As we await 2020 and all that can bring…

As we are about to move from this year to the next, I thought I’d just write a précis of the year. The year itself has already been well documented with the majority of the events with photos. It started as it ended with a sad loss of dear family and also the tragic loss…

Advent week 3 ……..and sad news

Last Sunday was spent trying to prepare for Christmas visitations, but proved challenging. The week ahead was due to be busy both work and personally. Tuesday brought the saddest news of Kevin’s Nan’s passing, after a year and a day at the Sunrise nursing home. At 98 she has been a major part of Kevin’s…

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…

Progress report

Another full week has seen ups and downs but excitement too. We met Oliver and what an adorable wee man he is. Proud great auntie and uncle moment! Georgina walked up Snowdon and loved it; so glad to see her challenging herself. Work has been manic with meetings after school and challenges that really have…

Stoptober

I don’t smoke so the title is a bit misleading. I’ve had such a week, mostly with all things GDPR and HR whilst having to do all the other elements of my job and prepare for Governor meetings. The reason for choosing the title is I’ve taken control of how I handle people, situations and…

Mountains out of mole hills

What a week! Sunday saw us visit a new build property, just to gain a few ideas, but this has given me further cause to see this as a viable opportunity Monday was one of two work days this week. I had been looking to go away, but couldn’t get myself together at all to…

Term 7 week 5

I already posted this, but it has now disappeared. I had an opportunity to go to Twickenham so tickets we’re duly purchased and delivered. We enjoyed a lovely afternoon with extended family on the 17th and a meal with great friends on the 18th. Monday to Thursday saw work challenges, one treating the memorial benches…

Term 7 week 4

A Level results this week, which were pleasing and great to share in the students’ successes, and also a week full of the emotional rollercoaster. I’ve caught up with friends, family, visited Kew again, completed routine tasks, dealt with contractors, looked at LG staff to begin pay assimilation, cooked, cleaned and made cards in equal…

Term 7 Week 2

Another full week with jobs crossed of a list that keeps getting added to! Last Saturday we visited Kevin’s Nan as she celebrated her 98th birthday. The youngest family member was there too, and good to catch up. When we got home Georgina had cut back the ivy that has been covering the wall near…

Term 7 week 1

School broke up last Friday, a time of reflection, goodbyes and realising that another academic year has passed. It’s been a very full year with many a tale to tell, but I will save those for another time 😉 These last few weeks have been so full and fraught too, so Term 7, the six…

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…

In your corner

I’ve had an incredible day today watching the last match in this year’s 6 nations. England were trouncing Scotland almost keeping the score the same as the minutes played tally. I don’t know what Gregor said at half time, or what they said to themselves, but it worked! Suffice to say England scored in the…