Well hello there.

If I could sum up life lately, I’d use words and phrases like relaxed…a change of pace….chilled. After the unique mania of the school year, the past few weeks have been a much more enjoyable endeavour, full of naps, catching up with lovely folk, planning (wedding, lessons, stuff) and taking care of myself.  I rarely get time to visit the doctors/dentists/opthamologists during termtime, so there’s been catching up all round.

It’s also a great season for sorting out the house – we’re adding plants to the garden this weekend, I’ve donated fourteen bags full of stuff to the charity shop, and my new layout for the ‘Claire Lair’ is coming on nicely too.  It’s amazing how much the house has changed in the year since last summer – I’ll definitely do a house tour soon to catch you all up (especially you, mum!).

There’s been plenty of time for catching up with folk too, whether it’s a lunch with Christy as she layovers in Heathrow, lunch with Matthew’s uncle and aunt, people over for dinner, coffee with Kaz, tennis with Eileen, or visits home (we went to see Matthew’s family last weekend, we go to see mine next weekend!).   It’s also gorgeous to have plenty of time to read, watch documentaries, write letters, and think.  Just think.

Below are some photos from my recent adventures.

I am not very green-fingered, so I was slightly panicked when I was generously  given this beautiful plant!  However, Olly the Orchid is thriving and lives happily on our kitchen windowsill, next to Billy the Basil.

The cats are very much enjoying having so much time with me at home.  If I lie on the floor to read, Poppet likes to come and sit *just* next to me.

My classroom is getting refurbished over the break (SO exciting – I can’t wait to see what it looks like!), so I spent a few days tidying up in there.  I was quite tickled that the London Globee we have in our classroom features the church where Matthew and I will marry next year!

I’ve been zipping around London on the tube as usual, and spotted this yesterday.  Isn’t it cool?  

We’ve been having temperatures of 31, 32, 33 lately, and we Brits find that tricky.  Cats included!

Miss Christy had a few hours at Heathrow between her flight from Canada and to Kenya.  She’s heading out there to volunteer and mentor kids who are there for volunteering and leadership.  So proud of my beautiful friend, and it was an utter blessing to spend a little time with her and meet her hilarious friend Alan too!

Tuesday was a rainy, rainy day, so I reacted like any sensible person.  Tea, scone, and book.

I love that when we go to visit the family in Newcastle we always pass through Durham.  I loved studying there for the year when I did my PGCE.  The cathedral is one of the most stunning buildings I know.

While Matthew went to the football, Elly and I took the niecelet for a walk!

Such a beauty!  The niecelet even managed to charm Matthew, and he’s a little scared of babies!  I loved my snuggles with the wee dot, and am very excited to have her and mummy come visit soon 🙂

I’m enjoying playing tennis once a week with Eileen and am hoping to arrange play with Matthew and Bejay too.

Side note:  I am terrible at tennis!

No Fry, you are not recycling!

Showing Poppet pictures of herself on the iPad = comedy.


  1. Riot Kitty
    3rd August 2013 / 4:56 pm

    I love the London globe! I want one. Which neighborhood is that church in?

    • Claire T
      8th August 2013 / 9:14 am

      The Globee is a class favourite! The church is slap bang in the middle of town, on the Strand. It's gorgeous!

  2. Siobhan
    13th August 2013 / 9:26 am

    I love your catch up posts!

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