(This was supposed to have been finished at the beginning of the year rather than Easter - but better late than never!)
May and June 2015 were a little less hectic mainly focussing on work issues so I was mainly based in DXB. I did however have a business trip to Seoul in May and a trip on business to London where I managed to tag on a trip down to Maidstone to see the family. E., M and I were also busy finalising plans for the Summer extravaganza for my big birthday which was to include a party/BBQ in Maidstone and also in Ireland – a week apart which obviously made the logistics quite interesting. I had also expressed a wish to take a motorhome trip in France so trying to get everything to fit together was quite a challenge!
At the end of June the kids broke up from school and both A. and V. had very successful years on the whole – A. managed to complete his first year at “Big School” without mishap and V. had a really good year at her school – very much one of the stars in her class room. A. also took – and passed his Grade 2 piano. This was a much greater achievement than it might appear as in the middle of May it became clear that whilst he was very confident on his three pieces, he had not done very much at all on his scales/sight reading and other exercises. Some extremely intensive sessions in the three weeks before the exam made show that he passed with aplomb – even managing to fit in a public recital in front of all the parents of the exam candidates at his school.