Wonderful Wednesday – Captain Tom Moore

Wonderful Wednesday – Captain Tom Moore

Dear internet, it really doesn’t get any cuter than this!

Captain Tom Moore of Yorkshire, UK , is a World War 2 Veteran that decided to support the National Health Service during the Covid-19 pandemic by walking 100 laps of his garden. He is 99 years old (100 tomorrow, I have sent him a birthday card), has had both cancer and a broken hip, he walks with a frame and completed his challenge in 10 lap chunks.

The Wonderful Captain Tom Moore

The whole nation has got behind Captain Tom, he set up a just giving page, which you can find here, in order to raise £1000 for the National Health Service during this crisis. Captain Tom exceeded his target and the last time I checked it stood at over £25million!

Captain Tom is a true gentleman, he has old fashioned values and manners that the Queen will be proud of. Both Prince William and PM Boris Johnson have given him video messages thanking him for both his service in the war and also his fundraising for the NHS. There is a push from the British public to get him a knighthood and I back this all the way. Knight Captain Tom!

A lovely uplifting story in the midst of a lockdown, thank you Captain Tom!

xx

Source: https://inews.co.uk/images-i.jpimedia.uk/imagefetch/https://inews.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/captain-tom-pa.jpg https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-52333127

Something to think about – Are you a mer-person?

Something to think about – Are you a mer-person?

Hey Guys,

Have you ever noticed on yourself or someone else there is sometimes a little hole in the top of the ear that looks almost like a pin prick? It turns out that 0.9% of people in England have this where as only 0.1% of people in America have this.

Tiny ear hole at the top of the ear
My Ear

I have it, its called Preauricular Sinus or Pit which is usually harmless (in some people it may need to be looked at as it can lead to infections, but the pit has to be reasonably sized in order to do this – I’m not medically trained so do not take my word for it!). The picture above is my left ear, the pit is super tiny, it got smaller as I got older, but I’ve always wondered what it was?

An evolutionary scientist dude called Neil Shubin thinks it’s a remnant of a time when we had gills. Yep. Gills. And although this theory is not scientifically tested I have decided to agree with him because that would make me A MERMAID!! I have a freakin left over gill. Mermaid.

How many other mer-people are out there? Give me a shout my fellow fish!

Anyway, it’s something to think about huh?!

Take care,

xx

Sources: https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/why-do-some-people-have-a-tiny-extra-hole-in-their-ear/ https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/327106#what-is-it

Make a fondant Chicken

Make a fondant Chicken

Hey guys,

once again I have enlisted the help of Sarah and 13 from Judacia in the spotlight. This week we have busted out the fondant and made a chicken!

You will need:

  • Fondant (coloured or plain depending on whether you are using food dye or icing pens)
  • You can use tools if you wish but they are not compulsary

See pictures below to guide you and follow the written instructions. Good luck!

As you can see it’s a pretty straightforward little chicken that shouldn’t take you more than about 20 minutes or so.

  1. Grab your white fondant and make it into a ball, work it a little to ensure its soft and pliable.
  2. Using your yellow fondant make a beak and a small sausage shape, this will be made into feet later.
  3. Mould the body into a kind of thick half moon shape.
  4. Mould another white piece of fondant into a ball to make the head. You can gently push them together to make them stick, add a little dab of water onto it to help it stick if necessary.
  5. Use the red fondant to make a comb and wattle (Jagged bit on the head and below the beak) and carefully add them onto the chicken.
  6. The final step is putting the beak and feet on, not forgetting to add the eyes. Ta da! Your chicken is done!

Something simple you can do to occupy your mind or the kids during lockdown. I would love to see your chickens, feel free to drop pictures of them in the comments.

Take care all!

xx

Moving Mice Craft

Moving Mice Craft

Hey guys,

I thought Mondays could be a mix of different posts, some craft things and some book/stationary reviews, among other cool posts. Sound good? Ok!

Magic Moving Mouse

This week I have tried to make moving mice, which is a great craft for children, especially at the moment, and requires very little materials.

You will need:

  • Paper (sturdy paper works best)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pens (Your choice in colour, I went for pink and black)
Ingredients to make a mouse!

Now we’ve gathered all the necessary bits and bobs together, we can start! Cut a thick strip of paper and fold it in half length ways (Pic 1) and then in half width ways (pic 2). Fold the piece of paper like you would a paper aeroplane (Pic 3).

Do the same with the other side, then open it back up (Top picture). Open it all the way back up and you will see this pattern (Bottom picture). This bit is complicated to explain so bare with me folks! You need to fold along the middle along with the sides of the diamond picture you can see in the bottom one, to create the large picture below. Then do the same the other side (Sorry, I know it’s complicated, I’ve explained it the best I can).

Once you’ve done that and it looks like the first picture below cut the top of it off, then make it into a little mouse face. You can make it look as cute as you like. I also added a little tail because it just felt right!

Now its the fun part, slot it into the piece of paper you folded and move your hands up and down and the mouse will move up the tracks and pop out the end! So cute!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little craft and understood my dodgy instructions?! If you have a go at this little mouse I would love to see your results.

Stay safe and stay home!

xxx

Something To Think About – (Spaghetti)

Something To Think About – (Spaghetti)

Hello!

Welcome to the first edition of ‘something to think about’. If you like random quirky facts and interesting things then you are most certainly in the right place. Each week I will introduce you to a new fun fact which I’m happy to discuss with you.

Most of us enjoy a big plate of spaghetti, I know I do. Spaghetti is one of those weird things that I cannot guess the volume of. If I’m cooking spaghetti there is either barely enough for myself and my partner or there is enough for us and 37 friends! How about you? Are you a spaghetti volume genius or do you fail hard, like me?

Spaghetti – Yum!

Did you know that spaghetti is actually a plural? The correct term for a single strand of spaghetti is spaghetto. I have several issues with this, firstly, who has a single strand of spaghetti? No-one, that’s who! And secondly no recipe requires you to have 134 strands of spaghetti and not a single spaghetto more! (Although I kind of want that to be a thing!)

So there you go, now you know the singular term for spaghetti.

Have fun, learn loads!

xxx