Friday, 28 October 2011
Thursday, 27 October 2011
I don't get much time to listen to music these days but my DH has earphones permanently fixed to his head and he has assigned me organisor and curator of his ipod. We always have music on in the car although it's a fight as to who gets their cd in first !
This song sums up my philosophy for life really....
When I find myself in times of trouble, mother Mary comes to me,
speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me,
speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be.
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.
And when the broken hearted people living in the world agree,
there will be an answer, let it be.
For though they may be parted there is still a chance that they will see,
there will be an answer. let it be.
Let it be, let it be, .....
And when the night is cloudy, there is still a light, that shines on me,
shine until tomorrow, let it be.
I wake up to the sound of music, mother Mary comes to me,
speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
Let it be, let it be, ..
Copyright:Paul McCartney,John Lennon
This next choice is one of my all time favourite songs - love the Alexandra Burke version too:
Hallelujah- Leonard Cohen
Now I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah
Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you
To a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah
Baby I have been here before
I know this room, I've walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you.
I've seen your flag on the marble arch
This is love not some kind of a victory march
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah
There was a time you let me know
What's really going on below
But now you never show it to me, do you?
And remember when I moved in you
The holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah
Maybe there's a God above
And all I ever learned from love
Was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you
It's not a cry you can hear at night
It's not somebody who's seen the light
it's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah
You say I took the name in vain
I don't even know the name
But if I did, well really, what's it to you?
There's a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn't matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah
I did my best, it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I'll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah
Yeah but it's not a complaint that you hear tonight,
It's not the laughter of someone who claims to have seen the light
No it's a cold and it's a very lonely Hallelujah.
Leonard Cohen 1984 & 1994
and finally I want this one playing at my funeral !!
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
In all truth after making this video we decided we would dress the little ones up and take them trick or treating and we did throw a pumpkin into the trolley at the supermarket this morning - so I guess we love Halloween after all!
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
Her latest project is teaching herself to write in Japanese
Monday, 24 October 2011
Sunday, 23 October 2011
Saturday, 22 October 2011
I'll caption yours if you are so lovely as to caption mine.
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Thursday, 20 October 2011
This is a chance to open a topic for discussion so join in air your opinions get something off your chest
My thought for today is - should the older generation and by that I mean mostly retired people have a longer memory when it comes to young kids playing up in shops ( by playing up and I mean anything from only a little bit of an "I want" to a full blown tantrum)
I am used to my kids being stared at in supermarkets if I take them in during a weekday as two are them are currently home educated BUT it really annoys me when I see mums being given steely looks by older shoppers when their little ones get a little overheated - surely they if they are parents themselves they can remember the terrible twos or the times kids who have had enough of shopping want to go home decide to take a tactical approach to getting mum out of the store. Aren't we all guilty of keeping our kids shopping a bit too long sometime?
I'd also add it works both ways - I've seen younger shopper get really annoyed with the elderly shopper who takes a long time to load their shopping ... what do you think?
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Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Monday, 17 October 2011
Saturday, 15 October 2011
I love to see you captions it has been so much fun. I'll pop over to your blog and caption your picture if you join in the linky !
Friday, 14 October 2011
1. Although the week got off to a rough start with a horrible bullying issue for my girls on the school bus I'm happy to say the school took the bull by the horns and dealt with it swiftly by banning the culprits for a week - so great to see a school tackling bullying head on.
2. My one year old who seemed to be a reluctant talker started to copy every word that came out of our mouths - see video post yesterday - think he is going to be a chatterbox.
3. Letter from mortage company saying we had missed a payment turned out to be a computer error - though the hubby had spent the lot in William Hill ( tongue firmly in cheek I hasten to add!)
4. Got invited to a fab event for Drinkaware in London via Mumsnet Blogger network - can't go but still nice to be asked.
5. Found £10 under the one year olds bed - he has taken to pulling my purse out of my bag - thought I'd just overspent the budget. On reflection what felt a really stressful week has had some really good bits
Thursday, 13 October 2011
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
I have five beautiful children so almost feel I have no right to the tears that are falling as I write this - I hope that by sharing my story and adding my voice to the Mumsnet Better Miscarriage Care Campaign I can turn a great sadness into something positive.
My miscarriage was discovered at a dating scan - I had two children already and had no reason to think that there would be any problems with this third pregnancy. Ironically I had had early bleeding with my first two babies but with this baby there was no bleeding so I had gone to the scan with my DH feeling completely sure all would be well. It was my DH that noticed something was wrong soon after the sonographer started scanning - I heard the panic in his voice and watched his face crumple as she told us that the baby had stopped developing at 6 weeks.
