A New Start 2011
It’s a new year now and for many of us this brings the joy of a new start. We can think back on all the lovely happy things that have happened and all we have achieved over the last year and we can also put behind us the negative experiences and people who do not deserve to be part of our lives. I am so grateful to have such amazing friends, family and colleagues who have helped me and stood by me through everything over the past year. You have all been brilliant and I am very lucky to have you all in my life.
Now to look forward and see what wonderful things 2011 has in store for us.
Most people make some kind of New Years resolutions and I suppose mine aren’t that different to many peoples. I am definitely going to try and completely give us smoking though and instead of worrying and focusing on weight and body image I just want to get more fit and healthy – by focusing on that the other will follow :)
I made a good start by taking Charlotte Ice-skating on Parker’s Piece, Cambridge on new Years Day – blimey those skates don’t half make your feet ache! We usually have to go up to Peterbourgh to the ice-rink there and we only manage that about once a year but the temporary rink at Parker’s Piece was ok – I really hope they do get a permanent one for Cambridge sometime soon though.
Lot’s of exciting things planned for this year already and which I’ll post news and more details of soon but include:
Cambridgeshire Association for Local History’s Diamond Jubilee Year for which we’ll be hosting many various events and celebrations. (www.calh.org.uk)
Cambridgeshire Community Archives growing and new groups joining, new FREE events which include training and oral history recording, video, pod casts and much, much more (www.ccan.co.uk)
Mobile Makeup Artist – I am now looking to recruit several new people to my team and will be growing my business across East Anglia, if you’re feeling the squeeze of January and would like to earn some extra cash, learn a new skill and have amazing fun then please do get in touch and I will give you more info – also please do check out my career opportunities page on here :)
And watch this space for news of my new publications along with the launch of the Cambridge Local History Book Shop!
Last Saturday my mum got Licensed as a Lay Minister at a special service in Ely Cathedral. I was very pleased for her because she had wanted to do this for years and years and she had been studying so hard for it over the last 3 years, finally all that hard work had paid off and she got to have her special day. It was a lovely service with the family there too and even my granny made it!
Well on the family front things are mad as always, my 16 yr old son came home with his eyebrow pierced the other night - I wouldn't have minded if he had had it done at a proper piercing studio in a year or two but he had decided that it was fine to let his 15 yr old mate do it instead...joy! Luckily it doesn't look like it has got infected. He is doing really really well at college and he's a happy kid so I am very proud :) Daughter no.1 is looking for work and might be doing something with the Princes Trust which will be cool, youngest daughter is off for the weekend with her dad and will be home on Sunday eve - I've been reading her Harry Potter, she's just the right age now to grow up with the books. We finished the first one and then watched the film for that one, we're now on to Chamber of Secrets. I make no apologies of being a mega Harry Potter fan - I once drove all the way to Edinburgh just to see J K Rowling and be at the launch of one of the books and I can't begin to tell you the amount of Harry Potter stuff I have boxed away!
Granny is still doing ok, she is at home and everyone keeps going round in shifts so she isn't left alone. I really miss granny because I have had a stupid cough and cold all week so I daren't go near granny in case she catches it, so I'm just waiting for it to go then I'll be able to spend some time with her.
Puppy has learnt the new trick of getting the end of the toilet roll and pulling it around the house! She is so cheeky and sweet, I am so glad we got her I have really missed having a dog around. We always had dogs when I was little and we used to go to dog shows and have little puppies and it was so lovely.
Even with my silly cold I have had a busy week, I had a great meeting with BBC history and am getting involved with some brilliant, exciting projects with them - news about that soon ;)
I am off to do my Poison and Powder talk to Cambridge Family History Society this afternoon - I hope my tickly cough isn't going to be too bad!
I've been editing my final draft of the historical background for War Ditches and am very pleased with it, I will be even more pleased when I have actually handed it in and I can take a break from it to concentrate on some other exciting work and spending time with my lovely family and friends for the summer break :)
We now have a new addition to the family! We got a dear little cocker spaniel puppy last week, she is brown and tan and we've called her Willow :) so as I sit here doing some work I have a dear little, soft, furry puppy nuzzled against my arm :D
This week has been busy as always but I am pleased to finally get some closure on a nasty bit of business caused by someone who has harassed, tried to bully and tried to publicly humiliate me since last October. Everything has been dealt with so professionally by my brilliant colleagues who have also had to put up with trouble from this person and I would just like to thank all my friends and family who have supported me and helped me through it all. I am so glad it seems to be at an end now. The Police and the Hate Crime Group and my solicitor have been fantastic and I am confident in how to deal with anything like this again (which I hope I never have to!). I would encourage anyone who ever feels threatened, bullied or harassed in any way to always speak out. Bullies want to frighten and intimidate you, you must not stay silent and hope it goes away. Tell someone! Your true friends and family will support you and there is a fantastic network of professional organisations out there to help you too.
I went out on Friday night for a little 'new start' celebration with my lovely crowd of sisters and friends. We had a lovely evening finishing off with everyone coming back here to see and cuddle puppy at about 12.30am. On Saturday it was Charlotte's 8th birthday, so we had another nice day. Sunday we spent decorating Charlotte's bedroom which now looks really nice. The next room to tackle is my office; I actually have a whole room inside the house (rather than the outhouse/store) to have just for my office! I can't wait, it will make such a difference to have all my work stuff in one room, where I can also go to work rather than sitting in the front room on the computer where I am really having to fight the temptation to watch Neighbours and Murder She Wrote in the afternoon ;)
Exciting event to go to on Wednesday in London, more on that soon!
Well, it's been about a week since my last blog which is all down to half term taking place! Charlotte my youngest (7 years) needed constant entertaining and it was almost impossible to work at the same time, my son Iain (16 years) came down from his care home in Shrewsbury for the week to look at various places he might move into over summer - it will be great to have him back in Cambridge :) He also visited various education placements etc. so it was all very positive. In between all that my 17 year old daughter Sophie kept popping in and out (often with her washing to do) I don't think I've ever seen the food in the house disappear so quickly! I did manage to get down to London on Thursday for the very exciting launch of History Pin, which I shall blog about further soon. But my family come first and I have enjoyed the intense but happy week spending time with them all :) We all went to a friends wedding on Saturday which was held at Whittlesford Church (great medieval wall paintings in there!) and finished with the reception at Bedford Lodge Hotel singing on the kareoke.
My lovely granny (94 years old) was back in hospital on Thursday which was sad, she is in good spirits though and she's sitting up in bed and may even be home by the end of this week. It seems she's had a very tiny stroke - but was has emerged is that she may have the beginings of dementia which will give us a new challenge as a family on how to support her best. She seems so normal 95% of the time but is also happily telling us how at night in the hospital little animals keep coming in and eating her grapes, she says they're little black and white creatures, she's also told us how a lady keep bringing her baby on to the ward and putting her baby in a tiny tin... so it is very sad, sometime the things she says are very funny but it is also sad as we know things are changing, as a family granny has always held us all together, cousins, aunts and uncles etc. but it is all changing and it is just part of the cycle of life, we will all pull together to help each other through this time and most importantly help dear little granny.
Landscape Archaeologist, Local Historian & Mobile Makeup Artist