Last meal at the Harbour Grill

We opted to eat in the hotel and as it was raining it was a wise decision. Food was delicious, company great and we toasted the holiday, and Colin’s upcoming big birthday next Sunday. We again found ourselves talking about our families, the joy the heartache but also immense pride! It has been awesome andContinue reading “Last meal at the Harbour Grill”

Part 4 Kowloon

We were taken back to central and caught the ferry back to Kowloon. This is on the blue route and our final bus ride of the day. More history more shops, more skyscrapers! Back to our hotel walking to get my daily quota in!

HK part 2 Aberdeen, Stanley and Repulse Bay

The green route covers the North of the island with a good commentary of the history of HK. It seems less urbanised than the South, more of a holiday location. Again I was challenged with twists and turns but breathtaking views! As part of this route we enjoyed a Sampan ride- part 3

Ashes to Ashes, Gabba to Hong Kong…..

To see a day of Ashes test cricket, in Australia, was one of the reasons for the timing and destinations of this holiday. We both love cricket, Kevin a very competent bat back in the day! Colin and him met at school, with Colin a demon fast bowler (well he is Jamaican) So tickets wereContinue reading “Ashes to Ashes, Gabba to Hong Kong…..”

Gold Coast

Today the Magellan Ashes were to start, but our tickets are for Saturday, so what to do? We have decided on a trip to the Gold Coast. A mere 1 1/2 hours on the train to Varsity Lakes, then 1/2 an hour on a bus to Burleigh Heads. Is this a syrup? We arrived justContinue reading “Gold Coast”

Phoenix feathers and ashes

This morning we enjoyed a simple breakfast of toast, availed ourselves of the shower and arranged to meet Colin. We travelled by train to the CBD and walked to one of the Quays to pick up the free river hopper. We got off at eagle street and stopped for refreshments and an all too indulgentContinue reading “Phoenix feathers and ashes”

Six become four

Today Andrew and Lis were to leave us to go home, but before that, Andrew and I completed the HI parkrun. We were cheered around the 2 lap route by the rest of the family. It was my first as a ‘tourist’ and what a place to do it. We went for breakfast after ourContinue reading “Six become four”

Paddle boards, palms and a puffer fish…

Here we are on a paradise island, with some of the people I love most, and I have had the fog descend on me. I have thought I could ‘just get over it’, but I have noticeably withdrawn. There is no rhyme or reason per se, but the kids noticed it. After our beach tripContinue reading “Paddle boards, palms and a puffer fish…”

Two weeks in

Well that’s two weeks of the Academic year gone Time just goes so quickly. The start is always frenetic, but this year with the sixth form building project 5 weeks overdue, and possibly another 5 week delay, it’s even more so. Balls in the air trying to ensure all is in place, whilst preparing forContinue reading “Two weeks in”

A new academic year

I’m not going to lie, it’s always a struggle to prepare for the start of a new academic year.  I do work in school closure, but it is a far more relaxed and enjoyable experience. Tuesday saw my first full day and it was tough!  Evening relaxing with the family in the garden helped!  ThursdayContinue reading “A new academic year”

My friend Sian

Today brought the saddest news that my dear friend Sian had lost  her monumental battle against cancer. What can I  say, she believed she could beat this and did all she could to try. I have been in awe of her courage and the support and love that her family and friends have given. AnContinue reading “My friend Sian”