"Shinrin-yoku" is seen as a form of medicine in Japan because studies show "forest bathing"/ being in nature is not only good for your emotional well-being but can actually boost your immunity! #SuckerForAFunFact#everydaysaschoolday 😋
Golden hour at #Tollymore ft. Heidi if you can spot her 🐶
An autumn walk to Abercorn and this sinister stonework piqued my curiosity... (out came Google)
I discovered that "Memento Mori" is in fact the art of reflection and a reminder to bring priority and meaning to life, wasting little time on the trivial and vain
Month 4, (Week 21, Day 5) : Imitation **
Babies learn a ridiculous amount from us, mostly through repetition. By us parents repeating the same things over and over again, this connects and fuses new brain 🧠 receptors in their tiny but rapidly growing super computer. **
Raspberries, not the fruit but the nature of blowing them - weirdly or maybe not, if you know my constant thirst for info has just googled “why do we call them blowing a raspberry”.....any guesses ??? I didn’t expect this!
“Blowing a "raspberry" derives from the Cockney rhyming slang "raspberry tart" for "fart". Rhyming slang was particularly used in British comedy to refer to things that would be unacceptable to a polite audience. ... The term "Bronx cheer" is ironic because it is not a cheer of approval, but used to show disapproval.”
Raspberries or the blowing off normally happens between 6-8 months and allows them to make new sounds, new consonants, particularly the sound “gggggg” or G to adults 🧑 **
Imitation is the fastest way to teach, as it is for me, I’ve just started my driving lessons again, and for whatever reason (use of repetition previously, I’m guessing) my learning has accelerated. I’m doing crazy junctions and busy town high streets and roundabouts. I have an instructor 👨🏫 who is pushing me, and I’m thriving from it. Woop 🙌🏼 Woop to me 😆
Fav slogan or motto ALWAYS : Everyday is a school day.
Over and out peeps...
First week of total french immersion in an idyllic mountain valley learning about skis done! The best thing I learnt this week was how to sharpen a scraper (ok, yeah, we haven't done much practical work yet, but still dead useful). Today's english lesson was hilarious with some brilliant role play from the others practicing their ski hire shop english on each other. It's been a good start to the seven weeks 🙂
Sorted. That's the easier but done. Now to make another matching one.
The backs of these couter are a little flatter than normal. The effigy shows them quite flat but with a crease running up the middle of them. I did a pair like it in the past and the seemed to work just fine so long as the attached lame picks up the slack with a nice dished shape. So fingers crossed I can trust this effigy this far. Also the effigy has a pair of slim lames on either side (hopefully) betraying that the couter shape is correct as shown and they had to pick up the movement in the lame. But ... a lot of effigies from this period show a pair of lames either side; so who knows for sure. (As I've been taught) If in doubt trust the mechanics of the articulation over the effigy everytime.
lil sketch of the sun shining into a patient sun terrace @ the Paimio Sanatorium, by Alvar Aalto (1930-32). the sanatorium was primarily for tuberculosis patients, and Aalto had a belief in the role of buildings in aiding the healing process - even calling this building a “medical instrument”. TB patients would spend a long time in sanatoriums, often several years, and the only known “cure” at the time was to rest in a clean, well-ventilated environment with lots of sunshine. hence, the sun terrace pictured - that healthier patients could go up to #rachreads#everydaysaschoolday#wellcomecollection#aalvaralto
Last one I promise!
Here's a copy and paste from our Facebook Iceland post...
We've had extreme rain, fog and wind so far 🌧🌫🌬...its been so windy that our hire car (fyi, the tiniest car in Iceland🚗) actually started rolling away from us with the the handbrake ON!! 😂 Next time it's a 4WD like everyone else! Another one of my great money saving schemes!
Top Tip: If you enjoy long road trips in a confined space, sat on top of each other to the sound of blaring iPads, moaning kids and the exterior of the car being wrecked by flying rocks from the unpaved road (can't wait to sort that insurance mess out when we get home 😭) Then hire a Fiat Panda 👌🙈 Saved myself about 23 quid though! 😂
So anyway....today we hiked an hour and half up a mountain to the famous Reykjadalur hot springs for a relaxing soak amongst the unreal Icelandic scenery...bubbling hot pools surrounded by mountains 😍 Amazing! Islas been looking forward to it for days! #letsmakememories ✌
Whoever called them HOT springs lied...they lied!!!!! Luke warm at best!! Isla was the only one brave enough to jump in...que the tears as it was 100mph winds and FREEZING! 🙈 It was so windy that we were genuinely nearly blown off the side of the mountain on the way back down....parenting fail #3870 😂 Isla is now scarred for life 🙈
She was howling because it was too windy, Maddie was in a rage because she wanted to stay and throw stones in and Andrew was gutted because he was bursting for a pee and planned on doing it in the hot spring but had to wait another hour and hike back to the portaloo in the car park 😂🙈 The glacier lagoon at Jokulsarlon was so foggy we could barely see the icebergs, the waterfall at Skogafoss which has a 'permanent' rainbow DIDN'T and the 'amazing' drive along the South coast was clouded by so much fog we could barely see each other INSIDE the car 😂😂😂