Questions, not candles

Questions, not candles

As in ‘sixteen’. Derived from this little, leather-bound, battered book, found whilst clearing my granddad’s house. 

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The post’s title may be making reference to a rite of passage film from the 80s but my first confession would be that I’ve never seen it. But then I only saw Breakfast Club for the first time two years ago. Shush, don’t judge! 

Anyway, I’m tangent-ing again…

So the book. It belonged to my Nana and I’d totally forgotten we had it, let alone that I had filled in more than one page myself. 

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The original entries date back to the 1940s – many contributors I have no knowledge of, other than they were people my Nana was in the ATS with during WW2. 

Family members have made more than one contribution, decades apart and it’s interesting to see how their likes have changed as they aged (I don’t even remember Janna Jungle…but my favourite character in public life was Knight Rider. I was 8…)

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Wednesday Lensday: My Instagram Story

Wednesday Lensday: My Instagram Story

As Instagram launch their new feature, Instagram Stories, I thought I’d share my own ‘story’ of using the social media app.

I’ve only been using it for a couple of weeks – I was loathe to join previously, thinking it was nothing more than pouting girls and another outlet for Kardashian exploits. Well it is that, if you choose to follow them, but I’ve found that I’m quite enjoying the quickness of sharing and viewing (some incredible) photography from around the world.

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Things I’ve learned so far:

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What you talkin’ about, Willis?

What you talkin’ about, Willis?

If you’re on Facebook, you’ll be familiar with those little throw-back reminders they periodically give, bringing up old photos and events.

And then there’s the December ‘Year in Review’ montages that generally tell me I have a love of Game of Thrones, cake and… well just put those two things on loop!

But sometimes, FB takes me back to some status updates that I have no idea about where they have come from. I recognise a few as song lyrics (I was clearly being creatively cryptic!), some I gained context from the attached comments and others have been gems of quotes from children I’ve taught or odd things I’ve seen. But there are many that seem like I was either under the influence of some dodgy substance or just corroborate that I’ve always been weird!

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Anyway, I started reading, and reading some more and eventually went back to the beginning of my time line (I highly recommend this, it’s quite entertaining. Unless you only update about the weather…). So to make it not seem like a waste of my eye time, I decided that I’d share some of my favourites. Maybe you can suggest what on earth I was talking  about!

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It’s like a Soul II Soul lyric…Time to take care of business!

It’s like a Soul II Soul lyric…Time to take care of business!

Hi everyone! So we’ve returned from our little trundle around Ireland – alas, no Jon Snows were captured 😦 However, it was a nice little trip away and there will be future posts about our adventures once I’ve organised the truck load of photos I took!

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Now though, it’s back to life, reality and the grim realisation there’s only one week left of summer holidays – it’s as if the extra week we were graced with this year somehow sped time up more than normal (although I’m sure all school workers believe in this time bending magic, whilst parents feel the world has slowed to a lethargic crawl!)

Since returning, I’ve been busy and created a little Facebook page for the blog, mainly because friends were asking for links and this seemed the best solution, whilst still keeping my personal Facebook private. You can like the page by visiting here – as always it’ll be super to have you on board. 🙂

The day we left for our travels I was also nominated for not one, but two awards! I’m incredibly flattered to have been considered for these, so firstly let me say a huge thank you to Megan from The MomHood for my Liebster Award – please stop by her site, it’s full of lovely photos and inspirational quotes. Plus, she’s been kind enough to participate in my Rainbowfication challenge! Also, massive thanks for my Versatile Blogger Award from Beauty by Elyse – if you want some great beauty tips then her site has loads to offer…or just go check out her amazing eyelashes (only slightly jealous honest…!)

Awards are fabulous for promoting bloggers and who doesn’t like receiving praise? I also understand though that many find them a little time consuming or don’t enjoy the ‘chain blog’ nature of them. Therefore, I’ve decided to cheat / break the rules a little for my responses. Firstly, I’ve chosen a selection of my favourite questions from each lovely lady to answer. Secondly, I’m not so much nominating as drawing your attention to some awesome blogs. Each person I’ve chosen I enjoy reading on a regular basis – if any of them would like participate in either (or both!) award, then super, but I understand they may also have already been nominated and won’t want to repeat it. Please check them out though and show them some love. 🙂

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