I was so pleased yesterday to get a wonderful gift from Jeanie of the Marmelade Gypsy - a pack of note cards created from some of the photos on her beautiful blog (take a look at her site here!)
I homed in on this one, showing the Eiffel Tower in Paris.....
... because T had a big birthday this year and we're going to Paris in October. In honour of the trip, I made him an appropriate birthday card - well, a birthday construction really. Hope you can tell it is meant to be a champagne bar!
You might remember that I planned to visit Japan this autumn, but the publishers have now confirmed that publication is delayed till next year. I still hope to go, but I'd need to leave a good chunk of time to organise some work and make a Japan trip worthwhile, which I can't do till a publication date is confirmed. So feeling a bit disappointed there.
What with this, and other things, it's been an up and down week. But the BBC
project plods on. I'm told we may not have a verdict till Christmas!
And I have solved part of a mystery that has been puzzling me for a while, the Question of the Rolls Royces.
Two vintage Rolls Royces recently appeared, parked at the curb in our street. (NOT the kind of thing we are used to happening round here, I should add). One is yellow and one is silver. Since there is virtually no off-street parking in the area, we were wondering who they could belong to. I thought there must be a mad Rolls Royce collector around, who loved living in an area with no parking and was happy to leave his treasures to the attention of the many weird people who pass by on their merry way..
Then last night I learned that they have different owners! The silver one belongs to a neighbour who I know vaguely. It seems he did several years of creative work for a Middle Eastern royal, and was treated lavishly while he was doing the work, flying everywhere first class and so on. But then the royal refused to pay, driving him into bankruptcy. Not quite sure what happened next, but before long, the silver Rolls Royce appeared on the scene, I assume some kind of pay off from the royal. The neighbour is now using the car as a central part of his new business. Since he doesn't feel like moving away from his well loved home to somewhere with parking, he keeps it as near to outside his home as he can manage, and he watches over it like a hawk.
The yellow one's still a mystery. Perhaps that is the one which belongs to a mad collector ...
And finally, I'm hoping you will take a look from time to time at the blog for our World War 1 schools project. (That is Lord Kitchener, above, telling Britons "Your Country Needs You").
Our story is based in Bermondsey, South East London. We will add to it as we go along, and hopefully the kids will too.
Working in schools is all very new to me. I've never felt I'm a natural teacher, to put it mildly, and I'm far more nervous about it than any other work projects. Anyway, here it is, with just one post so far, but if you're interested, keep checking back and there will be more posts as we get going - the school term starts in September. :
Oh, and I see the Google followers.have just hit 400. Welcome, Ms Sparrow!