Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Peeks into Blogland to say hello.

I'm building up to a mahoosive show and tell epic post. This is the truth! It really means I've so many unfinished things on the go that one day I will finish something!

Our beautiful niece married her handsome chap in a truly wonderful wedding this weekend and it was lovely to be a part of the celebrations. It was lovely to spend a full weekend with loved ones and much laughter was had. She looked gorgeous. My friend described her as beautiful, wispy and gorgeous. Sadly, after seeing the photos of me - I will never ever be described as 'wispy'.

The wedding day venue was Poppleton Tithe Barn. Even the title is charming! Google it. It's a full on proper historic building.  The wedding breakfast was pie n mash. Then we were transported to Haxby for the evening where everyone danced the night away to a live band. Pizza and chilli and chips if you had room!

 I'm going to risk bringing on a temper tantrum by showing you a few pics.

Some minutes later...THRICE I HAVE TRIED.

 The barn and garden.

 Instant glamour! ( Look at my 'opposite of wispy' fingers. )
 Aunts Rachel's emergency safety pins to the rescue of the bunting.


 The flowers were lovely.

 The HG looked smart and look at his fancy tie knot!

Finally, the new Mr and Mrs. 

The honeymoon is travelling around the world for five weeks. How exciting! 

Oh well, best get a wriggle on. It's 16C at 7.30am. Doesn't bode well for the none wispy of us.....

Lots of love from 

Rachel *hot n bothered* Radiostar xxx

Sunday, 30 April 2017

In memory of Alice

This post is a sad one. I never met Alice, but Miss22 was good friends with her at Uni. They were on the fencing team together. She was a beautiful young girl with her whole life ahead of her.
Girl meets boy, as they do
Boy turns out to be a total monster.

Her name has been all over the news this past fortnight as the trial has revealed chilling details and the horrific truth of her last moments. How her family have managed to get through this shows how amazing the human being really is.
I've been checking up on my daughter, making sure she's ok and it was lovely to see her last weekend as we spent the day with her.

After the verdict - which, to be honest had me REALLY wondering how defence lawyers do the job they do when he MUST have known he was lying. I could not do it for all the money in the world and I cried when the jury came back and declared him guilty. I also am a strong believer in bringing back the death penalty for these non humans. I don't give a flying dig about his human rights. He deserves none.

Sadly, Alice will not be the last girl to die at the hands of a jealous, controlling, coercive monster. There are already charities like the Suzy Lampugh Trust that exist to help others.

Alice's mum has set up a fundraising page to raise money to work alongside those out there already in the hope it helps someone out there. I personally think the police should not ask if the woman who has called wants to press charges, I think they should arrest them anyway.
Alice's mum is running The Great North Run this year and here is the link to her page should you feel able to help.


RIP Alice xxx 

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Week one gone

So the first week of the Easter break has gone and I've no idea where!
I finally finished the mitts to send to Miss 22 that match her hat she got in December.

I love knitting in Fishermen's Rib. I'm going to write what I'm writing then add in the photos later because on the iPad, once you add photos it gets really jumpy and difficult to manage on the dashboard. BRING BACK THE APP BLOGGER, it's one reason I don't blog as much.

I've seen friends, I've caught up with TV - Walking Dead's season finale was very disappointing. I've faffed about in the craft room.

I'm quite pleased with the zigzags here. It's not perfect and while I'm not blaming my tools per se, the three fabrics are different weights, but they were just scraps that I'd been given and the shiny blue one  frays like a right swine. I'm just quilting it with parallel stitching. I've made mistakes and learned from them. But it will be turned into a cushion cover I think. I was going to be a big but it's a bit big, but then it could just be a craft bag for myself. Who knows?

I dug out another unfinished WIP and am thinking now I'm going to have to pull it out because I won't have enough wool left to finish it. I've done one sleeve and there's not enough for the other one
and the finishing. To be honest I did just pull it from my stash and knit it with a wish. It was a scarf knit kit thingy. No matter. It'll make a sparkly hat for my friend's little girl.

