Wednesday, 23 March 2011

The Gallery - Education

I'm really gutted with myself as I really wanted to do last weeks The Gallery Topic Trees - which I still did but did not get to linky it up - so if you want a blast you can read it further down the page.

This weeks Gallery Topic is all about Education, and I WILL make it this time! Whilst I had the standard Education there were times on reflection where I find myself being able to delve into slightly different methods, institutions and ways of being educated.

My first picture is of me at Sunday School for which as a young child I found great enjoyment, listening to stories, singing, doing craft and acting out passages from the Bible.  More often than not I found myself playing the part of Jesus, as, as a grew up I seemed to be taller than all the others for which made for a good representation. 

Who remembers those old uncomfortable chairs?
Eventually at the age of 17 or 18 I went on to teach Sunday School to the pre school age children and we all seemed to have a good time discussing what they got up to at the weekend as well as doing my favourite story about the Fishes and the Loaves - I always brought in the white chocolate Fish n Chips for us to munch on - chips not really loaves of bread but you can see where I was going - honestly!

Now as I am reaching my 4th decade, I decided to take a short course on the Introduction to Counselling, whilst this was a way for me to start to understand why people are the way they are - this post has also brought some interest from other sites and if you too are intersted in Sunday School as well, you may also enjoy pursuing a career in Christian Counselling so if you are why not go to:
[this now is a sponsored link]

My next two pictures are from the time when I decided to study Land Surveying and Cartography [the art of making maps].  This I had a great time doing and even got paid to do through the 'YTS' scheme.  I was happy - had money in my pocket for essentials and bus fare, and my parents were happy - I hope too.

Not sure if you can see but in the first of the two photos below we were all studiously carrying out complicated mathematically equations regarding our levelling or our surveying points with our calculators - yes we got to use those other buttons not sure if I could remember what they all mean and do now.  I did seemed to find my later education life surrounded in a male dominated world as I went onto study mineral surveying.

Maths can be funny sometimes.

and lastly the final picture is of a great teacher MR COLE, he had many many years experience of  Land Surveying - he always had a smile and you usually found him outside walking up and down the college grounds with a cigarette in his hands, but he was always so helpful and kind and made you laugh and we are sure he did realise how much he looked like Fred Flintstone!


Sunday, 20 March 2011

Trees - I do so love them


I hate being late for anything, and this week I just so wanted to add to the Gallery topic as it was Trees as I do like taking pictures of Trees, so if it’s alright with you I’m still going to post it on my post and hopefully next time I will get my butt into gear and meet the deadline!

We have some wonderful trees in our Village, I don’t like to admit to it but I am unable to name them [mental note to oneself - will add this to my TODO list]. 

When I look at Trees they make me feel at peace with the Village, the earth and help me find my own stillness.  They enable me to take a breath and refocus my internal clock, a kind of reloading point again.

I do have pictures of the trees at different seasons, different times in the day and from different locations. but these are mostly of Winter.

If you want to see more click on the links below and if you like taking pics why not join in - but make sure you get there on time!

Thursday, 10 March 2011

We are now Forever Mummy and Daddy – At Bloody Last!

1253 days or 3 years 5 months and 6 days ago apart from it being the day of my 36th Birthday it was also the day I made a call that would change my life forever.  It was a call to our local authority expressing the great wish that my husband and I wanted to adopt.  To us it didn’t matter whether it was one, two or three children, Girls, Boys mixed or otherwise.  We just wanted to be able to give someone a better chance of a happy, sociable, caring, loving and inclusive life.

And as of Tuesday just gone we are now officially a family of FOUR [plus 3 pets!].  Although our beautiful Daughter and Son have been with us for 708 days or 1 year, 11 months and 9 days, the Judge was able to decree the Adoption Order and life for Mummyrella can now at last MOVE FORWARD.

A huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders, I do feel more secure and complete, although this completeness has been with me since D&S arrived all that time ago, it is a final completeness one of silence and no second doubting and worrying about how things could possibly change.

Of course I will not be going into all the ins and outs of why D&S arrived at a time in their little lives to us.  But it does leave me reflecting with thoughts to Birth Mothers around the world and to send a little prayer to help them be strong in order to cope with their own situations.

And in this time of reflection I can think back to how the journey has been, but more importantly how it will be – we are heading into uncharted waters like every family, new adventures, new beginnings and new lessons to learn.  At the end of the day we all only have one life here – there may well be other lives on different plains, but lets us all make the most of what we have and be thankful for our beautiful children however they come to us.

I have just found that it is National Family Week soon 30th May - 5th June 2011  Go on have some fun!

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Optimism, Change and New Life

It’s been a while and lots have gone on within Village life and I realise that it is the month of March already and time to review my listograph and make 10 new ones for the next 25 days.
The listograph was an idea generated by I need curtains for the window in my head

So to start - The review

1) Delivered and viewed my entries to the photo exhibition put on by TIN this will cover No8 in the list as well].

2) My Voluntary Redundancy application was accepted.

3) Met with the Walpole St Peter’s Fundraisers to generate ideas to raise £100,000 for our church roof fund.

4) Made Poppy dog her doggy Birthday Cake which she and my children seemed to enjoy immensely on her birthday “Valentine’s Day”.

5) Well I exchanged Christmas Prezzies with my Cousins but “busy mummy Cousins” left theirs for us on the kitchen table! – yes Allison & Helen I have mentioned you!!!!

6) Cannot help but continue to eat sweet things of an evening.

7) I am looking forward to starting my new business venture.

9) Still sorting out my business cards ready for cybermummy11,

10) Have started on the organising of my Village Party to celebrate the forthcoming Royal Wedding Day.

So it only leads me to make my new list of 10 things for the merry month of March.

1) Chair my first Village meeting of the Village Party for the Royal Wedding Celebrations.
2) Venture out with a Wildlife Photographer on the North Norfolk Coast for the day.
3) Devil Cat is in need of her booster – [for more info on the Devil Cat follow @valentineslady aka Poppydog on her twitter page or on her own blog page Poppydogtails].
4) Read a page a day in my new book Daily Guidance from your Angels by Doreen Virtue.
5) Listen to my new self assertiveness words Instant Confidence by Paul McKenna – it is working!
6) Work with my Life Coach in taking forward my objectives, goals, aims, wishes and in helping him and supporting him in his objectives, goals aims and wishes.
7) Continue the development of my business idea – which I will tell you more about as it develops [a little clue maybe to keep you hooked!]
8) Find a new mode of transport.
9) Sort out new Nursery days for the kids
10)     On the very last day of March [31st] I will celebrate my last day of work as I will be become a number of the uncounted who took Voluntary Redundancy because of this new Government.

It looks like a month of optimism, change and new life – wish me well.