We were quite quickly put into a side room where a doctor explained briefly I would need a d and c. I was completely numb and terrified - I just wanted to go home to my two little girls. They left us in this side room (which was actually a storage cupboard) and we just cried and held hands - we were so shocked and devastated we just couldn't speak. We were told to come back in the morning after I had been nil by mouth for 12 hours to have the op and briskly sent on our way. We passed lots of pregnant ladies with their partners on our way out and I knew they knew by our tear stained faces and frozen expression we had been given bad news. I felt guilty in case seeing me in the state I was in spoilt their scan visit.
Telling our parents was hard but telling our eldest daughter who was 5 was harder - she is 13 now and still remembers the baby that never was. I went back to the hospital the next day onto the surgical ward and that was where things went from bad to worse. I was due to be one of the first to be taken down to theatre but I kept being put back due to "urgent" cases - by 5.00pm in the afternoon (I had arrived back at hospital at 8.30 a.m) a nurse found me to be so dehydrated that I needed a drip putting up - this led to the suggestion that the operation would need to be put off as I was too dehydrated for it to go ahead. This is when I completely broke down - a passing hospital chaplain hearing my crying came in to offer help and with his intervention the doctors agreed to go ahead and I went to theatre at about 7.00pm. As much as I didn't want to say goodbye to this baby the thought of having to come back and wait all over again the next day was unbearable.
I have had three more babies since then - I have had scans in the same scan room as the one in which we had the bad news - those scans were heart stoppingly awful until the point at which the screen was turned to show me our baby moving. I know how lucky I am, as so many women have miscarriage after miscarriage and never get to see the flicker of a tiny heart beating.
So that's my story - I join with Mumsnet to demand on behalf of all women compassionate, appropriate co-ordinated and ongoing care after miscarriage - if it wasn't for forums like Mumsnet many women would struggle to cope once the immediate "medical" situation is dealt with so women should have better access to help even some time after the actual miscarriage.
As for my baby that never was - I believe that although he or she never had time here on earth my baby waits for me in God's arms and one day I will be reunited with my little one - and in truth I'm a mummy to six.
Monday, 10 October 2011
Friday, 23 September 2011
Thursday, 22 September 2011
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Both myself and my husband cut up our credit cards two years ago and have not used a penny of credit since - we are paying back our debts and will be doing so for a good while yet. We have a budget for everything - we sell things we don't want any more and use the money to buy the next thing we want/need in this way we always look for what we call "old money" before use "new money".
Don't get the wrong impression - we have made money in the past by moving house lots of times but as the housing market took a downturn we lost money and we are paying the price in our lifestyle now.
If we get financial education on the school curriculum we will produce a generation of children who can't have the wool pulled over their eyes by the banks - they will learn to manage money before they get their hands on it in any real quantity and that can only be for the benefit of society.
Tuesday, 20 September 2011
Monday, 19 September 2011
I've been experimenting with altered art in particular altered books - it was a fab morning.
I took a battered old book and started to use the pages as a journal - in the inner front cover I doodled and wrote one of my favourite sayings "when one door closes... another door opens!" then using some old magazines cut and stuck little pictures and doodles - I warn you doing this activity makes you feel about five again but so much fun.
Sunday, 18 September 2011
My health professional of note was my midwife Jane who looked after me during all five of my pregnancies - she was always reassuring and went the extra mile popping up on to the ward after I had my babies to say hello to the new arrival. Community midwives are rushed off their feet these days but Jane was the utimate professional
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Saturday, 17 September 2011
Friday, 16 September 2011
Thursday, 15 September 2011
Wednesday, 14 September 2011
There is about as much chance of me becoming the Pope as there is David Camerons big society becoming a reality if the experience on my road is anything to go by. Last night there was a knock at my door - it was a Police Community Support Officer who had been summoned by the "Man with a Van" to have a word with us because we had asked politely for them not to block us in. After an inital questioning she quickly came to the realisation that we had one car and one driver in our house - me .The neighbours have three cars a big van and a motorbike !! and that we had indeed done nothing more than ask politely more than once.She went on to suggest that I didn't use my drive but parked on the road - when I said I thought it might antagonise the neighbour she said - "f you were there first then it's tough!" She also said the PCSO would come and ask him to move if he blocked me in but we were not to ask - as asking again could mean they could accuse us of harrassing them over parking !!!
I was brought up to believe that neighbours should look out for each other and strive to create a harmonious place to live - is our society so broken we can't even listen to each other without a lady in uniform arriving on the doorstep?
Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Monday, 12 September 2011
Sunday, 11 September 2011
The finally unveiled memorial to the victims of 9/11 is beautiful in its simplicity. Ten years before 9/11 I stood on the viewing platform of one of the twin towers and the view over New York was unforgettable. Ten years later I watched in horror as the attacks unfolded whilst my three year old daughter played in the garden. My much loved grandmother had passed away just ten days before. I share the sadness of the families and pray that they find comfort today.
Thursday, 8 September 2011
So the question now is - to carpet or not to carpet - the floorboards are already sanded and looking rather shabby chic - guess another rug needs making.
Wednesday, 7 September 2011
By contrast we had a lovely relaxed first day back to home ed yesterday :)
Monday, 5 September 2011
Sunday, 4 September 2011
I went to University in the USA in Kansas and my friends houses were full of hooked rugs I watched a video of one being made on Youtube and thought this looked easy!!
After hours of searching for the special hook which I finally located on Etsy I was donated a piece of hessian from my crafting mum so I confidently sketched out my design, cut up my hubbies old t shirts (as I wanted my rug to use recyled fabric) and set to work......
The hessian is smelly and gave me an allergy - streaming eyes and sneezing for hours........
The hooking with t shirt fabric makes your hands hurt and takes forever...
Making rugs like this might have been money saving but it is the least fun I have ever had making something ... no wonder the rugs were passed down from generation to generatiion and vintage ones are worth a small fortune
Here's the rug so far - I will finish it one day !
Saturday, 3 September 2011
Sometimes in the middle of all the baby chaos and home school stuff my beautiful older girls fight to get a look in - one came past rubbing the sleep from her eyes this morning moaning "blogging or home school - Why don't you just put the kettle on mother!"
So by way of mother's revenge and much to their embarrassment I'm going to post their picture on my blog and wish number two good luck for her first day at high school and number one a brilliant year.
Two in school - two at home school and a baby certainly makes for a different September!
Friday, 2 September 2011
Isn't also true to that when you make one part look presentable in either home or garden all the scruffy bits remaining suddenly look even worse !
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
New local meets for home ed families...contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
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We have just got ourselves a second house .. a lovely residence in need of some updating but with great potential ... bought at auction for a mere 10 pounds. No mortgage but we won‘t be moving in any time soon.Its a fab new home ed project for me and liv ... follow our progress over the next few weeks
Monday, 29 August 2011
Sunday, 28 August 2011
We‘ve all had a hand in stripping the old turf and digging out tree roots ...should have called in Time Team but all we found was bits of old tiles. Hoping at least one of the kids will take to gardening.Turfing next week thanks to the sterling efforts of dh and his parents (I supplied the tea!)
Wednesday, 13 July 2011
What's everyones opinion on the fact that we don't send our children to school or we take out children out of school so the LEA saves a minimum of £3000 per year and far more at secondary level but we get no help at all with funding ? If money was available would the fact that getting funding from an LEA or direct from government mean contact with the "authorities" or providing proof that the money had been spent on the childs education put you off applying if it was available?
There was talk of giving parents a voucher which they could take to any school which represented the LEA spending for that pupil and parents would be free to top up if they wanted private ed etc. This has been put to oneside due to cuts but we are still saving the government thousands and yet paying taxes etc which fund education.
I think we should campaign for some of the money which would have been spent on our children if they were in school to be given either direct to parents or to a central elective home education body formed by home ed parents to distribute to families - I'll start a campaign if anyone is interested?
In answer to my question I pose another - is it because government and LEA's are afraid that more parents would chose home education as a lifestyle choice if funding was available ?
Saturday, 9 July 2011
Saturday, 25 June 2011
I have been looking into virtual schools such as interhigh and can really see the potential for home ed children meeting online to learn together. A writers workshop springs to mind ...watch this space for more details
Monday, 20 June 2011
Makes 12 muffins - we weren't too sure about redcurrant muffins but they were duly declared delicious!
- 60g unsalted butter
- 175g plain white flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 120g caster sugar
- 1 large egg
- 120ml milk
- 125g fresh redcurrants
- Preheat oven to 180°C. Melt butter
- Sift flour, baking powder, salt and all the sugar apart from 2 tbsp - save this to sprinkle over top before cooking
- Beat egg and whisk in milk and melted butter. Add to flour mixture; stir then fold in redcurrants
- Fill muffin cases, filling each slightly more than half full. Sprinkle reserved sugar over batter in each cup.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and a wooden skewer or knife inserted in the centre comes out clean.