Dad’s birthday

Dad’s birthday yesterday. Got a nice selection of presents. A hand made pillow cover from Rose (made by Rose), a hand cooked meal from John, and I got him a bag for his bike! I think I get most marks for effort! G & G gave him some money because he keeps on thinking on getting a new bike and can’t decide if it’s worth it. Went out for a lovely meal at La Piazza. Good as Usual.

Today I’ve spent the day in Leeds with friends and bought some new clothes for the hols. Looking forward to Greece very much. Everyone’s out at the moment seeing John’s play that he has done with his theatre group. Got a busy week ahead, and I’m going away with friends next week to Great Yarmouth! Should be great. Anyway I’m off out now, so bye.

I’m a Member

Richard Ogden popped in on his way home from Monthly Meeting to say that I’ve been accepted as a member of Meeting.

After 16 or so years of attending it feels more like an acknowledgement of a relationship that already exists than anything else!  Now I’ll have to make sure I’m good at saying no to more committees!

All Busy – except Toby!

Toby had his first weekend lie in for ages as the paper shop has now shut, so he’s unemployed.  He’s hoping to get a job in the bike shop where he did his work experience soon, which would make his Saturday’s less leisured than today’s was.

I cycled with John over to Canon Lee for his dancing, and then went into town for coffee.  Rose had Lily over to play during the afternoon – they made burnt chocolate buns!  We had delicious mussels for tea.

John went to Tom’s for a birthday sleepover and I left Rose and Toby “home alone” while I went to the theatre with Sam to see How Many Miles to Basra?  It was very thought provoking – quite heavy and political.

Squash not Badminton – John to YTT

Yesterday I taught Luigi and Clara – for the first time this week as they’ve been in Italy. I had lunch with my dad and then went off to play badminton with Mark.

Unfortunately, there was a school using all the badminton courts, so we ended up playing squash and as I’m no good at squash he beat me. Pah!

John went to Youth Theatre Yorkshire at the Theatre Royal in the evening. Another new activity for a new year. It was his third session, and he really enjoyed it again. They’re doing things related to Sing Yer Hearts Out for the Lads so it was all football chants last night.

I was worn out so went to bed early.

Coffee with Andrea and Rose’s Yoga

I had coffee with Andrea this morning – two hours putting the world to rights.

Rose went for her third yoga session and really enjoyed it again. We’ve been looking for a children’s yoga class for a while and these have finally started up – and they’re dead local. She goes with Gemma and at the moment there are only the two of them in the class. They were doing handstands – definitely more than I can manage!

Well – long time no post

I’ve really got out of the habit of writing here – partly because it felt as though I was trying to say the same things in different ways all the time!

Anyway – I’ll start again and see how I go this time round.We had a good summer holiday, visiting Mandy and David, going to Wales with all the extended family and going to Florence with Helen and David.

John has started secondary school at Millthorpe, Rose is in year 6 at Scarcroft with a new male teacher (who was on my PGCE course) whom she really likes, and Toby is working hard in year 11.

I’m doing some tutoring of Clara and Luigi, who’s mother has taken them out of school.

Over the summer I managed to do some yoga most days, and am still trying to keep that going. Rob has stopped doing daytime classes which is a shame, so I’ve started going to an evening class – longer and more difficult, but good. I feel a lot better for doing a little each day.

I’ve been out a lot to the theatre – notably recently to The Man with Two Gaffers with Judy and Keith, To Kill a Mockingbird with Toby and A One Man Star Wars Trilogy with Mark. Also still having coffe or lunch with friends – many thanks to Mark, Cathy, Kath, Andrea and Michelle. Still playing badminton whenever possible with Mark and Simon.

Life is busy and generally fun!

Like Two Old Crocks

Played badminton with Simon at lunch time today. He’d cycled into a lamppost and had a very sore and stiff shoulder and, for some reason, I’d woken up with a stiff and aching back. So we shuffled about the court and neither of us played very well. Still fun though.

Toby was trying to coach me this morning – “What could you do to get better?” I don’t want to have to think about it, I just like playing (but if it meant I won more often…)

Visiting Will

Will is off work at the moment because of an operation to his knee. He damaged it playing football – I knew those rough games were a bad idea! I went to visit him today while the children were at school.

He gave me details of our half term holiday at one of the Center Parcs in Holland, which looks really fun. He also showed me all the family tree information that he’s been entering onto his computer. So far he’s put on the stuff that was researched by both of our grandfathers. This goes quite a long way back and also spreads out wide to include “interesting” people like Ben Nicholson and the Sackville-Wests. Then it’ll need updating with two generations worth of children. Then all the foreign relatives need their sections including. THEN he can get onto the interesting part of seeing if he can discover anything new. It seems to be much easier nowdays, with all the information on the web, than it was a couple of decades ago, when you had to visit places and look in old books. Not as atmospheric perhaps. He’s put what he’s done so far on a genealogy website.

What a Glorious Day

I’m sure it’s mainly the weather, but I’ve had a lovely day today. It was really warm and sunny and made me feel very cheerful.

I went to yoga at lunch time. There were only four of us there, and Rob looked around and said “As you’re all quite experienced,” (I was feeling good already) “we’ll have an energetic session.” And it was. It left me feeling very stretched and energised, ready for the rest of the day and weekend.

I was supposed to be playing squash with Mark in the afternoon, and after that yoga I’m sure I’d have beaten him, but he was being sick. So instead I played croquet with Lance and very civilised it was too. I got the children from school and chatted in the sun for a while before going to Lance and Mary’s. John had his first swimming lesson, so we had a good cycle across Hob Moor.

In the evening, I went to the theatre with Jackie. We went to see Foxes, a play about asylum seekers in Leeds.

Work, Play, Food

I think I’ve picked up some work this morning. Someone that Simon knows wants to withdraw her children from Tregelles and teach them at home. Except that she doesn’t actually want to teach them herself, so it looks like I’ll be teaching them three mornings a week from next academic year. Slightly odd situation, but it should be fairly straightforward work.

Then this afternoon, I went with Rose’s class to watch an adaption of Journey to the River Sea at the Theatre Royal. It was very imaginatively done, but the story was quite hard to follow (I don’t know it) and Rose said they missed out some of the best bits!

Rose and John went off swimming with Gemma this evening, and Toby and I had the lovely soup at a reasonable time. By the time they got back from swimming, Rose was too tired really to eat, so she’ll be starving in the morning.