WWW Wednesdays (Sept 19)

Another fantastic Meme from Should be reading http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/www-wednesdays-sept-19/

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

*I’m reading Live Bait by P.J. Tracey. It’s a serial killer book, and is the second in a series. The first was fantastic. Unfortunately I have a rather hectic week so I have not managed to get much done.

*I’ll be honest I haven’t got much of a mojo so I havent read ANYTHING, let alone finish anything.  I’m determined to be able to answer this question next week.

*Umm tough question. I have a couple books I might read. I’m going to a massive second hand book shop with a friend on Friday so maybe I’ll get some inspiration there.  But at the moment my choices are: (Non Fiction) Vegetable Gardening for Dummies or (Fiction) Havoc in it’s third year – Ronan Bennett. Which reading the blurb is set in the 1600’s and revolves around a local coroner.

 

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Teaser Tuesday (Sept 18 )

 

 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.  http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com/

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

My current read is: ‘Live Bait’ by P.J. Tracy…  Page 12   http://www.amazon.co.uk/Live-Bait-P-J-Tracy/dp/0141011335/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347952983&sr=8-1

My two teasers are:

“Marty Pullman  was sitting on the closed toilet seat lid in his downstairs bathroom, staring down the muzzle of a .357 Magnum.”

“Marty froze , his  thumb quivering on the trigger.”

 

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PTA Charity Fundraising ideas: Book stall in Co-operative supermarket

In these difficult times it’s hard to raise funds for your charity or your school, which means we have to try and find different avenues to go down to try and find money. Last year I was pretty active in my kids school and was a member of the PTA. Unfortunately due to starting the process of teacher training I’m not going to be able to do so much but I thought I would give some other people ideas on how they could raise money.

This was the best of all the ideas so far and was actually by chance. I have to be careful not to name locations and people and establishments due to the wishes of some people but I will give enough information to help you out.

At our school we are raising funds for our new garden. A garden which was in the process of just starting. I went to my local Co-operative superstore who I heard had links with helping the local community especially projects that included gardening, healthy eating and food produce. Horrah! After a long conversation and a rahter passionate plea from me we had a brainstorming session at the end one of the ideas was to have a book stall in his store.

The book stall is at the front of the store and is in a prime location.  It’s just as you walk through the enterance. The table was supplied by the Co-op as was the charity buckets. The buckets are specifically for fund raising so no looking at all the money inside, and with a bike lock it’s really secure.

Because it is a charity and because it’s in a store it is on a ‘Suggested’ donation scheme. We asked for £1 adult books and 50p childs book. We do not constantly man the stall, and I’m sure some people don’t donate exactly the amount but I have been there when people have added more A LOT more.  Through the months of mid June to  early Sept we had raised over 1000 pounds!!!!!

We ask for donations for books on a regular basis through the school newsletter, where it states that books can be handed into school on just put on the book stall (We left a clear tub  so customers could donate their books) We founded that also by word of mouth and with regular ‘customers’ we also had third party donations. Also with the fantastic help of the Co-op manager he was able to get a steady flow of donations from the staff who also check the book stall and keep it tidy when us busy parents don’t have the time to come up.

We count the money on a regular basis on either a weekly or every fortnight depending again on the kids.

I would recommend going to your local co-op and asking if they will do the same. Anymore information please do not hesitate to leave a comment and I will give as much information and help as I can.

**Pictures coming soon****

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Friday Finds

FRIDAY FINDS is hosted by Should be reading  http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/friday-finds-sept-14/

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

So I have had no reading mojo for a while and I have no idea what I want to read.

So I called my friend. She lent me a book to try and get my mojo back it’s called:

Daughter of the Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Daughter-Smoke-Bone-Laini-Taylor/dp/1444722654/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347628278&sr=8-1

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Catwoman’s Book Review: The Chemistry of Death – Simon Beckett

Rating 9 out of 10

Synopsis:

Finding refuge in a quiet rural backwater, Dr David Hunter hoped he might at last have put the past behind him. But then they found what was left of Sally Palmer…

It isn’t just that she was a friend that disturbs him. Once he’d been a high-profile forensic anthropologist and all too familiar with the many faces of death, before tragedy made him abandon this previous life. Now the police want his help. But to become involved will stir up memories he’s long tried to forget. Then a second woman disappears, plunging the close-knit community into a maelstrom of fear and paranoia. And no one, not even Hunter, is exempt from suspicion.

Gruesome and gripping, this startling new British crime thriller has an unnerving and original twist.

