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…

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,…

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…

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 6

Nothing planned by me today, as I had to go to work as it was GCSE results day. Nail appointment later in the afternoon in readiness for tomorrow’s treat. Kevin had arranged to play squash with his chum of over 33 years, the first person he played against when we moved to Essex. I settled…

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…