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Getting to know Sarah

Hi everyone! Hope you are all having lots of fun at home.

This is my lockdown clan, my husband Cormac, Oscùr & Harley, my 2 dogs which I know plenty of you have heard about and some have even met them at Rouken Glen. They have been my wee sidekicks following me everywhere. I’m not sure they will cope when things are back to normal, I might have to bring them to nursery with me.

I am originally from Antrim in Northern Ireland and I first moved to Scotland for University and lived in Stirling, studying Economics…just a slight career change. I moved back permanently nearly 4 years ago after living in London for a few years, I wasn’t the shopping, city girl I used to think I was.

Although I’m always cold, winter is my favourite season. A few years ago I went to Lapland, it was beautiful with snow past my knees and very cold -18° and I was told it gets as cold as -34°, sometimes colder. When I was there I met Santa, Mrs Clause and their reindeer!

Reindeer shed their antlers and in Finland they use them to make things, the hotel reception and restaurant had beautiful lights made from antlers
Reindeer shed their antlers and in Finland they use them to make things, like these beautiful chandeliers.

 

Oscùr & Harley get their breakfast at 7am and don’t like to wait, if they are really hungry and I’m not up yet Harley will bark so I don’t forget about them . So in the mornings I have time to make yummy breakfasts, I’ve used lots of different pancake recipes and my favourite one is carrot cake pancakes. I’ve also made lots of cookies & brownies, not for breakfast though!

My dad is the caretaker of a primary school, 5 years ago my dad noticed a duck had her ducklings in an empty courtyard. He makes them different sized swimming pools so they can still learn to swim, making them bigger as they grow and feeds them lots of food. They are very smart because when they hear the school alarm they run to the windows knowing he is coming to give them some food. Mummy duck has came back every year since, some times they don’t want to leave when they are big enough and stay in the school visiting the boys & girls in the playground 😊

Take care & stay safe, missing you all and can’t wait until we are able to go back to Cart Mill 💕

 

Getting to know Iona Mitchell

 

Hi everyone I miss you all and hope you are all safe and well.

Here is a little more information about me to help you get to know me better.  I’m from Neilston and was born in 1979, I have a younger brother called Ross and a sister called Ailie we are a close family and very supportive of each other which is lovely . I came back into Child Care and education after bringing my family up, my eldest is seventeen.  I have worked with children all of my life and I really missed it. I was over the moon when I got a permanent job at Cart Mill family centre in January.

I’m married to James we were married at Eastwood house in 2001.

Do you like our farm themed cake? It has our house in the middle, our neighbour made it for us. Our honeymoon was in Cala d’Or Majorca  we have been back to Majorca many times James likes to drive around the island and explore it.

James and I have three children Jennifer Jamie and Rae. The top photo is us at North  Berwick we quite often go for a week in the summer with my parents. I have booked again for July hopefully we will get to go.🤞

Rae who is 9 likes to help out on the farm by collecting the eggs feeding the chickens  he even sometimes does a bit of tractor washing with the power cleaner. I think a bit of responsibility is good for him though he draws the line at helping to lamb a sheep.😂

We are very fortunate to live in the countryside I love going for long walks with my Collie dog Gael .  On the farm just now we have lots of foals being born it is also calving time though that’s definitely more my husbands department. I like to read non fiction books and autobiography’s. The last pop star I went to see was Shawn Mendes at the hydro, He was very good though I did feel a bit old sitting in between hoards of screaming  girls.

This is Jennifer my eldest we have miniature Shetland ponies she has won many prizes showing them.

Getting to know Sami

Hi everyone, Sami here! Time to share some things about me that you may not know 🙂 It’s been so nice reading everyone’s blogs. I’ve even learned some new things I didn’t know before!

During lockdown I have been painting feature walls galore, and upcycling all of my old furniture in my flat. I am missing my Friday night sewing dates I usually have at my Mum’s, so it’s been good getting creative in other ways. Although now that she has two new puppies, I think sewing date Friday’s may be a little tricky 🙂

My Mum got married in Australia to Gordon, who was her best friend in school. I even had the pleasure of walking her down the aisle. They are real life soulmates!

 

My Mum and I are like best pals and I am so blessed to have the relationship with her that I do. A lot of people think we look alike, do you think we do?

I also have a big brother Paul. We were always very close growing up. He even used to practice WWF wrestling moves on me!! Ironically, he has always been very protective of me 🙂  And we are still very close as adults 🙂


I love staying fit and trying to make exercising fun like hill walking, and have done the Race for Life the last few years too with my family. I will miss it this year, but am setting myself the challenge to run the 10k anyway on my own… Pray for Sami!


I have also attended a Mindfulness class for the past 3 years, and it has helped me lots during this time as it focuses on meditation and being present in the moment. For anyone who may find this helpful, the man who runs the class has made the facebook page public so that people can try and get a taste of mindfulness in the comfort of their own home. The facebook page is “Martin Stepek’s Ten for Zen.” I hope it helps you as much as it helps me!

Above all I am missing my family tremendously, and all my little friends too. Can’t wait to see everyone again when it’s safe to do so! Take care everyone 🙂 Sami xx

All about SJ!

