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Musings and 33 things


Bristol viewMr Dotty are spending the first few days of half term on a mini break to Bath and Bristol. I am currently sat in our Bristol hotel room with a glass of wine, gazing out of the huge window at the river below and musing over the past few months. January and the start of February have been a little bit hectic, culminating in a visit from Ofsted a couple of weeks ago. Those who know me will know I have been obsessing over their visit from September (and I want to thank those people for their patience and loveliness over recent months) and now it has come and gone it has been a time to take stock, recharge and reflect. And muse. As I am sat here looking at the people going by below I am reminded of a list I made back in January just before my 33rd birthday, 33 things to achieve before I am 34. Writing that makes me feel a little strange, when did I get to 33? It also made me realise how important it is to get started on all those things in life I want to do and achieve. So below is my list and I cannot wait to see how I do before I hit 34 in January next year!

33 before 34 (in no particular order)

1- Learn how to do calligraphy properly.

2- Go to the British Library.

3- Buy a house with Mr Dotty.

4- Find an exercise I enjoy and stick at it.

5- Write for at least 5 minutes every day.

6- Crochet a blanket.

7- Keep a log of every book I read.

8- Keep a record of letters sent and received.

9- Get a new hairstyle.

10- Make my own handbag.

11- Run 5k.

12- Get more sleep.

13- Visit one new place a month- locally and nationally (vague but boils down to just get out more!)

14- Read a shelf of books from my TBR bookcase.

15- Read at least one classic book a month.

16- Find a dress I love (I never wear dresses!)

17- Organise my photos.

18- Keep a regular blog schedule.

19- Save a set amount each month.

20- Visit V&A in London

21- Take part in a read-a-thon.

22- Plan more meals in advance.

23- Go to a supper club.

24- Have a facial.

25- Share some journal stories from other people on Miss Dotty Loves.

26- Take Mother Dotty away somewhere new.

27- Learn a new craft.

28- See my friends more.

29- Make my own bread.

30- Become smarter with my time.

31- Get a bike.

32- Meet my personal health and fitness goals.

33- Have more fun!

As you can see some are very specific (and small) and some are a little more vague. But all are ones I am so excited to meet. So see you back here on the 23rd January 2015 to see how it all went!

Miss Dotty


Miss Dotty Loves- Museums, Filofaxes and New Year

Hello all and happy 2014!

I want to start off by saying I really love New Year and luckily as a teacher I get to celebrate New Year twice! Once in September when the new school year starts and once on January 1st.  I am not one for making resolutions but I do pay extra attention to my goals and 2014 is a year I am going to focus on goal setting a lot more. But sharing goals isn’t the point of this blog post, instead I wanted to share the first few days of 2014. I am coming to the end of my holiday and so my attention is slowly refocusing on school but I wanted to make sure I still made the most of my time off before term starts at full pelt.

January 1st was spent reading (I am currently gripped by The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon), waiting for and then watching Sherlock (#SherlockLives!), a little bit of planning for school (I was feeling inspired) and sorting out my Filofax setup for 2014. Check back soon for a set up post. A lovely relaxed and chilled day!

Cambridge January 2014

January 2nd was spent wandering around Cambridge buying a few stationery items (well how could I resist) and trying to find an A5 Raspberry Finsbury of A5 Holborn Filofax in a sale somewhere. Sadly there were none to be found but I thought I would try anyway! I then went for a walk around The Fitzwilliam Museum which is one of my favourite ways to spend some time. Every time I go I discover new things I missed before and as I wandered around I scribbled notes of things to look up, artists I admired and areas in history I wanted to know more about. The trouble is there is just too much and every time I go to any museum I find my attention and imagination is captured by the stories being told.

Fitzwilliam Cambridge January 2014

So here’s to the rest of 2014! January brings Mr Dotty’s and I birthday and we will be going watch the National Theatre live broadcast of Coriolanus which is currently at the Donmar Warehouse in London. Now to begin planning for more 2014 adventures! What are your plans for this year?

Miss Dotty

Hamster of the Month- A catch up!

Well I have been a very remiss blogger. The start of the new school year has been manic with getting to know my lovely new class as well waiting for visitors who shall not be named. However Miss Dotty Loves has always been on my mind and I am planning to have a great catch up over the next month so I can start the new year fresh. So the first outstanding order of business is Hamster of the Month! This post concludes the Hamster of the Month series and I have really enjoyed sharing this with you. Thank you for playing along with my love for these cute critters, you have been incredibly sweet! The good news is that we are searching for a house to buy (no luck yet though) which means soon the updates could be a real life hamster! However more about house hunting in another post as well as telling you all about our trip to Brighton, my crafty and stationery updates (including Journal Your Christmas 2013 and 30 Days of Lists) as well as some book reviews.   October Hamster

November Hamster


December Hamster

Goodbye sweet hamsters…


Miss Dotty


Hamster of the Month – September

I’m sorry, September? I think I am saying this everything month but wow this year is zooming! Today draws the end of my summer holidays which have been lovely and low key. Over the next few days I will share some of my summer adventures and day trips(and maybe sneak in some pictures of my classroom!) but for now I will leave you with the summer loving hamster of the month!


Declutter Challenge Update- The Car Boot Tales


A few weeks ago I posted about the great decluttering challenge I had set myself this summer. I have found it really satisfying going through everything and although I haven’t stuck strictly to the one area a day challenge (some days I just had to keep going and do more!) I have managed to do most areas apart from the dreaded garage. However, as I look around the house I am aware that there is more I could get rid of so I am beginning to see this as more of a long term project.

I have used a variety of methods to get rid of the decluttered items. Some have gone to charity shops, some have been ebayed or put on Amazon Marketplace but the problem with selling online is that for items the cost of postage meant it wasn’t worth selling them. So I joined forces with some lovely ladies to do a car boot on this sunny Bank Holiday Monday! Myself, Claire from Claireabellemakes, Collette from CraftyGlitten and Katie from Kookie and Krumbs (sadly Michaela was ill – hope you are feeling better lovely!) got up at early o’clock, filled the cars and headed off to our local car boot. The weather was bright and cheerful (if a little warm at times) and we had a morning of chatting and a little bit of selling. Sadly it was quite quiet so we didn’t sell as much as we had hoped. However we have grand plans to try again in a month or two!

I learnt that books don’t do very well and neither did the clothes I had bought so I am going to do a mix of ebay, charity shop and maybe keep some for our next car boot adventure (but maybe borrow a clothes rail to display the clothes on).

The big surprise seller was crafting goodies which all of us did well with, particularly material!

So all in all a mixed day but it was wonderful to spend time with friends, make a few pounds and make some room in the house.
Have you been taking part in the decluttering challenge? How is going? I would love to hear about in the comments!