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The Journey

By on Apr 15, 2018 in environment, news | 0 comments

Another week closer to moving and the house is looking quite bare now. I have got that taking down the Christmas decorations, new year, new start feeling and am buzzing with anticipation of what our new abode will bring.     Keeping all the plates spinning feels particularly tricky at the moment, but the closer we get to leaving this house the clearer the ending becomes, and I really felt as though I could take some time out this weekend. Instead of empty shelves and bare walls, I see new possibilities and different ways to arrange my treasured possessions. I am also reminded of how little we had when we first moved in here, and how we created the home we love together. We will do that again.   So without much planning at all, usually the way we do things around here, we hopped on the train on Saturday morning and travelled across to Lincoln for no reason other than it...

State of Independents

By on Apr 8, 2018 in community, news | 0 comments

 As I sit down to write this week’s blog post, I am hoping that the bank holiday weekend has given you all a little time off to spend with your families, or catching up on something that you love doing but don’t have so much time for when you are working.    I have certainly felt the benefit of a long weekend followed by a slightly less hectic schedule, as some of my students are away, and have been reflecting on how many great independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants we have to choose from in our vibrant little town and have been paying some of them a timely visit this week.   As I have probably mentioned before, I try to avoid shopping at ‘big faceless corporations’ as much as possible where I can and much prefer spending money at the independents where my money is funding local people. By doing this, I feel that I am benefiting the...

Making a Difference

By on Apr 1, 2018 in news | 0 comments

It’s been a work of sorting paperwork this week. Having finally got to the desk drawers stuffed with old bank statements (from before we went paperless) and payslips from the past, we have almost rid ourselves of all the stuff we will not be taking to the new house.   In one of the drawers, contained in a faded green cardboard folder, I found my old school reports and couldn’t resist sifting through the thin paper pages for a nosy at the kind of student I used to be. Working with young people as I do, I have many conversations with them about why they do or don’t enjoy school and what it is about the subjects that I work with them on that they find so challenging. I often find my this side of my work the most interesting.   Having worked in schools for twenty years now, I have often let my later teens colour the way I felt about being in school. I generally...

Awe and Wonder!

By on Mar 25, 2018 in environment, news | 0 comments

What a beautiful day! Spring arrived with a sprinkle of vibrant yellow in our garden this week and the sunshine has revealed gilded branches everywhere! After a working morning and a delicious home-cooked brunch, I couldn’t wait to get out in the bright early afternoon light and enjoy the warmth on my bare head.    There has been a fair bit of activity inside too! The tuition world is rapidly reaching it’s crescendo as the summer exams get closer and preparations for this year’s Remarkable Recycling Gala are well underway.    Although I am taking a back seat this year I am still very much involved and have been talking to the ‘Bee Creatives’ about how they would like to contribute to the event too, as most of the workshops we do have a recycled theme. I have also offered to take responsibility for the publicity too and, with a LOT of...