Thursday, 27 March 2014

Badgers!

Spring is on its way and not only bringing a wonderful show of daffodils , cherry blossom and other spring delights - but also badgers. Yes, badgers. In our garden. All month. At night. Over the 5 ft. wall. Digging up the lawn with their long snouts and feasting on crocus and the pink flowers of the elephant plant in the tubs and even knocking over a tall tub.

We found that they go grubbing for food where there is moss. Well, we have - or had - a lot of moss. In fact, I think that we had a moss lawn, not a grass one. Anyway, to cut a long story short OH trooped off to B&Q to buy an electric Lawn Scarifier.  
The bin men had just been and it was 'green bin' week so the garden bin was handily empty. It soon filled though, almost to the brim there was so much moss and other rubbish.

We heard of one natural remedy, tried it and it worked for a couple of nights until the rain came again. Nothing daunted, OH continued with the natural remedy. The mind boggles, really it does! They are a protected species and cannot be harmed. One night the lights came on in the garden and OH found one snuffling and grubbing under our window. It soon scurried off and jumped back over the wall. I hadn't thought that badgers could jump over a tall wall. We have heard that there is a badger set in the old disused railway cutting behind our boundary and the field and that there are 6-8 of them.
Hopefully, they will get fed up and go and bother someone else. Perhaps an A.S.B.O. would work?

We have a lot going on at present with a family celebration and  book promotional events. We have a special anniversary this weekend. I can't believe it is so many years since we stepped foot on life's rocky road of marriage and we are here in one piece. So much to be thankful for and flowers and chocolates and cards have been arriving for the last two weeks. It is also Mothering Sunday this week so an extra special day.

Last Saturday I wandered to Eagles Meadow shopping development at the far end of town. There, a fund-raising event for Nightingale House Hospice was starting with people dressing up in various characters. They had to be led around by the person carrying the bucket as the person under the costume couldn't see properly.



Time to pop along to see Mum.  More later.

Rosalie x



Thursday, 13 March 2014

Coming up for Air in March.

Well, March came in like a lion for me with lots of unexpected connections - mainly through Twitter. So who says that social media is a waste of time as some do?

As I write, I am listening to Red Shift Radio  and Chrisoula Sirigou's Health and Healing Show, waiting for my guest phone-in slot at 12:15pm. Chrisoula is raising money for Oxfam's Mother Appeal and I am happy to include a link.

Tuesday.

I attended a meeting of the Federation of Small Businesses at Moneypenny House in Wrexham. Moneypenny are the telephone answering & outsourced reception company which has won many awards since its inception only a few years ago. When I was working in Yale College-Yale Training (now Coleg Cambria)  I was involved in verifying the Management and Customer Service programmes. I was amazed on Tuesday at the expansion. During the evening I re-connected with current contacts and made new connections.

Last week.

I submitted Guest article  for a contest - My Gutsy Story -  on Sonia Marsh website (no relation). 
The March winner to be included in the second anthology which Sonia plans to publish. It went live on Monday.
Last week I was also contacted by the Education Alumni department of Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) to submit my profile/case study of successes after graduation. I have to point out that my graduation occurred later in life when my family were grown up and grandchildren became a big part of my life.

Waterstones, Wrexham.

The big event for me this month has been at Waterstones Booksellers, Regent Street Wrexham. Ged, the manager, has been very pro-active and supportive in showcasing all my titles. Not only having them all on the shelves but in a prominent place at the front of the store (on the left as you enter).

In April, there will also be an event at Waterstones Wrexham for World Book Night on April 23rd, organised by Susan Miller / the best of Wrexham. I will be supporting the event and signing my books which range from £6.99 -£8.99 and are also available for download as eBooks in Kindle, *pdf and ePub for Apple, Kobo etc. at e-retailers worldwide or direct from Smashwords in multiple formats for most reading devices and PC. Paperbacks are also available worldwide

In March I was also connection across the globe to Andalucia and Ali Meehan of CostaWomen. She was heavily involved in World Book Day and International Women's Day where there was a Fayre. I had sent across a few books at the end of february to help raise money for their charity. Waiting with baited breath for their safe timely arrival, surprisingly they only took a few days. Such a relief when Ali posted a message on Twitter. All told Ali raised 430Euros at the Fayre in the raffle.

Now to take a breath and ring in to Chrisoula's show. Chrisoula is just announcing me!

Have a lovely day.

Rosalie xx

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Recommended on thebestof Wrexham

Recommended on thebestof Wrexham Waterstones Wrexham - your local bookstore. Celebrate World Book Day March 6th here in UK. Showcasing all Rosalie Marsh titles. Pop in and see the new look store.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Connecting Across the Globe via Social Media.

Well, what an exciting few weeks I have had, connecting with like-minded people in the USA,Spain, and here in the UK.

