…and breathe

Hi, The out of office button’s been pushed, the timesheet goblin fed, and I can close the laptop lid until next year. Oh, that feels good to write. Due to a spot of luck around holidays, I’ve managed to save some days back to match the Ever Lovely Mrs J and the kids’ break too. Not that I imagine the teenagers will surface before Mrs J and I are back from our morning walk 🙂 I am planning on slowing down and taking a break from the busy-busy of work. I was talking to a friend last night and indeed work colleagues have said similar, in that November and December really seem to have hammered people’s energy levels. I would […]

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Time away

Hi, This year in Notts, October half-term is two weeks. Child 2 has been kicking back, while Wee Man has been going in to Uni (and doing well in trying new things and meeting new people too). For the Ever Lovely Mrs J and I, we’re about to have a week off and I’m looking forward to it The out of office was set, the inbox emptied, and there’s no more sofa office for a full week. Plus, while I don’t mind going away, I do love the home comforts, long walks around the fields, and that amazing feeling of not having to pack & travel. With a bit of luck, we’ll get some long walks in, breathe that Autumn […]

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Pastures new

Hi, It’s been a somewhat funny week this time around. Some good news in that we managed to get the downstairs bathroom shower replaced – I know, first world problems eh? But it will give the kids (both teens) more privacy. True perhaps for the Ever Lovely Mrs J as well who uses the ensuite one upstairs. Like most early teens, our youngest has been back at school for the new term, although due to an Inset day for the staff, had today off. Wee Man on the other hand, will be making his way to university this coming Monday. Quite a change for him, I think, and I hope he finds what he needs. It was an age since […]

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Then, now, and what next?

Hi, Last week’s post about growing up and Sue’s comment about the next generation made me think about the positive changes I’ve seen in the T community. While we seem to be having a slight dip in the Mostly Upwards Rollercoaster of Rights at the mo, I think we’re in a better place than the 80s and subsequent decades. Listening to my kids talk about their classmates who are out – all the way across the LGBTQ+ rainbow, bless them – it’s, well, heartwarming. One of the good things, IMO, about the Internet is its ability to bring people together. I think that that’s helped our community share our experiences. Through that, new language and stories have arrived. Now, I’m […]

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Now compared to the then

Hi, Given the travel situation seems to be quite on again, off again, the Jones Massive are staying put this summer. Plus, both kids are off an age where I think they want to be at home with their friends, online, or gaming. I seem to recall when I was their ages – around the time the glaciers retreated from Europe 😉 – that I was happier with my own company, with friends, my trusty old 8 bit computer, than visiting country house gardens with my folks. Funny, while we’re not doing the country house thing – or (rolls eyes) a ‘fun’ visit to a museum, the Ever Lovely Mrs J and I are quite happy to wander along lanes, […]

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Turning

Hi, The Ever Lovely Mrs J and I have been catching up on our longer walks. Given our dear old boy dog has passed on, it seems his partner in crime, girl dog – and the recently acquired new boy dog – have decided that all walks will now be done at a brisk pace. After the last few months of gentle strolls, I’m not quite managing to keep up. What a duffer eh? 🙂 Perhaps it’s a good thing we have to slow down. I’m not sure that others in the woods would enjoy a ground level sonic boom as the hounds accelerate to sub light speed…. 😁 In reality, the pace starts quickly, but as the hounds pick […]

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