AY 2019/20

First week of the new academic year and it’s felt longer. Perhaps having no real break means you don’t feel that you’ve got to get back in the swing? Last weekend we made a start on decluttering the loft: not much progress made, but we at least have started! I have painted the face on…

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 3

This has been one of the hardest weeks and has brought many insecurities and vulnerabilities to light. Suffice to say my family have been supportive and encouraging. The battle continues…but I’ve made a decision to seek professional help. So just some photos from the week.

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…

A strange feeling

Today we drove over to Morden where Kevin’s mum and until a couple of months ago, his Nan lived. His Nan’s house has been a constant in his life, and his Mum has lived across the road for over 20 years. Nan moved to a lovely home and Val and her husband move out on…

Moving into March

After a busy half term the return to work has been even busier. To be honest it’s felt like longer than a week Monday seems so long ago, there has been meetings, a 14 hour day, a conference, a long awaited job ticked off, tears, affirmation, a hair cut and also family time! The weekend…

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…

A trip home…

A message earlier this month from my Mum breaking the news of my dad’s younger brother’s death was a bolt out of the blue. A call last Thursday, 10th, saying the funeral was on the 17th meant a few internet logins with return tickets purchased and time off in lieu agreed. My Dad is the…

Christmas preparation

December has just shown up and I couldn’t be less prepared in some ways. I’ve met up with a few friends and enjoyed some great food and chat! I’ve made cards, and posted most of them; I’ve bought crackers; I’ve ordered ham and a capon; I’ve even got a Tesco slot for 22nd booked. Yesterday…