Sunday, 17 June 2018

What a week ....

.....last pick up from school for the boy!

......last school run together!

.......last morning being shouted to get ready and last exam for Sam!

We went out to celebrate with a visit to GBK on Saturday evening. Sam was out with friends on Friday and Jeff was at a school BBQ, so it was just the three of us. He has a fabulous 11 week summer holiday ahead of him. He's keen to find a job but he's still only 15, so might be tricky. CV writing is top of the list, a return to swimming is there too, as is a room clear out and makeover for his 16th birthday present - the Lego is being boxed up and stored away in the attic!!

Jeff has been in demand all week, switching from A'Level Mechanics to GCSE Physics in the space of a few minutes!! They're so lucky to have him around to help. I do remember my poor Dad going to night school, to learn the current techniques of the day, to help me out with my Maths O'Level. There were lots of tears but I did pass and am ever thankful and grateful to this day, a timely reminder with today.......

....... being Father's Day.

Happy Father's Day to my Dad, Jeff's Dad and of course Jeff, Dad to our two.
Couldn't ask for better role models in all our lives.

Fatherly duties are apace for the robins too. Both robins have been sitting on the nest, they've become more active the past couple of days, so I'm wondering if the eggs have hatched. It was, according to Google, this weekend that the eggs should hatch.

My strawberries are producing a pretty decent crop this year, enough to pick a bowlful every couple of days. The raspberries and blackberries are full of flowers too, so I'm hopeful of a reasonable crop from them too.

I'll leave you with this beautiful image of Glastonbury Tor, taken at 4:30am from the bathroom window. A calming image which I hope will soon be reflected in our lives at home too. Sophie's found the exam stress and pressure a little overwhelming this time around. I know why, it matters this time, her University place depends upon how well she performs but I do think there is far to much pressure on them. I also think it unfair that some have unconditional offers, so have the pressure eased for them, knowing they have a place regardless of how well they perform. There is never an even playing field sadly but I have hated seeing her doubt herself and her abilities.

Anyway, here's to a new week ahead, last two exams for Sophie then she'll be done. Prom suit shopping for the boy and dress shopping for the Summer Ball are next on the 'to do' list!!! Heaven help me and my poor purse xx 

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Pub In The park

Had the best night on Sunday at PUB IN THE PARK Bath

Jeff bought tickets way back in February, after a tip off the Scouting for Girls were playing there.

It's a 3 day event organised by the chef Tom Kerridge. He's put one on in his home town of Marlow for the past couple of years and has added on 3 more places, one of which was Bath (nice and close) Its a mix of food demo's from top Celebrity chefs and then music from a variety of artists.

First up on Sunday evening was The Rifles. I'd not heard of them but they were a great start, although being so middle class, most of the people there, stayed on their picnic blankets drinking their Pimm's.

The main draw for us were Scouting for Girls, a fave band of both Jeff and I. I think they originally were going to be the main event but annoyingly only got to play half an hour. They are just brilliant, third time we've now seen them live and 

we were proper groupies, right down at the front.

Squeeze were the main draw, having reformed this year. They were good but Scouting for Girls were better. They sang a good selection of songs that I knew (and didn't!) and 'Tempted', a favourite from Uni days, was a highlight for me.

The moment you realise Scouting for Girls are watching Squeeze play, just feet away from you!!

All in all, a great night and...

....I got to spend it with this one x

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Following on.....

.......from last week and the garden progress.


We inherited a crazy paving patio which wasn't to our liking, so Jeff knocked down the wall around the edge of it last summer and then this half term......

.... decked and gravelled over it!

Ta-da the finished garden.
Just need to sand down and repaint the table and benches and the hard work is pretty much done! 
Fab job Jeff x

We've had a little visitor in the garden. This little robin arrived in February, started building a nest then abandoned it never to be seen again, or so we thought. A week or so ago it was back, in the same spot, busy nest building again and......

.... I peeked! She has laid 5 eggs. She'll now sit for 2 weeks before the eggs hatch
Very 'egg-citing'

She's built the nest in the back on the top red trug, in behind the geraniums and lobelia. It's right by the back door, so we're trying not to disturb her too much and fingers crossed we'll have baby robins in a couple of weeks.

It's been a stressful week in our house, exam pressure is getting the better of Sophie and Sam is still far too laid back for my liking but it is what it is. I was glad of my Wednesday night yoga to breathe and zone out for a bit. I've been going for 2 years now, Jeff the one - I never want to go (too tired) but always glad I have.

I think Sophie needs to do yoga, de-stress, breathe, it's such a hard time for her at the moment. These exams have been the worst, as she knows what she needs to get, to be able to go where she wants to go and do what she wants to study. I don't understand why exam questions aren't written to get the best out of students, rather than ask obscure questions and not ask anything on what they have actually studied for the past two years! We've had tears, self doubt, why work hard and revise all you've learnt, then not be questioned on it???? SIGH! I hate exams, always have, always will, I don't think they are the best way of measuring an individual's abilities but hey, we will will deal with the results as and when and what is meant to be, will be xx

I'm off out tomorrow evening, need a night off, will share pics later x

Friday, 1 June 2018

June..... hello!

How is it June already??
Not complaining, as soon all the exams will be over, stress levels will drop and hopefully we'll be treated to some glorious sunshine!

The week started off well, when I was working..... a few days off and it's pouring!

Jeff's been busy all half term out in the garden, between the showers, doing the final bit of hard landscaping out the back. He's covered over the old crazy paving patio area with a mix of gravel and
decking, looks better already!


