Celestine feels swish in her black and green witch hat. All ready for Halloween.
This past weekend Henry and I went up to Derby to visit his mother. It was a fun weekend. We visited Bakewell and looked at Bakewell puddings and Bakewell tarts but ate neither. We parked in a muddy field, looked round a craft fair and farmers market, bought some whiskey based gifts, ate pasties for lunch and had tea and cake. (or rum truffle in my (and Celestine's) case)
(^^some of those photos are from a walk we went on last week, some are from Bakewell)
I have decided that I really like the Derbyshire countryside, all those rolling hills and windy roads and stone walls. Different front the countryside near where I live.
Also in Bakewell I discovered HAIR TINSEL!!! The sparkliest of sparkly hair extensions. I really want some now! I am going to have to investigate further... they were so dazzly.
On the Sunday Henry and I popped into Derby. We stopped at a stand in the mall called Chai Fusions because Henry loves tea and is interested in all different sorts of tea. The man there was so nice and explained how he made everything fresh and authentically to how they would in India. All the herbs and spices were laid out and he had a pan boiling to make the tea. We decided to sit down and have some. I am not really a tea person at all- I never drink it but I had some tulsi chai and it was delicious. It was SO aromatic and herby and well I can't really think of how to describe it. But it was extremely delicious. And also apparently a mood booster. And I did feel mood boosted after it! ALSO the man came and gave us a free samosa with some chickpea stuff and chutney etc to share as it wasn't very busy which was also nice. We bought some to take away for lunch. I recommend going to Chai Fusions if you happen to be in the Derby shopping centre! (Also we got a taste of some Masala Chai ice cream which was interesting- in a good way. Tea ice cream!)
^^ Celestine in the tea shop. She very much enjoyed herself in Bakewell.
What else? Other than going to Derby I have mainly been working (as usual- I know, boring update.) I have also been gemming a lot of things up of late. Mostly for work related things but also a couple of other things for my castle like the silver chair and the jewellery box. The jewellery box is going to be Celestine's Christmas present (shh!). She does love jewels! If you didn't already knowCelestine is in fact a jewellery designer. A designer of miniature jewellery of course!
So that is that.
Also Lately: Talking about jewellery I finally got around to getting a gold chain for my locket and so now I can finally wear it! Which is very pleasing for me // I looked at a lot of swarovski jewellery in Derby- oh the sparkles! // bought some Christmas presents (for myself! haha) // watched two horror films in Derby- The Ring and Mirrors // Henry got a new phone // Went to London and had a great evening with friends in Pizza Express // new jumpers // went on a very rainy walk in the bluebell wood...
That is all I can think to say of the fascinating things I have been up to lately...
Here's a picture of Celestine enjoying an Autumn walk. She was collecting berries. Of course she could only fit one berry in her little basket! But one berry is enough for Celestine. She boiled it up with some sugar and ate it for pudding.
Happy Halloween! (for tomorrow)
How much technology is too much technology? Studies show most kids now spend around 6 hours a day in front of a screen. But what would happen if you were asked to go without it? That's what happened in the UK recently in a special experiment by kids news show Newsround. Their reporter Ricky has the story.
GIRL: All my life I've either had a TV or a tablet by my side.
BOY: If I didn't use tech anymore I feel like I'd just sit in the corner and cry and wouldnt know what to do with myself.
GIRL 2: If I was not allowed to use tech anymore I'd be lifeless.
BOY 2: I'm addicted.
RICKY: I've come to this school in Wolverhampton to find out how much time you spend using technology every day outside of school. Each corner of this playground has a time attached to it. This lot are going to run to the corner which they think they spend looking at screens every day.
RICKY: Over 70 per cent of these year 7 pupils spend over 4 hours a day using their tech.
RICKY: These guys love using all their different gadgets, so what would happen if we took that tech away from them? Well, there's only one way to find out. We're going to split this class into three different groups today. Now the first group is going to be able to use technology whenever you want over the next three days. The second group will only be allowed to use technology for two hours a day over the next three days. Two hours. The final group won't be able to use any technology whatsoever for the next three days..
RICKY: It's only three days.
