Friday, 29 February 2008

Tongue in cheek, of course!

It's a busy day at Woodpeckers today!
Trying to be a superwoman is a hard act... but whatever I do, I try to do it with a smile ;-)
I rushed into town very early, which is fine as you don't have to feed the ticket machine in the car park until 9am. That gave me 30 minutes to whizz around like crazy and get the basics.
I do so love a brisk walk, carrying all those heavy bags. ;-)

Then it's back to the kitchen to knock up a tasty treat! And I keep smiling ;-)

Washing is next on the list and there's nothing like the smell of freshly laundered clothes to keep me happy. Whistle while you work!

In comes dear DH and I am able to greet him with a smile and elevenses.

That's better! Now I can start on the mending. Good job my mum taught me how to darn ;-)Saves a fortune in socks you know!

Now it's time to sweep the patio and paths. The fresh air will do me good, that's for sure.

Hoovering next!
Thank goodness for my Dyson. Dear DH gave me one for Christmas;-)
I was so happy when I ripped open the wrapping paper.I squealed with delight!
It's so much better than my old fashioned Hoover. (Remember the motto..'It beats as it sweeps as it cleans!')

Oooh my favourite..the ironing. What fun! Got to get those collars and cuffs just right!
(And the smile just goes on and on..and on;-)

Well, that's my morning done and dusted (hoovered, ironed, cooked, cleaned,washed, shopped etc! )
(Thank the lord I am too old to have another of these.....)

A woman's work is never done ;-)

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Just Perfect!

I was so tired yesterday that I didn't go to my school room until very late in the afternoon, in fact just before lessons started.
It was then that I had the shock of my life!
'Someone' had read my blog last Friday, and (unbeknown to me), had gone to Totnes to buy me one of the old school desks that I had mentioned I'd seen there.
And on the desk was this:

Now what do you think of that?!!

I've wanted to add 'character' to my school room for such a long time.
Anything to do with the history of schools interests me. When I was at college, training to be a teacher, I did a dissertation on the, 'History of Schools in Newton Abbot'. I spent a long time reading old school log books, talking to older residents about their education, taking photos etc, investigating archives etc. It was one of the most enjoyable tasks I have ever undertaken and I uncovered some fascinating stuff too. More about that at a later date, maybe!

This lovely book reminds me very much of, 'Village School' by Miss Read. I bought it in the Dartmoor Bookshop, Ashburton, some time ago.

It's a lovely book. Written in 1959, Gwen Dunn takes us through the school year with Simon, his school friends and their teacher.

Shirley Hughes is the illustrator and her delightful drawings capture the atmosphere of the village school.

I'm now 'watching' a couple of other vintage school items on ebay. Maybe I'll win them to add to the flavour of my school room!
Meanwhile, my new old school desk is just...