Hi everyone! Sarah-Jane here, here is a little blog with some things about me that you might not know!

I am 25 years old and have worked at Cart Mill for 2 and a half years now. I live at home in Park House with my mum, my dad and my little dog Lola. I have been with my boyfriend Graeme for about 10 months now. I grew up in Southpark Village and then Darnley and I went to Darnley Primary and Hillpark Secondary. I enjoy going out for meals and going on nights out with my friends.

 

I used to dance and figure skate when I was younger. I started dancing when I was 2 and a half and did it for 14 years and figure skating for 2 years. I have many trophies and medals for dancing doing ballet, tap, disco, modern and jazz. I also used to play football and trained with a top team in Scotland’s girls football for a while.

I have a Maltese dog called Lola, she is 2 years old in September and I love her so much. She makes me smile with her cheeky antics and she gives the best cuddles!

I particularly like to drive to Luss, which is near Loch Lomond when the weather is nice and go for a long walk, it is one of my favourite places to take a drive to.

My favourite thing to do is watch the football. I have had a season ticket for my favourite football team since I was 2 and I go with my mum and dad.  I have even been to countries such as Poland, Germany and Holland to watch them.

I love watching tv, probably a little too much! Some of my favourite programmes include Friends, Gavin and Stacey, Match of the Day and Love Island – I’m a little obsessed with reality tv!

I also love music, I couldn’t even begin to chose a favourite but I enjoy listening to Oasis, JLS, Take That and Olly Murs, quite a random mix of music, haha!

I love to go on holiday, a lot of people say I’m a bit of a sun worshiper. My favourite place to go on holiday is Florida, I love all things Disney! I really am a big kid at heart.. The next place I’d like to go on holiday when it is safe is Cancun, in Mexico, which is where my boyfriend and I plan to go next year, when it is safe to do so!

I miss all of you so much, and I can’t wait to see you all again, hopefully soon! But most importantly when it is safe to be back in Cart Mill together. I hope you are all having fun whatever you are all getting up to during this unprecedented time and making the most of the time we have with our families.

Stay safe everyone.. xx

All about Fiona

Hi everyone, hoping you’re all well and staying safe.  It’s my turn to tell you a little bit about me. I’ve loved reading last week’s Blogs and learning new things about my fabulous colleagues, what a talented bunch they are. I’ve a hard act to follow, so here goes!
I was born in South Ayrshire, a long time ago, and loved growing up by the seaside. I have an older brother (who annoyed me so much growing up, but we’re very close now), who lives in Sweden with his family, and a twin sister (I’m 6 minutes older and apparently the bossy one!)  Can you guess which one is me? My family say I have the chubbier face and most freckles. Would you look at that haircut!

I met my husband when I was at school, a long time ago. We’re blessed with 2 amazing children, Mark and Katie, who will be 19 and 16 next month (Katie says it’s 30 sleeps until her birthday. She has lots of plans. We’re going BIG , apparently, because you’re only 16 once!) I can’t believe how grown up they are. They’re such good company and have kept me going over the last few months. I’ve loved spending time together as a family. We’ve tried to keep each other entertained, and have had so much fun. Katie has been teaching me lots of dance routines, so Jump Start Johnny might have some competition!
I was a little bit stuck over what else to tell you about me, so my family decided we should do a quick fire quiz round..

Favourite colour : easy, red
Favourite food: Tricky as I can’t pick just one! pasta, pizza, crisps and chocolate ( Katie says I should really be healthier!)
Favourite drink: I’d better say water (my husband says that’s not true)
Hobbies: exercise (my children are laughing now) reading, spending time with family and friends. Hill walking, I managed to climb to the top of a Ben Nevis (had to get that in somewhere!) Oh and I love camping too. I can even pitch the tent myself! (Ok, well sometimes I need a teeny bit of help)
Favourite band: well I do love a boy band! Bros, Wham (told you I was old) and Take That. Gary is my favourite, in case you thought it was Robbie.
Achievements: I did a bungee jump once, I was terrified so I won’t be doing that again! I have a BA in Business and Administration and last year I completed my HNC Childhood Practice ( which was very hard as my brain doesn’t work as quickly as it used to) Mark says that’s the wrong answer. Obviously my family are my greatest achievement and I’m super proud of them (Phew, I think I saved that!)
What do I love the most? Easy, my family (brownie points now!) and my friends, I miss them so much.
What are you afraid of?: Ooh tricky. Definitely boats. I don’t like being in the sea, unless it’s paddling. I do love looking at it though and I would love to move back to the seaside when I’m older. (According to my lovely children that shouldn’t be be too long! They’re  very cheeky)
Best thing about lockdown?:  If there is a best thing, it’s being with my family.  (Mind you it’s sometimes  hard all being in the house all day every day!) Life had been hectic, so it’s been nice to press pause and recharge.
Worst thing about lockdown?  I miss family and friends. I’ve never gone more than 2 weeks without hugging my twin or mum. Virtual hugs aren’t the same. Fridge is always empty, even when the shopping has just been delivered! I love being outdoors so having to stay in has been challenging!
What have I learned during lockdown?: To be healthier, exercise more, appreciate family and friends and never take anything for granted. Oh and I need to brush up on my general knowledge as I always lose that round in our Zoom quizzes. (My family say I could practise/improve my cooking skills, again they’re very cheeky!)

