100 happy days (9)

A walk in the woods.


100 happy days (8)

No photo as the one I took with my phone is too blurred to be worth posting…

This morning’s happy moment happened when a colleague and I were travelling to Leeds for a course, we had driven through miles of mist like a grey blanket but as we drove up past the moors we suddenly came out of the mist into bright blue sky and sunshine, the moors which can look particularly bleak at times were a deep green. “In England’s green and pleasant land” came to mind.

100 happy days no 7


The Enigma machine,  the starting point for my lessons with the top class today on encryption and ciphers. Teaching is great fun when all the children are engaged and interested in a topic, today’s lessons with the oldest children in school were all about encryption and ciphers. The children were fascinated and were able to demonstrate what they had learned when some visitors were being shown around school later in the day.


An hour’s work tidying the edges of the lawn and removing grass from between the flagstones and I have a beautiful tidy path. Another hour and the patio was clear of weeds too!  Time for a cup of tea in the garden! image

100 happy days, (6)

Shopping trip with my sister, in Lancaster, a town midway between our homes, accessible by train for both of us. image


The fabulous tulip tablecloth, Tove Jansson’s biography and the Arran Aromatics hand lotions and tulips were birthday presents for me from my sister. The cloth is a vintage Doultonian cloth in beautiful condition and wonderful clear colours. Tove Jansson’s, author of the Moomin books for children and the excellent Summer Book and Winter Book both of which I love, will be fascinating to read. The hand lotion is scented but delicately so and absorbs well leaving no marks on sewing or knitting in progress. We visited the lovely Fabrix, fabric shop while in Lancaster and I bought a couple of strips of cotton/linen fabric which I’m going to test for replacement cushion pad covers for our kitchen chairs – they need to be able to withstand washing and drying at regular intervals to remove muddy dog paw prints and tail waves!

We had a super day out, the weather was kind enough to stay dry and relatively sunny, so we were able to potter round the town and market stalls. We had an excellent lunch at the Whale Tail cafe in Penny Street , walked down to the canal and then back to the station to catch the train home.