This week we headed up the M5 to Tewkesbury a small Gloucestershire town close to the river Severn on the western edge of the Cotswolds. The town was the site of a decisive battle in the wars of the Roses. It has a magnificent Norman abbey and a remarkably well preserved old town full of black and white half timbered houses with overhanging upper storeys.
I belong to a couple of granny blogging groups and I have been invited to party with them by adding links to my posts. I thought I would try to repay the favour by hosting my own party. Continue reading “An Easter link Party”
I have always loved learning languages and I studied French and German as subsidiary subjects at university. However my first real job when I left college was as a technician in a metallurgical laboratory in a large engineering works. The laboratory was headed by a formidable female Russian engineer. A lot of the equipment we bought came from Germany and we would often struggle to understand the manuals even when they had been translated into English. Continue reading “Why do we need multilingual technical manuals?”
Did you know that October is Free Wills Month?
Free Wills Month brings together a group of well-respected charities to offer members of the public aged 55 and over the opportunity to have their wills written or updated free using participating solicitors in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.
The scheme covers simple wills only, including ‘mirror wills’ for couples. In the latter case, only one member of the couple has to be 55 or over. If you need a complicated will (most people don’t) you can still have this done but may have to pay a top-up fee.
An up-to-date will written by a solicitor will ensure that your wishes are respected and will avoid causing legal complications for your loved ones after you are gone.
Free Wills Month means what it says. There are no catches, although the organizers hope that you will choose to leave a donation to charity in your will. There is no obligation to do this, however.
To take part in Free Wills Month click through to the website https://freewillsmonth.org.uk/ and fill in your details. You can then pick a solicitor from the list of companies taking part and contact them to book an appointment. Appointments are limited and on a first come, first served basis, so call as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
You can also download a free Will Planner PDF, to help you plan your will prior to your appointment. Continue reading “Get your will written free in October”
This year my daughter is teaching in a village school just outside Prague. She has introduced her pupils to the game “Simon says” and it has quickly become a firm favourite. For those of you who have not played it, the teacher gives a list of instructions and you have to obey those that have the phrase “Simon says” before them and ignore those that don’t. It is good for teaching a foreign language as the children have to listen if they want to win the game.
These are a few of my “Simon says visit.. ” places in Prague. Continue reading “Five things to see in Prague”