Category Archives: music

Resolving Resolutions

I have a nasty tendency to tuck things away to ‘keep them safe’. This means that cleaning out cupboards can resemble an archaeological dig. Of course it also means that a lot of time gets wasted with ‘Oh goodness, I’d … Continue reading

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Reindeer Games…

I was visiting a gardening center today. They have a lovely selection of Christmas decorations and tableaux. With one extra… The cat was completely unconcerned with people, music, chatter or anything else. Having attended to his personal hygiene, there was … Continue reading

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Head Today, Gone Tomorrow…

I’ve been teaching music at a local school for the past nine years. About a month ago we found out that the head of the music department is going on early retirement. The school hasn’t found any replacement yet. We’ll … Continue reading

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The Dog Ate My Homework…

One thing you hear a lot of as a teacher are excuses. Many, many excuses! Most of them are along the lines of ‘I forgot’. This does not fly very well because I write down the homework, plus write the … Continue reading

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The Doily of Doom!

Actually, it’s the tatted cross of doom, but that doesn’t sound nearly as good. Ever had one of those projects that really seemed like such a goof idea at the time… (oh, dear, talk about a Freudian slip. That was … Continue reading

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Works not in progress anymore…

Finished up two of my Works-in-Progress. This Flower Bookmark is based on a pattern by Bina Madden, but I don’t know who did the adaptation! I found it somewhere, but it doesn’t have the name of the person on the … Continue reading

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A Snowy South Africa

We really don’t get much snow here on the Highveld. Not because it doesn’t get cold enough, but because we are (supposed!) to be a summer rainfall region, so when it’s wet, it’s usually not cold enough, and when it’s … Continue reading

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Mark My Place

I don’t know if I will ever come to terms with e-books. They seem so clinical, and how do you read in the bath? For real books I have a tendency to use whatever comes to hand as a bookmark … Continue reading

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Happy New Term

Been back at school for a week or so. There are a lot of new pupils, so I have to go in for an extra day a week. While this does mean some extra money, it also means extra driving. … Continue reading

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Taking the Easy Way

The most efficient way of doing something isn’t the easiest or the most obvious.  My great love is classic guitar. It isn’t what all or even most of my students want to do. I’m the first to admit that it’s … Continue reading

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