In varying stages of orange (ish) ready for Knitting Into My Blanket
2. Steel Toe-Capped Boots.
For Not Getting My Feet Squished By Falling Trees When Coppicing.
I'm thinking these will look particularly fetching when coupled with the new Bright Red mini from M&S (that's skirt, rather than car. I haven't quite reached the stage of matching my clothes to my car's paintwork but it may only be a matter of time).
Anyway, this got me wondering: what two items would you choose to best sum up your life?
My day today went like this:
1. Wake up at 4am and remain awake until getting up at 6
2. Make various packed lunches and eat breakfast
3. Kiss my husband goodbye as he was off to Welwyn Garden City (which I can't say unless it's in a very drawly American accent- apologies to any Lovely American People reading this)
4. Take a very surprised Teddy out for a walk at 7.30 so he would be OK at home until I got back this afternoon (this is unheard of and he was immediately Very Suspicious About What It All Meant)
5. Get L out of bed (pretty good today- minimal stick and only a small amount of carrot)
6. Leave the house on time (a Major Achievement and one which should, by rights, have been heralded by trumpets playing triumphantly as we drove out the drive)
7. Drop L at school
8. Get to college half an hour early and use the time to begin to find my way around
9. Go through a seemingly endless routine of Admin, Computery Stuff, Health & Safety and Risk Assessment Guff (my favourite of which was (as presented by some second year students) "ALWAYS wear steel capped boots, a hard hat and goggles when using a mattock." I refer you all to this photograph of my boys taken this summer while they were digging out the pond. I point your attention in particular at the Mattock in the hands of an Untrained Eleven Year Old and also in Quite Close Proximity to two pairs of nude feet, which as well as not wearing steel toes, are plainly also not wearing anything at all. I hardly need add that there wasn't a hard hat or a pair of goggles in sight, and LOOK! We all survived the experience, got a pond at the end of it and are fine).
I can see I am going to struggle with the H&S aspect of the course. I do not like Nonsense Health & Safety. I grew up galloping fast horses bareback around the countryside and getting stuck in trees for heaven's sake (not stuck in trees on horses- that was just me climbing too high and then panicking) and now I'm not allowed to mend a river bank without first assessing the percentage likelihood of the experience causing me to drown. And who was ever stupid enough to run their finger down the front of a sharpened blade to check it for cutting ability? (apart from me, of course).
10. Drive to Scats during my lunch break to buy aforementioned boots and a pair of gloves to prevent Splinters Occuring
11. Finish Risk Assessments ("if near a fire don't fall in it or you will burn")
12. Collect L from school and go home
13. Go out for a much-needed run (1.5 miles)
14. Have a bath
15. See my friend Lu who dropped in to collect some walking boots
16. Put the washing on
17. Type up this blog
18. Bring the Sainsburys shopping delivery in and discuss fishing (again) with our friendly delivery man
19. Hang the washing out upstairs
20. Drink a Glass of Wine (still to come)
21. Cook and eat bacon, eggs, tomatoes, beans, bangers and chips for supper (still to do)
22. Watch Life On Mars and do some knitting (later on)
23. Drink a mug of warm water
24. Go To Bed (if I haven't already fallen asleep on the sofa)
I'll leave you with some beautiful yellow roses my Kind Husband bought me as a Good Luck You Are Starting Uni (again) present...
Our Apple tree, which is groaning with fruit...
And the Delphs, which are looking magnificent in their Blue Towers in the pot on the patio, which I am enjoying every time I step outside...
Hope all is well with all of you?
Wishing you all a Tremendously Peaceful Evening Filled With Many Lovely Things
A Tired CT :-)