Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Monday, 28 June 2010
Sunday, 27 June 2010
Friday, 25 June 2010
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
So. Today, 3pm. Pride and passion, I hope. England versus Slovenia in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. And for a little light relief, check out the Baddiel & Skinner video, "Three Lions".
Monday, 21 June 2010
Sunday, 20 June 2010
Friday, 18 June 2010
And then there is the Infant Mortality Rate to consider. The Pinks produced lots of offspring, but, as I'm discovering, an awful lot of them died extremely young: Eleanor Margaret at 15 from Scarlatina (the only sibling of John Ford Pink, a double tragedy for their parents), little Hector John at 1 year from Acute Bronchitis, and 2 year old Wilfred from Measles. I am so grateful for the high standard of childcare and medicines available today. But that's the thing about family history, you have to take the rough with the smooth. For every family with a Victoria Cross winner or an inventor of something amazing, there are more families like mine. And the really odd thing is that I'm very proud of my Pink line: hard working, working-class and poorly educated, but still attempting to do right by their loved ones. And, after all, that's what it's all about, isn't it?
Thursday, 17 June 2010
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Monday, 14 June 2010
Sunday, 13 June 2010
Saturday, 12 June 2010
The Colonel of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, the Duke of Edinburgh, paid tribute to the armed forces. He said: "One of the great things that the services can do is that they take ordinary people and turn them into extraordinary people. “I think that's what happens, and once they're given the proper training and motivation that interests them, that really turns them around completely and they become very remarkable people."
The tradition of two birthdays dates back to the time when, if monarchs were born in winter, the weather was deemed unsuitable for outdoor events. Traditionally before battle, colours - or flags - were carried, or "trooped", along the rank of soldiers so they could be seen and recognised. In 1748, it was decided the trooping would also be used to honour the sovereign's birthday. The Queen first took the royal salute in 1951 when she deputised for her father King George VI when he was sick. She has attended every ceremony bar one in 1955 when there was a national rail strike.
Her Majesty's actual birthday is 21 April.
This is what we, as a Nation, do best. Trooping The Colour, Beating Retreat, The Festival of Remembrance, Remembrance Sunday ~ all were a regular part of my childhood, and one that I intend to share with my son.
(Images and info obtained from the BBC.)
Friday, 11 June 2010
Thursday, 10 June 2010
DH is away abroad again this week with work, so my mum very kindly offered to come and help out with her beloved grandson. (I don't think she finds helping out with either of her beloved grandsons a chore!) And this is directly after completing 2 weeks of Jury Service, which, to quote mum, she found to be an education.
Every night, before going to bed, I always thank her for all her help that day. She always says the same thing, "Oh, I didn't do anything". And that is just not true.
Here's what she has done this week, in no particular order: cleaned toilets, washed the kitchen floor, read countless stories to DS, helped to bath him, helped me carry the shopping, eaten breakfast at Carluccio's, come with me when I've walked the dog, looked through my family history box and labelled old photos if she could (see photo), made countless cups of tea, hung the washing out, fed the dog, played with DS, done the ironing, bought some new clothes ready for our trip away (more about that soon), supervised DS at teatime while I've nipped out with the pooch, stayed in while I took DS to nursery in case the UPS man came (he didn't) ... I'm sure I've missed a few things.
"A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavour by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts."
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
Monday, 7 June 2010
Sunday, 6 June 2010
- Do the journaling at the end of each day!
- Use cream or white cardstock
- Consider the purchase of pre-divided page protectors
- Take a lot more photos each day
- Choose a week that has variety to the days. Otherwise, you will be bored with the whole thing