Grief and the passing of time

The last two weeks have passed so quickly and I have been busy-perhaps too busy. Dad’s funeral was lovely, the sun shone, people came from afar and we feel we gave him the send off he deserved. I wrote and read the eulogy which hopefully had the right mix of humour, pride and love expressed.Continue reading “Grief and the passing of time”

A whirlwind week

This is my first experience of arranging a funeral and thanks to Dad and his comprehensive list, a wonderful funeral director and priest it has not been as hard as I had expected on a practical level. Elaine, Mum and myself have broken things down into manageable chunks and each day have achieved something. MyContinue reading “A whirlwind week”

A week of change

Almost two weeks after making the decision to retire, I’ve been overwhelmed by the lovely comments, many of which are surprise, expressed sadness and congratulations. Everyday that has passed has provided me with the affirmation that this timing is so right for me. A dear friend lost her husband this week, which highlights the importanceContinue reading “A week of change”

Exciting times ahead

I have spent the last few months (the last year really) wrestling with a decision. And the Easter break gave me the impetus to go for it, so decision made. I handed in my resignation on Monday to retire this summer. The relief was palpable and instant. I’ve been associated with the school for 22Continue reading “Exciting times ahead”

Testing times

Nearly four weeks have passed, with an easing of lockdown, and another from Monday. We have enjoyed seeing River and he is growing and changing so much. Such a happy, content wee man. We’ve been to visit another household, which was so lovely and met my sister’s new puppy, Dora. She’s a black cockerpoo andContinue reading “Testing times”

Tasks to do…

The snow started to fall last Sunday and as always seems the case, whilst forecast we all don’t quite believe it! Monday morning and I made the decision early to work from home as the roads would not be gritted sufficiently. Unexpectedly the glass for the dressing room was delivered as was Georgina’s bed: theContinue reading “Tasks to do…”

A week and a half

It’s been a week full to bursting. Plenty of downs and ups, and with the vaccinations moving apace, I could be done and dusted by my birthday! A wedding invitation last week to Spain, and I’ve sent off for my new passport, booked flights and accommodation-a real leap, or that’s what it feels like, intoContinue reading “A week and a half”

September ahoy

Four weeks have passed as we approach autumn, and a new academic year with all that will hold. I’ve been busy at work with all the prep for the full return to school for students and staff. This has been a real rollercoaster and my days have been long and the anxiety huge. A floodContinue reading “September ahoy”

What a week….

It was my birthday last Saturday and I was hoping to celebrate with a party, social distancing put paid to that, but a few visitors on the day made up for it, and I have already ‘saved the date’ for next year! Especially as it’s a big number! A week full of highs and lowsContinue reading “What a week….”

LD 81

Another full week with work pressure ratcheting up as we prepare for our first students since March, apart from key workers. Teams meetings, summer capital projects and the day to day routines that still have to be done whilst sourcing PPE, tape, bins and so much more. The pressure is immense and hopefully after tomorrowContinue reading “LD 81”

LD 74

Another fortnight has passed by full of food, cleaning, work and so much more unfolding on the world stage……. Two weeks ago was half term , but it didn’t feel like it. So much to prepare for and do. Last week there were zoom meetings, teams meetings and even face to face meetings! Preparing forContinue reading “LD 74”

LD 25 and so it continues

Yesterday the lockdown has been extended for at least another three weeks. I’m not surprised and what is surprising is how relatively quickly the last 3 1/2 weeks have gone. The measures appear to be working so let’s hope that continues. There are worrying sound bites of social distancing continuing beyond this year and ramificationsContinue reading “LD 25 and so it continues”

Draconian measures 1

So after a surreal day at work with 3 students in, the PM has introduced far more stringent measures and its lockdown: only can go out for food shopping, medical, work if critical and exercise. These will be testing times and I will look to work from home until Friday, when I’m rota’d to beContinue reading “Draconian measures 1”

A sixth of the year done

Two months down in 2020 already, which means March is here and spring! We’ve had so much wind and rain this last month: I can’t imagine how those families are living with flooding or the immediate likelihood of it. Having experienced a flash flood whilst pregnant over 30 years ago, to live with that fearContinue reading “A sixth of the year done”

February half term 2020

I always enjoy working when school is closed as it is so quiet: not true this time… contractors, builders, perspective suppliers, fire alarms going off, and across the road tree surgery!!!Despite this its great to go in later and leave earlier: the mornings getting lighter and the evenings stretching out. I’ve worked on GDPR, theContinue reading “February half term 2020”