Friday, 7 August 2009

The sun has got his hat on........

Aug 07 - Sunny Day @ Last

I feel so much better today. A bit of sunshine and blue sky does wonders for everyone. Let's hope it lasts. A busy day cleaning the house and packing for the holidays.

Aug 06 - Sock Monkey

I made my first sock monkey today. I was so pleased with how it turned out. I am going to try a few more. As I host the European single sock mountain I will not be short on supplies!

Aug 05 - Ra-Ra

Grace started cheerleading classes today. She had great fun. They are going to put on a show on Friday.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Retail Therapy

Aug 04 - Great Britain

I love Emma Bridgewater designs. I couldn't resist this tray. I had already sent Rosie with one to Germany, with the matching biscuit tin, for her exchange partner's Mum.

August 03 New Pens
I love new stationery & pens. An inexpensive treat on a rainy day.

Sunday, 2 August 2009


I know, I know! Yes, it has been a long time but the end of term was so busy and then we were straight into the holidays. Excuses, excuses. However, here we go. I would scroll down to the bottom and work your way up.

Aug. o2 It's a Creative World submission

This is the first of my projects for the month of August on I am going to make a few others in patterned fabric. I have a yummy stash of Cath Kidson lovliness.

Aug. 01 New Shoes

I treated myself to some new Crocs for my holidays. I know they are the world's ugliest shoes but, they are so comfortable. I also got a light purple pair.

July 31 A spot of shopping
I got Grace's new school trousers. I did not want to wait any longer in case the shops ran out of uniform stuff. Her legs have got so long. I think we only need a new satchel now. One that is trendy enough has not been found yet!

July3o Dusting down the sewing machine

I got out the sewing machine ready for my IACW submission. It needed a bit of dusting!

July 29 Stash shopping

These papers are such great summer colours. Can't wait to use them.

July 28 A Delivery from Amazon

I ordered these books at 4.30pm one day and they were with us by 8.00am the next day. How do they do that?

July 28 Road Trip

It is a round journey of 124 miles to visit my sister and her family - and she is our closest relative. We had great fun watching old video clips of the girls when they were babies. However, I couldn't help crying when I saw video of my Mum and know what she has missed in seeing her 6 grandchildren grow up. She would have been so proud of what they have all achieved in their own ways.

July 26 New Car - well new to us!

Mark chose an Audi. It seems strange seeing it on the driveway.

July 25 Washing

It seems to be never ending. I am sure there are neighbours sneaking in and adding to the pile. You don't want to know what the ironing pile looks like!

July 24 Brighton Beach

Brighton beach is the epitomy of the British beach. It wasn't even sunny, but I bravely sat on my deckchair and enjoyed the view.

July 23 Wedding Anniversary #15

How did those 15 years go by so quickly? It seems a lifetime yet, only moments ago.

July 22 Ears

Grace got her ears pierced today. She said it stung a bit but she was very brave. Six weeks of care now until she can take them out.

July 21 Harry Potter

A trip to the movies today to see "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince." It was very long and I did nod off in the first half! I had just had a late night, it was warm, it was dark.........

July 20 Invested

Grace is now officially a Scout. She got invested at the ruins of Minster Lovell Hall. It was a lovely spot. She looked very smart.

July 19 The Big Lunch

We braved the rain and got together with the neighbours for lunch on the field. It was great fun and it didn't really matter that it rained!

July 18 A Night Out

We had a night out in oxford with J & M. We started at Jamie's Italian - very yummy. Then we went to see Brief Encounter. It was amazing. It combined theatre and film very cleverly. A great night was had by all.

July 17 End of Term

The end of term at last. I will miss all the class as they move on to their next school. I had some very generous presents, including my mug above from my fav. coffee stop! Thank you Lily D.

July 16 A New Era

It was a sad day for us all. Pauline's retirement party. There were a lot of tears from us all. We are going to miss having her in school. What a fantastic cake. It was almost too good to cut.

July 15 Y6 Leaver's Party

It was Grace's leaver's party today. I could not believe how grown up they all looked. It seems like only seconds since they were all starting in Early Years. I took loads of pictures.

July 14 Reading Group

Primo Levi was the author this month. I couldn't really get into it. So I had not got very far. I will try and finish it. We all swapped books for summer reading.

July 13 Swine Flu

Yes it is here! We got letters home from school. It seems it is in every school in the town. We are not panicing. If we get it we are ready.

July 12 Cheese Scones & Pink Milk

There is no better way to celebrate a great report. All the kids got fabby reports. I am so proud of them.

