Shoebox Appeal

November 22, 2010

We have been supporting Samaritans Purse and the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal for some years now. It is a brilliantly organised and inspiring charity.

All the children at school are encouraged to take part in this very worthwhile campaign.  Shoeboxes were collected from school this morning by friendly OCC volunteers and loaded up into the van with the help of Year One and Two children.

What I really like about this appeal is that the school children physically take part, firstly at home by putting together a box filled with goodies and then, this morning the children had a chance to meet the volunteers and load up the van. So good for the children to know their efforts are appreciated, and especially good for them to play a practical and key role in getting shoeboxes to children in the Ukraine (that’s where shoeboxes in our district are heading this year).

You can learn more at Operation Christmas Child…a brilliant resource for school groups and clubs.  I can’t fault this initiative and I encourage you to spread the word!

One last thing…

Shoebox World has arrived! It’s the new Operation Christmas Child website, where you create your own gift-filled shoebox online and they then send it out to a child in need.

No shopping trips, wrapping paper or hours of time required – just a personalised gift sent by you to a child at Christmas. Check it out for yourself…Shoebox World


Oranges and Lemons…

November 22, 2010

The Headmaster had a Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall moment over the weekend and decided we ought to try and make some culinary Christmas gifts. We started with these superb oranges and lemons dipped in rich dark chocolate…a very successful trial run and it was a fun family effort. We ate far too many at home (although the Artist and the Composer were not very taken with the sharp, grown up taste) and the rest ended up in the staff common room and were gone in minutes!  The recipe is from a cutting of last years Guardian newspaper, find it here.

Colouring Pages

November 14, 2010

The latest phase for The Artist is ‘fancy patterns’ in all the colours of the rainbow and these printables are perfect for rainy day activities.  Milliande is a little tricky to navigate (that may well be my failing), but it’s worth trundling through to find the unique printable colouring pages.  I especially like the Christmas Trees which will be great for the childrens play dates during the holidays.


These colouring pages have also been a huge success with The Artist.  The mandalas are great and you can find free printables from lots of popular childrens characters too.  Check out the Christmas pages for the holidays.

Wouldn’t it be great to spend the afternoon colouring?  A spot of art therapy may be just the thing we all need during the busy Festive Season!

Perfect Christmas Shopping

November 11, 2010

I hear new Christmas Stock is arriving daily in this extensive 6,500 sq ft Farnham store. They have a fabulous range of unique and special gifts for family and friends and stunning items for your home.  As they say themselves, ‘The Packhouse has all you need this festive season’. And right now you can win £100 if you register on-line at The Packhouse.

A favourite in our house since my sister introduced us to Raffi and Baby Beluga a few years ago now.  Raffi’s music is the kind parents don’t tire of and the good messages are just that, good and wholesome!  Zoom to mid way of the first film to hear Thanks A Lot which brings tears to my eyes every time!

Autumn Colours

November 4, 2010

The Headmaster took The Artist for an autumn walk and their creative minds made this gorgeous autumn display.  It hangs in the window and is changing each day.  The Artist chose her medium and the order for the different pieces to be displayed…another celebration of the awesome autumn colours on our doorstep.

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November 3, 2010

Having just read Through the Narrow Gate by Karen Armstrong it was a happy coincidence to discover she is the force behind the Charter of Compassion.  I had seen this before on TED, and was immediately impressed.  Hope you are too!

A birthday treat.  My mother, my sister and I are ladies who lunch this week (although I must say this is not the image any of us would like to uphold, we’re all far too busy!).  We will meet up in town to start our Christmas shopping at The Spirit Of Christmas Fair at Olympia and enjoy a glass of bubbly (with our sandwich lunch!) to toast my mother’s birthday.

New Wellies

October 10, 2010

Gosh, it was an absolutely gorgeous autumn day today!  A great excuse to get out for a long walk after feasting on a Sunday roast lunch,  and the perfect opportunity for my daughter to sport her new Hunter wellies.  I picked up this bargain pair of excellent quality boots at the Russell and Bromley sale last summer.

After School Treat

September 10, 2010

I took some good advice and didn’t rush into a hive of activity once the children had returned to school…opting for chores around the house and a spot of baking.  A sweet after school treat…these buns were very popular and didn’t stick around for long!