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Thursday, 16 July 2015

End of Year Tears

Summer Holidays are H-E-R-E

It only seems like such a short time ago that Miss B was starting her journey into school
with her first day at Nursery.

Now she is finishing up with Infants school 
and about to start a whole new chapter 
of her education adventure 
in the Junior school.

This week has brought back some long forgotten memories for me,
Saying goodbye to old school friends
and being more than a wee bit nervous about
starting a new school and making new friends.

Things seem very different from that now.
(Teachers seem a lot more friendly for one.)
There are transition days held within the schools 
and the children are given several opportunities to meet their new teachers before term starts in September.
This seems to give the children a huge confidence boost.

It has been such a hectic couple of weeks at home.
There has been an end of term pirate party (great fun).
Leavers concerts 
(which I sobbed through the entire thing).
Visits to the schools 
and the opportunity to look at their work from this past year,
and of course deciding on thank-you gifts 
for teachers.

This year Miss. B wanted to be very hands on with this, 
and quite rightly so.

We eventually decided on some painted 'keepsake' apples,
hand made thank you cards,
and a 'little' something from Cath Kidston 
(never fails to please).

The apples were great fun to decorate and 
provided a fun filled weekend
of getting messy together.

Hopefully a handmade gift will mean something special for her teachers.
I think she will always treasure these early school day memories,
and her teachers have been such an integral part of this.
(and of course, me being me, I had to go a little bit
overboard on the gift bags too.)

We painted the same rosy apples on the front of gift bags,
with a personalised touch
of a matching gift tag and ribbon.

I did feel quite proud of all our hard work when they were finished.

Well, all that remains for me to do is 
wish you a very happy
and fun packed Summer, 
whatever you have planned.

Until next time,

Enjoy your Summer.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Good Food Show Harrogate

Good Food Show Galavanting

I was lucky enough to get a 'pass out'
the other weekend and
off I went with my lovely friend Sheena,
for an adventure on the train down to Harrogate,
to see James Martin and visit the
 Good Food Show.

What a lovely day we had.

It started with an early departure from Durham station.
I was surprised just how busy the
station was for a sunny, Sunday morning.

(I think most of the other travellers were headed to the same destination as us.)
It was a lovely journey down.
A chance to chat and catch up on things.
Sheena and I work together but she has been away on maternity leave
for what feels like forever,
so it was great to while away the time hearing all about things.

We arrived at Harrogate mid morning,
and after a little stroll down from the station to the exhibition centre,
(of course, it had started to rain by the time we did arrive,
so it was perhaps more of a scurry than a stroll,)
it was time for the fun to begin.

It was the first time I had visited the exhibition centre but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at the venue itself
and the very good organisation of the day.
Plenty of well furbished toilets, staff very friendly and helpful, etc.
Altogether a far better experience than some of the places we
have visited in recent years.

magnificent meringues

The lay out at the show was pretty much the same as it always it -
A plethora of stalls selling their wares.
Everything from kitchen appliances to tasty morsels,
and plenty of scrumptious samples to try.

The absolute highlight of the whole day was the delicious

We stumbled into him at the tail end of a book signing.

Sheena 'brushed' past his arm whilst heading to an interview session.
Yes, she actually made contact with his arm.
She will be forever a happy girl.

The final cherry on the cake was sitting front row at
James' cooking demo.

I have to confess I paid no attention to what he was cooking.
I sat there in a trance, 
 hanging on his every word throughout the entire
thirty minutes he was on stage,
and can't actually remember what he said!!

All told we had an amazing,  
fun day and I can't wait for the next one,
(probably next year).

Until next time,

enjoy your day!