The interlude blog

By: sandiquiz , 3:39 PM GMT on August 07, 2014

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As promised, I only left the 100 year Anniversary of WW1 blog on display for a few days,
And until I get around to writing the next blog....on "something completely different" .....here is a return to the Coffee Blog:-)





Café au lait (French for 'coffee with milk') is a French coffee drink. The meaning of the term differs between Europe and the United States; in both cases it means some kind of coffee with hot milk added, in contrast to white coffee, which is coffee with cold milk in the UK, but may be cold milk or more usually a whitener added in the USA.





So.... stop by, leave a post, or not, enjoy the company, and the coffee (or tea), and just "chill out"!


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88. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
2:36 PM GMT on August 23, 2014
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87. barbamz
9:01 AM GMT on August 23, 2014
Wow, seems to be a very rich harvest of photos, Sandi! I'm really looking forward to see them.
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86. sandiquiz
9:18 PM GMT on August 22, 2014
Thank you Pros, GG, Bug, Jane, Shirley and Ylee.... I am home safe and will, hopefully, time permitting, post part one of the "travel-log" tomorrow.

There are too many photos for one blog, so I shall split it into three or four...part one, 'sea and sky', followed by 'Beth Chatto gardens', 'Constable country' and finally 'Quaint England'!!

SkyBlue..... Thank you !!!!
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85. Proserpina
1:50 PM GMT on August 22, 2014
SkyBlue, I am so jealous that you get to be with Sandi! Please hug each other for me! I am sure your lunch will be wonderful and I can smell the aroma from the bread, well almost. Have a great visit you two beautiful ladies!
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84. GardenGrrl
1:29 PM GMT on August 22, 2014
Hi Sandi, Welcome Back :D
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83. SkyBlue17
7:32 AM GMT on August 22, 2014
Good morning Sandi. You will most probably see this when you come hom this evening or tomorrow morning! :)
We are so looking forward to your visit with us. The bread is proving as I type!
I have so much to catch up on...I will need to read back later on.
I have three scrapbooks I need to fill with recipes. It's for C, S and H. I will type up all the recipes and have little photographs of fun things with them and then put in the plastic pockets. C has become quite the handy person in the kitchen...and so much less fussy!! She even eats things now, she wouldn't before. R's very positive influence. :)
Well, pudding to make, so off I go. See you soon! :)
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82. Proserpina
9:57 PM GMT on August 21, 2014
Came here to wish you a safe trip and see that you are already there. You took the long way there but you are safe and enjoying the area already. Can't wait for the photos! Have fun and see you soon.
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81. WeatherWise
9:53 PM GMT on August 21, 2014
Hi Sandi, KNow all about starting at wrong end and the extra time it takes to get back. Ha....at least you were in your car. We are hot temps today....with promise of hotter tomorrow. Enjoy the coast!


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80. palmettobug53
5:33 PM GMT on August 21, 2014
Oooh... Sounds like you're off to a good start.

Glad you got there safely and finally found your hotel. That sounds like something I'd do: start off on the wrong end of the road! lol
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79. Ylee
4:05 PM GMT on August 21, 2014
Enjoy your time off, Sandi! It sounds nice there!
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78. JanesVacation
11:58 AM GMT on August 21, 2014
Good to hear you arrived and so far it sounds like things are going well! I can't wait to see the pics when you return. Enjoy your time! The cool weather must be making you feel "fallish?"
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77. sandiquiz
5:34 PM GMT on August 20, 2014
Hi all

Made it to the hotel, eventually. Who would've known that "London Road" was 6 miles long, and of course, I started at the wrong end looking for the hotel!

I made it to the coast, where I parked and had a wonderful walk on the cliff top, watching the boats coming and going on the sea.

