Friday, 25 October 2019

Bun In The Oven

As if I hadn't packed enough in to 2019, the best is yet to come...  Chris and I are excited to share with you that we're expecting a baby in early January!

Sunday, 20 October 2019

The Party House

I'm sure all of us at some point have thought about how nice it might be to have a holiday home.  Maybe if we win the lottery.  Back in 1952, the newly married Lord and Lady Iliffe bought Basildon Park, a Georgian mansion that none of us could dream of today as our main home, let alone a weekend party pad!

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Sun's Out, Suede's Out

This week I started a new job!  This is quite a change, after nearly 8 years in my old one.  I am still working for the university, but in a different building, with a different team, working on some new projects alongside continuing some of the old.  My new role is in a mental health research unit, famous for its brain research. You might have seen the documentary a few years ago with singer Charlotte Church, "Inside my brain", which featured some of the work done there.  I am very excited.

Of course, change comes with upheaval.  In my last job I was lucky to have had a huge office all to myself for a few years, and that meant I accumulated quite a bit of stuff.  It was quite a mission clearing it out, wandering around the building with plastic jugs, teacup and saucer sets, uplighters, old books and unopened packets of green tea in undesirable flavours, seeing if my colleagues wanted them before I made a trip to the charity shop.  My new office is open-plan, shared with colleagues, and there isn't as much space, so the clear-out really was necessary!  I am still making trips between my old and new buildings, ferrying folders and such across.

Anyway, the change in jobs has meant that I've been making the most of my precious free time and spending it 'offline' as much as possible, either gardening, meeting friends, or seizing fine weather days to go for countryside walks.  Today was the most gorgeous day, so Chris and I headed out to a favourite local spot to stretch our legs.  The October light really was beautiful, there's a softness to it at this time of year.

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