Welcome to England

5:25 arrive BA56, Fi's parents came and picked us up at 7am and went back to their house for breakfast, we all walked to Beaconsfield shops to organise insurance for the car so Fi & I could drive.  Anne and dean came over 12:30pm for lunch, nice people, I was so tired I slept from 2pm - 6pm.  Fi woke me for dinner then we showed her parents our photos of Sth Africa before falling asleep again.

 

Pipers Corner

We went to Pipers Corner to see Fi's school,

then to The Crown in Penn for a beer,

then to the Royal Standard of England for lunch, chicken pie and scampi and a pint.

Met Sarah a childhood friend of Fi's, went to the Red Lion, home 10pm.

I lost my Zulu bracelet (pus).

Bath

Packed and headed to Bath for the night via Reading & Marlborough.  Lunch at Hungerford at The John O'Gaunt Inn.

Reading

Marlborough
Marlborough

Hungerford at The John O'Gaunt Inn
Hungerford at The John O'Gaunt Inn

Walked around the historic stones at Ayebury, very beautiful countryside then to the Red Lion for a bourbon.  Then to Bath were we got a room at the Kings Arm, great place, very friendly, they fixed our door, we had a laugh in the morning as we locked ourselves out. 

Historic Stones at Ayebury,
Historic Stones at Ayebury,

Ayebury
Ayebury

Jumina Indian for dinner which had a view of Bath Abbey, Pig & Fiddle for a drink, Cadillac nightclub with Andrew & Mike.

Bath Abbey
Bath Abbey

Pig & Fiddle
Pig & Fiddle

 

Roman Baths

Went to the Roman Baths, totally spectacular, then to Monks Coffee Shop and had Devonshire tea.

Roman Baths
Roman Baths

Devonshire Tea
Devonshire Tea

Walked around Bath, 1pm Pig & Fiddle, Andy & Mike didn't turn up.  Marks & Spencers bought tights, tobacconist for our new tobacco tins (very lush).

Drove home via Melksham, Devizes, Malborough, Wantage, Reading and Maidenhead.  3 hours of nice scenic drive.

Melksham
Melksham

Devizes
Devizes

Wantage
Wantage

Maidenhead
Maidenhead

Starting the Job Hunting

Very sore from training yesterday, rang agencies to organise interviews for tomorrow in London Baker Street & Knightsbridge.

Baker Street
Baker Street

Knightsbridge
Knightsbridge

Went to local agency in High Wycombe couldn't find it, oh well had lunch then to Gerrards Cross to see EVITA, not bad, very strong character, emotional movie I haven't quite digested it yet! 

Gerrards Cross
Gerrards Cross

High Wycombe
High Wycombe

Home massaged Fi then had a lovely pasta with beef and tomato, salad, bread and fruit salad.

First Day in London

Caught 10:39am train to Baker Street to the 'Nanny Service' 9 Paddington St London for interview then on the Tube to Knightsbridge to the 'Regency Nanny Service' 50 Hanscourt next door to 'Harrods' lush shop. 

Then Tube to Earl's Court, couldn't find anything there then to Convent Garden, lunch at The White Lion, drinks at Punch & Judy and Coal Hole with Leroy & Dave (boys from Brixton).

Earl's Court
Earl's Court

Convent Garden Punch & Judy
Convent Garden Punch & Judy

Coal Hole Convent Garden
Coal Hole Convent Garden

We had dinner in the centre if London 'Convent Garden' outside under a field of 'Hot Mushrooms', lovely and quite pissed now.

Hot Mushroom
Hot Mushroom

We caught the Tube and train home blind drunk and we made it.

Tara Met Her First Nanny Job Family

Power walk 1 hour then 1/2 hour floor exercises.  Big lunch chicken, corn, peas, chips and ice-cream banana with choc fudge sauce lush.

Packed Fi's backpack and went to chiropractor then we drove to Salford Priors via Stratford-upon-Avon, my first nanny job in England.

Salford Priors
Salford Priors

Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon

Met the kids Charlie, Laurie, George & Harry and their golden retriever Archie and granny Sandy & Nanny Sandy who is sick that's why I am here, probably 1 week £ 35/day.

Tara’s First Day as a Nanny in England

6:15 am start, 4 boys Charlie, Laurie, George & Harry dressed and breakfast and left home 8:20am to take Charlie & Laurie to school, then back home, granny minded the younger ones while I took the car Ford RV for a drive to find where I was taking them in the afternoon.  A bit of a test drive, any excuse for a cigarette.