After a tasty lunch, I drove 10 miles inland and manage to find Beth Chatto gardens. It was very pleasant wandering around pristine lawns and colourful borders. I then treated myself to a pot of tea and cream scone before heading to the hotel.
As I said earlier it was difficult to find. I planned to be here for 430, so I could rest up before dinner, but it took me ages to do 3 (as the crow flies) miles between the gardens and the hotel!

Time for a quick shower and a change of clothes before I wander out into the reception area and investigate one of the two dining rooms!

Wish me luck!
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76. BriarCraft
10:33 PM GMT on August 19, 2014
I can hardly wait for your visit to the Constable country. It is exciting that you are going where you have not previously been. If you are like me, you have spent countless hours researching the area, identifying places you want to go and things you want to see. Even then, I always find a surprise or two, something totally unexpected, that makes the trip truly worthwhile. I hope you have an absolutely wonderful time.

On Thursday, I will join you on shootaboot, taking my camera for a fun day in and around Grays Harbor on the Washington coast. The reason for my trip is to fetch home fresh albacore for home canning, but most of the day will be spent wandering here and there, looking for interesting birds and landscapes to photograph. Having the camera along makes me be more inquisitive and also to really look at what is around me in far more detail than I ever did before the advent of modern cameras.

One thing is certain, I am looking forward to your next blog.
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75. Thoughtsteader
7:17 PM GMT on August 19, 2014
I saw a suggestion at Bug's that you're all ready to go, and here I see it confirmed. Good for you -- and why am I not surprised?

I just got run in by non-forecast rain, so I have an hour to enjoy a coffee and a browse while things dry out. Your mention of cool weather confirmed something else I saw. Snow is forecast for Scotland - can you believe that? I read in The Mail that there is a couple of weeks of nasty weather ahead. Snow? August? My goodness.

On the other hand, I swear I heard an osprey yesterday. They usually arrive with the first cold fronts in October, or late September. Maybe there is a cold winter coming up. I hope not.

Have a wonderful trip -- and be careful!
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74. Proserpina
1:27 PM GMT on August 19, 2014
Good morning. This morning I would like a caffe' latte by your gravel path!
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73. sandiquiz
1:14 PM GMT on August 19, 2014
Hi Jane,

I have a friend, used to be a colleague years ago, who is still teaching, 60% timetable and will be 71 in February! I don't know how she does it!

I love my 'retired' freedom. My friend came to teaching late, ie at 39 after having her children, so has only been teaching 31 years, I began teaching at 21 and taught 37 years, non-stop, so was "burnt out"! I didn't even have the advantage of time off for maternity or to bring up children! lol

Our August has been wet and cold, unlike the warmth we expect. They did say on the weather forecast today that it is the Jet stream has dropped south, bringing cold, Arctic air in to he UK... perhaps it is doing the same in Michigan!

Thanks Data:)
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72. DataPilot
1:11 PM GMT on August 19, 2014
Sending best wishes for a thoroughly enjoyable vacation, Sandi!
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71. JanesVacation
12:22 PM GMT on August 19, 2014
Yesterday I was thinking that about one teacher who was "forced" to retire this year - she just loved teaching and never really wanted to stop. Then several other teachers who will return kicking and complaining. Life is complicated. I am like Karen and enjoy life teaching without the long, hard hours of a classroom teacher. Thanks to technology, I can plan, grade and communicate with parents/students/collegues from home. I also feel like I am a good "deal" because I'm also a 49%.

Raining hard here this morning. A break is predicted and then more rain this afternoon. I have to mow the lawn every 5 days now with all of the rain. August is usually a dry and hot month.
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70. sandiquiz
11:02 AM GMT on August 19, 2014
Afternoon, just!

What a busy morning, but now, at noon, I shall have some lunch and relax all afternoon! lol

Hi To Shirley, GG, Karen, Ylee, Poppy and Bug... I will be back, with info for two or three new blogs, by Saturday.

