Blog 116 – 13.5.19…Now, now…

I love it when one of the tenants sends me a text. No I don’t…that’s rubbish. When I get a text late at night about an over-flowing washing machine or a broken light – it’s my job, but it’s not really welcome. But I love it when they say (after newly moved in) ‘I’m so happy!!’ …or (as happened yesterday) I get 3 picture messages in succession – one proudly showing flowers gathered from the garden and 2 showing ‘before’ and ‘after’ mowing the lawn!…Yay! the tenant is happy!!

Last week me and Mom went to Sainsbury’s for a few groceries. This turned in to a 2-3 hour trip….Mom looked at her shopping list, (bread, onions, chicken, shower gel, fruit, vegetables, rice, potatoes, washing-up liquid)…but without her glasses, she couldn’t see it. She pushed the trolley, I followed her around. She walks very slowly and forgets what she has already put in the trolley. A few weeks ago, she watched the TV as Extinction Rebellion went on the march in central London (OK…they blocked the road while they had a party). I told her that husband and I were going to join them. Are you going to get arrested? she asked, excitedly. I hope so, I replied.  When shopping my mum’s policy is a good one – quality, but at a bargain price. But in Sainsbury’s I noticed a shift in her attitude….the £1.00 bottle of her usual Fairy Liquid was eschewed for the £1.75 bottle of Ecover washing-up liquid…it’s better for the environment, she said. And in the end….she decided it was better to use (paper-wrapped) soap bars instead of plastic bottles full of shower gel. I’m impressed. She stopped dead, near the spices, and picked up a pack of nectarines from her trolley like she’d seen something alien….what is this? Without her glasses she couldn’t see that she was looking at the back of the black cardboard tray, and not the nectarines inside it. We both fell about laughing.

I’ve just sussed why people (including me) like spending time with young children and the elderly…for the most part, they are right here, in the only time worth wasting time in, i.e Now…and they are looking to have fun!

 

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Blog 115 – 29.4.19. Springtime talking and walking…

Spring is springing along as usual here in London. It was warmish, we put winter coats away…and then got them out again. It is the beginning of a new term at St.W’s primary and as a volunteer classroom assistant I have been taken to one side and firmly told…please don’t spend too long reading with the children; Continue reading

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Blog 114 – 16.2.19. Spectacular Homo Erectus…

I know I’ve said it before…but I just love walking into the British Museum (BM) and watching the school children gasp as they gaze in amazement at the Great Court’s spectacular glass roof. Continue reading

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Blog 113 – 31.12.18. Today, I decide to be….less

In theory of course the 31st of December is just another day of the year. Really. It is. Just goes to show that only our brains make it something special or different. I guess that means that absolutely any day can mark something special or different, if we so choose… Continue reading

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Blog 112 – 25.11.18. Dog day winter afternoon…

This is a day when I should have been feeling low. But somehow smiles managed to accidentally break out of me as I was coming home from church…and I got smiles back. I popped into a new local fashion boutique and eyed-up all the rather expensive but very well made clothes and made friends with Charlotte the owner. Will definitely be popping back there again. Continue reading

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Blog 111 – 31.10.18. The Matriarch of Riverside….

In my 20s, a few years after university, my housemate/landlord Robin, told me about a development of newly refurbished ex-council flats in a (then) near deserted part of London’s docklands called Wapping. Most of the docks had closed and the area was always a little strange; no-one I knew had ever been there, despite it being less than a 5 minute drive from the Tower of London (built by William the Conqueror around 1000 years ago). Continue reading

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Blog 110 – 5.10.18. The sheer Spanish, French, Chinese-ness of it…

Look…I’m not saying that London is some kind of ‘rosy haven’ of a place…well, except that when I do focus on the rosy haven-ness of it, it becomes easier to see more rosy haven, so to speak. And I do so like it when others see it too. What I’m amazed about is how we Londoners cannot see ourselves very well…I guess nobody can. Continue reading

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Blog 109 – 20.9.18..a prehistoric cut above..

September is actually the New Year. I mean…it should be. It’s the end of the holidays and it’s when school starts. It’s when ones thoughts turn, pretty abruptly, from the frivolity of frolicking in sandals to the sturdy lace-ups of more indoor-based activities…like studying… Continue reading

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Blog 108 -7.8.18..Roll out the soda, pretzels and beer…

I’ve got a stinking cold and sore throat…the kind you might get once a stressful period is over and you can finally afford to collapse in a heap… yes…we have a beautiful new extended kitchen…and yes, it was worth it. And yes, we are still cleaning up the dust. Continue reading

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Blog 107 – 30.6.18. And so we went…

And so we went….to Rutland. Never heard of Rutland? Good. We’d like to keep it that way. We escaped the building dust for a week by driving 2 hours or so north of London to England’s smallest county. Continue reading

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