12:30pm George's swimming lesson, Harry and I sat and watched, I slept with my head on the table while Harry had his lunch.  Took the boys to the park after swim but too cold, collected Charlie & Laurie from school 3pm, home, bath, dinner; spag bol, lovely.

Another Day on the Job

6:45am start, got boys dressed & breakfast, made lunches for Charlie & Laurie & George and drove them to school & pre-school, then Harry and I drove to Stratford and Evesham to look around, quaint little towns not much to see, came home 10:30am had morning tea put Harry to bed.  I wrote in log book.

Stratford
Stratford

Evesham
Evesham

Woke Harry, collected George from pre-school 12:30pm, came home watched Batman Returns, collect Charlie & Laurie 3pm, took Laurie swimming 3:45pm, then home for dinner, baked potatoes with bolognese sauce.  I had a bath and bed 7pm.

Slept 10 hours non-stop.

Animal Fun Day

5:30am start, took kids to Shire Horse Centre, patted horses, goats, sheep and pigs.

Shire Horse Centre
Shire Horse Centre

Home via Bidford Park, then home the kids played outside I updated log.

Bidford Park
Bidford Park

 

An Average Day for a Nanny

7:10am start, breakfast done, washing sorted, neighbour came to fix blocked kitchen sink.  We went to Tesco for groceries then to Stratford to feed the ducks, then home for lunch.

3pm Carolyn came over with Ian 7, Sarah 5 & Kieran 2 for a play date and pizza, pork sausages and chicken nuggets, fun afternoon.

Fi phoned, she thought I was a pom, being hanging out with enough of them maybe my accent has changed.  She started work in home care £4.60/hr shit money in England, never mind it's about average.  She will be here 3pm Wednesday to collect me.

A Day with the Kids

7am start, breakfast of pancakes and cereal, got kids dressed, took them to Shire Horse Centre again, Sandy left us there while she did some shopping in Stratford, we were there for 2.5 hrs.  We went on the slides again and patted horses, goats, sheep and pigs, some more baby animals were born since last time we were here, how cute, came home 2pm had lunch, Sandy made lasagna & pudding lush!

Last Day of this Nanny Job

8am start, Charlie & George were sick last night, vomiting in bed, Sandy got up for them I stayed in bed, lucky me.

Catherine & Andrew Greenway came home 9am, nice to meet the parents of the kids I've been minding all week.  I did all the washing, sheets, doona covers etc from last nights vomiting match, no worries, Fi Fi picked me up at 3pm, we drove home, had a huge spliff in the car, Fi's parents went away to Bognor for a few days with Matthew & Dean (Fi's nephews) so the house is ours, we hired a video The Truth About Cats & Dogs, good movie, had shepherds pie, rhubarb yogurt & red wine, relaxing night at home bed by 11pm.

Beaconsfield

Stayed in bed til 10:30am, relaxing morning, Fi came home from work around 12pm then she went back to work at 1pm, then we went to Beaconsfield, parked at Waitrose, we to post office, posted aerogram to Jane Walker-Lear & postcard to Uncle David, Aunty Judy.

Waitrose Beaconsfield

Then to Barclays Bank to inquire about bank account, returned video, The Royal Saracens Head Pub for lunch, jacket potatoes and scotch, then we drove to Wycombe to John Lewis to buy presents for Sarah & Helen as it's their birthday. 

Came home hired a video Dead Man Walking had pasta & beans for dinner, french manicure for Fi bed by 11:30pm.

Fiona Cranky at Tara Oops!

Fi worked in morning, went to Waitrose bought some wine to replace Margaret & John's that we drank while they were away.  I ate heaps of cheese on the promo stand, Fi got pissed off with me, returned the video, came home, I got showered and dressed for a night in London (Islington).

Islington

Fi worked another hour, went for my 3pm interview at Generations, went well, got on with them, in my plastic party pants, that was cool, came home, Fi got ready, we left 4:30pm, Anne, Margaret, John & boys arrived from their holiday in Bognor.

Bognor

We were driving 15 mins, Fi forgot her coat, we returned to pick it up then headed off again.  We got to Hillingdon Station 6pm and Angel 7pm, 1 hour late, Helen & Kevin were waiting for us, pub crawl, Indian dinner then back to Helen's for party, we crashed there the night.

Hungover

Very hungover, made our way back to Beaconsfield, we hired Thelma & Louise.

I went to Karen's house to see Tracy & Austin, stayed there the night.

Too Sick for Today

Tracy drove me home, I was vomiting and feeling a bit sick.

Anne, Andy, Matthew & Dean came over for Sunday lunch, chicken, vegies & pudding lush!

I had an early night feeling OK but don't want to drink any alcohol, Fi went out with Sarah.