Blessings……

After a tumultuous fortnight I wanted to write about the second week of Andrew and Lis’s visit. I have viewed this as a blessing and looked up the definition of the word


The last one encapsulates it all. I have been brought so much happiness: seeing family together, enjoying the surprise and also the blossoming of their relationship with Jay. 

They have travelled to visit as many people as possible, slept in a variety of beds with no complaint. 


It has been special to spoil them and we had a great day in London on Tuesday: for me the one downside was that Joe and Kevin weren’t with us😞

We have had time to talk and share hopes and dreams for the future. I was tearful last night, but have managed not to cry so far today. It will hit me next week no doubt and the house is so so quiet!

Andrew face timed me from Doha and they have both been so tender with us, so considerate and the fortnight with everyone involved, has made me count my blessingsπŸ’•

In a few weeks I will begin to plan our Oz 2017 trip. How lucky are we? X

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I smelt a rat, and now the cat is out the bag……

I am quite a prolific sharer on social media, so this last week not to be able to share has been hard for me!

Five months in the planning, Kevin, Elaine and Jay and a few others had been in cahoots to pull off a wonderful surprise.

Over those last few months, Kevin has been making arrangements for some Cubans to come over. We were to wine and dine them, take them to see West Ham and I have just accepted the vague outline of everything.

Then last Friday a phone call whilst at the farm shop got me thinking that all was not what it seemed, but that was temporary as I didn’t want to feel disappointed and make the Cubans feel uncomfortable.


So I got home and Kevin opened the door and said that the Cubans were in the lounge with Jay. I looked to my left and there was Andrew and Lis on the sofa. That was when I uttered the, what will now be infamous, words, ‘I smelt a rat…..’ Tears of joy overwhelmed me and hugs then ensued. I was dumb founded, but not speechless and Jay has it all videoed.

I was told who was in on it and what the coming days plans were, and still I couldn’t believe they were here. More tears more hugs.

We then surprised Nina and Joe, more emotion, a few expletives and pure joy. Nina and I are now faced with never believing a word Kevin and Jay say again!

We readied ourselves for a meal out at Masons and it was fantastic to hear the banter, the laughter and I found myself just basking in pride and joy that we were altogether, making a new memory.


I woke up in the early hours with a big grin on my face and still overawed by the previous afternoon’s events.

Saturday and Kevin and I were to go to London and Lis and Andrew were going to watch West Ham play. We travelled on the train together, but still wanting to surprise other relatives I couldn’t post any pictures with them in.

Sunday was a trip to Brighton to surprise my parents. Another web of deceit and a journey to the Royal Oak at Poynings. 


An arduous journey home, with Andrew and Lis remaining in Brighton, didn’t dampen my good humour. More memories shared and made and fudge purchased.

The rest of the week has been littered with catching up with friends, visiting Greenwich, taking in a show, oh and work! 

Mum and Dad returned to Scotland yesterday and today we visited Kevin’s family in Surrey, surprising his sister, her family, and his mum. Unfortunately Joe was unable to join us, but I did manage a photo of all the cousins present and significant others to mark the occasion.

We have a few more days left with a couple of days out planned which I will blog about.

It has been a magical time and I can’t thank those involved enough for their efforts, their silence and the joy they have given me.

I put a brave face on sometimes, but to hear their voices, knowing they are in the lounge, having physical contact is just fantastic and I will treasure this time, safe in the knowledge that we will see them again in 2017.

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A new academic year

I’m not going to lie, it’s always a struggle to prepare for the start of a new academic year. 

I do work in school closure, but it is a far more relaxed and enjoyable experience.

Tuesday saw my first full day and it was tough! 

Evening relaxing with the family in the garden helped! 

Thursday and Friday have been manic, with visitors to my office, meeting new colleagues and even a thank you! 

There seems to be a different vibe to this year, maybe so many new staff, or maybe its because we don’t have the ofsted visit hanging over us like the sword of Damocles!

Here’s hoping for a successful year for all, with fresh challenges and opportunitiesπŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