Ok, so it was a nuisance and I missed you all terribly, but oh what fun we had, the week my 16 bit sub-system (whatever that may be) went kaput!
I hate to be so interminably jolly, but in the whole scheme of things life is too short to focus on minor disasters like being ludicrously behind with everything I have planned for
Oh and I think you should know that I finally found time to paint my toenails, pluck my eyebrows and dive into the horror of the cupboard under the sink.
After spending last Friday baking tins and tins full of dracula cupcakes, complete with food colouring "blood" (inedible unless you are two), we loaded up the car and headed for the bliss that is my sister Helens house. Now if you are going to be a house-guest, then you want to be a house-guest at Helens, because she is the hostess with the mostest, complete with a divineley sweet smelling house, her trademark chilli (that even I, who doesn’t like chilli, strangely adore) and a breakfast table that is worth crawling out of your comfy bed for. Truly it is bliss. Or at least it would have been, were it not for the Halloween party she threw for a whole gang of tots on saturday afternoon.
At the risk of sounding like a miserable old cow (God, you could set your clock by my PMT!!), one toddler is hard to bear, so fifteen mini witches, spidermen and monsters is to my addled brain just to much to cope with. Especially when Finley, dressed as a pumpkin, seemed to have swallowed one E number too many, and spent the entire party hurtling around the house, only stopping to steal another party
The next day we made a pilgramage to the
By the time we got home on Sunday evening I was exhausted, so thank goodness for living with a man like Mark. In our absence he had tidied and cleaned past himself, and although he was still at work, the lamps were lit, the heating on and the
The next day Finley went kicking and screaming to nursery and I, without a computer, found myself sitting quietly in a tidy house with The Womans Hour on the radio, a plate of toast dripping with salty normandy butter at my side, and a new and frankly wacky
Then Tuesday we had been planning to go on a pumpkin trail, but the weather was appalling, and by the time my friend Julie, her son Adam (the scrumptious little babba above), Finley and I arrived at Rufford Old Hall, (where Mark and I are thinking of getting married next year)-a local National Trust manor house holding a day of Halloween festivities for the kids, the rain had soaked the grass, and the trail had been abandoned: but oh thank goodness, the morris dancing hadn’t!
While I recognise that there is something a tad peculiar about old men dancing in tights it is performed with such terribly good British humour, that I cannot help confessing to enjoying it. As did Finley, who astonished by the spectacle of GanGan’s dancing, to the audiences delight, took to the floor and danced a jig or two himself. Thats my boy!
Afterwards we went leaf-kicking in the grounds of the House…
..watched Finley throw a rather fabulous diva tantrum because his precious curly locks got wet…
..said Hello to the scarecrow at the top of the page (or Batman in jeans as Finley would prefer me to call him) and finally took some really rather scrumptious afternoon
So all in all, life without the computer was really rather wonderful. But now it is back to the really rather lovely