    From  the US, Smashwords are promoting Read an e-Book Week.



We have a choice of exciting travel books with real adventures
and more serious stuff in a user-friendly workbook style to help you to succeed in life.




A few weeks ago, I was invited by Sonia Marsh @GutsyLiving  to submit an article for her Gutsy Living Blog , with a potential to be included in her 2nd Anthology of personal stories. Sonia lives in California which really is 'across the miles'. She noticed that we shared a name and there we are, it all began to happen. My article 'Pushing back the Boundaries' is planned to be on the site on March 10th. I will need your votes to win the “My Gutsy Story®” for March. 

Secondly, I had more chat and connection with Ali Meehan, Imagineer of Costa Women fame. A networking site for people from all over who have settles in Spain. (@costawomen on Twitter.) Ali is heavily involved in International Women's Day in Andalucia with various events planned near Malaga. Hearing about the fund-raising activities and the IWD Fayre, I sent off a parcel of books for the event and hope there is a good contribution for their charity. Thankfully, they only took a few days to cross the globe to Malaga.
Ali had also sent an interesting video link where she connected via Google+ HangoutsonAir (HOA). Amazing how things are changing in social media.

Chrisoula Sirigou of @ExploramEU connected again - hello Chrisoula! - with details of the two events she is promoting on her lunchtime radio show on the community radio RedShiftRadio.  Thursdays 11am-1pm. The first is International Women's Day on her March 6th show and World Book Day on  her March 13th show.

This brings me to World Book Night in April which is on April 23rd. More on that later bit I will be there in Waterstones Wrexham ready to sign your copy of my books. This is a Best of Wrexham event, organised by Susan Miller of All Words Matter (@allwordsmatter on Twitter.) Ged, the Waterstones, Wrexham manager is very supportive.

Ged, is showcasing all my titles instore for a while which is very exciting. Why don't you pop in and have a look. Waterstones is on the corner of Regent Street and Hill Street -opp. Specsavers and near to the Island Green car park and bus station. Visit the store on Facebook

That's all for now.  

Rosalie x






Monday, 17 February 2014

Is Education Simply for a Job or to Develop Self?

I write this after listening to what I perceived to be a rather narrow view on the purpose of education. The topic was a TV news item tonight on the rising costs of child care. The interviewee - a professional - expressed a view (as I understood it and forgive me if I am wrong) that mothers should work. That it had cost money for their education and that they should pay it back by working.

A few hours later, I am still incensed at this narrow view.

I rushed to pull my copy of Lifelong Learning: A View from the Coal Face off the shelf. This book is based on a research paper I produced and in which, as research progressed, I changed the focus to examine how the then government initiatives contributed to the development of human potential and, more importantly, the whole person.

My ethos is that everyone should be able to develop their potential in whatever way that is. In this way that little cluster of cells, which even before we were born contained all our skills and attributes that make us what we are or could be, would be developed to release and realise our full potential.We would be fulfilled and empowered.

In researching the Education White Paper Learning to Succeed (Blunket.2000) I came across a quotation from Jefferson 250 years previously:
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilisation it expects what never was and never will be. . ."

Education should of course prepare one for life and gainful, fulfilling, employment but that is not to say that employment is mandatory for everyone; not when there are young children to be brought up. And what better person to nurture young children than a mother. Education can be put to good use in developing babies, pre-school, and school age children, in life. I speak from experience as I was a stay-at-home mother for many years. They were some of the best years of my life, albeit not in affluent circumstances as we cut our coat according to our cloth.  I cooked, sewed, decorated, planned my garden using graph paper and pencil, and cleaned. Using pencil and paper - no calculators then - mental arithmetic, and long calculations I worked out the effects of the Chancellor's Annual Budget on our own budget etc. In all this I was teaching my children the wider aspects of life and skills in reading, writing, colours, numbers, nature, etc. I was home when my children came home from school. They could discuss their day, their upsets and joys. I had time for them. That was what we did. (I have to say that childcare wasn't available as widely then as now.We had no family nearby having moved to a new area for work.)

One of my earliest memories is of when one day, they tumbled off the school bus, trailed up the drive, the first one opened the door, sniffed the air . . .and then the message went down the line. "Mum's baking!" I was late in developing a career. That is how it was then. I was given development opportunities to undertake and with focus and family support, eventually began to release and realise my potential - but learning is lifelong.

Jan Van Comenius wrote in Pampaedia in 1609 " Every age is destined for learning, even life itself . . ." (in Longworthy & Davies 1998)

There will always be circumstances when a mother has to go out to work but for a professional to have the viewpoint that one has to 'pay back' for education and therefore must work is, in my view, a narrow and restrictive one. No learning is ever wasted. 

Rosalie xx
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