Analogue games

This weeks WP Discover Challenge is Analogue.

I love technology, enjoy playing electronic games  and agree both should be part of childhood.  For many children,though, they are the only form of play with opportunities for imaginative play and outdoor adventures  disappearing.  When we share our news in class,  some children only ever tell us what they have done in their computer game.  So sad.  I am a great supporter of the National Trust – Fifty Things to do Before You’re 11  3/4.


Just playing outside

exploring the world of your





Soundtrack of my life


Soundtrack of my life

“The music themes and songs that are engraved in our dearest memories that can evoke a memory faster than anything else, or make you feel good and giddy.”


Ode to Joy. Beethoven.

Enigma Variations. Edward Elgar

Homeward Bound.  Simon & Garfunkel

Hey Jude.  The Beetles

Killer Queen. Queen

Heathcliff.  Kate Bush

Vienna. Ultravox

Don’t You Want Me Baby?  Human League

Other Side of the World.  K.T. Tunstall

White Flag. Dido


Words that matter



“today, let’s make a list of those words that has pushed you forward, to do good, to be glad. Words that kept you standing. Words that encouraged you to keep moving. Words that picked you up. Words that lit you up. Words that introduced you to an unknown world. Words that explained you the meaning of life, even beyond earth.”


  1. I love you.
  2. Be the best that you can be.
  3. If not now when?
  4. If you don’t have a dream how can you make a dream come true?
  5. Do no harm.


Screen kisses



With Valentine’s Day in mind, here are some  favourite onscreen kisses.


In no particular order these are the first few that sprang to mind:

  1. Rachel McAdams & Ryan Gosling – The Notebook
  2. Ali McGraw & Ryan O’Neal – Love Story
  3. Debra Winger & Richard Gere – An Officer and A Gentleman
  4. Rachel Mc Adams & Eric Bana – The Time Traveller’s Wife
  5. Vivien Leigh & Clarke Gable – Gone with the Wind
  6. Demi Moore & Patrick Swayze – Ghost
  7. Meg Ryan & Tom Hanks – You’ve Got Mail
  8. Audrey Hepburn & George Peppard – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  9. Sophia Myles & James Franco – Tristan & Isolde




Chasing Rainbows

These two pictures sum up my day.  It started with chasing rainbows for three hours on the journey to see my elderly father.  He lives alone, is getting very frail but his mind is still agile and he refuses to move closer to me.  So every couple of weeks we spend Sundays making the 6 hour (when the roads are clear) round trip to see him.  He doesn’t really like his routine being disturbed and after about an hour he has had enough and so we say goodbye.  By the time we left today the predicted stormy weather had arrived so the journey home was long, wet and windy.

I’m very thankful to be safely home again.


Children in need


Children in Need is upon us once again.  I’ve had a tricky day trying to convince  31 little Super Heroes to write stories. It would appear that Super Heroes are so busy they do not need to use capital letters and full stops!

On a more serious note this is event is very close to my heart.  I always end up in tears as I watch the remarkable young people who take up the One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge.  Their reserves of courage, humour and strength of character, against all the odds, is humbling.   Congratulations to all involved.