Saturday, February 28, 2009

Puzzled

Those of you who use non-Blogger sites for your blogging, can you answer a question for me ?

Is it difficult to make them work as web pages with one page always appearing as a Home Page but also listing the other other pages ?

I am pondering a project for a friend, and wondered if there was a quick solution :-)
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Keeping Busy

Update to add :
Hi Victoria,
a fortnight is exactly two weeks long. Although archaic, it is still a word in everyday usage here :-)
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We have an official Welsh Assembly school inspection imminent, hence my infrequent posting.
Truth be told, I haven't been home much during the day during this last fortnight.

We have all prepared as much as we are able - teaching staff, support staff, everyone who works or helps out in the school, so it is all in the hands of the Inspectors now....... Gulp.

I'm glad it doesn't affect me directly, though some of the volunteer work I do will indeed be seen live by the Inspectors. I have been through the stress and come out in the "so traumatised I am chilled out" zone !
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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Fifth Picture



The fifth picture in the fifth photo folder :-)
Thanks to Deb for tagging me !

Lots of you have already been tagged, so I will throw it open to anyone who wants to play, LOL.
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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Home Again

Dear friends, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your prayers for my dear brother.

He is safely home from the hospital, and is looking better than he has done for the last eight weeks. He is still very weak, and has a long way to go, but he is feeling better.

Half-term is almost over, and I still need to iron the school uniforms, LOL ! The girls are looking forward to going back to school.

The weather is lovely here; there is some real heat in the sunshine today. We even saw a rather confused honey bee flying around yesterday :-)

The young ones are going to a birthday party today, so they will have heaps of fun at that. I am seriously considering taking my earplugs........

And that is about all here. I will be checking Bloglines later today and hope to catch up with y'all very soon indeed !
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

My brother was indeed admitted this morning to hospital.
His treatment was begun in the Resuscitation room, then he was found a bed on a ward three hours later.
As far as we know, he will be kept in overnight and discharged tomorrow after review by the Gastro-enterology team.

He really is getting the best possible care, but sometimes it is very hard to leave things unquestioningly in the Hands of God...............
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Silent Treatment - NOT !!

I am not giving you all the silent treatment, honestly !

There is a lot going on here, mostly good, but which I am not at liberty to blog about for reasons of confidentiality.
Suffice it to say I am alive and well, extremely busy on a voluntary basis, and considering a career change, with DH's support.............

No doubt details will follow in due course :-)
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Sigh

My brother is very unwell again and has been seen by our family doctor, who has said he needs admission back into hospital for treatment.

There is a slight problem in that our hospital has been very badly affected by the current Norovirus outbreak and eight wards are closed to new admissions, including the one my brother needs to be admitted to for what has now become urgent treatment.
Our GP has said he is admitting my brother tomorrow as an emergency to A&E if necessary, whether the wards are open or not.

Stress stress worry worry stress stress....you get the picture.
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Snow ? What Snow ?

I bounced out of bed enthusiastically this morning at 07.11 (I know, because I looked at the clock !) desperate to see if the expected snow had materialised, and it hadn't.

It had stopped raining, however, and we now have glorious blue skies. Still very cold, but at least it looks more cheerful than unrelenting rain......

There was copious snow where DH is working, though !
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Monday, February 09, 2009

Foul Weather

Yesterday and today we have had heavy rain. The rain has become progressively heavier since 3.30pm and has been torrential at times. Flood warnings have been issued for some areas.

Checking the Met Office's web site just now, they are warning that there is now a > 80% chance that the rain may turn to heavy snow late tonight and in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

This weather is seriously bizarre ! And cold !
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Bletchley Park In Peril

Did you ever see the film Enigma, a few years ago ?
I was distressed to find out a few weeks ago that the historic Bletchley Park, home of the cipher breaking team during the Second World War, is literally in danger of falling to bits and being sold to developers.

This is such an amazing piece of history.....

and a CBS news video can be seen here.

If you live in the UK, please sign the online petition.
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Thursday, February 05, 2009

More Snow

Tuesday's snow had all gone by midday yesterday, but we woke this morning to see another inch or two of snow transforming our street into a winter wonderland!
DoomHamster managed to get into work in The Big City, even though the City's local buses were not running this morning due to adverse weather conditions......it took her over two hours, but she made it safely.
I am so glad that DH was able to get home safely last night before the snow started where he works !!

