Behind the Scenes

Welcome to Jera’s Jamboree.

Hi, I’m Shaz, owner of Jera’s Jamboree.  Home life is important to me as it’s my sanctuary!  Our rescue dog Taz brings plenty of love and laughter to our home.

Photo of Shaz Goodwin at Jera's Jamboree

I’ve been married for 29 years and have two sons in their early 20’s.  One has flown the nest and lives in Oxford but we still do plenty together as a family throughout the year and still manage one family holiday each year.

I work part-time as an Inclusion Lead in a local school and I’m a qualified dyslexia therapist and massage therapist.  I’m passionate about my job! I’m a member of the operational board for my Local Authority Early Help and strongly believe in giving children and parents tools that enable them to build their resilience.  I’m excited about multi-agency working and although a way to go yet, we’re moving in the right direction.

You’ll find me unwinding with a book (and maybe a glass of wine!), out and about in the woods, down the beach or with a crochet hook in hand.

Taz our rescue dog
Sam and Alfie

Jera is not my name.  It’s the rune of harvest, reward and the cycle of seasons.   Jera represents the 12 months of the year and implicit in that is movement, change and natural development.  It’s a rune I identify with and so there was no hesitation in naming my blog in 2011!  Jera is pronounced “Yehr-ah.”

On Jera’s Jamboree you will find a mix of posts with the focus on helping you to unwind – time out from the pressures of everyday life.

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Guest Reviewers

I have been a guest reviewer for just over a year, as I think Shaz first noticed my obsession when she caught me walking to work with my nose in a book. I always travel with a book and have loved reading ever since my dad read to me at bedtime. Being a mummy of a one year old I have recently made it a priority to find time to read, as I missed it during the new born stage! Since he was nine weeks I have read Harry Potter every night at bedtime and am currently reading Deathly Hallows. Apart from reading I love walking, running and spending time outside. History has always been a great passion, especially the Tudor era, and I fondly remember the visits to castle and stately homes with my family. I have also acquired a love of baking from my mum and grandmother and adore watching anything with Mary Berry.

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Photo of Elena (guest reviewer) and her children

As a busy mum of three children reading is my absolute favourite way to unwind and relax. I have always been a bookworm and even wrote reviews as a child in hundreds of notebooks! I will read pretty much anything. Aside from reading I run my own jewellery business and myself and my husband and children enjoy the beach and spending as much time together as possible.

Alice-Jane loves nothing better than to curl up with a story after a hectic day looking after her animals.

Alice-Jane guest reviewer on Jera's Jamboree

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