• Stuff I Like

    Blogger Shout Outs!

    I had a bit of time on my hands a couple of weeks ago, and I decided to post a tweet declaring that I would comment and share all blog links that were published on the thread. I thought I’d get around 30. I was pleasantly surprised to notice that in the next 24 hours I had received 190 or thereabouts. I’d made a promise, and I fulfilled it. I thought it would take me quite a while to visit that amount of blogs. It took around 2 weeks, which I think was good going. It served many great purposes too. I have accumulated a wealth of new ideas and…

  • Stuff I Like,  Tips

    Skills to Aid a Successful Relationship

    I’ve not had good experiences in my life over the years to be frank when it comes to relationships. I was in a marriage that was incredibly painful and mentally cruel. A few relationships that were, what I’d call plodding, not really getting anywhere. It could be me, it may be, or I probably have just never clicked with the right person. I’m in a good place now. I live alone. I enjoy making decisions based on my own choices and values, and I no longer feel guilty for it. That I feel will always be me , but then again if I met someone that inspired me , I…

  • Eatables,  Stuff I Like

    Madeira Cake

    After we’d chowed down this Madeira Cake, I had a urge to reaffirm in my middle-aged brain that in fact all of my reasonings on the origin of Madeira Cake were true. That it did originate in Madeira, and I was always correct in my answers to pub quizzes, (oh, the pub! it’s been 18 weeks since I stepped inside one), anyway, I was wrong all along. The cake was named after the Madeira wine from Portugal, which from the 18th century onward, was drank alongside the cake in the afternoon for tea. Hence, the name. So now I know! I love plain things like rich tea biscuits, scones, shortbread…

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    My Favourite May Shazams

    I’ve been listening to the radio quite a bit this month. Classic Fm mostly, Radio 3 and a few pieces of music thrown into the mix from films I’ve been watching that made me go ‘oohhhh’, how wonderful, I’ll investigate, because I’ve had the time, as we all have. Here’s some of my favourite music this month x I was watching ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince’ the other evening (mainly because I’m a 100% Potterhead, watched all the films about 6 times each and read all the books; and for some reason I missed this) This gorgeous piece of music was playing during the credits. I love it.…

  • Stuff I Like,  Tips,  Work

    Free Online Courses (CPD etc)

    During Lockdown, I have been advised by my employers to study and complete some online courses for CPD purposes, whilst I’ve been at home. Apart from giving me added knowledge for the benefits of teaching children; some of the courses are excellent for personal study and interest. FutureLearn:  A really good free online study resource. Unfortunately, you don’t get a certificate at the completion; you have to pay for one, but you will receive an email to confirm that you have studied. There’s quite a few subjects to choose from: Business and management, Healthcare, History, Arts, Education, Law, Languages and many more. It’s really worth taking a look. You follow…

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    Funny Clips

    There has been many a suggestion of late concerning stuff to do at home whilst in lockdown. Here’s 10 constructive ideas: Clean the house Decorate Cut the grass Make a cake Clean out the cupboards Go for a jog Do some yoga Make soup Wash the carpets Try a new recipe Here’s the 10 things I have done today: Took dog out Sat in sun Made a sandwich Sat in sun Sat in sun a bit more Threw the dogs ball about 15 times Sat Had a shower Sat and drank coffee Sat So, after my busy day, I decided I needed a giggle, so I watched some funny clips…