• General

    Grief

    Grief can be one of the hardest things to talk about. It can stem from many things like losing your job, losing a loved one, the death of a loved one, a medical diagnosis, or the break -up of a relationship, amongst others. Can we overcome this feeling? and if not, can we learn to live with it? Grief is an emotional response to loss; and usually we think of the death of a loved one, which I’ll address here, the break- up of a relationship, which can affect our behaviours, our coping with everyday life and the accompanying physical symptoms that can be experienced. Some, I’ve discovered through conversation,…

  • General,  Stuff I Like,  Work

    The Pros and Cons of Supply Work

    I’ve been employed in the Education sector for about 9 years now. I was quite lucky to begin with because as I began my studies to change my career, my boys’ school offered me a part-time job as a learning support assistant which enabled me to complete my required hours for the course in a paid capacity, rather than doing them on a voluntary basis. I qualified 2 years after this, and continued to work there working in an assortment of roles. At the time, I felt that I hadn’t really got a defined position there, yet looking back, it was the best thing for me. I had training at…

  • General,  Stuff I Like

    October Shazams

    I’ve come across some really great music during the month of October. The songs and classical music I’ve really enjoyed, I shazamed and I’d like to share with you. I imagine the first one is a well-known song by Otis Redding, but I’d never heard of it. I think its gorgeous. I heard this next one at the end of a film the other day, The Hobbit,  I shazamed the song because I think it’s good. I like Ed Sheeran I’ve not seen this film yet, but I think Lady Gaga is really good. Great song that I heard on the radio. This is a contemporary piece I heard on…

  • General

    Armistice Day

    I want to tell you a true story. A little over a week ago, there was a programme on the TV about a very famous horse who I’d never heard of. Today, as you are probably aware, is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1. Armistice day is commemorated every year on the 11th of November to mark the Armistice signed between the Allies of the Great war and Germany in France. It took place on the 11th hour, of the 11th month of 1918. You may have watched the National  Service of Remembrance at 11 am this morning on the TV. It’s been observed since 1919…

  • Eatables,  General

    Carrot Cake

    This is the best carrot cake you will ever eat. Ingredients: 4 eggs, 3oo ml vegetable oil 400g – 14 oz caster sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 250g – 9 oz plain flour 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda 2 teaspoons of baking powder 1/2 teaspoon of salt 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon 350g – 12 oz grated carrots (Squeeze out excess water, and place between two pieces of kitchen paper to dry out for about 10 minutes) 12z g – 4.5 oz chopped walnuts Topping 125g – 4.5 oz soft unsalted butter 200g – 7.5 oz tub of cream cheese 450g – 1lb Icing sugar Half a teaspoon of vanilla…

  • General,  My Art

    Bird on Tap/Watercolour

    I’ve been quite poorly with anxiety and depression over the last few weeks, but I’m slowly recovering and feeling a little better. I haven’t painted for a while, so I got my stuff out tonight and used my watercolours to paint from a photograph I came across the other day. It made me relax, and in hindsight I should have been doing some artwork whilst I’ve felt poorly. Anyway, onwards and upwards x