Hope everyone has a good week:)
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69. Ylee
3:00 AM GMT on August 19, 2014
Will today be as bad as yesterday? We shall see! :' )
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68. calpoppy
12:13 AM GMT on August 19, 2014
Sounds like a great time with an old friend and now a short vacation to look forward too! Have a safe and fun holiday, Sandi. I don't think you leave until Wednesday but in case I don't get back I hope the weather cooperates!!!
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67. WeatherWise
11:58 PM GMT on August 18, 2014
Have a great holiday, Sandi! Sounds like a lovely place to visit!

Is this a road trip or a train trip?

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66. sandiquiz
9:26 PM GMT on August 18, 2014
Oops, It is now tomorrow and I haven't managed to sit down at the computer al day! And tomorrow might be as bad! So glad I am going away for three days, I need a REST!!
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65. palmettobug53
4:30 PM GMT on August 18, 2014
Glad you two had a blast!
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64. sandiquiz
9:58 PM GMT on August 17, 2014
Hi all,

I arrived back about two hours ago, chatted to C, answered some mails, watched TV for a while and now 'up the apples'.
I had a great time, we sat around the table for FIVE hours!!!, I will not want to eat for a week!!!

Back tomorrow to answer any queries and/or posts.

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63. SBKaren
9:18 PM GMT on August 17, 2014
Hi Sandi!

I want to pop in about vacations. I'm more of the traditionalist. I love our longer summer vacations. I know that it's not necessarily good for kids to have so much free time, but honestly, at least around here, they stay pretty busy. That could be a southern California thing, but the kids around here are pretty active. We have a Junior Guards program that lasts 5 (or maybe it's 6) weeks long. The kids meet on the beach every day from 9AM-noon and they run, learn ocean safety and of course have fun. My youngest daughter did it eons ago, and it completely wore her out.

All the libraries host reading programs, and there are day camps in abundance. Again, maybe that's a SoCal thing....but I don't think so.

We also offer a four week summer school. The real summer school is for students that are recommended for it (need assistance, more time, additional help to catch up). There is no charge for that one. But we also have an Educational Foundation that offers many different types of classes over the summer. These are paid classes, so completely optional.

**All that said, one of the elementary school's in our district is on a year round schedule....but only 1 out of 6! All the other elementary, two middle and one high school follow the traditional school schedule.

I haven't been in the classroom for 6 years now, but when I was I literally could not think of anything but school, planning, reading, grades, etc. for the entire school year. I would work on school work until 9PM every night (grading, etc) A little break (think winter break of spring break) just allowed me more time to do more in depth planning. I didn't stop thinking about school until 2 weeks after summer began. I NEEDED that break to regain my sanity and who I was!!!

Now my job is completely different. I still do planning at home, but I've gotten to the point where I just fine tune what I do from year to year so I grow with the educational changes. I never give homework, all the work my students do for my projects are done at school. I do have a lot of grading/paper overseeing, but I try to keep up with it and do it at work. Since I see whole grade levels, there is NO WAY I could bring home, for example, all the 5th grade projects (that would be over 120 folders!). Can't be done. So, when I have the primary classes in listening to stories, I try to sneak in some reading. I get an hour every week for planning, so I do it then as well. And then, of course, there is after school. Contractually we are done at 2:25.....but it's pretty rare for me to get home before 5!

And all that on a 49% paycheck.....they are getting such a deal! LOL

Off tomorrow for our last getaway....and I think you are too. I hope to get back before all the craziness begins....but we'll see!
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62. palmettobug53
8:50 PM GMT on August 17, 2014
How was lunch with your friend?
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61. palmettobug53
2:45 PM GMT on August 17, 2014
You bad, bad girl, Sandi; you read one of your traveling books before you left.

It sounds like something I'd do! An unread book at hand is a temptation.

Before that cruise Hubby and I went on with Dad and Smom in 2007, I went to the used book store and bought several paperbacks for some leisurely deckchair or before bed reading. I had to hide them from myself, so that I wouldn't read them before we left.

