Two Black Cats
Saturday, April 29, 2006
A visit to Conkers with 5, 16 year-old girls, for K's birthday party. Here is a very small part of a very large Adventure Assault Course.
Friday, April 28, 2006
Arty Being Adorable!
Thursday, April 27, 2006
We've been tagged by Beau and Angelica's Fur Days
Here are a few of our favourite words or phrases:
A busy couple of days. On Tuesday afternoon the sun came out and I spent about 3/4 hour weeding the front garden. It looks much nicer now. See pic below.
Wednesday was K's birthday - she seemed to like all her presents - especially the score for The Mikado which is going to be her school's Opera production next year. She went out in the evening with a group of friends to see a local production of Yeoman of the Guard - so a very musical birthday.
I got out into the back garden on Wed afternoon and managed to do some jobs from my list. I potted on about 12 tomato plants (still about 6 in reserve), and planted out the broad beans (about 12), 2 pea plants, all the rocket and pak choi seedlings, and planted some more peas in the ground.
I also planted the lupin and achillea behind the pond for some height and colour. Most of the remaining seedlings are now in the outdoor mini-greenhouse to harden off.
Today I've had some good news with an offer of 5 days invigilation later in the year for the Institute of Chartered Accountants for Scotland, and I managed to read a whole maths unit and do the assessment question (which is usually about 5 days work). And it is really sunny today which makes a lot of difference.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
It's a busy time of year here. I mark Maths SATS papers (that is year 9 - age 14 in the UK). I have received the training materials and will be going to the marker's training meeting on 6th May. I know that for most teachers marking is a chore, but I actually enjoy the challenge of getting this right. It covers a vast range of abilities - so includes deciphering bad handwriting, trying to fathom just what the pupil was trying to say or do, to quite high level maths for that age.
I will also be going into the school where I used to teach to discuss the training materials with an ex-colleague. This will be interesting but also quite strange. I will update that next week.
In the garden there is loads to do.
And of course there is maths to do (although I am well ahead) and housework to do! And tomorrow is daughter K's 16th birthday!!
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Hey - all readers - go here and read Velvet's famous interview.
Thanks Lawrence and Frisky
Sorry that blogging has been light this week!
We have been on holiday for the Easter week in the NE of England, staying at a lovely little village called Seahouses. This is our 3rd year here - and our 10th visit.
Now - don't get any ideas to join us - it is hostile, bleak, unfriendly, and devoid of culture. So just don't come here! ok!
(actually it is lovely and bleak, and the locals are friendly - although Newcastle accent is difficult at times - we just don't want too many other visitors).
The pics below show a small part of our week's visit.
I will catch up with the cats and garden during this week.