So, we are still in lock-down here in the UK, but a respite happened last Monday. In the town where I live, besides others, we were lucky enough to be given a large dump of snow. This hasn’t happened in my county for quite a few years. There was about 10 inches and it was lovely for children to get into their gardens and make some brilliant snowmen.

I miss making igloos, so I asked my teenage boys if they’d pander to my nostalgic longing to fill the empty ice-cream tub with lots of snow and come and make one with me. They thought I’d lost the plot, and told me to grow up and make them a sandwich!

Anyway, my Labrador was ecstatic with excitement and with his waggy tail took me for a walk to the local park where I used my new camera to take some snowy photographs.

Here’s one of the shots I took. And some stuff I’ve seen on the Internet over the past few weeks that I’ve found quite interesting:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you seen the series on Sky One called ‘A Discovery of Witches’? I don’t watch the TV much; but occasionally I’ll take heed to a recommendation and take a look. A friend of mine told me about this as season 2 had come out, and she thought I’d like it because it’s a fantasy involving witches and vampires. Season 1 was released about 2 years ago, and it centres on two main characters; a witch called ‘Diana’ and ‘Mathew’ a vampire. The story unfolds when Diana looks for a book in the Bodleian library in Oxford, which opens up a mystery that’s been secret for 500 years. I won’t spoil it, but part of the series is set in Elizabethan times. It is the first instalment of the ‘All Souls Trilogy’ novels by Deborah Harkness. I loved the story. Here’s the trailer:

 

I finished reading a great book the other day called ‘The Clockmaker’s Daughter’ by Kate Morton. I’ve read quite a few of her books before and I’ve enjoyed every one. This is a time-slip novel set initially at a house called ‘Birchwood Manor’ and involves a group of artists. A murder takes place and then a disappearance. The story moves forward to the present day where Elodie delves into the mystery. There is a ghostly presence in the novel and a brilliant twist at the end. Well worth a read!

 

I was feeling pretty depressed the other day and remembered this great piece of writing by a blogger called PS Conway. I can honestly say, I could read this time and time again and laugh on each occasion. It really cheered me up. Please take a look at this; especially if you’re a Harry Potter fan and have an understanding of Snapes personality traits. https://psconway.com/2020/06/14/manopause/  

Actually have a look at all of his posts: https://psconway.com/

 

Bored Panda again! I’m an addict with this great site. I thought this was hilarious. Look at these employers hiring adverts for employees. One of them wants someone who is cold and robotic. Brilliant! https://www.boredpanda.com/best-worst-recruitment-fails/

 

I’m working but it’s on a rota with other staff, so I’m in for 1 day per week. This has given me time to decorate and have a good clear out. I wouldn’t say I’m untidy, but I’m not overly house proud either. I’m kind of in the middle. By cleaning out my cupboards, drawers and so forth I came across some lovely items I’d not seen for years. My teenage son’s first pair of shoes, a £5 note ( I used that for wine), a necklace my son gave me 4 years ago, my son’s DS console with all the photos he’d taken of himself and his brother when they were little. One of those brilliant fun pens you can buy from the gadget shop that you can use as, wait for it…., a pen; but it also has one of those cool laser red light thingys that you can shine onto the floor and wall and have hours of fun with your cat, a rubiks cube (I spent an hour with that one) and an old black and white photograph of my grandparents.

I was subsequently looking through twitter a few days later and read a quote by A A Milne, the author of ‘Winnie the Pooh’. And it was this:

So after reading it, I realised that to be disorderly is a very good thing indeed!

 

The podcast host Joe Rogan, who I really enjoy watching on YouTube, did an interview with Graham Hancock, a British writer and journalist on his theories of ancient civilisations. I really enjoy interviews like this, and getting other peoples viewpoints. He talks about ancient Eygpt, which interests me greatly. Here it is:

 

 

Parents can have a free months subscription on the teacher-made website ‘Twinkl’. I use this a lot for work, and it’s full of useful work sheets and activities for children to complete. All age related resources too : https://www.twinkl.co.uk/

 

Oxford Owl. A free eBooks reading website for children ages 3-11. There’s an easy to use navigation home page to choose appropriate eBooks for your child to read: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/

 

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my offerings this evening. And here is a gorgeous photograph I took last year in March. I saw the first daffodil shoots emerging this morning when I went for my daily walk, and it reminded me that very soon Spring will be here with fresh hope. x Pip

PS.. When you’re on a diet, DO NOT make a cake for your family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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