Pratchett-a-thon 2

Moving Pictures book

Current read

I thought I would take the opportunity of both Mini and Maxi being occupied with painting and drawing to update you as to how my Pratchett-a-thon is going. Especially as I think I may need a break for something else for a bit (or it could just be that I am not that enamoured with the current or previous books). I have managed to read almost every day for the last 6 weeks, which is a change for me. Granted that sometimes it has been 5 minutes before I fell asleep at night, but at least I am reading (not so easy when you have 2 small children).

I have worked my way methodically through the first lot of books, enjoying again the adventures and escapades of Rincewind,  Twoflower, The Luggage, Granny Weatherwax,  Nanny Ogg, Magrat Garlick, Mort,  Death, Teppic, and many others. What a wonderful array of names! I even dug out my copy of the Map of Discworld to check out where some of the story locations are in relation to each other.

Pratchett aficionados may notice a glaring absence of one set of characters from the above list; namely the guards of the City Nightwatch. It isn’t that I don’t love them, but I found rereading their first dedicated book, Guards! Guards!, required more effort than I expected. I am not really sure why, but am having the same issue with Moving Pictures, and I don’t recall having felt like this previously. Maybe, as I said earlier, I need a break for a few days and to read something else entirely…

Anyway, I have now read the following:

The Colour of Magic

The Light Fantastic

Equal Rites

Mort

Sourcery

Wyrd Sisters

Pyramids

Guards! Guards!

Moving Pictures (current read)

I have had to miss out Eric as I discovered, for some random reason, that I don’t have a copy. I have definitely read it before, so must have borrowed a copy. No idea why I didn’t buy it, but it is currently winging it’s way to me via Amazon Prime.

Oh, and I have finally caught up on watching the Sky adaptations of The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic, and watched the first half of Hogfather  (must finish that soon). I have had the DVDs for years. Oops!

I am also trying to work out how to make a cake version of The Luggage. Watch this space…😊

Pratchett-a-thon

I start my Pratchett-a-thon tonight. Reading through all of the Discworld books in order again, including the last 2, which I have got but haven’t read yet. Add to these a load of his other books, and I am going to be going for a while. I had planned on starting this after Terry Pratchett’s death last year, but with one thing and another, it was yet another challenge/project I hadn’t started. Here goes…

The Colour of Magic 😊

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Oh, and the hexies are over a thousand now…

 

Hexie Counter

DP Challenge: Time

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In response to the DP Challenge: Time

I am spending most of my time looking at time at work at the moment. Time for tasks. Time for feedback. Time for lessons. But also time for music. Lots of it. That is what happens when you are doing a show at the same time as teaching units on Musical Theatre to Years 7, 8 and 9. Today I covered Oliver, Blood Brothers and West Side Story in lessons, and a singing rehearsal with Fagin at lunchtime.

This is an image generated from Sibelius on my laptop when I was working out the melody line to ‘Kid’s Game’ from Blood Brothers. It shows several time aspects: time signature (bit unusual, that one), note lengths, bar lengths, tempo markings. I wasn’t sure how to present it, but I like this Pop Art setting from my phone’s editor. What do you think?

DP Challenge: Vibrant

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In response to Vibrant

Couldn’t resist posting this. Bought the daffodils on Saturday and by last night they had all flowered. They have a very strong perfume and are by far the brightest thing in the room (except the toys). Wonderful to look at while I am doing my work or doing some sewing! 😊

DP Challenge: Optimistic

In response to the DP Challenge: Optimistic

RSPB Rainham, hubby, Maxi Mister

Hubby and Maxi Mister on the boardwalk at Rainham Marshes. The RSPB building is the odd-looking structure behind them on the left. Looks odd, but gives amazing views!

Last time we attempted to walk round the loop at RSPB Rainham Marshes on New Year’s Day, we had to give up due to the utterly appalling weather. We made an optimistic start this year as it wasn’t blowing a gale or below zero, and finally made it round. It is lovely walking here, even when the weather is a bit grey.

DP Challenge: Alphabet

In response to the DP Challenge: Alphabet

Phonics practise, DP Challenge

Phonics practise on a magnetic sketch board

 

I was a little stumped with this. I have pictures of letters hubby made for Maxi Mister from Lego. I have appliquéd letters, made sugarpaste letters, played with letter flashcards with Maxi, packed away somewhere a whole set of Duplo letters, embroidered an alphabet sampler for my cousin (many, many years ago). But apparently have no pictorial record of any that I haven’t already shared.

 

Then Maxi informed us he was bored with drawing on his magnetic sketch board. So he started writing his phonics blends from this last week. As you do. We discussed words to go with them. And then I had a lightbulb moment: Phonics go with Alphabet.  Photo sorted!

We discussed the meaning of gait as he didn’t know it was different to a gate (he does now), and I am not totally convinced that they have actually done ae (I think it is more likely to be a_e), but he insisted they have.

Words are: day, gait, who, what, toy, noise, aerial

DP Challenge: Transition – From Paste to Model

In response to the DP Photo Challenge: Transition

Sugarpaste models, pocpocs, neep, bop, abney and teal

From Maxi Mister’s 4th Birthday cake – The Pocpocs, Neep and Bop from ‘Abney and Teal’