On our last day onboard, I donated them to the ship's library. I can't really remember if I'd read them all or not but I didn't need to bring them home. I'd read the ones I was most interested in first, anyway.

I see you're leaving on your trip to Constable Country Wednesday. Look forward to hearing about your trip.

Do you think C and Max will behave while you're gone? lol

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60. GardenGrrl
9:59 AM GMT on August 17, 2014
HI Sandi, sounds like quite the road trip. I have another friend who moved here from another state after her partner of twenty something years died. Kind of a geographical cure of sorts. She is working to get her teaching certificate for Texas. Like your friend, she is tired of teaching but if she puts in x amount of years here she will qualify for the pension. Hmmmm I sure know a lot of teachers.
Hope you have fun on your visit.
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59. Ylee
7:08 AM GMT on August 17, 2014
I'd bet Bob Cratchit would be a temp worker today, lol!

Have a nice visit!
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58. sandiquiz
6:59 AM GMT on August 17, 2014
Good morning!

Suddenly realised I didn't come to my own blog yesterday. I downloaded two books to my iPad to read while I'm away next week. The only problem is, I read one of them yesterday! LOL

Data I remember when I was teaching that the children would follow the number of national holidays the Japanese had. They get something like 27 days a year, silly things like 'grandma day' and 'cherry blossom time' day!

There are certain companies in this country who do not give paid holiday. It isn't supposed to happen, but can get around it by givin the employee a temporary contract! Each year, the employee has to face whether they will get another, temporary, contract.

Oh Ylee. I know you work day and night. LOL

Jane. I suppose you are right. The teachers who I have known in my career who were not organised, were the ones who couldn't control their classes, always complained of having too much to do, and usually the ones who had the most time off work!

Teaching the subject I did, I needed to be organised. I think if I hadn't been an organised person I might of gone under even earlier than I did! In the end, I was wearing three'hats" and I never knew which I was wearing, when!

Enjoy the last week of your "vacation" :-)

GG . When I was at college, training to be a teacher, I had an English lecturer who said teaching was the hardest job on the planet!

She said it consisted of the four 'P's - planning, preparation, presentation and perspiration!

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I have been invited out to lunch today with one of my ex-colleagues from the school, who unlike me is not old enough to retire, although she would love to! She says teaching has become a chore, and unfortunately, when it does, and is not enjoyable any more, it becomes the most tiring occupation you can imagine.
So I am leaving home in about an hour, driving south for 50 miles to get to her house. I guess there will be lots of chatting and catching up to do so might not be back until late.

I will report in when I'm back.

Hope everybody has a happy Sunday :-)
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57. GardenGrrl
5:25 PM GMT on August 16, 2014
Good Morning. I have a friend that teaches college and poor thing does not get nearly the kind of vacation one would expect. Sometimes I wonder why she doesn't go back to work in the private sector because she puts so much work into lessons, grading, research etc. Then again I guess that is part of teaching and she enjoys it.
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56. JanesVacation
1:47 PM GMT on August 16, 2014
"Vacation" seems to be a topic forming on your blog. Yes, teachers get a lot of vacation - I actually think they get too much. But, I also do planning and prep during the summer. Technology has made it easy to check my school email daily and to also research and plan for the school year while I am enjoying summer break. Do I think year around school would be a good idea for kids...YES! I sincerely believe kids need to be in school to learn and they waste too much time over the summer. Not many kids work on their parents farm anymore like 40 years ago. I taught summer school for several years, but now I rest up and get ready to jump in with both feet when school begins.

I loved your comment about being "organized." Many, many teachers have this issue. (And librarians!) I personally don't think it is a problem unless it interferes with your life. Although, my husband might say it interferes a bit with HIS life. Did I say "a bit?" LOL Anyway, it made me smile.
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55. Ylee
3:07 AM GMT on August 16, 2014
I've taken one vacation day this year. I may take another in December! :' )
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54. DataPilot
12:51 AM GMT on August 16, 2014
As teachers with lots of holiday, it is difficult to understand how anyone who only gets four weeks, or even less, holiday cope.

