Thursday, 25 May 2017

Take Three Thursday

It's time to share three photos for Mary-Lou's weekly Take Three Thursday linkup. 

I chose to take mine in the garden this week, three images of white petalled flowers - fleabane, climbing rose and clematis. 

I didn't deliberately choose to photograph the dirtiest flower  ... honestly!

it hasn't grown tall enough to reach the trellis yet but it's started
 flowering and there's lots more buds to open over the next few days

this is going to be a new favourite ... I love it

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Yesterday's Adventure

Yesterday I volunteered to accompany Year 1 and Year 2 children on their end of project trip to see two local castles. I had responsibility for six year ones and was delighted when one of the girls said that she was glad I was 'being a year one with them'! So, as an honorary year one we found our seats on the coach and started the are-we-there-yet part of the journey.

This was our first destination, Farleigh Castle, just a couple of miles from the school. I didn't take my camera with me yesterday because of the regulations about photographing the children, so the photos in this post are ones I've taken on previous visits to the castles.

Here the children had a treasure hunt where they had to match the photos in their books to places and objects they could see around the castle. They also had room in their books to sketch anything they wanted to, and also the opportunity to read about the history of the castle in a very big, child friendly book. The highlight for a lot of them seemed to be either sitting on the grass for their snack (apples) as soon as we arrived, or sitting on the grass for their picnic lunch at midday! 

Then it was back on the coach for the longer ride to the next castle, Nunney, about a 20 minute trip and we passed the time with a rather challenging game of 'I Spy' - challenging because quite a few haven't yet grasped that they have to be able to actually 'see' whatever they are asking the others to guess! 

The attraction of this castle was the moat! There was only time for a quick look round, one sketch of the castle and a walk round the outside of the moat - keeping very close to the wall and as far away from the water as possible. Nobody fell in, so I'm counting this as a success!

So, back to the coach and the return journey to school. It was a tiring, but full of fun day. Brilliant weather (dry, warm, bit of a breeze but not too sunny), and the children were so well behaved. It was lovely to have the opportunity to chat to them and experience their developing sense of humour. Best quote of the day at the first castle was 'my dad used to live here when he was a pirate'!!

Monday, 22 May 2017

Memos, Mail, Me on Monday

A very sunny Monday afternoon wave to Sian and the other members of the Monday crew.

It was back to teaching today after a busy weekend. I wasn't looking forward to it on such a hot day but it's the last week of term so I'm keep the the half term holiday (next week) firmly fixed in my sights.

Today, I made time for my first on-the-way-to-school-picnic-lunch, taking time to just sit and enjoy some quiet time ... or at least as quiet as it can be when you're parked by a busy(ish) country road. I stayed in the car this time, sitting in the front passenger seat with all the doors open and the car parked at just the right angle to catch some of the breeze. This was my view - the Alton Barnes White Horse.

After school, it was back home for another first ... today was the first dry day to sit outside and use my new garden furniture. It was delivered during the week and I'm completely happy with my choice. It has padded cushion seats for the chairs and the bench but it was too hot to use them today, but just as comfy without them. Taking time to sit outside with a mug of coffee and a good book (I'm re-reading To Kill A Mockingbird) and just relax from the efforts of the day is a lovely way to wind down and will definitely be a regular part of my routine!

Here's a photo of the new furniture. Sorry, it's not that wonky really; the photo was taken with my phone and I can't manage to straighten the image. You get the idea anyway.

Hope you all have a good week.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Take Three Thursday

I stayed away much longer than I'd planned and am now playing get-my-act-together at home.

Here's three photos of leaves/raindrops for Mary-Lou's Take Three Thursday.


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

A Quick Update

It's another quick post today but for a much better reason than yesterday. I've spent the afternoon in the garden, planting all my new goodies ... sorry, but I haven't taken any photos yet. As soon as I finish this post, I'll be packing and then I'm disappearing for a few days (so I won't be updating my blog) as I'm going to stay with friends. 

I'll do some photos of the garden when I get back.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Faffing About!

I've only got time for a quick post today. I've wasted most of the day faffing about trying to balance the end of year accounts for the band. Not really part of my role, but it has to be done and it looked like it wouldn't get done if I hadn't taken it on. I think I must have 'mug' written across my forehead!

My plan was to get up early and get it done, thinking it would only take about an hour at most. I was £30 adrift and I've spent all day, apart from an hour to have my hair cut, looking for the error or omission. I've just found it - a column added up incorrectly, which I'd checked I don't know how many times during the day! Anyway, it's all done now and I can pass the accounts back to the person who should be doing the work and forget all about it.

I'm going to have a soak in the bath to relax, get something to eat, and then I'm off to the book group meeting for the evening. At least the day is ending well!

Monday, 8 May 2017

Memos, Mail, Me on Monday

A cheerful Monday morning wave to Sian and the other Mondayers. 

Mail first ... I actually received quite a few parcels during the week but I'm only going to tell you about two of them this morning. The rest were destined for the garden so you will hear about them later in the week when I do a garden update. I'll start with the not-so-happy mail; I had some book tokens to use up so ordered a photography workbook from Amazon and when it arrived I was disappointed to see that a lot of the pages were ripped. Most definitely not what I expect for a brand new book. It's on it's way back for a refund and I'll use the money for something else, but I don't know what yet.  If I'm honest, I'm not too disappointed as a quick glance through confirmed that the contents were too basic for me, so I probably would have returned it anyway. 

I forgot to take a photo of the book, but I did take a photo of my definitely-staying-love-it happy mail.

It's not the best of photos as it's still covered in shrink-wrap and I struggled a bit with reflections, but this canvas will be on the wall in the third bedroom once it's decorated. I saw it advertised on Wayfair, fell in love with it, and a few days later, here it is!

On to the something new ... Ancestry is now showing 107 possible connections to me. I read up on how to use the information to identify common ancestors and from that have identified four links as the most likely to lead to the information I need on my paternal line (from the data available to me at present). Genealogy is usually a winter pastime for me but this is quite simply too exciting to wait!

Another 'new' is finding a new-to-me local walk, over fields towards the river instead of my usual route along the canal towpath. No photos of that yet though.

I don't have to work this week and will be spending most of the days at home, pottering and waiting for deliveries of plants. Tonight there is a band committee meeting to agree marketing material (it's going to take ages, I can feel a headache coming on at the thought of it!), and tomorrow night it's the monthly book group meeting (which'll be good because the pub where we meet does the best bowl of chips ever!). I had friends to stay on Saturday night so I cooked us a meal and we talked the night away, catching up on all the news. They've gone on down to Devon now but will call in on their way home mid week and stay overnight again. 

On Friday, it would have been Ced's 78th birthday. When he died I decided that I'd do something special on or near his birthday in celebration both of his life and our relationship, but I still have to decide what I want to do this year. Whatever I settle on will happen sometime this week.

Hope you all have a good week and have lots to look forward to.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

My Sunday Photo

a visitor to the marina


Saturday, 6 May 2017

The First Day of My Holiday

It's the dreaded SATS exams in UK schools next week so I won't be working - I am officially on holiday. I'm not going away, I think it's now called a 'staycation', and I'm ready for the break.

I had band practice this morning and arrived home to find that some of the plants I ordered had been delivered. I won't tell you what they are as there are more expected, and once they've all been planted I'll do another garden update.

I did a bit of food shopping on the way home from band and treated myself to these flowers and a Danish pastry, which has already been eaten! I don't need to go out for anything else so I can now pull up the drawbridge and shut out the rest of the world for the remainder of the weekend.

I have friends coming to stay on Monday so fingers crossed that it stays dry and we can do a few touristy type things.