Tuesday, 30 December 2008


Beginning to wonder what we have done... This new pup is a real live wire and not giving Tommy much peace at all.... He is settling slowly at nights and we can leave him in his bed for short periods in the day... That way I get some me time... In a couple of weeks I am hoping that this will be just a dim memory... lol..

Friday, 26 December 2008

New pup

Firstly, hope  everyone has had a good Christmas.... Seems to have flown by this year.. After a busy day yesterday... Cooking and eating and drinking, we are having quiet time today... Don't need anything at the shops thank goodness..Might do a little bit of scrapbooking later... Have some very special pictures to scrapbook this year....  One of them here.. lol.  
Had the best Christmas present ever.. A friend for Tommy.. So far so good.  Have had a few sleepless nights... and last night had the bright idea (or Jim did) of putting one of my tops with my scent on it in his bed... It worked... Had a quiet night..
Right now New pup, called Merlin... Kennel name Tycadnol Merlin and it seems to fit him somehow.. anyway, right now he is curled up under my computer chair.. Worn himself out chasing Tommy around the house and learning how to climb stairs... 
Have still got a week off before having to go back to work so hopefully we will be in some sort of routine with him by then,,,,,xxxxx

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Best Christmas present...

Jim has given in at last and agreed to a new addition to the family for Christmas... A little puupy. Cairn terrier same as Tommy.. Still can't believe it... I have spoken to a breeder and we go to see him next Tuesday.. If all goes well we can take him home with us the same day... Will keep us on our toes this Christmas.... Will post some pics as soon as I can...

Wednesday, 10 December 2008


Was off work sick last week... Shouldn't have gone back but most people feeling the same.... Lots of my children off with this flu bug.... Down to half a class last friday... Roll on next week and then 2 weeks off for Christmas... can't wait...
Just off to try to finish my cards.... way behind this year....

Thursday, 4 December 2008


To all those I think I tagged... The picture is or was on Jeannie's blog... And haven't checked back for a while because spent last weekend and  the beginning of the week in bed with the flu!!  Still feel rough but much better than I was... Trying to catchup with my Christmas card list... 

Monday, 24 November 2008

I got this award from Jeannie... Absolutely no idea what to do with it but am thrilled..... Thank you Jeannie...

This award states that:
This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY- nearness in space, time and relationships.These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends, they are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers.

I have to pass it on so watch this space..

Sunday, 23 November 2008


Had a birthday last week.... Some of the cards that came my way.... Love the creativity of my cardscrapping friends....
Have finally got my craft space back... spent all day yesterday moving things around.... Still finding homes for everything.. will get there in the end....

Friday, 14 November 2008

Where has the time gone..

I am ashamed.. Have neglected my blog but have been run ragged in work.... 
I teach nursery children in a school that has piloted something called the foundation phase... Basically it is a different way of teaching but turned out not so different to how we were taught 30 + years ago.  Play is now considered to be vitally important for the child to develop all skills necessary for their adult life... 
Anyway to cut a long story short our school was chosen to pilot the new foundation phase 4 years ago and is now coming in to all nursery classes in Wales. 
We were inspected last February and came out with flying colours in our foundation phase so we have become a bit of a show school for those schools just starting it... It means lots of visitors coming around and asking questions etc.... Looking to see how we do things. 
This week we were visited by the welsh assembly for Wales... The director of education in Wales and a delegation of educationalists from Germany... 
It is nice in a way but a lot of pressure on us teachers... Don't really like being on show... 
So hence no time to blog, craft, or anything else for that matter... 
Another busy week next week and then we are into our lovely Christmas activities and concert practices... Looking forward to that... And somewhere along the line I want to get all my christmas cards done.... Help!!!!

Sunday, 26 October 2008


A whole week off... Got so much to do but at least I don't have to get up so early.. phew!!

Saturday, 18 October 2008

A whole week gone by... Another saturday.. lol.. They come around too fast these days.. and they don't last long either.. Will be back in work before I know it... Macarthur glen was great.. loved the demonstration at the paper mill shop.. was there ready and waiting for it to be set up.  Bought a lovely new stamp for christmas.. A penny Black.. And have been painting and colouring like mad (time allowing) ever since.. 
Bought some cuttlebug embossing folders too... on the web not at paper mill shop.  
Now I am well stocked with card and everything else I need just need a couple of months off work to play.. lol.. 
Week off soon so going to play with all my stamping and painting stuff.. Just got to get the house to myself for a couple of days.....
See ya..xxxxx

Friday, 10 October 2008

All work and no play..

