Chai And A Chat #238 #ChaiAndAChat

Hello again, Peeps! Well, it was supposed to be a normal 5 day week for me…

Have you got your drink ready?

  • If we were having chai, I’d start by telling you about school. We continued our learning about growth, concentrating on the children themselves! I love this week as we get them to bring in baby photos, and I make a slide show of them all, then they have a guess at who they think the baby is. We also add our staff baby pics into them, too, which they love! We had a visit from a storyteller, which was absolutely fantastic. I love anything based on storytelling, and this lady was brilliant with the kids, using props and the children’s ideas to create a story with them! We also had Height, weight and vision checks which are done as standard in Reception in the UK. It throws the day a bit, but we cope.
  • If we were having chai, I’d tell you that due to her not feeling well, Lil Princess was off school for a couple of days, and one of them, I couldn’t leave her, so even though I was working from home, it ended up being another four day week for me. She also had the second of her sessions which appeared to go well. This really highlights mental health for me, and it is something we all need to be aware of for ourselves and the people around us.
  • If we were having chai, I’d say I also had a training course on Wednesday about manual handling. You wouldn’t think we need this kind of training, but even in primary schools, some children need to be moved, or their behaviours deescalated so they are safe and those around them are, too. It was a very interesting practical session, where we were taught different safe holds and techniques to help calm a child down and manoeuvre them safely.
  • If we were having chai, I’d tell you that Lil Man took two fantastic catches in his match on Saturday! He didn’t get any wickets but bowled well again, despite the team losing with another super tight game.
  • If we were having chai, I’d mention that Lil Princess and I spent the afternoon on Saturday in the garden while father and son were at the cricket! The weather was glorious, and we caught a few rays while I read and she watched videos. I look forward to more pleasant days like that!
  • If we were having chai, I’d say that I also won a competition! I received a copy of Jean Fullerton’s new book in the post, which was a lovely surprise!
  • If we were having chai, I would update you on Sonu Singh. I haven’t been able to use my desk to write properly for many reasons, but I still use it, promise! Nevertheless, Sonu Singh is keeping my chair warm for me!
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This week, it is the last week of this term, which means a much-needed break for two weeks is coming! My own kids have one week off, so I shall try and make the most of those days, but right now, I still have one more week at school to deal with. We are having a Culture Week in school, learning about different countries and what is special about them. The children will be encouraged to think about their own heritages too. And, yes, of course, there will be dressing up towards the end of the week! Interspersed through the week will be meetings, a trip to my beautician, as well as a team-building event at the Panic Rooms local to us. We always have fun there, so I look forward to it! Lil Man also has his first A-Level exam this week! Wish him luck, please! It’s also Pops’ birthday today!

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Chai And A Chat #237 #ChaiAndAChat

Hello again, Peeps! We are on another bank holiday, thanks to Charlie King Three and his coronation!

Have you got your drink ready?

  • If we were having chai,Β I’d start by telling you about school. It was another four-day week. Sometimes I think I could get used to them, but I am more exhausted at the end, as we are trying to make up for the time we weren’t in on Monday! Plus, I think the children have been quite thrown by it, too. Still, we had another fun week, learning about fruit and vegetables, and the children made fruit kebabs, did still life fruit painting, and were outside planting veg, too!
  • If we were having chai,Β I’d tell you I had to take Lil Princess to the first in a series of 10 appointments, which are group therapy sessions to help with her anxiety. She is moving forward but still finds things tough to cope with, so I hope she finds something positive in these sessions.
  • If we were having chai,Β I’d say we had some sad news on Tuesday. Hubby Dearest’s cousin, my Mum-in-Law’s nephew, passed away quite suddenly. He was no age at all… and being in India is even harder as we don’t always get all the details. Needless to say, it has been an emotional time for the family.
  • If we were having chai, I’d tell you that Lil Man finally played his first league match of the season that wasn’t rained off! They lost, but literally by a wicket, so he wasn’t best pleased when he got back, as is the norm, but we got over that misery!
  • If we were having chai, I’d mention that as you know, my go dot me time activity is reading, and I treated myself to a rather fabulous gadget! You know when you are reading your Kindle or reader, and your hands are comfy somewhere else, like when it’s cold, and you are snuggled up in bed? Then you have to reach out to tap your Kindle to turn the page? Well, I got an ebook page-turner! It is brilliant! I can chill wherever I want and not move. I rest my Kindle on my little Pill-o-Pad and click away as I read!
  • If we were having chai, I’d say that I am aching a little as I was putting some furniture together, as Hubby Dearest mowed the lawn! We are getting summer-ready in the garden! It was a lovely day on Sunday afternoon, hitting 20 ℃, and not only do we have some new seats, but also water features!
  • If we were having chai, I would update you on Sonu Singh. We had another chilled reading session, and what was even cooler was that Andi Osho, famous comedian and author of the book we were reading, even commented on the picture! Sonu Singh and I were rather pleased!
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This week, it is, theoretically, a back-to-normal week… but what is normal? It is a busy week, if I am honest, with things happening every day either in school or at home… So I may be fraught by the end. I have training, meetings, lots of paperwork to get set, too, what with the new intake information coming to me, plus the home stuff, like cricket training and matches, and appointments, and also being there for Mum-in-law at this sad time, I shan’t be sitting pretty, anywhere!