My Review:

I’ve been reading Crime books for as long as I can remember, and I always find that if I have a disappearing mojo then I always go to my bookshelf and pick up a crime book. I always get excited when I find a new author that I can get absorbed with and this author will be one of them.

What a little Gem.

I’ve been finding lately that with some of the books that I have been reading the characters have been rather one dimensional. I’ve been struggling to find myself being one with a book. This book I felt like I was one of the villagers set in the book.  Hunter was a fantastic main character and there were some other minor characters who also had some lovely characteristics. Just like you would find in your local village. The storyline had many twists and turns and I found myself with more suspects than an a Christie novel. But don’t get me wrong, even with many characters and a village few of interwoven storylines, not once did I get lost, confused or a little hazy. Beckett wrote the book with perfection.

It had all the attributes of a good solid Crime novel. Why did I not give it a ten out of ten. Maybe because I have read better books. But just, only just and this was his debut novel.

I am so excited to read the next one!

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Holiday reading recommendations

So it’s that time of year again when it’s time to go away on holiday.

Normally I have travelled loads by this point, but this year has been a quiet six months for me. Which has, surprisingly been quite nice. This will be changing from this moment on.

Which leads me to the biggest dilemma for all book geeks. What books do I take. Firstly this is my first real long holiday with my third limb or as normally people call it, my Kindle. Which gives me more choice and more books to take.

My problem is that My mojo is not at it’s best and is quite selective with what it wants to read. so I’m gonna be sticking with Crime I think.

Anyone have any recommendations. I’ve just bought Stuart MacBride’s debut novel along with Meg Gardener.

Any suggestions much appreciated, even if it’s not crime but a book you have just read and would recommend.

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Teaser Tuesday

So I decided to do my first ‘Teaser Tuesday’ I hope it’s right!!!!

 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I have two current reads at present so I decided to go with my Fiction book which is this.

Infected by Scott Sigler

They dropped from the atmosphere like microscopic snow. Billions of seeds, smaller than specks of dust, spiralling down from the heavens. A few survived, and began to grow.

Now three people face a race against time. Dew Phillips, an agent with a classified unit of the CIA, and Margaret Montoya, a government biologist, must try to stop a modern plague that drives its victims to insanity, murder and suicide.

And Perry Dawsey, an ex-footballer in a dead-end job, must race to find a cure for the rash that has appeared on his arm. And his back. And his neck. And which is getting bigger.

And then the voices start.

My Teasers: From Page 119

“If this had happened to his leg,  had it also happened to…?”

“Might take a shot or two, but it probably wouldn’t be any worse than gonorrhea and syphilis tests he’d taken in college.”

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100 Skills Parents Should Teach Their Children

Topical Teaching

 

Courtesy of blog.sfgate.com:

  1. Love one another
  2. Tie shoes
  3. Swim
  4. Brush and floss daily
  5. Ride a bike
  6. Do a somersault
  7. Fly a kite
  8. Make a bed
  9. Read before going to bed
  10. Put your napkin in your lap at the dinner table
  11. Say please and thank you
  12. Cook a meal
  13. Watch TV (and play video games) in moderation
  14. Apply sunscreen
  15. Sew on a button
  16. Tell time using a non-digital clock
  17. Treat others with kindness and respect
  18. Blow a runny nose into a tissue
  19. Eat one bag (not three bags) of potato chips
  20. Throw a ball
  21. Skip a rock
  22. Jump rope
  23. Wipe from front to back
  24. Hammer in a nail
  25. Be a good sport
  26. Write a thank-you letter
  27. Iron a pair of pants
  28. Make healthy food choices
  29. Fix a leaky faucet
  30. Catch a fish
  31. Develop self control
  32. Resolve a dilemma
  33. Read a map
  34. Be respectful to elders
  35. Show compassion
  36. Apologize when…

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Our days out: Crealy “Devon’s Great Adventure Park

Please note that we went to Crealy on Sunday 22nd July 2012. So things may have changed since then!

http://www.crealy.co.uk/

The kids came home on the last day of term with a copy of Primary Times with a voucher for an offer for every person for £5, which in our eyes was a fantastic offer all round! We have been to Crealy for many years and love it more than some of the other adventure parks and family days out in the area. But we haven’t been for a couple years and we had heard that it had changed quite a bit, so this gave us an excuse to find out!

Lucky for us when we went it was sooo hot and sunny and perfect weather for a fun day out and a fab start to our Summer Holiday.

We arrived to what can only be described as a warm and enthusiastic welcome! With loud speakers, balloon making and some very friendly staff giving us details on the five pound offer.

