Monday, 28 November 2011

THAT sort of day...

If the rain is blowing in on the wind, would you call it a windy day?...or a rainy day?...

If you drove to school with the headlights on, had lights on inside all day because it was so grey and dark, and then drove home in the dark, would that be a day's work?...or a night's work?...

Is a duck allowed to use a zebra crossing?...and if you are as wet as a duck, but not officially a duck, are you still allowed to use the zebra crossing?

And if, driving along the street in town, you come up behind four soggy people carrying canoes and paddles, does that mean you've strayed into the river?...or are they taking a short cut ?...

Its been that sort of day really.

Add in: a small boy throwing his coat in the air for fun, and it being blown over the school roof, and road, into the hotel next door...losing the school telephone (twice...)...going into the chemist to buy school supplies and being loudly asked whether I've been banjaxing the children AGAIN...and forgetting my errands list on the desk in the office...

Some days are just like this.

I'm ready for tomorrow now, please?

But I did get a pair of 5.5mm knitting needles, so I can begin my sister's shrug! So it wasn't a total washout!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Run of Three??

So...on Friday I ran out of petrol after buying a take-away supper to share with Middlest. There we are sitting in the car as the parking lot empties, wondering whose turn it is to be rung for help this time (no brainer really though, what are husbands for?), and Youngest phones Middlest to walk down and meet us and bring three forks!!! We sat in the car and ate and partied!

On Sunday I broke my glasses, dropped them and stood on them whilst looking for them! That's what comes of being half blind...I guess the amazing thing is that it has taken 40something years for that particular accident to happen! The Hub stuck them together with silage tape so I could drive and get to school.

And Tuesday (this morning) I left the car headlights on, so that by 3 o'c the battery was totally flat...

........which leaves just what for my next trick?....

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Disturb Us, Lord...

Disturb us, Lord,

when we are too well pleased with ourselves;

when our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little;

when we arrive safely because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when with the abundance of things we possess

we have lost our thirst for the Waters of Life;

having fallen in love with life, we have ceased to dream of eternity;

and in our efforts to build a new earth,

we have allowed our vision of the new heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly -

to venture on wider seas where storms will show your mastery;

where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars.

We ask you push back the horizons of our hopes,

and to push us in the future with strength, courage, hope and love.

Possibly by Ted Loder, taken from Maggie Dawn's place...

Friday, 11 November 2011


The other evening, Youngest was  checking to see whether the baked potatoes were cooked, and needed an oven glove. They live on the shelf over the Range, which is just within the reach of the Shorties in this household! Youngest stretched to reach the oven gloves and then complained that she must be shrinking because it was a farther stretch than normal.

I snorted.

Or perhaps I had moved the shelf?

Don't be daft.

Or...wait for it...the walls had stretched!

Yeah, right!

No! No! She had it! The floors were SINKING!!!

Would sinking floors be a problem in your house?????!

Wednesday, 9 November 2011


The temporary school has a lovely big yard, all evenly tarmacked over, with no uneven surfaces, potholes, or stretches of slippery mud.

Unlike the previous yard.

AND YET...yesterday we had a collision between one child's teeth and another's head, and every day sees a continuous stream of grazes, bumps, cuts, and mishaps. Thank goodness for bulk bargains in plasters and antiseptic wipes! I was actually wondering whether I should put a red cross on my office door?!

This afternoon one of the builders was going around checking for possible visitors' entrances- of the rodentish variety. Teachers had discovered several, I said there were none in the office and went off on an errand. Returned to find him with a big grin saying he'd found a lovely 'front door' right under my desk!!!

So much for being observant!!

Monday, 7 November 2011

Beeeeeeeen Busy Busy!

You know how some weeks, or even months, disappear, and you wonder what there is to show for the time that has gone? Well recently I've the opposite situation! Looking back over the past month, I'm wondering just how I managed to do everything which I had to do!

A fortnight ago, the Youth Group and the school children did the Sunday Morning Service in the Cathedral. It turned out grand! We had one hundred children in the Choir and they were just amazing! The Youth Group did me proud too, both in writing the Service and then leading the worship on the day, and also performing two sketches.

We celebrated by having lunch together and watching the World Cup Rugby final...I think perhaps that the young people gave me more entertainment than the match did!!! Am I allowed to admit that???

This week the School packed up and moved premises- lock, stock, and one steaming Principal! Packing has been going on for weeks, and on Thursday a group of parents came to the school and removed all the shelves and boards from the walls ready to transport. We have eight Classes, so you can imaging there was a lot to dismantle.

Friday, more parents turned up with vans and trailers and everything was moved to the temporary site in the course of the day. One teacher said that we should have sent out party invitations as the whole thing went so well and everyone treated it like a fun outing. I tell you, there wasn't a cross word spoken all day, and it was SOME DAY!!!!

This morning the children all arrived back from their mid-term break, sooooo excited with their different school! It all went very smoothly, entirely due to the Teachers spending the last two days unpacking and setting up everything ready for this morning.

And so it goes- a VERY busy month...and now I have to unpack the School Office and put everything in order!!

Antidote to boredom??????


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