Monday 29 April 2024

2024 Week 17 One Daily Positive, Project 365 and A Selfie a Day


I've been struggling with a bad back for a couple of weeks, it's really painful when sitting. I think it's an old injury from when I slipped 3 discs on a water ride at the Atlantis, the Palm in Dubai in 2014. it last flared up in 2021 with a hospital stay for 3 nights. Lots of heat pads, exercises, walking and occasional pain killers. I'm also questioning whether I've got a sinus problem as the bridge of my nose has been hurting for a couple of weeks and I've been getting headaches as well as migraines, so I've bought some over the counter medication, having checked with the pharmacist it doesn't interfere with my migraine meds. 

113  Monday Into work and home by 3.45pm to set up zoom for 90 minute online autism training. Rest of the evening spent watching TV and reading.

Video call with grandson

114  Tuesday A difficult day in work, working with new students in new situations and dealing with a couple of behaviour issues, but fully supported. Into town for the post office and a coffee, research and note taking for Sexual Ethics and typed up and emailed to student and research on how John Donne presents women in The Flea. I planted up the hanging basket and put the ironing away, bath and early night.

115  Wednesday Lift into work and back. I was a scribe and reader for GCSE for a student in a mock Biology paper today. After work I went down the retail park for a coffee with two friends from work. Home to read, bath and early night. I typed up some research on the use of classroom fidgets as a tool to learning. 

116  Thursday Lift into work. Peter got the van ready for the weekend. A colleague from his working days called in on his way home from Scotland for a couple of hours. I got a lift from work to the retail park and met them for coffee. I packed for the weekend, Peter cooked dinner and we watched A Confession while I

117  Friday Into work, my student wasn't in but I still attended her lessons to take notes as her A levels are coming up very soon. I finished an hour and a half early to compensate for the training I did on Monday after work, home, packed the van and Peter drove to Bicester where we set up for the night. Mary popped over to join us for a cuppa.

118  Saturday Up early, packed up and drove to Brighton, stopping for lunch along the way. After setting up, we caught the bus into Brighton, for a wander around The Lanes, a late lunch/early tea and a walk along the pier and played the 2p slots, we walked back, got drenched. An early shower, snacks in the van, reading, watching downloaded programmes on the iPad and an early night. 

119  Sunday Packed up early, off to collect mum and on the road home by 11am. We stopped to grab some lunch and coffee, dropped mum off and got home at 6pm. Unpacked, washing on, bath, TV and bed.

Books read this week: 0 but lots of online reading and research for work.

Words written towards book: 948

Extra words written this week: 1192 Sexual Ethics Applied to Natural Law, Situation Ethics, Utilitarianism and Kantian Ethics.

526 Classroom fidgets as a tool to learning. 

Clothes bought: 0

On the blog this week: Our spring garden and plans for the summer.

Things that made me happy this week:

Camping, the seaside, getting the washing out on the line.

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Friday 26 April 2024

26th - 28th April 2024 Post Comment Love

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We've slept in the camper van for the first time. We've reached the stage where the weather is warm enough now and the hotel prices are more expensive than the camps sites. It was only two nights, the first being on my cousins drive in Seaford in Sussex after dropping my mum off to stay with her brother and sister in law for the week, as it's a 4+ hour drive from where we live and driving down on a Friday night after work, meant a late arrival, but we were able to plug in and use their facilities. For the second night we headed off in the direction of home along the coast and booked onto a camp site.

My aunt and uncle owned camper vans when I was a child growing up and I loved visiting them for days out on the beach going back to the van for a bacon sandwich after a day on the beach or a walk along the cliffs in the winter. So it seems right that our first night in our van was on their drive.

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Monday 22 April 2024

Our Spring Garden and plans for the Summer 2024

It's been over two years since we had the new shed on the far right of the photo. We kept the old sheds to store stuff in while we had the kitchen fitted (finished 2 years ago) and the extension finished (1 year ago) and bought a new smaller shed to sit round the side of the house to store the lawn mower in (6 months ago) and in April 2024 we finally got round to taking the larger of the 2 sheds down. There have been numerous trips to the skip with the old wood.

Both sheds have stood for over 20 years, with the larger one under going some repairs mid 2020, but it is time for them to go and for us to remodel the garden. 

The shed base was in perfect condition so now serves as our new patio area.

The smaller shed will be taken down in the next week or two, once I've rehomed golf clubs and and garden tools. Then we will be constructing some raised beds in the area.

