• Words

    Naming a Cat

    There are challenges most large in our lives today, Some are steep like the side of a cliff. It may have begun in the past long ago, When they penned the first hieroglyph.   To name a cat is an arduous task, It can take many weeks, maybe more. Feline charisma and traits are aplenty, Though it can sometimes feel like a chore.   Their size can determine a name such as Tiny, Or Donut, Titan or Smidge. Your favourite book as a child may prompt you, Using Mungo, Jerry or Midge.   A good suggestion is a cartoon cat, Like Sylvester, Garfield and Tom. Or the readers among you…

  • Eatables

    Chocolate Flutterby Cakes

    I know these are meant to be called ‘Butterfly Cakes’, but I call them ‘Chocolate Flutterby Cakes’. It is a name given to them by my youngest son, when we made them together once when he was about 5 years old, and he said, “These butterfly cakes will flutterby”, and I said yes my sweet, butterflies really do flutterby don’t they. So the name has stuck. Shakespeare made up his own words, so he can too 🙂 Ingredients 4oz  margarine 4oz caster sugar 2 eggs 3oz self raising flour 2 tbls cocoa powder 1 tsp baking powder 1 tbls milk Butter icing 2 tbls margarine 4oz icing sugar Method Preheat…

  • General

    Things to do during Lockdown!

    We are all in the same boat, and being isolated after a while can get pretty depressing, but we all have to do our bit to keep everyone safe don’t we? Here’s a few ideas to relieve the boredom. 1.  Free Online Courses.  This is a great website where you can learn something new. Lot’s of these                    courses are free, with the added bonus of discussion forums as part of the course. Some are only a few weeks          long. I’m doing one for work about supporting teaching within primary schools and it’s really very good.     …

  • Mental Quirks

    Do Not Rely on Someone Else for your Happiness!

    Do you think those words are harsh? I was in a discussion with a friend a while back who was quite adamant about this proposal and at the time I thought it seemed a very hard thing to achieve and a very abrupt thing to say. And then, after much thought, I came to the conclusion that in fact, the statement was correct; up to a point. I was reading a book a few weeks ago called ‘What would Freud do? How the greatest psychotherapists would solve your everyday problems’ by Sarah Tomley. I’m a bit wary of theories and suggestions by people that attempt to unravel the human mind.…

  • My Art,  My Diary

    Shell in Watercolour Tutorial

    Once again art class was great today. Our tutor gave us a 20 minute presentation  using the dry brush technique, which I’ve never attempted and I can definitely vouch for this way of painting for lots of subjects. It’s generally used for botanical work and intricate stuff, you know where lots of patience is needed. I loved this method because I felt for once in my painting experience I had more control. I do tend to use loose washes of watercolour and let these flow and merge, which I enjoy. There is a problem with this working method though, you have very little control. If you make a mistake, and…