Bout time I posted I think.......


Well I thought I had better post an update as I know that some people check this regularly to check what Clint and I are up to.
Well, what has happened since the last post?

We are pretty much settled in here, and starting to get into a good daily routine. Some people have asked us about our accommodation, where we are living, etc, so I will fill you in now. We are living with an aussie couple Elena and Tim. Elena is in her late 20s and Tim is in his early 30s, they both work in the IT industry. We get along well and they are easy to live with so thats great!

The house we are in, well, I dont know if you could call it a house, but anyway. Everywhere here is in highrise flats, so in our block there are around 15 apartments. Ours is pretty good as it has 2 bedrooms (obviously), 1 bathroom, but the great thing is it has 2 toilets and a separate lounge and dining area. When we were looking for somewhere to stay we found not many reasonably priced places had a lounge or dining space, which would have been a killer as you would basically have to live in your bedroom. We share the kitchen and that is working out fine also as Clint and I start work earlier and get home earlier, so we can start tea before Elena and Tim get home. Here are some pics of our place......

*Blogger is being nasty, I'll try later*

Hmm....what else?
Clint was sick for most of the weekend just gone, I think its probably due to the 'lovely' cold weather we have been having. Its amazing, while we are have between 7-12 degree days, everyone at home is having a heat wave of like 35 degree days! He is enjoying work in the 'mansion' (or so I think it must be anyway) though he says it is not stimulating at all, at the moment he is doing 'protection' work.........some of you may know what that is :oP

Work is going pretty well, I have had a couple of interesting experiences, but this week has been lovely as I have been at the same school for all this week. Its nice as it gives me a chance to chat more to the staff and get to know some of the kids properly. As the schools are so multicultural here I had a hard time for the first few days calling out kids names on the roll. I am proud to say I nearly make it through the entire lists of 30 children per class lately with only one or two mistakes, which the kids think is just hilarious. I was given some positive feedback from the Supply Teacher coordinator, who was informed by teachers I covered how I did, so its nice to know that although I am just doing supply, people are actually noticing how I teach, and if I am any good or not. At the moment, my agency are looking for some more permanent work for me, just so I wont have last minute call outs to school and so I can get to know staff and kids better.

Last weekend was one of our first free weekends here, Clint was not feeling too well so we took it pretty easy. On the Saturday we went into Covent Garden (which is the most beautiful part of London I have seen so far) as there was a travel show on. We picked up HEAPS of brochures and really need to get our act together to start planning our next trip (we may need to plan our trips when its school holidays as I will be out of work then). Then after the travel show we had a wander around the area, saw lots of street performances and where all the broadway shows are. On Sunday we went to Camden, where part of the markets recently burnt down (it was in the news at home). That was certainly interesting as all the people there are very emo/alternative/goth/punk looking. I love watching people like that, and I love that they have the guts to actually get around like that. Still have not gone shopping yet, but its all good!

Clint and I were planning on going away somewhere (maybe Paris) for my birthday this weekend, however we have left it far too late, so we are not sure what we will be doing yet. Thanks to Mum and Margie (I got your cards!) xoxo

Anyways, I will try to update the pictures in the next couple of days. Clint, Elena, Tim and I are off to the pub over the road for tea and a few drinks, and also to join in on the trivia night. What fun!! I hope they arent expecting me to contribute to the quiz (I'm not too good with general knowledge!)

Take care, xox


Anonymous said...

Great to hear from u, sounds like u have both settled in well, and enjoying yourselves. yes it has been VERY hot , 39 2day and a hot few days coming up... Adelaide have had 11 days straight of over 35 we are getting it is strange for u to have cold weather and we are sitting here with the air Hope u are feeling better clint,not working too hard...haha, nothing new here same stuff different Hope u have a great day on sat will be thinking of u ( while we are sleeping LOL) looking forward to some new pics...take care Hugs & kisses Helen, Steve & kids...xx

Anonymous said...

It's really good to hear you are okay. We are all stinking hot but well. i hope you have a fantastic birthday.Take care of yourselves, looking forward to pictures & your next post.
lots of love aunty rhonda, uncle glenn & monsters.

joannep said...

Glad to hear from you again and glad you got the birthday card Raquel. So good to hear you are settling into life in London.I'm sure you would do just fine at trivia.Clint hope that your cold is improving. Have a great birthday Racca and enjoy your day no matter how you spend it . Dad and Josh send their love and Brendon wishes you a Happy birthday. Looking forward to you posting some photos hope you get it working.By the way dad gets all sentimental when talking bouts you Racca, he missing you heaps,but I'm sure you know he is a big softie. Take care of yourselves and each other.Have fun we will all be thinking of you Racca on your special day Saturday
Love and huggs to you both
lotsa love mum,dad and Josh

Anonymous said...

Hi well it was great to see that you are living well in London all looks great. Have a special birthday on the 16th Raquel Have sent email keep well lots of love to you both Mum.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Kid,
Love you millions.
Love always fass oxoxoxo

Anonymous said...

Hi this is grandma I have just read your last update. glad you are enjoying the experience. Pa & I are at Hellens for Steves Birthday.By for now. Our new car is going very well.Hope you are feeling better now clint;& you had a good birthday yesterday,Raquel.

Anonymous said...

Hi Raq and Clint good to see all the updates looks like a nice place u living at , so how,s u both getting used to the pommy weather ? well been very HOT here 3 days out of 4 have been 40,c and its still 34.5 c now .. Thanks to both of ya for the birthday card and hope u had a lovely birthday to Raq ..So whats it like to to work on those pommy house,s much different than over here ? If u can later on send me a few pic,s of the houses etc would be nice to see .. c/boards etc .. well enjoy the new expericence of working and travelling abroad well done guys take care catch up with u soon Love ( oldfart)Steve...