We travelled far - all round the room

Jun. 23rd, 2017 09:54 am
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Last week was badge night.  We had a special badge tester in - an ex-guider - to do a lot of the testing, and we picked up a few.  We were all, including our tester, extremely impressed with the variety of badges the Brownies had chosen, and the standard they achieved.  Just so you know what a Brownie can do, with a little help at home, here's the full list: Booklover, Cook (more buns, colourfully iced), Fire Safety (which last week proved very appropriate), Sport (Football - most of it signed off by her coach, I did the final clause), Brownie Skills, Home Skills, Hostess (2 of, cups of tea for all leaders), Craft (3 of), Designer, Friend to Animals (she's adopted a cheetah - the toy version came in), and Wildlife Explorer.

And this week we all worked for our World Traveller badge.  Once their passports had been issued, the Brownies were divided into three groups (one of the sixes was split to join the other three sixes) to tackle three tasks (aka badge clauses).  The first task was to play Kim's Game, which is where a selection of items are laid on a tray, and the girls had to remember and list them afterwards.  There were a selection of souvenirs from various countries, together with cookery and guide books; one of my dragons and Edel Lion came to help.  The Brownies individually listed what they could remember and then each group combined their list to see if they'd remembered everything.  Each group managed 15 out of the 17 items, which is good.  Strangely, they all forgot the suntan lotion.

The next task was a quiz identifying which countries the international car registration marks related to.  I had chosen all European countries, some easier than others, including GBZ for our recent transfer from Gibraltar.  Two of the groups managed quite well, with some surprises as to who knew what.  One group floundered, but Brown Owl was there to assist.

The final task gave each girl a cardboard doll to colour with the correct uniform for a Brownie (or the equivalent) from around the world.  My flist, as ever, turned up trumps, so I had details from Ireland, France, Switzerland, USA, Canada and Australia for them to choose from.  On the back of the doll they wrote the country, the date when GirlGuiding started there, and what they would be called if they were guiding in that country.  For a simple task it was really popular and there were several requests to take the dolls home, which all of them did.

Lastly, they went into their two language groups, and after a quick revision, the French speakers and the Spanish speakrs faced each other, counted from one to ten, said Hello, Thank you, and Goodbye.  And a number of them looked pleased at what they'd remembered.

For each completed task they received a stamp on the back of their passports.  And with four stamps they all received a badge.  They then went home with badge, passport and doll, together with their individual badges for the week before.

World traveller

of handwaving students

Jun. 23rd, 2017 11:01 am
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I've been reading Harry Potter fanfiction where Hermione waves her hand in the air in her eagerness to answer questions, and it reminded me of a parent-teacher interview I had with my middle son's teacher in 6th grade.

"He wants to answer all the questions," said Mr D. "I had to explain to him that I know he knows the answer, but that everyone else in the class needs a chance to show what they can do so that I can teach them too."

Apparently my son considered this reasonable but then he went away and came back with a chart of hand-signals so that Mr D would know if he 'knew the answer', 'knew the answer but had something interesting to add', 'was not signalling about the answer but had something different to say' etc. There were about 10 signals.

I started to laugh. Then Mr D said plaintively, "I suppose I should feel honoured that he thinks I'm smart enough to learn all the signals..." and I just lost it. I laughed until the tears came to my eyes.

I love that boy and Mr D. was the best!
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 I've started this blogpost a couple of times, but couldn't decide what to ramble about.

Should I talk about spending my hard-earned cash (I'm getting a new phone, because shiny and on offer; and we're getting the gas boiler replaced)?  I could mention a little about my grandfathers and father and other relatives.  Maybe I could mutter about Dreamwidth, but really I've said most of it before.

I don't even have any memes lined up to do.

So instead I'm throwing it open to you, dear flist.  Is there anything you'd like to know about me?  Ask away, and I'll attempt to answer in the comments.  Or if I've got lots to say on the subject then I might even give it a post of its own.