Once the smaller shed has gone, the garden will really open up, we have a large sun umbrella we brought back with us from South Africa to put up and provide shade from the sun that's pretty much all day round in this spot from April through to October.

The plants in the garden have faired well over winter and the frost covers are now off.
Raspberries and bluebells.


It would appear I've been protecting some weeds over the winter.

Bobs memorial pot with Forget me knots from a friend and the vets.

There are a couple of areas in the garden where water has been pooling due to us holding back piles of dirt  (which we'll be using in the raised beds) after the building work, which Peter has addressed by finishing the patio.

I've weeded the front garden, removed a dead spiky shrub from by the bins and planted some wild flower seeds in the borders. It'll be a while before we make any changes out here.

This has all been cut back and is in full sun most of the day (when it does come out) so the green house and herb bins which also grow potatoes and chard will stay here.

The spring/summer wreath is up now until Halloween.

The side gates are going to be replaced with wooden ones with key pads for extra privacy and security.

It's nice to see patches of bare soil now the weeds are gone.

There's a lot more work to be done in terms of building (raised beds) a compost bin and cold frame to be built and I would like to invest in a proper green house at some point. We'll be off to the Three Counties Showground in May for a good look round. We bought all the sheds from there over the years, found the builders for the extension and even bought the Camper Van from there last year.

I'm hoping by the summer of 2024 all we are doing is mowing the lawn, watering the plants and just sitting in the garden enjoying it with the odd BBQ.

2024 Week 16 One Daily Positive, Project 365 and A Selfie a Day


106  Monday I woke at 3.30am with a migraine, I took meds but didn't get back to sleep. I took more meds before going to work and almost fell asleep by the end of the day. A quick trip into town, grabbed a coffee and picked up a birthday gift, home for an hours nap, dinner, TV, blogging, bath and an early night.

107  Tuesday The day didn't start well getting yelled at by a parent. I'd done nothing wrong and was backed up by other staff so no harm done, but still not nice. Home and back out to shops, met a colleague for coffee was out for nearly 2 hours, got home and Peter said 'what happened?' I replied 'Sarah' Evening spent watching Michael Portillo's train journeys around Australia pointing out all the sites in The Blue Mountains Peter missed due to the heavy fog when he visited last year that I'd seen in 2019.

108  Wednesday Lift to work and back, afternoon and  evening spent reading, blogging and TV. I did my packing and got my outfit ready for my interview on Friday.

109  Thursday Peter visited his mum in Keynsham and collected my mum on his way home as we're taking my mum to Brighton on the weekend. I got a lift home and spent the afternoon sorting out the garden furniture on the new patio. Evening spent watching the TV and blogging, bath and bed.

110  Friday No work today. I had a job interview as deputy Safeguarding Lead and Pastoral Officer at a secondary school in Worcester. Home and set off to Brighton. We spent our first night in the camper van on my cousins drive as it was too late for a camp site. I didn't get the job, I suspect it was an inside job. Not too disappointed as it was an additional 7 hours a week, plus 10 hours travel time and train fare costs, so all in all not that much of a pay increase anyway.

111  Saturday Packed up and said our goodbyes and headed east along the coast to our camp site for the night. Arrived at 2pm, took us 30 mins to set up and we headed for a walk along the beach. I found a sharks tooth. We ate at the club house, had a shower, watched some TV on the iPad and settled in for the night.

112  Sunday Peter was cold and restless so neither of us got much sleep. Camp site was quiet though. Had breakfast, took 30 mins to pack up and we headed to visit some English Heritage Sites. in Winchester as we parked an elderly lady fell over and face palmed the gravel, I propped her up and tended to her facial injuries. It was a 3 hour wait for an ambulance. As her husband had the car and they live 45 mins away with the hospital on route, we decided they'd be better taking themselves to A&E, we helped her to her feet, she was able to walk to the car. She was fully conscious and they were very sensible and she was coherent so we were happy with our decision. We then walked around the city and stopped in Hungerford at a lovely country pub for a Sunday lunch, getting home at 6pm. I drove back while Peter watched Man Utd game on the iPad. Unpacked, washing on, bath and bed.

Books read this week: Lee Child - The Midnight Line

Words written towards book: 0 I'm disappointed with myself this week, although I did write several letters and some postcards.

Clothes bought: 0

On the blog this week: Learning new skills - Art

Things that made me happy this week:

Patio finished, reading, coffees, sunny evenings, camping trip, finding a sharks tooth on the beach.

