Yay! Retired!

Yesterday was my last day at work. A weird situation, with no office, laptop, phone or computer at my disposal, but it was a good day nonetheless. The last six weeks without students and staff, have given me the time to process retirement and to reflect on my achievements during my sixteen year tenure. IContinue reading “Yay! Retired!”

A week and a half

It’s been a week full to bursting. Plenty of downs and ups, and with the vaccinations moving apace, I could be done and dusted by my birthday! A wedding invitation last week to Spain, and I’ve sent off for my new passport, booked flights and accommodation-a real leap, or that’s what it feels like, intoContinue reading “A week and a half”

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”

‘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……’”

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”

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 14

I didn’t post yesterday as despite the wonderful sunshine on Sunday, I had an overwhelming low day. Not totally sure why, maybe a bit stir crazy, maybe it’s all part of a process, part of realignment of how life and how we live, will be changed for now and the future, or even the realisationContinue reading “LD 14”

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…”

Remodelling take 3

Another busy week which entailed work, canopies, trip to the financial advisor and the remodelling began on our home. This will be the third time: our first one was in 1994, the next in 2008. I have been toying with the idea for some time, and we finally made the decision to go ahead. OneContinue reading “Remodelling take 3”

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 setContinue reading “There’s no place like home…..”

Mountains out of mole hills

What a week! Sunday saw us visit a new build property, just to gain a few ideas, but this has given me further cause to see this as a viable opportunity Monday was one of two work days this week. I had been looking to go away, but couldn’t get myself together at all toContinue reading “Mountains out of mole hills”

Term 7 week 1

School broke up last Friday, a time of reflection, goodbyes and realising that another academic year has passed. It’s been a very full year with many a tale to tell, but I will save those for another time 😉 These last few weeks have been so full and fraught too, so Term 7, the sixContinue reading “Term 7 week 1”

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 fromContinue reading “The Italian Job 2”

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! WeContinue reading “The Italian Job 1”