Saturday, 22 April 2017

S is for Solitary Sapien Solar System?

Solitary Sapien-Specied Solar System?
Slight & Shatterable, Solicits Salvation
So Salute
Earth Day and do what you can!

As Eco Co-ordinator for my school, I used to love the initiatives for Earth Day and the challenges I would set the children to celebrate the 22nd April.  
What will you be doing for Planet Earth?  Click on the link above for ideas :)

Friday, 21 April 2017

R is for Racing Rodents


Racing Rodents, Rock-like Reptiles
Required Responsibility, Respect, Regard
so helping to nurture and train kinder, thoughtful children.

I was lucky that I grew up in school classrooms that had animals there to be cared for by us as pupils. Now days many classrooms are devoid of "pets" for health and safety reasons and I think this lessens the ability for children to understand how as "superior" beings we should look after the other animals on the planet.  There is also the well documented phenomena of may of our most challenging pupils being very caring and quiet around animals especially when given the responsibility of taking care of them.
Did you have classroom "pets"?  Do you think animals should be in a classroom environment? Were you the animal monitor?  Did you ever get to look after the class pet during the holidays?  Leave a comment below because I sure would like to know :)

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Q is for Quixotic Quidditch

 Quivering Quintains, Quixotic Quidditch,
Quiz Questions, Quality Quiche
All occur in the school hall.

School halls are normally the place where daily assembly takes place, school dinners are eaten or indoor gym class goes on. But they are also the place where school gathers for exciting events; to see entertaining visitors maybe from centuries long ago, watch a class perform to see what they have been learning that half term, to cheer on their school quiz panel or have a cookery demonstration.

What can you remember taking place in your school hall that was exciting?  Did you enjoy indoor gym?  Were you on the quiz team?

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

P is for Popular People

Popular People Perhaps Practice Perfectionism?
Possibly Perceiving Potential Participants' Problems
so Prohibiting Peer Panel Procurement?

I can't say I was ever a popular pupil with my peers - I was trustworthy - I was helpful - I was kind but these things normally do not lead to winning a place on the popular girls' table.  It seemed to me to be more about how you looked, what you wore and who you had your eye on and those things had to be Perfect!  
Even as a teacher surveying a class it is easy to spot the popular children - the ones others fight to sit next to, to play with, to share with and often it is not those children that a teacher would hold up as models of behaviour but still they hold court and there is little anyone else can do about it.
Were you a Queen Bee or a Superior Male?  If so, what was it like and did you use your powers for good? If you weren't, did you want to be part of the gang or couldn't care less?  Leave a comment below and let me know :)

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

O is for Options

Ordinarily One Oscillates
Opening Onward Options

Until One realises you’ve become a teacher!

I was never going to become a teacher!!  Despite how many people said it at various stages of my life - I knew I wouldn't be in a classroom teaching children.  There were far too many other things I wanted to have a future in.  I had Options of being a librarian (my love of books and reading), an author (my love of books and writing), a designer (my love of books and illustrations), an accountant (my love of books of maths...I quickly found out this career is not really anything to do with maths!) But in the end it was teaching that got me. I reckon mainly because of what those books, throughout my early life, had taught me and I passionately wanted to pass on that teaching to others and share my love of books and I have had the enormous pleasure of doing just that :)

Now it's your turn - what options did you pursue when you were at those important crossroads of life?  Did your job end up being the one you thought it would be ... or not?  Have you managed to take a passion into your work life?  Leave a comment below because I sure would like to know :)

Monday, 17 April 2017

N is for Nobody Notices

If nobody notices nothing is nice,
Non-observed neglect nurtures notions of
A No-hoper, a non-entity, a Nobody’s Child.

Need I say more?

Sunday, 16 April 2017

M is for Maddening, Melancholic Misgivings

Mindfulness meandering
moves maddening, melancholic, misgivings
Marching them away and leaving peace.

As I am also now a "teacher" of Nordic walking, I thought I should include something in my A-Z to reflect this and half way through seems an appropriate time to do just that.  It's been lovely learning that just by walking outdoors that this is helping so many people not just physically but in their mental well-being too :)

How do you chase your demons away?  Does being outdoors give you that feel good factor too? Leave me a comment below because you know I'd love to know :)

Saturday, 15 April 2017

L is for a Little Laughter

A Little Laughter Lifts and Lightens
Lessens, Loosens, Leaving
Us free from our worries and fears.