The allium flowers are changing into seed heads, still beautiful, just different. I think that's why I like them so much, they change and last for ages.

So half term is coming to an end. Sophie's A Levels start next week and continue over the next 3 weeks. Sam having completed 2 weeks of exams already, has 11 down - 10 left to go and in 2 weeks time will be done! He has a very jammy 11 week break ahead of him before he starts College.

I'm looking forward to exams being over and our holiday to Majorca a few weeks later. 
Let the countdown begin.....

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Last 'official' day at school ever.....

Officially a LEAVER 2018!

Where, oh where have the years gone? It really doesn't seem like 5 minutes ago that she was starting school and yesterday she had her leavers breakfast, assembly and 'official' last day in school! It's half term now, 3 weeks of exams to follow, Summer Ball mid July and then Results Day mid August.

Sam's official last day at school isn't until July 5th, when he'll have his Leavers Assembly and Prom. Last day in uniform for him though, will be his last exam on June 15th 
(he was too grumpy to take his photo yesterday!!)

This pic was taken 2006, Sam's first day at school and Sophie would have been starting Year 2 // 2016 final year at school for Sophie and Sam would be Year 9

Of course this year marked the last of me doing the school runs too, with Sophie taking over the role. Although I did take them both in on Friday, I felt a little teary, that that really would be the last ever school run I'd do with them both together. Sam is going to the local College next year, just a 5/10 minute walk from the house, so definitely no more school runs ever!

End of half term for this one too but they hold their End of Year Assemblies, Award Evening etc this week, as many pupils filter away at the very end of term, once exams are done. Jeff's taking on a new role next academic year, so has relinquished his role within the football department. He very deservedly won an Award, the 'Spirit of Millfield Award for Contribution to Millfield Sport and Beyond' a thank you and acknowledgement for the many hours he's given to the football over the past few years.

So an end of an era really for the pair of them. Sophie, fingers crossed, all being well will be off to Uni and Sam will be finishing at Wells Blue and doing his A Levels at the local College. As a Mum I hope they'll both succeed, get the grades they need to do what they want to do and ultimately both be happy. 

Half term though to get through first. We've nothing planned as it's revision for the pair of them, work for me, although I've taken Friday off so will have a 4 day break at the end of the week. 

Hope you have a good week and Bank Holiday Weekend x

Sunday, 20 May 2018

May...'re really spoiling us! 

It's been a beautiful week weather wise and more to come if the forecast is to be believed!

It's been a slightly stressful week, with GCSE's in full flow now and a reluctant reviser!! He's a bright boy, so I'm feeling frustrated, as I know he has such potential. If he spent the amount of time he does making up excuses not to revise and actually spent that time doing it, he'd be flying!!

In other news, we had a Royal wedding to celebrate. I put up the bunting and flags in the kitchen window, much to everyone else's embarrassment and 'oh mother!!'

It was a beautiful, happy occasion and I wish them every happiness together.

I saw this picture on FaceBook today 

Be. In. The. Moment.

I am as guilty as everyone in this picture, always taking photos to capture the moment, to create pictures of memories but Being. In. The. Moment......... something to remember.

My Mum and Dad popped in this afternoon, on their way up from Cornwall, left the bunting up in their honour! Was nice to see them, have a catch up, take a picture!! to remember!! See, I do it all the time, as I know I'll enjoy looking back and seeing this photo. 

The garden is looking good, the allium's and hosta's are looking fabulous.

My peonies came out all big and blousy and smell beautiful.

But the alliums, by far, have been stunning. We planted 50 bulbs and have 50 flowers, all along the back corner wall. Behind them we've planted sweet peas, so hopefully they'll follow on with a wall of colour and scent. The garden is feeling more like ours now, hard to believe we'll have been here 3 years in July. As I often say, where has that time gone but then I have this blog, full of pictures and memories to look back on.

Have a good week x

Saturday, 12 May 2018

The time has come....

....exams start on Monday!!!

Where, oh where, have the years gone? This photo was taken on the morning of Sophie's first day at school, Sam had just turned 2 the beginning of August. On Monday he starts his GCSE exams and Sophie begins her A Levels mid week. I hope they have done enough work, I hope the exams are fair, I hope Sophie can control her nerves. It's out of my hands now, I've encouraged, cajoled, got cross and frustrated by Sam's approach to exams and revision, but there is now nothing more I can do, than try and keep things on an even keel for the next 6 weeks, be there to listen and cheer them on and silently cross everything and will them along, hoping that it all goes their way.

The allium's have come on a treat - need to add some grasses next year, so they have more support and context. We've planted sweet peas behind, hoping for a wall of colour and scent this summer. 

Not too much has happened this week, week 1 on work rotation, so worked Monday to Thursday, normal yoga session on Wednesday evening, which did throw up an area to work on. I'm very conscious of my back and posture, years bending over 4 and 5 year olds, years picking and packing orders, years carrying too much weight and carrying around a bigger bust. We did an exercise with our hands behind our backs, which pushes out the chest and strengthens the back - it felt so good, so I'm doing the exercise every day. Our instructor also suggested getting a block to lie on for 20 minutes every day, again it pushes out the chest and straightens the back, both are worth a go and hopefully as a result, my posture will visibly improve.

Leaving you with this image - beautiful peonies back in season, love them.

I'm working tomorrow, Monday and Wednesday - have Friday off, so a 4 day weekend to look forward to. Hope the forecast stays as it is - plenty of sunshine if it does!

Have a good week x