Where I work, new employees get a total of 15 days of paid vacation and holiday leave per year, with the amount increasing gradually in tandem with the employee's seniority. That's fairly typical for many large US firms. But a significant percentage of employers don't provide any paid vacation or holiday leave whatsoever, which is quite a shock for people from countries where paid leave is guaranteed by law.

This is one area where the US lags behind all other 1st world countries.

World's Most Paid Vacation Days: Europe Guarantees Most Paid Leave For Workers

I wish I could say that I don't work while I'm on vacation, but, alas, I am guilty. Although, I am now learning that I need to set a better example for my employees. If I work while on vacation, they get the idea that they're supposed to, too, even though I really don't expect it of them.
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53. sandiquiz
10:10 PM GMT on August 15, 2014
Jane, we were having a decent summer until we hit August. The last two weeks have been miserable - cold, wet, stormy, windy, and just downright miserable!
As teachers with lots of holiday, it is difficult to understand how anyone who only gets four weeks, or even less, holiday cope.

I know when I was teaching people used to say "teachers have too much holiday", but I used to work right through my summer holiday, planning lessons and marking coursework. I think if I took two weeks as a break each summer, I was lucky.

GG it is amazing how much information I have actually found online from the census, employment and parish records.
I am able to write with authority at least 120, maybe 150 years.
Further back than that, I have to "hazard a guess"!!

I have looked at that photograph, which actually is only about 2" x 1.5" in size, with a magnifying glass. I have worked out that he might be holding a book, and she has her hand on his arm and is holding a white lace handkerchief.

I could be wrong, and an alternative suggestion is that he has a white handkerchief in his jacket pocket, which like her coat, is blowing in the wind!!
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52. GardenGrrl
7:40 PM GMT on August 15, 2014
What a cool find. Am trying to figure out what she has in or on the hand tucked under new hubbys arm. When you put this all together with the stories it is going to be a real family treasure. Guess some of the things you will have to speculate on a bit to make the stories more complete for the history of the time period and what you know of the personalities involved.
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51. JanesVacation
4:19 PM GMT on August 15, 2014
Too cold for swimming again today. We had a record low last night of 47F. This is definitely the coldest summer in recent memory. Steve has only 4 weeks of vacation, too. Our holiday part of the year is actually right now. September is Labor Day on the first Monday and then a 4 day Thanksgiving holiday in November. He will also save several days to use at Christmas. Our big vacation "drought" is from Jan 2 all of the way until Memorial Day on the last Monday in May. That is such a long stretch and this year he didn't take a single day off. Yikes! He is the biggest workaholic I know. Really, it is ridiculous.

Yes, one more week -
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50. sandiquiz
1:06 PM GMT on August 15, 2014
GG - I am using info collected on Ancestry.co.uk and from The Forces Records for my information, but the way I am putting it together is all my own words, using photos we had in the old family album.

For instance, I found this one last week tucked behind another photo. I had never seen it before! It is badly worn, but it is my grandparents' wedding, back in March 1922.... 92 years ago!

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49. GardenGrrl
4:46 PM GMT on August 14, 2014
Hi Karen, that is actually a really cute new born. (Usually they are kind of scary looking and I have to make up compliments)

Hi Sandi, They have certainly introduced some complexity to putting together an analog family album these days.
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48. sandiquiz
12:31 PM GMT on August 14, 2014
Hi Karen , thank you for the photos, what a beautiful baby she is:)

Have fun on your break, you have had a difficult year, and deserve it,and I am glad to hear your mum has settled down and enjoying life again!

