Sunday, 31 July 2011

Photographic Scavenger Hunt - July 2011

This is the first time I've joined in with the scavenger hunt.  I fell into the trap of thinking I had plenty of time and true to form I've had to rush to get the photos finished, so there are no great masterpieces here.  I managed to complete the list though.

Many thanks to Kathy for compiling the lists each month.


red, white and blue
part of a display of china in Tillions in Bradford-on-Avon

flip flops
I'm not sure if these are flip flops or sandals but
they're all I have so will have to do!

ice cream
an ice cream van, conveniently owned by a neighbour
 who lives two doors aways from me


a flag
the pen is pointing to the part of the note which is
usually called the 'tail' but can also be called the 'flag'
celebration
these 'Celebration' chocolates were an end of year gift
from one of my pupils. I'm fairly sure that the 'celebration'
was down to the fact that he's going to senior school next 
term so will no longer be having lessons with me!
stars
reward stickers for my pupils
a kite
not very easy to see, this is the British Kite Mark
stripes
 a set of corporal stripes from my partner's collection
of army badges
something that makes me happy
music - teaching, performing and listening to it
sea shells
luckily one of my schools was doing a project
on the seaside
fields
I see this view every week on my way to and from one of
my Wednesday schools.  It is between Melksham and Calne.

strawberries
a quick snap of some strawberries for sale in The Shambles
 in Bradford-on-Avon


The Photographic Scavenger Hunt is organised by Kathy over at Postcards from the P.P.   

Saturday, 30 July 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook - 30 July 2011

FOR TODAY - Saturday, 30th July 2011, 12:35pm

Outside my window... it is overcast, but no rain.

I am thinking... about my new great-niece, born in the early hours of this morning. 

I am thankful... for the help of my brother-in-law.  He gave up his Saturday morning to help me clear the very overgrown back garden.

I am learning ... to pace myself.

In the kitchen... the mid-day meal is cooking - spicy chicken.

I am wearing... blouse and skirt.

I am creating... nothing - having a rest from creating things!


I am going... to practice the piano.

I am wondering... whether the patient transport has been booked for the forthcoming hospital visit.

I am reading... 'Agatha Raisin and a Spoonful of Poison'. This is book no. 19 of my summer reading project. Only another 2 to go.

I am hoping... that the weather stays fine so that the spray takes effect on the brambles in the garden.

I am looking forward to... seeing the new baby.

I am hearing... the Grand Prix qualifying programme on the TV.

Around the house... still loads of housework waiting to be done.

I am pondering... nothing - I'm too tired!

One of my favorite things... rainbows.  So beautiful and remind me of my mum.


A few plans for the rest of the week: Decluttering the house and music practice. 

From my photo album ... 



The White Horse at Westbury in Wiltshire
 
















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Friday, 29 July 2011

3 in 30 Challenge - July 2011, week 5

 










Here's the update on my July goals:
Goal 1
Finish the outstanding paperwork. I have to calculate and submit invoices and registers, issue reports and prepare folders for each school (5 of them) for next term.
Update 1: I've completed everything relating to the term just finished but still have to do the prep for next term. The ABRSM exam results are displaying online for the first time today so I can now finish all the reports.
Update 2: Just have to take the exam certificates to the Post Office and then this goal is completed.
    Goal 2
    Sort out the sheet music. I've let this get in a mess, there is music everywhere. I need to file it by instrument and decide what is staying and what is going. 
    Update 1: Have managed to collect all the sheet music together and it now all in one place waiting to be sorted.
    Update 2: Still have to finish this - haven't done any sorting at all.  Failed!!
      Now to set some new goals for August.

      Goal 1 - Personal
      Aim to go for a short walk, maybe 10 minutes, every day regardless of the weather.  10 minutes isn't enough in the long term but I think it is a realistic starting target.  I know this is going to be hard and I will make all sorts of excuses to avoid it but I am massively overweight and need to get started on some exercise.  The only valid excuses for not doing this are if I have a migraine/illness or if I can't leave my partner (who has Motor Neurone Disease) but those days should be few and far between.

      Goal 2 -  Professional
      Decide which non-principal instrumental exam to take next and make a start on the practice. Aim for 30 minutes practice on at least 3 days (for starters) each week.

      Goal 3 - Home
      The big clean! The whole house needs doing but I feel overwhelmed by the task ahead of me even as I'm typing, so for starters I'll get the hoovering and dusting done and sort out the books and clothes to send off to the charity shop.

      Saturday, 23 July 2011

      The Simple Woman's Daybook - 23 July 2011

      FOR TODAY - Saturday, 23rd July 2011, 11:55am

      Outside my window... the sun has disappeared and it looks like rain.  Again!

      I am thinking... about the bombing and shootings in Norway.


      I am thankful... for the love and support of my family and friends.

      From the learning room ... nothing happening this week, just the intention to keep plugging away at learning the piano.

      In the kitchen... is the aftermath of breakfast.  I haven't tidied up yet.

      I am wearing... polo shirt and skirt.

      I am creating... the music theory chapter for the beginner's folders for next school year. 

      I am going... to have a cup of coffee and read my book.

      I am wondering... whether my car will pass the MOT without me having to spend a fortune on it.

      I am reading... 'Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came'. This is book no. 12 of my summer reading project. Only another 9 to go.

      I am hoping... that the weather stays fine next week so that I can take some photos.

      I am looking forward to... meeting up with friends for lunch.

      I am hearing... the cricket commentary on the TV.

