Second week of advent….

Another busy week for us beginning with my annual wreath making sojourn. So therapeutic: 3 hours of creativity, convivial company and mulled wine! Had the idea of the feathers last year but couldn’t buy them in time, so I bought them in the summer to be prepared. Monday saw the lighting if the second candle…

As we approach December

After a swift but delicious breakfast last week we said goodbye to Elaine and spent the rest of the day sort of tidying up, well as much as we can. Ruby decided to leave her Mark for future residents to find! Sunday was busy with some family time and Sunday roast at the Bear Inn…

More Rugby, meetings and a new arrival….

A bit later this week for my blog, but as I have a few minutes before making dinner, so hope I can fit everything in! Firstly the joyous news that Victoria and Andy we’re safely delivered of their son Oliver Arthur. Welcome little man, you will be loved and cherished I know for sure. After…

There’s no place like home…..

It seems longer than a week since my last post, probably because it was so eventful. There’s been a few tears, and laughter but so pleased to be home. Last Saturday Nina and I enjoyed a massage, another day at the pool relaxing, enjoying the knee popping DJ ‘s tunes and just after the set…

2019 part 1

Six months in to 2019 and it’s been full of ups, downs, sadness and joy, with memories made. It didn’t get off to the best start, but with some fortuitous twists we were able to join up with Andrew and Lis in Italy. Totally unexpected and all the sweeter for it! We met up in…

💔💔 Heartbroken💔💔

In September Reggie came into our lives, from the very outset, a lively kitten who was loved and loved unconditionally. He had so many little quirks: he would always try to put any food that fell out of his bowl back in, would lick the tip of your nose, even place his paw on your…

Half term

Since the turn of the new year it’s been frantic, but the weeks have flown by The Guinness six nations has begun and half term has arrived! I’ve noticed that it’s lighter in the mornings, darker later in the evening and even seen a snowdrop or two. That always fills me with joy. I’ve also…

Some good news…

The last three weeks have been peppered with anxiety, positive thoughts, hope, work challenges and love and support. Two weeks ago an appointment was made for the breast care unit at Basildon hospital as the doctor still felt there was a lump. Those 14 days have shown how kind people are, how I over think…

Autumn half term-term1

Today sees the start of half term, after an eventful seven weeks. The school has a new Head teacher, and that with the start of the academic year has brought fresh challenges, transparency, joy, and a real buzz. No two days have been the same, and I have been pushed to my absolute limit: HR,…

Make me a channel of your peace

What a day. It began with the final preparations for the Bishop’s visit. The itinerary was precise but took no account of the Bishop and his humility and wishing to meet the students. It all appeared to flow well, the building was blessed and Mass was celebrated. A joyous occasion, uplifting and a real boost…

Four weeks and counting!

So I’ve been back at work, or at least joined by others, for four weeks! One month done and now the build up to Bishop Alan’s visit to bless the sixth form block. Lots of preparation is afoot, with practices, plaques, and floral arrangements arranged. It really will be a holy and joyful occasion! More…