Yesterday was glorious outside. It was freezing in my house and as I sat unpicking old jeans for various projects I had to hunt out my fluffy slippers! Outside, I sat barefoot with a brew soaking up the sun after doing a bit of weeding and sorting of pots. Needs more tidying but an hour or two a day is fine by me. I made Mr 19 now the lawn and I think that it's like when you do nothing in the house except vacuum , cutting the grass makes the garden look 100% better.

 These jeans are going to become baby dungarees.

How cute is this braiding I bought...
It might embellish the dungarees. 
Do any of my readers speak Russian? I saw this on Facebook and I'd love to knit it.

This next week looks fun. The HG is off. We are going out somewhere today. Not decided where but then we are escaping to Shropshire for a cheeky mid week mini break. I am beyond excited to go to Ironbridge! It's been on my to do list for yonks! Expect loads of pictures next time! And I'll probably put the 3lbs I lost this week back on! We are going to a Wedding in five weeks. I've been dieting for this wedding for the last 12 months!! Every one failed hahah. I'm just not in the right frame of mind.

Finally a lovely photo of Freddie for you!
Photo taken by Miss 22. I think it's great! Countryfile calendar standard! 

Going now to get a shower to get ready for today - it might involve a Hobbycraft visit.......

Lots of love from

Rachel *chilled out Radiostar xxx

Saturday, 1 April 2017

School Holidays

as of today I have two glorious weeks ( and a day ) stretching in front of me. I'm in a current insomnia cycle which is why I'm blogging g at 4am. The HG is off for week 2 so there'll be days out and maybe a cheeky stopover somewhere as yet undecided. The garden needs my attention. The housework needs my attention. My TV planner needs my attention. I've sewing and knitting craving my attention and a good deal of lazing to do.
This half term seemed to zoom by in a flash.
'As quick as a chimpanzee'
As a cherub wrote in a story recently, desperate to flex their new simile muscles!!! Ive loved being in the class I've been in, despite my qualms about dual role, but after the holidays a new pastoral role will see me once more out of class full time. I'm really looking forward to it but it's going to be challenging!
Our school is 'safe' budget wise for people's jobs this next academic year, but after that is anyone's guess. Our school is set to see £48000 slashed from its budget year 2019. The high school my two went to will lose £925000
It's crazy.
I just saw a story on fb where a school held a mufti day, but asked its parents for a donation of loo rolls and glee sticks in order to help the school.
How on earth can we meet the ridiculous standards imposed by ofsted when there is no money for resources and staff?? All the services are being cut too. One being 'Safenet' which provides much needed expert support and programmes for children from homes where they've witnessed Domestic Violence. No more after Easter. Will DV stop too then???

A bit ranty, probably due to being tired and cranky and passed off at being awake. I've already been trying to get back to sleep since 3.02am.

My garden is springing back to life and thanks to the warm rainy season, everything is lush and green. Good rhubarb growth. Lots of new rose activity on the cuttings I took in October. My purple osteospurnamthingies are flowering. My beautiful but oh so stinky deep true blue hyacinths are at it and my red Japanese maple just woke up too. We need a new fence but can't decide on which one to get. Bloody weeds everywhere too. Sorry, my native wild flower collection is growing!! The peonies are growing at a rate of 5cm a day it seems. My bird feeders are being visited a lot.

TV shows I'm loving are the new Quiz '5 gold rings' with Mr Silver Fox Philip Schofield. Broadchurch is stacked up in my planner for next week's knitting. I'm a complete Walking Dead and Talking Dead addict and that's about it. We don't really watch much else. Lately it's been Emmerdale ( poor Ashley ) and then we've been romping through Dexter box sets- almost at the last series! More often than not though the TV is off.  I've a stack of books to read and really fancy the Game of Thrones books. My friend has leant them all to me. So I'm going to make a conscious effort to read at least once a day.

Right it's 4.37am. I feel sleepy now. So am going to try and snoooooooze.
Oh before I do
This is a new loo product I bought. I'll try anything new if it's on offer! 

You 'pipe' it straight onto the loo bowl.

