Saturday, 2 July 2011
Well, hello.... I think it's time to start blogging again after my short break. I've had some busy, happy days:
❀ celebrated two birthdays - mine and my mum's. No big fuss, but some laid-back celebrations with friends. You may recall me saying my mum has not been well for several months. I'm pleased to report she is responding well to treatment and I'm not nearly as worried about her as I was a while ago.
❀ did some necessary chores in the house and garden... I have herbs! I'm really pleased. As I've said before, I don't have a green finger on me, so anything that grows in my tiny patch is a bonus. I just need to remember to water it as we are having some very dry weather again.
❀ ate lots - strawberries (and cream sometimes) and rather too many M&S Rocky Road mini-bites, a delicious confection of marshmallow, raisins, crunchy biscuit pieces and chocolate. Only 50 calories apiece. If only I could just eat one...
❀ watched some tennis. I've loved Wimbledon since I was a schoolkid, when for one glorious fortnight a year we were allowed to watch TV in our PE lessons, instead of doing unspeakably awful things running around with balls outside. (Hockey, tennis, no matter - I was terrible at everything and hated PE with a vengeance!)
❀ spent an exhausting but fulfilling few days in London, helping my daughter and son-in-law to move to a new flat - their first purchase after renting for several years. They're thrilled and it was a pleasure to be able to lend a hand. I packed a van-load of boxes and gave the new flat a good clean before all their stuff arrived. As J now carries a neat little baby-bump, I was keen to spare her the effort of scrubbing floors and washing tiles down. Pity it was the hottest few days in London since 1996... Phew!
There were a few teething problems - one involving 'the washing machine of doom' as my daughter termed it, which had been left behind by the previous owners. It flooded the kitchen with stinky black water, which then proceeded to drip through the ceiling of the flat below - not a good intro to your new neighbours! However, thanks to fervent prayer, a charming plumber and some very good-natured removal men, the problem was solved satisfactorily.
Now life is resuming its more usual rhythm and I hope to be able to get back to taking photos and posting blogs. I have changed the blog name, mainly so I can escape the pressure of daily posts, which was becoming a bit too demanding. I don't think you'll see much significant change but I am giving myself a wider scope than 'Saltaire Daily Photo' allowed.