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…

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…

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…

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 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 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…

Term seven

I’ve been reading twitter and other blogs of school business managers/leaders and a few talk of term 7 as a reference to the summer break. A time for us to reflect on the last academic year and enjoy solitude and quiet to get to grips with outstanding jobs: although the fire alarm testing on Wednesday…

Love is patient, love is kind

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 The last few days have been a wonderful celebration for the nuptials of our niece Victoria and Andy. We drove to where we would stay for two nights and then made our way to the rehearsal. It all went smoothly and we were off to prepare for the first meal of the…