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…

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,…

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…

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…

Rail Mail

A few weeks ago my cousin Jo put on Facebook about the Postal museum, a ride underground from Mount Pleasant in a train that transferred the post around London. It seemed like fun so we booked and lunch at Madison’s arranged. Kevin and I left our hotel and had breakfast and we met Shirley and…

OH 60 Day 7

Last treat for Kevin a meal with friends at Dalloway Terrace in London. As I was also to be in London on Saturday morning, I booked a hotel for the night too! We left Billericay at 3:00pm and we were on our way. We checked in and got ready, although the precipitation was a slight…

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…

OH 60 Day 3

After a good night’s sleep Viv provided a great breakfast, and all too soon it was time to leave. We made our way into Portsmouth, parked the car, making our way to the port office to ‘check in’. And the cat was out the bag, Kevin found out where we were going! A boat took…

OH 60 Day 2

A bit of a lazy Sunday with packing, and sibling squabbling to referee. A no show from the bedroom man meant that we left after 3 to make our way with a post code in the satnav. Our passports are packed and Kevin still has no clue. We had a stop at Cobham services whereby…