Thursday, 26 April 2018

Reasons to be Cheerful: Sunshine, Garden and Wainwright Bagging #R2BC

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I am feeling in a particularly cheerful mood as I host for the last time before handing back over to Michelle! The financial pinch of 2 weeks with no paid work is over and although I am not working full time I can breath again... So here are my reasons to be cheerful this week:

1) Tutorial in the sun

We didn't have as long a heatwave as everyone else in the UK but my student on Thursday made the most of it by having her lesson in the garden:

2) Gardening 

Since writing about my front garden last week I have made even more progress! I grabbed some 50p bargain flowers from the supermarket to add some instant colour. My wild seedlings are beginning to sprout and since this photo the grass has been cut:

Just hoping that my sad looking jasmine will survive!

3) Wainwright bagging

Whilst filming the fell races on Saturday I took the chance to finally get to the top of Cat Bells. You can see how pleased I was with myself:

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Sundeala Noticeboards

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I am still working on getting my house sorted properly and to be fit for purpose for being a  private tutor and having a child starting secondary school. We both need to be super organised and I am hoping to host tutorials at home which means I need to be fully equipped. 

One thing we an never have enough of are whiteboards and noticeboards to keep track of all our activities and to help us remember things. We have experimented with various ones over the years but they haven't all been that brilliant! This week I have learned about a British supplier called Sundeala who have been in business since the 19th century so they must be producing good quality products. 

They produce both white boards and notice boards which can even be combined:

There is a vast range to choose from with sizes to suit all needs, not sure I could justify one that would turn my whole wall into a steel writing surface! With a 25 year warranty they are built to last too.

The boards come in a variety of colours so they can go with any colour scheme in your home or office. The only trouble might be agreeing with my son which one to have:

Monday, 23 April 2018

Anniversary Waltz and Teenager with Altitude Fell Races

On Saturday morning my son and I sat off far too early for a drive up to Stair near Keswick for the last ever Anniversary Waltz and Teenager with Altitude Fell Races.  These have been held since 1997 and have helped raise thousands of pounds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Sadly Steve Cliff died from MND this year so this was the last ever race.

The Teenager with Altitude (TWA) started above the village with a first ascent up Causey Pike then 15.4 miles with 7,600 feet of ascent before finishing back at the village. We set ourselves up to capture the 300 runners who had signed up to this gruelling race:  

It as wonderful to hear the respectful applause and then cheer on the runners at they took a steady start to the run:

It made for a colourful spectacle as they wound their way up the fell side:

There was an hour gap before the Waltz was starting which was just as well as it took nearly 20 minutes to cross back through the village and reach the foot of Cat Bells where the race would start. This is the short race with a mere 11.5 miles and 3,600 metres of climb!

Friday, 20 April 2018

National Citizen Service (NCS)

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I first heard about the National Citizen Service (NCS) when I was working in a local secondary school and have always thought of it as something that I would love my children to do. My daughter is now in year 9 so still 2 years away from being able to take part but I will be encouraging her to sign up for it as soon as she is eligible!

So what is the NCS and what makes me want my children to take part? Here is what the people at NCS says about it:

NCS is a government backed programme established in 2011 to help build a more cohesive, mobile and engaged society. By bringing together young people from different backgrounds for a unique shared experience, NCS helps them to become better individuals, and in turn better citizens.

NCS is open to 16 and 17 year-olds across England and Northern Ireland. The two to four week programme, which takes place in school holidays, includes outdoor team-building exercises, a residential for participants to learn ‘life skills’, a community-based social action project and an end of programme celebration event. 
At a time of huge political uncertainty, where division is more evident than togetherness, NCS is a powerful tool to ensure the next generation see more in their similarities than differences.
I feel my daughter would benefit from taking part in the challenging activities on offer on the NCS programme. She has tried some of them before but its good to face your fears and get out of your comfort zone. I know that I feel better for conquering my fear of heights when doing high ropes or abseiling:

I know that in Guides and on PGL holidays I loved the waterspouts elements. We have had a taster day as a family and my daughter loved this part of a school residential. My son has never been as keen on water based activities but he is a strong swimmer so by the time he is old enough to participate I hope he would enjoy them more! Some other children haven't had the chance to enjoy the fun that being on the water can be:

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Reasons to be Cheerful: Proud Mum, YouTube and Guinea Pigs

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Welcome to another Reasons to be Cheerful linky as its Thursday! I enjoy reading and sharing your posts and I hope you enjoy each others. Just link up and then go and visit. Here are my reasons to be cheerful this week:

1) Proud Mum

My daughter has got her first job! Its tough at 14 to get a weekend job so she has done well. I can still remember earning a princely £1.47 as a supermarket cashier at her age.

2) YouTube Channel

Thanks to all my YouTube videos of fell running I went through the 100 mark for subscribers as well as continuing to have a large number of views:

3) Caption Competition

When I checked back on my shots of my son on a friend's trampoline there was this caption worthy moment that put a smile on my face: