• Tips,  Work

    Learning Resources for Children

    I’ve worked in primary schools for many years; in mainstream classroom settings and supporting children with various special educational needs. Here’s a list of great resources that you can use to aid and educate your children. Snip http://www.snip-newsletter.co.uk/downloads.php.. Look down the list for the ‘Snip Literacy programme part 1’. You can start with this one 🙂 If literacy is your choice, if not, try another. This was developed by two dyslexic tutors, who saw the need to help and address the problems to learning faced by children with learning disabilities and needs. They have developed a range of different techniques to help children to become competent and confident readers. 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…

  • Eatables

    Annarita’s Spaghetti Bolognese

    I have a friend, an Italian friend. In fact, she’s as authentically Italian as you can get. She came from a town in Italy on the heel of the boot. Have a  look on a map for the location of a place called ‘Brindisi’, that’s where she was born. In fact, it looks so beautiful there that at some point in my life, I’d like to go there. So I felt it to be very important, a couple of years back, to ask her a most intelligent question about Italy’s architecture and culture, recipe for spaghetti bolognese. “It’s all to do with slow cooking,” she said, “And celery, you must…

  • My Art

    Dandelion Clock in Watercolour

    I love Dandelion Clocks, well that’s the official name. I’ve always called them Dandelion wishes, because I always make a wish when  I blew the seeds into the air as a child. Anyway, I painted one today x               Walking wherever my wandering leads, I pull a dandelion from the weeds, I close my eyes, thinking of my needs, As I blow away those tiny, little seeds… ~Kaycee             Follow...!

  • Eatables

    Chocolate Chip Muffins

    Ingredients: 250g plain flour 100g sugar 3 teaspoons baking powder pinch of salt 175ml milk 75ml vegetable oil 1 egg Half a teaspoon of vanilla extract 125g chocolate chips ( I only had 100g, as someone in my house had been sneaking into the cupboard in the middle of the night and pinching handfuls of the things when everyone was asleep. That’s why mine look a bit inadequately chocolate chipped!) Method: Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 5. Put paper cases onto a tray. I used silicone ones. Sift into a bowl the flour, sugar, baking powder, chocolate chips and salt. In another bowl, mix together the egg,…

  • Stuff I Like

    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.…