This second effort is far superior to my first. But it does look like I stuck two hating sweets in my loo!! Smells nice. 

Here I'm having a go at making Flying Geese out of foxes! Got carried away and got cocky. 

Sewed some in back to front! 

But look! How clever - zig zags out of triangles. A bit mind blowing!! It will eventually become a little shopping bag. But it makes me laugh as I'm cutting up various bits of material, to see together to make....material!!! 

Right I'm done 

Lots of love from 
Rachel *pray for sleep and ignore any typing errors* Radiostar xxx 

Saturday, 18 March 2017

It's been a whole week

....since I last posted.
Since Freddie came and took ownership of his new life jacket we bought him.

Lots of Freddie photos of him in the sea in his on his latest post!

My current position is laying in bed looking at Layer Cake quilt blocks! So many to ooo and ahhh over. I've looked at jelly rolls ones too. I have two jelly rolls but they are so pretty as they are! If I bring myself to use them then I won't have them! Crazy but it's how I am with a lot of my lovely stash!

A lot of people had a giggle at old Rhubarb Kingdom Brunel in my last post and I have blogged many funny things the Childers have said to me over the years I've worked in schools. Talking of which

I have been informed that I am over qualified for my long service award! The rules have changed. It used to be 15 consecutive years in one institution setting which meant I should have it anyway but they upped it to 20 years with the added bonus of being from when you first started working for the County Council over numerous jobs. So as I first worked for them  at the tender age of 21 when I came back from Nannying in Spain when I'd finished college, then quickly started with The Morning Sickness which produced Miss 22 it means I've clocked up 24 years!
My prize is an extra paid day off in the year AND a gift of £271 to be spent at a place named by them - big list to choose from - as of yet, I have no idea what is on this list. Fingers crossed it's a good list and not full of things like a day horse riding etc! How they got to £271 I have no idea and it's not linked to role or pay - it's the same across the board!

So I apologise if you've read this before but I can't remember if I've shared this absolutely hilarious ( I think ) story from when my favourite ever childerbeast was at school.

We were reading The Little Red Hen. Not the one who planted the seed etc but this one...


While the fox is out getting his carrots, TLRH takes her trusty little embroidery snippers  out of her apron pocket ( see picture ), escapes from the sack, fills it with big heavy rocks and runs away home. Meanwhile, the fox, comes back with his carrots, fills a huge pot with water over the fire and sets it to 
boil. He chops up the carrots and licks his lips. He lifts up the sack and tips it into the pot, the rocks displace the boiling water, scald him dead. Ex Fox etc 

Me: now then, what is the moral of this story? ( expecting something about double checking before you do something etc ) 

Child: ( dead pan and deadly serious, unaware of the comedy they are about to commit )

 never ever trust a hen with some scissors! 

Lots of love from 
Rachel* will laugh about this to her dying day * Radiostar xxx

Saturday, 11 March 2017

I has a visitor.

Hellooo everyone,
How is your weekend so far? Mine is fantastic. Friday night was spent with old friends. Much laughter and good cheer was enjoyed. Considering we only 'nipped for a brew' after tea, the 3am walk home was refreshing!
Up with the larks, well awake enough to watch the cracking Wales v Ireland 6 nations game. Then, much to the horror of the poor delivery bloke, I had to answer the door in my nightie, sans supportive under garments!!! I actually took delivery of the parcel from behind the door, literally snaking my arm round the door. What's my name? Well it's clearly Miss Glamorous Perty McSupermodel!!!
That poor poor bloke will be scarred for life - just from my hair alone.

Soooo the bathroom was cleaned, the Mother in Law was given coffee and witty repartee. The witty repartee was delivered via the HG and Mr 19 as I enjoyed a lovely shower in my clean bathroom.
Speaking of which, I bought this new fangled  twin gel thing that you 'pipe' onto the inside of the toilet bowl. ( You know, I'll buy anything new once. Well, it looks like one of the kids has had a nasty accident with the stripy toothpaste. But it smells nice.

