Monday, 20 April 2015

Me on Monday | My Day in Photos

The weekend was a bit of a washout.  It was band practice on Saturday morning which was okay to start with and then I started to feel ill.  I made it through until the end but went to bed as soon as I got home and slept for a while. I spent the rest of the day either sleeping or checking blogs on my iPad.  Sunday was also spent in bed either sleeping, reading or checking blogs!

It was supposed to be the photo an hour for April on Sunday, organised by Jane and Louise, but I obviously wasn't in a fit state to take any photos so I've done it for today instead.  I'm also linking with Sian's Me on Monday.

You'll have to use your imagination for the start of the day as I forgot that I needed to take the photos and only remembered after I'd been up for a couple of hours.  

7:30am | leaving home.  Today is a teaching day and I've opted to take my flute as it's the lightest instrument to carry.  I'm still feeling fairly fragile.

8:30am | I've arrived at my first school and am getting ready to teach.  Some of the children have already arrived at school at left their instruments in the library, ready for their music lesson.

9:30am | I have an hours break because of the new whole-school spelling initiative so have relocated to the staff room for a hot drink and to read my book.  I'm glad of the break today.

10:30am | Time to start working again.  I'm just about to go into this classroom to teach a recorder lesson.

11:30am | Continuing with the music lessons.  It's difficult to do a photo an hour on a teaching day as I'm not allowed to photograph any of the children.

12:30pm | Walking back to my car.  I never park in the school car park at this school as I have to leave early so don't want my car to be blocked in.  It's just a five minute walk to the village club where I park.  There are horses in the field on the left and usually they come over to the fence but they were over the other side of the field today.

1:30pm | I'm in my afternoon school, baking hot in a room/cupboard with no window; it's attached to the kitchen and it's where they store the dinner tables and chairs. Lack of space is always a problem in the older village schools.  The children are fun to teach though so that makes up for it.

2:30pm | I've finished teaching for the day and decided to call in and visit a friend on my way home.  I only stayed for a coffee and a quick chat.

3:30pm | At home and updating my registers and invoice, sorting out my diary and trying to book a hospital appointment. 

4:30pm | Just relaxing.  I'm curled up on the sofa in the living room doing nothing at all. These flowers were a gift from a friend.

5:30pm | A little bit of piano practice, soon abandoned for today because I was too tired to concentrate and was making too many mistakes!

6:30pm | Sitting at the table after my evening meal, just enjoying the light.

7:30pm | Watering the plants.

8:30pm | I've settled down for an evening of reading ... this book and also catching up with various blogs.  

That's the final photo of the day.  The rest of the evening will be spent reading but I won't bother to take any more photographs as they'd all be the same!

110/365: Q is for ... the Quackers!


So far this year my decluttering efforts have been focused on the things I want to get rid of.  All very necessary as there is so much that needs to go, but this month I'm having a bit of a change and will be looking at the special items I want to keep.
 
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These live in the bathroom window.  The chintzy duck on the right is actually called Quackers and was a thank you gift from my sister's three youngest children.  It marks that memorable occasion when they came to my home for tea ... and stayed for the entire week. We were having so much fun they didn't want to go home!  My sister had to keep sending more clothes round for them and they only went home then because I had to go back to work.

The smaller one is called Dibley.  Ced bought it for me when we went to Turville to see where the film Went the Day Well was made and, once we got there, realised it was also the location for The Vicar of Dibley and Goodnight Mr Tom. You can probably see that Dibley has been in the wars, the result of my niece tripping and knocking him off the bathroom shelf when she and her husband used to rent my house ... but a steady hand and plenty of glue later and he's almost as good as new!

Sunday, 19 April 2015

109/365: Laura's Art

So far this year my decluttering efforts have been focused on the things I want to get rid of.  All very necessary as there is so much that needs to go, but this month I'm having a bit of a change and will be looking at the special items I want to keep.

 
First of all, apologies for the strange angle; it was propped up on the sofa and I was trying to avoid reflections!  This will eventually be on the wall in the music room/study.  I'm just waiting to buy the new book cases and then I'll work out where it can go.

Apart from the fact that I like it, this is so special to me for two reasons. Number one is that it was made by my niece, Laura, as part of her A level art course and, although others wanted it, I was the lucky one.  The second reason is that the vase featured belonged to my Mum and Laura chose it to be the theme for several of her exam pieces.  I don't know how Mum got the vase but it was always on the window sill in the living room for as long back as I can remember. When old age saw my Mum going to live with my sister the vase went too and had pride of place in the dining room, which meant that my sister's children all grew up with it just as we did. 

It now it belongs to my sister but this collage is a way of having Mum's vase in my home as well.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

108/365: P is for ... the Panda



So far this year my decluttering efforts have been focused on the things I want to get rid of.  All very necessary as there is so much that needs to go, but this month I'm having a bit of a change and will be looking at the special items I want to keep.
 
