Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 196 – Anniversary Special

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“A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. The order varies for any given year.”  –  Paul Sweeney

Thank you, Spidey for this.

Today marks our 17th wedding anniversary.

There have been ups and downs, sadnesses and joys, kids and pets, houses and cars, and lots and lots of family stuff!

He asked me what I wanted for my gift… I genuinely want nothing. I have all I want. Him, our kids, our kitty, our family.

I can say, hand on heart, that there is no one else in this world who I would want to have spent over half my life with so far (20+ years dating!)

I love that man that is my Hubby Dearest, more than I can express in words, and I count myself as a blessed one to have him in my life.

Happy Anniversary to my soulmate ❤

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And a little of 18th November trivia, for you all too! There are a good few other special days celebrated on this same date…

  • Mickey Mouse’s birthday – he’s 90 this year!
  • Princess day – maybe I’ll get treated like one (unlikely, as I have a child who is currently being sick everywhere – more Cinderella than Princess!)
  • Apple Cider Day – Cheers!
  • Occult Day – ooer!

And a good few more!

And traditional wedding anniversary gifts for the 17th milestone?

Wine and Spirits! 

So… tell me, what would be your ideal anniversary gift? 😘

Have a peaceful Sunday Peeps ❤ And enjoy your week!

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 195

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“Reading allows me to recharge my batteries.” – Rahul Dravid

Thank you, Spidey for this.

Last week we talked about reading chapter books to the Early Years.

I am proud to say I started. We did go for Winnie the Pooh.

And the vast majority of the children – loved it!

There were a few who lolled around on the carpet, but the rest enjoyed the story, and asked/answered questions. There was great thought going into imagining the images created by words.

I loved it. I wanted to read for longer!

That being said, I am now tired… tomorrow’s Chai and a Chat will tell you why.

I am off to recharge, and read.

  • So… tell me, what are you going to do to help yourself recharge today? 😘

Have a peaceful Sunday Peeps ❤ And enjoy your week!

Real Neat Blog Award | Image Earth Travel

Thanks to Nilla of the blog Image Earth Travel for nominating me for the Real Neat Blog Award.

I have received this before, so I am sharing her post as thanks.

And, because I feel like it… here are my answers to the questions she posed!

1. Do you prefer solo travelling or travelling with someone? Why?

I wish I could give an answer that was based on experience, but the truth is, I have never travelled alone so I don’t know! I would like to try it once at least though. Travelling with someone is wonderful too though, as you create memories you both share.

2. What is the very first country that you visited?

I was six months old, the first time I went on an aeroplane. It was from the UK to India to attend my uncle’s wedding. I remember nothing. There are photos to prove it though! After that, it was Kenya, where my parents were born and brought up.

3. Do you backpack or travel in luxury?

So far, it has been a life of ‘luxury holidays’ or visiting family!

4. How did you start blogging?

By total accident! I was trying to comment on the first post of a friend a few years ago, not even knowing what a blog is, and then WP asked me if I wanted to start one, so I thought why not! And here I am nearly four years later!

5. Why did you choose your current blogging platform?

It was where I fell into it, and I have been happy here.

6. From what part of the world are the most of your blog visits?

The United States is by far the place where I get the most views!

7. Do you find advertising on a blog distracting?

Yes, especially the ones that are really random. But if people use affiliate links I don’t mind them!

And there you have it!

Please visit Nilla’s original post!

Thanks again, Nila!!!


September, 2018 It’s always a great surprise to receive a nomination from a fellow blogger and this time, the nomination is for the Real Neat Blog Award.

Source: Real Neat Blog Award | Image Earth Travel

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 194

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“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairytales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairytales.” – Albert Einstein

Thank you, Spidey for another thought-provoking quote.

He knew I have been thinking about reading for a long while and coupled with the amazing posts about reading to children from Jennie, over on her blog, it spurred me on to chase for something I truly believe in.

Jennie is a kindergarten teacher in the USA and I always marvel at her posts about the importance of reading to her class, where she even reads chapter books to her extremely young children.

I’ve often said to her that I would dearly love to do that, but with the intake of children we have in our nursery, the English language knowledge is so low that introducing them to picture books, where they have a wealth of imagery to help their understanding of the words I then read is more than enough stimulation. ( I haven’t really mentioned this year’s intake, but suffice to say, sitting for a five-minute story, complete with all the voices, and props, is tough… let alone a chapter book!)

However, as I was last year, I am also teaching in the Reception class which is the next year up.

Something our deputy head had said a few years back really stays in my mind. Upon being told that some older children, because of their English being poor, were taken out of class during spelling time, to concentrate on the simple cvc words, meaning they missed out on hearing new vocabulary, said “Let them stay. Let them hear those words. They may not know them now but somewhere in their subconscious, those words will sit, and one day they will be able to use them too. Yes, test them on the simple, but expose them to everything.”

Makes sense.

I took the bull by the horns last week, and mentioned to my Phase Leader that I really felt reading chapter books to the children, alongside picture books, would be really beneficial. We would be introducing them to new vocabulary, and hopefully watering the seeds in their imagination with the words, so they could learn to build images up in their minds, and hopefully, ignite their curiosity so that great conversations are started, after listening to the books we choose to read.

Thankfully, she was really excited about the idea. We are starting a topic about Bears next week, so I suggested Winnie the Pooh by A.A, Milne. I still have my box set of books from my childhood to read to them! Possibly even Paddington Bear if we get through it!

She was enthusiastic, so hopefully, as of tomorrow, I shall be reading something different to the children, something they may not have even seen before, and I hope I can help water their creativity.

Let us fuel their imagination so we can create the writers of the future.

So… tell me, which chapter book would you recommend for young readers? 😘

Have a peaceful Sunday Peeps ❤ And enjoy your week!

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 193

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“If I cannot do great things, I can always do small things in a great way.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Thank you, Spidey for another thought-provoking quote.

We aren’t all destined for great things, well, not in the way of all the celebrities and famous intellectuals out there.

But we all have great inside us.

We can all be ‘great‘ children/ / spouses/ parents/ friends/ (insert profession here) if we want to be.

Our little gestures may not set the world alight but that special dinner the kids asked for might make them feel, and say “You’re great mum!”. That drink you pour for your partner after a stressful day makes them appreciate you in a different way, because you ‘know’.

Those kinds of things.

They are all within our control. We can choose to make that little difference, that can be viewed as something huge by others.

And sure, if you end up doing something GREAT great, that is just wonderful.

But remember, if you are making a positive difference to those around you, you’re already doing great!

So… tell me about someone who made you feel great recently? 😘

Have a peaceful Sunday Peeps ❤ And enjoy your week!

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