July 11 Wadham Garden Party

I took advantage of the beautiful garden to take a few pics of the kids. When did 11 start looking so grown up?

July 10 Judgement Day!

The judges have been to see our Jungle Garden. They seemed to like it. They took lots of pictures, particularily of the crocodile. Everyone worked so hard to make it look fantastic. We look forward to knowing the results.

July 09 Carnival Craft Day

We spent the day making lots of stuff for our carnival float. These cats are going to be on dowelling for them to carry. We are doing "Puss in Boots".

July 08 " I am just waiting for a fire engine........."

Not the words you want to hear on the phone from your husband at 8.00am. On the way to work his car caught fire. Thank God he is fine and the stuff which got burned was just stuff. I gave him an extra big hug when I saw him. The car is a write off.

July 07 The Wizard of Blake

We went to the school production tonight. It was based on The Wizard of Oz and every child in the school, plus a few teachers, took part. It was fantastic and I did cry when Katie, my DD's friend, sang "Somewhere Over The Rainbow". Grace was Mr Toad and Dunx was a panther.

July 06 I can read

My reading quest is going well. My pupil is making very good progress. These are all the words we have been working on.

July 05 Happy Birthday

Mark loved his birthday pressie. The other one was worn out. I look forward to it taking us lots of places.

July 04 Scrapbooking with my friends

This was my fav. layout of the day. I managed to do six!

July 03 - Stencilling

I have been very busy with the class stencilling a jungle on the canteen wall. We are getting there.

July 02 Bring Your Bear to School Day 2009

Ted got busy doing his spellings. I hope he does well on the test!

July 01 My Duty Day

I love ringing the bell at the end of breaktime. I know it is all a bit old-fashioned but I love tradtion.

June 30 Painting the Croc.

Doesn't he look good all painted up and varnished. Richard has been busy all day.

June 29 - The plants arrive

All the jungly plants have arrived. They look lush and smell divine. There is even a banana plant. The kids think we will be plucking fruit from it in Sept.

June 28 Garden Journal

I have been busy working on the journal that will go into the judging for the gardwn competition. I just need to add the photos of the finished garden.

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Out & About

June 27 The Oxfordshire Children's Food Festival - We had a lovely day out at the Food Festival. There was loads of hands on things for the kids to do. They have just eaten the pasta they made. It was very yummy! The picture shows Duncan's chef hat after he got Raymond Blanc to sign it. What a lovely man he is. Duncan and Raymond shared their love of moules. We also spoke to his Chef Patissier - Benoir Blin, who promised, that when Duncan has his own restaurant, to come and work for him! They also met Sophie Grigson & Stefan Gates (Gastronut).

June 26 What else could I put up for today? No matter what you think of the man you can't deny his music was fantastic. Who could forget the Thriller video? And we have all tried to moonwalk in our socks, unsuccessfully!

Thursday, 25 June 2009

It's a Wrap

June 25th Victorian Day at school. This is one of my fellow TAs dressed as a soldier from the Boer War. He was fantastic and had the children doing drill in the playground. He was full of tales of Dr Livingston, Brunel & Florence Nightingale. He was a star. The children & staff were all dressed in "Victorian" clothes. We had very strict lessons and the Inspector came to check on our school. I have taken loads of pics. which, unfortunately I can't share with you. But, I am looking forward to scrapping them all.

June 24th The sunflowers are sprouting. Grace's are taller than mine but she did choose the giant sunflowers! I chose some lovely orangy-brown ones. Duncan's chillis are teeny.

June 23 I know you have been waiting for an update on the crocodile. Here he is wrapped in mod-roc. He look great. The plant pots in his back will be filled when he is finished.

Monday, 22 June 2009

Books Galore!

June 22 We are busy getting the new school library ready for it's grand opening. A group of us stayed back after school to add new tickets and stamp with the school name. We have some gorgeous new books. The illustrations are lovely. More to sort tomorrow.

Sunday, 21 June 2009

My little girl has grown up!

Another lovely weekend. It was Father's Day today. Mark did very well with pressies & his treat was to go and see "Looking for Eric" with a friend. We had a wander around Oxford and met up at Starbucks later.

June 21st My little girl is all grown up. We went to M&S for a bra fitting and bought four bras. They are a lot nicer than my first bra.

June 20th I finally manged to get Jake's haircut. He is quite happy with it and has been throwing a lot of product at it!

June 19th Mark finished his meeting in London early so we met him off the train in Oxford and went for ice-creams. I love that you can just see Mark & Gracie in the background.

June 18th We had badminton coaching at school today. The children had great fun. It was a lovely sunny day and it was a pleasure supervising.