A busy week in England…..it really does not take long to get back in the swing of things and for people to start getting together to catch up! I love this part of it all, it is always like having brand new relationships…children have grown and achieved so much at school and are moving on to new schools, babies are getting teeth and mobile to an extent by shuffling along the floor. Adults have had fun and gossip and news abounds, some good some not, the not so good news is made easier by having others to share with and a new set of ears to listen.
There are trips and parties and shows and productions to see, work to catch up on and of course before long it will be time to return and it all starts over again.
This week we made a trip to London, a gift for Rhonda for her birthday earlier in the year. It was fabulous, a boat trip along the Thames and lunch…..a whole 2 ½ hours, it is never boring, no matter how many trips we take, there is always something new to see, something new to do and the commentary points out the most amazing places and facts.
Having completed this wonderful City cruise we set off for St Pauls Cathedral, somewhere I have not visited since childhood, an amazing place and so many famous people buried there……Admiral Nelson, Millais, Sir Christopher Wren, Van Dyck, Joshua Reynolds, Turner, Alexander Fleming…..poets, artists, scientists, architects……..And the ceilings and walls and glass windows and the crypt below and the whispering gallery above……amazing. We were lucky enough to catch the choir practising, what a great sound amongst this awesome building. And because we have American visitors coming early next year, everything was looked at with new eyes and the question….’Will they like this?’
My mural in the doctors surgery is coming along, because it is in the children’s area, there are always little ones who want to help….what are you doing? Why can’t we play in here? Can I help? Did you know it is my birthday? And so it goes on, no matter how many chairs bar their way, or how many signs I put up, there is always a child who finds his or her way through…
By next week, I should have the finished piece to show and maybe some of the children to go with it!
Friends have been practising their afternoon tea skills on me, I could do that for ever! Always good fun as we sit in the garden and drink Pimms and copious amounts of tea, eating and scoring each sandwich and it’s filling which delights with an extra special chutney or mustard and scones with homemade jam and clotted cream, followed by cakes which always have surprise in the taste mmmmm! Just thinking about it all makes my mouth water.
And of course my voluntary work is back on track, my favourite job of doing the window displays always delights and as you can see from the photographs, I had a real life model this week as my assistant, she thinks it is the best thing ever to go into the window
By next week, I should have got into a routine and the blog will be more organised and I will be jetting off to France where you will be treated to some wonderful sights. Have an amazing week…..