Sunday, 5 July 2015

Summer Manifesto | 2015

One more day in school.
One whole form outing.
Speech Day.
And then that's it for eight weeks.
Time to draw up our amendable Summer Manifesto.
Places we want to visit here in London
and in Atlanta and in Houston.
Yep, our summer holiday is a re-run of our Christmas travels.
But with better weather.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Early Birds | Autism and the Science Museum

We were at the Science Museum early this morning.
And by early, I mean 8.30 am.
Every few months, the Museum hosts an Early Bird session for children with autism.
Imagine a scene from Night at the Museum.
Except that it wasn't night time.
And none of the exhibits came alive.
More's the pity.
The exhibition halls are empty.
The kiddos could actually see the exhibits.
It wasn't crowded at all.
No-one minded when a child ran around.
No-one minded when children bounced and flapped 
and generally expressed themselves in their own unique way.
In short, it was brilliant.
A* to the Science Museum.  

Friday, 3 July 2015

Summer Fayre

 ~ coffee ~
 ~ cake ~
 ~ {ice} cream
~ curry ~
What's not to love on a sunny afternoon?

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Scrapbooking | The Teenage Years

When I made the page about my nephew's recent
Graduation from an American High School, 
it dawned on me that I hadn't added anything to his album 
since his 16th birthday
when my sister gave him an ironing lesson.
Because I don't have any photos of him after that date.
He's not one for having his photo taken.
Like hen's teeth, photos of my nephew.
Just like millions of other teenage boys around the globe
However, living in the USA for the last year has opened up a whole load of firsts for him
 and Sib has been good about photographing 
those firsts and sharing them via FB and her blog.
 I started by looking back through both of our blogs
and through my photo archive (which is stored by month and year.)
Beginning at the beginning, the page below is about the day he and my sister left the UK

 Jumping ahead a few months, this one is about Homecoming.
Something we Brits don't have in our school system.

First day of school, Homecoming Dance, Senior year book photo, prom night ...
His album is going to be a whole lot fuller than it was!  

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Month in Numbers | June

As July rolls in, here's a look at what June brought:
 108: the number of photos I took at the dress rehearsal
 of the school's production of We'll Meet Again.
23: the number of times I walked the pooch.
That's more than a day's worth of exercise without even trying. 
2: the number of medals won.  Third in the Egg & Spoon and the 50m.
He's thrilled!
76%: the highest mark achieved during Exam Week.  It was for Geography.
7: the number of days we had tradesmen in the house.
4: the number of tradesmen who did the work ~ plumber, carpenter, tiler and decorator. 
360: the number of lengths swum by me.  The largest monthly total to date.
1 of 900: my nephew graduated from High School, alongside 899 other teenagers.

Month in Numbers is the brainchild of Julie 
and you'll always find a warm welcome over at her place. 
 Not to mention entertaining posts about a varied list of topics.
Go on over, stop by and say hello. 

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Teacher Gifts

End of term is a mere week away
and that means Teacher Gifts.
These last few years have seen me spend 
far more than I should on these "small tokens of thanks".
This year I had a plan.
I wanted a lot more bang for my buck.
 The store smells heavenly and the staff tempt you with free samples.
The Strawberry White Thins are divine.
 There's no denying that some items are expensive. 
 Let's not forget that we're talking about chocolate.
But careful perusing spots the affordable items.
Ribbon (beautifully tied in front of you) and gift bag included.
I added the tissue paper and The Boy Child will add a tag.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Me on Monday

It was a:
Grandad P visiting,
Summer Fayre on the Green visiting,
gorgeous socks receiving,
 birthday sausage eating,
 photo-bombing by The Good Friend's mum, 
 hanging out
and library visiting kind of weekend.
And it's looking pretty good for this week ... Photography Scavenger Hunt hunting, into town nipping, birthday dinner celebrating and Summer Fayre helping.

  This post is adapted from Sian's Me on Monday theme,
 which you can find on the
 fabulous From High in the Sky blog.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Courage | Part 2

"To get through the hardest journey
we need only take
one step at a time, 
but we must keep on stepping."
~ Chinese Proverb

Friday, 26 June 2015


"Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the little voice
at the end of the day
that says I'll try again tomorrow."
~ Mary Anne Radmacher 

See that dress?  I might just have gone ahead and ordered it.
And I might just be on my third bottle of beer.