I can’t believe it is Christmas already!

imageWell, here we are again? Another year over, and what a year it has been, but I will leave the reflections for another time. Happy Christmas from warm and sunny-ish Pearl Beach! I am feeling incredibly happy to have our three children (not children really) young people here with us and most unusually, it is only we five for Christmas Day! Bliss! Wishing you all you a wonderful time at Christmas!


Good news!

The first words that Simon said to me this morning when Emma and I met him at the airport were “I mastered 3 hands!”. Sneaky Simon had kept his success a secret since Wednesday! What a great way to finish the term, especially given how unwell and miserable he had been! Go Simon!Simon master 3hands 016

This is what Matt/Mr Coppins said in Simon’s most recent report  “You have been working really hard in your Clocks exercise, but recently passed your expected date to master level 3 Hands. Your Clocks master will come, and it will be a very memorable day in your Arrowsmith career.”  Well, that mastery did come and I believe it was a very memorable day – the entire school came into the West room to congratulate Simon and cheer! Wish I could have been a fly on the wall!

Simon is on his way!

So exciting! Tomorrow morning I have to pick Simon up from the airport after he has travelled from Peterborough on his own. He is looking forward to some sunshine and some TLC!  We are looking forward to seeing him!

Michael is home, recuperating after his hip replacement and doing ridiculously well! Out for brunch this morning, friends over for dinner last night (having come home in the morning!). Thank goodness for the test match and golf on tv so he has to sit still for some time!


Well, here I am!

Home at last!  Almost a week now, and yet I still feel somewhat disconcerted by the heat, humid and Christmas decorations! After the cold of Peterborough where the Christmas lights twinkle against the snow, and the beautiful Christmas lights in London, Christmas feels out of place here in Sydney! Still, it is good to be back and have some time with my lovely husband before his hip replacement on Wednesday.

We have wined, dined and partied since I got home!  Last night saw us at Otto’s in Wooloomooloo where we arrived by boat (such fun as it feels so terribly decadent, even if we were dressed in our wet weather gear!) and such beautiful food! On my first evening back, which seems like a while ago now, we dodged the rain to go to Il Capello, our local Italian, pizza for Michael, salad for me – perfect! We sat out on our balcony with Emma on Thursday night, enjoying beautiful steaks and red wine, discussing politics and solving the problems of the world! Dinner with friends on Friday, partied on Saturday night, it’s been busy!

Simon, meanwhile, has recovered from his nasty bug, having been looked after by good friends on Monday and Tuesday.  Lynette, Stuart and Zac took Simon home with them to give him a good dinner and a quiet night another night, as the end of term approaches it is quite noisy at Argyle. Simon enjoyed the soup that Lynette made especially for him for dinner and at Arrowsmith the next day. How lucky are we to have made such friends who keep an eye out for Simon, the Arrowsmith community is very special, so caring and thoughtful. It is really reassuring for me, now that I am so far away.

I’ll be back soon!

Just to let you know I’ll be back to writing regularly soon, I hope! London was fabulous, so good to see family and friends, enjoy some wonderful lunches and dinners, take in some culture and see the Christmas lights, sparkling and beautiful. All over too quickly!

Back to Toronto where we stayed with the family of one of Simon’s classmates, who were lovely and it was great to meet them. Simon and I went to the One of A Kind show – hundreds of stands featuring artisan crafts, clothes and food. It was great and we really enjoyed it. Back to Peterborough with a very unwell Simon, fever, sore throat and vomiting but, given that I am heading to Sydney tomorrow, I am glad that it seems to have been a 24 hour bug. He is not quite his normal self but so much better than yesterday. Well enough to suggest going to the Electric City Bread Company for brunch, where we joined Lynette and Stuart together with Zac who was celebrating his 10th birthday! Happy Birthday Zac! It was great to see Frances whose son was at Arrowsmith last year and to hear about how he has fitted back into mainstream school. It is so heartening to hear good news stories of progress and life being better after Arrowsmith! It gives me great hope for Simon’s future, and for all the students, for that matter!