Happy Monday morning everyone! it is a cold one here! although we are lucky where I live in this little corner of England, the rest of the country has had terrible rain and wind which has caused flooding and devastation. There can be nothing worse that water damage and having you leave your home to the elements……there is no chance of it letting up yet either, let’s hope the forecasters are wrong!!!! What a week I have had, I think I have eaten out almost every day, I will have to cut down this week and be a little more frugal I think.
My voluntary work was busy as usual but I do so love the element of surprise that comes with working with the public…you never know who will come in, what they will buy or even donate, it is such fun even though having just changed the window displays someone always wants to buy one or more of the outfit, so it all starts again, anyone who has decorated a window with dummies will know just how awkward those dummies are to dress!
I also met up with teachers from my first school, 35 years ago. They were already teaching with some years under their belts and I owe so much to their encouragement and example….they were so patient with us young teachers, I love meeting up with them and putting the world of education to rights.
I went from there to meet a young student from those same days, she is in her forties now and we looked back through albums and photographs of people who were around. It made me realise how lucky I have been to have such a wonderful career, one that has been so rewarding and happy. Contrary to popular belief I think that as teachers sometimes we gain just as much, if not more from the wonderful, and not so wonderful, young people that pass through our hands. It is quite amazing how with prompting from photos, your mind goes right back to the old days and you relive very vividly events and happenings.
I also went up to London to see The Bodyguard on stage…what a fabulous musical it is, Beverley Knight is superb and we all talked about how it was without doubt one of the best musicals we had seen. I am still walking around singing and dancing to the most famous songs from the production. I love our old theatres, they have such an atmosphere and the building are so beautifully designed, with great attention to detail, fabulous. London is like New York, it never sleeps and there is always something going on, musicians, dancers, street acts….all very exciting
Friday was a lunch with friends at a gorgeous pub near a river with great views …..altogether a great day! The swans in the river are so tame, the minute you walk anywhere, they start to follow you, they can be very aggressive as well if you have no food..you have to be really quick to avoid them. Of course after a couple of glasses of wine, the whole experience is amusing.
Pubs here in England have changed over the years, at one time just drinking houses with bar snacks and sawdust on the floor, they are now very chic, selling top end food and boasting tasteful decor. Some of the old style corner pubs exist and are very quaint compared to the new modern establishments. Sometimes my friends in other countries come over to visit are are surprised when their illusions regarding pubs are shattered, as are their illusions of us always eating fish and chips and it raining every day!!
Well, this week is National Random Acts of Kindness week and I have included some suggestions as to how we can take part. I have started by making cakes and give them to random people I meet, I love the way people smile when surprised by an unexpected gesture. It is a nice feeling as you find as you go through the week doing ARKs. I see that the Street Painting Festival is approaching, I just love the idea of that, one day I will most definitely be there! Meanwhile I have to keep up with the event on line. I am currently working on ozone designs for the wall of a local coffee house, I will keep you posted on that one. Have a Great Lake Worth Week…….I hope lots of RAKs come your way.
.I would also like to wish everyone a Happy Valentines Day……..we are gearing up for it in a big way….flowers are more expensive, chocolates and the prices of meals have gone up!!! I love the fact that in America, everyone celebrates it not just couples……so to all my wonderful friends in Lake Worth…Happy Valentines Day! Enjoy…….