My thanks to those RD friends who have noticed my absence, there is nothing wrong that an extra pair of hands and ten more hours in the day wouldn't cure! Life has been getting in the way of writing the blog. I seem to be busier now than ever I was before my retirement, or perhaps it is that everything takes longer nowadays.
This is the busiest time of the year for me, when I am organising the summer camp for the diocese. It has been a particularly difficult time because the school we have used for the last 9 summers suddenly increased their charges by 62%. It looked like the end of the camps, which have been running for over 50 years, and I had drafted my letter to the priests of the diocese and arranged a meeting with the bishop to break the news, when the Abbot of Buckfast Abbey came to our rescue and offered us the use of their guest house. So, I have been busy visiting Buckfast, attending meetings and getting out posters and application forms. It is all very exciting but really exhausting and I shall be involved in camp-related activities until the middle of August, so blogging is likely to be sporadic.
In between trips to Plymouth, Buckfast and Exeter I have been getting ready for the first visit of baby Amelia. The MM is off to London tomorrow to fetch her (and her mummy, of course). We will have them to ourselves for a week and then our son-in-law will come to claim them back! My daughter asked me to make a play mat as Millie is now six weeks old (today) and getting ready to learn! I have made a reversible mat so that she won't get bored: side one is some Suzy Spafford 'Suzy's Zoo' fabric and the reverse is the monix attempt at appliqué animals. I am expecting baby Amelia to know all the animal names and sounds by the end of the week.
I have managed to read my favourite blogs even though I've had no time to write anything myself. This post by D on 60goingon16 about '60s humour, including a clip of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, had me laughing all the way down the M5!
I'm adding lots of labels to this post to make up for my poor output!
PS Latest on 'The Enchanted April' - Tattytiara hasn't been in touch yet to claim her book prize. I'll wait a few more days and then draw another name out of the hat if I don't hear from her.