31 Dec 2017

Nurture 1718

I don’t often look back. But it is good to be prompted. To think about what went well and what could have been avoided. So, some of the things for which I am grateful:

  • Work. It’s a constant source of amazement that people ask me to work with them. Thank you. And I love it: professional friendships across so many arenas, cemented through sharing ideas at conferences, schools, formally and informally, in the real world and on-line.
  • Writing. Delighted to be asked to contribute – Learning without Labels; We need to talk about Religious Education; RE Today. And after High Challenge, Low Threat and Hopeful Schools, I am currently writing about the curriculum (pray for me).
  • Walking. What a blessing this is. With Big B and Turbo Tess, lots of happy times getting stuck in bogs on the Berwyns.
  • Foraging. Wild raspberries, garlic, mushrooms.
  • The young. My tribe, including the nieces and nephews, a source of amusement, thrills and spills. And there’s a mini-mini Myatt (aka as the ‘farting foetus’) on the way. Happy days…
  • Travels. Being independent means setting the timetable. So when one of the girls said would I be up for a trip to India, I said yes. This has been so interesting and is the source of much reflection and reading. Frights and delights in equal measure.

What I miss

  • Not having a big crowd to feed at the weekends
  • Cooking
  • Gardening
  • Dearest Raffles, whose tenth anniversary will be in 2018. Much loved and missed by all who knew him.

And looking forward to? Well, everything really.


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