Items from the clearout!

20 04 2012

So we’re in the process of moving, which is the best way to motivate a clearout EVER!

I’ve already got rid of some kitcheny things, and as a house we are fast becoming Oxfam’s main supplier, but below are some things I’d love to either give to someone who could use them and enjoy them, and one thing (so far) that’s up ‘for sale’.

Ideally this would be people *I know* in Surrey or Romsey to avoid postage… yea, this blog post is only really aimed at people I know in real life – sorry!

For Sale
2 Man tent, made by Blacks, quite a few years old but well looked after. Only for sale as last year I bought a 3 man for a bit more space.

Giving away
Various music books:

  • Flute playalong with CD books? (I guess they’d also work with any other instrument in C at similar pitching eg violin?) I have Shrek 1&2, Beatles and Grease!
  • Violin Disney Movie Magic – no CD (again, most instruments in C should work?)
  • Abracadabra Violin 1&2 (starts at beginner level and works up a bit)
  • The Young Violinist’s Repertoire Book 1 Violin & Piano parts (little indication of level but all pieces are in 1st position)

Boot’s own brand hair straighteners (to give you an idea of quality, they were only ยฃ10 when they were new!)

…I’ll try to keep this updated as things get added/removed and repost it on facebook/twitter as appropriate





Friday Five Favourites: Children’s TV shows (proper ones!)

20 04 2012

We all know kid’s TV ain’t what it used to be, so here are my five favourite programs that I watched when I was little.
When I say kid’s TV, I don’t mean after school shows like The Wild House and Blue Peter, maybe I’ll leave that for another time, but this list is those 10 minute long preschool shows. I’ve tried to stick with stuff that was on in the early 90s, I could have included things like Watch With Mother, Bill and Ben or Andy Pandy, (all links to episode videos ๐Ÿ™‚ ) but those were more from the 50s I think! Things I watched because my parents had loved them (not the silly new colour animated versions!). I guess the list below should qualify as the programs I’d make my kids watch if I had them because I loved them as a kid!

Postman Pat


I love Jess. I have a toy cat called Jess, very like the Jess in this except that she’s female and stripey, but I was little when my Grandma gave her to me, and she’s wonderful.

Fireman Sam

I honestly never realised this was a Welsh programme until I was a grown-up. Seriously.
Wait – I’m a grown up?!

Rosie and Jim


I think my brother and I had dolls named Rosie and Jim as well ๐Ÿ™‚ – and there was a model of a duck in my Grandma’s garden that looked a bit like the one in this – I like ducks!

Spot the Dog

Come Outside

Apologies of the choice of episode, this is just by far the most memorable! (And it only says CBeebies in the corner because it was so good that they still repeat them ๐Ÿ™‚ ).
Just make sure you watch for the spotty plane around 7min.
My favourite bit of trivia I learnt about this show this week is that it was created by a woman called Elizabeth Bennett!

Other Classics: PC Pinkerton, Brum (0.00-1.20 & 7.43-9.21), Astro Farm, Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, Tots TV. (Links are just tv theme tunes)
Could totally have included Countdown on this list as I was made to be a fan from a young age, but it’s not exactly kids TV!

So there you have it.
What were you’re favourite childhood TV programs? (No matter what decade that may have been!!)





Friday five favourite teaser

15 04 2012

On Friday, my five favourites is going to be *something* along the lines of TV shows
Can you guess any of them from this list of sub characters? One from each!

  • Ted Glen
  • Elvis Cridlington
  • John Cunliffe
  • Steve the Monkey
  • Auntie Mabel

I should own up and say that one of those I had to look up the name of the sub character, so I’d’ve never got it!!
Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚





He is Risen!

8 04 2012

On Easter morning, I’ll keep it simple and just share the four Gospel accounts of that first Easter morning. (feel free to just read one of them ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Matthew 28 vv 1-10
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you. So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. Greetings, he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshipped him. Then Jesus said to them, Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.

