Grief and the passing of time

The last two weeks have passed so quickly and I have been busy-perhaps too busy. Dad’s funeral was lovely, the sun shone, people came from afar and we feel we gave him the send off he deserved. I wrote and read the eulogy which hopefully had the right mix of humour, pride and love expressed.Continue reading “Grief and the passing of time”

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”

Winning the lottery.

Our beloved Dad was taken into hospital on Wednesday after becoming very poorly and Elaine and I travelled up as soon as we could but Dad succumbed to the many conditions he suffered with and died in the early hours of Thursday morning, as he had lived, with dignity, quietly without fuss. This was howContinue reading “Winning the lottery.”

Another trip to Scotland, another hospital

We had lovely weather for our day trip to Brighton. River met Great Aunts Elaine and Jane and we had a lovely seafront stroll, ice cream and the usual wonderful fayre to eat. Sunday and a trip to Hopefield sanctuary to see the donkeys, pigs, llamas etc. River slept through. Monday and I was earlyContinue reading “Another trip to Scotland, another hospital”

November… the ninth month…

As we approach the end of November and St Andrew’s Day (patron saint of my beloved Scotland) and the impending birth of our grandson (still pinching myself writing that!) I thought I’d look up what November meant. It’s from the Latin for nine, as it was the 9th month in the Roman calendar, before JanuaryContinue reading “November… the ninth month…”

Remember, remember the 5th of November…..

As we approach the 5th of November will there be Gunpowder, treason and plot as we, from that date, return to lockdown for at least four weeks? I have spent the last fourteen days with my parents to support them at a time of uncertainty and with a few issues, with the groundwork put inContinue reading “Remember, remember the 5th of November…..”

Here we go again….

It’s been a month since writing last and it’s been eventful. My parents have been down to Brighton and returned to Scotland. We briefly saw them, which was lovely. We enjoyed great food as always. I’ve been creative and even made my first crochet item. It’s made with love and can keep our grandson warmContinue reading “Here we go again….”

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 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 12

Day 3 in bed and it’s getting very boring. I’ve had lots of lovely food, drink has been supplied regularly and a treat too. Untold episodes of SUITS watched but not past series 3 yet! A parcel arrived and it was such a sweet thought from an amazing person who has her own concerns andContinue reading “LD 12”

LD 10

After feeling so tired and achy on Wednesday night, I woke up on Thursday with a different cough to normal, so I am now in complete isolation from everyone else. I spoke with Andrew and Lis in Australia, and they are fine. I spoke with my Mum after she said she had symptoms. My photosContinue reading “LD 10”

It’s life, but not as we know it….

These last few weeks have been extraordinary. The daily challenges faced, the communication updates and the stark reality now of changes that may become more of the norm – I hope not though. With schools now ‘closed’, but still open for certain students, structure will need to be maintained. As we approach the end ofContinue reading “It’s life, but not as we know it….”

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…”