CERYS: Three days is like a year.
RICKY: OK, let's start. First one's up now. Shakiah, how would you feel if you couldn't use any tech whatsoever?
SHAKIAH: Be boring.
RICKY: You don't think you could do it? Well, let's find out what group you're in. So for 3 days what do you think you'll do instead?
SHAKIAH: I don't know, hide in my room or something.
RICKY: Think about the positives maybe you could go out and play.
RICKY: The thought of no tech for three days is unbearable for this bunch. And those restricted to just two hours a day on their devices aren't taking it any better.
CERYS: I'm going to miss out on like group chats. I just feel left out a lot.
RICKY: The kids facing a restriction on their tech usage may be dreading the next three days. But for some it's time to celebrate. Alex, you can use tech whenever you want.
ALEX: I feeling happy, cos I get to do what I always do. Just sit there and play my gadgets.
It's day one of the tech challenge, and Alex has wasted no time getting stuck in with his gadgets.
ALEX: I've been playing my tech since I woke up, so about five hours.
Alex is loving having no restrictions on his tech use, but for 12 year old Cerys, who's limited to spending only two hours on her favourite devices, this is going to be really tough.
CERYS: I reckon I use tech around 8 hours a day. So two hours is just going to be like nothing. It's been very difficult, all I've been doing is reading books, sitting in the living room, being bored.
CERYS' DAD: She goes to bed, she has to have her gadgets. As soon as she wakes up in the morning, she has to have her gadgets. She tends to throw a little bit of a wobbler if she hasn't got them.
CERYS: This is very, very true. Yeah.
RICKY: It's day one of the tech challenge for Shakiah but the only gadget she has on her hands today is the vacuum cleaner. Shakiah is in the no tech group meaning she's banned from using all her devices for three whole days which is quite a bit different to what she's used to.
SHAKIAH: I spend at least 7-8 hours on my tech and I'm going to feel quite bored and upset cos now I'm going to have nothing to do.
RICKY: It's day 2 of the challenge and Cerys is off to work with her dad to help keep her mind off being restricted to just two hours of tech.
CERYS: I miss watching videos, going on social media. I miss it a lot!
RICKY: Meanwhile Shakiah's also hoping that lending a helping hand to her Gran will help take her mind off spending a second day without any gadgets.
SHAKIAH: Instead of using my technology, today were going to be making mutton soup.
SHAKIAHS GRAN: Youre going to start with the dumpling.
SHAKIAH: It's more fun mixing dough for dumplings than watching videos.
RICKY: Getting stuck in with her Grans soup is having a surprising effect on tech obsessed Shakiah.
ALEX: The plan for today is going to be play for a bit in the morning and then going outside later, and then coming in when it's dark. And then playing a bit more.
RICKY: It's the final day of the tech challenge and everyone is heading out for the day, even Alex.
ALEX: We're going to probably go swimming. It's the first time we've come out since the challenge started
RICKY: Alex is leaving the house and his unlimited tech behind for a couple of hours after a late night spent using his gadgets.
MUM: This morning when I went into Alexs room it appeared to me that he was fast asleep and the iPad had been left on since last night.
Shakiah would usually be glued to her gadgets but having her tech taken away means she's got more time to teach her brother few tricks.
SHAKIAH: The challenge has been good because it hasn't been as hard as I thought it would, it's actually been quite easy.
RICKY: The challenge has come to an end and the limits have been lifted. Have the last three days changed what these guys think about the role tech plays in their lives?
SHAKIAH: I have missed my gadgets, but I havent missed them as much as I thought I would.
CERYS: The last few days has not changed the way I use tech, I would always use it in the time I use it, and nothing's gonna ever change about it.
ALEX: I think I'm gonna play less games because then you get to socialise and you make new friends.
RICKY: So Alex is going to cut down on his tech but what about the rest of the class?
CHERRIE: It surprised me with the challenge because I actually enjoyed it.
BEN: I think people use tech too much because half the time theyre always on it and they dont really communicate with their family members as much.
BRANDON: Its actually more fun to play with family and have fun than to spend time on electronics.
GEORGIA: It made me understand that you have to value the things around you even with or without tech.