the careys

the careys
and then there were 7!!

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

The last day on earth

We said good bye to our beautiful newfoundland Monty on Monday 18th May 2015 due to very sudden diagnosis that unfortunately could not be treated and he was unable to keep going as he was. He was seven and a half years old and we had adopted him in August 2014 and fully embraced life with a newfoundland.
He was affectionately known as a goofie newfie and a slobbery doofus due to his character and the mess he made when he shook, which was often!
I love him from the moment we saw him and although we were only fostering him initially we soon failed miserably and had to adopt him as he had adopted us.
We have many happy memories, some of which we have shared photos of here.
Until we meet again Monty xxxxx

Keeping watch in the caravan

He loved the groomers!

New and very much needed bib

He loved the garden

His best friend and companion, Bella

Refusing to get out of the car after a weekend away


Monty loved his care rides!

The three pooches

One last cuddleOne last kiss
By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
When their time on earth is over and done.
For here, between this world and the next,
Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.
No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.
They romp through the grass, without even a care,
Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.
For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
Together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
The time of their parting is over at last.
The sadness they felt while they were apart,
Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

ParliaMentors and SalfREACH

For anyone who has been following my blogging will know I have been part of the this years undergraduate parliamentors programme. A leadership development training programme run by 3ff (three faiths forum)  this link give more info

I have put my heart and soul into our social action project but sadly this was not the case for all members of our 'team' and participation and communication dwindled. Two of us continued on, determined to see it through to the end, and I finalised the project write up to add closure to the project.

My journey is just beginning though, the social action project, SalfREACH, is continuing, albeit, with just myself at the helm at the moment!

I very nearly decided not to go the graduation for this programme as I was so disappointed and I felt utterly let down at how the 'team' had dissipated throughout the last 9 months and many of the tasks were not undertaken fairly, never mind equally.

However, after a very welcome and inspirational chat from a respected manager at 3ff who has encouraged me to focus less on the team dynamics and more on what I have achieved, personally, with respect to leadership in the face of adversity and securing myself a strong future, I have decided that I will attend the graduation after all.

I am proud of what I have achieved within SalfREACH and determined to continue, after all, I never entered into this programme for the kudos. I entered into to it to enact social change. I shall be able to stand up and be recognised for the work I have undertaken. As for those who attend but have not participated fairly or maybe were only there for their own advancement, they can worry about their own futures.

SalfREACH and my future is bright.....................

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Two thirds

I am two thirds of the way through my degree, something I could not envisage two years ago, and today I was able to speak, albeit briefly, to a potential new student who is considering joining the course in September.

Two years ago I was preparing for my mature students admissions pathway exam (MSAP) and lacked so much confidence that even if I passed I wasn't sure whether I could cope with uni. I still lack confidence at times but I keep pushing myself to move out of my comfort zone and embrace new experiences and change. Being passionate about certain subjects is a big motivator and is the driving force behind what is ultimately going to be a life changing twelve months from now.

I had a presentation last week, for the Salford Advantage Award. I have undertaken volunteer roles as part of the award, a total of 100 hours between four projects and I had to submit a 1000 word reflective assignment, a CV, and a presentation.
I was that nervous, I had sweat trickling down my legs whilst I was talking!! yuck!!

I had my powerpoint slides all prepared, plus hard copies for the people I was presenting to, and I prepared a guide sheet for myself to use along side the slides as a prompt but I didn't need it in the end as I spoke from the heart rather than something that was rehearsed.
When I finished, and at this point I was ridiculously hot, one of the panel members said 'wow, that was amazing'!!
Apparently I am inspirational and the overall feedback they gave me was amazing. I get my award certificate in a few weeks and I really hope I can capture that experience in future interviews for jobs or research projects!

This year has been quite immense and although it has been hard work, not without sacrifice, and has affected my health at times, I am so proud of what I achieved. The next 12 months will be focusing on my final year assignments, especially my dissertation, and making plans for after graduation. I will still be volunteering and I plan to get more politically active locally which is where I see my future.

'Be the change you want the world to be'

In other news, I have Monica's first communion and confirmation this Saturday and Owen, Monica and Martha's coming up over the next few weeks so lots of family celebrations to be had before I jet off to Uganda.
We have also been sorting the house out and Mark and I are now sleeping downstairs in the, previously unused, conservatory. We bought a waterbed for in there and I love having our own adult space for the first time in a long time!
Next job is to turn our old room into a room for Peter and Jason before their new beds arrive in two weeks and to decorate everywhere else!

Never ending jobs....