Take care :)
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47. SBKaren
9:31 PM GMT on August 13, 2014
Hi Sandi -

I probably won't surface until after you get the pictures up anyway! Remember, school starts for me that weekend after you return too! Then the following weekend we are finally going to disperse the ashes of my brother and nephew. It was just to traumatic to do it earlier in the year when we wanted. That was when my mother was going through all her trials and tribulations. Too many visits to the ER, too many overnight stays in the hospital. It was a very trying 4 months - the beginning of this year was.

I'm happy to say that she has settled quite nicely into her assisted living place and is so busy I can rarely catch her on the phone in her room. That is a very good thing! I honestly wasn't sure what kind of a turn she was going to take. Wasn't sure if she would continue her downhill slide, or climb up out of it. But she did....whew.

And now we have a new baby in the family. My niece (my oldest brother's only daughter) gave birth while we were in Tahoe. I have plans to visit the baby this Friday. My other niece, on my step-sister's side, is also ready to pop! This is just what this family needed. Here is a picture of Liliana.




And here she is with my mom, so this is my mom's third great-grandchild! First girl!


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46. sandiquiz
4:04 PM GMT on August 13, 2014
Hi Ylee - went to make a coffee, answered a phone call, answered the door to some jerk who wanted me to donate to this or that charity, ( I wasn't really listening), played with Max for a while to shut him up, and then thought I better get dinner prepared... so the family story still awaits me to carry on! lol

I am going to lock myself away tomorrow!


GG - Oh, you know exactly what I mean! I bought the scrap album to enclose all the original photos I have used to make the Family story.

The printed, A4 sized sheets are to go in a folder with plastic wallets . BUT there is another issue. I ordered quite an expensive one, black leather, with 36 pockets, so it will hold 70 sheets, back to back..... and the darn thing arrived and had the pockets put in upside down! They open at the bottom when you open the folder. It wouldn't matter too much but the front had an opening for you to slide in a photo, or the title or whatever - it would look rubbish on the back!! So I am using it back to front for the moment to keep the 34 sheets I have printed clean, and will have to buy another one. This time I will get it from Staples, and make sure it opens the right way!!! lol
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45. GardenGrrl
2:26 PM GMT on August 13, 2014
LOL the scrap book trap at the crafts store. They have an entire wall of the special sized paper in every style and design you can think of. There is a small shelf with actual scrap books, the rest of the section was filled with things to put in it besides your pictures. I was too overwhelmed by all the complexity. Just wanted a photo album. 0^0
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44. Ylee
2:17 PM GMT on August 13, 2014
Carry on, and good luck!
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43. sandiquiz
1:03 PM GMT on August 13, 2014
Afternoon to all,

Linda - It was the Khan academy that the on line Future Learn linked me to when I needed to brush up on my Geometry and algebra before beginning the course. I agree, it is a good site.
As for Coding, I decided it wasn't for me, and I am looking forward to beginning the history course on "Hadrian's Wall", which begins at the end of September.

Ozgalah - I just hope the weather is good, and suitable for Constable type photos! lol

Karen - You will have to wait a week or two... I go next week, then I have something on all weekend as soon as I come back! so it might be two weeks before all is sorted... but we will see.


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I went out this morning and bought some coloured sheets to slide inside a scrap book I had already purchased. The book is an unusual size, and A4 sheets slide about. So they get you to by the book.. then expect you to purchase special sheets to fit in! Got you both ways!!

Back to the Family Story.....
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42. SBKaren
12:58 AM GMT on August 13, 2014
Can't wait to see the photos of your next trip! I'll try to post some too, but just a couple of days after we return I'm back to work, and you know how the beginning of the year is!

Thoughtsteader - we have the Kahn Academy app on all our iPads. I've known about it for a few years, but never really spend a lot of time on it, mostly because I'm not a classroom teacher. But I know a lot of our teachers use it.

