Monday, 5 December 2016

Memorandum Monday

A cheery Monday morning wave to you all after a prolonged absence from Sian's weekly meme.

I only have one 'first' to tell you this week ... it may surprise some of you to hear that I watched 'Love Actually' for the first time ever on Saturday night. I was invited over to Julie's home for a belated birthday meal (fig & goat cheese tart, chicken curry, rice & nan bread, choc chip tart & ice cream, all cooked by daughter no. 2) and this was the chosen viewing. This was the sort of film I could never get Ced to watch, which is the main reason that I'd not seen it, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. 

I hope you all have a good week ahead of you. It's Christmas carol playing season for me, so lots of standing and playing in the freezing cold .... I love it!

Thank you to Sian for organising this get together.

Advent Calendar Joke 5

The answer to yesterday's question, who or what says oh-oh-oh is ..... Santa walking backwards!

Today's is slightly better ....... what do you get if you cross Santa with a duck?

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Advent Calendar Joke 4

The answer to yesterday's question 'how do snowmen get around?' is a bit of a groaner .... 'they ride an icicle!'

Today, I'm asking who or what say 'oh-oh-oh'?

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Advent Calendar Joke 3

The answer to yesterday's joke ... 'Where do snowmen like to dance?', is 'at snowballs!'

Today's joke is ...

How do snowmen get around?

Friday, 2 December 2016

Advent Calendar Joke 2

The answer to yesterday's joke ... 'what do you get if you cross a snowman with a shark', was frost bite!

Today's joke is ...

Where do snowmen like to dance?

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Advent Calendar Joke

I don't have time to do a daily advent photo this year so I'm posting the jokes out of my advent calendar instead.

What do you get if you cross a snowman with a shark?

I'll post the answer tomorrow.

Winter Photo Scavenger Hunt

Note: I will have to edit this post later as Blogger won't let me add a photo or a linky! For now, if you plan to join in, please leave a comment and I'll add you to the list when I get a linky to work.

It's December 1st, so it must be time to start the Winter Photo Scavenger Hunt. The hunt will run from 1st December 2016 to 21st March 2017, and all photos must be taken between these dates.

1.   layers
2.   raindrops
3.   key
4.   a signpost with an image of an animal
5.   fur or feather
6.   river or canal
7.   glassware
8.   a seasonal treat
9.   diamond
10. winter weather
11. a photo taken outside at night
12. a market or market stall
13. cogs/gears
14. repetition
15. hands
16. a memory of your childhood
17. a church with a tower or spire
18. tools
19. bird table or bird feeder
20. cold
21. hygge - this one is compulsory, here's a link to an explanation of the meaning of hygge 

If you find any of the above hard to get you may substitute one or both of the subjects below, except No. 21 which is compulsory.
Alt A  a pinecone
Alt B  a shadow
Alt C  an angel

I'd love you to join in, the more the merrier - please sign up below, and I'll be hosting a linky at the end of each month so you can show your finds. 

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

An Afternoon Well Spent

A few hours choosing books from the vast selection of secondhand books at Bookbarn International, all £1 each .... my idea of heaven!  

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Taking Stock

My first post in 39 days!  I really didn't mean to be away for so long but life got in the way, as it has a habit of doing.  The band is relocating to new premises and that's what's been taking all my time and energy, along with grant applications for the band, providing maternity cover at an additional school and continuing (very slowly) with the decluttering at home. 

This is the first photo I've taken in that time .... 

My camera has stayed in the cupboard and not seen the light of day.  But! I've missed the photography and need to claim back time for myself - I'm feeling out of sorts with myself, nothing serious that a few pamper days won't put right, so this is a 'taking stock' post, listing how things are at the moment.  The photo has nothing to do with the post, I just liked it and it was the best one I managed to take in the garden this morning.

  • Making Christmas tree decorations with a musical theme.  The band has been invited to provide a tree for the local Christmas Tree Festival and every band member needs to make a decoration or two, or five!  There is a prize for the best decoration made by a child. 
  • Cooking soups, stews and casseroles for the freezer. 
  • Drinking way too much black coffee and not enough water.
  • Reading 'The Key To It All' by Joanna Rees.
  • Wanting the garden to be finished.  It feels like another year wasted but I've finally found someone to do the hard landscaping at a price I can afford. I'd like it to be cheaper obviously, but it is what it is and will only get more expensive if I delay any longer. Hopefully, it'll be done in February so next year will be the year of the garden.
  • Looking for some new clothes, suitable for teaching and for wearing out in the evening.  
  • Playing lots of Christmas carols.  We're practicing the carols with the children ready for our December busking schedule.  Sorry to mention the 'C' word!
  • Deciding whether to continue with the blog or not.  The fact that I'm writing this post gives you my answer but I may not be updating too often until the new year.
  • Wishing that some warmer weather returns.  I'm not very good in the cold!
  • Enjoying a couple of trips to the cinema to see 'Doctor Strange' and 'Now You See Me 2'.  I've also booked a seat to see 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to find Them' later this month.
  • Wondering whether I'll be able to change the hinge on the fridge door or whether I'll have to get help.  The door won't close properly because the top hinge has broken, so I've ordered a replacement and will try to fix it myself.
  • Loving teaching Little Miss C to play the recorder.  She is amazing and doing much better than expected.  It's the high spot of my week.
  • Pondering whether to do another 365 photo project next year.
  • Considering where to go on holiday next year and looking for places of interest for day trips.
  • Watching I don't normally watch much TV but this time I watched the entire series of The Great British Bake Off.  I really enjoyed it so am a bit narked that it is moving to another channel and the inevitable changes that will bring.
  • Knowing that I really need to go downstairs and finish the washing up instead of sitting here at the laptop, writing this post.  I'm expecting visitors in about an hours time so I may have to shut the kitchen door so they can't see the mess!
  • Thinking about Ced.  He's been on my mind a lot lately, sometimes happy thoughts, sometime sad.  

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Taking a Break

Just to let you know that it's unlikely I will be updating my blog for the next few weeks.  I'm not ill or anything and there is no major crisis, it's just that real life is busier than usual and I don't seem to be able to find the time for the blog.

Take care, and I hope to be back soon.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016


It's another set of morris dancers for Helena's SNAP this week.  Last week I shared photos of the different shoes and this week it's a selection of the wonderful hats.  The last one is my favourite!

Monday, 19 September 2016

Memorandum Monday

It's an early start today so a rather bleary eyed Monday morning greeting to Sian and the rest of Monday bloggers.

Well the good news is that we had some new players at the band on Saturday, following my presentations in the primary schools. Three turned up on Saturday and I've had telephone calls from other parents reserving places for at least four more children. I'm hoping that we end up with ten new players as that will be a good result for the band.

We also played through a selection of new, slightly harder, music on Saturday which was purchased as a challenge for the junior band to try to progress them to the next level. Saturday was just sight reading all twelve pieces and they all did very well. Every piece was recognisable but they will obviously need plenty of practice to get them up to performance standard.

I was supposed to be going to the Longleat balloon festival on Sunday but I didn't feel well so chose to spend the day at home doing very little really, but I did make a lentil and vegetable soup using a new-to-me recipe. Most of it will go in the freezer but I'm taking some in a flask for my lunch today - it's a teaching day.

All the items I listed for sale on Gumtree have now sold, which is a first for me. The hall table sold and was collected during the week, which means that the bigger items of furniture I no longer wanted have all gone from the house. This has left me with enough floor space to continue the sorting/organising; the next stage is to organise the rest of the things I want to keep and get them put away, and then get on with placing some more adverts to try to sell some things.

I hope you all have a lovely week.