Friday, 6 August 2021



This Summer has been a mix of extreme heat and extreme rain!  We've had yellow and amber flood warnings a few times.  This afternoon was especially wet!!

So when I can't get outside to potter I stay inside and potter in the kitchen.

I played around with an old family favourite dish we call Irene's Chicken Dish.  I think it's actually called Chicken Royale, maybe someone will know.  I believe it's a recipe that was on the side of a can of Campbell's condensed soup.  Cooked chicken mixed with the soup, mayonnaise, curry powder and broccoli.  Then topped with breadcrumbs and cheese.  I swapped the chicken for halloumi and made it vegetarian by using celery soup.  I didn't have any GF breadcrumbs so used some of my rice crispies from my AF haul a few weeks ago.  It was delicious! 

I also made waffles and pancakes to put in the freezer.  I had to test some first of course! 😋

Blueberries from the garden! 

I popped into school earlier this week just to see what my new room was like as I was getting a new Smart Board installed.  I wish I hadn't.  They'd knocked down a wall and cupboard and replastered the wall (we didn't know they'd do that!)  They didn't move or cover any of the furniture or resources (or tell us we'd need to!!)  Everything was covered in dust and rubble.  

Since I'm back in P1 (Kindergarten/Reception) it's all play based learning so every single toy, game, resource and piece of furniture was like this 😖 It took me and my Headteacher (bless her) 2 full days to clean and wash everything (our brilliant cleaning staff aren't allowed to clean resources). We had to put loads of things through the dishwasher or dunk them in buckets of soapy hot water to get them clean.  We've still to shampoo the rugs but it looks like this now.

Now the cleaners can come in and finish it off ready for me to set up next week.  I can't believe I've only got 1 week left!  I officially start back on the 16th and the kids are back on the 18th.  It feels like it's been a quick summer holiday this year!


  1. That is a short summer break and what a mess in your classroom. Somebody wasn't thinking ahead! Here they have the full two months but then nothing until Christmas Break. Terrible rain but glad you were able to find things to do.

    1. We get a week in October so it's not too long. I can always find things to do! :-)

  2. Yesterday was the first 'real' rain we've had in months! It was a monsoon, however I've just come in from digging out more roots and the soil is still bone dry about an inch from the top! We'll need quite a bit more rain to get the soil soaked like it normally is. We've watched the weather go round us in Glasgow all summer. It was like we were in a wee bubble and the rain missed us every time! I'm not complaining but I think my garden is!
    That's a dreadful mess to leave your classroom in. Surely it's someones job to clean up afterwards - not yours! I doubt they'd get away with leaving that mess in any of the head offices!! I think summer always seems to go by much quicker than winter, mind you, this year is absolutely flying by, its quite scary at times!! Is that old age? x

    1. Yep, I think it's old age! LOL!!!

      My HT has officially complained but as it's sub contractors nowt will be done. I could have left it and waited to see what would be done but I just couldn't risk it. I don't want my wee kids to have a negative start to their school life xxx


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