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Sunday, 15 July 2018

15th July, 2018..'It's been a good year for the roses...!'

Well, since the last blog we've had no rain to speak of and temperatures of 25 degrees celsius or above, and the land is beginning to show the strain....look at the usually green fields around Furness Abbey....





...bit of thinking time for the Hillmans...


...and a spot of morning tea at Abbey Mill café of course!


The roses in my garden are loving the hot, dry weather, and look at these.....


...but lots of other plants are suffering, and the blackberries are miles behind!


The beck is more 'Treasure Island' than 'Wind in the Willows'- little bit of a hint there!!


 Furness Academy, one of the local secondary schools, held its first community 'festival' yesterday, and they deserve to be congratulated because it was a brilliant event. Local schools were invited to join their pupils and some other local performers for a family day of entertainment and fun. It had a lovely 'vibe' and a very safe and friendly feel- our school choir got to perform and the SteveHillman camera had the chance to catch a snap shot of the event...







...I think the Mayor enjoyed it too! Thanks so much to the staff and students from Furness Academy for organising the event, it's great to see communities coming together like this.....



….and only one more week until we send some of our brightest and best kids up to your school to join you!












Sunday, 24 June 2018

24th June, 2018...This glorious summer..!!

Nearly the end of June and the fantastic weather is still here (though there was a little rain mid-week!)….look at our Furness Abbey, basking in the sunshine.....




...perfect day for a morning walk....

...and a spot of morning tea at Abbey Mill Café!


We've had our annual 'St.Paul's Forest' camp days, which were great fun, as always.....




….and some family gatherings for birthdays and Fathers....


….and we've now got a working kitchen, after two weeks of washing up in the bath!!



Met up with the totally crazy Gary Gifford again this week, in his new role as Mr.Stretch…
...he's promoting 'Healthy Lifestyles' and the Tour de Britain cycling race which will come past our school in September!



We had a Saturday of 'beach drama' yesterday, which started quite mildly.....



...but ended up with me running around Roan Head sand dunes in my dressing gown, pyjamas and trainers at 11pm looking for lost boys! Not funny!







Sunday, 27 May 2018

27th May, 2018....Messing about in the Beck!


Furness Abbey looked stunning today....and Barrow has had the best May weather for a long time.....


...always time for a spot of morning tea at Abbey Mill Café....

...no Frankie though...he's been floored right in the middle of his exams too....

....mainly because of these!!




My colleagues and I took advantage of the lovely settled weather and walked our two classes down to Furness Abbey for an impromptu look around the site, a little messing about with boats and of course, the customary Abbey Mill ice cream!






We did laugh when a bunch of cows joined our lesson (actually I think they were bullocks!)



....and you've got to dress up as medieval monks if you visit!!




Great fun....but goodness me....IT WAS HOT!!!


The SteveHillman camera got to visit another one of our favourite venues earlier in the week...

Lovely views and beautiful gardens at Brantwood!



...and a happy Birthday for yesterday to my colleague Mr. Leigh- I think we've been teaching together now for 26 years!!