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…

Three quarters of 2019

Such a busy week, starting with our niece’s baby shower. A good journey over after an early rugby match watched. Viv did Victoria proud, a delightful afternoon tea with games, laughter and love. Hopefully we will know when, what etc and that all goes well Sunday was catch up although very little was achieved. Monday…

There’s no place like home…..

It seems longer than a week since my last post, probably because it was so eventful. There’s been a few tears, and laughter but so pleased to be home. Last Saturday Nina and I enjoyed a massage, another day at the pool relaxing, enjoying the knee popping DJ ‘s tunes and just after the set…

Term 7 week 6 and 2/3 of 2019 done.

Well that’s it the summer break is over. I can’t write back to work on Monday as I’ve been in every week, not every day, but I have managed to reduce my to do list! This past week I have enjoyed wonderful weather, with fantastic company and great sport and entertainment. Last Saturday at Twickenham…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Ninety not out

Today we visited Crawley to see my Auntie Alma on her 90th birthday. Her and my Mum’s brother Joe were married in 1952 and Alma is originally from Liverpool. Family had travelled far and wide including her eldest son from America, and family from all over the UK. We were awaiting the birthday girl’s entrance…