Sorry - but I am back now!
Sorry that blogging has been non-existent for a couple of weeks. So here is a text-only blog entry to catch up with the news.
On Thurs 24th August my daughter, K, got her GCSE results - and we are all so proud of her - she has 8 and a half A*'s and 2 A's (the half was from short-course RE taken in year 10). Her friends also did amazingly well - which bodes well for their entry into the 6th form at the start of the new term.
Her school have decided that the 6th form will wear 'office clothes' so they have to wear black suits (skirts of trousers) and white blouses. So we had a shopping trip - all I need to do now is to turn up 2 pairs of trousers.
On Friday 25th we had a nice Chinese meal with my mom and dad to celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary.
Last Wednesday K and her dad went to London and saw the new Tom Stoppard play Rock 'N Roll, and they got his autograph and also autographs of several other members of the cast.
Last week I did 4 days invigilation for ICAS (The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland). This was my first paid employment out of the house for about 18 months, and so was quite scary at first. But there were 2 other invigilators who were great fun - both had connections with my old secondary school so we reminisced a lot. There was quite a lot of admin (which I enjoy) and it wasn't as boring as I thought it might be - and the candidates were great - very mature and polite.
I travelled into Birmingham on the train - with about a 10 minute walk each end - and even that was fun. And R took charge of all the cooking - so it was a nice role-reversal.
The cats were funny as well - they were SO pleased to see me when I got home - and ate their food with great relish! (it didn't seem to occur to either of them that they could 'ask' for food from R or K!) Also, as the weather has been quite Autumnal they are staying inside more and spending a lot of evenings on my lap.
Then yesterday I had the final tutorial for one of my OU courses, and next weekend is a revision weekend (more of that later).
So now it's 'back to school' week. R goes back tomorrow (with 2 days for the staff only), and K is back on Wednesday. I've got lots of OU work to do - and mega-plans in terms of house-tidying. I'll let you know if I stick to my plans!
I will also track down the camera and take some pics of the cats and the garden!