Thursday, 22 March 2018

Reasons to be Cheerful: Proud Mum, Geekiness and Simple Things #R2BC

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Its hard to believe how quickly March is disappearing! Here in Cumbria we only have one week left of term before the Easter break. I have to say I am looking forward to relaxing a bit with no school rush or juggling all my work commitments. That said there has been plenty to smile about this week:

1) Drama Queen

My daughter was in her school's drama showcase. First of all she was the Mad Hatter in a scene performed by the year 7-9 students. Then she was part of the GCSE drama group who put on Teechers in which they all played multiple roles:

2) Geek Heaven

Someone in parenting group shared a link to The Institution of Engineering and Technology where you could order engineering posters for secondary or primary level. Having a son who loves this kind of thing I ordered both packs... He is in heaven having his bed surrounded by the posters with complex mathematical equations above his pillow:

3) The Simple Things

A rare sight occurred this week (something to do with not much work!) as I discovered that my laundry basket does indeed have a bottom:

So short and sweet this week but its kept us all smiling! I will be joining in the Michelle and linking up.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Kendal Fun Day #HappyKendal

Our local leisure centre and community groups laid on a free Family Fun Day this Sunday. There were all sorts of activities for both body and mind. Coincidentally there were some martial arts experts visiting from Switzerland so we got a nunchuck demonstration before my son had a go at table tennis:

He was at his happiest practising his football skills with some friends from school:

Then for a different challenge they tried some basketball (but using the football):

There were also crafting and music making activities but these didn't appeal to him... He nearly went on the bouncy slide but in the end decided against it.

Hopefully the event was such a success that it will be repeated next year. Then we hope that there won't be snow and there will be more taking place on the field outside too...

Monday, 19 March 2018

#CountryKids Sledging in Kendal

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Kendal was right on the edge of the Beast from the East part 2 and we just about got some snow on Saturday night:

On Sunday morning the fell race he should have been running in was cancelled as there was too much snow and very strong winds in the hills. So he decided he wanted to go sledging instead. As his had died during the last snow:

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I had to rummage in the shed for the unused inflatable sledge we had been sent as a back up to a review 6 years ago:

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Reasons to be Cheerful: Body Confidence and Makeover #R2BC

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My latest win was a Burlesque photo shoot at Andrew Wood Photography in Manchester. This was a chance to be primped and pampered and get some body confidence. Regular readers will know that this is my normal look:

At the studio I was asked what sort of make up I would like and then she set to work (a big job in my case!). This was a half way stage bathroom selfie:

The final look with curled hair and what seemed like half a tonne of foundation and a selfie using the make up mirror:

Monday, 12 March 2018

#CountryKids More Parkour in Kendal

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My son has been desperate to film more parkour videos but fell racing had taken over! So this week on two occasions that we out and about in Kendal he got some more practice in whilst I filmed in. I have to say he has improved a lot since his first sessions and is getting a lot braver (he has asked for elbow and knee pads for protection!). 

His first session was outside Kendal's County Hall after a dentist appointment. Here he is mid leap:

Then after a Mother's Day lunch out he found loads of places to leap off his 3 course dinner:

I am glad that he chooses to do the parkour in safe enough spots and always checks out whether the height and distance are feasible! I am sure that as he becomes a more confident free runner there will be some bumps and scrapes though... Here is the final video:

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Reasons to be Cheerful: Time to Talk about Mental Health #TimeToTalk #R2BC

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This is a very special Reasons to be Cheerful from an extremely proud mum! Very happy to be joining in with Michelle this week. I have one very big reason and all its about my daughter and her campaigning for adequate mental health provision for young people in our area. She had approached our MP Tim Farron about the fact that provision was only 9-5 Monday to Friday and he had campaigned to get this improved. 

