Something interesting hit my email inbox this week. It was the announcement of the new Children’s Laureate: Lauren Child.
Lauren is the fourth illustrator to take this role. You may remember that the last Children’s Laureate was Chris Riddell, also an illustrator. I posted about it two years ago. Time has definitely flown by.
Lauren Child is famous for creating the cute characters of Charlie and Lola back in the year 2000. I was too old to be reading those kinds of books. However, I do remember seeing them everywhere! I used to have stationary with the characters on because they are just unbelievably adorable. She was awarded this title at a celebration event in Hull as well. My very own doorstep.
Congratulations Lauren! You’ll do an amazing job! Anything that gets young people passionate about reading is essential. As a teacher, it’s one of the things I’m most passionate about. Thankfully she shares and continues to promote the need for books in young people’s lives.
“Although there were all these terribly gloomy stories about the book disappearing, that hasn’t happened. I think it’s because, particularly for little children, holding a book is such a physical experience. I think the beauty of a world that’s contained in a few pages is quite amazing.”
Enjoy your weekend everyone! Read plenty.
Big love xx
Just as I was going to bed last night, I heard about the terrible events in London. Thankfully, my friends in London are all safe. But there were some that did not make it home last night. Yet again, I am dumbfounded and a tiny bit broken.
I’m struggling to find words again to comprehend or explain. None of us want to live in a world of fear, where ever we are situated. So again, I want to spread love and peace to you all.
I was talking about this with a friend this morning. He helped me to see that there are more acts of kindness than acts of hate, we just don’t hear about them.
So my focus today is this. Hold onto those little acts of kindness, make someone smile. Hold someone tightly and let them know how much they mean to you. Help a stranger. Do something for someone else. Together, we are stronger.
Big love x
It’s the last day of May and more importantly for me, my Dads birthday. As you probably know, we are huge National Trust fans so a birthday was excuse to visit a new place today: Croome.
As soon as we arrived and saw the view, I could literally feel my breath leave my body. It was just stunning. It was a shame it was a cloudy day, but we could just see the Malvern Hills in the background.
There’s a lot to discover at Croome. This used to be a secret wartime airbase where thousands of people used to work. You can relive the memories in the museum which is full of interesting, historical features. I loved seeing the uniforms and the emotional telegrams as seen below.
The property, Croome Court, lies in the centre of the woodland. This used to be the home of the Earls of Coventry but it tells the tale of huge loss. Nevertheless, the outer of the building was visually impressive. Yet due to debt, the majority of the rooms were empty. This place requires imagination to recreate this in your minds from its hay day. My favourite features are the fireplaces. These are a couple of my favourites.
The parkland was the best part. Green land everywhere, with lovely spring flowers. The smells, the fresh air – perfect for blowing the cobwebs away. The path leads to a beautiful lake with a fascinating Chinese bridge.
I felt completely at peace today. There really is nothing better than walking around, at your own pace, soaking the freshness in.
Really this place needs another visit just to see the rest of the land. For today it was just perfect to have family time.
For more information please visit: National Trust Croome.
I hope May has treated you all wonderfully. Yet again I feel like it’s flown by.
So, here’s to June: sunshine, memories, happiness.
It is with a heavy heart and tear filled eyes that I write this post. I’m struggling with what is happening in the world. I don’t understand why we have such sadness. Naturally, I’m a ‘fixer’. I have a deep need within me to fix things, to make things better. Yet, today I can’t seem to do it.
You will have probably heard on the news about the terrorist attack in Manchester. I’m utterly broken. That concert was full of innocent children and teenagers watching one of their idols. I’m sure the majority of us can all relate to that. They were happy. Then everything changed in an instant. It’s funny, I tell my students to never write such clichés but here I am doing it myself. I can’t find the words. I don’t know what to say. I’m empty.
Every attack we all feel: London, Paris, Manchester, anywhere in the world. It is wrong. It is heart breaking. But I really really struggle when it’s children; the epitome of innocence.
Hate can not win. We are together. We must love more. I don’t have anyone to hold tonight, but if you do, hold them just that second longer. Because you can.
Big love x
I hope you’re all doing well. It’s the last weekend of my Easter holiday and the sun was shining again! I had to make the most of this so I took my parents to Coughton Court.
We’ve visited here a number of times so we didn’t focus on the house. Instead, because it was so sunny, we took the opportunity to go on a number of walks. The first part we went to see was The Walled Garden.
I suffer from hay fever so sometimes I get really sneezy. However, today I could smell the beautiful flowers. I love this time of year!
Another walk we did was The Riverside Walk. Being near water always makes me feel tranquil and calm. I have no idea why, but I always feel better by water. We had some lovely ducks accompanying us.
Sometimes I feel like I really take these places and family time for granted. Time is always moving and I really miss days out and time with those who mean the most because I’m working. However, this makes up for it! Making memories!
For more information on this beautiful, historical venue please click here.
Have an amazing weekend lovely people!
Big love! Xx
How are you all? Today was amazing because the sunshine came out so I finally got chance to get on the Big Wheel in Stratford.
Firstly, the river and theatre looked beautiful. It really is quite breathtaking.
I have to say, it was amazing. The views were stunning. Apologises about some of the glare on the photos. However, it doesn’t matter. It was just lovely. I genuinely have so much love for my home. For a price of £5 we spent about 5 or so minutes going around, taking in the scenery.
I had the best time. There’s always so much to see. The town was thriving today as well. This Wheel caused a lot of controversy with the locals. Yet, I loved it. I see it as a positive to see the amazing views of our town. It made me incredibly humble for what I’ve got on my doorstep.
Finally, my mum took this photo of me. It’s not horrendous but I wasn’t feeling particularly well as it was rocking at the top! A sunny but breezy day.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these pictures. I loved it I have to say!
Big love all xx
Happy Easter! I wanted to send you all my well wishes for this day. Whether you’re religious or not, there is always a good vibe about this time of year.
I hope your day was peaceful and wonderful. For me I had a lovely lunch with my Momma and then visited the family. My last job today is to send you all my well wishes from me and my lovely Easter rabbit, Smudge.
Big love all xx