Then the MiL went for the bus and not long after...
Miss 22,  her young man and of course a certain Freddie arrived. Much giddiness and waggling of backsides ensued. Once I'd calmed down.... ( sorry- went for the easy obvious giggle )

We've bought him a life jacket for his seaside walks, he looks very smart in it. Spag Bol was made by me where I almost had a culinary disaster. I put in two kaffir lime leaves. I looked and thought those Bay leaves look greener and fatter than usual. Then I sniffed- they smell nicer than bay. Oh that's because they are not bay leaves. Fortunately, I fished them out pdq and switched for the correct leafery and no one knew the chaos in the kitchen had occurred!

Before I sign off for now I thought I'd share a couple of corkers from work this week.
On a school trip to a steam railway, the onsite workshop leader was asking by the children all about their knowledge of the history of the Train.

Man : so can anyone tell me any more famous engineers from the same time in history?
Child: ( confidently ) yes. Rhubarb Kingdom Brunel

The man took it all in his stride
Ahhh yes, good old Rhubarb Brunel !!

Next giggle
Maths lesson
The question was set
The train line is 40km. The engine only has enough coal for half of the journey. Where will the train stop? Bearing in mind, it is a maths lesson
Most of the class: 20km
My little soul : durrrr the train station!!

Thanks for indulging my whiny post last time.
Well, we are just watching Crufts - of course none come close to Freddie and then I think I will have to give in and go to bed. I cannot do 3am nights out any more.

Just before I do go, please please enjoy this lovely shot of Freddie and then pop along to his very own blog and show him how adored he is!!

Lots of love from

Rachel *too old for late nights* Radiostar xxx

Wednesday, 8 March 2017


I wish I was like Louis Armstrong and could sing about having all the time in the world. Right now, I don't feel like I've ANY time. It's not even as if I'm doing loads! Work - dual role again for the time being - is making me tired. I've not crafted, I've not read, I've not done much. I bought a load of yellow stickered meat last night and in the back of my mind I thought, I could proudly blog my finds....but I didn't.
After the last six months of heightened feels, I think I'm just all out of va va voom. Can't quite put my finger on it.
But I thank the lovely people for taking the time to see if I'm ok and I really am. I just don't have time to tell you!
I've said before about not liking not having the blogger app anymore. Adding photos on from the dashboard on an iPad or phone is incredibly irksome so that sucks a bit of enjoyment out of blogging for me too. I can't find the effort required.

I do assure you all I'm reading your posts sporadically even if I don't comment. Don't think I've forgotten you!
Well, I need to go get sorted for work. Ho hum.

Lots of love

Rachel *bear with* Radiostar xx

Best yellow sticker - Rump steak £2 from £9 - no photo ( see above )

Monday, 27 February 2017

2017 is racing by

It is nearly the second payday of the year. Five more weeks at school until Easter. Pancake Day on Tuesday. 11weeks until my niece gets married which means 11 weeks to lose about three stone!!!! I did an eye roll then.

This year is going so fast. I think it's because I am old.

Not really had time to be in Blogland lately. I have been reading and commenting sporadically on all my favourite blogs. I've not really anything to show n tell either.

We just finished a great History week at school. I went on two trips. One was cut short by Doris, she'd caused the river to rise and flood the ruins we were supposed to be looking at! The children had a great week though. Back to normal maths and English this week. Our school decided that we were not going to cram the children's days with SATs lessons and nothing else. I know a child who goes to a different school - graded outstanding with top notch league table results - who does not want to go to school and their parents are disgusted at the level of pressure they are applying already for the tests. No History week for them! No ofsted visits either!!!
Some of the children THRIVE on the challenge the SATs bring ( I would have been one of them ) but not the children I'm employed to work with. I'm boring myself now, year after year on this blog I go on n on about it! Maybe a career change is needed. I'd really love a career in lottery winning!

Gotta go get ready

Lots of love
Rachel *a bit jaded* Radiostar xx

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Half Term Wednesday

Already I'm halfway through my week off work. It's always the way. Last week dragged. This week is whizzing by so fast that if I blink I will miss it! Loads of things to do on my virtual list as always.
For those of you who don't already know ( via my other blog ), some good news about the HG's cancer.

