Ah, Monday: you of the Bank Holiday which isn't. Round here it's a half hearted try at a day off: you can't go to the bank, or listen out for the postman, or get a doctor's appointment, but you may haul yourself out of bed at the same time as usual and go to work. Some shops open, a few don't, and it's rarely warm enough for a BBQ.
Because it isn't a long weekend for us, then, we didn't head to the coast, or make many plans. We did a little here and there of whatever we liked. For the first time in seventeen years I have no children going back to school this week, so there were no name tapes to sew on and I was free to finish up my September projects for Gossamer Blue
and to keep knitting a sweater I hope will be done for our girl's new kind of new term. She was away all weekend. She flew in to Manchester so that she could volunteer at "Wellies and Wristbands": a huge Guide Camp Festival extravaganza. We've had a couple of messages. One: I've had chicken curry for dinner two nights in a row (given that we always eat curry every night when she's away because she loathes it, that's volunteering of the highest order) and Two: I'm in charge of bouncy castles and fun fair (fun fair? geddit? see what they did there? When she was little we used to tell her we had been going to call her Spring Fair, or Harvest, or Christmas, or Craft).
She'll be back tonight, wondering how her new landlord has been getting on with the "improvements". The answer is I've chosen a possible carpet, but we can't get it measured up until Tuesday (carpet shop NOT open today); and I've picked out a decent oven for her baking, which we'll confirm this morning ( oven shop IS open today). And her brother has made a start on weeding the little garden at the back.
But none of that is anything new. I've been buying carpet from the same man for twenty years. So, let me see...around this time every year The Accountant receives two complimentary tickets to the local Youth Orchestra concert (he did a talk for them this year about becoming self employed, which I think is a kind of cool and forward thinking thing for an orchestra to organise for its young musicians) and usually he takes his flute playing daughter; but as she wasn't around, I stepped in. I wore my new green dress. It was a nice night. There's a picture on instagram. And that's about it for today. My knitting looks autumnal, so I'll save it for again, which means it's over to you. Anything new? Anything you learned at the weekend which you didn't know before?
Deb, Helena, Eileen, Mitra, Mary-Lou, Susanne, Maggie, Karen and Ladkyis shared last Monday. Go on, give 'em a wave! And have a good week.