L could also have been for "Lending your Laptop" to your oldest child - which is why this post is Late because said Laptop was not returned until today!!

When was the last time you had a good laugh? Was it because of something you read? A joke someone told? A cat video you watched?  Leave me a comment below and let us all know :)

Thursday, 13 April 2017

K is for Kids' Kingdom

Knocking Knuckles, Kiss-chase,
Knaves and Kings, Kneeling Kangaroo

Kids’ Kingdom on the tarmac playground 

I thought this might be one of my trickier letters in the A-Z but it turned out fine and brought back a whole load of memories of playtimes both of myself as a young child and for my times surveying the school yard as a teacher.  It's not so much an asphalt jungle as a Kids' Kingdom in my mind. What are the playground games you recall?  Any serious mishaps occur on that hard tarmac?

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

J is for Jurassic Jaws

J is for Jungles, Jokes and Jurassic Jaws,
Jumping Jacks, Juggling and Jolly Jigsaws

Things to make learning Joyful with that Just a bit more!

All the weird and wonderful things I have done as a teacher to try to tap into getting children learning with joy and happiness.  Some have been games, some have been themes, some have been activities but all have often come from the children's likes themselves and what I can remember enjoying as a child myself.  What were some of the themes or classroom games/activities you really enjoyed when you were a pupil or if you are/were a teacher what do your pupils love engaging with?
Leave a comment below - you know I'd love to know :)

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

I is for Idiot

Idiot, Imbecile, Ignoramus,
Incompetent ... ipso facto
The child becomes what it is told

Not surprisingly, children if told they are stupid when struggling to learn new skills or put them into practise, will soon stop trying and therefore will become more incompetent than others who are given praise ad encouragement.  It always saddens me to hear parents call their child an idiot and for a child to tell me they are an idiot when struggling with doing something. It makes my blood boil if I hear a teacher use such a word when speaking to a child.  Of course at times we all behave idiotically or may be incompetent at something but it needs to be seen for what it is rather than define who we are!
So when was the last time you did something idiotic or do you think you are incompetent at something and wish you could master it?  Let me know by leaving a comment below :)

Monday, 10 April 2017

H is for Helpful Hugs

Hugs heal hurts and harm
Hugs hide hopelessness and horror
Hugs herald heroic heights
Hugs help 

It suddenly struck me as H is for Hugs came to mind for today's letter and I wrote this poem that I might have used this before in a previous A - Z Challenge and lo and behold I did - Last Year!!  A different poem but all the same sentiment that Hugs are an important part of being a teacher who children can turn to when they are in trouble, when they are hurt or when they are so full of joy they simply want to share it with you.

I have seen my own 10 year old child run into the outstretched arms of her headmaster to share her absolute joy when overcoming a sports day catastrophe - my heart still wells up when I recall this moment - what a wonderful headteacher he was :)  And in my classrooms hugs were always received kindly or given when needed as the last line says - Hugs Help!

Now it's your turn - tell me when you last received or gave a hug?  Do you think you are a "huggy" type of person?  I'd love to know so leave a comment below :) 

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Celebrate #9

Hi Everyone :)  It's time to hop over to Lexa Cain's blog and ...

I think there are several of us also participating in the A-Z Challenge so hopefully no-one minds me posting on a Sunday instead of the Friday.

This week I am celebrating:

1 - Diving into the A-Z Challenge
I really didn't know what was going to happen this year and I certainly thought I'd missed the boat for signing up and let people down for not volunteering to be a minion  (when I'd been one last year) and had no idea of a theme.  But out of the blue I took a look over at their web page and ...
this year - no list and no minions needed!
So I took this as a sign and dived right in and I'm so glad  I did because despite no list I'm finding blogs I am really liking, I'm getting quite a few comments and visits to my blog and most importantly I'm reconnecting with many bloggers who I haven't visited since last year and it's been wonderful catching up :)

2 - Getting into the Garden
We've been having some really nice gardening weather recently and I've been able to use it and get some good weed puling done as well as mow the grass properly for the first time this year.  This year I feel I am likely to reap the reward fro the previous two years of trying to get the garden back from Mother Nature and I've even had some time in the deck-chair - so something worth celebrating I feel :)

3 - Receiving Feedback
Due to more funding bids being put in for me to increase my Nordic walking "taking over the world" initiative - I had to ask for some feedback from those who walk with me - and I was really overcome when reading some of the things they wrote about it. I really didn't know how much it meant and what it has helped them do - so a really lovely outcome and I'm sure their kind words will make a real difference to whether I can get some more funding to spread the walking further!!!

