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…

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…

Do you fancy an Indian?

Thursday saw Debbie and I leave Essex for a long drive to Cardiff. We arrived at our hotel, best described as functional, a bed for the next two nights. A curry was consumed before a night in a room that had air conditioning , albeit not switched on! The following morning and brunch was had…

Anyone for tennis?

Way back in November I put into the ballot for Wimbledon and was lucky enough to get Court No 1 tickets for Day1. I booked the car park and The Wingfield so that we could enjoy a leisurely lunch before play started. The journey took longer than anticipated but we arrived and taken to our…

Thirty years ago today

Thirty years ago today, Andrew John arrived safely into the world. A full head of black hair and a giant leap into the unknown. He has made us laugh, cry, shout, beam with pride, laugh some more and cry more tears as we have said goodbyes at the school gates, Brunel University and off to…

Half term and 5/12 of 2018

This week has been full of work and play in equal measure. Monday was a lazy day, before a lovely roast dinner with Georgina and Jay. Tuesday, and a trip to work, busy with lots of walking. A trip to Bill’s and the cinema provided a catch up and plans for July. Wednesday and work…

A weekend of cricket,sun and a Brucie Bonus!

Way back I put in to the ballot for the Lord’s test England v Pakistan and was successful for yesterday. The first two days went Pakistan’s way but we hoped to see England make a better fist of playing against the young, talented Pakistan side. Now that is as deep as I will probably be!…

The Best Man

We awoke to another beautiful sunny day and to the sound of messages pinging introducing the newest member of the family: Vincent, a whippet, staffy cross with one ear ( a story for another day). Andrew and Lis have a dog We had breakfast then drove over to Georgina and Jay’s, after Kevin’s usual pontificating…

Strictly Amazing!

Yesterday Debbie and I went to London to see the Musical Strictly Ballroom, a stage version of Baz Luhrmann’s film-we we’re not disappointed! I left work at a sensible time and we drove to shenfield. We travelled to London Bridge and walked along the south bank, bathed in spring sunshine, always a pleasure We passed…

Home is where the heart is 💕💕

With Nina and Jay getting their keys yesterday to their first home, it made me think of mine and Kevin’s first home and our subsequent ones too. We bought a 2 bedroom flat in Sutton, Surrey and Kevin moved in on 19th February 1982. I still lived in Essex at the time until we married…