Work and play

It has been a snowy week...

I’m not sure who made this snowman that I saw on Twitter but I think it is brilliant! πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½

On Sunday, I wanted to go with my daughter to walk the dogs ...

But we were snowed in


But there was time to play! πŸ‹πŸ‹πŸ‹

Another great β€˜Twitter snowman’!

I was sad on Monday and Tuesday as I had arranged a couple of Christmas get togethers with friends but the roads were just too icy.

But on Wednesday I had an important #MatExp meeting in London ...

There is indeed always something happening with #MatExp.

And the snow had cleared - but the trains were still in disarray

Love how the short (platforms?) bit gets cut a bit shor...

We had planned the meeting for late afternoon as I was already coming to London for an evening bash. The light was beautiful and I enjoyed experimenting with a few photos.

The line between work and play is very blurred

Oops! Time to hurry up. Important meeting.

I am critical of typical β€˜meetings’ but like meeting with #JFDI people, as was the case today. We made real progress with our new #MatExp Whose Shoes project about perinatal emotional wellbeing. I look forward to working with this fab team from across the country.

Now we are looking for a project administrator to get the show on the road.

And then it was time to head to London Bridge and enjoy the Christmas lights around the Shard - scene of my extraordinary β€˜party’ in September.

Telling my story at the Shard

I made my way through Borough Market. Vibrant with lemons. πŸ‹πŸ‹πŸ‹

It was a Christmas tweetup with friends, old and new - but particularly some of the Darzi Fellows network I have worked with for the last five years, one of my favourite areas of Whose Shoes work.

We use Whose Shoes as part of their coproduction module: healthcare professionals and citizens working together to learn how to work collaboratively, understanding what really matters to people- not just what is the matter with them.

And lo and behold - Jenni, one of the fab Darzi Fellows, produced her orange Whose Shoes keyring from her handbag. I sometimes give these out at my workshops and am always thrilled to see how people value them!

I had only just met Jane but we were quickly deep in conversation as she runs @wecoproduce, so of course she had to have a shoe too. Lemon coloured! πŸ‹πŸ‹πŸ‹

The evening raced by, full of wonderful food, sparkling people (and wine). 🍷πŸ₯‚πŸ· I somehow managed to stay long enough to enjoy a limoncello πŸ‹ and coffee. β˜•οΈ I had been looking forward to that - even though my cat had tried to hide the menu.

The lemon dessert looked better with some background lighting. πŸ‹πŸ’‘

My new friends seemed to agree.

And so a very nice day came to an end. Work and play. People talk about work / life balance but if you find things you are truly passionate about, it is all one.

Time to go!!

I rushed to catch the train.

The platforms were still icy.

And then the mainline train home. Clearly others had had a great day too.

Flo tweeted about her busy day...

And I tweeted about mine.

My work - and play - is all about building connections, bringing people together, collaborating with others who are passionate about improving health care. Today was a good day.

The End

Until tomorrow... πŸ˜‰


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