The dynamics of the home changed this weekend. Our son came back for the weekend. He took over the remote control, politics was discussed, football scores were under discussion and rugby was watched. The less we say about the last one there the better ...
Strictly Come Dancing was recorded to be enjoyed at a later time when conversation about the new leader of the Labour Party and the worth of the footballer who scored five goals in 20 minutes is over. It's amazing how different things are by adding one 25 year old male back into the fold. I think my husband relishes these changes in conversation subjects and I love hearing them discussing things that I either know little about, or don't enjoy discussing. I was happy to listen to their chat in the background while I made a big batch of chilli con carne and jacket potatoes, and wait for our daughter and her boyfriend to arrive to complete the family reunion
Sunday dawned bright and sunny and a long dog walk turned into a fruit picking event.
Blackberries harvested and sloes picked ready to make the annual sloe gin. We hadn't gone prepared with containers but ever the resourceful family, fortunately each of us found spare poo bags (clean and unused) in our pockets which were soon used to carry our goodies home. An unexpected benefit of being a dog owner. We must have made a strange sight on the way home though, each of us carrying a couple of full bags - the neighbours must think the dog has some odd and unpleasant digestive trouble!
It's a busy week for me at work, so Me on Monday saw me at my desk drowning in a sea of letters and excel spreadsheets. Ours is a very popular school so people are desperate to get their daughters admitted. Each year we have an intake of 160 and we offer 10% of places to those who gain the highest scores in musical and/or sport aptitude tests. That's 16 places in total - 8 for music and 8 for sport. But I've had 248 applicants to take the tests! Some take one, some the other and some take both. Plus I have to find out if they've applied to any of the other local schools who do the same tests so we can make sure they are only entered once. It's a logistical nightmare but I think we're almost there ...
Remember those blue skies and sunny days we had last week? The bright but warm autumnal feel to the air? Well it's gone. We woke up to drizzle this morning, which turned to heavier rain and I've nudged the temperature up on the heating thermostat. Lunch was a warming leek and potato soup and a hunk of bread, whilst reading a magazine.
Now I've warmed up a bit I'm giving up a wave to Sian. Why not pop over to her blog and see what she is up to today!