Mark 16 vv 1-11
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb? But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. Don’t be alarmed, he said. You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’ Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid. When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping. When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it.

Luke 24 vv 1-12
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ Then they remembered his words. When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.

John 20 vv 1-18
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him! So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)
Then the disciples went back to their homes, but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. They asked her, Woman, why are you crying? They have taken my Lord away, she said, and I don’t know where they have put him. At this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realise that it was Jesus. Woman, he said, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for? Thinking he was the gardener, she said, Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him. Jesus said to her, Mary. She turned towards him and cried out in Aramaic, Rabboni! (which means Teacher). Jesus said, Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: I have seen the Lord! And she told them that he had said these things to her.





Friday Five Favourite: Easter Songs

6 04 2012

Christmas carols are as common as anything everywhere in the country each December, but Easter songs are definitely not as well known.

On this Good Friday, nothing seemed more appropriate for my five friday favourite than to share some of my favourite Easter songs with you.

Some songs, like In Christ Alone (and that linked version has the most incredible key change in the middle of verse three!) fit perfectly well at Easter, but are sung all year round that I decided to leave them out, incredible though that song is.
I also left out classics like Thine be the Glory (choose from classic, funky, or totally modern!), mainly because I couldn’t have 6 songs, but also because I thought I’d go for some that were either less well known, or not typical Easter, just so I’m not sharing things people already know!

Though I’m posting this on the Friday, a lot of these have more of an element of the Sunday morning, which reminds me of a great song that didn’t quite make the cut, but I love the attitude… “It’s Friday, but Sunday is coming” (that video also has some of those classic American church signs…)

He has risen
Every Easter I end up ringing my dad some point before the Sunday asking if we’re going to sing this on the Sunday. Nothing like it for the Easter Morning celebration! I don’t know if it was just at Romsey Baptist we had the awesome clapping pattern for it leading into the chorus… sadly it’s not in this recording!

See what a morning (Resurrection Hymn)

Led like a lamb

The wonderful cross

Happy Day
Another ridiculously celebratory Easter song – yes it is a bit of a year round one, but I once went to a Crossbeam gig on Easter Sunday evening in Southampton and they opened with this, it was like a proper party!

How many of those did you know? What did you think of them? What are your favourite Easter songs?





Wisdom from the Lion King

4 04 2012

Before I start this post, I must remind you of this blogs tagline: “I like to think of my blog as the beginning of a thought that could probably do with some refining, rewriting and expanding a bit later”

On Sunday afternoon I watched the Lion King – an absolute classic I think you’ll agree. To the level at which I was once at a quiz evening when a question was “What is the first spoken word in the film, The Lion King” and I got it! – Let me know if you’re curious and can’t get it ๐Ÿ™‚

So there were a couple of lines that stood out to me in it:

First, when Simba is running away from Nala, Timon and Pumba who are trying to insist he return to The Prideland, he is confronted by a shape in the clouds, which is in the form of Mufasa, who speaks to him to encourage him. He says: “You have forgotton who you are, and so you have forgotton me. Remember who you are, you are my son”

The second, when Mufasa and Simba have had their little chat in the cloud, Simba sees what he must do and heads back to the Prideland to regain his throne. But he does this without letting the gang know where he’s gone off to! So they’re left confused, and Rafiki, who had led Simba to the Mufasa cloud, says to them “You won’t find him here! The king has returned”
Sounds a tad familiar – rather Easter morning-y don’t you think?

Can you think of any other good quotes from The Lion King?
Obviously there’s Pumba’s lighter words of scientific wisdom…





Classical music just gave me goosebumps…

3 04 2012

Even the opening chord gave me chills!
Does that make me old and boring?
“Beethoven’s 7th Symphony” gave me goosebumps.
I know, that meant nothing to me either… until I watched The King’s Speech. Ooo did I just hear your ears prick up a little?
That scene at the end when he does his big “For the second time in the lives of most of us, we are at war with Germany” speech? that music? Yea that! Beautiful and powerful!