Sunday, 24 September 2017
Saturday, 23 September 2017
Meet Sammy, my neighbour's cat. We have an ongoing battle, which I'm winning! The previous owners of my home used to let him indoors but lots of my family have allergies so I don't allow him in. He is still very determined, even though he's only made it indoors once during the four years I've lived here. Sometimes he sits as close to my front door as he possibly can and visitors have to step over him to get into the house whilst making sure he stays firmly on the outside.
Friday, 22 September 2017
I've woken up with the grumps and just want the week to be over. I've not been sleeping well and that, together with the extra work of the band presentation, has just about finished me off! I only have a couple of recorder clubs to run at lunchtime today, which are always good fun, so thankfully not much effort is required of me today.
A quick walk around the garden this morning revealed that the honeysuckle has a few (very) late flowers. It finished flowering about six weeks ago.
Thursday, 21 September 2017
Three more photos from the Harry Potter tour for Mary Lou's Take Three Thursday, all with the common theme of Dumbledore.
|Dumbledore in the Great Hall|
|the entrance to Dumbeldore's office|
Wednesday, 20 September 2017
I've finished all the the presentations and workshops in the local primary schools for this term so fingers crossed that we get some new band members on Saturday. Then it will all have been worthwhile!
I'm worn out from all the effort of the last couple of weeks so will be glad of a couple of quiet days before the weekend. I have to teach tomorrow and Friday but not for long each day and I don't have anything else organised, so will spend most of my time relaxing at home.
I didn't make it to the theatre last night. In the end I gave my ticket to a friend and spent some time instead with J as it was her birthday ... a much better end to the day. We're going out next week to do a proper celebration, so yesterday was just coffee, cake and jelly babies (!) and time to chat.
The updated family tree software has arrived so I can get on with the research ... something to look forward to on the cold, dark evenings once the clocks change next month.
Tuesday, 19 September 2017
A wet start to the day, but it's cheered up now. I've had a very busy morning and am looking at an even busier afternoon, all to do with presentations in local primary schools for new band members.
I'm supposed to be going to the theatre tonight but, although I have the ticket, I don't have the energy so it's looking very doubtful.
Monday, 18 September 2017
Here's another photo of the Mirabilis jalapa. It's a fascinating plant as there are different coloured flowers on each plant and some of those flowers also change colour through their blooming period. Saying that, I'm not convinced that it has a permanent place in my garden as it is mostly leaves and, fascinating as the flowers are, they're small and only open for part of the day.
Sunday, 17 September 2017
Saturday, 16 September 2017
Part of the town centre is flooded this morning, the basement where we store the band instruments has pools of water all over the place and the lift is out of action so we had to carry all the equipment via the stairs. However, it's not all bad news - the euonymus has survived last night's storm and has retained all of its leaves.
Friday, 15 September 2017
It's that time of year again, isn't it. I woke up to this unwelcome visitor and two of his friends having a party in my kitchen, so not the best start to the day!
This one was enormous! It was so big that a drinking glass was too small to fit over it so I had to use the big glass measuring beaker. I'm obviously getting braver because after the initial heart attack type panic, I was composed enough to take a photo before I dealt with it. I wasn't composed enough to get it properly in focus though! I put the three of them out on the patio so the house, as far as I can tell, is a spider free zone once again. Blogger is doing strange things to the photos again - the walls are white!
Yesterday turned out to be a thoroughly enjoyable day. It's always good fun to hear what the children have been up to during the summer break and I was pleased that they'd all restarted their practice schedules as soon as school started. It was all about deciding on their targets for the next few months and, the biggest decision, choosing the new pieces of music to learn. They always get to choose one piece themselves and this time the girls have all chosen different Disney songs, one boy has chosen Star Wars and the other has gone for Lord of the Rings. It's going to be an interesting time!
I have a fairly quiet day today with just a lunchtime recorder club to run. I'd normally come straight home but my youngest learner will be having a music certificate presented in assembly and she wants me to be there to watch, so I'll be hanging about for a couple of hours. If it stays dry I'll have a look around Avebury, if it's raining I'll read my book in the staff room. It's not the best use of my time but she worked so hard to get this certificate and she is desperate for me to be there, even though I'd already presented the certificate to her at the end of last term in front of her family!