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The Journey

By on Apr 15, 2018 in environment, news | 0 comments

Another week closer to moving and the house is looking quite bare now. I have got that taking down the Christmas decorations, new year, new start feeling and am buzzing with anticipation of what our new abode will bring.     Keeping all the plates spinning feels particularly tricky at the moment, but the closer we get to leaving this house the clearer the ending becomes, and I really felt as though I could take some time out this weekend. Instead of empty shelves and bare walls, I see new possibilities and different ways to arrange my treasured possessions. I am also reminded of how little we had when we first moved in here, and how we created the home we love together. We will do that again.   So without much planning at all, usually the way we do things around here, we hopped on the train on Saturday morning and travelled across to Lincoln for no reason other than it...

State of Independents

By on Apr 8, 2018 in community, news | 0 comments

 As I sit down to write this week’s blog post, I am hoping that the bank holiday weekend has given you all a little time off to spend with your families, or catching up on something that you love doing but don’t have so much time for when you are working.    I have certainly felt the benefit of a long weekend followed by a slightly less hectic schedule, as some of my students are away, and have been reflecting on how many great independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants we have to choose from in our vibrant little town and have been paying some of them a timely visit this week.   As I have probably mentioned before, I try to avoid shopping at ‘big faceless corporations’ as much as possible where I can and much prefer spending money at the independents where my money is funding local people. By doing this, I feel that I am benefiting the...

Making a Difference

By on Apr 1, 2018 in news | 0 comments

It’s been a work of sorting paperwork this week. Having finally got to the desk drawers stuffed with old bank statements (from before we went paperless) and payslips from the past, we have almost rid ourselves of all the stuff we will not be taking to the new house.   In one of the drawers, contained in a faded green cardboard folder, I found my old school reports and couldn’t resist sifting through the thin paper pages for a nosy at the kind of student I used to be. Working with young people as I do, I have many conversations with them about why they do or don’t enjoy school and what it is about the subjects that I work with them on that they find so challenging. I often find my this side of my work the most interesting.   Having worked in schools for twenty years now, I have often let my later teens colour the way I felt about being in school. I generally...

Awe and Wonder!

By on Mar 25, 2018 in environment, news | 0 comments

What a beautiful day! Spring arrived with a sprinkle of vibrant yellow in our garden this week and the sunshine has revealed gilded branches everywhere! After a working morning and a delicious home-cooked brunch, I couldn’t wait to get out in the bright early afternoon light and enjoy the warmth on my bare head.    There has been a fair bit of activity inside too! The tuition world is rapidly reaching it’s crescendo as the summer exams get closer and preparations for this year’s Remarkable Recycling Gala are well underway.    Although I am taking a back seat this year I am still very much involved and have been talking to the ‘Bee Creatives’ about how they would like to contribute to the event too, as most of the workshops we do have a recycled theme. I have also offered to take responsibility for the publicity too and, with a LOT of...

Adapting to Change

By on Mar 18, 2018 in environment, news | 2 comments

Well now, lets’s get the really important news out of the way first… WE HAVE A NEW HOME! We feel so lucky to have found somewhere so quickly that was both affordable and fit ALL of our requirements, I like to think that all the good we have been trying to put out over the years is coming right back at us. Whatever, it’s amazing news just the same, and such a relief! We will really miss living out our retro lifestyle in this fabulous 1970s house but I can already sense that we are going to be equally happy in our new home. It’s a smaller house, and was built in the 1930s, so although we are not going to get rid of all our 1970s pieces, we know we need to make the move a bit less arduous than it is already going to be given that we have a whole workshop to relocate.   And that dear readers, was the deal-breaker on this house. Pushed right to the top of our...

Vintage Forever!

By on Mar 4, 2018 in news | 1 comment

I took a welcome break this weekend. Something that was planned a while ago as a way of commemorating a place special to me and a dear friend, and of course to celebrate my birthday!   It was great to head out of Notts for a couple of days and immerse myself in the Northern Quarter of Manchester. I love the shops, the eateries and the late bars but most of all I really get a buzz from retreading the steps of my youth and prompting memories from a distant past.   Nostalgia, there is is again. Manchester has changed so much since I left in the latter part of the nineties but the energy is just the same. And some of the old institutions like Night and Day Cafe are still serving up a menu of great food,a wide selection of drinks and operating as a venue for local bands. The whole of Oldham Street is now a haven for vintage shoppers, so I had no trouble at all spending my birthday...