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.

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.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Summer Salad

My lovely friend, Deb, posted a salad recipe.
How I now smile at the thought of a "new" salad recipe.
Remember the days when a damp lettuce leaf, 
slices of cucumber and a tomato
counted as salad?
Jazzed up with Salad Cream, if you were lucky.

I digress.  
I tweaked Deb's recipe and here's what I served up 
alongside tonight's BBQ.
diced cooked chicken breast
dried cranberries,
crumbled feta cheese
and balsamic vinegar dressing.
  That's it.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

One Year On | A Family First

This weekend marks the anniversary of the day my sister and nephew emigrated to the USA.
(My BiL had, because of work, gone on ahead of them.)
I woke up this morning to find that my sister had blogged the official graduation photo.
Which means I can share it here.
As The Brainy One remarked over his breakfast cuppa,
 "Isn't that great!  A family first.  No-one else in the family has
graduated from an American high school."
Here's what I did with it.

There he is, officially done with school.
The {new} world is his oyster.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015


It would seem, yet again, that I am not on trend.
'Twas ever thus
 Ali yesterday
and Elise just last week.
Jamie wrote about it as well.
Granted, three of them are small business owners, 
so I can see the attraction for them.
No such thing as bad publicity and all that.
What am I talking about?
The pull of Instagram.
~ #coldtea ~
Am I missing something?
I just don't see the point of it.
Not for the 99.9% of the population who are 
going about their everyday mundane business.  
Hearing people talking about hashtag this
 and hashtag that leaves me cold.
I'm willing to listen to your reasons of why I should be on Instagram.
Really, I am.
It's just that I'm content with not being on trend.
If it's all the same to you.

Monday, 22 June 2015

It's Been How Long?

Last week, lovely Abi wrote a post about the joy of visiting the library
 now that she has finished her degree.
And I'm ashamed to admit it, but reading that post
made me realise that I couldn't remember the last time
I'd visited our local library.
 The Boy Child and I called in today after school.
He was as happy as Larry.
First stop, the aisle holding the books on Sport.
 I left him with his nose in a book on football (obviously)
and went off to browse the non-fiction.
The choice was so over whelming, I came away with nothing.
Using the self check-out, it soon became obvious that the pair of us 
were persona non grata.  Our last visit was so long ago, we had
actually fallen off their system.
"Why do you want to rejoin the library?" asked the librarian, 
who looked all of about 12-years-old.
Um, to borrow books?
  Abi's post is here.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Summer Sunday

I have, of late, changed the pace of our weekends.
We're spending more time close to home.
It's Father's Day today
and the Boy Child impressed with his beautiful handwriting.
We met up with friends to walk our dogs in the local park.
The Boy Child practised his football skills.
We spent an hour working in the garden 
and I used a few pruned stems to make a bouquet.
We sat outside and read the papers.
We ate BBQ for supper.
How was your Sunday?

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Living the Everyday

"As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness -- just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm.” 
~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

Friday, 19 June 2015


Last week The Boy Child had to build a raft from twigs.
Use of string was allowed.
 The Brainy One enjoyed the project very much!
 The rafts were then raced (floated?) on the pond in the park 
opposite the school.   
I traded the park photos with the school for Sports Day photos.
A win win situation.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Sports Day

I love the second half of the summer term.
There's so much lovely stuff happening at school.
And today was my most favourite of all.
Sports Day.

Two bronze medals for the master of the house
and a thoroughly excellent time had by all.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Pairings | Football

A goal.
The kit.
Makes for a happy 8-year-old.
  I'm joining in with Helena this week and looking for pairings, obvious or otherwise.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Things He Says | The Bedtime Edition

Me: "What time are you going to bed, Mum?"*
The Boy Child: "About two minutes after me!"

* I don't normally police what time my mum goes to bed, obviously.  In my round about way, I was actually asking her if she'd like a cup of tea.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Me on Monday

It's been a:
pottering about at home,
finishing up my travel journal,
looking at Mum's journal,
attempting the crossword,
printing off photos,
and beginning a new journal
kind of Monday.
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, 14 June 2015

What a Difference a Day Makes

He had 11 hours sleep.
He got to go and collect Granny from her travels.
In his pjs.
He smiled at me.
Today was indeed a different day.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Some Days ...

... are really rubbish for him.
It's not been a good day for The Boy Child.
Autism has ruled the roost.
Not even a few hours with The Good Friend helped to conquer his demons.
His bedtime is marred by the sound of raised voices and short tempers.
Good job tomorrow is another day. 
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