I’ve been without the Internet. Apparently there was water in the works! I suppose its one of the perils of country living.
I am now officially a churchwarden. I’ve been sworn in and have met the Archdeacon. I’m not sure I’m of a suitably serious disposition because on glancing through the order of service I noted ‘the Archdeacon’s charge.’ In my mind I imagined a sober cleric of indeterminate years (but preferably with a fine set of mutton chop whiskers) astride a hobby horse in full ecclesiastical regalia galloping down the aisle followed by a company of choristers – possibly accompanied by bugle and drums. I clearly need to get a grip. It turned out that charge is another word for sermon or set of instructions for what churchwardens might like to do – and I can tell you this, I shall not be inspecting the lead on the roof or dealing with the gutters no matter what the archdeacon might have to say on the subject!
And then I went off and attended a meeting. Clearly I can’t divulge what went on in the meeting as that would be breaking confidentiality but let’s just say that I’ve probably joined the vicar on his mental list of ‘b****y difficult women,’ – but that’s his own fault for volunteering me for the role.
Whilst I was doing that, contemplating the scrapes I manage to get myself into, HWIOO was stripping the cloakroom of its carpet, wash basin and toilet. I have a very fetching new planter and we have set five days aside where once two would have done for the tiling, flooring and refit of slim line wash basin with waterfall tap (will we ever get the Littlest Madam out of there?) and low flush toilet. We have also identified the fact that even with regular breaks and the occasional nap the following two or three days are going to be low key ones.
So all in all today has been a fairly busy one and that’s without celebrating the fact that I managed to install a Paypal button on my main website; send advertising leaflets for the WI to go into the school book bags at our local primary school and sort out my paperwork during the two days where all it did was rain and ruin the flowers.
Having complained that I didn’t seem to be part of the community I can now officially inform you that I appear to be blending in a bit better. How do I know? I’m being informed when people die, that’s how! As various members of the community people are now telling HWIOO and I about their sad demises. This is unexpected as we know none of the deceased but we do now. I wonder if I should attend their funerals to make their acquaintance or at least the acquaintance of their nearest and dearest? There’s certainly always a large turn out for funerals.
Aside from that after a rather prolonged silence on the domestic goddess front I have partaken in the gentle art of serving afternoon cream teas on a bank holiday Saturday. I have discovered that its an excellent way of bonding as a group. I’ve no idea why people spend a fortune on team building exercises. They don’t need to go paint balling or build giant, not to mention useless, structures out of paper and straws, nor do they need to go off on some “jolly” together – what they need to do is organise scones and then spend the day in a confined space preparing and serving cream teas to locals and holiday makers. This also has the bonus of helping a worthy cause.
HWIOO is still pottering along. As ever, we’re working at the pacing but we’re trying to cut out the afternoon nap very gradually as I mentioned in January. HWIOO can now do two afternoons without a snooze so long as they aren’t in succession. We have learned that if the Little Madams come that for two days after they go he has to revert to doing something for an hour and then changing activity entirely but that he can be more himself during their visit – so in other words to quote the Right Little Madam, he isn’t as broken as he once was.
Meanwhile we still haven’t done something nice beginning with I, although I have found out about the Information Commission Office (ICO) and its requirements. I have also parted with my cash to register. I don’t think this of itself is particularly nice but it is exciting that I am becoming more self-employed. Now all I have to do is find a few more venues, complete the WI speaker course (don’t ask) and write a history book. I may not move fast but I will get there in the end!