Here's hoping everyone is having a great weekend and if you are doing the A-Z Challenge - well done on completing the first week :)

Saturday, 8 April 2017

G is for Great Great Grandma Gertrude

Great Great Grandma Gertrude gently guides, 
giving glimpses, generating guesses with gewgaws and gadgets.
History unpacked from her Gladstone bag.

One of my alter-egos, who would "visit" the classroom looking for her great, great granddaughter (the class teacher) who unfortunately always seemed to be out of the room when she appeared!!
We had "driving history" with bits of automobiles - bulbous car horn, starter handle, petroleum can, headlight etc we had "washing history" with washboards, brushes, soap and dolly, we had "toy history" with wooden spinning tops, pottery animals, lead soldiers etc and "seaside history" which even ended with a Punch and Judy show and other "history days" when the need arose.  I always loved having the children explain to Great Great Grandma Gertrude how things had changed and help her understand the differences, look and describe her historical objects closely and figure out what they were or how they would have been used.  The children used to ask so many fantastic questions and we had lots of laughs as "Great Great" tried to understand what the children were telling her about how they lived now. These sessions would often be spoken about by parents (months afterwards at parent evenings) telling me how much their child had talked about what "Great Great" had brought in and sometimes asking me if indeed my own Great Grandma had visited???  

Can you remember being told stories by your more aged relatives about how their lives were long ago?  Do you still have old artifacts you use today?  Did you like learning about history at school? What was your favourite historical period?  Please leave me a comment below because I'd love to know :)

Friday, 7 April 2017

F is for Fighting the Fidgets

Fighting the fidgets, finding fortitude,
Frowning, forcing through frustration,  
The child with ADHD battles on.

As I have said many times on my blog, I feel truly humble in the face of some children who try so hard to overcome their difficulties despite the many problems they may have - some even stemming from their own families.

We all know how hard it is "fighting the fidgets" - either we're bored, we're not interested, we've got other things to be doing. But just stop and think how hard it is for a child in a classroom, who everyday has to sit in a chair and do what others do, when told to do it, often within quite strict parameters and who is diagnosed with ADHD - what an uphill battle it must be to come into that classroom each day! 

I have worked with several of these children who try to keep everything together and naturally don't always succeed but don't give up their struggle - each and every day. They have worked with me on their environment (sitting turned away from others, at the front or back of the class - one even asked for a box either side (a bit like blinkers on a horse) to help them stay on task), their social cues (because others don't like their outbursts), their passions (because each has a gift they can relax into if found) and acting as liaison between them and their family (because they need better understanding at home too sometimes) but they are the ones who have to work at it, holding it together each and everyday and for that I feel truly humble to have been their teacher.

When did you last have an attack of the fidgets?  Were school days some of your most golden times or did you dread going?  Leave me a comment below :)

Thursday, 6 April 2017

E is for Entertainment

Everyone excited, eagerly expecting
enjoying entertainment.
The pantomime live in the school hall.

I've worked in several schools where the pantomime came to us.  Looking back, I am amazed we managed to squeeze a whole school into the hall as well as the actors and stage but that's part of the magic - we did!  
I'm hoping that my A-Z posts are acting as Entertainment but I'm experiencing exasperation at posting a comment on the A-Z webpage for others to see my daily posts - is anybody else finding difficulties?

Now back to the theme - What is your favourite pantomime memory?  Did you go to the theatre or did the theatre come to your school?  I'd love to know so leave a comment below :)

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

D is for Dogged Determination

With dogged determination, despite difficulties
 disappointment disappears & deserved delight 
as egg and spoon finally crosses the finishing line

Sports Day is an annual occurrence in most schools with its wide range of peculiar races (I once won the space-hopper race!) but I think most of us can remember doing something where we needed to have dogged determination to succeed at it - so why not share yours below?  Or tell me which was your favourite event at sports day and why?

