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Posted: 25/10/2013 at 20:32

Hello folks - you're all lovely ((hugs alll round)) 

Verdun, batten down those hatches!!!  

Watching GW now - Monty's taking down his runners and is going to plant broad beans - has he been readng Chatterbox???


Posted: 25/10/2013 at 08:12

Cheers Mrs G   Now I'm late to set off for work - they probably won't fire me now tho' will they?

Haircut after work so see you later folks - have a lovely day everyone 


Posted: 25/10/2013 at 08:03

Fg - I've really loved this job - I still do - I have met some amazing people and it's been a real privilege to know and support them.  However, over the years I've lost several of 'my' children.  I know we're not supposed to get emotionally involved, but of course we do.  We work with them and their families long term - we couldn't do the work if we didn't care.  I have sat with a mother  by a hospital bed and watched and waited while her her 14 year old passed, and cried with her and his lttle brother.  Many parents of children with disabilities can be quite isolated socially, and sadly some are isolated from wider family too.  This mum had no one else to sit with her and I'd known her and her son since he was 3, so she asked for me.  What else could I do?

There have been other times of huge sadness, but also times of huge joy.  The phone call from the mother of a 10 year old with severe autism and learning and communication disabilties whose child had called her 'Mum' for the first time will stay with me for ever. 

But I'm getting to the age when I'm beginning to lose friends too, and the sadness I feel at their passing is begining to bring back sad occasions with 'my children' too, so I think it really is time to leave.  

Remembrance Sunday

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 07:54

I will be with my 93 year old father - if the weather is fine and he is well enough my son and I will push him to the War Memorial for the Commemoration and the Silence. My son will place a cross for him to commemorate his younger brother killed over Germany, and Pa will remember all those he loved and were lost.  

If it's like last year, small children will see his medals and come and shake his hand and he will smile and salute them 

If the weather is bad or he is poorly we will watch the service from the Cenotaph in Whitehall with him.  I've always done this with my father, and now my son has taken over responsibility for organising it for Pa and pushing his wheelchair in the parade - he helped his beloved Grandpa write and publish his memoirs.  I'm so proud of them both. 

Quince Tree

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 07:15

I use quince - both the large 'tree' variety and the shrubby Japanese ones, when pot-roasting pheasant.  Just chop one into quarters and pop them into the slow-cooker for the day with some veg and a little cider and a pheasant.  At the end of the day stir a little cream into the juices (whizz with a whizzer if wanted) to make a lovely sauce and there you have it.  Pheasant Normande - ish 


Posted: 25/10/2013 at 07:10

Technology's a wonderful thing - sometimes.  Why can't the social work IT system be as clever as that??? 

Chilli Graphic

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 07:03

I think it's because it's 'active' - several people have posted on it recently - that's my interpretation - but I may be wrong.


Posted: 25/10/2013 at 07:01

  No idea Mrs G - seems you're not the only one who has the wrong idea about me   

Fancy me being a head teacher - oh the power!!! Oh the salary!!!  


Posted: 25/10/2013 at 06:56

Oh, 5 more working days after this one - three next week and two the week after 


Posted: 25/10/2013 at 06:56

Good morning Mrs G - it is a special job isn't it?  I was originally an arts administrator doing some temping between projects, and I went there for a fortnight in 2000 to do some admin.  I was 'gripped' by the job and found that social workers were good people to work with - because of family circumstances I had relevant experience and knowledge, so I did the training and never left!!!  

It's a standing joke that I'm the temp!  For a while I was on a temp contract, and eventually had my Induction Day after I'd been there for 4 years and had inducted several other people!!!

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