Tuesday, 26 August 2014

52 Lists / Thirty Four


Joining in with Emma at Made In Hunters and her 52 Lists project.

This week: List the dreams/goals you had as a child


Be a Teacher
Something I always dreamed of doing that I've just about achieved in the last two and a bit years.
(Still cannot believe I'll be entering my 2nd year of teaching next week. Time flies!)

Act in a musical
Achieved somewhat when I was 14 and in a summer holiday production of Godspell. I did enjoy it but never really pushed myself forward for acting since. Even the thought of role-play in training sessions is enough to turn me green.

Study History
Throughout school History was my absolute favourite subject and I always knew that if I went to university it would be the subject I would study. I took lots of time and a Gap Year to make sure that I chose a course that would fascinate me and so ended up studying at the University of Reading working towards a degree that focused on social history. I loved being allowed the time to read about topics that I was passionate about and although I don't work in a field that directly uses this knowledge, it continues to be one of my main interests today.

Dance professionally
I continued dancing until I was 17 and had a knee injury that persisted for about four years and then suddenly, for no clear reason, got better overnight. I've never danced professionally but it is still something I enjoy, although I've swapped ballet for the more sociable field of ballroom dancing.

Pursue a career as a Wedding Dress Designer
This was my big fascination between the ages of about 8 and 11. I spent ages reading wedding dress magazines and trying to create my own designs. However as I cannot draw for toffee this was never going to be a reality.

To have a cat of my own
Done and much enjoyed. Miaow!

See London by helicopter
I loved doing this in July 2012 as part of my 30th birthday present from Andy. Amazing!

Be able to touch type
I could type around 95 words per minute at my best - now it's about 75 wpm.

Meet Shirley Hughes & Judith Kerr
Growing up I always wanted to meet my favourite authors and in the last couple of years have got to meet them both!

Be a Blue Peter presenter
One of those dreams that you aspire to but know it will never happen. The closest I've been to achieving this has been having described as having the warmth and personality of both a BP and Children's TV presenter when I've been observed teaching. I'm hoping I'm more of a Sarah Greene/Janet Ellis/Helen Skelton type than Katy Hill!

Visit New York
Growing up I was fascinated by New York and have been lucky enough to visit it twice, firstly in 1999 and most recently in 2009. It's an incredible city but in terms of US cities I think I'd actually prefer to live in Boston and all-in-all love London even more.

Get married and have a family of my own
I ticked off part one in September 2010 and am hoping that part two will be achieved in the next few years.

What were your hopes and dreams as a child? 
Have you achieved them?

Friday, 22 August 2014

52 Lists / Thirty Three


Joining in with Emma at Made In Hunters and her 52 Lists project.

This week: List the things you can see right now

Slightly late by a week and a bit as we've been on holiday, only returning late last night. This list has been rather determined by the fact that I've had a pyjama day so far and although I've been busy pottering, I'm still not dressed and seem to have the baggage from a fortnight away littered around me.

My cold feet wearing my sheepskin moccasin slippers up on the sofa

Binoculars (which need to be returned to my Dad) used for spotting the cutest seals and sheep

Pile of leaflets for visitor attractions in Scotland and the Lake District that prompt return visits

My gorgeous new sheepskin rug

Two feather pillows, used for campervanning and for using when hotel pillows are a bit too foamy for my liking

Andy's union magazine perched on the arm of the sofa, reminding me that we have jobs to go back to

Nails that need a manicure

Holdall containing the summery clothes that I did not get to wear on the Outer Hebrides

A camera full of photographic memories of a fantastic time with Andy

Bags of beautiful souvenirs - some bought, others collected

A very sleepy cosy cat who makes coming back to normality a pleasure.

Friday, 8 August 2014

52 Lists / Thirty Two



Joining in with Emma at Made In Hunters and her 52 Lists project.

This week: List the things you wish you had known as a teenager

You might think you're fat now but you'll back on yourself in yours to come and wonder at how slim you were

It's silly to on switch your mind off from subject matter you don't think is interesting now

Some things just aren't worth spending your money on

You should always follow your dreams but listen to the wisdom of others around you

It's not a good thing to aspire to be other people, just strive to be the best of what you are

You will get there - eventually

What do you wish you'd known in your youth?

If you've enjoyed this, you might also like to read the letter my 16 year old self. x

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Oh, To Be A National Trust Cat!

Last Sunday we spent the afternoon visiting the Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire. It's owned by the National Trust and has the usual beautiful period house, immaculate gardens and in addition to all that, an amazing farm.

Now you already know how much I love visiting National Trust properties and my complete love of cats and on the Wimpole Estate I was in my element as I found something which combined these two passions.


Meet Gina, a 14 year old tabby cat who resides on the Wimpole Estate.

She spends her days sleeping on the gift shop shelves and occasionally, on warm days, ventures outside to the plant shop to snooze in sunny puddles.


She occasionally wakes up to have a look at the visitors admiring her or to give herself a little wash.

And then it's back to sleep, hoping that the visitors will leave her to sleep in peace.


Oh, to be a National Trust cat! 
That would really be a lovely life. x