I'd lain awake fretting, every single night, since the HG's first follow up scan on January 19th and when a letter hadn't ploppedthrough the letter box I sent Richard, our lovely Macmillan nurse,  a long rambly early morning email ( it wasn't the first ) and he always always replies so nicely and puts my mind at ease and stresses that I'm not a raving lunatic and that he's here for us anytime. Anyway, he went off and found out what was what and emailed me back twice in one day! 
Our response to the news was, I guess like when we got it, a tad underwhelming. We both breathed a sigh of relief and then just got on with the mundane. I texted everyone en masse, b cause I didn't want to miss people out. We phoned immediate family mind.  Masses of replies with the same messages of relief, joy, happiness just underlined the fact that we are surrounded with lovely lovely people  To be honest I think this paragraph should be on my other dedicated Kidney Cancer blog so I will just blatantly nick my own writing and copy and paste it in over there!! 
I will never fail to laugh at Mr Cutting's name. 

One thing that shows how cancer is relentless and brutal is how one of the lovely people I couldn't as a chum even though I've never met ( on Twitter ) expressed her joy at our news all the while dealing with the fact her husband has been given the news that his cancer treatment isn't working and that's it.   

Fucking cancer. 

So I am here finally getting a post to post and it's now Sunday already. I'm back at work tomorrow and we are launching straight into History week. The whole school are teeming up with another ( better off ) school and there are mass trips and visits and fun learning opportunities aplenty to keep us busy. I'm really looking forward to it. 
I've been knitting and sewing and generally pleasing myself this week.
So on Monday I casted on for my hairdresser. She's going on maternity leave and knows she is having a boy

For the first time ever, I knit both sleeves at the same time. A little bit of swearing is knit into this 
cardigan because the four balls of cotton did get super tangly a lot. But I persevered and found the perfect buttons to match in my button box. 

She was thrilled with it. I think it could have been a lot neater. So next I got out some sewing and carried on with the tunic top I'm making out of the silky jersey. I've tried it on sans sleeves - I've to do those next - and discovered two things. A. It's toooooo big and B. I missed cutting out the frill off the bottom!!! So naturally I've given up on it! For now. Plus the HG and Mr 19 would insist on coming home from work and want feeding! 

The bias binding caused me to lose my mind. Instead of saying, attach biding to neck crossing over at the V, it said a load of gobbedledy gook as per illustration. The illustrations ARE NOT CLEAR! I even brought the HG in to figure it out, who, being logically minded and able to see abstractly he saw what it was saying immediately, did so easily. This left me bristly towards this tunic. I am using it as a massive duster when it's finished!!! Or a tent. It's that big. But the walking foot on the machine is excellent and does it's job perfectly. 

I've also been fannying around with my new early birthday present that the HG insisted he buy me. I think it was part of our euphoria over the all clear. It's a fancy pants fabric cutting machine especially for quilting etc. Now I love my rotary cutter and practiced doing strips last year. I've paper pieced little hexi s that I cut out from cardboard myself and I now have ( from the sale ) a stash of pre cut shapes for paper piecing for when the mood takes me. I even bought some iron on freezer paper that makes it able to print directly into fabric for perfectly cut out shapes. I've topped that now though with this machine. I've said it once and I'll say it again. I am a spoilt brat! I know I have dear dear 
friends who live frugally and have decluttered thanks to that Maria Condo woman who will be recoiling in horror as I add to the already massive pile of stuff I have, but, each to their own!! I love my stuff! 
Anyway, it's magic! You can put up to 6 layers on at a time, whizz it through and voila! 
I got a set of dies - what they call the cutting bits - to make a Flying Geese pattern. So using up some of my stash left over from when I made the teddies, which is material I've acquired via friends and charity shops and cut price bargains ( we are quite frugal lol ) I have played about making some pieces or should that be geeses, which I think will eventually become a shopping bag or a project bag.
 I need to cut some more pieces today. Last night I was dragged from the machine by a decadent Chinese takeaway me and Mr 19 enjoyed. The HG is in Dublin on our Niece's intended stag do. We watched, on Netflix, the new show with Drew Barrymore. The Santa Clarita Diet or something like that - we found it hilarious and watched a few episodes. 
Any way here are a few shots of my Geese so far. I don't see them as Geese by the way, they are just 

Just playing around before I sew them into squares. 

