A new chapter

I’ve had my first rejection from a independent publisher for For Good Men To Do Nothing. Seven more to go! The plan will be to self-publish later Spring, early summer if nothing comes my way.

We’re in the house – just. We had a couple of days with Mary, we stopped at a school in Hampshire so I could mentor a Deputy Head for an hour and a half, and we eventually made it to ‘The Cottage’ late Friday night.

There’s a lot to do. Having emptied the attic I relaid the floor and fitted a ladder and a new light. And then we repacked everything we had – and some more which poured out of Doris, and stacked it v neatly in plastic boxes in the roof. And there’s much more room for other stuff up there which we will eventually take out of the garage. Doris has been emptied. And I have sorted her for an MoT tomorrow. Tomorrow is ‘Blue Week’ at school, which means I am not working on Monday – but I’m going to pop in and sort out some admin. I am going to cycle (everyday), which, with an electric bike, shouldn’t be an issue. I think it’s about 6 miles. If that doesn’t work I’ll get a moped. But I think the bike will be fine.


I miss this. Really. I do. Bigly.

And I’ve just finished ‘lesson planning’ for Tuesday.  I use the term v loosely. I won’t get into a deep discussion about the pros and cons of lesson planning. With 8 year’s experience I’m pretty confident that I can teach the students what they need to know without extensive planning. The problem with having a set menu is that it doesn’t easily allow you to drift when the class needs to go in a new direction. We’ll see.

Anyhow, that’s enough from me. A new chapter. C’s v excited. Me? Well, when I was in Doris this afternoon sorting her for her MoT I got a real pang of excitement from when we were in Croatia for a month in June. The original plan, before I decided to become a teacher, was that about now we were going to be heading off to Spain until the summer. Mmmmm. I’m not sure what I prefer. But, with my contract only short term (till the summer) we could be off on a ‘bigly’ trip in the autumn.


2 thoughts on “A new chapter

  1. Hi Roland,

    Good luck with your new job, hope all goes well. David has been very involved with Bristol Free School since it’s inception, being part of the the team (Russell Education Trust) who founded the School. He has already spoken to Danny and Karen Lynch about you, giving you a very positive endorsement, so they are keen to meet you and who knows, there may be longer term options there if you are keen to pursue them. David says he would be happy to chat to you if you’d like to know more about the school and some of the recent history. Our phone numbers, if you would like to chat, are 01749 673909 or 07836 266985. He’s also likely to visit the School in the next couple of weeks so may bump into you then.

    Best wishes,

    Ann Baker

    Sent from my iPad


    • Aw, thank you so much Ann (and David). I started this week and for me it’s all about the teaching. That’s going to keep me busy for a good while, I feel. So no need for any chats at the moment.

      I hope to get to see David when he’s down in the next couple of weeks. And I hope you are all well. All good with us.

      Roland (& Claire)

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