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Christmas Day Walk

Yesterday we went on a walk up to Alcock Tarn with family and Philip’s friend.
family walk xmas day
I thought it to be a great oppotunity to get some photos 🙂

alcock-tarn

Alcock-tarn looking towards Grasmere

black and white wall with Helm crag in background

Grandpa and Mum on the way up to Alcock Tarn

Naked Tree
Isnt it odd how trees undress when we are trying to put as many layers on as possible!

Black and White photo of under the mini bridge on the way to Alcock Tarn
I dont think trolls could fit under that bridge!

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Keswick School’s Year 13 Prom 15th November 2008

Yr13 Prom

I should have posted this just over a month ago, but I’ve been really busy!
We all had a brilliant time, it was espeshially nice to have nearly everyone from our year, including students which had since left to go to college, there.
Zoe and her Prom date =]
I didnt think I was a party person… but I enjoyed it so much, the food and all the dancing with everyone, it has changed my mind! As soon as it was over, I wanted to go to another one! hehe.
I thought that the people who had organised it had done a fantastic job, the decorations were amazing :), there was even a red carpet! haha.
Many people arrived in limos, and there was a proffesional photographer. I’ve ordered a couple of photos from him, that he took of my friends and me as it happens.
Everyone looked so smart, boys in suits and tuxs, the girls in prom and party dresses; some people dont half scrub up well!
The next event that we have like this as a year group will be the may ball, I cant wait!

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Where have I been?

I’ve been doing lots of things this week- hence no posts 😛

On Monday I went to visit Gran’s grave- I took away the dead flowers, then bought some new ones, as I didn’t think that I was going to the grave untill I decided when I got to Ambleside, so I didn’t get some flowers from home.

The Flowers I put on Gran's grave

The Flowers I put on Gran's grave

Afterwards I went to the library, and got lots of books and a DVD for my sister. Then Mum and Dad took me out for a really nice pizza down by Windermere 🙂 Tuesday and Wednesday I went with Dad to the NEC Birmingham for the Antiques for Everyone show to see how he vets the show. It was really interessting, and also kinda strange, cos lots of the people there knew me as a baby when Mum and Dad has a stands at the antiques fairs, and it felt in a odd way- homely :PWhile in Birmingham, Dad showed me the Pen museum and the jewellary quarter, and then I went shopping in the Bullring.On Thursday My friend came over and we went to the shops to get some ice cream becuase it was so very hot! We came home and watched Kung Fu Hustle- its a good film, a bit OTT, but not bad.  We also made cakes 🙂 which I decorated after he had left for the flower show on friday.

 

Friday- I got up very early to go and put my exhibits in the show- I was lucky enough to win 3 first prizes, and a third. My sister won a second with a drawing she did that morning!
In the afternoon I went to Keswick to meet up with my friend to have a good catch up, becuase during term time we haddent had chance, even tho we saw each other every week day! He supprised me by saying he wanted to make a cake- ive never hurd him say ever that he wanted to make a cake. But anyway, we made one before going to our friends BBQ party.
…. It rained, so no BBQ 😦 But it was still a good gathering, with the boys from school. I was supprised that I was the only girl there, i was expecting other girls, but not this time! So it was a very boy orrientated time- lots of playing football games on the PS3 etc. 🙂

On Saturday I went home… and on Sunday I stayed there 😛
Rest from a busy week I guess 🙂

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Day Two: A Lazy Day

Today has been one of those lazy days where nothing gets done, even if the day does start with the greatest of intentions. I got up really late, and watched Pingu with Nunu on youtube, had some reflection time on various subjects with friends, and had a look at the ‘gingerbread quilt’ that is a UFO that badly needs finishing.
Later on this evening I took the dog for a walk and took some nice photos, I might put some up tomorrow, but Im going to go to bed now, and hope that I get more done tomorrow!

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Thoughts: The Human Race

I have lots of interesting conversations with my friends, some of them over MSN, and they can really make me think. Today i was talking to my friend Hol about ‘race’ and rasism. And she always makes me think in a different way, as we discuss ideas, opinions and feelings on the subject, I like it that way 🙂 It’s good for ‘personal development’ I think.

Hollie said to me I think there is only one race the human race, my view was that:
‘Race’ is a funny thing.
 It’s like nationality, when you move out of the vicinity in which your “race” has lived for millions of yrs.
You can say- “I’m British”… but if you don’t ‘look’ white Caucasian British, people ask for your nationality or race or whatever.
But then… isnt nationality the political place you consider coming from, eg if you were brought up in Austria you could consider yourself to being Austrian, but then if your parents were Irish… would you then consider your nationallity Irish? What would you put down on your passport? It’s a confusing subject to me.To me race also implies that there is going to be one ‘type’ of person that is better than another- that one ‘breed’ of ppl are better than another and are ‘winners’.

 

Hollie agreed and added that there was far too much hate from people, I believe this is from trying to differentiating people, following the human ‘need’ to categorise things. To organise, to give things a place. 

But from this separating comes this hatred. As small children we often saw being different as being a bad thing, ‘non conforming’, the odd one out, the not to be associated with. It shouldn’t be like this. 
If we are to rid the world from hate, a big step in this would be to get rid of racism. And we need to start this work at grass roots, children and families.

Everyone should be allowed to be different, because from diversity comes success- for example in a job interview, you get picked for being different, the one that stands out, the one with something different; something Special.

We are all winners, something special, and Individuals- Let it be that way.

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Day One: Rushbearing

Today was the Rushbearing in Grasmere. I joined in the procession, took photos of the event and went to the Rushbearing Service. For those who have never heard of the rushbearing, here is a little background info:
The Rushbearing is a village festival which now only happens in 3 villages in England, and for over 100 years has been celebrated every year in Grasmere, usually on a day close to that of Grasmere’s patron saint, Saint Oswald. However its origins are lost in the mists of time, the first mention of it in Grasmere is in the churchwardens’ accounts of 1680: “For ale bestowed on those who brought rushes and repaired the church, one shilling.”
The Rushbearing comes from the changing of the rushes on the churches’ floors to keep the churches fragrant when the floors used to be just earth.  These days the churches’ floors are stone and don’t need rushes to cover mud/ earth floors, but for the Rushbearing (and for one week after) rushes are laid down on the floor as part of the tradition.
We also have a procession, in which bearings such as rush covered crosses, are carried around the village. Six girls each year are “rushmaidens” they wear green dresses, white frilly shirts and carry a sheet with flowers sewn on it. I was a rushmaiden for 2yrs but some girls have to do it for 3yrs if there are not enough girls of the right age to carry the sheet. When you are a rushmaiden you also do the collection in the church service, following the procession, and have a special tea afterwards, which is great fun 🙂

The Rushmaidens- A Key Part Of The Rushbearing Festival

The Rushmaidens- A Key Part Of The Rushbearing Festival

 After the Procession, and the Service (both in which the Rushbearing hymm is sung) there are sport races for the children, and packed tea or BBQ (although no BBQ this year). This is when “Grasmere Gingerbread” is given out.
It’s always been abit of a disapointment for me, the “Grasmere Gingerbread”, because it’s never the real stuff, I mean, it’s not Sarah Nelson Grasmere Gingerbread. Ahhh well.
Today I saw the people from the Gingerbread Shop watching the procession. Made me Smile. 🙂

The People From The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop Watching The Rushbearing

The People From The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop Watching The Rushbearing

All in all, I really enjoyed today, and I was very glad that it managed to stay dry for the best part of the day. It is one of my favourite festivals that are held in Grasmere, and feel very special to be able to say, ive always grown up with it….even if i do moan sometimes about having to go 😛

One last thing that I love about the Rushbearing is the tradtional Rushbearing hymm that we sing I find myself singing the tune all year, although this morning I couldn’t for the life of me remember it! Here is the first verse:
“Today we come from farm & fell
Wild flowers and rushes green we twine,
We sing the hymm we love so well,
And worship at Saint Oswald’s shrine.”

Just love that hymm. xD
If you ever get the chance to go to the Rushbearing- do so. It’s something you will never forget.

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