Autumnal equinox

A month ago I blogged about resilience, and three weeks of retirement has proved that still more is needed, although there have been lighter moments and joy to be found. I don’t really want to wish time away, but I won’t be sorry to see the back of 2021. The news of impending food shortages,Continue reading “Autumnal equinox”

Yay! Retired!

Yesterday was my last day at work. A weird situation, with no office, laptop, phone or computer at my disposal, but it was a good day nonetheless. The last six weeks without students and staff, have given me the time to process retirement and to reflect on my achievements during my sixteen year tenure. IContinue reading “Yay! Retired!”

Resilience 2

2021 has been, so far, a year of so many difficult challenges and the last few weeks have provided a few more. I know that this is life, but so many in such a relatively short space of time. We, as a family, and as individuals have been sorely tested and I have to say,Continue reading “Resilience 2”

Another trip to Scotland, another hospital

We had lovely weather for our day trip to Brighton. River met Great Aunts Elaine and Jane and we had a lovely seafront stroll, ice cream and the usual wonderful fayre to eat. Sunday and a trip to Hopefield sanctuary to see the donkeys, pigs, llamas etc. River slept through. Monday and I was earlyContinue reading “Another trip to Scotland, another hospital”

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”

The year Marches on….

Bye bye February 2021, not one of your finest but that’s the way it goes. Although a positive both Kevin and I were vaccinated today, which provides comfort for the future. A week’s break from social media, and I’ve quite enjoyed it-I’ve lost a few ‘followers’ but again that’s the way it goes. A fewContinue reading “The year Marches on….”

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”

Peace be with you

The first month of 2021 is almost done and there is a glimpse of light down a long, dark tunnel. It would seem we are doing well with vaccinations and the lockdown, whilst very hard, is reducing cases, hospitalisation, which will in turn reduce deaths. This is a positive worth having! All tests in schoolContinue reading “Peace be with you”

Plans, projects and positives

Phew, what a mad ten days, testing area set up and running. Not without challenge but at least we did it. A great team effort all round: 55 hour week all told. I am rightly proud of myself too in galvanising the staff and volunteers to make this happen, even though, truth be told, IContinue reading “Plans, projects and positives”

Lockdown 3

Returned to work on Monday with the staggered start extended only for a full national lockdown from this morning to be in force. Schools closed to the majority of students, but open for vulnerable or key worker children. Meanwhile schools have to be cleaned, sanitized, all normal operational tasks, difficult to do from home, stillContinue reading “Lockdown 3”

Tier 4

So Christmas is cancelled or at least minimise to one day. New restrictions, guidance and disappointment for so many. We seem to lurch from one thing to another. Perhaps as we approach a new year in 10 days time, now is the time to stay safe, and do what we can for each other. IContinue reading “Tier 4”

He’s here, safe and sound.

In my first sleep I came to the river And looked down Through the clear water – Only in dream Water so pure, Laced and undulant Lines of flow On its rocky bed Water of life Streaming for ever. Kathleen Jessie Raine Arriving on Tuesday morning, a healthy 7lbs 7oz a beautifully perfect grandson. MumContinue reading “He’s here, safe and sound.”

November… the ninth month…

As we approach the end of November and St Andrew’s Day (patron saint of my beloved Scotland) and the impending birth of our grandson (still pinching myself writing that!) I thought I’d look up what November meant. It’s from the Latin for nine, as it was the 9th month in the Roman calendar, before JanuaryContinue reading “November… the ninth month…”

Remember, remember the 5th of November…..

As we approach the 5th of November will there be Gunpowder, treason and plot as we, from that date, return to lockdown for at least four weeks? I have spent the last fourteen days with my parents to support them at a time of uncertainty and with a few issues, with the groundwork put inContinue reading “Remember, remember the 5th of November…..”