I don't seem to have time for anything these days... Love my job but miss my crafting so much.. Just 2 weeks and it will be half term for me... A week off... Got loads planned though.  Oh! Going to Macarthur Glen Bridgend tomorrow.  The paper mill shop have some christmas card demonstrations with some new stamps... Might pick up a few ideas... Been messing about with water colour pencils when I have had a spare 5 mins.. Quite liking the effect so maybe do some painting this year... That will be a first for me.. lol...
Hoping I can pick up a few goodies tomorrow too and I want to look for a new school bag.... So for once going to ignore the full washing basket and carpets  that need a good hoovering and enjoy the day..... 

Saturday, 27 September 2008

Been a while since I have visited my blog... Have had no time to do anything with my cardmaking... Am missing it big time but need to concentrate on work for a while... But still in love with my cricut... thought I would post some cards I have made... nothing fancy.. I was just trying the machine out... I love it!

Friday, 19 September 2008

Fast Forward

Can't believe how quickly these last few weeks have gone. Loving my new job in nursery but no time to play with craft stuff.. Going to have a play with my cricut when I finish writing this.
Feel so much better after 2 days of lovely sunshine. Hoping to have some sunshine tomorrow... Weekend off.. Would be nice to get into the garden for a little while... Cut the grass maybe!!

Sunday, 7 September 2008

stormy weather

Today is dry.... The first dry day all week.  Thursday and Friday were horrendous.  There didnt seem to be any let up in the rain at all.... Friday brought lots of little floods which made driving conditions slow... Poor Toomy seems to have been damp all week but has been such a nuisace because he has constantly barked to go out .... He is the only one who seems to love the driving rain. 
We have been promised more rain in the coming week... We shall see...
No time for craft this weekend.. Lots to do for work.. 

Friday, 5 September 2008

wet wet wet

First week back at work over.... Went quickly but am so tired... Fridayd night and can have a drink... and a lie in tomorrow.. lol.   
It has  rained every day.  They said it was going to be worse to day and they were not wrong.. lots of little floods and a 20 min journey took me over an hour this afternoon.  
Have also had to put the heating on.. The house feels so damp.... Seems we are going to have lots more rain over the weekend... 

Wednesday, 3 September 2008


Back to routine and after half a week am shattered...  Finding it really hard to get up in the mornings and have to be up every morning now as a change in my working hours.... 
Am hoping the weather improves... Am fed up with dodging showers... 
Might be getting my craft space back soon too... But not getting my hopes up just yet...

Wednesday, 20 August 2008


I was still in Tenerife.. It has done nothing but rain since we came home.... Got up to sunshine this morning but within an hour it was raining again... Can't help thinking that if we had 2 weeks we would still be basking in the sunshine..

A short video of part of the trip up to Mount Teide.. Can't believe just how high we travelled that day. will post some more of views right from the top...

Saturday, 16 August 2008


Can't believe the week went so quick. Talk about relaxing. Have booked to go back next year..
Jim and the girls making the most of the pool. Our apartment was just behind me. Perfect spot..
We had everything we needed on site so didn't have to move unless we wanted to of course...

cricut wonderful..

First thing done with my wonderful cricut expressions....

Still getting used to what papers etc cut best but so far love it .......

Saturday, 2 August 2008


Desperate to get some scrapbooking done before going back to work I dragged out my robo only to find something was drastically wrong with it. Not cutting well at all and after several frustrating days contacted the makers and arranged to send it to them for them to check over... Lost without it.. But.... A really good friend from a card group... (some of you will know her well) Convinced me that the new cricut expressions was the business.. Egged on by several other cardmaking friends I convinced myself that I couldn't possibly live without this wonder machine and it just so happened.. (because I was meant to have it ) my local craft store had one in stock... yey!! So yesterday took a trip to local craft store JUST to have a look.. lol. And of course I couldn't leave it in the shop could I? It had my name on it...
Now this machine looked soooo complicated It took me a while to pluck up the courage to unpack it and put it together.. Needn't have worried. Piece of cake. Was plugged in and used in about 10 mins.. Different to my robo which took 2 days to master.... lol.
So have planned a stay at home day today just to play.....

Thursday, 24 July 2008

lazy time

A whole 6 weeks off..... Week one , nearly gone. Have had a sort of lazy time.. Met up with friends for lunch on Tuesday. Shopped yesterday.... Bits and bobs for school. Been in to sort out classroom today and tomorrow Sophie and Emily will be coming back from their week away with their dad..
Two weeks to go and then will be off to Tenerife... Can't wait.