Schools were closed again today, and we are currently in our living room with the wood-burning stove keeping us cosy.
I have put out plenty of food for my feathered friends, and I have seen all my regular visitors today except my pair of wood pigeons..........
Much of the snow has now melted, and I am trying to motivate myself to brave the cold and take the Dog of Doom for a walk :-)
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Worth a Look....



if you have a child in a state school in the UK.

Phil Beadle is an experienced teacher who manages to motivate some of the most unteachable and demotivated kids, even getting them to read and act out Shakespeare....much of what is in this book is sound common sense which does need to reach a wider audience. I have watched his TV programmes and he is a gifted and articulate teacher.
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More Of My Recent Reads !

UPDATED TO ADD:
an interview with John Granger and information about his books on the Orthodox perspective on Harry Potter can be found here.

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I am probably the last person on the planet who has read "Beedle the Bard" :-)
I did enjoy it, but it really is not a children's book at all, rather displaying some of the darkest undercurrents of the wizarding world and of Dumbledore himself in some of "his" comments and scholarly footnotes. For those of a sensitive disposition, do not read the tale about the Hairy Heart......








The Wee Free Men is a perennial TP children's and adults' classic. I think Tiffany Aching is one of his very best characters, on a par with Granny Weatherwax, Sam Vimes and Moist von Lipwig.
I was watching the BBC documentary last night following Terry Pratchett in the year following his diagnosis with a rare form of Alzheimer's known as Posterior Cortical Atrophy. I have met him on several occasions, and he is a very erudite, witty and humble man. So many folk are afflicted with varieties of Alzheimer's in particular and dementia in general, yet the Government seems to sweep it all under the carpet in favour of publically supporting/funding/emphasising the "popular" high profile illnesses.
It is good to see TP publically supporting and explaining this disease. I hope he shames the Government into doing something more constructive than wringing its hands and telling bosses they need to be watching their workforce for signs of dementia......





I still don't really know what to make of this book, to be honest. In many ways it is an interesting treasury of background information relating to the themes and issues, myths and legends which underpin the whole of the truly magical world of Narnia, and in this respect it is very useful. For those of us used to reading CS Lewis knowing a fair amount of his beliefs which were so very akin to Orthodoxy, it does rankle to see him described as an inadequate Protestant who doesn't really accept Sola Fidei. The author's theological knowledge of Protestantism seems Calvinistic rather than Lutheran/Anglican/Episcopalian and even the token mention of Catholicism seems rather condescending, IMO. No mention of Orthodox theology of salvation, of course, LOL.
If anyone else has read this book, I would **love** to know what you thought of it.....

I do so hope that someone will one day write an Orthodox understanding of Narnia, as has already been done so well with the Harry Potter series........
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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

A Must-Read !


Boomtown, by Nowen N. Particular





This is a superb, good-humoured, rollicking older children's adventure story of a preacher and his family moving to an unusual town which has a fireworks factory. Within minutes of their arrival, they cause chaos, but are accepted whole-heartedly by the inhabitants, some of whom are highly unusual themselves, but are all tolerant of people's quirks.

The Preacher is worried to find that all his predecessors have died in very unusual circumstances, and true to form, his life is repeatedly in danger from freak accidents. Much to his surprise, he discovers and finally accepts that people who are unusual or who have problems don't always need to be "fixed", but accepted, loved, and cared for.........

The whole town accepts the new arrivals, and just when it seems that Boomtown is the perfect place to live, a series of mysterious thefts sets the townsfolk ill at ease. They are used to having their bank robbed as regular as clockwork by one inhabitant, who sulks if the police are late coming to arrest him, but these mysterious thefts are unnerving......

The ending is satisfying but rather bitter-sweet.
I look forward to more from this author !
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Fretting......

..... about the birds which normally visit my garden, knowing they will find food here.

I filled up the bird feeder and made sure there was plenty of food on the ground for the larger birds which can't hang upside down from the feeder.

Within two or three minutes, the thick swirling snow had covered all trace of the ground-lying food, so I had to go and replenish it at regular intervals. I felt so sorry for the birds; if they do not find enough food, they will quickly weaken and die.
Now the snow is melting, I just hope there will be enough time for them to feed adequately from my garden before night falls and everything freezes again. They tend not to come for food after about 2.30pm..........
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We Have Snow !



The small ones building their snowman :-)







A very fine snowman indeed ! Lots of fun was had by all.

We had approx 3 inches of snow last night and this morning, but it is melting as I type, and our enforced day off school is not likely to be repeated tomorrow unless we have an awful lot more snow overnight. At present, this looks very unlikely, as the sky outside is blue and cloudless :-(
Fun whilst it lasted......
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