time to blog…

…ashamed to say that I came here last week only to find the site suspended. A quick email to my web host, and a quick one back, revealed that as I’ve been so negligent it had been taken down due to age old themes and plugins etc. A week later and it’s back online, thank you Steve, and it’s given me a renewed interest. I wanted to see if I could still do it. I’m amazed to find that it’s all so much easier these days! Part of me would like a little more difficulty to test my abilities but time is of the essence so I’m not complaining.
So I’ve had a lovely little play on the last day of my week off. Back to the shop tomorrow, which I’m delighted to say is going from strength to strength. My only regret is that as I go back to work, having had a week of crap weather, the sun is coming out big style and the schools are breaking up: most unusual!
Biggest excitement for me over the last few months (can’t really remember anything as exciting happening in the time I haven’t been writing on here!) is my Tom and his girlfriend Beth expecting their first baby, a boy, due in November. I’m beyond thrilled! I also have another step grandbaby on the way, another boy, due next month. Kaye, Dave’s daughter already has three and I suspect this will be their last.
Broadchurch 3 is being filmed here at the moment and I managed to see some of the action last week. Didn’t get close enough to David Tennant (such a lovely man) this time to have my photo taken with him though. First series was so easy as no one knew what was going on so we were able to see the filming without hoards of crowds.

so much has happened….

….since I last wrote here 3 years ago, and I’m sure I’m not alone! A lot can happen, and has. Best news of all is that Dave finally got a kidney transplant after a six year wait. November 6th 2012 is a day imprinted in our memories when we got the call to drive to Bristol in the middle of the night. To say our lives have changed would be an understatement. Our life has returned to normal and we are forever grateful to the family who allowed this to happen.

Second big change is my job. I’m no longer a teacher and nothing could possibly persuade me to ever go back to it much as I loved being with the children. It’s not a good place to be these days and all the teachers I know, without exception, are hugely stressed and demoralised. So sad because it can be such a rewarding profession but unfortunately the powers that be seek to pile the pressure on more and more as each day goes by. So I got out by applying for what was initially a part time job in a gift and card shop. A few months later I was managing the shop full time and two years on I’m now responsible for buying the cards and stationery for both this shop and it’s sister shop a few miles down the road. Having been a lover of beautiful cards all my life, it’s my dream job and I still can’t believe how lucky I’ve been! The contrast between managing a very stylish and tasteful shop and tearing my hair out spinning plates in the classroom is extreme.

We’re still living in the same little cottage we moved into more than 5 years ago. Sadly Travis and Nim are no longer with us but Charley is and we also now have Sid, our very funny and lively 3 year old Springer.

I know this blog won’t be seen by anyone but the fact that this was a record of my life for the years that I regularly updated it has made me come to value it.

life goes on

We’ve been living in Dorset for two years now and have only returned to my home town once in that time. I have no desire to go there although I do miss my friends hugely. Some of them have been here to visit and I keep in touch with my closest friends on virtually a daily basis via Facebook. That invention really does make a big difference to many people and enables them to keep in touch with friends who they might otherwise drop off the radar.
Anyway, as I said before, many things have happened but the biggest and most important, which has had a major effect on how we live, is that Dave had both his kidneys removed in 2010. They were causing him so much ill health that it was the only option. So he now dialyses three evenings a week at the nearest hospital which is 15 miles away. We’ve got used to life this way now and it’s ok. Dialysing saves his life to put it bluntly. He’s had a number of other health problems in the two years which have removed him from the transplant list but we’re hoping that he will soon be back on it.
Dave had to give up work due to his poor health and I do a number of different jobs including supply teaching, volunteering in classrooms and Clerk to the Governors in two schools. It’s a great life as we get plenty of time together to do as we please plus lend a hand with the grandchildren. And what a wonderful place to spend our time too! We’re as in love with where we live as we were when we first moved here. The novelty certainly hasn’t worn off!