Daily Prompt: Musical

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Picture credit, Piano dance Painting – Piano dance Fine Art Print – Greg Gierlowski

What role does music play in your life?

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Where do I start with this one? Because music has shaped my life and has got me to where I am today!

I grew up in a household of musicians, and surrounded by music. Both parents played instruments from piano to brass. They were the founders of the local brass band. I played my first instrument at the age of two, and spent my time in band room, practice room, in our music room, people coming to the house to play, concerts, my first appearance on stage was at two and a half to perform in front of a live band and audience. All my four brothers were musicians, one going on to play professionally (see him here) I was exposed to all forms of music from classical to rock, ‘Queen’ being my particulate favourite.

Then I went to ballet at the age of three, that was it, music played a big part of my life again, even my mother played the piano to my lessons. So through dancing I learnt to express, appreciate, and dissect music.

Because dancing was everything in my life, I spent my secondary school years at a ballet school, which I have started to write about here At school I sang, played piano, danced and even learnt the double bass but not very well! I performed, and performed and performed, like a little performing monkey.

So with this strong foundation in music and dance, fast forward to now, and that is exactly what I do every day, teaching dance and music throughout my school, and now even teaching teachers to teach music!

So you could say music has been the most important influence to me personally and professionally!

Thanks for dropping by! X

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Daily Prompt: Ready, Set Go

Set a timer for ten minutes. Open a new post. Start the timer, and start writing. When the timer goes off, publish.

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I can do 10 mins!

I always need a visual prompt, (being a visual learner) so I thought I would chat about the subject that seems to be in everyone’s vocab at the moment, the snow!

This picture is the view yesterday from my classroom. Driving to school it was snowing and I knew it was going to be a mad day. Children are like cats, when the day is windy or snowy the children go bonkers, wild, up the wall. And I was right. I thought to get it out of their system a bit I would take them out first thing and let them skid, run, use me as a snow ball target, etc. And no the health and safety form probably didn’t cover all of that, but hey, kids need to have fun! But that was not the end of the madness, they then spent the rest of the day with attitudes, falling out and general horribleness.

Bugger 10 mins done already, that went quick!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

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I thought these two picture suited the theme of ‘beyond’ quite well!

The top one I took on my phone when we went for fish and chips supper at Teignmouth in Devon.

The second is when I was having birthday lunch in Plymouth, Devon!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

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Everyday someone, somewhere, lights a candle to peace.

It is a universal gesture, immune to politics.

It pays tribute to no philosophy, materialistic or messianic.

The candle when lit by people of good will serves the good that is in us all, it cauterises all that in us is evil.

To every force arrayed in anger against an opposing force in the world, the candle’s message is simple, “The sum of the good you share in your hearts is far greater than those evils that seek to divide you.”

The candle when ignited does not detonate.
It illuminates.
It doesn’t challenge the heavens in a thundering roar.
It makes its plea in a steady flame, reflected in the eye of a wondering child,
or in the squint of an elder who has seen it all.

The candle graces the menorah as it fits the tree, it is at home in all the windows of the world.

It’s reassurance cannot be measured.

For the good news is that peace is not to be found in the frantic mathematics of the megaton.

It reposes calmly in the magic of the candle.

(Author unknown)

This is great idea that is why I have reblogged it and I so want to write something! I will see if I can squeeze it into my teaching week! X

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Daily Prompt: Clean Slate

Explore the room you’re in as if you’re seeing it for the first time. Pretend you know nothing. What do you see? Who is the person who lives there?

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Sitting here in my living room, it tells me that people live and use this room, lived in i think is the words!

My first impression is this person likes warmth, comfort and romance, by the huge corner sofa, with big cushions and fury blanket to smuggle under, the deep red colours that are splashed around the room, deep red muslin framing the windows instead of curtains and the flowers and red roses that decorate the corners. There are used candles everywhere. A big wood burner centre pieces the room with oak furniture everywhere. A bit of an art lover possibly? By local artists paintings hung on the walls.

This person likes organisation because of the remote controls lined up like soldiers on the coffee table, the books against the wall are stacked in colours code, descending from white to black. The chairs spaced exactly around the table.

Just looking around the room you can tell this person is an animal person by the fish swimming around in a big tank, three mice racing around a wheel, in a cage I might add, and two lazy cats curled up on the sofa.

This is a family room because there is a large six seater oak dining table, pictures with smiley faces from exotic places on the walls, and technology pickled around the room with laptops, PCs, tablets, phones, wires, chargers, large flat screen tv. So probably not only a place for relaxation but a place to work too.

Oh and quite a bit of dust! X

Daily Prompt: Take Two

Run outside. Take a picture of the first thing you see. Run inside. Take a picture of the second thing you see. Write about the connection between these two random objects, people, or scenes.

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I ran outside, well more like strolled, and baring in mind it is dark and peeing down with rain, this is the first thing I saw! Our pond that is made out of a 50p bath.

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Then strolled back inside and the first thing I see is my dining table and on it is the beautiful flowers my OH gave me for our wedding anniversary last week!

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The connection is my lovely OH (other half) because OH made the pond outside and OH gave me the flowers! Simple! X

Daily Prompt: 1984

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You’re locked in a room with your greatest fear. Describe what’s in the room:

Can I just start with saying I am a little excited because I have come across this blog a while ago The Daily Post and I have been reading it everyday, but not quite understanding how it all works and being a little scared to give it a go, but here I am building the courage to join in!

So back to the above question…well I do have a big fear and it might even take me a while just to be able to type the word, because even that makes me feel sick just thinking about having to do that! In this house they are called ‘Cs’ because I can’t even say the word and everyone is banned from saying it. And it is a good job I live in a country where they are not common. I did go on holiday in Florida and they have millions of them, to the point where my poor OH spent the whole time on edge and thought that we would have to come home because of me freaking out. I wonder if you have guessed what it is yet?

I think I do have a deep psychological reason why I don’t like them and that is thanks to my peppered dragging up… See I am delaying saying the word….

So here goes…. And to most of you you will probably think what is the problem, stupid women, but those of you that have a great fear in something you will understand the feelings of sickness, heart racing, faintness, sweaty palms, frozen in fearness…. So I suppose you now want me to tell you… Well sorry, I just can’t so I will leave you guessing.

So if that is what is locked with me in a room I probably would die of …. Something!

p.s the picture is my happy place where I go when I’m scared

p.p.s I will be very chuffed with myself if this post ends up where I hope it might! X