These are scary times. Whenever I switch on the TV, all I encounter on the news is doom, gloom and misery in the light of the Coronavirus. Life and society are having to adapt in ways we could never have imagined possible. And here we all are, self-isolating in our homes and wondering how long this will last, how long can we sustain it, and do we have enough bog roll ??!!

I, for one, can get quite overwhelmed by the enormity of it all and I am sure I am not alone in this. To combat all the bad news, I have decided to look for good news, as amongst all this doom and gloom, there are good news stories emerging – of people helping one another, of kids getting to spend so much quality time with their parents, of simple acts of kindness that can mean so much.

I will be blogging here about Happy Happy Happy Moments that I see, am told about or find on the net and I hope you will enjoy them and that they will give a bit of sunshine in these dark times. If you have any suggestions to share, use the contact button to get in touch.

To begin with, this video of police in Mallorca doing their rounds to check people are respecting the lock-down rules : 


And I love this video of keeping kids busy, especially the washing-up bowl roller coaster ride !!


And finally for today, this imposed confinement sees me spending much more time in my garden than I would normally. As you can see, there is a lot of work to be done… but that is good because we are going to have a lot of time on our hands !! Being in the garden is my relaxation and I just love fiddling around with my plants. So that is my Happy Happy Happy Time !!

Welcome everyone !!

I see from my site stats that I have been getting some traffic on here from Senegal and Ivory Coast. That is fabulous as it means I am not forgotten in this part of the world, so dear to my heart. I led training workshops in Dakar and Abidjian for 9 years running and so met a huge number of people and worked with some great colleagues. If you recognize yourselves in this, please be assured that I have not forgotten you and what I learned from my time spent with you – the warmth, the laughs and the same desire to do our best for our kids, to help to bring out the best in them. If you were one of the participants who learned all the verses of The Court of King Caractacus, I hope you can still remember them (!!) and you might enjoy a sing-along to this video.

If you had the ultimate pleasure of singing “I am the Music Man” and learning to dance to the bagpipe music of “Scotland the Brave”, I am sure just the mere mention of it will bring a smile to your faces. As we always did a Friday special on the final day of the course, there you were, in all your Friday finery, boogie-ing your way down along with this :

I no longer work in West Africa – sadly, as I loved those yearly trips – but I continue the teacher training and still maintain that desire to bring fun and enjoyment to the world of language learning. Please feel free to “Like” this post, if you are one of my West Africa friends …

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