Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Pausing to Play

Today, I finished the last of three presentations and I decided to take a minute to have a bit of a play. I went down to Leeds Town Hall to have a nosey at the strike action. It was all very exciting, and it was quite a buzz really. Here are some of the pics.

An angry biscuit. Aka an angry person dressed as a biscuit. Or just a person dressed up in a silly costume. Made me giggle though :)

Lots and lots and lots of people. And quite a few little children running around.

A lot of schools were closed today cos the teachers were all supporting the strike so whilst there were a lot of vaguely sad/angry adults stomping around, there were also a load of kids milling around too. It was pretty interesting cos the parents who weren't at work who had children who weren't in school HAD TO take the kids to the strike or look after them for a day. There were a few moments of the day where kids looked absolutely thrilled that they got to spend their day with their parents. I had a bit of a think about what it would have been like if I was one of those children. Must have been such an exciting day! Marching around with their mum, holding up a flag and making a load of noise. Might have been a rare and accidental play day!:)

Anyway, here's another picture of me having some fun...

...with a hand hat. Or a head glove. It made me so happy!

Monday, 28 November 2011

Happy Play

I've been surrounding myself with books and journals and printing off a gazillion things in hope that the great convergence of paper will somehow form 3 presentations and 4 essays. So far, they haven't moved.

However, in the midst of all this madness, I have had to rifle through some of the old photos from past Pop-Up Adventure Play events. Presentations need some colour, so I've decided that pics of kids having fun are the best way for me to get good marks. And then I just got completely side-tracked cos the pictures made me so happy! Here are some of my favourites:

Children are awesome. I'm so glad I'm a playworker :D

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Making Bricks

Today, I taught Sunday School for the first time in like 11 months. It was really cool and I remembered why I used to enjoy it so much. My lesson today involved making paper bricks to construct a house. The kids had a load of fun, and here is the result!

It's a bit rickety, but the kids enjoyed it and understood the point I was trying to illustrate, so I'm happy. They took home all the bricks and it looks like they'll be making little houses at home! Hoorah! :)

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Wibble Wobble

I met up with my friends Lee and Shazia today and had an indoor picnic in Lee's living room. It was lovely to catch up and nice to take a breather from work. It was also awesome to see the huge jelly that Lee had made:

A big thank you to Lee and Shazia for a lovely meal, and a hoorah for huge teddy bear shaped jellies! :D

Monday, 21 November 2011

Accidental Hibernation

Hello! I think I've accidently gone into hibernation. There are reasons though - like 4 looming essay deadlines and 3 presentations to prepare for. That's 7 whole reasons why I have no idea what's happening in the world, and why none of you know where I've gone. And that's not all the reasons either. I'll be around though, albeit intermittently. There are the usual forms of contact to check if I'm alive. For now, just imagine me hiding somewhere, typing so fast that there's smoke coming from the keyboard. Oh yes. It's that time of the year. And for those that do, please pray for me too.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

The Weekend So Far...

Happy Chinese-African Amalgamation Wedding

Twinkly lights!

Advice on boxes that ensures you don't pretend that it is a rocket

Mum and a boat of sushi

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Saturday, 12 November 2011

PUPS in the Papers

Morgan and her Pop-Up Play Shop have had a good couple of weeks in the papers!

First she had her BBC Online debut (okay, not a paper per se, but news-eque)...

Then she was in the local Welsh newspaper. This particular article was then re-published in IP D!P, a very good playwork magazine that I recently subscribed to. If you want to find out more about recent news in the Playwork world, I definately recommend you sign up free for this e-magazine! :)

It's all going very well for Morgan, and for Pop-Up Adventure Play's presence in the UK. If you want to find out more about us, or want to get involved with our projects, please visit our website or get in touch with me on

Friday, 11 November 2011

Christmas is Round the Corner

On this historical day, I spent my train journey this morning getting excited about the whole 11.11.11 11:11 thing without realising that another exciting thing had been constructed overnight - Christmas Markets!!! Woooo! :) After observing our one minute silence at 11:01 (crazy kids in my class forgot to shut up in time) I started looking forward to wandering around the little huts at the Leeds Christmas Market. When was done at uni, I half skipped over to take in the awesomeness. And when I say that Christmas is round the corner, I mean literally. The Leeds Christmas Market is just round the corner from the building I have my lectures in!

Here's the nice sign at the entrance of the markets. I have no idea who those people are.

Loook! Hats!! Colours!! Lights!! Mini shops!!! :)

Because of the highly organised arrangement they had in Leeds, (Markets open, light switch on on the same day) I kinda thought that the Manchester ones would be set up and running too, especially because they did their big Christmas light switch on last night. However when I got to Albert Square....

All I found was the really fat Santa. Hmm...

I was very surprised. And on further investigation, I found...

Lots of empty huts! The Manchester Christmas Markets will be here sooon! :)

So there's my adventure of the day. Christmas Markets and the magical feeling of discovery. I love this time of year. I just have to make sure I have my coat, hat, gloves, scarf, a gazillion layers and my camera and I will be very happy throughout the season :) I'm sure there will be lots of evidence of that in the next few weeks :)

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Ice Sculpture

This morning, at around 7:30, I got to the train station only to discover massive block of ice in the middle of the concourse. Curious, I took a picture, and then completely forgot about it.

A team of ice sculpters work on this huge block of ice. It looked pretty cold there!

So because I'd completely forgot about this, and also had a lecture and 2 naps (both on the train!), I was really surprised to see the ice block was still there! And that it was fully functional! :)

People sat down on the rug and had a pic with the iceman! :)

It was a nice publicity stunt to get us to think about our winter plans and how to keep the house warm and stuff. Definately memorable, but I'm not sure if it's made me want to go and warm my pipes up! Ha! :) Fun though, and made me pretty happy! :)

Tuesday, 8 November 2011


I'm incredibly excited! I have a new book! Argh!!!

Now, I have a gazillion and one books to read at the moment for uni, which I am a bit sad about. In the past, I have sat until the wee hours of the morning reading through pages and pages of adventure, especially when Harry Potter came out. But it's okay, I'll just have to pace myself. Bedtime reading only!! Yay for Eragon! And  yay for dragon! :)

Monday, 7 November 2011

Another Week

I'm not sure where last week went, and I'm not entirely sure where this week is going. But here I am today, ready to take on another week of university. I know, I know it's Tuesday, but that's officially when my week starts cos I'm not at uni on Mondays. I dunno though. And I'm not sure where I'm going with this post, so I think I might go now...

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Afternoon Tea

On Thursday, I met up with a couple of my friends for afternoon tea.

Fiona is pleased with the food.

Tower of sandwiches!

It was very nice to see my friends Lisa and Fiona. I've been a little isolated from the real world recently, which is quite usual for a student, but not really so typical of me. I have to help out at home a lot nowadays but being housebound doesn't sit well with me, so it was really good to go outside and meet people and be normal! A big thank you to Lisa and Fiona for a lovely couple of hours :)

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Happy Bonfire Night :)

I love bonfire night, and this year I got my money shot right from my very own room. Awesome. Hope you had a safe and happy bonfire night :)

The Littlest Sauce

I've been sending off for a lot of free samples recently, mainly to take advantage of the coupons that they come with, and also cos I don't get much post nowadays. Look what I got today!

It's a tiny bottle of Tabasco Sauce! The bottle's diameter is about the same as a 5 pence piece. Or a dime if you're that way inclined. IT'S SO SMALL. I'm tempted just to keep it for it's novelty value. Small things are awesome. :)