As part of the campaign my daughter agreed to be interviewed by BBC North West and they sent a reporter and cameraman to talk to her:

The Westmorland Gazette had interviewed me before the news broke of improvements being implemented increasing the hours of services for young people. It is still not enough as it will only be 9-1 at the weekend! They spoke to and photographed my daughter to get her reaction too:

I am so proud of my girl for standing up and talking about something that is often kept behind closed doors. If more people spoke about it then maybe more would be done? I am also pleased that the campaign has had some success but it is still a work in progress to improve mental health provision for young people (and adults) not only in South Lakeland but across the country!

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Kendal Winter League Cunswick Fell Race

After all the snow and chaos it was a relief that the latest fell race went ahead at Cunswick just outside Kendal. My son and I arrived in plenty of time to walk the course:

The run has some interesting obstacles with a squeeze stile:

And a very icy stone stile:

The under 13 route was the only one that went up on the public footpaths across Kendal Golf Club:

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Reasons to be Cheerful: Proud mum, parkrun, hair cut and snow #R2BC

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A new month means a new host so its back to Michelle! Please pop over to her blog and say hello. I am writing this as the snow is gently falling as Kendal seems to have (so far) avoided the full impact of the Beast from the East or Storm Emma. Here are my reasons to be cheerful for this week:

1) Proud Mum

My son went to the last Sportshall competition in Blackpool with gramps this Sunday. He finally achieved his first place in the chest push by equalling his PB of 6.75 m! He had to return his club under 11 trophy this week and if he got his maths right then he may have won it again thanks to that 1st place (we have to wait to see!):

2) Sunny parkrun

It was just beautiful down at Fell Foot on Saturday. Although it was so cold my legs were still not warm after 5 km! I took a head cam video of the route which hopefully shows you how beautiful it is:

After running I took this shot from the end of the jetty:

Fell Foot park

3) Hair cut

I hadn't had my hair cut since September (shock horror!) so I finally got round to booking myself in to get tidied up. I was advised that I might have an iron deficiency which is making my hair thinner so I am trying to take my vitamins to give me a boost:

Monday, 26 February 2018

Kendal Winter League at Sedbergh School #CountryKids

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This Sunday I set off to what is traditionally a mudbath of a fell race My son had headed off to Blackpool with Gramps for an indoor athletics competition so this time it was just me. I had had to scrape ice off the car to leave and some of the route was a bit icy but oh boy was the view lovely. In fact I had to find a legal place to stop and capture it:

I arrived in plenty of time to use the car park at Sedbergh School and then walked down to the cross country course. My original plan had been to film at the Water Jump but when I walked the course it had been fenced off due to the frozen water:

So I carried on up to the highest point of the course which the runners would all pass some multiple times:

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Reasons to be Cheerful: Running, Tulips, DIY and Winning #R2BC

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At least I have remembered what day of the week it is this week so that I am ready for hosting! I am enjoying reading and sharing your posts this month and look forward to it again this week. Meanwhile here are my reasons to be cheerful this week:

1) Up and running

After a visit to the podiatrist I have been told to not give up running! I have new insoles to correct my flat feet and pigeon toes which should hopefully sort out my painful heel. So I was delighted to head over to Lancaster parkrun for a Run Mummy Run meet and our annual tourist trip to Williamson Park:

2) Winning things

I have won 2 Facebook competitions this week. First of all I have won a Haynes manual for the NASA Skylab:

Secondly I have won a burlesque photoshoot - ooh er missus - a chance to get primped, preened and try out a corset! Not sure if the results of that will be appearing on here...

3) Overdue DIY

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Kendal Winter League Longsleddale #CountryKids

After the almost vertical racing last week at Barbondale this week the league was a more traditional fell race in Longsleddale Valley from Docker Nook farm.

