Monday again…….I love the start of a new week, always the excitement of a new week looming and new adventures and happenings, some quite mundane happenings which I look forward to as well! As I write this I hear cars taking people to work and the distant chatter of people walking to the beach with their dogs, there will be silence for a while until children start going to school and the sound changes to laughter and chatter and footsteps running as they catch up with one another. I love to hear these sounds that remind me all is well with the world and the routine of a normal week is starting again. While this is all happening here, most of Lake Worth is tucked up in bed with more sleep ahead for another few hours.
Last week was busy as usual and back into the welcome, somewhat normal routine that follows the excitement of Christmas. Parents breathe a sigh of relief as their children return to school and they can clean the house and it will stay that way for more than ten minutes, they can do the weekly shop in half the time and have conversations with adults that are not interrupted every two seconds……..bliss according to most of the parents that I know! The same can be said for the children as they love to see their friends again and get back into the learning environment which is at times, much more excting that being at home!!!
The weather is wet at the moment and has been for a few days. We have had the mildest December on record, it has not been cold at all much to the disappointment of those who would love to see the snow start to fall! In the far North of England they are complaining that the snow HAS arrived. Not a good thing there because they have also been hit with dreadful storms which have caused rivers to burst their banks and flood their houses, not once but twice and more is expected! I cannot imagine the horror of your home flooding and the time that it takes for everything to dry out and the turmoil for the families whilst this is happening. The emergency services are amazing and along with communities that always pull together in times like this, emergency housing and shelters are found and spirits are not dimmed. Here in the SouthEast we do not tend to suffer from the extreme weather and actually Southend on sea is officially the warmest and driest place in the UK and there are meteorological charts to prove it!!! In fact, Great Wakering a little village next door to us has repeatedly been awarded the title of ‘Driest Place in the UK’…..woohoo! Most visitors imagine England a rainy and foggy and are hugely and very pleasantly surprised when they find the opposite to be true. I can remember a few times being caught out by a thick fog that descended and having to drive very slowly for fear of drifting onto the opposite side of the road but it happens very rarely! So, anyone thinking of visiting us over here don’t be put off by the weather or should I say, the perceived weather!
And, my Christmas knitting challenge continues to grow, I had forgotten the joy of knitting until my sister set up the challenge, not sure who is winning, we have another week to go until we all have a big measure up!
We had a smart meter fitted at home with monitors the utilities and means that your consumption is automatically transferred and your bill is always accurate, no more
meter readers. The downside is that you can see exactly where the biggest costs are and where you can save money, scared me to death the other night when I came in late and put on the gas fire for quick warmth and the meter went wild, I switched it off and put on another sweater and a fur hat phew! Making a cup of tea, as you know us Brits do quite often, sends the meter spinning for the short time it is on and you do not want to know about the tumble dryer!!!!
Then there was my 15 minutes of fame when my little free library was in the local newspaper and on page 3 (which in a certain paper over here is reserved for a topless model! I think the page 3 bit is more a claim to fame than the story itself and was pointed out by a young man I had taught as a very young teacher and has caused a few interesting comments from others as you might know!#Good news is that lots of people have been in touch and want LFL’s and have come up with lots of amazing ideas.
The Technology Department at school has set up the design on the laser CAD machine so now all I have to do is find the wood, they put it into the machine and the LFL becomes a flat pack all ready to be put together and painted, how wonderful is that! Watch this space………
I am back in less than 3 weeks time and am very excited at the prospect…orders for things to brought over with me, put them in now!
Busy week ahead with the last of the pantomimes and a tour around the BBC in London followed by afternoon tea….and meetings to secure funding for the libraries, let you know on that one next week.
Until then, have a wonderful week, I am sure it will be full of those new adventures that brighten up the days……….