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Chai And A Chat #236 #ChaiAndAChat

Hello again, Peeps! We are on another bank holiday, thanks to Charlie King Three and his coronation!

Have you got your drink ready?

  • If we were having chai,Β I’d start by telling you about school. It was a short week, all things considered. We had Monday off because of the bank holiday, then four days in school, but it felt even longer than usual! We started the week with a load more absences, as well as another strike day. So I had three members of staff to cover (1 strike, 2 sickness), which was fun. Thankfully we have a volunteer in on a Tuesday, and she really helped out, as well as another member of staff from another part of the school. Ever grateful to those people able to step in to help out with the craziness of the Early Years! We were were planting, drawing, painting and writing about sunflowers this week, and I have to tell you, I think we have hit that mic drop moment for a good few of the children, where things have properly clicked! It’s like a switch flicks, and they are either attempting to write more, independently, or writing in sentences that we can read, and they WANT to, which is even better! I also had a sad moment, when one of our children had his last day with us, as he is moving to another area. He is such a sweet child, and we will miss him a lot… His family gave a card and beautiful scarf as a gift from them, which was so touching. As I always say, totally unnecessary, but a sweet gesture, nonetheless.
  • If we were having chai,Β I’d tell you that another thing we did was spend the whole day concentrating on the important occasion that was to be taking place on Saturday; the Coronation! We had an assembly where we talked as a whole school briefly and sang the National Anthem, followed by lots of time in class talking about what a Coronation is, in child-friendly terms, making crowns, and lots of Coronation-related crafts! Then in the afternoon, after a little more Coronation learning, we had a whole school tea party on the top playground. The weather forecast was dubious. We thought we would have to cancel, but we ended up with a dry, sunny 21℃ afternoon!
  • If we were having chai,Β I’d say that the next day was the Coronation. Weather-wise, it was drizzly. I had every intention of watching all the pomp and circumstance. I am not a Royalist, as such, but I am so aware of the fact that we are a part of living history, and I love to learn about the different customs and traditions. So I sat, watching, for a while, then Cricken Mum duty struck, as Lil Man had a match. We kept an eye out for messages about a cancelled game due to the weather, but they were adamant that it would go ahead. I ended up with the Coronatino streaming live on my phone as we drove, and we parked up in time for me to see the main event, as in the crown being placed on Kin Charles III’s head! Then I got back in time to see the procession and the Royal Salute. It was pretty amazing, I have to say. Hubby Dearest went off to watch the match, which, not unexpectedly, did get cancelled so they were back home early, too.
  • If we were having chai, I’d tell you that last week I was busy with edit revisions. This week I was sent the e-arc, and spent the afternoon, after the Coronation, and evening, reading and going through the formatting! A few little tweaks cropped up, which I reported to my publisher, ready for change when they are back at work on Tuesday, and my (uncorrected) arc has winged its way to the Blog tour advance readers. Now is the time to get nervous!
  • If we were having chai, I’d mention that while I nervously await the feedback and reviews from the Blog Tour readers, it is always a pleasure when I find a new review for Marriage Unarranged, too! It’s only 79p on Amazon for Kindle, if you were interested…
  • If we were having chai, I would update you on Sonu Singh. I have been, as always, reading plenty and he likes to sit with me if I am chilling on my bed. I think he liked this particular book I was reading as he claimed it as his own!
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This week, another four-day week, but plenty going on…you know what they say, no rest for the wicked! After relaxing today, since it is a Bank Holiday, I have my student volunteer’s tutor in on Tuesday, an appointment to attend on Wednesday, and the dentist on Thursday, as well as a busy reading week, and cricket duties doubling up, too! I will write new words… I will… soon…

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Chai And A Chat #235 #ChaiAndAChat

Good morning, Peeps! It’s the early May Bank Holiday here in the UK, I have a chilled start to the day, and can leisurely enjoy my drink, for a change, as we recap on the week!

Have you got your drink ready?

