Oh my goodness, I'm running late - I'm so sorry! I'm pleased we agreed to meet up in town at this tea shop as it meant I could just leave work and run down the hill to meet you. It's a great little tea shop isn't it? It's run by a girl who used to go to the school I work at. Such a lovely, vintage feel to the place. That lemon drizzle cake looks lovely, do you fancy a slice?
And as the tea arrives - I will cradle my cup in my hands and tell you how busy we are at work. When you tell someone you work in a school, I guarantee that the first thing they will say is 'how lovely to get those long summer holidays'. I will agree, but tell you that they come at a price. You have to get 6 weeks worth of work done before you break up so that when you come in on the first Monday in September, you can hit the ground running.
I will explain that although I work part time, I am going to have to be working overtime hours in the next month. One of the ladies I work with had an accident playing netball last week and we heard on Tuesday that she has actually ruptured her achilles tendon. Ouch! This is why I try to avoid exercise, it's not always good for your health. Or maybe just a reminder that netball is left to the under 35s and you should never volunteer to join a Mums team! Either way, it means it is all hands on deck as she is off work now for at least 6 weeks so realistically won't be back until after the summer holidays. Poor thing, although we are joking about how convenient it is that this has happened just as Wimbledon begins, I think we all agree that enforced rest with your leg in plaster and your foot forced into a downward point is no laughing matter.
I'd show you a picture of Coco - looking beautiful after the dog groomer's visit yesterday
I do love the 'beautiful mess' photo app, have you got it? Take a good look at that clean tidy dog, because she is a terror for running in the flower beds, getting mud and petals all over here, this time next week she'll be scruffy again. Talking of Coco, I had better get back home and take her for her walk or she will be sulking in the kitchen. She'll be pleased tomorrow as my husband will be back from his 6 days of cycling along the Rhein in Germany and she'll have company all day. This means I can get around to that mini book that I was planning to make about his trip - I do hope he's got some good photos for me!
Thanks for joining me, and thanks to Abi for organising this meme. See you again next month!