Good morning. First of all, a slightly belated welcome to new(ish) followers and thank you all who make comments on my daily ramblings. I do love to get comments and yours are always so positive (I delete all the spammy stuff!). They and you are truly appreciated.
Yesterday was embarrassing. I know I remembered that a potential parent and student were coming round because I mentioned it in yesterday's blog. However, after the usual early morning routine things (meds, emptying the dishwasher, getting meals prepped for the day, etc), I settled down to making some beeswax wraps from some fat quarters. It's absorbing and strangely satisfying, slowly moving the iron over the parchment and seeing the wax underneath the top layer gently melting and being absorbed into the cotton.
As a result, I forgot to watch the clock and eleven my visitors knocked on the door and I was STILL IN MY BED CLOTHES!!!! Eeeek. I suppose it could have been worse - I could have just had a towel wrapped round me! And of course, the living room was really messy with squares of cotton, bits and bobs, ironing board, iron, plastic bin bag protecting the table, etc.
Fortunately, they were both the jolly kind so I dashed upstairs to get dressed super-speedily and when I came down, we all had a chuckle about it. I know it would be OK when I said 'I'm really sorry, I was making beeswax wraps and forgot the time' as if it were the most normal occupation in the world and mum didn't blink an eyelid! I think I'd rather not know what she said to others later, mind you!
And the outcome is that I have a new student. I've actually taught this child before, when I was in my first year of retirement and did a three week cover of a Y1 class. A very pleasant child and I know we will work well together.
It's really nice that people are talking positively about what I do - all my students apart from the very first one have come to me by word of mouth.
After that little contretemps, the rest of the day flowed much better, thank goodness. It was so gloomy and damp that I stayed inside in the warm and did some inside exercise. I finished the wrap-making and tidied up before settling down with knitting, book and telly.
I had some vague plans about getting the train to Colchester today and having a wander round, this being one of the items on my get-out-and-about list. I looked up the trains and, unfortunately, there's no train between Chelmsford and the station I want (Colchester Town) at the weekends as it's a sort of off shoot of the main line, presumably for commuters. The main line station is on the outskirts and too far away from the interesting bits! I looked into a two day stay at the in town Premier Inn but very quickly realised that it was a very silly idea. A day return is under a tenner, using my railcard so it would make much more financial sense to 'commute', using bus into town and train. At the other end, the interesting bits are all within walking distance of the Colchester Town station.
So that's something for half term - a visit on the Monday and again on the Tuesday, if I would like to. Fingers crossed for good weather now.
The weather forecast isn't great for today. Light rain and a moderate breeze, says the Beeb, with the vague possibility of a bit of tantalising sunshine for an hour around midday. Well, I will wait and see and, if the sun does poke its nose through the clouds, I will seize the opportunity. Otherwise it's another day inside - good for the knitting anyway!
This dull and dismal weather, while not exactly getting me down, is becoming very boring. Where's the sun? Or snow? On anything else really (apart from high winds)? I really shouldn't complain - I'm snug and warm and retired, all very positive things so I'll put on my happy face and enjoy the day. I hope you do too. xx