Monthly Archive: February 2012


This is Poppy.  She is a Haflinger pony. She is exactly the same as my horse on SKYRIM and I took to her straight away.  The Haflinger, also known as the Avelignese, is a breed of horse developed in Austria and northern Italy during the late 19th century. Haflinger horses are relatively small, light in color, have distinctive gaits described as energetic but smooth, and are well-muscled yet elegant. The breed traces its ancestry to the Middle Ages.  I am borrowing her and my mum has started giving me riding lessons again.  I haven’t ridden much since we moved.  She is very nice and friendly.


Do you want to be in a music video?  There is no pay involved but you could be involved with a band called HELEN AND THE SIRENS and they are doing a new video where they want people to send in clips of themselves and then they will pick the best ones to be in their video.  I have done one and sent it in.     You don’t have to learn all of it, just a chorus or a verse, you choose and then you have to mime it into your computer or iphone and send it in.  Details below:-

Here’s where the fun begins…
Filming your video part should only take10 minutes of your time and it will be the band’s official new video for their hit online single Gold. The video will also be played at the band’s EP press launch for International Women’s Day in London’s Riverside Studios. It will have airplay of numerous Radio Stations and is expected to be on a hell of a lot of Music Channels, not just in the UK, but all over the world. So this will be a fantastic edition for your CV.
The video will be an edit made up of hundreds of snippets of people from all over the UK and indeed the world singing/miming Gold  in front of their computer screens.
1)  Memorise the words or have them on screen.  Then press play on the attached audio file.
2)  Have something gold ready to be in the shot. Anything. You could even paint your face gold, wear gold lipstick… nail varnish, have a gold trophy in view…anything!
3)  Sit in front of your computer and record yourself staring at your iphone/web cam as if it’s your screen for 10 seconds before pressing play and miming your chosen part. Keep staring for another 10 secs when finished.
4)  Be a diva, be beautiful, be foul, be serious, be stupid, be original, be crazy. Anything. Nothing can be wrong.
Please only do one take as we will only be using sections in the edit. Don’t worry about doing the perfect take.
Remember – Before you press play on the link, please record yourself staring at the camera for 10 seconds before and after the song.
We need your videos in before the 15th of March, but the sooner you do them the better.
When shot please email your file to AND  ALL ENQUIRIES TO:-


Wow.  it is a lovely day.  I have been playing in the woods with my brother and we put up some nestboxes.   My mum said that in 1976 , cold and snowy weather in the Spring was followed by, non stop,  lovely sunshine all Summer.  Maybe it will be the same this year.


My new showreel is now on my website.

My brother, Alastair, has updated my website and put new pictures on as well.  I really like it.



What is Pancake day.   It is called Shrove Tuesday and is the last chance to eat whatever you like.  Shrove Tuesday is the last day before Lent which is  a Christian festival where you give something up for Lent.   Nowadays it is something like chocolate or cakes but in the olden days it would have been normal things like eggs and butter.  Lent goes on right up to Easter Sunday and that works out to 47 days of giving up something, like a sort of a sacrifice or proof of willpower. 

Shrove comes from the word shrive which means to confess.  In the Middle Ages people used to confess their sins so that they would be forgiven before Lent began.

In Brazil, Sweden and France , pancake day is called “FAT TUESDAY”  !!  Iceland call it “BURSTING DAY” !!

We made some pancakes with lemon and sugar,  I can see why it is called bursting day!  Lying on the sofa now with a belly full of pancakes.


Tough as old boots

My mum has dug out her old motorbike boots and cleaned them up.  She said they are about 33 years old!!  They have been all over the place although she didn’t walk about in them much as she was on a motorbike.

I don’t keep any of my shoes because I grow out of them but is there anybody else that can break my mum’s  record for shoes or boots still being worn!


Valentine’s Day

Valentine was a priest in Rome and he was a martyr.  He was made a saint but he had nothing to do with anything to do with romance. The name became associated with romance because a poem was written in the Middle Ages by Geoffrey Chaucer and it became traditional to write poems and send flowers and sweets to your sweetheart.  The poems and cards were called Valentines.

Apart from his name, nothing is known about St Valentine other than he was buried at Via Flaminia on February 14, AD269.   There is a myth, with no historical value, that he wrote a card to the blind daughter of his jailer the night before he was executed and he wrote “from your Valentine.”

From the 19th century Valentine’s cards have become mass produced, printed cards unlike the original hand written poems.    So I think that it would be better to send a hand written card than a cheap old card from Hallmarks!

Still Snowy

The snow hasn’t cleared here yet and it still looks pretty.  My mum took this photo on her phone yesterday and we are surprised that the apples are still on the tree.  I wonder why the birds haven’t eaten them!


snow picture

The snow is still on the ground here and we had to dig our way out on Monday so that I could get to school.  It has gone icy now so here is a picture of when it was nice and new.