Locusts and Laziness in the Outfield!

Ever tried catering for 30 starving teenagers engaged in a cricket festival.  Sound easy?  Huh, you don’t know the half of it!  OK, foolish though it was, I allowed myself to be bullied (yes, that is the right word!) into co-chairing the Refreshments Committee for a school.   "Yeah, so?" you may be thinking.  This ALL DAY event wasn’t on the programme and it  was mid-week when the employed are at the office and we entrepreneurs are diligently going about our business.  Guess who was the only one available . . . Read more »

Fire, Ash and Exhaustion . . .

Arrived home from The Smoke in the early evening yesterday.  How lucky to live just a few hundred yards from this beautiful small park.  It is one of our favourite haunts and a lovely walk through trees to get there, especially at this time of year.  This tranquil oasis of Nature’s beauty is such a contrast to the busy streets of London, but each have their place. I spent yesterday afternoon looking in the Victoria & Albert Museum and then the Natural History Museum.  Didn’t realise the science behind volcanic eruptions could be so interesting.  I’ve experienced the effects of [...] Read more »

From your roving correspondent . . .

It’s Sunday morning, 22nd June and I’m writing to you from a desk within the hallowed walls of The Royal College of Music, London as I listen to senior students practising the piano forte with intermittent bursts of ‘noise’ from the Percussion Room!  The sun is streaming through the window, I have a cup of tea and all is right with the world.  I can sense you wondering if I’m on medication and, if such, thinking that half the dose would suffice . . . Read more »

I’ve had a ‘Marion Makeover’!

Marion Ryan of ReadySteadyBlog.com has spent night and day for almost a week (and it must seem an eternity to her!) revamping me!  Corr, ain’t I lookin’ grand?  Eyes left to see the button I lifted (yes, I admit it!) from Marion’s blog! But know what’s so special about Marion?  She has a real ‘feel’ for the colours and content to really reflect the essence of the site and, yes, the owner!  I bet she can guess what dog you have, too, just by looking at you!  Now, I’m joking!  Blogging is the new ‘black’ (well, you know what I [...] Read more »

That’s my girl, she’s going . . .

Great excitement!  Daughter has won a place on an 5-week expedition to Madagasgar in July/August 2009!  We’re all thrilled.  Even our traveller was issuing shrieks of delight and convulsed by involuntary physical movement upon receipt of the news! You see, the deadline for applications closed a month before her application went in.  Why?  Because on the evening someone spoke to the Venture Scouts about the trip, she missed the presentation because she was tending here ailing mother (no guilt there, then?).  The boys in the Group didn’t tell her and, when she found out about the trip, we couldn’t track [...] Read more »

The Bucks Certainly Fizzed . . .

It was a gloriously hot Sunday lunchtime and the workers had been labouring in the fields . . . OK, perhaps I’ve embellished the image just a tad . . . brother and son had been hacking back overgrown hedges in the garden. Having been out of action for a couple of days (son cooked a delicious spaghetti bolognaise on Saturday night (so glad he tackled it in ‘Food Tech’ at school . . . didn’t that used to be called cookery?)), decided I’d raise my game and cook a Sunday roast – but it wasn’t game!  Ha, ha – [...] Read more »

She’s home but haemorrhaging horribly . . .

It wasn’t until I saw her, lame and leaking, in the corner of the workshop that I realised my trusty steed was a SHE.  Somehow, she just looked it.  And, like so many of the fairer gender, she had been taken for granted . . .  Read more »

R & R halted on the ‘rubble run’ . . .

Should have been on a course this weekend but it was cancelled.  After the travel trauma of Friday, decided on some R & R with friend.  Explain car disabled.    She says she doesn’t care where we go as long as it involves a piece of cake.  We decide on the Designer Outlet in Swindon and have a good natter and ‘catch up’ until we’re nearly there. Then the world exploded . . . Read more »

Brian – so much more than a girl could hope for . . .

Had a great day with my business mentor and colleagues following the steamy events of the morning.  Tell mentor I have water in boot and she kindly offers to augment supply.  Look for 1.5L of water husband said was in boot.  Realise it’s that new imaginary brand . . . quite expensive, I believe!! We fill the radiator by donations from mentor and off I trundle, confident that I’ll be past Slough before the witching hour of 5.00pm when life on the M4 comes to a standstill . . . Read more »

It’s rain on the bonnet . . .

I’d travelled through torrential rain from Gloucestershire to Slough when, suddenly, it stopped.  Mind blowingly exciting for you, not.  Relevant?  Most certainly!  I was a girl on a mission and The Smoke (more later) beckoned.  Hit Hammersmith just as the traffic was squeezing itself into the arteries of London.  OK, no problem, radio on, singing along at dangerously high decibels.  (At the moment am slightly deaf in one ear so tone and quality of sound not guaranteed.)  Crawled through Fulham but, no sweat, enjoyed watching the market stallholders unpacking their goodies.  (How on earth do they make a living when [...] Read more »