Well, hello there!
I didn’t realize it had been quite so long between posts. So today I thought I would sit down and have a good chin wag.
I posted HERE about my POD reflection, and then I realized I never actually got back to you! I have sat down with a panel of 6 for an interview and my call to formal ministry has been affirmed so far. The affirmation was unanimous, and very encouraging. I felt relived and thankful. But this is only stage one. The next step is to face a new panel of the same size, over a two day/one night interview process. Sounds joyful huh? 😉 I’m not too worried about it, what will be will be. I’m happy to get on with life in the meantime!
There have been birthdays, bonfires and new gardens built. Little Henry is now 4! Where on earth did that time go?! We had a bonfire for his birthday with a couple of friends and family. Baked spuds and birthday cake was on the menu. He wanted a “pussy cat” cake, always a pussy cat! So together we browsed the old vintage Woman’s weekly cake book and settled on “Puss in Boots”. What great fun! He was given the most beautiful Hape marble run by his grandparents, a lovely Folkmanis cat puppet and mouse by us, which he thinks are hilarious. (quite appropriate considering we are in the middle of a mouse plague.) some magnetic building shapes, warm clothes, a magna – doodle from his other grandparents. There were other bits and bobs I’m sure, though I can’t remember what! The bonfire was a wonderful night, kids running about, marshmallows to roast, and a glass of red or two by the fire with wonderful company, is there anything better? Not to me.
We have decided to hold off on the rest of the renovations for a while and just relax. We are taking the old van away tonight! It is so very needed. We have been pottering in the garden, building a new bed out the front. Finally, the little old cottage is beginning to look like someone loves it – even if it is salmon pink still! This bed was my birthday/mothers say gift. It has been planted out with Jasmine over the arch, roses, salvias, lambs ears, seaside daisies, stratis, and various other hardy bits and bobs. The arch was a barter deal with our neighbours, I spied it unused in their back yard. We have also been planting out the rear back garden bed some more and planted some climbing roses bought bare rooted to hide Grants ugly shed. It feels wonderful to be pottering in the garden again. Taking turns to clean up rubble, and gardening. Next is our veggie patch. The fruit trees have been pruned, (by Grant…..with a chain saw……*eye roll*, there will be no peaches for me this year…or next for that matter…..but the trees will be better for it in the long run.) the demolition rubble is mostly gone. It’s totally normal to build a garden before the house right?!
Will went on a school camp and things were oh-so-quiet without his constant conversation! He had a great time though. Goodness we are lucky to be able to send the boys to such a wonderful school.
Aggie the Scottish Terror is well, big now! Still biting shoelaces, still full of trouble. She ripped up a buch of brand new plants......Fortunetly we were there and quickly re-planted them. The rest of the animals are well, the cats are enjoying sleeping inside, the dogs love to play and wrestle, though old Tessa is getting a little stiff in the cooler weather. She is 12 now, or 13 later this year? She is doing well for an old fat labradoor.
I know there is more, but I cannot think of it to be honest! I have washing to do and packing to do as we are taking the van away tonight.
I hope you are all well my dear readers!