... And enjoying every minute. Amy and Thomas are back at school today. I'm usually sorry to see them go but this time I'm ready to have the house to myself. Not that it's them, I just feel the need for some normality and 'stillness' for a few days.
After doing some housework I sat for an hour doing the jigsaw. I did my favourite bit first - the blossom tree. The bus will be next as the red pieces will be easy to find and while I'm looking for them I'll make a pile of blue and stone colours. This saves me having to keep going through all the pieces every time I want to do a new section.
I've finished reading Jam Busters. I got into it eventually and it was interesting how much the government asked the WI and its members to do during WW2. Accommodating evacuees, growing extra vegetables, collecting scrap, cardboard & paper, knitting, sewing, providing refreshments and entertainment for local servicemen, making toys for children and of course growing and picking fruit for their famous jam making sessions. All this was done on top of running a household and looking after children, quite often with their husbands away at war. We may well be the fairer sex but we're definitely a force to be reckoned with. This is the stack of books I've got to work my way through now.
It's really cold and windy here and we've had showers on and off all day, but the garden seems to be slowly coming to life although we could do with some sunshine to spur things on. The fuchsia bush doesn't seem to mind the conditions though and the lavender is on its way but I'm a bit jealous of our next door neighbour's azalea. Not that he can take any credit for it mind. It's been doing its own thing for years and was bought by the lovely lady who used to live next door to us who sadly passed away several years ago.
This cake was left over from yesterday, so I did the decent thing and ate it with a cup of tea. I've got 48 hours to work it off before the next weigh in!
The Doctor visited Tom today. A lovely receptionist told Mark he was entitled to home visits as he has a terminal illness. Why can't everybody be forthcoming about things like that? He's been talking about the new cancer treatment that's in the news at the moment so we've told him to ask at the hospice when he goes tomorrow. While everybody should have hope I think sometimes it can also be a cruel thing.