Wednesday, 25 December 2013

A Belgian Christmas!

The best bit of the Hull-Zeebrugge crossing was our cabin, with bunk beds!
Santa found us!
Some of us cope less well with the early start...
Launching the race car over the Kitty barrier
The obligatory Christmas jigsaws
Tervuren Park - an old haunt!

Friday, 4 October 2013

My new website

One of my new jobs is Network Facilitator for an International Network studying Russia's Environmental History and Natural Resources. It's based in the Uni's history dept. One of my early tasks has been creating the Network website, which is now live at

Friday, 13 September 2013

My two jobs

Hurray, I now have two jobs! Thank you God!

1) Network Facilitator for an International Network studying the environmental history of Russia. This is based in the history dept at York uni and is one day a week for three years. Website to go live soon...

2) PA to the Diocesan Secretary, two days a week (job sharing) for 9 months starting next week.

What with the kids and various bits of volunteering I think that is plenty for now, so the job hunting is suspended for a while. Phew.

15:00 Brief update: was interviewed for a place on a counselling skills certificate course an hour ago and am now enrolled....I'd better stop filling in application forms now. 

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Old friends, new tricks

Lovely day last week with old friends from Tanzania who are spending a year in the UK and are only 1.5 hrs away. We met midway at Nostell Priory, a National Trust place where they not only had a huge and exciting adventure playground and beautiful lakes and woods but they were also running circus skills activities!

Monday, 19 August 2013


First to Abingdon. Lots of fun with Grannie, Grandad, Great Grannie, Auntie T, Mog and TLP.

Butterfly catching on Wittenham Clumps
driving school at Legoland
Fully licensed!
Fun with fountains at Blemheim
"PLEASE can I be the table?!"
"Exterminate! I am a garlic!"
Then a spot of camping in the New Forest.

Breakfast in jimjams in a field - what could be better!
Fallow deer at a special viewing place.
Also in our camping field
Sailing with the Wicked Uncle. We sent the Mancub up the mast.

It looked like too much fun to miss!
Now home again, with the exception of Dr B who is at INTECOL in London for the week.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Fountains Abbey and Brimham Rocks

A grand day out making use of my new life membership of the National Trust. Thanks Mum!

Natural playground

with lovely views

Blaeberry browsing at the foot of the Anvil

Happy Birthday Mum!

Lovely day celebrating Mum's birthday.

'The Deep' in Hull

Cake - half chocolate, half coffee means 5 satisfied customers. Kitty and Mr B favoured the chocolate by the way!

Thursday, 1 August 2013


What better way to spend my birthday yesterday than with visiting friends on  a Gruffalo walk in the morning and a party in the afternoon!

A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood...

quite a few mice actually. Safety in numbers?

Making nests for owls apparently...

party crowns

edible bracelets
Happy times