What do you wear for work?

Some of my regular readers will know that for the past two years I have worked in a Summer School in the UK, teaching English to children from all over the world. As you can read here and here it has been with varying amounts of success! The teachers also come from all over the world, with varying amounts of experience, and, dare I say it, varying amounts of professionalism!

The first year there was a real Scouse Scally working there: he was in the Seniors group, so I can’t comment on his teaching methods or expertise, but, while he was a kind guy in many ways, his attitudes towards the students and staff when we were “off duty” wasn’t all it could have been. The following Christmas I came across him by chance on a very rainy Bold Street in Liverpool (we visited the UK for Christmas that year) and he told me that he had a job teaching English to Japanese and Korean business people by Skype.

“It’s great,” he said. “You have to wear a suit on the top, but under the desk I wear my pyjama bottoms so I can go straight back to bed after the lesson!”

Source: here

When I was teaching in Wall Street Institute they had a rule “no denim” – but they didn’t specify “no pyjama bottoms”! I.L.S. are less formal – jeans are fine, as long as they are clean and tidy. Usually for my first lesson in a company setting I wear smart clothes, to get a feel for the company policy…In France generally, the clothes policy is less formal than in the UK – suits-and-ties are definitely not the norm in offices, with open necked shirts, pullovers and sports jackets more common with the guys. The women are usually chic and smart, whatever their job! I have a couple of pairs of “work jeans” which are smarter than the rest, and some smarter pullovers/shirt combos to wear.

SOURCE: here

Even when working from my desk at home by phone (not by Skype) I like to make sure that I am at least dressed, in my stay-at-home-jeans and a cosy fleece before making the call…No pyjama bottoms for me!

Until today! I forgot to set my alarm and woke at 8.30 for a 9.00 lesson – for which I needed to read the lesson material and think about what I was going to say. I’d planned to get up at 7.30, but the best laid plans…! So I grabbed a large coffee and a piece of toast and sat down in my dressing gown to prepare…At 9.00 I phoned Denis and took the lesson, not just in my pyjama bottoms, but my fluffy dressing gown and my fluffy pink bed socks-and-slipers combo too. Not quite as professional as I like to think!

Giveaways and Swaps!


One thing I love is joining in Giveaways and blogswaps and Secret Santas…it’s great fun putting together a parcel and also receiving one. It’s lovely to make links with new people too… I always join in with the Ship of Fools Secret Santa and Paschal Penguin (organised at Easter) and have received some lovely gifts through them…

I joined in with a Christmas swap  in 2012 and again in 2013 – the items I received are scatered around my study and make me smile when I look at them.

And recently I joined in with a Share Your Country swap, organised by Kimberley at Creative Chaos. I have put the parcel together and need to take it to the post office now. In this swap you had to send 5 things that symbolise the country you live in / were born in. (I chose the country I live in)

 Something to eat: Vichy mints
which are made in Vichy, not too far from here.
Something hand made by you that represents your country: predictably, I went for something zentangled! A picture of the Eiffel Tower (France, you know!) with “fireworks” going off. I’m not absolutely pleased with it…I think it could be improved, but I hope that Kimberley (for she is my swap partner!) likes it.
a tourist nick nack: not really a nick-nack, but a little fridge magnet with a lovely saying on it:
(but mine was in French!)
a stationery item ie notecards,postcards, a pen: I sent an old postcard of St Just (you can see our house on it!)
a spotty pen, and a couple of cards that I had made. I also sent a homemade bookmark.
a souvenir tea towel: It was tricky to find, as I don’t think Roanne is a very touristy place, but I finally found one showing the vineyards of France. You can’t see it though as the lady in the shop wrapped it up so beautifully!
Here is the beautifully wrapped present, plus the postcard and mints:
I’ve also packed up my Giveaway from the Grow Your Blog event. The winner (you can see the post on the old version of View from the Teapot ) was Diane from OK Camp. she won some cards, a calligraphed quotation (forgot to photograph it!) and a bookmark
I hope she likes them.
Of course, there had to be some zentangling – my new passion! – so the quotation had zentangling around it…maybe Diane will post a photo when she receives it.

A new start!

Sadly, I’ve decided to say “Au revoir!” to the Wibsite. I was getting frustrated that I couldn’t post pictures and it would randomly remove paragraph breaks, and generally behave in a rather capricious manner. I do hope that you have managed to find your way over here successfully and that you can update whatever way you have of following my blog.

Although the Wibsite was a subsidiary of WordPress (I think!) I need to explore what I can do on this new blog, so it may change appearance from time to time! I don’t know if you can “follow” here or not, but we will see.

The name has stayed the same: I debated whether to call it “The new view” or something else, but in the end decided that I liked the title, so I shall stay with it. So: here is The View from the Teapot.


I hope you will stay with me!