Friday, 9 October 2015
Friday At Last
One of those weeks. You know, where you don't stop? Today is the first day I have had time to pause, to listen, to watch and to hear.
So far, this week has consisted of: baking a chocolate cake for the weekend. Clearing three piles of washing and folding and putting away most of what's in the airing cupboard. Acknowledging that the apples at the gate have probably finished being collected and putting the remainder in the compost. I have yet to tidy away those that have fallen this week and are lying on the ground. I have re-arranged my college work in a folder and printed off three assignments which are currently sitting quietly in said folder waiting to be looked at. I have caught up with some of my college friends from last year over a hot water in the canteen. I have guided the first years through a debate on the badger cull and somehow managed to prevent it descending into a fight. I have handled domestic mice in a classroom session. I have stood in the middle of a field amid unreasonably heavy rain while a black Labrador attempted to hide beneath my legs watching porous pots being sunk 90cm into the Chalk under the Cover Crops. I have chatted to the farmer and been impressed at his knowledge of soil chemistry and his commitment to his cause. I have done my GCSE Geography Homework and advanced my knowledge on world poverty and potential solutions as a result (I now know about the Poor Card, for example). I have been to the dentist and had my teeth admired. I have sewn a button on my husband's shorts and re-hemmed his work trousers, narrowly surviving a too-close-for-comfort wolf spider incident (it ran over my foot while I was ironing the hem.). I have bought Poppy a comfy new bed and not been surprised when Teddy is the one who goes to sleep in it. I have designed a winter coat for Ted which I am making this afternoon out of an old fleece I don't wear. I have resisted the temptation to buy a new jumper. I have chatted to the Comma and the Red Admiral who are still in the garden near the apples, and I have picked up a Devil's Coach Horse beetle that Poppy pointed out by looking at me and wagging her tail Like Mad. I have lain in bed listening to the Tawny Owls chatting at night and I have been woken up by our Wren singing at 6am outside the window. I have been running with Pop and Ted through pouring rain and talked to our new neighbours who have a chocolate Lab. I have lost my Marbled Orb Weaver spider who was living in the Bean Tree. This is a shame because she was really very pretty and I wanted to show her to you all. I have, however, gained a new spider who is living in my car and keeps leaving the most perfect webs attached to the steering wheel. I have been hit on the head by an acorn while walking the dogs through the woods (I swear an Elf threw it). I have stocked up on birdseed, peanuts and coconut halves filled with suet and meal worms because our heating is now on for an hour in the morning and the fire is mostly being lit at night and I figure when that happens it's time to feed the birds. I have purchased Christmas wrapping paper. I have bought loads of salad for the weekend because I feel the need to eat it and refresh myself from the inside, and asparagus soup and wholemeal rolls for lunch today.
How has your week been?