Sandi - I was reading in a magazine that there is an app for coding. I thought of you and should have written it down, but alas, I did not! But do a search in the app store, I believe it was free!
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41. ozgalah
11:08 PM GMT on August 12, 2014
Hi Sandi, any trip is something to look forward too! I must admit despite the dreadful crowd it was quite a buzz to see the Mona Lisa and to stand by Monets lily pond! Busy, busy day AGAIN today including my least favourite job grocery shopping!
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40. Thoughtsteader
6:29 PM GMT on August 12, 2014
Hi, Sandi ~ I'm tickled to death to hear about your trip to "Constable country." As long as you don't get nipped by a constable, all will be well!

I've come across something that might be of interest to you, if you don't know about it. NumberWise told me about a site called Khan Academy, that's used by all sorts of people who need educational tools: homeschoolers, people looking for an introduction to a new field, old geezers and geezerettes who've decided to go back and learn what they didn't learn in school, etc. (That would be me. I'm finally going to learn algebra, geometry, etc. I have a ways to go after taking my placement test and getting put in the arithmetic class, but I'm having great fun with it.)

Anyway, I saw they have computer classes, including animation, and lots of other things, which you can see here. I haven't looked closely at the computer programming section, but the way they've set up the math is wonderful. You get a series of problems focused in a certain area, and attempt to solve them. If you need a hint, they provide a few. And if you don't have a clue, there's a video for each section that serves as a little tutorial.

There's lots of feedback all the way through. And the computer animation pages seem to be divided between the code one side and the design on the other, so you can see exactly what's happening. Cool!

But I'm going to stay focused on my fractions, decimals, multiplying and dividing for the time being. After "arithmetic" comes math, then pre-algebra, then algebra and geometry. There's calculus and all that too, but I don't think I need that. On the other hand, who knows? As much fun as their learning programs seems to be, maybe I'll give it a try. I've already mastered 36% of the arithmetic level. ;)

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39. sandiquiz
10:57 AM GMT on August 12, 2014
What's a lots of visitors to reply to :-)

GG no, I haven't gone on my "photographic Jaunt" yet - next Wednesday, the 20th.
Yes, I was lucky with the moon, as Bertha had been producing cloud cover all day until about 9:30 at night.

I see I shall have to raffle Max off! I might make enough money to go away for five days instead of three! LOL

Jane, hello, I bet it is quiet at your house now your guests have left. Did you have a lovely time with your daughter?
I promise to take my camera, or maybe even two, and I will take lots of pictures to enable you to see where I have been so you can come "holidaying with me"!

Pros - I have put two chairs, with comfy cushions, by the pond. There is a small table laid with tray and china cups - all it needs now is your company! :-)

Poppy - thanks for your kind words about my moon. I still haven't worked out how to get the best from my new camera, but it doesn't seem to do a bad job, and the extra super zoom really is superb!

Ylee - LOL, I promised to take my camera and to bring it back!
Yes, I love that latest picture of Max, it expresses exactly how he often looks!!!

Shirley. Welcome back, I am glad to read that you had a lovely time in Washington DC. Sounds as though your temperatures the last two weeks have been about what ours have been!

Visiting places you knew about is always interesting, and having family along too, would've made it even better for you, I am sure.

Briar - I am sorry to read that your air is full of smoke. I hope you get some rain soon that will actually help dampen down the wildfires.

Your moonshots were fantastic. Not only were they clear, they showed a progression based on the camera settings, which I thought was a wonderful idea!

Ozgalah - like you, I love John Constable's work. I remember, at about the age of 19, while I was doing my first year at college, we went to the National Gallery. To see the real Haywain, in all its original glory, is something I will never forget.

Jane, thank you, I'd love to see your daughter's photos, if you can find them. I was lucky on Sunday evening as cloud covered the sky all day until about bedtime! I looked out of the kitchen window, saw the moon so grabbed the camera and out I went.
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38. GardenGrrl
10:15 AM GMT on August 12, 2014
If you are off on your adventure be safe.
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