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by Lilyfae
Thu May 19, 2011 8:24 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Pot success!
Replies: 16
Views: 2301

Re: Pot success!

We'll done! I'm exactly the same, most things grow happily outside, but inside I've killed orchids, bonsai, spider plants and peace lilies! Yet just after Xmas I popped the shop-bought poinsettia on the windowsill and only water it when the soil is Sahara dry & it's flourished, grown extra arms & bu...
by Lilyfae
Wed May 18, 2011 9:57 am
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: Am I Going Mad?
Replies: 62
Views: 12961

Re: Am I Going Mad?

Sadly Sarah I am not surprised to hear that (see my post above I did predict a brush-off when teacher didn't bother to come see you) - I would guess the teacher went into teaching straight out of uni thought it would do for a couple of years and is not really made of the stuff that makes a great tea...
by Lilyfae
Tue May 17, 2011 9:09 pm
Forum: Health and Beauty
Topic: Broken bones
Replies: 6
Views: 1367

Re: Broken bones

awful luck! Arnica for bruising (cream) Comfrey (old name is knitbone) for speeding up healing ( tea/poultice/cream/tincture) Ibuprofen for pain relief whilst taking exams Rescue Remedy for nerves/twinges when taking exam Btw if he can't write at all get a doctors note & he may well be entitled to a...
by Lilyfae
Tue May 17, 2011 5:42 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Work related problems!
Replies: 20
Views: 7139

Re: Work related problems!

Sorry to hear that, it is frustrating when you stick to the rules and others get away with breaking them left right and centre. However sometimes it's not worth the bother as people who do get caught out can be vindictive even if they didn't know it was you. Besides as long as you are legally meetin...
by Lilyfae
Tue May 17, 2011 5:16 pm
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: Home schooling advice.
Replies: 22
Views: 5794

Re: Home schooling advice.

Do it! My kids' school is supposedly the best primary in the city having been awarded outstanding status. But still, my girls' learn more in an hour at home with us than a whole week there. My youngest was kept on low level books, a single, simple sentence per page, whilst at home she was reading R...
by Lilyfae
Tue May 17, 2011 5:06 pm
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: Home schooling advice.
Replies: 22
Views: 5794

Re: Home schooling advice.

You can get a breakdown of Bloom for free on the net - google it - the best ones have actions and questions for the stages. Good luck, I suspect I will have to make this decision myself in the future too- I know too much about the failings & misfocus of the education system (though leading a quiet o...
by Lilyfae
Tue May 17, 2011 4:41 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hi from '1940s' Cornwall
Replies: 23
Views: 3518

Re: Hi from '1940s' Cornwall

Wow! Welcome, I love your writing concept (especially as a history teacher) Marguerite patten did a series of books that were cribbed from original publications- I got it from the imperial war museum & I use bits out of it when we do WWII. It's called the Wartime Kitchen & well worth a read! Good lu...
by Lilyfae
Tue May 17, 2011 4:33 pm
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: Home schooling advice.
Replies: 22
Views: 5794

Re: Home schooling advice.

As a teacher ( and studying for masters in advanced educational practices) the most important part of education is teaching kids how to learn ( ie recall,describe, explain, consider, judge & postulate - ie think) but due to modern school regulations this is difficult to fit in as governments only wa...
by Lilyfae
Tue May 17, 2011 4:13 pm
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: Am I Going Mad?
Replies: 62
Views: 12961

Re: Am I Going Mad?

Well done, glad to hear that the management have some professionalism. However I would be prepared for a carefully worded response considering she didn't come ANC talk it through.parent complaints are serious, I have had a teacher come to cover my class so i could answer an irate parent who came in ...
by Lilyfae
Tue May 17, 2011 2:58 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: growing herbs for teas
Replies: 28
Views: 3684

Re: growing herbs for teas

I've got a lovely old American book from a charity shop which discusses how the Americans made tea from the available plants around them during the rebellions and war of independence when they refused to buy China tea from the British - has some great recipes must dig it out Personally my three must...
by Lilyfae
Tue May 17, 2011 1:57 pm
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: Struggling with homework!
Replies: 11
Views: 2323

Re: Struggling with homework!

Dyslexics in my school are either given a see-through film in the colour that works for them to put over their reading material / or I print off on blue/yellow/peach paper as they tend to be the colours that work. Craft plastic film in a yellow or light blue could be the answer as our brains cannot ...
by Lilyfae
Tue May 17, 2011 1:38 pm
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: Am I Going Mad?
Replies: 62
Views: 12961

Re: Am I Going Mad?

As a teacher (secondary mind) I am shocked & appalled that the teacher told your daughter this especially at her age. Obviously this teacher is a jumped up arrogant twit or an NQT who has forgotten all their training in the real world of the classroom. On behalf of my profession I apologise for thei...
by Lilyfae
Mon May 16, 2011 3:55 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Scary robin
Replies: 17
Views: 2056

Re: Scary robin

I second the visible feeding- my parents eaves ( just above bathroom window) have a family of birds that return every year & since actively putting out food they have been fine & less aggressive when anyone goes in the bathroom during the day! Btw any fox that is seen in our garden is Geoffrey! Glad...
by Lilyfae
Sat May 14, 2011 10:30 am
Forum: Health and Beauty
Topic: Home Remedies for PMT and Pains please!
Replies: 44
Views: 6778

Re: Home Remedies for PMT and Pains please!

I know this is an old post but as someone who suffered with excruciating pain from when i started at age of 11, when i was 14 the gynaecologist gave in and said "its secondary dysmenorrhea put her on the pill" which is doctor speak for "stupidly painful Periods that we have no physical reason for I ...
by Lilyfae
Fri May 13, 2011 8:19 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: The Merry-go-round begins ...
Replies: 8
Views: 1585

Re: The Merry-go-round begins ...

As a history teacher I preempted the comparisons to the scramble for Africa in the late 19th century one because the industrialised nations had exhausted their own resources and two because of the political gains of control of said resources. Nothing changes does it. It's a terrible indication of th...