Still smiling

I think that I may be hearing beeps in my sleep. Enjoying my new job – the distinctly unglamorous role of Checkout Assistant in a local supermarket. The contrast between this and my day job couldn’t be more marked, but smiling at people all the time instead of asking them to “Sit down”, “Quieten down” or “Please write some answers down” really does lift the spirits! I finish the shift with a smile still on my lips and cheerfully weary I make my way home to iron my school ‘uniform’ for the morning.
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“Quintessentially British my dear!”

Contentedness is…
a day off
and a rather nice
Afternoon Tea on the lawn.
afternoon-tea

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How to make the most of a day off

Waking up
appreciating
A lazy morning
after a hectic week…

Lie-in

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27.4.14
Steps of stone
Stretching ever upwards…
Yet there,
In the distance,
A light appears
Casting the shadows behind
Illuminating the path
My feet must take.light

World cup Fever – 10 Quotes to help understand the strange world of football for the uninitiated.

It’s the England v Italy game tonight. I wasn’t anticipating watching as am not really a sporty person and had been invited out to party to celebrate not going to either the Isle of Wight Festival or being a football fan. HOWEVER, I find myself sitting near to the landline (family!) and so I thought I’d ask for a quick guide on the rules of the game in case anyone could help…

“All I know is that men are kicking a ball. And they sometimes shout! Think that’s it isn’t it?!”

“And they roll over on the floor crying.”

“Think there might be some hugging too. Any rolling around on the floor could result in green painty stripes on kit ” (reference to Brazil painting out the brown lines on the pitch to make the grass look more healthy and the pitch in better condition!)

“And some tugging on each other’s shirts!!”

“Some people think it doesn’t matter which net to kick the ball in as long as they get a goal!” (the first goal of the World cup was an own goal by hosts Brazil)

“They have to get the ball in the net..the person who does the most rolls aroung the grass gets the most free.kicks”

“…is that where they use foul play (pretending they have been freely kicked) to get a free kick…?”

“I think so!!”

“And sometimes they like to collect coloured cards”

“I think some of them wave them in the other’s face – showing off obviously!”

I feel much better informed now…

The Watcher

“Oh shut up Mum” she says and shuts the door on me.
It’s her first time festival camping and I confess to feeling not a little anxious.
Maybe I overdid it a bit with the helpful suggestions.
Later in Ventnor, I wonder how many spotted the grey car trundling up hill and down dale… until, at last, it was left to rest up in the town where the hills weren’t quite so demanding.
I’m turning into an old woman.
We moon-gaze – it’s supposed to be a ‘Honey Moon’ tonight; the clouds obscure but still the watcher sees on this Friday…the 13th
The Watcher

When is a Red not a Red?

A plea for help and with an anxious air,
I helped my daughter to dye her hair
She said she wanted it pinky red
And there on the box ‘cherry’ it said
But the photo looked a lot like soup
I started to feel my spirits droop
I urged her to maybe try a mix
– once it’s done, not so easy to fix…
reluctantly she said she’d give it a go
And soon we were able to go with the flow.
That flow it soon gushed down the sink
A tomato soup orange instead of the pink
But when the mop head was dried and glimpsed
The colour was great – glad it was rinsed
Well and repeated again and again,
until with a toss of her beautiful mane
she declared it looked suitably current…
Fruity with depth…like a little blackcurrant!
Black cherry red

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