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…

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…

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 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 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…

Tying the proverbial knot

On Thursday Kevin and I began our journey up to Scotland for a family wedding on Saturday. We drove to Suffolk to a mirror restorer to see what could be done with my grandparents chip shop mirror. A bit of a detour but provided great scenery and a lovely lunch. Next up the drive to…

First week completed

So it was back to school on Monday, a new term, new academic year and a new Headteacher. You could feel the buzz around school and INSET for the first two days there was real sense of doing things together. I, after 13 years, had the opportunity to welcome support staff and also on day…

OH 60 Day 5

Back at work this morning for me, leaving the new sexagenarian at home. I had to visit the graphic designer/branding consultant and enjoyed the amble through the little gardens in Chelmsford. Getting home early afternoon there was an unknown car on our drive and I wondered who Kevin had round. He was entertaining 3 ladies!…

OH 60 Day 4

So the 21st of August was upon us, Kevin’s 60th birthday. I asked him what time he was born and he didn’t know. I was up at 7:15, to find there was no water. After much twiddling with taps I managed to squeeze a dribble to wash my hair. After that whilst drying my hair…

A trip to Scotland

I try to visit my parents in Scotland in the summer, and this time I had some company, as Joseph came along on the trip. This was a great chance for us all to spend time together. The journey wasn’t great due to a delayed flight and having to purchase additional train tickets, but we…

Thirty years ago today

Thirty years ago today, Andrew John arrived safely into the world. A full head of black hair and a giant leap into the unknown. He has made us laugh, cry, shout, beam with pride, laugh some more and cry more tears as we have said goodbyes at the school gates, Brunel University and off to…