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This was Ced's panda, given to him as a baby back in 1939 and as you can see it's been well loved.  I'll never get rid of this ... it's staying!

Friday, 17 April 2015

107/365: O is for ... the Officer's Cap



So far this year my decluttering efforts have been focused on the things I want to get rid of.  All very necessary as there is so much that needs to go, but this month I'm having a bit of a change and will be looking at the special items I want to keep.
 
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Ced collected lots of examples of original trench art from WW1 but this officer's cap is one he made himself from a shell case and a button from a military uniform.  He made quite a few for friends and also one that he donated to the Tank Museum at Bovington.

This is what he was working on just before he lost the ability to use his hands and is the last one he managed to finish. I'll treasure it forever and when I'm gone, one of my nephews wants it so I know it'll stay in the family and continue to be loved.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

106/365: N is for ... the Nutcracker


So far this year my decluttering efforts have been focused on the things I want to get rid of.  All very necessary as there is so much that needs to go, but this month I'm having a bit of a change and will be looking at the special items I want to keep.

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Nutcrackers ... we've had all sorts over the years, none of which worked particularly well so we were always buying a 'better' one.  We'd had an identical one to the one in the photo which worked fine, but it disappeared ... a long story, but we think it was thrown on the fire by mistake ... so we bought this one as a replacement.  It is difficult to believe that it is the same design.  This one definitely has a mind of it's own ... it's lethal and if you don't position the nut properly it'll shoot out and hit you on the head! Every Christmas after buying this one, we ended up using a hammer to crack the nuts - so much safer!

So why am I keeping it?  Because, once you got the knack, it was possible to use it to make the nut hit a target and we wasted a whole afternoon once doing just that ... obviously he was better at it than me and won every time, but it's still a very happy memory.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

105/365: M is for ... the Matryoshka Dolls


So far this year my decluttering efforts have been focused on the things I want to get rid of.  All very necessary as there is so much that needs to go, but this month I'm having a bit of a change and will be looking at the special items I want to keep.
 
Click here to see the list of blogs participating in the 2015 A to Z Challenge.

 
My Mum had always wanted a set of these dolls and eventually she got her wish, a couple of years or so before she died.  I'm not sure where these came from but they had pride of place in her room and she treasured them. 

They were one of the things I chose to keep and sometimes, as a special treat, I allow her great grandchildren (my great nieces and nephews) to open them up and see all the dolls.  They are all too young to remember my Mum but know who she was and know some of the family stories about her.  They also know that these were her dolls, and it's another way of keeping her memory alive for them ... and for me. 

The Alphabet Project | N is for Notes

We've reached the letter N in PODcast's Alphabet Project and I've chosen ...
 
... N is for Notes
 
These notes are on my key ring, one of the few musical gifts I've been given that I actually use.  Most go in a pot to be looked at occasionally - I know that probably makes me sound like an ungrateful brat, but there is a limit to how many treble clef or music note brooches I want to wear - it's just not my style!
 
Anyway, notes (musical ones that is) obviously play an important role in my life.  I use them every day, either teaching, playing and/or performing.  I can't imagine life without them!

Photo Pairs

For the Photo Pairs this week I've gone for ...

CLOSED and OPEN
 



Tuesday, 14 April 2015

104/365: L is for ... the Liquorice Allsorts Money Box


So far this year my decluttering efforts have been focused on the things I want to get rid of.  All very necessary as there is so much that needs to go, but this month I'm having a bit of a change and will be looking at the special items I want to keep.
 
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People never knew what to buy us for presents; we were the sort of couple that had everything we wanted and anything we did still want was way too expensive!  The kids always used to buy us Bassetts Liquorice Allsorts - our favourites.  Ced had a particular way of sharing them out where he took all the ones he liked and left the rest for me.  Or another way of looking at is was, he took all the best ones and left me the boring ones. He even did it when he was in hospital near the end, although at that stage he had to give me instructions and I had to do the sharing. It gives you some idea of the charm of the man that he always got away with it, although when he was in hospital I did manage to eat some of the nicer ones when I was sharing them out!
 
This money box was given to us one Christmas. I've always used it to save my small change and then treat myself with the contents once a year and that's what I'll continue to do. It is however, a reminder of a small but important part of our life together which is the real reason it's staying.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Me on Monday

It's been an end of the holiday so it's back to school for you sort of day. A straight into it to prepare for the concerts later this term sort of day.  A happy day full of smiling children with pathetic excuses for not doing enough practicing (they just don't have the flair we used to have as youngsters!), sunny weather and my first lunchtime picnic of the year.  
 
I'm just sneaking a coffee and a rest of sorts before this evening.  Julie and her friend L are coming round.  Apparently I know L, but can't for the life of me think who she is, so it'll be interesting if nothing else.  We will be joined by Ellie who is going to read our cards.  I went with Julie to have our cards read last year by her; before we went I was very sceptical about it and kind of thought that in some way, because you know what is supposed to happen, you somehow made the predictions come true.  All very wishy-washy thinking and don't ask me how it would happen, but that's what I thought.  This year, I don't know how I feel as such a lot of it was so accurate last time, so it'll be interesting to see what is said tonight.
 