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Sophie's graduation

Sophie is 11 !!! and it is now popular to have a graduation before they move on to high school.... She really did not want to go. Mainly I think because she did not want to wear a dress but doesn't she look gorgeous..
She had her hair and 'makeup' done.... So had a right pampering. Her aunt made some jewellry for her.. Not on the photo, it hadn't been delivered.
She has had a busy and tiring week. Yesterday she had a school trip to London to see The sound of music. Had lunch in a place called the Rainforest Cafe. She was mega impressed with that. Didn't get home until 10pm last night. Tonight the prom and then tomorrow night is off on hols with her dad.... A whole week and she can't wait.

Monday, 14 July 2008

Can't believe it is so long since I last wrote.... Thought you might like to see a picture of the village where I live. Looks good on a sunny day but we haven't had many of those lately.

Finish up work this week for 6 weeks.. The time has flown by. Will be off on our hols before I know it...
The other pics of the canal which runs through pontnewydd... Lovely for long walks with Tommy.. again taken on a gorgeous day... Planning a few walks on my 6 weeks off.. If the weather is good enough....

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

3 weeks and counting

Can't wait for summer hols... Got so much planned but like other years probably won't get the half finished... LOL. Am going to price up have my attic floored and lined so I can move my craft stuff up there. Could also put all the computers up there maybe then would have a clutter free living room/dining room. We'll see.
Can't remember the last time I sat down and had a really good craft session. No room at the moment...

Saturday, 21 June 2008


Saturday at last.. Been a busy week so having a lazy day today. Had planned to go out but weather not good so just as well not going.

Healthy week at school and so much going on. Kids have loved it though.

Will be finishing up soon and can't wait.
Have bought some giant african snails and kids just love them.... One little boy found a snail in his garden and has decided to keep him as a pet...
The african snails are still small but growing quickly..
Even my dad can't resist taking a peek in the tub when he comes into my room.. lol.

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Fathers day

Last Sunday.. Fathers day. Quiet day for us and didn't really do anything different. Dad had lots of cards though so that was nice for him and Ali bought him a CD of his favourite music...

Weather has been glorious this last week. Sunshine every day. Dad has been making the most of the garden. The new lawn mower he bought is so easy even he can use it.

Saturday, 7 June 2008

Folly Farm

Been on my own most of today. Ali took the girls to Folly Farm in West Wales. They had lovely weather and ate lots of rubbish and bought lots of little pressis back for everyone.... Enjoying some white chocolate chip cookies that Ali brought back.

And what did I do with all this lovely time to myself.... Washing, ironing, cleaning, shopping etc etc...

Still on my own. They have all gone out for tea. Won't be back till later tonight. Think I'll watch a dvd...

And look at this.. A curly haired pig. Didn't even know they existed.... Sophie took loads of pictures. We are going to scrapbook them next weekend.

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

cut grass.

My grass is neat and tidy again.. It was beginning to look like a jungle.. Too ashamed to show a photo of what it looked like before we began... Dad bought this fab new lawn mower this morning. Up until now we have been struggling with a hover mower which was really hard work on this lot. The new one is a rotary mower. With wheels so it just pushes along. Can't believe how easy it is.... Should have got one sooner.

And managed to sort some more plants out too. It is such a lovely evening. I have enjoyed being outside.

Am beginning to get more flowers along the edge of the patio too... Looks a bit pathetic at the moment but have more to do.
Now I need a coffee and then I daresay it will be time for bed...

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

and another day

Well..Have nearly finished all reports for school. Hard Hard work.. And it is my assembly next week and nowhere ready for parents to come to watch.... Weather is awful but that is just as well, at least I don't wnat to be in the garden rather than do reports... LOL. Am trying to get into a routine of taking Fran to work, girls to school etc... Thank goodness for my dad. He will take them when I am working and pick them up.

Been thinking about my mum a lot these days. A friend at school lost her mum recently so I suppose it brings it all back. I am sure she would love our patio. It was such a mess last year and she was desperate to be in the garden with her flowers. Have got plans to fill the patio with tubs of flowers.. Jim not a flower person so not sure how he will cope with that... LOL.
This pic was taken when the pation was finished.. .will have to get some recent ones....

Monday, 2 June 2008

Too much to do

When will things quieten down. Work is mad. So much to pack into 6 weeks before we finish for the summer holidays.

Daughter waiting for her own place but no sign of anything suitible. House bursting at the seems. Desperate to have some scrapbooking and cardmaking time but just when I think I am winning something else comes along to knock my plans all about.

Can't believe what a year it has been. Coming up to the year mark when we lost mum. It seems just like 5 minutes ago. Still not used to her being around sometimes I feel like she is just in her room having a rest and will be downstairs any minute and then I realise that isn't going to happen. And have to find time to do this blog thing properly.. lol.