Because of the super offer the gates were busy yet the long cues were quickly dealt with and we were inside the park very quickly. The people in the paying in kiosk were friendly polite and full of information about the events happening and the times.

We entered the park and yet again we were confronted with what could only be described as a party atmosphere, with the soundtrack to Pirates of the Carribbean sounding out of the park tannoys. We studied the free map that was given to us and already we had a list of places we wanted to go, some old family favourites and some new. First off the boys wanted to go on the Pirate Ship as they are huge Pirates fan. I decided to go on it as my back was a lot better (I tore a muscle in my lower back due to exercise and falling down rollerblading) and also it was good preparation for Florida. Silly me! The height and drop of the ship is not great, nor is the scare factor and smaller than the one at Legoland Windor, yet it is slightly jerky at the top of the swing and due to that I did seem to hurt my back and it did cause me some pain. Something to be aware of when riding the ride. This is however my stupid fault and not that of the park.

After that we decided to have quick cup of coffee and a sit down in the inside park and let the kids run some steam, while I tended to my battered aged ego. We found out that they sell an Unlimited refill cup o flask of coffee or tea. These are a fantastic price and we saved so much money on these. They are those cup flasks that you buy in home ware stores, that are used to keep a mug of coffee warm. They were able to buy at all the kiosks and there was no problem refilling them. I had coffee as the other family members had tea and hot chocolate. I recommend to keep your receipt just in case, and we had little stickers with the date on them also.

The indoor fun park that my kids went in was the bigger and in my view for the slightly older kids, With air blaster guns and padded climbing pieces, bridges and slides, my kids always have fun in them and it’s always hard to get them out. There is also a little kids play climbing wall. Which my youngest, who is now 8, enjoys climbing on. For his age, it’s a fairly easy climb yet lovely for the little ones to pursue.

After some air blasting it was time to take them to another part. The kids had a lovely time in the petting farm checking out all the animals. With loads of places around the exit to be able to wash their hands with antibacterial foam/ gel.  Next stop the VORTEX. Jonafang and his uncle went on this, and they came back buzzing, and was a huge hit with them.

Our favourite is the woodland challenge. We love how the whole family go across shaky bridges and hop, skip and SPLASH over the lake. It’s a wonderful little area of the park that I think is a rather undervalued part of the park.

After the adventures and Myself nearly falling in the water, it was time to head back and figure out what were having for lunch. Normally we make a small picnic up as there are loads of lovely places to eat lunch at Creely but this time we decided to get food there. There are a few places both in and out that are available at the Park all with different prices. There a indoor sit down all you can eat Pizza buffet, an American Diner, a beach bar and where we at was an ‘Oggy Oggy pasty’ Kiosk. It was so lovely that we wanted to just grab some pasties and sit on the grass. The sausage rolls and pasties were filling and tasty and at a very reasonable price too. Which I find is a rarity at times. After our food and because of where we were located teh kids had a long play in the massive outdoor Wild west play fort. They loved this new area. I found it was well made, and a nice extra to the vastly expanding park.  Great for kids of all ages with some great finishing touches great for roleplaying.

I would be here all day if I continued to talk about all the good things at the park. We spent the rest of the day feeding ducks, making sandcastles below the beach bar (Buckets and spades were supplied.) and doing rolly polys on the grass.

The atmosphere never wavered, and the staff we all friendly, kind and helpful and all conversations ended in a smile.

The end of our day ended up with a look in the shop. For a park shop, the toys and gifts were well priced, and because of that we bought some mementoes.

Overall, Crealy is a wonderful adventure park with numerous things to do. It maynot have as many Big rides like other places, but for us that isn’t what we look for, we look for family adventures, fun and laughter and things that we can all do together at the same time and that’s what Crealy offers.

Till next time Crealy!

 

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Our first Geocaching adventure!

So anyone been Geocaching before?

It’s something I had planned to do with the kids for a long time after watching an interview on BBC Breakfast a while back. If you don’t know what it is then this is the lowdown. Taking from the Geocaching Website. http://www.geocaching.com/

GEOCACHING is a free real-world outdoor treasure hunt. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS and can then share their experiences online.

The thing with geocaching is that it’s free! All you need is an device that has GPS on it. I use my iPhone 3G and it works super great! The app is free on iTunes, and you can also get apps for Blackberry and Android.

We went out on our first adventure a few weeks back and we were very successfull, but that oesn’t mean we are gonna stop, we intend to go back straight on the trail after our holdiay.

Anyone a Geocacher? Anyone thinking about doing it? Or comparing Geocach finds? Leave a comment! Tell us your stories!

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