A reading update

The 2017 Reading Challenge is going well. These are the books I’ve read since 1st January 2017.

Not a bad start to the year, 8 from 22, at this rate I’ll need to find another challenge or start knitting again.

 

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A day at the museum

A  visit to the World museum in Liverpool city centre, a museum filled with many wonderful and unusual objects from around the world.

Here’s just a few photo’s from the world cultures collections ….

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Lady Lever Art Gallery

I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve lived about 5 miles from this place for approximately 30 years and I’ve never visited, until today. I’m glad I finally did.

What a beautiful, interesting building in a stunning location. Port Sunlight, built by the Lever brothers to accommodate workers from their soap factory.

 

 

 

The building was commissioned and built to house William Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme, personal collection of art, fine art and antiques.

It is split into 30 interconnecting rooms, which house both permanent and temporary exhibitions. The current temporary exhibition is Fresh Perspectives, art, embroidery and sculptures created by local school children aged 14 – 17 years old.

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Some of the rooms are set like bedrooms, sitting rooms, others are as you would expect an art gallery to be. Hanging art work, cabinets with pottery and sculptures. The central room is circular with a domed roof and filled with sculptures and busts.  On a sunny day, like today, the light in there is beautifully calming.

 

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Floors and the domed ceiling.

They have lots of activities for children around the galleries and downstairs they have craft rooms, a cafe and shop. A lovely way to spend a couple of hours and I won’t leave it so long before I return again.

 

Job hunting continues….

This week has made me a little bit angry and just a tad disheartened. After spending hours completing application forms I had an interview on Monday.

The usual questions,  everything went well and at the end the standard question, do you have anything you wish to ask ?

I asked a couple of questions to clarify a few things and finished with ‘when will you make a decision and are you informing both successful and unsuccessful’ – the answer was by close of business tomorrow (Tuesday) and yes, we will notify either way.

So I waited, and waited and guess what….. nothing. Yes, nothing.

Well not from them anyway, I did get two separate emails from other companies thanking me for my application but ‘after an internal audit they were no longer recruiting’ Why didn’t they do this beforehand and not waste everyone’s time. One of the applications took around two hours, the other about an hour and half.

I should be grateful really, at least with these I had a response, around 90% of the applications I send get nothing, not even an automated thank you we’ll be in touch.

Please, all I ask is if you are recruiting then take a little time to check beforehand that you actually have a vacancy to fill, and an automated message at least gives reassurance that someone is on the other end and possibly even interested.

Employers expect honesty from applicants, but it needs to work both ways. I might be unemployed but I spend around 8 hours sitting at my computer filling in forms, my time is as precious as anyone else’s.

Sorry for the rant x

Blogger Recognition Award

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Thank you to the wonderful Mrs Craft for the nomination. It’s lovely to be nominated and to have such good support from other bloggers out there.

RULES

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give 2 pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select other bloggers you want to give this award to
  6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide a link to the post created.

 

My blog started because of a bucket list idea in work (50 things) A bucket list made to add some fun, excitement and focus into my life. Blogging was on that list. It’s been almost a year since I started and it’s been a bit of a roller-coaster, but I’m glad I stuck with it because the inspiration, support and feedback has been amazingly helpful.

My advice would be…

  1. Write a diary or keep a notebook for a few weeks beforehand and jot down ideas. Plan ahead a little. Let your blog flow until you find your voice and feet. You might plan only to focus on one area but then find yourself writing about lots of other things and that’s fine.
  2. Be realistic about timescales. Don’t worry about setting a schedule, blog as often as you feel comfortable and don’t worry if you skip a few days or weeks. Everyone has a life and finding time to write about it isn’t always possible. Blogging should be fun, not another stress in your life.

Saying all that I’d encourage everyone to have a go, it’s quick and simple to set up and the support you receive is well worth it.

Here’s a few bloggers I follow and would like to nominate.

Emma Jane Goode – for allotmenting and self-sufficiency.

Becky at In Becky’s Head – for books, movies and life blogs.

Allotmentals plot 103 – for allotmenting and growing.

Handknitted Yorkshire – for knitting and other stuff.

Isn’t She Crafty – Card making and other crafty things.

Devouring Books and Lattes – Book reviews and challenges.

Storytelling cook – Food, recipes and life.

Crops and crafts – Lifestyle, allotment and crochet.

Please have a look at these wonderful blogs and come and join the fun.

 

 

Reading Challenge

I was doing well with  The Reading Challenge last year, until September then I seemed to lose my focus and concentration. I didn’t do too badly though.

So I’ve started the new 2017 one, again I’m sticking with instagram #26bookswithbringingupburns

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A couple of the categories were the same as last years, or very similar so I’ve missed a couple out and kept the others.

  1. About a place/time you wish you lived –
  2. In a genre you usually avoid –
  3. With yellow on the cover –
  4. That’s becoming a movie in 2017 –
  5. Book with one word title –
  6. An audiobook –
  7. You can get for free –
  8. You planned to read last year but didn’t –
  9. You read on a trip/vacation –
  10. Suggested by a friend –
  11. From a series you started but have yet to finish –
  12. You can finish in a day –
  13. Published this year –
  14. With an epic romance –
  15. That takes you somewhere warm –
  16. Of short stories or under 200 pages –
  17. Considered a 20th century classic –
  18. Set in the future –
  19. You choose because of the cover –
  20. With a mother/daughter relationship –
  21. With a reputation of un-put-down-able –
  22. A free choice –

I have already begun and made the most of a few child-free moments, I have set a target of 20 but would like to complete it, I need suggestions please (especially for number 10)….

 

Last Month

December came and went so fast, I realised whilst updating the list that I didn’t tell you any of the fun we had before, during or after Christmas.

My birthday is in December so for a treat, Oscar and I, went to Liverpool for the day. We went ice skating and then had 3 goes on the ice slide, which was hilarious, and yet again I fell over, I need to start drinking alcohol ! Afterwards we had a lovely meal.

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We had a visit to craft fair at Birkenhead Priory, not somewhere I’ve ever visited before but we will return for a proper look around as it was beautiful, if a little cold and Oscar was spooked by the darkness inside, I bought some lovely handmade presents. Maybe a summer visit next time.

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Christmas eve we went bowling, and even though I got 3 strikes Oscar still won, I’m sure the machine was broken ! The usual excitement and nerves kicked in waiting for Santa to arrive. Thankfully he did.

Followed by a quiet few days whist Oscar was away with his dad, which gave me some reading and sewing time.

New years eve he was home, just the two of us so it was a quiet one. We made his 3d jigsaw (thankfully all the pieces are numbered), played games and did some reading whilst waiting for midnight and the fireworks. A lovely end to a not so pleasant year.

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