Sunday, 28 August 2016

Celebrate #21

Where has the time gone this summer?  Catching up belatedly with the Celebrate crew led by Lexa Cain - click on the button below to join in :)

This week I am celebrating - that something wasn't as bad as it could have been!  Unfortunately, there was a nasty accident involving Husband, his car and my oldest cat!!  So thank you to the wonderful vets but most of all thank you God for somehow making it so she survived with only a slight fracture of the pelvis and is now on her way to making a full recovery.  To say I can't quite believe what happened is a bit of an understatement but we are all coming back from the harrowing experience. She is not too happy about having to under go cage rest so she is getting lots of high quality cat food and treats to placate her.

Hopefully everyone else has spent a far less traumatic week so I'm off to find out now!

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Apple Bobbing School Activities

As I said in my last post I am determined to get back to creating and designing some more products for my TpT store.  I have just posted two games/activities with an apple bobbing theme which should link in nicely with up-coming autumnal and back to school apple themes.

This is my first and is a selection of games and activities to help students with learning about "s" blend phonics such as sp, st, squ, sw etc.  I like children to have a variety of games so they don't get bored in their learning.  These beginning blends are so important in the next stage leading on from simple cvc words but they need plenty of practice and repetition.  I know, as a teacher, trying to find pictures to illustrate words is so very time-consuming so hopefully this packet will save hours of time as well as giving hours of activities for students in the classroom.

My next product will (fingers crossed) bring in some more comments and ratings to my site as I am trying something new and releasing this as a freebie with more parts to come once I have received ten feedbacks.  I'll see what happens!

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One of my happy memories is of taking my class to another school for a special day of fun in the sun with lots of different games to do and some of my very "Fancy" girls - age 10 going on 21 if you know what I mean and normally without a hair out of place - apple bobbing with the best of them and getting totally soaked and their hair dripping and so much laughter.  So wonderful to see :)

Now it's your turn - are you an apple bobbing expert?  Do you keep your eyes on the prize or are your eyes tight shut and hope for the best?  When did you last have a go and when (if ever) do you think you'll be doing it again?

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Back to TpT

It's been a long time since I uploaded anything to my Teachers Pay Teachers store (or even checked in with it - hence a quick catch up replying to feedback) but this lovely warm weather has inspired me to create a freebie lollipop themed rhyming activity for little ones and those with special educational needs.

I know how important it is these days for children to be able to do things independently in the classroom and I think these specially designed puzzle pieces will allow them to do just that!!  By fitting the pieces together they will know whether they have found a rhyming pair or not - something quite a few students have difficulty with but is such a useful skill to have when learning to read and write.  I also made up a writing page and idea too as so many early or struggling learners worry so much about putting pen to paper or maybe in this case pen to lollipop stick!!

TpT is free to join and has so many useful resources for both teachers and parents so please let others know about it - they may find something they've been looking for for ages :)

If you'd like a copy of my new product click on the picture below to be taken to my store where it can be easily downloaded.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Oh to be in England ...

Yes I am back. Recently returned from Lisbon and happy to be back especially as I am waking up to blue skies and sunshine.  Back to internet connections.  Back to my cats who were well cared for by my wonderful friends who house sat for us :)  I totally loved Lisbon but the heat was far too much for me so returning to more normal temperatures is blissful too.  Lots more to tell I am sure throughout the week.  Here's to hoping everyone else has been enjoying themselves wherever they are!!

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

New Vintage Linky Party

I thought I'd share a linky I found for anyone who. like me, loves finding old things in charity/thrift shops.  Vintage Bliss hosted by Joann over at Woman in Real Life
If you want to see what others have posted just click on the button above

My own find was something else for my collection of vintage knitting and sewing items
The purple ball of crimplene wool is my newest addition.

When I began my knitting wool collection, I started with old balls of wool/yarn which were all 100% wool because that was what wool was!!  But of course new fibres that were introduced were revolutionary way back in the 1960s making knitted garments so much easier to wash and care for so although I would not wish to knit with this type of yarn it does have a place in the history of knitting and therefore features in my collection.

Do you have a collection you add to through charity/thrift shop finds?  Can you remember knitting with these "new" yarns?  What do you like to knit with today? Please feel free to leave a comment below :)

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Holiday Reading

I've realised I've fallen behind on my reading target I posted on Goodreads way back in January when I got off to a really good start!!  I thought 40 books would be a doddle.  I LOVE reading but there just isn't as much time these days to curl up with a good book so I am looking forward to my holiday to Portugal coming up soon where I hope to be able to catch up and read about 4 books in a week.
I'm currently reading -
which is certainly rather different!!!  I think Ms Morton might have been sniffing a bit too much catnip but once you've followed her down the rabbit-hole and let go of any pre-conceived notions it's quite entertaining :)
I'm hoping that I'll have finished it before I go away so this is where I thought I could ask around and come up with four good holiday books that are NOT too weighty that I could try to take with me in my suitcase so any comments below with a good book are most welcome :)  Tell me what you're reading at the moment?

Friday, 29 July 2016

Celebrate #20

I've got that Friday feeling so I'm joining in with the gang led by Lexa Cain over at

This week I am celebrating -

Friends Meet Up - a small group of our friends from university try to meet up once a year with our families and catch up on what's been happening in our lives.  Last year, everyone came to us rather than booking a holiday home in Wales (which is what we normally do) and it was very successful so we did the same again this year.
It was lovely to see those that could make it particularly some of the adult children who came along - one of our brood even got married this year!!  How's that for making you feel old???  I also got to try out Pokemon Go with one of the younger ones
- so a lot of fun was had and we were blessed with wonderful weather so we could sit out beneath the stars to eat and drink into the wee small hours :)

Ordering Extra Nordic Poles -yes my project has been so successful in getting more people wanting to try Nordic walking that I realised that next week I will have more people than poles of a certain size so have put through a rush order.
I still need to attract more people from a specific area but as word is getting out others from further afield are willing to travel in to have a go and I don't want to put anyone off.  I attended a meeting this week where I could give some feedback and I have three upcoming new Nordic projects for September so they will come in very useful I'm sure.

New Tenants - our old house which we were unable to sell has had to be rented out and because we initially thought we'd be trying to sell in six months had a low rent put on it (most renters want a longer time scale). However, with one thing and another our tenant has finally moved out 18 months later (end of June) and going back to find that our agents had not made a note of any damage done to the property or had informed us of the state of the bathroom I have been spending a lot of days deep cleaning, and repairing and painting during July. The housing market is still not good so we decided to put up the rent and see if anyone wanted a year and they do and so a new family will be moving in on the 1st of August who seem very nice and now that I've learnt so much about renting out the house hopefully this time it will go a little better and I won't have so much to do at the end of the next rental year!

Lastly -
I did it!!
30, 014 words meant my goal of 30,000 was achieved!  As I've said in previous posts about doing this camp, I've learned so much about trying to write an actual book and honestly I don't now how you writers do it??  I've really accomplished writing 30,000 words down that have shown some semblance towards a common theme but is nowhere near an actual story someone could pick up and read - it's all over the place.  I am now toying with the idea that I could use what I have written and the intervening months before November to do the research and think of how it will all fit together to then be in with a shout for entering for the real NaNoWriMo in November but I don't know whether this is allowed or does it all have to be a new writing project?  If anyone knows I'd love you to leave a comment about it :)

Now I'm off to read what others have written.  Here's to everyone having a lovely and restful weekend :)