A bear in a car. In his own little bear window. It's a panda car.
Monday, 2 January 2017
I made a wreath for the first time this year, as the Dogwood in the garden has grown enough stems to be able to. Today was a lovely day, and we wanted to go to the park for a walk into Greenwich. There was a huge queue though so we drove down into Greenwich to park. When we were going back to the car, we walked around Gloucester Circus. I took photos of the first two doorways we walked past as they are so grand. There was a varied selection of wreaths on a lot of the doors. A couple are from doors on Royal Hill too. My favourite is the red berry one on the red door.
I am back at work tomorrow. As I haven't been posting here much for ages, (Due to no spare time whatsoever, and any that I did have I was making things!) I haven't explained what I am doing at the moment. I was supposed to be staying at the same school for a term, in the likelihood that Ofsted would turn up, and because they hadn't found anyone to replace me by the end of the summer. I was fine with this, up until about the middle of November, when I started to realize that I did not want to leave the children, as I felt that would be letting them down. I have never left a class half way through a year and I was not comfortable doing so, even though it would mean a break from all that work! However, the volume of work has increased yet again this term, and I was spending most evenings working, and at least a day at the weekend, often more. I know this is what teachers do, but I had got to the point where I could not do it any longer. So I asked the head if I could be part time. I will still be responsible for everything, but only spend three days in school, plus half a day paid working at home. Obviously, I cannot get everything done in half a day, but I should be able to in a whole day and it will at least give me the weekend, plus most of Friday. I know it is not ideal to only be in class part of the week, but the staff in the nursery are good and I feel it is better to do this rather than leave altogether. I will see how it works out.
We have had a lovely last day of the holiday. Visiting Greenwich, buying books, a bit of sorting and tidying, eating up leftovers and watching films. I have stuffed a turkey-a knitted one that is! It is from this book. It has taken a few days to make but I like it! It is terrible at standing up, but you can kind of balance it against something. I got the book for Christmas from the EYFS coordinator at work which was very kind of her. I hadn't seen it before and it is a great book. The animals are funny-full of character!
Saturday, 31 December 2016
Happy Blackheath in the fog and sunshine two days ago. It looked like I imagine heaven would look if you believe in that kind of thing.New year at home this year. We have had a lovely evening. I spoke to all my family and my friends in Holland where we would normally be. We have had seventies themed food-prawn cocktail, coq au vin and chocolate mousse and lots of various nice drinks. We ate at the picnic fold up table as the kitchen table has too much stuff on it. It was like our own little restaurant!
Hope all of your New Years are fun and wishing you a great 2017! x
Tuesday, 15 November 2016
I found a book of knitted teddy bears in the charity shop the other day, and have been knitting little bears ever since. (Well I am on my third one anyway) I have made two of the same bear and am now trying a second pattern. I am quite pleased that I am managing to follow a knitting pattern, as I never could before. Since teaching myself the double pointed needles my knitting confidence has increased.
Sunday, 23 October 2016
Having resisted its lure for months now, I gave in last week and went to the boot fair. I also went this week. There were lots of great things to be found and I found them! As a demonstration of the greatness of the fair, I have included the prices of the things I bought. And the purpose if there is one, if there isn't then it is just that I loved them.
Domed lady. Art for one of my dolls houses, if I ever get around to arranging them. 20p.
Fighting cockerels. Bought after I found the two horses below. £1 the pair.The Flying Horse of Gansu, a 2000 year old bronze sculpture found in 1969. £5. They are my second favourite thing I found.
Classical bust of a lady. For dolls house purposes. 50p.
The glass bottle smells like sweet old ladies. It is not from the fair but the charity shop. 50p.
Small brass Welsh woman. 50p.
Friday, 21 October 2016
Cassie in her box which is in her play area. If she wants to play, she goes and sits near to the box in the background which she loves because it has holes in the end, through which a feather thingammy can be wriggled. The big box was supposed to be temporary but she loves sleeping there.
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
It is my birthday today, so I thought I would share my birthday dolls. I met Linda Sue a couple of weekends ago and we visited the Foundling Museum. We had a bit of trouble finding the Foundling but finally did. Linda Sue gave me this amazing doll for my birthday. She is very old and beautifully shabby, and wears her face around her neck so that it looks like a neckerchief.
I have had a couple of goes at painting her as she is very tempting to paint.