Halloween: Fierce Ladies of the Emerald Isle

Halloween came from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in).

The festival which was created by the Celts, (who arrived in Ireland around 500 BC) celebrated the end of the harvest and ushered in the darker half of the year.

During Samhain, the Celts believed that the barrier with the “Otherworld” was breachable and a lot of Halloween traditions stem from this belief:

https://time.com/5434659/halloween-pagan-origins-in-samhain/

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World Teacher Day

Tomorrow (5th October) is World Teacher Day.

I bet we all have that one teacher that we remember from our school days – the one that we adored and had a positive influence on us (we also probably all remember the one we didn’t like so much but that’s another story….)

As a parent, I always held teachers in a high regard but after spending a year working as a teacher’s assistant, I found a whole new level of respect for what teachers do for our kids.

Not only do they educate our children but they dry their tears when they fall, comfort them when they are missing Mum or Dad, celebrate their achievements big and small, reassure and encourage them when they doubt themselves and counsel them when they need help managing friendships and a whole lot more!

To celebrate World Teachers’ Day, I asked my 8 year old to do a little interview with her class teacher. She came up with the questions and did the whole interview herself.

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Girls from the wonderful world of Roald Dahl

The 13thSeptember is Roald Dahl Day, celebrating this legendary author.

Roald Dahl is one of the giants of storytelling – you don’t get a day named for you for no reason! The colourful characters he created are larger than life and full of mischief. 

I looked forward to introducing my oldest daughter to these very special stories and was so glad that she enjoyed them as much as I did when I was a kid. Like her Mum had been, she was delighted by George and the marvelous medicine he cooked up for his nasty old Granny and captured by the magic of the BFG.

I got to thinking about my favourite girl characters from Road Dahl’s books. 

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Earth Day, April 22 Meet 9 year old Lucia, Environmental Activist

Today is Earth Day, a day to demonstrate support for environmental protection. The Earth Day network works year round towards solving climate change, ending plastic pollution and protecting endangered species. Visit http://www.earthday.org to see some of the great work they are doing.

To mark Earth Day I would like to introduce you to Lucia Torresi – a very inspiring and impressive young lady, right here in Hong Kong.

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