Sunday, 6 March 2016

This Week #25

You only fail when you stop trying.
Life this Week

Marianna and I stayed around my mum and dad's this week because I was still ill, and so Anthony could paint the house. It was nice being home for a bit, though putting up with Bracken for the week was something of a test! I did drag myself in on Tuesday for full council (webcast HERE) and the challenge to the cabinet decision to close Victoria Primary School. School closures are always really emotive and this one was no exception - the public gallery was full of people yelling and jeering. 

It's hard because I can understand that people are upset about change, etc, but at the end of the day you've got to make decisions that improve education, even if they mean closing schools which have lots of nostalgia attached to them. I think we'll only see more of it in Wales going forward - the birth rate is falling, and tiny little local schools are a thing of the past. I mean, it wasn't like schools in the 1950s needed economies of scale to buy iPads, media suites and sports equipment!

I didn't make overview and scrutiny on Wednesday; my head was just swimming. I went to bed about 5:30pm and slept through. Thursday I went to town for a bit to buy a Mother's Day present and that was it. Saturday was back to normal: I had advice surgery in the morning, then we stayed on for a bit to look around the Hope Dog Rescue spring fayre. 

After that we had to go and replace the broken microwave, walk Bracken, and then in the evening Anthony and I went to the Cwmbran Community Council dinner at Greenmeadow Golf Course. It was nice, but I couldn't stop worrying about Marianna who had screamed the place down as we were leaving - I have officially turned into one of those mothers! 

Photo of the Week

A photo posted by Jessica Powell (@plastigffantastig) on

This Week, I 'Ave Been Mostly...

☆ READING: The Adjustamatic World Book Day Bloggers' eBook - I was really pleased to take part in this cute project, and it's a sweet keepsake for Marianna.

WATCHING: Extreme Cheapskates. It makes me feel decadent!

☆ LISTENING: The endless singing of Marianna's favourite toy, the chicken from the VTech Baby Toot-Toot Animals Chicken Coop. 'I sit on my eggs to keep them warm, to keep them safe from any harm,' and 'Hi, there, I'm a chicken, I love living on the farm.'

☆ WEARING: I wore high heels for the first time in ages last night; my feet are regretting it...

☆ EATING: I had an awesome cupcake from the Hope Rescue spring fayre yesterday.

☆ REVIEWING: All the books I read in February - read more HERE.

On the Blog

It's been a pretty good week for the blog. My domain authority went up from 19 to 23, and my Tots100 score went up from #193 to #160. We had 62 people link up to the Friday Frivolity linky this week - there's still time if you want to join this week's! - and I also posted about my February competition wins.

I put together a new media kit too. It looks pretty good, if I do say so myself!


  1. Great week for you on the blog, congratulations on your DA and Tots ranking. It must be difficult making the decision to close a school but if the funding isn't there then what else can you do
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes

    1. Thank you! I went back down three on Tots when they had their little rejig after the main update. I'm sticking with the first one on my media kit though! Lol.

      Yeah, it's really horrible because you know it's a big wrench for the kids currently attending the school. But it's part of a wider school reorganisation in the area, and I think it'll be worth it in the long run. x

  2. Great week, what a decision to close a school. Change is so hard but in a year peoples memory will fade. First time on your blog. Looks like you have some interesting reads. I'll go and subscribe and check I'm following you! #Happydayslinky

    1. Thank you! :D Yeah, it's difficult but so true - we had two secondary schools merge last year and already it's pretty much as though it's always been that way. x

  3. Ah sorry to hear you are unwell! It is sometimes nice to head home though isn't it! Laughing at the dog, my other half is always dressing our dog, I'm not sure she enjoys it!

    1. She's so soft, she just sat there and let my dad put it on her! x

  4. Well done Jessica you blog is really growing it lovely to watch, and I couldn't be a councillor my heart rules to much which is not a good cv when you need to work with your head and facts x

    1. Yeah, it is hard sometimes. And thank you! :)

  5. I'm always amazed at how much you cram into your week and to be doing so well on your blog too! It must be sad to close down a school that so many people have fond memories of. I hope you are feeling better now. Thanks for linking up to #HappyDaysLinky x

    1. Aw, thank you! I'm feeling a lot better thanks, and I'm looking forward to a few days off work next week too :)


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