Bunchems!

Have you heard of Bunchems?

They are an arts and crafts toy, little hook and loop balls that connect together so you can Well, Lil Princess really wanted some and was rewarded with a set at Christmas, but it’s taken a while for her to get them out to play…

This was what she made.

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And we even got a shout out from Bunchems on Instagram!

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Love a bit of creativity!

Leibster Award – The Shelley Wilson Edition!

This morning I was reading posts, and after leisurely perusing, I came upon a post by the lovely Shelley Wilson, author extraordinaire! (She wrote the brilliant Guardians Trilogy, read my review here!)

In it, she accepted the Leibster Award and answered all the questions brilliantly! Then as I scrolled down, I realised that she had nominated me!!!

I have accepted this one several times before, and usually do a reblog of the original post, but seeing as I am on holiday, I thought I would at least answer the questions!

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The Rules:

Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog – Thank you SOOOOO much for thinking of me Shelley!
Answer the 11 questions the person asked you – I’m about to!
Nominate 11 people (comment on their blog to let them know) – I nominate all of you who read this post!
Ask the people you have nominated 11 questions – Answer Shelley’s questions please, they are great!

Shelley’s Questions:

1 Have you met any of your internet friends in real life? I was lucky enough to attend the Annual Blogger’s Bash for the last two years and there I have met many of my blogging heroes and those I consider my Blogily! (Shelley Included!)
2 What’s your favourite TV show? What character would you be from that show? I love too many TV shows to choose one! But if I had to choose a character, it would be Dot Cotton… isn’t she just an institution!
3 What’s your favourite kind of blog post to write? (Book review, personal post, fiction, etc.) Now that’s a really hard one! Because I write a bit of everything! I love to write creatively, but I think sometimes my personal posts are what actually hit a nerve, and help others.
4 What are your most and least favourite things about blogging? I love the interaction, and freedom to write what I want, but I hate the fact I don’t have enough hours in the day to do more!
5 Is there a genre you wouldn’t read? Why? I used to be very much a chick lit reader, with family sagas thrown in, (and some of that saucy stuff too)! But recently, I have realised that I can’t totally write off a genre without trying it, as after tasting Shelley’s YA books, I realised that I really enjoy a genre I would never have contemplated reading before!
6 Which of your own blog posts is your personal favourite? Why? Man, Shelley! You ask some really tough questions! I don’t think I have a personal favourite post, to be honest. There are so many things I write about that it is hard to pinpoint one post I feel particularly special about. Most of my posts about my family are from the heart though and really make me sentimental when I reread them!
7 Do you have any pets? If so, what are they and do they help/hinder your blogging/writing? If no, what would be your ideal pet? I have my darling cat, Sonu Singh, who has been in our life for 3 years now! He can be a hindrance, in that when he decides to come and sit with me, I want to snuggle with him, rather than write, but equally, he has been an inspiration too!

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8 What’s your favourite type of takeaway food? I try not to eat much takeaway but if I am ordering, I choose a chicken kebab! It’s a healthy option! Though pizza, Chinese, an Indian, Maccy D’s, KFC… among others, can be rather yummy too!
9 What would be your ideal career? Why? I’d love to be a professional story teller! There is no greater joy for me, than reading stories to my class. I love it so much and I enjoy using accents and different voices, as well as props, to make a story come to life. Imagine doing that all day, every day! (There’s my Drama major coming out!)
10 Which author do you like to recommend the most? I don’t think I really recommend an author specifically (though Shelley Wilson is a most amazing writer ;P ) I am more likely to recommend specific books.
11 Who’s your go to band/artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to? I have a selection of compilation albums which I ‘go to’ if a specific song doesn’t come to mind. I have 90’s R’n’B, or Disco, or failing that, several Bollywood or Bhangra discs that I will play. Yes, CDs. I can’t get the hang of downloading music, no playlists here, compilation CDs all the way!

So, there you have it, a little more about Ritu, laid bare!

And as I mentioned earlier, I nominate ALL OF YOU! Yes, I am a rule breaker!!!!!

 

 

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #159 Fate&Make

Lovely Ron’s prompt this week…

Fate & Make

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Please be careful not
To make an ill fated choice
Means future heartache

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Leave it in God’s hands
Some say our fate is destiny,
I say, we write it!

Ritu 2017

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On that fateful day
I made some awful cup cakes
Ugly but tasty!

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Truly Appreciated! #MondayBlogs

Yes!

Finally, the holidays are here!

Admittedly, I will be in school today and for the next two days at least, just getting tidied up, and then prepared for next year, but it will be without the pressure of teaching and assessment! The days we spend in the classrooms like this can be quite restful to be honest!

But I can’t not mention the end of term, and the emotional goodbyes that were seen, with the Year 6 students who were leaving us for the portals of Secondary school, members of staff who are moving on, and of course, bidding farewell to our existing classes.

They may be hard work, you may want to tear your hair out on a regular basis, but you do develop a true emotional bond with the lovelies!

I have to admit to a few tears, especially in the morning when one of my darling boys was going. He won’t be joining us next year as his family have moved, but I had a special place in my heart for him.

As his mum hugged me, and thanked us for the last year, she got teary, and that got me going too! He hugged me close, and tightly, and my heart hurt… honestly!

Fast forward to the end of the day and I had been hugged by a LOT of kids, and mums too, and was the recipient of the obligatory thank you presents too, and what a generous bunch of parents we had too!

I think I may be putting on weight before I lose it again, with all the chocolates!

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The handmade notes were gorgeous, the flowers, beautiful, the candles much appreciated and the stationery, well, I always need that!

But the handmade ornament was stunning, the cat mug perfect, and the Prosecco, well, what can I say!

I loved reading the cards, seeing my babies trying to write their own names too!

But we must move on…

I am lucky that I will have some of these children for two days a week next year, as I venture into Reception so to see the progression will be wonderful!

And I shall enjoy my summer recharge those batteries, ready for a busy September!

HAve a great day Peeps!

 

 

Ouch!

The first Sunday of my holidays and the tiredness really hit home!

It was a busy Friday, rushing from school to join thousands of cars on the Motorway, to get to Birmingham, but we did it.

A whistle-stop trip to see my parents, staying overnight with them, before the wedding we were to attend.

A day of driving to and from, and sitting, at the wedding. Eating, but no dancing, I was too tired!

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Don’t scrub up too bad, eh!

Then back on the motorway to get home!

This morning, I woke up near 9 am. That is unheard of for me to be honest! But I needed the sleep!

Went shopping, the housework can wait, but food couldn’t!

Post-lunch I just crashed out.

Two hours of sleep left me groggy as anything, but I got up, and promptly slipped down the stairs, bumping elbows and my back.

Currently, I am sat here, aching all over, contemplating a hot bath to soothe my clumsy body… Then I need to sleep early!

But thank goodness for the holidays eh!

I am planning on binge watching Goodness Gracious Me! as I finally got the Box set!

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Need to educate the kids in a bit more British Asian comedy! They already love Citizen Khan!

 

 

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