That about some up this past week, life is slowly returning to normal, if I could remember what normal was……………
The wife started her new job on Monday so that has relieved some of the pressure of life at home. I returned to work after a week off (I was going to say holiday but it was far from that) which means that when you are a one man department you have all of last weeks work to catch up with. Apart from playing catch up I spent most of the week on the road driving round our branches resolving issues.
Wednesday night we had to go to our son school for an award night, not the best day for me due to the early start (4:45am). He had been nominated for 3 awards (they were not told what), the whole evening was done along the lines of a Oscar-ish style including the parents seating where there were tables with drinks and biscuits for some while the riff raff sat in orderly rows of seats behind the tables, guess where were.
Each of the nominated boys (he in a boys only school) are called up on stage and presented with a certificate and then the winner is announced. Our son had to wait until his third nomination to actually win an award, our daughter managed to catch on film the moment when he was handed his certificate and the boy next to him nudged him to say that if he looked at the certificate it would say if he had won or not, he looks at the certificate and his eyes lit up just before the headmaster announces he was the winner. All the winners got a small engraved glass filled with sweets. He was surprised 5 minutes later to be nominated for a 4th award but came away with only a certificate.
Friday was Olympic Torch day around way, to make things worse it was travelling through our area at 5:30pm, rush hour time to you and me. The local council had laid on events at the playing fields at the back of his school which was also adjacent to the roads where the torch was travelling down. I joined my son and his friends late on Friday afternoon and we took our position on Boundry Road to watch the procession go past. I was some what disappointed, I had spoken to one of my work colleagues who saw the torch go past in Newbury and told me what to expect, whether I mis-understood what he said but to me it seemed a bit of a damp squid when it came past. The crowds cheered the promotion buses cheered, the police escorts waved the flame went past and that was it.
I have had a miserable weekend so far, the wife spent most of yesterday in bed ill, she got up this morning and about an hour ago went back to bed again. I have not been out riding as I am baby sitting my son. Despite what I said last week about riding I did ride last Sunday, decided on a simple Throop Loop. But the first section of the river was flooded to my axles so I cut that short and headed for Parley Common and then Hurn Forest. Well that was the plan, there was a small bridge to cross the Moor River, (read stream), except today it was more like enormous lake. I got up to my knees in water (at that point it seemed pointless wearing water proof boots and socks…………) and gave up, I had not even got within 50mtr of the bridge and I know that the steps onto the bridge is lower by about a foot compared to the path I was on. The only riding this week was on Friday up to my sons school for the Olympic torch.
From my previous post I have had acknowledgement of my e-mail to ADS Recruitment and was told that it was being past on to the appropriate person, not heard anything else yet.
And finally, today is St Swithins days and it is raining, I wonder if they will take into account the previous 2 months worth of rain??
Tonight was the final school visit (if you don’t what I am on about read my previous posting), tonights school was the local boys grammar school and was the other one I wonder why we were visiting (that is not to say that my son is not intelligent enough to go there). At each of these school visit we have had an introduction meeting from the head master\teacher and other member of his staff. At two of the visits they held two of these introduction as the demand was high (one was probably because the hall was quite small) but tonight they held 3 introduction meeting in a hall that easily had seating for 200 people and from what I could see, there were parents standing all around the walls of the hall in each meeting such was the demand. But the school only take 150 pupils each year, has no catchment area but currently have pupils from 45 miles away coming to school each day.
The whole air of the school was different than any of the other we had visited, there was no hard sale (like the last one), it certainly was not a modern built school, but it was clean and tidy, the staff and pupils were helpful and friendly, that’s not to say the other schools staff and pupils were not friendly, but they were friendly in a different way which I can’t explain. All in all I was impressed, I was not expecting to be but I was.
Now it is down to a lot of form filling and like every other parent with children moving to grammar\secondary next September a long wait until March the 1st
OK, a question, guess what I nearly ran over this morning???
No it did not have any legs
No not a snake
Ok it was a “Henry the Hoover”!!!
As I went up the road this morning a van pulled off the petrol station forecourt onto the road in front of me and at speed (I was a little way back so no danger), as he went up the road the rear door of the van flew opened and Henry came tumbling out. On impact with the road, the motor section parted company with the body with rubbish spewing out across the road. I managed to swerve around Henry and chased the van up the road. The driver was completely oblivious to the fact that he had lost Henry. After flashing my lights at him and waving my arms out the windows he pulled over. I drove up along side him and told him his rear door was open and Henry was a quarter of a mile away outside the petrol station sat in the middle of the road, I don’t think the driver was impressed.