Hello and thanks for joining me on a Tuesday instead of our usual Monday Coffee date.
It has been a very busy week and weekend so I’m playing catch up this week with all the odds and ends that were put aside. Grab a mug of your favourite beverage and join me on the sofa while I regale you with what I’ve been doing.
Last week saw my Literacy Enrichment plan working as the school enjoyed a re-run of the recent Royal wedding. At the end of a hardworking week, the children were rewarded with a Royal Reception of their own with representatives of the royal family chosen from our year 6’s. The children and staff made a huge effort to dress up and I spotted at least three fascinators with pretty feathers and flowers donned by teachers as they went around serving the children juice and water.
After filling their mouths with as many snacks they could fit in one sitting, off they went to dance – after the dance floor was opened by the royal couple and family members. I do believe the queen could boogie! Once the party was over, it was as though my fairy godmother waved her magic wand: tables and chairs were whisked away at fairytale speed making my head spin, and by the time the parents were allowed onto the playground to pick up their precious princes and princesses, no one was the wiser that children had been frolicking in their fancy footwear mere minutes before. I am now convinced that the staff and children have super hero capes hidden in their lockers for occasions like this!
Well that was one Royal Reception out of the way. On Saturday, I was lucky enough to attend another wedding with a different prince and princess. This time they appeared to have stepped straight out of a Bollywood movie!
Set on the De Vere grounds in a picturesque village in Mortimer, the couple celebrated their nuptials in style with a stunning backdrop of the Manor House. As though that wasn’t awe-inspiring enough, their Reception was held in the hotel with a huge chocolate fountain to keep adults and children entertained while we waited for photos to be taken of the beautiful bride and groom.
Aromatic food and music filled the evening air and by the time it was time to leave, most of the guests were catatonic from full bellies and sore feet, a sign of a brilliant evening had by all.
Sunday saw a more serene family get together as everyone reminisced the previous day’s events with the new relatives and more good food. A good end to a long weekend of celebrating.
With all this happening, there was no time to write and to be honest, no real inspiration to do so. I’m losing focus again and my deadline is looming. Let’s hope that it returns soon or I’ll see another year pass with my stories sitting in draft form.
What about you? Have you had an exciting or boring weekend? What did you get up to? Let me know in the comments.
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I love long lines of traffic, moody children complaining in the back and the scowling sky threatening to cry out to the world below. Love the stress of trying to balance a workday with after school clubs and meetings for four different children preparing for their new year in a new class (two at new schools!). Love the plucky looks of parents eyeing out my dog hanging out the back window as I park because he’s decided to make himself sick and nearly die, and me spending sleepless nights watching over him then going to work.
Yup. It has been fun.
Suffice it to say, I am declaring it wine o’ clock and all my worries be damned! As I pour my glass of Shiraz and slip into my oversized pjs that don’t match but are the most comfortable clothes I possess, I feel bubbles of excitement fill my body. The thought of a night of relaxation with XXX on Sky (yes, of course I love Vin Diesel but not in the way you would think – I want to be him, not be with him!!) and my secret stash of Turkish Delights just waiting for me, I plan on forgetting the pending appointments for the week ahead, the deadlines on books I still haven’t finished writing and my start with the Open University where I will be studying a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing.
Yes folks, the future may be bright and filled with opportunities, but just for tonight, I’m taking a break.
Please, be kind and leave reviews for my books. I will try to keep posts flowing on my blog but they will be intermittent (as they have been for the past few weeks). Apologies if I miss your posts. I will try to keep up but a few will fall through the cracks.
If you need me, send me an email or contact me through my social media sites. I’m still around, just focusing on not drowning under children, work, studies and pets!
Hugs to you all.
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It’s the middle of the week and I have a hunkering for a midweek treat. Our heatwave is causing a ruckus with eating habits and I’m burning more energy running around classrooms than I normally do. Not that I’m complaining – it’s nice to have warm hands for a change as I’m usually the poster girl for Frosty.
Warm rays are drying my slightly damp hair and the sounds of children playing interrupt the droning noise of traffic. My son is learning to play netball and has a knack for clap-catch. Still, the appeal of a sweet treat drowns out everything else.
Some exciting things will be developing over the next few weeks which will require more hard work and dedication. I love a challenge, especially when it involves motivating children to find their inner writing talents. NaNoWriMo is a go too which means I might not have time for my own challenge; it’s hard enough finding time to finish my books.
Right, enough chatter. I’m off to find some fudge, chocolate or hidden stash of nougat! Enjoy your Wensfriesday.
Wishing you all a wonderful Easter filled with lovely chocolates or treats.
After a very wet dog walk this morning, my family and I are relaxing in the warmth and digesting a rather delicious lunch. I will set up a treasure hunt later, once the first round of eggs have settled.
I hope you’re having a good day and send you all huge hugs and loads of love. After all, today is a special day for rejoicing and sharing our appreciation for each other, no matter what we believe.
Peace and love to you all. xxx
I’ve put together some of my favourite treats for this week. Promise I won’t eat them all!
What treat are you having this week? If not a treat, maybe a song, sport or anything to make you smile!
Sometimes it’s the smallest things that make us happy. My illustrator has shared a pic of Mr Barns from Cecil The Bully. It made my week. Since I love to share the happiness, I would like to share it with you. Let me know what you think of it.
Share a little love this mid-week break and makes someone’s day.
Big hugs to you all. xxx
Copyright held by Eloise De Sousa (2015) for all pictures, poems and stories posted on this site.
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Now that the days are getting shorter, nights are donning their chilly suits and the autumn term has well and truly begun. We are back to searching for little pick-me-ups to carry us through the long weeks ahead. What better way than celebrating #Wensfriesday together?
For my #Wensfriesday treat today, I’m picking out a savoury snack. With a cheesy flavour and crispy, crumbly body, it snaps under mouth-watering bites expelling the delicious herbs, salts and peppers trapped within its mix.
What is my snack of choice? Can anyone guess?
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It has been a while since I’ve posted on my Wensfriesday post, but I just had to share my happiness and mid-week special.
I haven’t had a chance to enjoy a sweetie break – we did that the other night whilst watching a Star Wars marathon! Instead, my treat today was tackling a job I’ve been avoiding for good reason…the patio! The pallets have done their time and it was time to replace or remove them. Today was the day of reckoning.
Now I’m no wimp, but the size of spiders jumping out from cracks and crevices had me screaming and doing crazy dances in the garden. I was not the only one! The children screeched when one tried to run up my shoe! Eurgh! I’m still getting the shivers now.After moving over 36 slabs, 10 pallets and supporting bricks, the majority of the area has been cleared and a new set of steps laid out. Tomorrow I will finish the hellish corner that’s left and lay out the rest of the slabs over the cleared area.
My treat at the end of a hard day’s work was a lovely cup of Jasmine tea. I guess I will have to celebrate a proper Wensfriesday tomorrow.
Have you tackled any major jobs today that have been bugging you for a while? What was your mid-week treat?
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The sun is shining, birds are singing and it promises to be a warm, summery day! Continue reading →
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Smarties are on the menu,
m&M’s taste so good,
Pastries and cheesecake – delicious
Yes you know you should!
What’s the point of #Wensfriesday?
Well it’s the mid-week delight
Who said we can’t have two Friday’s
With weekends to make it just right!
Okay that’s my tired and terrible attempt at a #Wensfriesday poem. If you have something better, post it, link it to me and I shall give you the Wensfriesday shout out.
I’m calling it a night because I have World Book Day tomorrow and since I’m going as Mary Poppins, I have some flying to do.
Now where did I put my carpet bag and umbrella?