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

C is for Careful Calligraphy

Clever Cat, Curly Caterpillar, Cuckoo Clock
children's careful calligraphy
Tongues poking out slightly as hands grip pencils tightly

I have taught letters and sounds through various schemes to children over the years - Letterland, Ruth Miskin, Jolly Phonics and know how hard it is to get them to form those letters correctly once they know their sounds.  I can't really remember learning how to form my early letters but I do know I used to sit at the dinner table with my plastic placemat on which there were the letters of the alphabet in both upper and lowercase along with the object depicting that letter. I can recall the red apple for a and the blue yacht for y and I can remember tracing around each letter as I waited for food - my own careful calligraphy.

Can you remember your first letters and how you came to write them?  Do you rate your handwriting now or not?  You know I'd love to know so leave a comment below :)

Monday, 3 April 2017

B is for Building Bridges

Big, bold, bright blocks
begin building bridges
and slowly the child's hand unfurls from their mother's.

It's so good to be back taking part in the A to Z Challenge.  Reconnecting with those from Challenges past is just like meeting up with old friends.  I was nervous to begin with because I didn't really know how the Challenge would be with no list - and I like my lists!  But I am beginning to see now how I will build bridges and connect to new "friends" as I scroll through the comments on the main site and see those who have commented on other blogs too.  I'd love to know how you are building bridges in this challenge too?

Sunday, 2 April 2017

A is for Anxiety

Anxiously awaiting,
Awkwardly angled,
The new child clutches their mother's hand.

Well I really wasn't going to but then I thought I can't NOT be a part of it again as I owe so much to the A to Z Challenge which has helped me with my blog over the past three years.  So I hope no-one minds that I'm slightly late to the party and I'll be hanging on by the skin of my teeth and yes this year really might have that dreadful feeling of anxiety but we're all good friends here and we'll help each other out - won't we??

Monday, 13 March 2017

Celebrate #8

Hi all - it's that time again to

joining in with the crew led by Lexa Cain and her co-hosts - Tonja Drecker and LG Keltner.

Life seems very busy at the moment but it's all good and I'm happy to celebrate that this week -

1)  More sunshine on the days I lead Nordic walking groups is always something to be thankful for.
I had a record number of walkers - 24 ! - for a special circular walk that ended with a pub lunch and it all went really well despite the initial whoops of we couldn't actually get to the footbridge to cross over the ford because the ford had flooded up the lane!!  Thank goodness I knew a different way around.

2) Everything seems to be going well for the event I am in charge of organising for this week - I've got the tea and coffee and some biscuits, I have a table plan, I have volunteers to serve refreshments, I've put out press releases - I just need to push the last of the printed leaflets through local letterboxes and finish off my painted board for putting up outside the venue.  Then I have to pray that the public come through that door on Wednesday afternoon!!!!

3) I'm also very pleased to say that my dad's medication seems to have been sorted out (at last) and he is starting to feel better so a visit to them should hopefully be back on the cards in the near future.

Here's hoping everyone else is doing well and finding something to celebrate even if the world is whizzing by at times!!  Let me know what you've been up to :)

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Celebrate #7

What a great linky this one is :)
Thank you as always to Lexa Cain, Tonja Drecker and L G Keltner for making it happen!

This week I am celebrating:

1 - Yes I did it! I passed my exams - all of them!!  So I was delighted because I'd been so worried about the first one and in the end I received the same mark as for the second one (and rather amazingly it was a good one!!)  The relief when I found out - very happy me :)

2 - On the back of passing the exams I am now on the next phase of recruiting volunteers to train as Walk Leaders for the walks I have already begun which in turn would allow me to go into other areas which are asking for Nordic walking.  Therefore, I am looking into funding and working everything out and hoping that some people would be prepared to take up the challenge. At least I will start to find out what the future of my Nordic walking plans will be shortly.

3 - the event I am managing is also progressing with 30 contributors signed up so far - just a week left for them to sign up so I might make 40 you never know?  The leaflets have been printed already which is fantastic and well before schedule so I will begin to deliver out this week and I now need to think about those final things like name badges and table placements so any ideas on what makes events better please let me know - I'd be very keen to hear :)

Here's hoping everyone else has also had a great week with everything coming together - let me know what's been happening to you - you know I'd love to know :)

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Celebrate #6

It's time to ....
with Lexa Cain and her wonderful crew - who this week have a fabulous giveaway!  You can join in too - just click the button above!

