July 2016

I love my garden! The other evening there was a little hedgehog trundling across the grass. I grabbed my camera, dashed outside and tip toed really close. He suddenly realised I was there and pulled his prickles down like a visor over his eyes and made his body look like a pin cushion.

I went to a birthday party two weeks ago and P1030740the cake was Cinderella and amazing both to look at and to eat.

Summer holidays are nearly here and I am finally stopping working in the school where I have been for the past eighteen years. Thank you Manor Farm Community Junior School for the fun and laughter and privilege of meeting and working with so many wonderful people. I’ve loved being a teacher; I think children are brilliant and I shall miss my colleagues.  There are some bits of teaching I will not miss though and I won’t be sitting around doing nothing. I’m going to be writer-in-residence at Galley Hill Primary in Hemel Hempstead, Disraeli Primary in High Wycombe and also at Manor Farm so that will keep me  busy. I’m looking forward to my new roles – and I plan to do more writing as well!

In the meantime, I’m enjoying the summer. P1030819We visited Quainton near Aylesbury last week to see Thomas the Tank Engine chugging up and down the line. The station was heaving with children  enjoying themselves, eating ice creams and riding in the locomotives. Lots of them were a bit frightened by how big Thomas was and the noise of steam hissing out of his engine and how loud his hooter was; but they all loved seeing him.

Enjoy whatever you do over the summer. Life is full of experiences like hedgehogs, trains, cakes, parties, leaving places and being excited about new places.; and every experience might be useful to write about in a story – you never know!