Conditions were muddy and slippery but at least it stayed dry this week. The start enabled a mad dash at the start as captured by another spectator:

I had wandered up the track trying to find good positions to film:

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Reasons to be Cheerful: Half Term, YouTube, Tots 100 and more #R2BC

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I have lost track of the days as its the school holidays so only just realised its Thursday and time for Reasons to be Cheerful! Hopefully folks will still join in and share the love. Despite having a cold for a few days I have had plenty of reasons to be cheerful during a week off school:

1) Marshalling and Filming at Fell Foot parkrun

I had my monthly volunteering slot at my local parkrun by marshalling at one of the turns. I managed to combine it with videoing the runners too. Amazing how many smiles I managed to raise in the rain:

2) Barbondale Fell Race

This has to be one of the most entertaining fell races to watch. It is so steep most runners come down at least some of the route on their bottoms or in one case fronts! There were a few spectacular face plants as well. My son helped me film this time and our videos have had nearly 1000 views in less than week!! Here is the summary video:

3) Fixed Internet

Just as my YouTube videos were becoming popular my Internet connection had lost lots of it upload speed so it was taking a day to upload one video! BT finally sent out an engineer and the upload speed has gone back up to taking only a couple of hours for one of the videos:

Monday, 12 February 2018

KWL 2018 Barbondale Fell Race #CountryKIds

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Another freezing cold Sunday meant another few hours on a fell side videoing fell running! It was the toughest event in Kendal Winter League as its mostly vertical from the bottom of this slope:

My son wasn't running it as he doesn't like the vertical races so he was happy to help the sponsors set up before the event:

Then he clambered up the hillside with me so that we could find the best spots for filming. I stayed below the infamous scree patch and he initially went to the under 13 turning point which was just above the scree. This was my view whilst I was waiting for the runners:

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Reasons to be Cheerful: Snow, Blue Skies and Winter Walks #R2BC

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Trying to be organised for this week and actually have this post ready to go before Thursday! It has been a wonderful week with a variety of work and plenty of reasons to be cheerful. Hopefully folks can join in and share theirs too.

1) Blue Skies

It was such a stunning day on Sunday which really set off the Hoad Monument when we stopped at the supermarket for a snack on our way home:

2) YouTube Filming

I am now getting known as the lady who films the fell races! I made a sign so that runners knew what I was doing pointing a camera at them:

To see my latest one have a look on YouTube (and if you can leave a like or a comment I would appreciate it!).

3) Snow

Yesterday we had just enough snow to look gorgeous without causing too much hassle. I walked past this magical looking tree on the way to the supermarket:

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Review: Ravensburger British Flags Sneaker 3D Puzzle

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After the success of the A puzzle we were keen to tackle a different challenge with the 3D British Flags Sneaker puzzle (Affiliate link):

The box contains 2 bags of pieces, 3 parts for the base of the sneaker and a slide in pot for the pencils:

It was simple enough to assemble the sneaker base:

Monday, 5 February 2018

KWL 2018 Birkrigg Juniors

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Another Sunday meant another fell side filming fell running! This time it was Birkrigg Common with views in one direction to the fells and The Hoad Monument at Ulverston:

and the other across Morecambe Bay and the Kent Estuary:

In my son's race there were 74 children aged 8-12 who tackled the steep ascent and descent, can you spot my son amongst the runners?:

Friday, 2 February 2018

Simple Science with kitchen ingredients

One of the great things about being a primary school teacher is the fun you can have with science! My son loves the fact that I try out things at home with him too. For this week's lesson we were looking at seeing if we could prove things were alive.

Celery Drinking

For this one you need:
  • a fresh stalk of celery
  • food colouring
  • water
  • glasses/cups

Put a few drops of food colouring into the water and put in the celery, I did try chrysanthemums but they didn't work!

After a few hours you peel the edge off the celery to see how far the food dye has gone:

I replicated the experiment with a class of 4-6 year olds and they could see the colouring had moved up:

Yeast Breathing

For this experiment you need:

  • yeast
  • sugar
  • warm water
  • a bottle
  • a balloon

Put a spoonful of yeast with a spoon of sugar in a bottle. Add some warm water (not too hot or it will kill the yeast!) and shake it up. Then out a balloon over the top to seal it:

When you leave it warm water the balloon will gradually inflate as the yeast lets off carbon dioxide as it breathes: 

The children were amazed by this simple experiment!