Well that wasn’t too hard after all! I’ve had fun. We try to spend time doing quizzes together and with our family and  friends. It’s a great way to keep in touch. (This is where I remind my children we didn’t have the internet when I was growing up, which horrifies them as they couldn’t survive without WIFI) I must also learn to print off more photographs as I have over 8,000 on my phone!
I’m missing everyone very much and can’t wait to see you all soon. Take care, stay safe and have fun. Lots of love, Fiona xx

Lisa’s All about me Story!

Hi Everyone I hope this finds you all well 💁

I thought I would tell you a bit about my life story and maybe some things you may not know about me!

I was born in Irvine in East Ayrshire in 1978! Yes I know a very long time ago………….

One of my favourite moments in my life was on my wedding day to my handsome soulmate Jim at Sherbrooke Castle in Glasgow. I loved every minute!

We went an amazing honeymoon to Hawaii and Las Vegas. Hawaii was probably a once in a life time trip! One of the most beautiful places I’ve visited. Although my top favourites are York and Paris 💕

Our little momentum’s from Hawaii! Let’s see who can say our names in Hawaiian language?

Our little family came along from 2010 and are both the most precious possessions in my life.

Madeline who is now 9 and Max who is 5.

I feel during this sad time just now family and friends are at the heart of everything that is keeping us strong and making sure we all prioritise what is important in life!!! 🥰

Since 1999 I have probably (what most people would say is an embarrassing fact) have loved one pop star and one only called BRITNEY SPEARS. An idol of mine. I have been to see her shows in the O2 in London, Manchester Evening News Arena and several times in Glasgow.

When I was 20 I went to a recording studio and recorded my very own version of ‘Oops I did it again’. Here is my C.D !!!  Britain’s got talent here I come…….or maybe not! Well Lisa you can dream. 😂 Maybe one day I could bring it into the Centre for you to hear although I would have to hide in another room when you all listened to it!

 

My final interesting fact is that this week will see the end of my studies for work in achieving the BA in Childhood Practice. I’m finishing honours now after 6 years of studying. I will be so glad to get my Sundays back with the family!

Max has been counting down the days just now… “Mummy how many days is it now until you can play with me more?”  He makes my heart melt 👼

Well it has been a new I.T. Challenge for me today creating my first blog but we are all learning new skills and that’s something else we can be proud of during this time.

I miss our Cart Mill family and hope we can all be back together soon. I send lots of virtual hugs to all our children, families and team. Take care and keep sharing all your brilliant activities you are doing at home we love seeing all your happy faces. Learning is fun!!

Lisa xx

Welcome to my crib🤣

Hi everyone

I hope your all keeping safe and well, we are all really missing you!


Welcome to Gail’s house I’m doing a little arts and craft come and see……


My canvas is a little bigger as i’m currently painting our hall


Everyday is a learning day even if you are as old as me!!!!!


I am enjoying getting out into the fresh air everyday, I haven’t been on a bike for 30years but managed to cycle to Lochwinnoch – my bottom was a little tender!😭


This is what I wear going shopping, I shop for my mum and dad as my dad has chronic heart failure. I also wish my big boy Kyle would stop eating as I cannot fill him at the moment!!!


Washing, washing, washing I cannot keep up with it all! My big girl Abby likes to change so often ….. we now have exercise gear, tanning towels, tanning bedding she’s not even going out!!!


Our wee dog Pip who couldn’t care less what’s happening she just likes to courie up and sleep – lazybones!!!

No matter how great your husband is cutting the grass DON’T let him cut your hair!!!This is something I will NEVER ask him to do again 😂😂😂


Colin’s at work just now but I hope your enjoying Kyle and Colin playing on a Thursday night to say a huge thank you to all our wonderful careers for the fantastic work they are all doing 👏👏👏

I hope your all keeping busy and safe, lots of love to you and your family and hopefully not long till we see each other again 🥰🥰🥰

Get to Know the Cart Mill Team

Hi everyone. Val here. Hope you are all keeping busy. As part of our Blog we thought it would be nice to run a getting to know the Cart Mill team. So, today it is my turn.
During lockdown, I have been working from home and planting lots of vegetables in my garden but what else can I tell you about me?

I moved to Netherlee when I was a baby

I went to Williamwood High School so haven’t really travelled very far! I have 3 children, 2 sons and a daughter who all go/went to Williamwood too!

I don’t really watch tv but I do quite like keeping up with news and current affairs programmes like Question Time.

You all know I love being outdoors as much as possible, I speak French and my favourite colour is blue but what might you not know about me… well, I climb, hill walk and ski.

I used to horse ride and competed in 3 day eventing and won lots of rosettes.

I absolutely love watching football and have a season ticket for my favourite football team and I also play classical piano.

Something I’m sure you all know is, I am missing you all very much and can’t wait to see you all as soon as possible.
Stay safe and take care xx