Better Get Your Skates On


Did you own a pair of roller-skates?  Who knew such fun could be had on eight wheels!

My Dadda was determined to teach me how to lace my own shoes.  I struggled with it so much. It was was one of several key practical tasks that seemed to take me ages to master.

He patiently showed me time after time, but I gave up and in the end gave up, resorting to tucking my laces under my foot.

All changed when I was gifted with one of the most delightful presents I have ever received, a pair of blue roller-skates! They became the most prized of all my childhood possessions.

It did not take me long to master the lace-tying technique with this new incentive!

You cannot skate with loose laces. Nope, not unless you want to end up black and blue and on your way to the local Accident and Emergency unit.

Can you hear my Dadda: “Come on Mel, better get your skates on!”


I published a little post yesterday about short movies featuring the minions which are a fantastic “go-to” when you have a rainy day and need an instant pick-me-up.

Here is another little instant pick-me-up.  I friend who used to forward an annoying amount of links to everyone in her inbox sent this (amongst two thousand others) to me.  I kept it, realizing  I would want to watch it again and again in the future.

The first time I watched it, my reaction was “how odd, he seems rather an oddity!”  The second time, I watched it, I realized how much time is involved in setting up something like that and practising it – who has the spare time to learn to do something like that? The third time I watched it, I just wanted to cheer!

Now I watch it for the sheer sense of celebration and triumph it gives me!  Hurrah!

I am sorry I have been struggling to keep up with reading everyone’s posts and writing anything that will catch your attention – this week has been crazy busy!!!

But…I hope to be back to some normality next week – I hope!