1) This week, Hubby and I have been going out to the comedy festival in the nearby city. We have some old favourites as well as getting to see up and coming funny folk and in these dark winter nights it's a good thing to get out and about rather than stay on the sofa!

2) Storm Doris was not as bad as I had feared and we got away quite lightly - just a couple of slates off the roof - so I'm happy the roofer was already booked to be coming over Mid March!  Thank goodness we had also got the trees successfully pruned in Jan as I think a few branches might have come down and caused damage.

3) Completed my set of the last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant from a local charity shop.
I had picked up Against All Things Ending in January (in another charity bookshop) but of course I couldn't remember which one I'd bought and they all have very similar looking covers in gold/silver hues (a lot more similar than this picture shows!!).  I hadn't realised that the last series was a set of four so I thought I was buying the complete set and would find out which was the duplicate at home so you can imagine my delight when I found out it was actually the third book in the series and I'd found the other three.

The original series was bought for me as a 16th birthday present by my parents

and I can remember being blown away by the quality and force of the writing - I cried quite regularly throughout their reading.

I bought the second series (the same year) with prize  money I received from my school as the top student award and read them through my summer holidays before going off to my new school and "A level" study.

I hadn't realised another and final series had even been written between 2004 - 2013 so I am looking forward to beginning these 30 years later than the first two series!!

Here's hoping others have had a very good week too - filled with surprises and rekindlings of special memories - let me in on what the week has had in store for you - you know I'd love to know :)

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Celebrate #5

Another week seems to have whizzed by so catching up with everyone via the ever lovely
led by Lexa Cain and her two co-hosts Tonja Drecker and L.G. Keltner.

My week has had its ups and downs - 

1. The exams are over but boy was the first written one really HARD - I truly do not know if I will have passed it and they have both now been sent off to London to be marked (and there was I thinking that they'd be marked on site and we'd know results by the end of the day!) however I do know that I passed the afternoon's practical assessment with flying colours so that is a big relief at least.  Now just have to keep my fingers crossed for the rest!

2. Have taken it upon myself to organise an event to promote local societies and clubs in the deprived area that I do a lot of my Nordic walking.  
This will be a first for me and so equipping myself with an email list of possible clubs etc I designed a poster, wrote an invitation email and sent it off only to have back as my first email reply one that basically said that this venture had been tried before and was doomed to failure. To say I felt slightly deflated was a bit of an understatement!!  However, my email back said I was happy to learn from past experiences f they had any advice to offer - which led to a contact phone number, a chat on the phone and, once they had established I was trying to do this with a budget of nothing, an offer of help and support to promote the venture to the wider public - so it all ended well and during the week other emails have come in to book their free tables for the event so this week I will be trying to expand my list of potential bookings as my aim is to get approximately 40 organisations to attend (10 so far).

3. Expecting visit from No. 1 son and his friends next week has now been put on hold partly by his work and partly by the cost of insurance for the car he was hoping to get (and drive everyone up here in).  As a young driver in London the insurance is astronomical (even my insurer asked me if I'd like to sit down before he read me the quote - £2500!) so he will have to work out if it is truly worth owning a car for traveling out of the city - he obviously takes the tube/bus or bike for inner city journeys.  The upside for us is that we have other friends (from our uni days) coming up to visit this weekend so the turnover of rooms will not be quite so frantic and we'll see him sometime in March after he's had time to think the car thing through properly.

Here's to everyone else and their week gone by and the week on the horizon - hoping that all has been going well or at least balancing out OK - leave me a comment below because you know I'd love to know :)

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Celebrate #4

So sorry to be posting this late but I really do want to stay connected to this lovely linky and hopefully next week I will be on time!
I want to say a BIG thank you to all those out there who sent me good thoughts on how to sleep well on the run up to exams - I am very happy to report that I have found it much easier to sleep than I thought I would and hardly any exam dreams - so restful nights :)  Exam is tomorrow so watch this space for news on whether I'll have something to celebrate on Friday!