Finally for the first time in years, I relented and relaxed my ban on having cut flowers in the house. I bought some pretty flowers to cheer up the drab left behind after de Christmassing the house. 

So on Valentine's Day when the courier delivered a box of flowers to me, I was surprised actually and I liked it! 
A huge massive decadent bunch of red and gold roses. 

I even brought out my Valentine bears! 

The flowers are opening out beautifully and I dressed the case with some sparkly lights and am pleased with the effect! 

I've also seen friends this week, read two books, caught up on a lot of cleaning and sorting. I've not done everything I planned but there's always Easter Holidays in six weeks for that! I've been on instagram a lot more and been delighted to see that my bird feeders are being visited now by lots of lovely little birds. Today's job is to clean and refill. 
There's probably loads I've not told you about. I can't remember if I told you about our trip to see Miss 22 the other weekend? I'll check back and if not, I'll show n tell ( which is what blogging basically is really ) about that. But until then, here's a canny shot of Freddie caught JUST at the perfect time. 

That's all for now 

Lots of love from 

Rachel *relaxed* Radiostar xxx 

Thursday, 9 February 2017

It's only Thursday

This week is dragging. Probably because it's half term tomorrow and then next week will rush by in a blur. Tomorrow is also Young Voices day. I'm not going this year because of other things going on so school will be very quiet with only 46 children left in KS2!

 I really fancy having a go at knitting this. Those who know me well know it'll take me some time!!

This coin in my hand is 800 years old. Eight hundred. That blows my mind a bit. I wonder who else held it and spent it? 

It's silver and it's hammered. King Henry ii minted in Carlisle. The HG found it on his very first foray into Metal Detecting. He went with my Dad. Other detectorists were very jealous that he'd found it on his first dig! He found it on a dig in Hawick, Scotland. 

In the craft room, there is this on the table. 

This is the back panel of a top I'm making for me. I bought the material from the Shuttle for pennies. I showed you it months and months ago. Well, it's a right bugger to work with! It's silky jersey. So I've my walking foot on the machine and ball point needle. What threw me was I always thought and did cut patterns right sides facing. So that's what I did. Good job I re read the pattern. Right sides together. Now it'd taken me eleventy billion minutes to lay on the paper pieces, so I spent ages over a cup of tea trying to figure out if I could get away with cutting right sides facing. Trying to mentally turn over pieces. That was too taxing for my little brain. So, no, out came the pins and we re folded with much swearing as it slipped and slided all over the shop! My stitching is a bit wonky but the time I sat down to sew my nerves were a bit frazzled and it's lucky it's not been made into fancy dusters! So far I've only seen the back panel together!!! We will see how we get on next week! 

Right, work beckons. But I'm off to reply to comments x Thank you for them all. 
 Soon be half term. 

Lots of love from 

Rachel *hope all is well in your world* Radiostar xxx 

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Right Click

Have a giggle on me from work yesterday
It's an IT lesson
The cheeeeelders are learning to create a PowerPoint show all about their steam train of choice ( real, not Thomas ) - it's our topic - I'll show you a photo of our display what I have painted so far at the end.
Child : How do I get this picture on my slide show?
Me: click 'view image'.
Child: clicks view image.
Me: you can either save the image to the computer library if you think you are going to use it more than once or you can copy and paste.
Child: I only want to use it once
Me: ok, you need to right click on the image itself.
Child: ?????
Me: Look at where your pointy finger is on that button ( we are on lap tops )
Child: yes?
Me: well that's the left click button
Child: ok
Me: so the other button is a right click button
Child: ok
Me: now move the cursor so it's on the image
Child: blank look
Me: ( inwardly sighing and rolling of eyes ) This little white arrow ( pointing at the screen ) that moves around the screen when you are on the touchpad ....
Child : ahhhhh ( moves cursor )
Me: ok, right click now
Child: left clicks
Me: remember it's *this* button here, one is left, that you will use most of the time, but the right one will show you magic menus!!
Child: tentatively clicks the right button
Me: that is the magic hidden drop down menu
- it's always there, but only a right click will reveal it ( yanno, trying to attach a story to it to help poor Child remember it )
~Anyway after a few attempts , Child successfully copies the image - The Flying Scotsman ~

