Day 173 – Paper Helicopter

Today's new thing is yet another from the James Dyson Foundation challenge cards I discovered a few months ago. Whilst these are aimed at children, I've had great fun making and learning about spaghetti bridges, paper water balloons, and weather balloons, so I was looking forward to today's task - making a paper helicopter. I've… Continue reading Day 173 – Paper Helicopter

Day 172 – Folded a t-shirt in 2 seconds

This could be the quickest new thing I've done so far! I saw a video a while ago showing somebody doing this and it looked so cool. https://youtu.be/uz6rjbw0ZA0 I took one of my husband's t-shirts and gave it a go. The first time I ended up a bit tangled up, but after that I had… Continue reading Day 172 – Folded a t-shirt in 2 seconds

Day 171 – Hand Shadow Puppets

Normally I am quite well organised with my new things, I usually plan out two weeks at a time, and rearrange as and when spontaneous things come up, but today, I don’t know what happened - it was the closest I’d come to not completing anything new at all. I had a full and busy… Continue reading Day 171 – Hand Shadow Puppets

Day 170 – Fruit Pie

So as I mentioned the other day, I've started a pastry course run by Puff the Bakery. Week one is custard week, and I have already made a trifle from scratch learning how to make a Genoese sponge and creme Diplomat. The next class is creme Anglaise and fruit pie. Or, in my case, just… Continue reading Day 170 – Fruit Pie

Day 169 – Examining hidden biases

I have done a few online volunteering projects lately, from proofreading books, to transcribing letters and military records - it's been fascinating and a big opportunity to learn. As a white woman, it's high time for me to actively use my privilege to support People of Colour in whatever way I can, I'm sorry it's… Continue reading Day 169 – Examining hidden biases

Day 168 – Ninjutsu

Every year in Frankfurt there is a fantastic Japanese film festival called the Nippon Connection. As well as showing interesting films from Japan, the programme is always jam-packed with various exhibitions, classes, and concerts all on different aspects of Japanese culture. This year, the festival was entirely online, and although I didn't catch any films,… Continue reading Day 168 – Ninjutsu

Day 167 – Baguettes

I'm back doing my favourite thing, making bread, and today I wanted to follow along with another Bread Ahead tutorial and make baguettes. I've made a lot of Italian bread, but rarely ventured into French bread, so why not start with one of the classics. The crusty French sticks are so soft and springy inside,… Continue reading Day 167 – Baguettes

Day 166 – Trifle

Before normal life started to shut down, I tried to stay away from having anything food-related as one of my new things. As someone who already actively looked for new foods to eat and make, it felt a little too easy. That's changed over the past four months. My new adventures had to be limited… Continue reading Day 166 – Trifle

Day 165 – Taskmaster Challenge

For the past few weeks, a YouTube channel called Taskmaster has been popping up on my home screen. I gathered the videos were of people doing weird things, but I never actually clicked on a video until today. It turns out that each week during the UK's lockdown, a different fun challenge was set for… Continue reading Day 165 – Taskmaster Challenge

Day 164 – Home schooling help

My sister was all ready to send her four-year-old back to pre-school this week, until she found out the day before that it was remaining closed, possibly until after the summer break. As with many families, the stress of having to provide some homeschooling (yes, even for pre-school) was taking its toll, so I thought… Continue reading Day 164 – Home schooling help