Christmas books giveaway from Scholastic
Nov25

Christmas books giveaway from Scholastic

Regular readers will know I LOVE books and reading. I am never without a book in my bag and will grab five minutes to read whenever. I also love good kids’ books (although sadly my own kids don’t read much these days). So I’m very pleased to have a giveaway of books for Christmas from Scholastic’s best ever Christmas bookshop. The bookshop includes books for everyone from toddlers to teens and a mix of classics...

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Leotards for panto from Dance Gear
Nov24

Leotards for panto from Dance Gear

Regular readers will know that rehearsals are well underway for my daughter’s third panto. Although it’s a professional production, it’s at a small local theatre and budgets are tight. Not only do the girls have to share costumes with their opposite number in the other chorus, they also have to provide their own basic dancewear to wear for every performance. They need to provide black and nude coloured leotards,...

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Decorating the spare room
Nov23

Decorating the spare room

The spare room is my office. It has a tiny window and is always full of washing. The bed is very comfy – I’ve slept there when my husband has had a bad cold and the snoring has got too much. It’s a scruffy place, but I like it. It’s mine. When we first moved into our house in January 2014, we painted EVERYTHING very quickly (so it wasn’t exactly high quality work), but the spare room was low priority. At...

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My running bug – stopped in my tracks
Nov21

My running bug – stopped in my tracks

I’ve had a post floating around in my head for a while now, but I just haven’t had time to put finger to keyboard. And now it seems it’s a bit late. Because things have changed. I wanted to write about how positive I’m feeling about my running this year and how well it’s been going. Then I got stopped in my tracks. But I’m going to start at the beginning anyway. The post I wanted to write. At the...

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First week of panto rehearsals: All change
Nov20

First week of panto rehearsals: All change

When I think of the panto, I think of my hours spent hanging around the cafe at the rehearsal venue. I see it through rose tinted glasses. I love that place. I love my glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice and the particularly nice cheese and onion crisps that I stretch out for an hour or more. I read a book or, if I’m feeling good, I read one of my work books. Panto rehearsals are marked with photos like this. But nothing...

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