Christmas prep

December has just shown up and I couldn’t be less prepared in some ways. I’ve met up with a few friends and enjoyed some great food and chat! I’ve made cards, and posted most of them; I’ve bought crackers; I’ve ordered ham and a capon; I’ve even got a Tesco slot for 22nd booked. Yesterday…

Some good news…

The last three weeks have been peppered with anxiety, positive thoughts, hope, work challenges and love and support. Two weeks ago an appointment was made for the breast care unit at Basildon hospital as the doctor still felt there was a lump. Those 14 days have shown how kind people are, how I over think…

Keeping abreast of things-a serious post for me

This last week has been full of so many things, it’s where to start. Sunday saw Georgina and I caught up in a bomb scare at Bluewater, a frightening experience in itself, but at least a false alarm. I was surprised at how my mother hen came to the fore, and my imperative was to…

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,…

Ninety not out

Today we visited Crawley to see my Auntie Alma on her 90th birthday. Her and my Mum’s brother Joe were married in 1952 and Alma is originally from Liverpool. Family had travelled far and wide including her eldest son from America, and family from all over the UK. We were awaiting the birthday girl’s entrance…

Make me a channel of your peace

What a day. It began with the final preparations for the Bishop’s visit. The itinerary was precise but took no account of the Bishop and his humility and wishing to meet the students. It all appeared to flow well, the building was blessed and Mass was celebrated. A joyous occasion, uplifting and a real boost…

Legend of Upton Park

I attended St Angela’s convent school in Forest Gate and knew well the Upton Park/West Ham connection. Trevor Brooking was and is a legend! Kevin and I were celebrating our 36th wedding anniversary and went to Vita Bella to dine. Seated at our table there was a table to my right comprised of Grandparents, uncle,…

Weekend delights

This weekend I’ve been staying near Brands Hatch for a craft weekend. A room full of a couple of family members and over 20 new acquaintances/ friends. Tables heaving with cards, embellishments and an array of made goodies. The challenge began with following sheets to replicate those and maybe deviate. Our rooms were ready so…

Four weeks and counting!

So I’ve been back at work, or at least joined by others, for four weeks! One month done and now the build up to Bishop Alan’s visit to bless the sixth form block. Lots of preparation is afoot, with practices, plaques, and floral arrangements arranged. It really will be a holy and joyful occasion! More…

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…