July 8th, 2013


London calling...

I am so excited - off to London tomorrow afternoon, to do a 3 day course to become a MBTI facilitator. It feels like a holiday. A week away from running the house and kids. The course day runs from 0900 to 1730 (easy life!) and I don't have to get anyone else up apart from me in the morning. I have a hotel booked next to Piccadilly circus, so my shopping list is getting longer and longer. Plus, on the weekend I get to meet a friend who i haven't seen in YEARS in Cambridge (*waves to Rev C!*) and I will also stay with Sal and family.

I am even considering taking laptop with me, to make use of all that free time - hope the hotel has wifi!

Am very behind on blog posts...
*weekend in Black Forest
*Qin Exhibition
*monthly updates M & P
*Uetliberg walk June & July
*Sheffield weekend

Summer Weekend in Schwarzwald

There are some friends that you can meet (in real life) again after a gap of 12 years, and the friendship feels as fresh and authentic as yesterday. Jane is one of those friends :-) We met on a (fairly awful) training course in Germany, where we had a crash course in how to be teaching assistants. 3 of us made an instant connection - we were kindred spirits - and we got each other through a fairly tough year. We were 21, away from our university home, living, teaching and socialising in a foreign language. Jane, Becs and I spent many weekends together. This is Jane and me then - ie 1995 - you can tell two things from the picture. Jane is very tall. I had awful clothes sense, but still have the same goofy grin!

Anyway.... We met up with Jane and family this July in the black forest (Schwarzwald) which is about 2 hours drive from Zurich. It was a perfect hot, sunny weekend. They had rented a cottage on a farmyard and the kids were just happy to be playing outside :-) We were happy for the time to chill, drink beer and catch up on the last decades. Jane lives just outside San Fransisco... so it was a wonderful, rare opportunity to be together.

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Monday, bl**day Monday....

Today (after a long weekend away) I...
*taught boys how to dust the living room (see below!)
*changed bed linen
*did 4 loads of washing
*packed for my business trip
*wrote 3 blogs
*had picnic lunch with boys outside
*taught Patrick to use potty
*we all 3 had a nap after lunch!
*did the recycling
*went to dry cleaners
*did a quick shop at Coop
*spent 1.5 hours in playground
*collapsed in heap