New year but no resolutions, just happiness and peace

Already ten days in for this new year and decade, and had a few ups and downs: the nature of the beast. Ruby has been spayed and hasn’t been out for 9 days. We’ve ordered our new sofa so now we have to stop the cats using the furniture as a scratching post! Back to…

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 loss…

As we approach December

After a swift but delicious breakfast last week we said goodbye to Elaine and spent the rest of the day sort of tidying up, well as much as we can. Ruby decided to leave her Mark for future residents to find! Sunday was busy with some family time and Sunday roast at the Bear Inn…

A new framework

A whirlwind week after a wonderful weekend, where we saw the Waitress and dined with dear friends. We hadn’t seen Colin and Sarah since March, and it was great to catch up. The waitress was fab too: risqué, funny and tear jerking at times, just as in real life. On Sunday we watched a thrilling…

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…

Term 7 week 5

I already posted this, but it has now disappeared. I had an opportunity to go to Twickenham so tickets we’re duly purchased and delivered. We enjoyed a lovely afternoon with extended family on the 17th and a meal with great friends on the 18th. Monday to Thursday saw work challenges, one treating the memorial benches…

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 3

This has been one of the hardest weeks and has brought many insecurities and vulnerabilities to light. Suffice to say my family have been supportive and encouraging. The battle continues…but I’ve made a decision to seek professional help. So just some photos from the week.

Trick or treat

What a week, full of treats certainly, but fortunately no tricks! I’ve made a conscious effort to switch off from work, and with only two mornings in I’ve succeeded. Kevin and I enjoyed afternoon tea, bought a new car, I’ve made cards, baubles and been to the cinema. The house has been cleaned, the garden…

Autumn half term-term1

Today sees the start of half term, after an eventful seven weeks. The school has a new Head teacher, and that with the start of the academic year has brought fresh challenges, transparency, joy, and a real buzz. No two days have been the same, and I have been pushed to my absolute limit: HR,…

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 trip…