I’m so pleased that many of my previous readers came back to visit last weekend when I decided to resurrect my blog, and touched by your kind comments. Thank you.
On Thursday I took the day off work and caught the train to Milton Keynes. I’d usually work until midday but on this occasion I travelled earlier as I’d made plans to meet up with a cousin who lives in MK (only 5 minutes from the station, I discovered); we had a great lunch together with her daughter at a local pub. Definitely to be repeated in the summer (cousin is bound by school holidays and this was half term week). Our late fathers were brothers and we reminisced about the family times we’d spent together as children as well as catching up on family news. Later, she returned me to the station where Daughter’s partner picked me up and I went to stay with them for a couple of nights. Delicious food, coffee shops, shopping and ‘just chilling’ made for a lovely (but always too short) time. Each visit has seen one or other of the four trains I catch (two in each direction), cancelled. This time was no different but I was able to change (at no extra cost) to the ‘fast’ train and arrived home half an hour earlier. But it’s not always like that and can be very frustrating. If only public transport was more reliable more people might be more often inclined to leave their cars at home. When time is of the essence, I’d never risk it.
Husband has been working in the garden where everything is growing madly (including the beautiful snowdrops, but I don’t mind those). The winds, which had died down, returned last night and again we had to sleep with the bedroom window closed – not our preferred option.
We are hoping that the wind will cease again as two fence panels had to be replaced recently and it’s a costly business nowadays – one of those jobs that Husband used to do himself but now prefers to ‘contract out’. I feel like that about curtain alterations but have nevertheless been roped in to shortening the ones that Daughter has bought for her new house (and did I really say that I’d make cushion covers with the leftover fabric). Contracts are now exchanged and the move will take place in a few week’s time. Fingers crossed that she will stay put for a while this time after 14 moves (or thereabouts) in 15 years!
Today elder son and family came for brunch – what else can we call an 11.15am full English breakfast? Remember when ‘Elevenses’ meant drink and a biscuit? How very ‘Famous Five‘! The little boys (3 and 4 years) seemed to enjoy themselves playing afterwards, but I felt sorry for the older one (13) who must have been quite bored. It’s nigh impossible to find the right balance for such an age spread. It’s not that the family are particularly exhausting but no cakes were baked this afternoon as I had a little sleep (which turned into a two hour one)!
Slimming World is not going well (or to be precise – my adherence to the SW plan is not going well). I need to buckle down and to that end will be relying heavily on home-made soups this week. I’ve lots of plans in mind, so look out next weekend for a ‘souper-post’.
And unrelated to anything else I’ve said …..did you know that in a list of ‘Specific shortage occupations’ recently published, classical ballet dancing is among those other essentials like nursing and civil engineering. You couldn’t make it up!
Have a great week.