Thursday, 10 May 2012

Walking for Charity

The Snowdrop Trust is a unique charity providing 'Care at Home' for local children who have a life-threatening illness or who may be terminally ill.  Based in the Chichester area of West Sussex, The Sussex Snowdrop Trust provides:

Care at Home by Children's Community Nurses & Nurse Support Workers

Emotional support which is met by Snowdrop Counsellors
• Financial help for families coping with the day-to-day problems of caring for a very sick child. 

And this Sunday (13th May) the Snowdrop Trust are once again holding their very popular Annual Charity Walk at Arundel Castle Park, Arundel from 2.00pm to 5.00pm.
There will be various stalls to browse and refreshments with homemade cakes.  If you are feeling energetic there is a very scenic 5 mile route or a shorter (and flatter!) 1 mile one to choose from.

Sponsored walkers are free, Aduls £3, children over 10 £1 and children under 10 free.  Dogs on LEADS welcome.

So if you have a spare hour or so and find yourself in the area come along and enjoy the sunshine we have been promised whilst raising funds for a very worthwhile cause.

Look forward to seeing you there :0)

Monday, 7 May 2012

Blue skies

These photos have been sitting in draft form for so long that I can't remember whether they are March or April and here we are in May already.  Where does the time go?!
As we didn't get much blue sky in April, lets go with March!

The beautiful building below is Lancing College. 
Mum and I went there one Sunday afternoon for a craft fair. 
Imagine going to school everyday in such a remarkable and inspiring place.
Very Hogwarts! 

And these photos were taken whilst walking along my local seafront. 
They remind me of just how lucky I am
living here. 

I do take it for granted some times.

Saturday, 31 March 2012

Self indulgence

This is a little pressie to me.
It's entitled 'Tangled'.
It arrived today in the post.
And I love it!

It is a mixed media collage by the wonderful artist Caroline Rose 
who I found via Lucy's delightful blog.

Take a look ... I know you'll love her work too :0)

School Trip

What super weather we have had recently ...
Spring has most definitely sprung.

Thursday saw us (Red Class) at Gaston Farm, Slindon. 
Set in the South Downs, it is a beautiful spot
where you have the chance to witness traditional lambing,
get up close to the lambs and sheep themselves,
hold baby chicks and ducklings and enjoy a free tractor/trailer ride.
It costs £4, with under 2's going free
and with the help of a strong base of volunteers,
all proceeds from the café and shop,
and all donations from the free tractor and trailer ride
go towards charities that Gaston Farm have supported for many years...a Nepal Orphanage and an African Soup Kitchen.

I've been back at work for a week now
and this trip was just what the doctor ordered. 
Fresh air, beautiful countryside and the miracle of new life. 

We were lucky enough to see triplets being born.
They were 10 days premature which in a 5 week gestation period
is a lot but with a very hands on approach by the shepherd
and his wife, all 3 were OK. 
I was totally caught up in the moment ...
thank goodness for sunglasses as they hid the tears in my eyes
from the children as I reassured them that all was going to be OK!

We got to hold baby chicks (the ducklings are arriving next week),
stroke a lamb which we named 'Digger'
and shrieked with excitment on the bumpy tractor ride ...
What fun!!

If you are in the area I would absolutely recommend you visit ... you can't fail to enjoy yourself.

p.s. I spotted Ashley from Country Rose 
enjoying the day with her husband and gorgeous daughter Rose
and rashly introduced myself ...
honestly I'm not a mad stalker Ashley :0) 
I hope you enjoyed your day as much as we did.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Happy Birthday Gran


I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
- William Wordsworth -

xxx Thinking of you today xxx

I'm back ...

and ready to blog on with gusto!!

Sooooo, this year started with some really BIG news
that Mr P and I are really, really, really excited about. 
BIG changes afoot folks, really BIG and life won't be the same again!!! 
But that's all I'm going to say for now --- what a tease :0)

Am very tired at the mo - like super tired and have got myself really run down. 
Half term heralded a super duper mother of all colds,
accompanied by a very annoying tickly cough and general malaise. 
It's been a week of recouping and recharging, lots of rest and cups of tea. 

But with half term coming to an unwelcome end,
I've had to bite the bullet and knuckle down.
Yesterday was all about data inputting. 
 I have ignored, avoided and diverted myself from the task all week
but yesterday I knew I had to grit my teeth and approach it head on.
However, to help things along the way I decided
that a little of what I fancied could certainly  do some good.

Mmmmmm .... brain food!! 
Everyone needs a carrot, right?!


Sunday, 4 December 2011

the a-z of me

let's play {a - z}

A. Age: 35 (and a half)

B. Bed size: Double (dreaming of a King)

C. Chore that you hate: Ironing (ugh!)

D. Dogs: Mr P would like a Boxer called Kevin or Steve!

E. Essential start to your day: Time to potter and wake up slowly ... at the weekends a nice cup of tea in bed and time to catch up on blog reading

F. Favourite colour: Blue and green

G. Gold or Silver: Silver

H. Height: 5"9

I. Instruments you play: None (sadly)

J. Job title: Teacher (in my head domestic goddess!)

K. Kids: None (yet ...)

L. Live: In a seaside village (at the ends of the earth according to Mr P who hails from the Big Smoke)

M. Mother’s name: Jennie

N. Nicknames: George or GeeDub

O. Overnight hospital stays: Eye op in my teens

P. Pet peeves: Things not being put away 

Q. Quote from a movie: "Tempting ... but no."

R. Right or left handed: Right.

S. Siblings: 1 younger brother

T. Time you wake up: Around 6.00am

U. Underwear: Yes thanks ;)  

V. Vegetable you hate: Cabbage

W. What makes you run late: Changing my mind about my outfit (among other things)

X. X-Rays you’ve had: toe, after dropping a chair on it at work

Y. Yummy food that you make: Peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies, Rockie Road and Fudge ... all mmm 

Z. Zoo animal: love the elephants : )