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”

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”

Peace be with you

The first month of 2021 is almost done and there is a glimpse of light down a long, dark tunnel. It would seem we are doing well with vaccinations and the lockdown, whilst very hard, is reducing cases, hospitalisation, which will in turn reduce deaths. This is a positive worth having! All tests in schoolContinue reading “Peace be with you”

Plans, projects and positives

Phew, what a mad ten days, testing area set up and running. Not without challenge but at least we did it. A great team effort all round: 55 hour week all told. I am rightly proud of myself too in galvanising the staff and volunteers to make this happen, even though, truth be told, IContinue reading “Plans, projects and positives”

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”

August 2020: hello, hope and health

It’s been 3 weeks since my last post, and it’s been busy! The summer term ended with shock resignations, plate spinning, risk assessments and teams meetings. We have four big projects going on in school with toilet refurbishment, building a new repro area, reroofing of one building and a new fire alarm system, which hasContinue reading “August 2020: hello, hope and health”

What a week….

It was my birthday last Saturday and I was hoping to celebrate with a party, social distancing put paid to that, but a few visitors on the day made up for it, and I have already ‘saved the date’ for next year! Especially as it’s a big number! A week full of highs and lowsContinue reading “What a week….”

VE 75 years and LD45

Today is a bank holiday, as a nation we celebrate the ending of the Second World War 75 years ago. Under normal conditions there would’ve been a street party but lockdown has put paid to this. Kevin and I were due to visit the Bombay Sapphire distillery, now postponed to a future date. Some photosContinue reading “VE 75 years and LD45”

LD 39

Another week has passed, where I haven’t posted on social media as much as usual. This last week the weather hasn’t been great and it’s been harder, and I’ve been into work four out of five days, unusual and very tiring. I caught up with friends and work colleagues both virtually and in person- strangeContinue reading “LD 39”

LD 25 and so it continues

Yesterday the lockdown has been extended for at least another three weeks. I’m not surprised and what is surprising is how relatively quickly the last 3 1/2 weeks have gone. The measures appear to be working so let’s hope that continues. There are worrying sound bites of social distancing continuing beyond this year and ramificationsContinue reading “LD 25 and so it continues”

LD 20 Easter 2020

A few days have passed since my last blog with sunny days enjoyed in the garden. We’ve enjoyed some great food, with popcorn chicken and beef stroganoff two of the faves. I tidied a couple of drawers and did the whole Marie Kondo thing: feel if there’s joy in an item, so a few piecesContinue reading “LD 20 Easter 2020”

LD 16

Another beautiful day, which is helping with this situation. A made floury rolls and sausage patties, poached eggs and ta da-fakeaway sausage and egg ‘muffins’ for breakfast. After this I had a fairly chilled afternoon and did some menu planning for the week. A shopping list was put together and items purchased. So looking forwardContinue reading “LD 16”

LD 15

Yesterday I was meant to be going to Australia, but instead I went as far as the sanctuary of my garden. Before retreating there I made flapjacks, and focaccia bread for dinner – a first for me. I tried to pace myself to do as much as possibly to tidy up, without exerting myself tooContinue reading “LD 15”

LD 9

Work and more year end prep. The sun was shining although it was cold. Home via the farm shop to pick up preorders of mince and chicken with all safe distances being followed. Dinner prepared and a chicken tikka masala made for another day. Puzzle was duly opened and pieces taken out to start. AContinue reading “LD 9”

LD 5

Yesterday meant my first journey in the car since Monday to actually go to work! I did wonder if I would be stopped at any point and had my letter ready if I was challenged. Whilst no students arrived it was a very busy morning in school with staff, emails, phone calls to deal with.Continue reading “LD 5”