      Around the house... still loads of housework waiting to be done.

      I am pondering... on the design for a 'new baby' card.  My nephew's 2nd child is due any day now.

      One of my favorite things... the colour red - always cheers me up.

      A few plans for the rest of the week: Having an Indian takeaway with Rheanna and Alex to celebrate her 21st.  Decluttering the house and clearing the garden.

      Here is a picture or thought I am sharing... life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that made you smile.

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      Friday, 22 July 2011

      3 in 30 Challenge - July 2011, week 4











      Well, haven't done as well as I hoped but some progress has been made:
      1. Finish the outstanding paperwork. I have to calculate and submit invoices and registers, issue reports and prepare folders for each school (5 of them) for next term. Update: I've completed everything relating to the term just finished but still have to do the prep for next term.  The ABRSM exam results are displaying online for the first time today so I can now finish all the reports.
      2. Sort out the sheet music. I've let this get in a mess, there is music everywhere. I need to file it by instrument and decide what is staying and what is going. Update: Have managed to collect all the sheet music together and it now all in one place waiting to be sorted.

      Edit:  For some reason I am unable to comment on other people's post.  I will keep trying. Thanks to everyone for the comments and well done to all of you.

      Sunday, 17 July 2011

      3 in 30 Challenge - July 2011, week 3











      I came across the 3 in 30 challenge but I can't remember who's blog I originally saw it on (sorry).  This is how the challenge is described on the 3 in 30 site:
        Do you have a wish-list, a to-do list a mile long, or even a bucket list?
        Join the 3in30 Challenge and learn how to check those tasks, projects, and dreams off your list one at a time!

        Let’s break down our lists into bite-sized chunks, and let’s check up on each other over the course of a month. Together we can accomplish our goals!

        It’s been said that it takes 21 days to create new habits. Each month (approximately each 30 days) the 3in30 Challenge starts fresh. Choose up to 3 goals you’d like to work on. Then, throughout the month there will be weekly link-ups and opportunities for daily encouragement and accountability
      I like the fact that it is a personal challenge where you set your own goals but ....  will I actually do it?  Well I have to do something and this is as good as anything.  I can see that steadily chipping away at the things that need to be done will work, I just have to get myself motivated to start! Things have defintely got on top of me and I can't see the light at the end of the tunnel but I know that I have to turn things around before I fall over the edge into another bout of depression.

      So, thinking positively (and I know that I am starting part way through the month) for July I have opted for only 2 tasks from my very long to-do list. I know that without pushing myself I will leave this work to the last minute and will have it on my mind all through the summer holidays.
      1. Finish the outstanding paperwork. I have to calculate and submit invoices and registers, issue reports and prepare folders for each school (5 of them) for next term.
      2. Sort out the sheet music. I've let this get in a mess, there is music everywhere. I need to file it by instrument and decide what is staying and what is going.
      Both goals are achieveable.  But can I do it? 

      Saturday, 16 July 2011

      The Simple Woman's Daybook - 16 July 2011

      This is the first time I've taken part in The Simple Woman's Daybook.  If you'd like to see other daybooks, or take part yourself, please visit this site

      FOR TODAY - Saturday, 16th July 2011, 07.30am

      Outside my window... it is raining.


      I am thinking... nothing in particular.  It's too early and I haven't had my first cup of coffee yet.

      I am thankful... that I have nearly finished my teaching commitments for this academic year and now have 8 weeks holiday to look forward to.

      From the learning room ... I plan to restart learning the piano.

      In the kitchen... there are the ingredients for the Rustic Chicken Casserole we will be eating tonight.

      I am wearing... my dressing gown.  I've just got up!

      I am creating... this blog!  It's not going according to plan - it was supposed to be a blog to display my entries for card-making challenges, but since I started I haven't had time to do any challenges and I also keep getting sidetracked by other things ... like this daybook. 

      I am going... to sort out some paperwork .. submit the rest of my invoices for this term and prepare the registers, etc for the next term.

      I am wondering... how long the bad weather is going to last as I need to start work on clearing the very overgrown garden.

      I am reading... 'Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam'.  This is book no. 10 of my summer reading project.  Only another 11 to go.

      I am hoping... that the rest of my pupil's exam results arrive soon, and that they have all passed.  Hoping for merits or distinctions really but passes will be good.  Definitely don't want any fails!

      I am looking forward to... an 8 week break from work.

      I am hearing... the rain on the conservtory roof.

      Around the house... loads of housework waiting to be done.

      I am pondering... my plans for the next year and if it will be possible to find the time to complete an Open University course.

      One of my favorite things... a baby's laugh.  Hearing a baby or a small child laugh is the best thing ever.

      A few plans for the rest of the week: housework and gardening

      Here is a picture or thought I am sharing...





      This is the chapel on the bridge at Bradford on Avon.

      Saturday, 9 July 2011

      Summer Reading

      I've recently discovered M.C. Beaton's 'Agatha Raisin' books - I heard them on Radio 4 Extra as a play/story featuring Penelope Keith.

      Agatha  Raisin is a 'Miss Marple' with attitude.  She actually reminds me of someone I know which I suppose adds to my enjoyment of the books.  Don't worry - if I've given you the link to this blog, then it's not you!  I think they are lovely, simple, old-fashioned stories with minimal violence and lots of humour.  They are a pleasant undemanding read and I find them really relaxing so I'm going to buy the entire series (eBay is my friend) and read them, in order, this summer.

      I've read 4 so far so only another 17 to go.