Friday, 18 May 2012

A Right Royal Report

So how has your week been? What kind of Friday did you have? Today I say eventful.

It started off ok. Up as usual, showered and even managed to grab some breakfast. Left home for work (just a 10 mile trip today). But my day was about to take a turn. Half way down the dual carriageway there was the resonant beeping sound that I've come to know and love loathe. Yes, you've guessed, the dreaded engine light blinking and beeping... Dun. Dun. Dahhhhhh.

My car is an enigma. I've had it for 5 years - a very cute pale blue Citroen Pluriel convertible. HOWEVER (and that's a very big HOWEVER...) it's been in the garage more than it's been on the road. You name it, it's been tweaked, changed, oiled, hammered and generally "done", so much so that the car has had a complete overhaul with no part unchanged. It should be purring like a kitten. But no... I can't begin to express my embarrassment at breaking down in the fast lane of a dual carriageway at rush hour. I don't blame my poor little car for giving up - it's done enough mileage to get to the moon and back...! (I kid you not...)

I didn't make it to school today - no surprises there. It looks like I'm on the train on Monday (luckily there is a station quite close to the school). Guess what - top of my summer bucket list will be looking for a new car.

Today was not a total waste, though. I managed to get a few hours to myself to finish off the next part of my Jubilee set. This one is quite cute - a full unit giving you all you need to plan interview questions, present written reports and diary extracts, write a thank you letter to The Queen, plan and create a story board for  film, and even paint a portrait of you with Her Majesty. It's suitable for G1-5 as all of the activities can be pitched at different levels and ages, and I have included different types of writing frames. Take a look and let me know what you think. Click on the thumbnail to take you to the resource on TN, or use the link below for TPT.


Which brings me nicely onto the exciting announcement I promised you yesterday. It's awash with red, white and blue here. It's everywhere - shops, supermarkets, streets. The olympic flame arrived here today and the torch relay is starting tomorrow, lasting right up to the big day in 70 days time. There is a growing buzz of excitement in the air, and I want you to be part of it. So I've put together a little giveaway for you. I know that most of you are counting down the days to the summer break, but I hope this giveaway will be useful to you personally. You could always use it when school starts back up too. It's up to you - I know how resourceful and creative you all are.

So here it is:


The package includes:

  • a cotton tote bag
  • souvenir tea towel
  • two packets of paper kleenex (flags and currency)
  • Gingerbread Jack
  • decorative canister
  • three souvenir thimbles
  • Keep Calm and Eat Sweets

There is also some bunting and a DVD all about Princess Katherine. I'm sure one of you could put this lot to good use.

To take part all you have to do is:

  1. sign up here to follow my blog
  2. follow my TN or TPT stores
  3. follow me on facebook
  4. leave me a comment here to tell me that you have done so
Entries should be in by close on Wednesday 23rd May. The lucky winner will be randomly selected on Thursday 24th May.

Good luck!


  1. I follow your blog.
    ❀Beth Ann❀
    Taming My Flock of Firsties

  2. I follow both stores.
    ❀Beth Ann❀
    Taming My Flock of Firsties

  3. I already like you! :)
    ❀Beth Ann❀
    Taming My Flock of Firsties

  4. I "liked" you on Facebook :)


  5. I "like" you on FB (and in real life too!) :)
    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  6. I follow your blog!

  7. I follow your TN store!

  8. I follow your facebook page!

  9. I follow your blog
    (I'm giving away the latest Pete the Cat book right now)

    rubber boots and elf shoes

  10. Replies
    1. HI Sandi

      You are the lucky winner of my giveaway! Please could you email me your postal address at so that I can get your goodies off to you.



  11. I liked you on FB and I'm following you on TPT. I tried to sign up to follow your blog, but I kept getting an error message. I love the items in the give away - I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

  12. I figured out what I was doing wrong, and I was able to sign up to follow your blog!

  13. I already follow your blog and facebook. I am now following your TN shop. I've already told you before how the UK holds a special place in my heart! Your giveaway is so generous!

    Bloggy Blessings,


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