as we enjoyed staying on a boat, I much prefer the comfort of a home on land with a proper front door. 


Moshi Series 11 Countdown - Number 1

Meet Weegul. We think Weegul is incredibly cute but don't be fooled, when you read the bio below you will see that Weegul is also really demanding.

Here's what J has to say: "Weegul sounds just like my little sister, Miss T, because she is really cute but very bossy and demanding too!"

Here's the official bio:

Name and Species: Weegul the Wobbly Dobbly
Personality: Spoilt, demanding, persuasive.

Wobbly Dobblies are fangtastically cute but goopendously demanding, especially if they don’t get their way. When they are not asking passers-by to plop glacĂ© gooberries on their wafery horns, they are insisting on having their cushions plumped up and their backs scratched.

Habitat: Wobbly Dobblies like waddling around Crystal Grotto but they can also be found collecting candied fruit in Pawberry Fields.
Likes: Everything and anything.
Dislikes: Walking and choc chips.

Well that's it for now - All 16 moshlings have been revealed! Now you can head on over to www.freethemoshlings.com and remember that the Series 11 Moshlings are now available to buy in good toy stores.

We will be back soon with a round up post with links to all the moshlings.

Moshi Series 11 Countdown - Number 2

Well who's this moshling sitting on our sand sculpture...

It's Freddy the Seb-Swaddling Guzzler. D was very interested to hear that Freddy likes eating fish heads because he got to try one on his visit to Noma last year (as well as some other weird and wonderful foods - you can read more about it here).

Here's the official bio:

Name and Species: Freddy the Seb-Swaddling Guzzler
Personality: Protective, boisterous, devoted.

Seb-Swaddling Guzzlers are meant to deliver the mail, but they can’t fit many letters in their bulging beaks because they are always finding strange little critters called Sebs to take care of. If you spot a Guzzler without a Seb in its beak, look under its cap and you’re sure to find one snuggling underneath.

Habitat: Seb-Swaddling Guzzlers live on the cliffs of the TakiTaki Islands but they often release their Sebs on Clickenham Green.
Likes: Fish heads and sand sculptures.
Dislikes: Ghost pirates and disposable diapers.

Just one more moshling to go! Come back tomorrow to find out who it is!

Moshi Series 11 Countdown - Number 3

Well there was only one person in the family truly qualified to introduce who to today's moshling. So here is D, our very own Brilliant Chef, to introduce you to....

Casey the Croaky Cook!

Thankfully D is a fantastic head chef when he's cooking in the kitchen. He remains calm and in control so doesn't shout too much like Casey does.

Here's the official bio:

Name and Species: Casey the Croaky Cook
Personality: Pretentious, talented, nitpicky.

Croaky Cooks spend so much time shouting they can barely speak, let alone croak. But yelling is essential when you’re in charge of a bustling kitchen, and these masterful Moshlings create some of the finest meals in Monstro City, including the legendary Casserole au Croak, topped with a single strand of the finest Oobla Doobla in the land!

Habitat: When they are not preparing feasts in places like the Sandy Drain Hotel, Croaky Cooks compare recipes in Lillypad Lake and Croak Creek.
Likes: Moshlings who shout ‘Yes, Chef!’ and egg whisks.
Dislikes: Dirty surfaces and frozen food.

Just 2 more left - Come back tomorrow for Number 2!

Moshi Series 11 Countdown - Number 4

Number 4 in the Moshling series 11 countdown is....

Popov the Dancing Dinkinov.

And here's the official bio for him:
Name and Species: Popov the Dancing Dinkinov
Personality: Surly, silly, musical.

Prepare to be astounded because Dancing Dinkinovs can boogie like there’s no tomorrow. When they are not backflipping over haystacks, juggling toy hammers or performing traditional Dinkinov dances they love feasting on giant bowls of goo-lash washed down with neat vobble-ade. Just be sure you don’t touch their huge, hat-shaped hairdos!

Habitat: Most Dancing Dinkinovs tour with the Moshikov Circus but some can still be found folding their arms at high speed in Choppemov Square.
Likes: Battyfish eggs and fiddling on the roof.
Dislikes: Happy Statues and decadence.
Come back tomorrow to meet number 3!

Moshi Series 11 Countdown - Number 5

Look who we found hiding in our sock drawer! It's number 5 of the Moshling series 11 countdown and it's...

Snuggy the Cuddly Wibble!

Here's the official bio:
Name and Species:
Snuggy the Cuddly Wibble
Personality: Warm, playful, loyal.

Cuddly Wibbles are ultra cute and super snuggly but they are also surprisingly shocking – literally, because the fluffy purple onesies they wear are charged with static electricity which they use to power the mini heaters in their bobble hats and charge up their phones.

Habitat: Cuddly Wibbles congregate in Tribbledown, a small hamlet past the Puzzle Palace, but they can also be found napping in sock drawers.
Likes: Fluffy Snugglers and hotel slippers.
Dislikes: Sunbathing and dyed beards.

Come back tomorrow for number 4!