• 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.     …

  • General,  Stuff I Like,  Work

    The Pros and Cons of Supply Work

    I’ve been employed in the Education sector for about 11 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…

  • Books,  General

    New Years Wish list

    I hope you have had a lovely Christmas and I wish you a happy new year too. My Christmas day has been pretty good.  I spent the day with my two boys and my mum and opened some really nice presents; had alcohol of course and an excellent Christmas dinner, apart from the pigs in blankets episode but that’s another story. I sat perched on the end of the sofa 10 minutes after eating my Christmas dinner, and felt uncomfortable, which is normal I know after such a big dinner, but I became aware of how fat my cheeks felt (facial ones) as I chowed down the remnants of half…

  • 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

    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…