As for the weekend, on Saturday I went to Clark's Village for some much needed retail therapy.  It was a spur of the moment decision to go but I'm glad I did as it did me good. I went with the same coach company that did the mystery tour as it worked out to be much the same cost as it would have been for my petrol and parking, but joining the coach meant that I didn't have to drive!  So five hours non stop shopping later and I was shattered and in bed for an early night.
 
On Sunday I surprised myself.  Well, shocked myself would be more accurate. I spent the day cleaning the house ... and enjoyed it.  I'm not usually enthusiastic about housework so to actually enjoy it ... is that normal?  Please reassure me that I'm not losing the plot!!  I calmed myself down by going online and ordering some plants for delivery at the end of May and then had a relaxing evening watching Vera on the TV.
 
Linking with Sian at From High in the Sky.

103/365: K is for ... the Key Safe


So far this year my decluttering efforts have been focused on the things I want to get rid of.  All very necessary as there is so much that needs to go, but this month I'm having a bit of a change and will be looking at the special items I want to keep.
 
Click here to see the list of blogs participating in the 2015 A to Z Challenge.


Before I start I'll warn you that this is one of those stories where you probably needed to be there!

Some years ago we were selling one of the cars, a Ford, which was due to be collected that afternoon.  We had checked that everything was out of the car and all the documents, the manual and both black keys were piled neatly on the hall table ready when we remembered the red key,  so just needed to add that to the pile.  I looked in the drawer where all that sort of stuff was kept and ... it wasn't there.  No real panic, there weren't many places it could be and, although we weren't too good at putting hobby things away, we were always organised with important things like that.

A quick search of all the other likely places but no luck so Ced searched his workshop and I checked the study, just in case, but still couldn't find the red key. Time was marching on - why does it always speed up when this sort of thing happens! - the buyer was due and we needed to find that key.  Panic time ... you know how it is, you keep checking the places where it should be and where you've already looked, just in case you missed it the first time, getting more and more frustrated to the point where you're nearly gibbering and starting to get cross. 

Anyway the buyer turned up and Ced was explaining to him that we'd misplaced the red key and they agreed that if it didn't turn up within a week, then we'd sort out a replacement for him.  It was then that Ced said "the first thing we're going to do is buy a key safe", at which point we just stopped ... looked at each other ... and turned to look at the clock, a relatively new purchase.  I opened the clock to reveal the key safe compartment behind the face and there it was ... that elusive red key!

The sale was completed, the buyer left with the car and we settled down for coffee and cakes, and as I walked back in from the kitchen and caught his eye we both started laughing and just couldn't stop.  Like I said, you needed to be there really, but we couldn't pull ourselves together for most of the evening.

It has to be repaired but it's staying - a useful item and a happy memory! 

Sunday, 12 April 2015

102/365: the Teddy Bear

So far this year my decluttering efforts have been focused on the things I want to get rid of.  All very necessary as there is so much that needs to go, but this month I'm having a bit of a change and will be looking at the special items I want to keep.
 
 
I didn't have a teddy bear when I was small.  We had rag dolls, which I can sort of remember, but they sadly disappeared years and years ago.  I've always felt a little envious of people who still owned and loved their childhood teddies and I can remember expressing this opinion once, just commenting on something on the TV.

Fast forward to November that year and my birthday, and the present from my niece was this teddy bear.  She'd remembered that conversation and bought Ted for me because, everyone needs a bear to love and cuddle.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

A Good Day

It's been a lovely day ... a bit of a drab wet start, but it soon brightened up and I've been out enjoying myself all day.

I've been to Clark's Village, a designer outlet shopping centre in Street - this carousel is in the central square.  I spent rather a lot of money but all on things I needed, no impulse buys - I was very good at sticking to my list! I have come home with two tops, a cardigan and two pairs of shoes.  Also, so that I have the correct gear to start walking with the local walking group, I bought a pair of walking shoes, a waterproof coat and two pairs of decent socks.  And I managed to get a small cafetiere to replace the one I broke ages ago.  All in all, a successful days shopping!
 
Oh, and I was a proper blogger for once and photographed my drink ...

101/365: J is for ... Jack's Glasses


So far this year my decluttering efforts have been focused on the things I want to get rid of.  All very necessary as there is so much that needs to go, but this month I'm having a bit of a change and will be looking at the special items I want to keep.
 
Click here to see the list of blogs participating in the 2015 A to Z Challenge.
 

Not a great photo - you can see me in the reflection! This is one of a set of six glasses given to my Mum years ago by my brother, Jack.  Mum adored them and always referred to them as Jack's glasses!  These have been used at so many family events, both happy and sad; engagements, marriages, graduations, funerals, new babies, Christmas meals and birthdays.  You name the celebration, and these are the glasses we used for the toast.  I can't imagine not having them.