ETA: I've just found a [community profile] holmestice  treat written for me, which is brilliant.  If you haven't seen it already, do take a look: The Case of the Six Marmalades

2nd ETA: Title changed in case anyone did.

A Saturday To Myself

Jun. 17th, 2017 04:54 pm
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SM has been off doing a singing workshop today, leaving me at home with nothing particularly pressing.  I have however been reasonably productive!

Apart that is from the usual puttering around on the internet, catching up with emails/LJ comments/fic reading, and the washing - which has dried nicely and is waiting for me to bring it in!

I have thought about the 'talk in the sermon slot' I'm doing next month and got an idea of where I'm going with it.  Have also thought about the talk for tomorrow's Combined Family Praise Fathers' (and Others') Day service.

I have written part of the chapter two of my Gen Bingo fic.  This is the one which follows on from Master Baggins the Baker's Son.  I have vague ideas, which are changing as I write, but so far I'm pleased with the way it's going.  Incidentally, Master Baggins is my most kudos fic for 2017, and my top five kudos fics this year are all The Hobbit and Bagginshield.

I have done the edits for my Not Prime Time exchange fic, with many thanks to [personal profile] thewhitelily  for her hard work in beta-ing it and saying 'this needs another sentence of explanation/reaction'.  All very true - I particularly appreciate her help, since it was a fandom she doesn't know.

I have booked tickets for a play.  This is put on by a new company Elliot & Harper Productions at London's Wyndhams Theatre.  The play Heisenberg will star Anne-Marie Duff (the reason for booking) and Kenneth Cranham.  The company are the ones who will also be putting on a play directed by Yael Harper, in which there are rumours Richard Armitage will star.  But ignoring that possibility for the moment SM and I are going between Christmas and New Year, and having a couple of days in London as well, which should be good.  I can see the run up to Christmas being busy, and learning from Easter, having a proper break afterwards seems like a good idea.

And lastly, apart of course from writing this blog post, I have ordered the Active Kids equipment for the Sainsbury's vouchers we collected.  It was quite difficult to decide what to get, but in the end we're having an earth ball - a ball with a map of the world printed on it, which should be good both for games and when we talk about Brownies around the world.  They also do gardening equipment, so I've ordered a set of small plant pots and saucers which we can use for a craft/gift/activity.  And with the remaining vouchers I selected a stop watch - we've been using a phone as a timer, but this would be easier - and a couple of food containers, which we can use for general storage.  Not a bad haul at all.

Hope your're all having a good weekend too!

Two Months In

Jun. 14th, 2017 05:37 pm
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Two months since I set my goals for 2017/18 so time to see what progress has been made.

Goal No 1 - Write all the things

Wordage wise I remain on target, which is good.  I wrote slightly less in April, but picked up again in May.  And I've discovered AUs, of which up to now I've only written the occasional one.  Yes, I know the Ocelot Tales are AUs, but since Holmes and Watson remain more or less in character I don't class this as a pure AU.  Similarly Sussex Retirement, although not their actual retirement, is an extension of the characters' lives.  But since I've signed up to [community profile] whatif_au  apart from the inevitable Hobbit fic for 'Everyone Lives' AU, I've written a western AU (again for the Hobbit) and a soulmark AU (Spooks).

I have managed to add some more badges for [community profile] fan_flashworks  including the Unimaginable, which means I've written for every challenge for the past three years - yay!




Goal No 2 - A Monthly Pastoral Assitant Post

This I am doing, and there is another one scheduled to be written at the end of this month.  I'm pleased I'm committed to doing this, as it is keeping track of what and how much I'm involved in, otherwise I think I would assume I wasn't doing very much.


Goal No 3 - Try Twelve New Things

Two down, ten to go.  I've roughly sketched out what I shall try when, so the more craft based challenges will be spread out over the autumn/winter, rather than concentrated in three months.

I'm currently reading the book mentioned by DebrisWoman "You have breathe for no more than 99 words.  What would they be?"  My intention, as a writing exercise, is to take a number of the characters I write and let them write their 99 (or less) words.  If there's anyone you would particularly like to see, please let me know.