Sunday, 8 June 2014

What Ever The Weather




Hello friends

Hope you are all having a good week end. We've had a mixed bag of weather but that hasn't stopped us from playing out.

Saturday was Poulton Gala and our (Thornton) Queen and Retinue were invited to attend so on Friday evening we parents put the float together and made any repairs after the winter storage. Saturday we gathered at the designated area and look at the weather. We had a very heavy down pour whilst getting ready and plaiting L's hair. The rest of the day until late afternoon it was light rain. However the parade still went ahead. This is our float waiting for the children to climb aboard, who were putting on their plastic ponchos. The parade appeared to be moving a little quicker than usual. I feel that the leading band must have been playing a faster march.
This picture was sourced from the internet
The crowning was done in the nearby church, St Chad's by the newly elected Mayor. The church is quite famous because in the spring, within the grounds, the grass is a mass of purple crocus and is featured in many calenders. People come from far and wide just to see them.  Isn't that a beautiful carpet? The church is also beautiful inside.

Next week it's our (Thornton) gala and we retire. I feel quite relieved this year because we have done two years running and M and I feel we need the rest. It's harder on the parent than the kids as we have to design and make the float and then build it, ferry the children to different towns and villages, walk round with them, dismantle the float and store it and then go home. We do it though because we love our kids and want them to have happy memories of childhood.
However we still might have to do one more year because L wants to be Queen next year and it's her last chance due to her age. We have been tossing ideas around and making plans just in case and reminding ourselves that she may not even get chosen. We'll have to wait and see.

Anyway back to today. We woke to brilliant sunshine  so decided that we would visit the Cleveleys Car Show. There were about 200 different cars. There were classics, vintage, big American cars, modern cars, sports and whatever other cars you can think of. There was live bands, dancers (we missed them) magicians and more.

The beach was looking lovely and inviting but the crowd was not interested today. All the shops along the high street were open as usual and I'm sure they did very well but from us we just bought two portions of chips and two ice creams ( I was good and didn't partake)
We sat and listened to some music from a couple of local boy bands (L said that they were not nearly as good as 1 Direction) and they played some good music some old, some modern and some of their own.
We've had a great day and now it must be cool wine o'clock.

Carolx





Tuesday, 3 June 2014

The joys of Ivigilating


Here I Sit

Here I sit  with nothing in my hands
No book, no knitting, no crochet
I must keep my eyes open
No snoozing on this job

Sniff, sniff
Cough, cough
Wriggle, wriggle
Scratch
Yawn
Shuffle, shuffle
Slurp
Scribble
Sneeze, sneeze
Not me, I'm just quietly watching

An anxious face looks up
Head back down only another hour and forty five to go
Head on hand
Head in hands
Papers turn
Head back up, cogs are turning
Head back down one more hour to go
Almost half way.

My shopping list is done
My kitchen cupboards are sorted and cleaned
Wardrobe sorted
Garden sorted
Only in my head
Oh my bum has gone numb.

Reading and checking
reading and checking again
Pen down, pen up
Last minute scribble and correction
All done now

Times up
That was a long one today
Papers collected
The students leave
A quick wiggle whilst no one is looking
The feeling in my numb bum is back
That is me done for today.

Carolx




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