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”

Winning the lottery.

Our beloved Dad was taken into hospital on Wednesday after becoming very poorly and Elaine and I travelled up as soon as we could but Dad succumbed to the many conditions he suffered with and died in the early hours of Thursday morning, as he had lived, with dignity, quietly without fuss. This was howContinue reading “Winning the lottery.”

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”

‘Twas the day……’

Christmas 2020 is complete, we survived it! Hooray! It was different in as much as there weren’t a few nights out before and not seeing more family members over the holiday. Although perversely, as we attended Kevin’s step-father’s funeral on the 23rd we did see five of the family. Quite bizarre with face masks worn,Continue reading “‘Twas the day……’”

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…..”

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”

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 29 and remembering a special someone

Today marks thirty years since my father in law, John, died. I can’t believe that so much time has passed. It’s such a shame that we are social distancing, but a hug is in order, with so many memories of the relatively short time I knew John. He had a real love for life, perhapsContinue reading “LD 29 and remembering a special someone”

LD 7

The clocks went forward on Saturday which means an hour less to fill! A walk to get supplies with hubby, feeling much colder and windy. Returning hone it wasn’t long until we had hailstones, sunshine, more hailstones, then more sunshine. We filled the afternoon with clearing, as much as we could in the old diningContinue reading “LD 7”

LD 6

Yesterday my husband and I were due to attend his club’s annual dinner on HMS Belfast, but due to CV it was postponed. An email was sent through on Friday that if possible still dress up and take photos! What a lovely idea! I had booked afternoon tea to be delivered earlier in the weekContinue reading “LD 6”

It’s not what we have, but who we have in our lives that matter…….

Yesterday we enjoyed a wonderful afternoon with our niece, nephew and their son, great to chat, laugh and enjoy time together. Joe was here for a short while and Nina for longer and I was grateful that they were with us. Just after they left Nina came downstairs to say that Caroline Flack had died.Continue reading “It’s not what we have, but who we have in our lives that matter…….”

New year but no resolutions, just happiness and peace

Already ten days in for this new year and decade, and had a few ups and downs: the nature of the beast. Ruby has been spayed and hasn’t been out for 9 days. We’ve ordered our new sofa so now we have to stop the cats using the furniture as a scratching post! Back toContinue reading “New year but no resolutions, just happiness and peace”

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 lossContinue reading “As we await 2020 and all that can bring…”

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’sContinue reading “Advent week 3 ……..and sad news”

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 candleContinue reading “Second week of advent….”