Me: so Child, now take the cursor to select PPt from the bottom tool bar to bring up your PowerPoint. No, not the right click button, that's just for the hidden menus, yes that's right , the left click button to select icons
Child: ok
Me: now, you have to move the cursor onto your slide where you want to paste your picture.
Child: paste?
Me: yes, it's just where you want your picture to go.
Child: moves cursor
We now have a blinking cursor ( that's not me being sweary ) and Child is set to paste their first ever google image.

Me: now right click

Child: stares

Me: now right click


Me: come on Child, right click

Child: waits, looks at me,

and slowly types       'c   l   i   c   k'


Lots of love from

Rachel *might go work in a supermarket again* Radiostar xxx

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Fussy Eaters.

After reading this delightful post by Simple Living, I had to tell you about my garden pets.
They are RUINED.

 I'm forever topping up my numerous feeders etc but I have had to throw a lot away lately because they've not been eating it and a lot of the fat things have gone off! The wet weather doesn't help either. They have a massive choice. Fat balls, coconut halves, suet blocks, Suet logs, suet pellets in lots if different flavours and the  suet nuggets that they loved last year have gone black and rotten. Flutter butter - the first jar they scoffed, the second? Left to rot. I think NDFC has a lot to answer for. Also one year I couldn't keep up with black sunflower seeds, this year - they go ignored and it's the hearts they go for. If I ever put peanuts out, they get ignored! My newest feeder is a mealworm one. Doesn't seem to go down. The ground feeder gets a mixture of seeds, finch and Robin food put in them. The collard doves and massive turkey sized wood pigeon scoff those.

I clean the feeders regularly and at a time when there's not usually any visitors and I don't do them all at once so there's always some food out whilst they dry. The majority of the feeders are close to the tree. But there are two other  feeding stations at the other end of the garden.

I've seen great tits, coal tits, blue tits, sparrows, starlings, goldfinch and a greenfinch. I've a resident Robin and Mr n Mrs Blackbird. I want a wren and a woodpecker! I used to have a flock of sparrows - down to a couple now. The odd dunnock visits. Resident starlings are often squabbling over one fat ball feeder - when there's ALL the fat hanging up elsewhere too. CRAZY BIRDS!

I've three points of fresh water too.

Now, while I am aware I want flocks of little feathered chums, I'm also aware that it could get a bit creepy - someone on here already calls me Tippi Hendron.

So, what am I doing wrong? Is it a case of less is more?
Just realised I need to link you to the inspiration for this whinge! http://simpleliving31.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/winterwatch.html

Some beautiful birdy shots to see!
I'm registered for the Big garden watch - are you?

Right, better get to work! No rest for the wicked...

Lots of love from

Rachel *feeeeeed the birds, tuppence a bag ( more like five quid a bag )* Radiostar xxx

How grown up does he look now? 

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Stuff that's made me laugh this week.

Mostly this poem.
 Other things were watching Victoria Wood As seen on TV especially the sketches where Victoria and Julie Walters are in a queue in a cafe and they are pulling people to bits. Killer lines for Julie
" Can I just pass by I'm a diabetic." And to a lady reaching over for a cake , " I wouldn't, not with those hips."

