Happy New Year!

January 1, 2011

Are you ready for 2011?  After all the celebrations and festivities of the past couple weeks now is the time to make plans. A favourite activity of mine is making up a new diary…filling in birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, school term dates, to do lists, and dare I say New Year’s resolutions. I plan to hit the sales this week to find a lovely new diary, then I shall spend a very happy evening filling it with plenty of important dates and tasks for 2011.

As always we intend to begin the year being frugal at the Headmaster’s House…and so I shall attempt to create a homemade year planner to help me through 2011.  Wish me luck fitting 12 months and more than 30 birthdays on to an A3 sheet of paper! {more details to come once I have a finished design}

A few simple designs for 2011…

This one by Crispin Finn (design duo who produce everything in red, white and blue) is super stylish and so well designed…my choice for our 2010 planner.  It hung on the study wall and was a delight to look at, so much more attractive than your typical office planner.

A good spot for freebie printables including calendars, Sheepdog Design offer this simple design for 2011.

A smart and functional design for 2011…$25 at this Etsy shop.

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Big Book Club News!

December 7, 2010

Rosamund Lupton, author of the bestselling novel Sister, has very kindly accepted an invitation to join our January Book Club meeting!  Sister has spent weeks in the Top Ten of the Sunday Times bestsellers list and is currently in the Number One spot on Amazon.  I am more than half way through the book and it’s keeping me up way past my bedtime because it is such a good read.  If you haven’t picked up a copy, I encourage you to do so!

{Rumour has it the author declined an invitation to the Cheltenham Literature Festival but was delighted to be asked to our humble book group!  Gosh, I’m really very excited and so looking foward to welcoming a very special guest to our next book club get together.}

Winter Wonderland

December 3, 2010

School closed Thursday and Friday this week and the children made the most of the snowfall…it was a tough decision for the Headmaster to close school, but hopefully all families will have had the opportunity to savour special moments while all around is covered in glistening snow.

Close by is the perfect sledging hill in the most idyllic setting (reminds me of these cards)…a closely guarded secret that someone dared to share with us last year!

{That pre-season sledge purchase paid off and so did the snow shovel…I’ve never seen the Headmaster so pleased with my shopping before!} xx

 

 

 

 

Winter time and washing up…

November 24, 2010

News of snowfall over the country has folks buzzing about the weather…is it really the last few days of gorgeous Autumn colour?

Do we all need to rush out and buy one of these?

Meanwhile, back at the Headmaster’s house there is a disaster…the dishwasher has broken and washing up is my least favourite household chore.  I’m hoping it’s a case of me pressing the wrong button or too many buttons, and when HM gets back this evening all will be fixed or perhaps he can start on the washing up!

(ok, it’s not a real disaster by any means…i promise more meaningful posts are on the way)

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

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!

Harvest Time

September 27, 2010

Harvest Festival begins with generous donations, boxes are ready to be filled at school and the Salvation Army gets our support this year.

I’m looking out for chestnuts, gourds, pumpkins and lots of autumnal shades to make our display bountiful…photos to follow at the end of October.