Catching Up

I don’t know where the time goes! This is the last school holiday now before the last part of the term leading up to the summer break – and then Katy will be leaving Year 1. She will be six years old at 3.10pm on 3rd June. Six!! She has grown from a lovely, chuckly baby into a kind, caring girl, full of fun and laughter and an occasional bit of mischief! We love her to bits.

She loves drawing with a passion, and in my next post I’ll scan in one of her drawings so that you can see it. She’s going to a friend’s birthday party tomorrow – a dancing party, which is appropriate because she’s joined two after-school clubs this year. One is dancing and the other is athletics, which she also loves. She was the only one attending that a couple of weeks ago so they included her in the rugby class for older children and she scored two trys! (I think that’s how you spell the rugby ones but I stand corrected if not). She enjoyed running and dodging past the bigger children, and has been practising with us at home.

Last Christmas she asked whether she could adopt a snow leopard, so we did that through the David Shepherd Foundation, and she’s very proud of that. For her birthday she’s asked to adopt a polar bear, and he and his certificate, photo and magazine etc are on their way to us now. She was going to invite half a dozen friends to have a party at home this year (following last year’s epic 28-children fun at Polar Adventure in the leisure centre!) but when she started her list and reached 18 she said that she loved everybody in her class and couldn’t leave anyone out. So we’re having the party at a place called Kikiland, where she will become Queen. She’, s been to a party there before and it’s very well run, with lots of fun for the children and a coffee shop for the parents who wish to stay.

There are also separate areas in the room in case any children would prefer to do quiet activities such as drawing or reading or having their faces painted.

And I think that the most popular part will be the chocolate volcano, conjured up by the big Kikibird. So, a great time to look forward to! Then on her birthday itself her lovely cousins will be able to join us, and Nanny P and Nanny M for a birthday tea after school.

As for the rest of us, R is still involved with the archaeology group, as am I, and we still have our allotment – just about; it’s been neglected this winter/spring but we’re working hard on it now and it’s looking a lot better and planted up with some veg and a huge patch of strawberries. Strawberries and cream, and then strawberry jam making, here we come!

I’m still at work but part-time, and have applied for a job share at a higher grade – it will be less hours but longer days, so that means that I can have an extra day off each fortnight. Hopefully I’ll break even financially as well, so it will be good all round! I haven’t gone back to editing any of my short stories which have been languishing on the computer for months now; I just don’t have enough time to do them justice.

I’ve been on the school’s Parents and Friends’ Association since Katy started in Reception, and on Thursday I was there helping with their Guide Dog day – the children walked/ran round the field to raise money, hopefully enough for the school to adopt its own Guide Dog. Katy raised £35 thanks to family and neighbours. Then in the morning I helped three classes with activities set up by the Guide Dog Association, who’d brought along blindfolds white sticks and ten things for the children to try. In the morning I was on the ‘pour water into a glass’ table, first without the sensors and then with (nicely messy!) and in the afternoon Richard took over that one and I had the ‘make a jam sandwich’ with blindfolds on – even more messy! I didn’t go home after that because we ran a film night, so I was at the school from 9 until 5, just walking home for lunch and back again. Afterwards I walked about half a mile to vote and then back home. My feet were singing a happy tune!

It was a great day! And I can see just how hard teachers work. They have my utmost respect.


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A Bit of a Mixture

Just a quick post to say that Katy is enjoying her two after-school clubs; athletics one day and dancing on another.

I’ll get the sad news over with here – my lovely Dad died in October; quite suddenly and unexpectedly. There’s so much I could say but don’t know where to start and end, so will just say that I couldn’t have wished for a better Dad, and miss him very much.

It looks as though my part-time contract at work is going to be renewed, which is good news – but has the downside that I have gracefully withdrawn from volunteering at our local SureStart Centre as their gardener. We’ve been there doing the planting, etc. with the children for the last three years, but now our CRB check needs renewal and as it will cost them £60 for each of us and they had some new volunteers who could give them more hours a week than I could, now that I’m back at work, it seems only fair to let someone else have a go. It was with some sadness that I came out of the gate on that final day, though, having planted the winter-flowering pansies in the planters at the front of the building and tidying up the herbs. I took Katy there to the clinic for her weighing sessions from when she was just a week old until the clinic moved to another school nearby; she had three hours a week in the nursery when she was two and then her pre-school year was there too. All the staff are lovely and I shall miss them – though I’m sure they’ll be happy to see K at their summer fair.

Her main passion at the moment is drawing and writing books. She said that when she grows up she would either like to be an art teacher or a Disney animator … watch this space!




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First Lost Tooth!

First Tooth!

And another one is wobbling … the Tooth Fairy’s going to be busy from now on!

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Dear All,

I do apologise for neglecting this blog. Now that Katy is at school I’m working part-time, three days a week, and going to the allotment when I can. Plus I write a fair bit on OD and PB, and – more rarely – on Google+. On top of that we still run the Maidstone Area Archaeological Group and I’m its Hon Sec, trustee, membership secretary, newsletter editor and webmistress, so have plenty to keep me busy when Katy is fast asleep!

We love our little girl so much: I feel very privileged to be her Mum.

I promise to write more posts here again whenever I can. I have changed my home email address but am happy to be contacted here. 

Happy New Year to you all! xxx

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Starting School

Starting School

Sorry for the delay; this was Katy’s first day at school and I meant to post it here last September but have only just got round to doing it, plus WP was telling me that my blog has been deleted – and I’m pleased to see that it hasn’t!

Katy is just over halfway through her Reception class year now, and has three lovely teachers and made friends with some nice classmates. She is very happy and enjoys all the activities. She loves to come home and act out role plays where she’s the teacher and we are the children – great fun for us all!

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A New Era Dawns

Just a quick update – we’ve now had our second induction day at Katy’s first Big School, which she will start in September. Being a ‘summer-born’ (what a lovely phrase!) and now four years old as at 3rd June, she’ll be starting in the third week, as the children have a phased start to their first term, with the oldest going first. At last week’s talk the Headteacher said that we were entering into a partnership with the school that will last for seven years. “It sounds like a long time”, he said, “but it will fly by”.

Aargh – don’t tell me that! The last four years have flashed past too quickly as it is; I don’t want anybody rushing me through the next seven! I want to enjoy every single moment of them!

We’ll be keeping on the volunteer gardener role at her current pre-school when she leaves, and might take on one at the school as well, as they welcome volunteers.

We had a look at it last year; it had a good Ofsted report and it seems to be a really nice school with a pleasant atmosphere, and I do hope that she will be happy there.

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First Ever Pony Ride!

Thought that you might like to see a picture of Katy’s first ever pony ride – we’ll be taking her again; she loved it! The pony’s name is Fifi:


I was hoping to be able to give you another photo but the Upload button has vanished … Maybe I’m only allowed to post one picture per post?

And the title (First Ever Pony Ride) is not showing on my screen either – what’s going on here?!

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