There was also the documentary on the making of Acorn Antiques. So clever with the writing.... but the thing that gave me the MOST giggles was then watching a programme on BBC 2 - I think it's on the I player still, called This dancing town. It was set in Skipton and I wanted to watch it because I like to sit and say, ooooh I've been there etc. Basically a west end choreographer gets the whole town to come together and dance. A bit like Gareth Malone, but with dance, not a choir. I say 'dance' loosely. It was mostly consisting of him saying ' a 5,6,7 8  with a bit of sideways walking and clicking. Then we had some clapping. The cleaners with their dusters were awesome, especially the bit where one of them flicked another in the eye with a duster!  The voice over guy though was making it sound SO Victoria Wood spoof documentary. I was laughing my head off at it! The end result made the feel good factor apparent for those who took part but the camera kept cropping people's heads off!

The TV awards are coming up. Best inadvertent comedy of the year...should go to this programme!

Right, someone asked how I incorporated 'rock, paper, scissors, into PE.

1. Ensure class know RPS
2. Divide class in half. Call them A and B or names of your choice!!!
3. Send each half to their own designated 'safe area' to huddle and decide whether to be RPS
4. Bring both halves to centre but two steps back.
5. Teacher counts down 3, 2, 1...
6. On one, each half reveals what they are by shouting and showing.
7. Whoever wins ( eg if one group chose scissors and other chose paper )
8. On the moment of realisation the goal is for the winners to capture the losers before they get back to the safe zone. The captured then become part of that team.

The squeals of the losers is delightful!!! The roar of victory is infectious. After round one, the teacher only really needs to do the countdown because they are so eager to huddle and challenge!  I've yet to have a sore loser too! I think there is a version where you can be Witches, goblins and wizards where each beats one of the others, however I can never remember which from game to game so get it wrong! When the teams 'reveal' is the same, they genuinely laugh and go rehuddle! Great for team spirit and resilience.

Right, HMRC awaits. I've done the income. Now it's the delight of the receipts. I have them all, they are collated, I just need to calculate! However, I'm marooned in the lounge at the moment as Mr 19 is putting his new tent up in the dining room to make sure it's ok. He's going to Leeds festival in March where he will see my favourite band Muse, live for his first time. I'm a little bit envious. I'll just wait with a bit of telly and my sock loom!

Lots of love from

Rachel *accounts clerk* Radiostar xxx

Thursday, 19 January 2017

A Freddie story.

A Freddie story
Miss 22  was outside cleaning Lola ( her lovely English Old Spot rabbit ) out. She left  Freddie inside.
Next minute Freddie's got his nose in the hutch.
Miss 22 thought the door must not have clicked shut.
She took him back in.
She carried on with the rabbit.
Freddie out again...
Miss22 took him back in and watched through the little window.

Clever Freddie can jump up and put his paw on the handle and open the door!!
Miss 22 said
She wouldn't mind, but when he wants out for a wee
He just sits at the door and looks at it!!!!

School is busy busy busy. I covered on my second day back. One little cherub,caught running full pelt down the corridor, was asked why they were in such a hurry, said that they had to be quick because they were having. The. Best. P. E. Lesson. Ever! With great emphasis!
Ahem. Ladies and gentlemen,that was MY PE lesson! Ayethangyew.
( Said lesson involved 'rock, paper, scissors, chasing and screams and squeaks of delight! )
Lots of love from
Rachel *takes a bow* Radiostar xxx

Sunday, 8 January 2017

A bag is born....

Quite literally...
1. Gestation period - got this mid November so about two months.
 2. Getting ready for the bag big event.

 3. Stitches - come at the beginning in this process....


 4. Approx 10cm dilated.

5. Crowning.

6. The shoulders are out.

7. It's a baby bag! 

With three pockets. Fully lined pockets.

Just need to add straps now. 

Another finished project shot I can show you now because the recipients have had them. 

And finally 
My purchases ready for next year...

  The angel stands about 40cm tall and is just GORGEOUS! 
Roast chicken and duck fat roast potatoes for tea tonight. But not unless I get my bum off this sofa! I may be having a go at a new craft tho....watch this space.
I am  also LOVING The Voice and Let it shine on telly and I am looking forward to the new dance thing on tonight! Work tomorrow. 

Lots of love from 
Rachel *happy with my lot* Radiostar xxx