This week I have cause to celebrate -

1: I organised the first Cinema Club for those of us who often don't go to the movies - the Silver Screen is only £3 and you get a cup of branded coffee and biscuits included so what could be better? I know it is advertised for those over 55 but no-one stopped me (I probably look haggard enough at the moment!!) The film was The Girl on the Train and it was so much better than any of us thought it would be so a great start to this new venture.  Twelve of us went and for some it was their first trip to the cinema for years - it's just nice to go with someone else so you can discuss the film afterwards - so we'll definitely be going again!!

2: I attended another sports' award evening - this time to take part in a Q&A session up on stage on women going into coaching in sport.  Yet again something I never thought I'd be part of if you'd asked me this time last year!

3: Some lovely weather I feel blessed to have been out and about in - I know it's been snowing a bit over the past few days but nothing too bad and they say this week the weather will get warmer again. My pot of mini narcissi (which were only buds last Saturday) all came out during the week and are now brightening up the downstairs loo.

Here's to everyone - let me know how the week has treated you and what has made you stop and smile - you know I'd love to know :)

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Celebrate #3

It's so simple to join in with this lovely weekly get together hosted by Lexa Cain so why not join the fun yourself and press the button below?

My reasons to celebrate this week are:

1.  The snowdrops are out in my garden and they look so beautiful.  I am now wondering if the bulbs I planted last year will come up this spring - no signs yet.

2.  My revision is going well - I think - just another week left so I am going back over everything hoping some more will stick and I will get more confident before the exam.  No doubt those awful exam nightmares will kick in some time this week - so any suggestions for a good night's sleep will be most welcome :)

3. More new people coming Nordic walking and really feeling the benefit.  It is such a good feeling to know you've enabled someone to walk twice as far as they have in a very long time, enjoyed talking with new people and have got to feel really proud of themselves and what they've accomplished.

This week, Lexa has been asking about housework - I think this pretty much sums up my thoughts on the subject!!
Here's hoping you all had a lot more in your life to celebrate than housework - you know I'd love to know what you've been doing so leave me a comment below :)

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Celebrate #2

I'm determined to keep up and post once a week so here again with the Celebrate crew led by Lexa Cain.  Please feel free to join in by pressing the button below :)
This week I am celebrating -

1.  More things made their way out of the house - including pots and pans no longer needed by my student children or myself  which are now being used by a food group working with refugees locally - what a great idea!!

2.  I have made some headway with my revision for my upcoming anatomy and physiology exam - it is rather refreshing to know my brain still works as I have been wondering if it would be able to retain all this new information - especially so many Latin medical names for things!!  I often find these days I can't remember something simple - like someone's name so I was rather worried.

3.  Meeting more new people trying out Nordic walking and being invited to try out a new route elsewhere that is quite local to me but I had no knowledge about and looks like it is going to be brilliant.

All in all - quite a lot to celebrate.  Now I'm off to see the other lovely things that have been happening in everyone else's lives :)  Please tell me what the hi-light of your week has been - you know I'd love to know!

Friday, 20 January 2017

Celebrate #1 2017

I feel I've been gone for ages - that's how life can be and I'm sure everyone else feels the same with the run up and then aftermath of the festive season!  But it's good to be back and ready to catch up with all of you celebrating this past week.

A big thank you to Lexa, as always, for hosting this wonderful get-together :)  Why not jump on board and join the merry gang?

This week I am celebrating:

No 1.  Having time to return here!!!!!  It feels so good to be back and I have missed having time to be on-line "chatting" with my good friends and reading about what's happening in their many and varied worlds.  Here's to having at least a weekly round up again :)

No 2.  Getting back to normal after departure of DD. It was lovely having the kids back for Christmas but your life becomes not your own again!  My nordic walking groups are back up and running with new members joining for the new year and getting back to regular exercise is also what I've been craving - I need to shed those extra pounds that went on through eating far too much good food - or not so good food!!!

No 3. Sorting out my large linen chest and giving away bed sets we no longer have need of.  Now there is space for everything and the lid closes properly!!  Also the animal rescue charity should benefit either from selling them on or using them for the animals themselves.  A win - win situation.

I'm off to yoga now - first time this year too so I know I'll be wobbly - fingers crossed I don't fall over :)  Have a lovely week and looking forward to catching up.