4 Months

Our little monkey is four months old today.



We spent a few days this week in Weston-super-Mare.  Some of Dan’s family were going on holiday there so we decided to join them for a few days.  It was sunny and hot (finally!)  We had a great time with family, eating fish and chips, visiting an animal adventure park and just spending time together.

Weston-super-Mare’s beach with the tide out.  Andrew and Helen took care of Jacob so we got to have a bit of time to ourselves which was very lovely.


School’s out for summer…

Well, there is a broad smile on my face today that shows no sign of dimming. It’s not that I’m happy to be leaving my school and the staff, parents and pupils I’ve grown close to, I’m just really excited by the prospects of the future. I’m retiring from teaching in the UK for the foreseeable future (never say never) – no more SATs, Ofsted holds no fear for me, no longer shall I be marking Year 6 writing late into the evenings…Let the good times roll.

I’m sure that our time in Canada and life in Zambia will hold its challenges, there will definitely be times I miss my current life in the UK, but right now it really feels like the right things to do. We feel that God is calling us to continue to build on relationships in Zambia and that this is part of God’s purpose for our lives. I’m fully aware that it’s crazy in many people’s eyes (taking an infant to the developing world), but for all that we will be missing out on in terms of the material, we will be gaining so much more in quality of life together as a family. Melissa will continue to work part-time for Beyond Ourselves and, even though we’re not 100% sure what I’ll be doing when we move to Zambia, the possibilities all involve a much improved work-life balance. There’s that smile again.



We have yet to really have summer here in the UK.  It has rained and rained and rained and rained some more in the last couple of months.  And even when it isn’t raining, it is nearly always overcast and grey.  I am coming to terms with the fact that perhaps we just might not get any summer in the UK this year.  That said, I take comfort in the fact that in Zambia we will get lovely hot and sunny weather.

Every day I check the weather and usually it looks like this.  Can’t wait to get some Zambian sun!

Strawberry season

‘Tis the season for strawberries.  With strawberries in season and a bargain at every grocery store I was looking for a simple cake recipe the other week that used strawberries in it.  I came across this one.  Delicious!  It is so simple and really tasty.  I’ve made it several times already.  Next time I might try it with peaches, blueberries or perhaps a mixture of fruit.