BA (hons) humanities with literature, First Class. Ooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
Studying with the Open University has some advantages but it does require huge amounts of commitment, persistence and determination and an awful lot of very hard work over a long time. It's not been easy, in fact most of the time it has been a real uphill struggle in many different ways. She stuck at it, however, and she has discovered (or re-discovered) her love of literature and, especially, poetry along the way.
I am so, so, so proud of her. I am anyway but I am sure you know what I mean.
Moving from the sublime to the - er - less sublime, I solved a slight mystery yesterday. For a while, there's been a funny pong in my car. At first I put it down to damp grass from the mower or strimmer and told myself I must clean out the back at some point. However, the last few days have been really stinky and I got quite worried so yesterday I cleared out the boot. Nothing. I investigated the inside of shopping bags in case there was a stray carrot or apple that had escaped. Nope.
Last of all I took everything out of the allotment bag and right at the bottom was a poly bag (fortunately) with some old veg peelings I had intended to take to the allotment and forgot about. Urgh . . .
So that's now in the bin and I soaked my car freshener hanging thingy in some essential oil and my hopes are that the pong will have gone by this morning now that the source has been removed and that any aroma will be pleasantly acceptable! I will find out soon.
It was nice down the allotment. Not too hot and with a refreshing breeze. I tidied up the rhubarb patch which had got rather weedy, strimmed more of the plot next door that is unmanned right now and looked as if it was taking over if we didn't do something about it and then settled to more clearing of that last patch. Then I watered before coming home (worrying about the smell!).
|You have to look carefully to see things growing but they are - no, not weeds, real things to eat!|
|The potatoes have flowers|
|A weed free rhubarb patch|
|The lemon cucumber|
|One of the yellow courgettes|
|Mange tout - half time score: Pigeons 1: Clarks 20 (at least)!|
The sugar snaps are also looking pretty healthy now.
After doing my duty at school, I got out the ironing board and now several loads of washing are nicely smooth and stored where they should be. Gotta love an empty ironing basket.
Nearly forgot to say - at home, the second planting of runner beans started showing too - three to start with although one seems to be a bit alternative as the roots are growing up! Three is enough to fill the gaps (a few more would be better) and any others will go down to the allotment rather than be wasted. The harvest will be a bit later but will go on longer so that's OK.
So yesterday had one huge, great, big, enormous happy thing and lots of other small pleasures. A lovely day.
Today I don't have any commitments until tuition after school. I shall do my stint at the allotment again, after which I will come home and check through the planning and then set to and make some strawberry, rhubarb and cranberry jam.
Doesn't that all sound nice and homey!