Monday, 27 July 2015

Dorchester Library

Dorchester's library is an excellent community resource, not just for reading but for accessing many different forms of information, education, and leisure activities. My daughter has been volunteering as a helper for the summer reading challenge. Children aged 12 and under are invited to take part, and are offered stickers and medals as incentives. I visited the library myself this morning and saw many enthusiastic young readers heading towards the very well stocked children's section.

I had a reserved item to collect. Recently I have taken advantage of the digital audio book loan, using the Overdrive app on my i-phone. The service has improved since I first started using it some years ago, and now offers a far better selection of titles. I was able to download several audio books to take away with me whilst travelling.

I was extremely surprised however to learn that the free dance class offered to children age 7-12 was not well attended this morning. I was always very glad of any quality supervised activity for my children when they were younger, and often paid for them to attend classes through the summer holidays.

Dorchester Police also have a contact point at the library on Mondays and Thursdays from 10am until 2pm, and offer services such as free bike marking events.

I shall be supporting the Dorchester BID by doing a few ambassador shifts throughout August, it is good to hear from visitors how welcome they feel when visiting the town. There is another free activity organised for young people this summer. The Super Sleuth quiz is good fun for the family. An entry form can be collected from the Tourist Information Centre in Trinity Street, the quiz involves photo clues around the streets of Dorchester.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Blondes have more fun

I will be 50 years old in August. My birthday as a child always fell in the middle of the school holidays and my parents hobby, sailing usually meant I spent my birthday in a pair of damp jeans, with only my sister and them for company.
My husband has arranged a special treat for my birthday this year which also involves a boat, but it will not be on the sea, and hopefully I will not be wearing wet trousers, although I do remember several very wet birthdays.
My 40th for example, when I arranged for friends and family members to celebrate with a picnic on Brownsea Island. Everyone who came will remember it clearly, as it rained continually all day, and was cold dull and very very wet!
In preparation for the big 50, I decided about a month ago that I wanted to have blonde hair instead of the red that it has been for quite some years!

My decision was encouraged by my Dorchester hairdresser James from Thomas J William, who are now based in Brewery Square. Such a radical change involved many chemical processes, which took quite some hours. I was treated to refreshments and the attention of many of the staff, who are always cheerful, conscientious and extremely skilled in their profession.

It has been about 1 month now since I changed my hair colour, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience! I still have not got around to changing all of my profile pictures on my digital accounts.

I wonder what colour my hair will be next year? I haven't tried purple yet!

Link to Thomas J William Facebook page