2017 goals! 

Okay so I’ve got a few goals this year. 

(Main goal) continue to work on being less anxious, and keep working on myself. 

1) make a patchwork quilt. I’m giving myself 1 year to do this. Hmm! We will see about that one. 

2) currently growing garlic, rocket and salad leaves. I’m hoping to start my own gardening blog. When I leave T&M I’ll be able to do it. 

2a) grow potatoes at the allotment. And in the summer I hope to grow fruit with cathy. 

3) sort out a job where I can settle in, work hard and enjoy the interesting parts of it. 

4) lose weight. I’ve never been this fat before and I feel literally weighed down by it.  

5) decorate home. Been here 5 yrs now so time for a change. 

6) read more. 

7) smile every day and be thankful for the good things. 

8) go on holiday. Please, please, please. 

That’s it I think. There’s so fun stuff, some hard work and some solid plans. 


Pancake Gorgeous!

So we had a wonderful pancake day, well 2 of us did anyway!  Poor old Oz didn’t get anything except a look at the delicious photographs I took.  Oh that was so mean!


I have decided to give up cake, (yes I know?) for lent, which means from today the 10th February until 24th March, that’s 40 days to be precise.  The story of why we have lent is lovely and makes you think of depriving yourself of something you love in order to become wiser and more tolerant of things around you.

Now I’m not sure that is what the message from JC (not Jeremy Corbyn)  Jesus Christ had in mind when he did his epic desert marathon.  But I want to challenge myself to show that I still have the tenacity and determination I used to have when I was in my 20s and 30s.

So cake?  Crap!  I bloody love cake… And sound like Little Britain.


The Ipswich Society

The Ipswich Society is a fairly large and well established group of dedicated people who take an interest in what happens around Ipswich Town.  Their website is small and quite old fashioned, but it does the job. Here’s a link to it if you want to read more about them and what they do.  The Ipswich Society – Read More

We have joined this group as we wanted to become more involved with the place we live in.  Ipswich is a great place to live with so many things to do, and I would like to contribute in a small way and get some enjoyment out of it too.  I think the group has been running many years, it says it was started in 1960.  Before I was even born (not way off but still, anything counts these days!).


Day 10 Work Experience

Last Day of Work Experience – Day 10

Wow!  I have finally finished my work experience at Thompson & Morgan.  I have done 10 days in the Direct Marketing Department, with Holly Taylor as my line manager and Clare Dixey as my manager.  And to be honest I couldn’t have asked for 2 better managers.  They are both really lovely, clever, knowledgeable and, they advise without being bossy, they coax me to do my best and to open up and be creative.

I really thought I was going to miss Sue Sanderson,  and I do.  But Holly has made life comfortable for me, and made the transition from being on work experience to functioning in my new role as e-commerce marketing assistant; to give it it’s correct title, easy and fun.  Sue hasn’t yet had her baby but I know it is imminent.

It seems that the new department I am in, or as I like to call it “El Dorado” is full of nice people, with kind dispositions.  I’m not saying that I will agree with everything they say, or be this happy every single day of my working life at T&M; but I do know that at the moment I feel very welcomed to the department, enthusiastic about my new job, and just a bit excited to get really stuck in!

El Dorado

El Dorado

It’s my last day tomorrow of my first week in my new job and what a week it has been.  Monday and Wednesday I was non-stop doing social media posts for FB for 2 companies, Twitter for T&M, thinking up things to put in those posts and learning about my new roles.  Believe me there is so much to learn, I am using loads of different programs to enhance my job, Photoshop is one that I am learning to use. Some of the programs and tools I use are not for others consumption,  I consider some of the stuff I do as sensitive and will be keeping it to myself (sadly I don’t work for MI5 though!).

Today the Direct Marketing Team, 27 of us, went to the Bedstead Brook Hotel for a day of team building exercises and presentations for the managers of each sub-department.  Holly did a presentation and she was really good, even though she was nervous you would never have known it.  She is very knowledgeable about her subject and I feel that I have a good mentor/manager.  I am going to learn a lot from her, and am already doing so. The other managers in the department also had to present their ideas for new business and a description of their job and the role it features in the wider company.

The presentations were great, informative and showed that there are some very talented and driven people in my new department, although it was refreshing to see that they too were nervous and it isn’t just me who gets anxious before giving a presentation.

I have to say that I have really enjoyed my first few days, and am going to make the most of this fab opportunity.  Grasping it with 2 hands, with bells on!  It has been a long day, I am quite tired but I just wanted to say thank you to Clare and Holly; and not forgetting Sue who was such a brilliant person when i first started my work experience way back in October.  These and all the other team members have made me feel welcome and wanted.

Thanks T&M

What’s next?


So it is the new year and a Happy New Year to you all!

I start my new job tomorrow, so I thought I would look at ‘what’s next’ for me?

Well I still have university to finish, the 10,000 word dissertation, the modules Intercultural Communication, and another year long module to complete is the Professional Writing Practice.  This is where I have learnt to do much of the work I am now undertaking in my new job.  Without this module I doubt I would have got the job I have.  The tutor has lots of information and wisdom to impart and does her best to get us all knocked into shape for the “Real World!”  So finishing uni is number 1 on the list.

My new job, we know about it and i don’t need to elaborate further.

Going on holiday this year, I want to get my passport and just bugger off.  Somewhere nice, we are supposed to be going to Coburg in Germany with my son.  He is the musical director of Suffolk School of Samba and there is a big gig there in the early summer.  I can’t wait to go, we are all excited actually.

Getting a puppy!  I am supposedly getting a new puppy for my birthday in February, it will be a teeny-tiny Pomeranian and Chihuahua.   I mean come on who wouldn’t want one of these?

puppy for WordP

I can’t think of much else at the moment.  It is late and I have been at work all day.  (I can hear the violins playing a sad tune for me!).  I am excited to start my new job and see where it takes m.

Tell me what you are going to be up to in the new year?  Is it a new baby perhaps or something even more exciting (if there is such a thing?).