Thursday 27 October 2016

Hodgepodge on a Thursday! Time is flying.

Wednesday's Hodgepodge is brought to us courtesy of Joyce at 
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Have fun!

I'm a day late this week as I was busy decorating yesterday and then in the evening we were at the theatre but here goes:

1. Besides your very own house, describe a place where you feel most 'at home'? 
One of the places I regularly walk through is our cemetery.  I love walking through there – my maternal grandparents are buried there and my parents ashes are in the rose garden.  Most times I just walk through giving a nod in their direction but sometimes I take the time to sit and think, and talk (in my head!) to them. 
2. When did you last 'hit a home run' with something? Explain. 
Well we are on the home run with decorating our spare room. 
3. Tell us about something you love in your house or kitchen that is 'homemade'. 
Umm struggling to think of an answer for that.
4. 'A man's home is his castle'...which of the world's ten most captivating castles (according to The Travel Channel) would you most like to visit and why-
Mont Saint-Michel (France), Edinburgh Castle (Scotland), Neuschwanstein Castle (Germany), Glamis Castle (Scotland), Windsor Castle (England), Chateu de Chambord (France), Hampton Court Palace (England), Prague Castle (Prague), St. Michael's Mount (England), and Leeds Castle (England)
Well I have been to Mont Saint-Michel, Edinburgh Castle, Windsor Castle and St. Michael’s Mount.  Of the others I’d like to visit the French Chateau, mainly because we’ve been to France quite a few times but never been to visit a chateau.
5. What's a recent or upcoming plan or project that's required you do a little homework before getting started? Did the homework cause you to abandon your plan or adjust it in some way?
I’m already thinking ahead for the A-Z blogging challenge.  That definitely requires some homework to avoid being stressed out and panicking about getting blogs posted on time.  Nothing is set in stone yet so there probably will be some adjustments.
6. In your opinion, is homework an unnecessary evil or a valuable practice? Should schools be done with homework? Why or why not?

I think homework can be a valuable practice but it shouldn’t just be done for homework’s sake – i.e. if it’s done it needs to be marked.  Given the way our current primary education is going where the main focus seems to be on getting kids through the various statutory tests I think it would be good if homework took the form of investigative projects that might help cover some of the stuff that’s taking a back seat such as geography and history. 

7. Share a favourite memory of your childhood hometown. 
One of the things that stand out was the town show.  This is still held each year.  I haven’t been in years but I can remember attending as a child.  There were stalls and entertainers etc. and it was a fun day out.
8. Insert your own random thought here. 
Our niece’s baby, Poppy, had her surgery today to insert the permanent feeding tube into her stomach which means she no longer needs the nasal tube.  Surgery went well and hopefully they will be going home tomorrow.  Thank you to all those who’ve had Poppy in your prayers.  I’ve had various bits of good news this week which I’ll share in due course.


  1. Wendy, I have been praying for Poppy every day and am so happy to hear this great news! Thanks so much for the update! I enjoyed reading your Hodgepodge answers today!

  2. Glad Poppy is doing so well. I love walking in cemeteries. They're such peaceful places with so many good memories.

  3. You feel home on a cemetary ? Are you a descendent of Dracula who slept in his coffin, lol ? With the castles it's mostly the same, you have seen one, you have seen them all ! The only one which really impressed me and was completely different from the castles I had seen over here, was the Dolmabace Palace in Istambul ! All other castles then seemed like garden sheds to me !

  4. I walk through the cemetery and find great peace there as well! Enjoyed reading your Hodgepodge today - better late than never! Have a great weekend! - Jessica

  5. I do love walking around cemetery's but I don't do it on a regular basis. I remember one blogging friend who use to do that and the cemetery told them it was disrespectful and she had to stop. I don't get that at all! Sounds like that was a fun day in your town growing up. Keeping Poppy in my prayers.


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