About Me

Llantwit Major, Wales, United Kingdom
I am mother, librarian, avid reader, sf fan, writer (unpubished), singer(amateur), animal lover, needlewoman.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Off to London

We use a self issue system in the libraries made by a company called Bibliotheca, and they are having a one day forum in London on Tuesday next week which I am going to attend.  This would usually mean getting up at 5am to catch the train, but instead I am getting an overnight stay in a hotel, which is very nice.

The reason being that we also use a system called Netloan which is used to manage pc bookings, lots of libraries use it.  However we have put Netloan onto the self issue kiosks, so that borrowers can book a pc themselves, and it is also tied into the printers, so that people can manage their own printing payments .  We are one of the few libraries using this at the moment, so they got in touch to ask if I would do a 10 minute presentation about it .  I agreed, and they said they would pay the train fare and for a hotel too after I asked.  All for just 10 minutes.

The slight problem that I know almost nothing about Netloan was fairly quickly solved by a crash course.

So, off to London I go.

Saturday, January 12, 2013


I find it difficult to type 2013 so I hope that isn't an omen!


We walked all the interesting middle third of Hadrian's Wall which - for me - was a real achievement.  I feel proud of myself.

Still in work and still earning a pay cheque which is good in the current economic climate

All family well and thriving which is a major plus!!

Rejoined NWR which I am really enjoying

Got flooded over Christmas so are leaving our offices behind.  This is sad, because 4 years after we returned (after the last flood) we all still looked round and thought how lovely the office was.  We are now in the basement in a very small room and will turn into troglodytes (dry ones though)

Sad shortage of sun all year.

We built what we are calling the servatory on the back of the house ( half a conservatory) which does also have a canopy.  I wanted it because the garden is windy, so it is a wind break which still get sun.  We actually did use it a lot and it makes a big difference.

Still want some sun though.


B will have another piece performed by the BBC (hopefully) and another piece recorded in June, followed by a cd.  This is very exciting.

There are horrific spending cuts - why do they call them savings?  - coming up for the local authority I work for and libraries won't be immune.

B is going to be a grandfather in a few weeks

We have some concerts planned.

Roll on 2013 and I hope everyone has a good one

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Dagger's at the ready

The nominations for Dagger in the Library begin now - we already have one nomination, and I have never heard of the author which is good.   I found some really good new authors last year, so fingers crossed some other good ones turn up this year.

Fudge is going home tonight, and we will miss him because he is a very nice natured and affectionate little dog.  I won't miss the mess though as he chews everything and there are bits of chewed stuff all over the place, and the vacuum has been working hard.

New Year Resolutions - hmm
I want to learn more about wine, rather than buying by guesswork

Usual weight loss/fitter stuff (ho hum)

I will do something with the how to  crochet book I have next door instead of just looking at it guiltily.

Finish the backing up of all the  photos on the computer.

Make a start on scanning the old photos.

I will make an effort to create a course for mylearningworx.  I am thinking of a 'Make do and mend' really basic how to sew, how to hem, stuff like that. It should be a bit of a challenge!

Maybe invent a time machine as well so I can fit in all the above. (Doctor, where are you?????)