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Jen Sutton
Hornchurch, Essex
I'm a wife, mother, grandmother, retired teacher in Secondary School and Christ is the guide in my life.
Interests: languages, christianity, learning new things., family, comedy movies, travel-romance languages, thriller novels and riding a bike for charity
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Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Retirement and Starting Over
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Well, it has been nearly three months since my last post. Losing my handbag certainly started me on a fast track learning curve, but it gave me a quick insight into life on "the Coast", now all that is sorted. Frankly, I would have rather given them the €15 if... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at Retirement and Starting Over
Well, on Wednesday, we got our "residence" documents completed. We celebrated with a glass of wine on "becoming Spanish citizens" (not really, but it felt like becoming more permanent fixtures). "Empadronado" Tick.This means our local authority can claim money from the Eu for having us Spanish car - left hand... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Retirement and Starting Over
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This week has been all about becoming Spanish residents. It started with needing to buy a car - with the steering wheel on the correct side so that joining a main road would not be quite so dangerous. Straight forward you would think - wrong! We found a car -... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Retirement and Starting Over
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Well, John reminded me today we have now been here six weeks. Last week, our daughter Esther and her parter Al, came to stay with us, and as with all visitors, one tends to do things one wouldn't normally do. To begin with , the night they arrived, as it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Retirement and Starting Over
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aaaawwww! - I have to tell you folks, that's howl I felt last night. The sky was growling and lights were flashing. water was pouring down and I was scared; I have to admit, I was shaking and was not able to find any place that made me feel comfortable.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at Retirement and Starting Over
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Well, yesterday was a big day for me! In the morning, Trot-trot popped me in the car, I thought , to take me for a nice grassy run, but instead she took me to the groomers! The worst part is, that this "Salon for Dogs" is in the Vet's and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Retirement and Starting Over
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After moving from Hornchurch, the familiar gardens at Langton's , the Harrow Lodge fields, my brief stay in Woodford was very nice. There was a nice garden to play in and the owners - friends of my family - didn't mind at all that I pooped on "Popa's Lawn" -... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Retirement and Starting Over
I want to record this, so I can look back and read it if things change! Right now, I am aware of waves of well being breaking over me. We are living in a lovely apartment with a beautiful view. Though the dawns are often grey in this season, the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Retirement and Starting Over
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Well, here we are 10 days into our residence in Spain. We still feel as if we're on holiday and it's hard to take on board that we have no where to go back to! Of course, we will return to the UK to see our family and friends, but... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Retirement and Starting Over
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Well, enough of the road trip. Here we are three full days into our life in Spain. Yesterday we had 'lunch' with our friends Angie and Les from the block and the evening with my good friends from Davenant days - Sue Howard and Sandra Blooman, here for a holiday,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Retirement and Starting Over
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Wednesday was a long day - fascinating to drive through so many miles of France and to realise that over the years we had visited many of the places on the route either through school work, school trips, exchanges or through family holidays. If it hadn't have been for "Gladys"... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at Retirement and Starting Over
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First night in La Bertelière on the outskirts of Rouen - a lovely hotel where Oscar was not only welcomed to the room, but neither did they mind dogs in the dining room. Big surprise!! Oscar behaved impeccably and we had a lovely meal . The journey from Calais to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at Retirement and Starting Over
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We left Woodford this morning bang on 7am after having two days of fond farewells with friends and family. This evening we are at a lovely hotel in Rouen about to go to dinner. We are so grateful for 'journeying mercies' as my in-laws used to say - a smooth... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Retirement and Starting Over
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Well, the time has come! One week ago, we moved out of our home in Hornchurch to live with our very good friends Bill & Penny in Woodford, so that we could dispose of all our furniture and give the house a good clear out. A week ago! I can't... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at Retirement and Starting Over
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Well, yesterday, I retired from teaching - again. I had only been in The King John School, Benfleet nine months and it had been tough, but the farewell I had from students and staff was over whelming. I received a bouquet from the girls I had nagged more than any... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at Retirement and Starting Over
Right! This is it ! The train is booked, + two hotels - pet friendly of course - in France and two in Spain. We leave the UK on the 2 September and arrive at our apartment on the 6th. We're taking it easy on our journey down south with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Retirement and Starting Over
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Just before October half-term, I saw an email on mfl-resources asking for anyone in the area to help out in a school in Benfleet - 40 mins from here, towards Southend , where a teacher had left unexpectedly mid term leaving two Y11 classes, plus 2 Y10 and several others... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2013 at Retirement and Starting Over
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We keep on finding new places to visit. In the Casco Antiguo of Marbella, we found the castle walls for the first time: How could we have missed this?!!! Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2013 at Royal Golf Riviera
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Where are we? Situated half way between Málaga and Marbella; 90 mins from Granada; 2.5 hours from Seville our apartment makes for a good base for touring the varied Andalucian countryside. Gibraltar to the South-west, is only an hour away on the motorway; an hour or so to the East... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2013 at Royal Golf Riviera
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It's a while since I wrote on this side of my blog and what a varied year it's been! I spent 9 months in Ormiston Park Academy in Aveley - quite a culture shock and an interesting view on education in an area described as "high deprivation" . One of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2013 at Retirement and Starting Over
Prices from : £250 per week in the low season Nov- March £450 in the high Season - July- August. All other times £350 per week. For more than one week, contact us for price. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2013 at Royal Golf Riviera
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Well, I have just read my friend Lyn's retirement blog. She's called it: mysagariangapyear. Boy is she having a great time. Off to Barbados over Easter, then to Mallorca for a month and now she has planned to go to Borneo and then Brazil. Travelling is one of my passions... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2013 at Retirement and Starting Over
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Some pretty-ing up has been going on at Royal Golf Riviera - thanks to our President Les and Angel. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2013 at Royal Golf Riviera
It’s that time of year again - a mixture between enjoyment of being with family and friends, catching up personally or via news sent through the post or email and the stress of getting everything ready, travelling hither and yon and worrying what to buy for various people. Strange, that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2012 at Retirement and Starting Over