Thursday, 21 September 2017

Day 35: Take Three Thursday

Three more photos from the Harry Potter tour for Mary Lou's Take Three Thursday, all with the common theme of Dumbledore.

Dumbledore in the Great Hall
Dumbledore's office
the entrance to Dumbeldore's office

This morning it's raining and very windy, leaving the patio covered with leaves

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Day 34: Family Tree

I've finished all the the presentations and workshops in the local primary schools for this term so fingers crossed that we get some new band members on Saturday. Then it will all have been worthwhile! 

I'm worn out from all the effort of the last couple of weeks so will be glad of a couple of quiet days before the weekend. I have to teach tomorrow and Friday but not for long each day and I don't have anything else organised, so will spend most of my time relaxing at home.

I didn't make it to the theatre last night. In the end I gave my ticket to a friend and spent some time instead with J as it was her birthday ... a much better end to the day. We're going out next week to do a proper celebration, so yesterday was just coffee, cake and jelly babies (!) and time to chat. 

The updated family tree software has arrived so I can get on with the research ... something to look forward to on the cold, dark evenings once the clocks change next month.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Day 33: Rushing Around!

A wet start to the day, but it's cheered up now. I've had a very busy morning and am looking at an even busier afternoon, all to do with presentations in local primary schools for new band members. 

I'm supposed to be going to the theatre tonight but, although I have the ticket, I don't have the energy so it's looking very doubtful.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Day 32: Mirabilis Jalapa

Here's another photo of the Mirabilis jalapa. It's a fascinating plant as there are different coloured flowers on each plant and some of those flowers also change colour through their blooming period. Saying that, I'm not convinced that it has a permanent place in my garden as it is mostly leaves and, fascinating as the flowers are, they're small and only open for part of the day. 

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Day 30: Euonymus

Part of the town centre is flooded this morning, the basement where we store the band instruments has pools of water all over the place and the lift is out of action so we had to carry all the equipment via the stairs. However, it's not all bad news - the euonymus has survived last night's storm and has retained all of its leaves. 

Friday, 15 September 2017

Day 29: Unwelcome Visitors

It's that time of year again, isn't it. I woke up to this unwelcome visitor and two of his friends having a party in my kitchen, so not the best start to the day! 

This one was enormous! It was so big that a drinking glass was too small to fit over it so I had to use the big glass measuring beaker. I'm obviously getting braver because after the initial heart attack type panic, I was composed enough to take a photo before I dealt with it. I wasn't composed enough to get it properly in focus though! I put the three of them out on the patio so the house, as far as I can tell, is a spider free zone once again. Blogger is doing strange things to the photos again - the walls are white!

Yesterday turned out to be a thoroughly enjoyable day. It's always good fun to hear what the children have been up to during the summer break and I was pleased that they'd all restarted their practice schedules as soon as school started. It was all about deciding on their targets for the next few months and, the biggest decision, choosing the new pieces of music to learn. They always get to choose one piece themselves and this time the girls have all chosen different Disney songs, one boy has chosen Star Wars and the other has gone for Lord of the Rings. It's going to be an interesting time!

I have a fairly quiet day today with just a lunchtime recorder club to run. I'd normally come straight home but my youngest learner will be having a music certificate presented in assembly and she wants me to be there to watch, so I'll be hanging about for a couple of hours. If it stays dry I'll have a look around Avebury, if it's raining I'll read my book in the staff room. It's not the best use of my time but she worked so hard to get this certificate and she is desperate for me to be there, even though I'd already presented the certificate to her at the end of last term in front of her family! 

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Day 28: Back to School

It's my first day back at school today. I've been visiting local schools for the band workshops but today I actually have to teach! I'm sure I'll be okay once I get started, but admit to feeling less than enthusiastic as I'm typing this post.

Today's photo is another one of the mystery flowers I posted about here, except it is no longer a mystery because I found the label (as usual, the label was exactly where it was supposed to be, but was hiding when I was looking for it the first time!!). It's Mirabilis jalapa, also called the 'Miracle of Peru' or the '4 o'clock flower'.

It's also time for Mary Lou's Take Three Thursday so I'm sharing three more photos from the Harry Potter tour, all showing the inside of building and which may be used for no. 7 of the scavenger hunt - the inside of something. My apologies for the strange lighting in them; there are film studio lights on all the exhibits and in a few of my photos from the day I've picked up a blue cast which I can't get rid of.

a corridor in the Leaky Cauldron
Gryffindor boy's bedroom
Hagrid's hut

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Day 27: After the Storm

I didn't get much sleep last night once the storm started. It wasn't so much the sound of the rain hitting the plastic covering on my neighbour's shed, or the roar of the wind ... it was all down to the awful racket from someone's wheelie bin blowing around in the storm. The problem was eventually resolved by a thoroughly annoyed neighbour (not the owner of the wheelie bin) retrieving the offending bin ... I could tell he was annoyed by his very creative use of the English language as he wrestled with the bin! I was wide awake by then and didn't get much more sleep, so am happy to have another day at home. 

I opened the blinds to blue skies and a gentle breeze and luckily took some photos first thing, as now it is pouring down and any photography would be out of the question.There hasn't been much damage to the garden at all as today's photo of the cosmos shows. The only damage was that one of the climbers had pulled away from its trellis in places (now sorted), and one of the stones near the crab apple tree has blown over and flattened two crocosmia plants. 

I managed to get everything done yesterday. I decided that I wouldn't take on any extra pupils after I met the parents, mostly due to the behaviour of the children who kept opening the cupboards in my music room and wouldn't stop when asked to by me ... the parents made no attempt to discipline their children!

I'm not sure what I'll get up to today. I want to make some more soup for the freezer and I have to prepare the vegetables for a mid-week roast tonight, but apart from that it'll just be a case of 'see what happens'. I hope you all have a good day and the weather is kind to you wherever you are.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Day 26: Here and There!

Just a quick post today as I overslept and am trying to catch up with myself. Today's photo was taken in the garden, where I was expecting to see lots of damaged plants after yesterday's winds and rain. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to see very little damage and lots of new buds. Nature never ceases to amaze me.

It's going to be a 'here and there' sort of day with little time for a breather between appointments. I have a couple of private lessons, a band presentation in a village primary school and a trip to Corsham to drop of some cornets for repair. I'm also having lunch with a friend, need to be back home to receive a parcel delivery during the designated time, and am meeting with other parents to discuss the possibility of teaching their children.

Roll on tonight!