Chai And A Chat #134 #ChaiAndAChat

Three weeks of term gone! Seriously, where has the time gone???

Let’s catch up! Grabbed a cuppa?

  • If we were having chai I’d tell you that it’s been another interesting week at school. We had a four day week, what with the May Bank Holiday, so there was an awful lot to fit in, what with Number Day on Friday, as well as an after school meeting about a new EYFS charter that our school Academy and and another want to collaborate to create. The kids were great, as always, showering me with lovely little pictures and notes. It is so wonderful to see them actually writing independently, now, and us being able to read what they are trying to write! We had a Specialist Teacher in, well, two actually, to see two of our students, and though they are hard work, we were reassured that we are doing all we can for both these children. However, I am getting more detail about next year’s intake and O.M.G. I am sorry, but be prepared for a lot of school related things, come September! 😳
  • If we were having chai I’d rewind back to Monday, where I ended up spending three hours in the car, watching Lil Man play a cricket match, and it was a good un! Yes the weather was awful, and the wind nearly carried my car across the motorway at one point. Yes, as I sat in the car watching, the surrounding trees were nearly bent double. but, the long and the short of it – They won! He played four cracking wickets, getting one for eight off four overs, and of those four overs one was a maiden, and one was a maiden with a wicket! Oh, and he caught one out, too! His Geoffleship, you would be proud! (Did that sound like a different language to you? I am only just learning cricket-speak!) It basically means he bowled four overs (six throws per over) and gave away only eight runs, and he got one batsman out, too. The catch was a bonus extra! There was two nights of training, too, and though he wasn’t picked for one match, he was for another, but it got rained off. Instead he spent Sunday afternoon practicing his bowling in the cricket club nets.
  • If we were having chai I’d tell you that I have been enjoying lots of reading, as always, even though the weekdays tire me out. I was chosen to take part in the book tour for Dawn French’s newest book, recently released in paperback. and I was also given an arc of another imminent release, of which I was one of only eight arc readers to be chosen! On, and I was tagged in a lovely post about my books, too! Must get that writing mojo back… actually, I have been recording voice notes with ideas for the scenes not yet written for book two… that’s something!
  • If we were having chai I’d mention that the house stuff… still at solicitors stage… so watch this space…
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This week, along with usual school duties, I am covering nursery for an hour or so, then I have a meeting, with real other people, not a screen, to discuss that charter I mentioned, above. I have a Zoom style meeting with someone to get quotes for removal services, too. There are the obligatory cricket training sessions, as well as a match too. Oh, and I will be on at Lil Man to knuckle down, as his assessments start next Monday! Eek!

This still stands, too!

Now, I will say this here, so hold me accountable, folks.

On top of school, the next five weeks will be hectic. We have Lil Man with his GCSE year, coming to an end, so even though they don’t have exams, there are still assessments happening, so his teachers can submit their grades for qualifications… And there’s the house. I can’t say much, but, things are moving, and this is why I need to step back, a little from some of the weekly prompts, so I can get the clearout done! Evenings and weekends will be being used to sort out the chaff from the wheat, so to speak… And, to add to that, Lil Man’s Cricket, as well as countless courses and forums we have been asked to be a part of, to keep up to date with school changes.

So, if you see me on here, too much, call me out!

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27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rebecca Moon Ruark
    May 14, 2021 @ 19:16:25

    Spring is such a hectic time. I totally feel ya, Ritu! I’m looking forward to my boys wrapping up their spring sports and school year (June 11 here we come!). Plus, I landed a big job that’s going to keep me nuts for the next few weeks, which means I need to finish my novel draft this weekend! 76k words and counting!

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  2. Jennie
    May 12, 2021 @ 00:57:04

    I love your term ‘cricket-speak’. I could probably talk ‘hockey-speak’ in the same way. This is so good for your son!! I worry about all the children who have so many issues. It seems that’s on the rise. As of this week, the state has finally relaxed guidelines a little. Children can now be 3 feet apart if they’re wearing a mask, not 6. And, a specialist can come into the classroom. That is huge!

    The housing market is out of control here. The news shows long lines of cars and people waiting to view a listing. I drove by one and couldn’t believe it. Bidders are offering way above the house price, and sellers have multiple offers in a day. Realtors encourage buyers to write a personal story to include with their bid. Yikes!

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    • Ritu
      May 12, 2021 @ 06:32:54

      Wow! I know here the housing market has been one 9fvthe booming industries, through the last year and a bit, as certain taxation laws were relaxed to help it. Houses being snapped up much quicker than usual. But queues? That’s mad!
      I’m glad there is a little relaxation in the classroom for you, and being able to have a specialist in will be a relief, I’m sure!
      We’ve been able to have then in, here, but with ppe and following strict protocols.
      Take care, Jennie! 🤗

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  3. Gemma - Wheelescapades
    May 11, 2021 @ 16:43:40

    The weather has just been so meh lately. I’m ready summer!
    Looking forward to book 2 😃

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  4. Erika
    May 10, 2021 @ 20:17:38

    Congrats to LilMan. I am happy for you that you have time for a lot of reading.
    Wishing you good progress with your house project, sis 💖

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  5. Dan Antion
    May 10, 2021 @ 19:25:44

    Phew. I had to take a small nap in between reading this and writing this comment. Good luck with all the stuff, Ritu.

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  6. robbiesinspiration
    May 10, 2021 @ 18:54:04

    Another busy week, Ritu. I hope your weather has improved since the cricket match. I can remember sitting and watching Greg play.

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  7. OIKOS™-Editorial
    May 10, 2021 @ 18:02:49

    All gone well, and you are busy as a year before, Sis! Sounds to be a great sign. 😉 Congrats, to LilMan, and what a three hours for reaching a goal. Be well, and stay save, Sis! Have a good week! Michael (Psst: Here in Bavaria we getting warnings about the rabbit plague, transferable to humans. ;-( I think at least for us in Bavaria this will become a never ending story, of lockdowns. Michael

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  8. johnrieber
    May 10, 2021 @ 17:13:00

    Won’t it be great when enough of us are fully vaccinated to allow us to return to a more normal series of social encounters? You are very busy, thanks for sharing!

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  9. Steve Tanham
    May 10, 2021 @ 08:44:35

    Winning at sport! Wonderful feeling, Ritu… I remember when my youngest son, who was quite small until his teen spurt took him to 6’ 3” won a gold medal at a regional swimming event. I shouted myself hoarse from the viewing gallery!

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  10. TanGental
    May 10, 2021 @ 08:07:52

    Oh go you… delighted you’re getting a cricket fix. You’ve a way to go on the lingo but good gor trying… mind you he’d be horrified at six throws in an over! People get banned for that!!

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