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Friday 19 April 2024

19th - 21st April 2024 Post Comment Love

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I've got a job interview today at a secondary school in Worcester as a Safeguarding/Pastoral Officer, wish me luck. I love my current role as a Teaching Assistant but my student leaves after their A levels and my job comes to an end. I've been told I'll have a new contract in September, but not been told as what. I do far more than my pay grade and this new role would provide me with further career development, would pay me what I'm worth and gets me back into a career that I loved doing. I last worked formally in Safeguarding for The FA in 2010.

Peter has finished the patio and I've set it up so it can be used all year round, without having to cover things or take the cushions in and out every day. And after dismantling the old shed we've now got a new area for the dining table and bought a storage box for the cushions and tableware so we don't have to store and lug things in and out the house either. Just the small shed left to dismantle and raised beds to be built.

We're going to continue the path in a straight line to the new dining area and the existing slabs next to the lawn will be removed and the area re seeded.

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Monday 15 April 2024

Learning new skills - Art

I love my job working as a Teaching Assistant in a local secondary school and I love being back in school learning new things, meeting new people and generally feeling like going to work Monday to Friday in term time is more than just a job.

We've been doing things outside of school in small and large groups, from Pottery Painting, to nights out and coffees after work.

I decorated a jug, we use it in the van.

And 'a very useful pot'

Before firing

After. It's now filled with bits and bobs for my granddaughter to 'find' on her next visit.

I've been enjoying art lessons in school with years 7 & 9. I support students in 3 lessons a week. Most of the time I help the students work on their pieces, show them what the teacher has asked them to do and help them with ideas. Occassionally I join in and work alongside the students showing them how to implement their ideas.

I had a go at drawing with a pen.

Then using water colours.

I've got a variety of projects on the go at home that I've started and just never finished. There are piles of sewing projects, a dolls house to finish painting, embroideries to start and complete. I've tried knitting, had crochet lessons, but I just can't get to grips with it.

There's a felting project on the go since 2020 and a tapestry I started in 1994 for my eldest child, he's 32 next month. Do you think he'll want it if I finish it?

2024 Week 15 One Daily Positive, Project 365 and A Selfie a Day


99  Monday Inset day in work, only 7 of us in with on the same contract. Some generic training, time to catch up with paperwork, our line manager bought us pizza at lunch time. We attended Vulnerability and Exploitation Training then we had a lockdown drill. Home via the dentist to get permanent crown fitted, then to sort some online banking, dinner and evening spent blogging, watching TV and reading.

100  Tuesday Lift into town after work to go to the post office and have a coffee. Peter picked me up, arrived home to the neighbours kids on the doorstep wanting to come in and watch Blue, they're 2 and 4. Mum had a coffee with us. Peter then cooked dinner and I did some gardening, weeding pots and the front border and cutting back the bushes. Rest of the evening spent watching TV and blogging. I iced some cakes for the students for Eid.

101  Wednesday Lift to work and home again. Parent meeting first thing, then normal lessons. I stayed on till 4pm for homework club to settle in a new student. Home for dinner, reading, bath, TV and early night.

102  Thursday Normal day in work. Broke the news to work I've been shortlisted for a job in Worcester as Safeguarding/Pastoral Officer at a secondary school. Stayed on to settle another student into homework club then met colleagues for coffee, then the Doctors, home, dinner, reading, bath, TV and an early night.

103  Friday Work and home for chips and wine with friend. Peter took the last pieces of the shed down to the tip and tidied up the rest of the garden.

104  Saturday Up early and off to Gloucester to see child 1 after her medical procedure on Tuesday, results next week, but all good at the moment. On to the Forest of Dean to visit grandchild, call in at mums then drop off some presents with friends ending up in Monmouth for a coffee before coming home around 6pm. Migraine meds taken.

105  Sunday A visit to the garden centre for coffee and gluten free cake. Some work in the garden. Popped out in the afternoon to buy a roast for dinner, bumped into two colleagues from work and had coffee, home to watch a movie, bath and early night. Migraine meds taken.

Books read this week: Angels - Marian Keyes

Words written towards book: 1012

Clothes bought: 0 

Unnecessary items bought this week: replacement Air pods £129 Currys (hubby lost his in the tip) bedding £96 plants £36.

On the blog this week: Days out in March

Things that made me happy this week:

The garden taking shape. Visits with daughter, grandchild and friends, coffee, baking, long soaks in the bath, new bedding and plants.

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