  • If we were having chai,Β I’d start by telling you about school. We have had more kids sin, this week, but still a few absences. It seems conjunctivitis is a new thing to spread around, at the moment. We had two evenings of Parents Evenings on Monday and Tuesday. The last one for the year, where we talk to the parents about where their children are, and what to expect on their reports at the end of the academic year. I attended the Monday one, which was from 4-7 pm, so pretty long, but it went well, even though several parents didn’t turn up, so I could have gone by 6.30 pm, had they let us know! Still, all was well. Lil Princess had an appointment on the next day so I was unable to attend the whole evening, but, luckily, I share the classes with other teachers so we could cover ourselves, at least! The rest of the week went well. The children are enjoying the growth topic we are focussing on this week, and their progress in all areas is becoming more and more evident. We also had the annual class photos, as well as small individual pictures down, which will go onto each child’s reports. We were expecting carnage, with children everywhere, but it went on like a well-oiled machine! Phew!
  • If we were having chai,Β I’d tell you that I got my edits back from my editor on Saturday. There is only a month to go, exactly until publication day, and I was a little panicked since we have a packed rest of the term, and if there was anything major to change, I wouldn’t have time, but thankfully, all the feedback from my early readers, and beta readers, as well as the sensitivity reader, meant that structurally, and developmentally there were no big shocks. In fact, she loved it… phew! There were a couple of name mix-ups and sentences which didn’t read right to her, so I changed things up where necessary, corrected the silly spelling errors and continuity ones, and sent them back! Fingers crossed there is nothing more to do!
  • If we were having chai,Β I’d say that the editing prompted my Writer’s Prayer to make another appearance, too!
  • If we were having chai, I’d tell you that I continued to read over the week and weekend, as usual, and seeing as the weather was so lovely, I managed a cuppa, and panettone and read in the conservatory on Saturday!
  • If we were having chai, I’d mention that after what feels like an age, we went to the gurdwara for a function. I felt so at peace while sitting there, listening to the priest reading the prayers, and then singing the hymns. Makes me miss living closer to it, sometimes…
  • If we were having chai, I would update you on Sonu Singh. He’s been enjoying more company during the week since Lil Princess was home due to a teacher strike, and Hubby Dearest had more work-from-home days. He also enjoyed the sun in the conservatory, over the weekend, with me!
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This week, as I mentioned, earlier, we have a four-day working week, as it is the Bank Holiday, today. There is another strike for some teachers so both my kids are off again on Tuesday. We have the build-up to the Coronation, as well, which takes place on Saturday 6th May, followed by another extra Bank holiday! What fun!

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Chai And A Chat #234 #ChaiAndAChat

Morning, Peeps! So, one week of term 5 down, 5 more to go before the next half term break!

I’ve got my drink, have you got yours?

  • If we were having chai,Β I’d start by saying school whizzed by, this week. I was only in for four days, but the time I was there, was busy. The kids always look like they have grown so fast, every time we have a two-week break! We are learning about growth this term, which is wonderful, and we will be planting plenty over the next few weeks!
  • If we were having chai,Β I’d tell you that Wednesday was a total highlight of the week for me, as I finally got to visit the London Book Fair! I was on the train at 8 am and arrived by 9.30 am. It was so strange being a commuter on the train at that time. So busy! Once I got there, this place was HUGE! I don’t know what I was expecting, but the first few hours I spent there, I walked around and around in a daze. The LBF is a huge trade fair for those who don’t know. There are stands filled with publishers and different services authors, publishers, and bookstores would use. There is a massive area which is filled with agents who are booked by authors looking to try and gain representation. Equally, there are agents who have appointments with the Big Five Publishers to see if they can pitch the work of their represented authors to them. There are seminars and talks that are extremely informative, too. I walked a lot over the day. In fact, bu the time I lay down in bed that night I had walked over 22k steps!
  • If we were having chai,Β I’d say that I was so excited because I got to meet my publishers face-to-face for the first time, too. We have communicated via video calls and emails for the last year and a half, so this was a long-awaited meeting. We got on like a house on fire, and I am even more excited for the future right now!
  • If we were having chai, I’d tell you that I have reached out to quite a few author friends of mine, to get some more Book & A Brew with Ritu posts scheduled, so this means that I have been reading up a storm! (When do I not?)
  • If we were having chai, I’d mention that it was Pops and Mum’s anniversary, too. Fifty one years together. What a feat!
  • If we were having chai, I would update you on Sonu Singh. He seems to have a little cut on his ear, not sure where from, but as a result, he has been very jumpy. Bless him. But it hasn’t stopped him from being extremely cuddly. This weekend, he blended his services as a Kindle holder!
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This week I think I will be catching my tail half the time, as I feel a bit out of sorts, what with the busyness of last week. School is full-on, as is homelife…

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