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…

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…

The Italian Job 2

We left Florence by train, and it is a civilised way to travel. Walking out of the station to be greeted by the sight of water was amazing. We bought a pass for the waterbus and we were on our way to the lido! Hotel Biasutti was quaint and not too far a walk from…

The Italian Job 1

Thinking about holiday options, Kevin and I decided to go to Florence and Venice in February, and we used Franky Polaine to help get us booked up to visit in June. We said our goodbyes and arrived in Florence at about 2pm, although we were delayed because a certain Mr Trump flew into Stansted! We…

Arbroath are the Champions!

So the day had arrived for Arbroath to be crowned League one winners! After a breakfast of blueberry pancakes 🥞 we took our time to get ready, prepare dinner for later and enjoyed some quiet time. Arbroath and Angus really has some beautiful places to see , with red sandstone glowing like an ember on…

May the 4th be with you

I have always followed Arbroath’s football club as I was born in the town, even living there for a brief spell before our move to England. This year they have been top of the league for most of, if not, the whole season. So before they had officially won I took a risk to book…

The water in Majorca….

I booked the trip for Georgina and I earlier this year to provide a few days break in the sun-epic fail on the weather front! Although I was prepared for sun we had little use of the below items. Breakfast at spoons, a good flight and a private transfer, we arrived and were pleased with…

First quarter of 2019

I can’t believe that we are three months into 2019. I’ve had two trips to Scotland, been to see some football, rugby and been to Lords for dinner. We’ve visited Brighton, Arbroath, Ripon, Harrogate, Stow on the Wold and Charlbury. We also lost our beloved Reggie, far too soon into his short but sweet life….

A chance to relax

We are midway through March, this year is going so fast! Today Georgina and I are having a spa day and we are really looking forward to it! The challenges over the last few weeks have been exhausting but light is at the end of the tunnel and positive outcomes are aplenty! The next few…

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…

A tale of two Abigails

Friday meant an early leave from work and a trip to Brighton. The journey down was good and we took a taxi into the city to meet Mark and Matt to enjoy dinner at Cote before the theatre. We were to see Abigail’s party: a seventies play by Mike Leigh. A real treat with Jody…