Sunday, August 31, 2008
This morning Nick left as usual for church, although at about 7.45. It will be a relief for him when Ladder Hill Road opens this week, cutting down on his travelling time for church because of fetching Donald and Edith. While Nick was out I made a start with sorting the new beads, which is a mammoth task – not only are there lots to be sorted, but I need to also integrate my own stash! I made a chicken casserole for lunch, but didn’t give it enough time to cook, only putting it into the oven at 12.10 – what was I thinking? Nick was home at 12.30, starving, and lunch was nowhere near ready. He had some chips and settled on the couch for a nap while the boys and I carried on with the beads. We all started whispering when we heard some gentle snoring coming from Nick’s head region! Lunch was finally ready shortly before 2 pm – so late! I apologized to all for the lateness thereof. It was quite nice though – potatoes, carrots and chicken which I baked in an Ina Paarman creamy sundried tomato sauce. After lunch there was just time to pack away all the beads, sorted or not, and wash some of the dishes, before heading out to the birthday tea. We didn’t really know many people there, other than Audrey herself who is very deaf, and Enid and Harold. We were the only ex-pats. It was nice though, and the hostess attends the SDA church – she definitely sounded saved! Nick chatted with the men in the kitchen, and I just stuck to his side. At 5 we were ready to leave, although the first to leave, and on the way home we stopped in at a clothing shop (open on a Sunday, unusually) which is closing up and selling off their stock at 30% discount. Nick wanted a leather jacket, and found a super-duper thick and heavy biker’s jacket which had already been reduced to ₤25, still less 30%. You would normally pay about R1000 for something like that!! I also found a leather jacket in cream, with a pearly finish, very plain, and a velvety pink jacket. Aaron chose a yellow short-sleeved smart shirt and Caleb didn’t want anything other than a jacket which we wouldn’t buy him. We nearly ran late for church, as we only left the shop after 6, then still had to get home to Longwood and back to town. We got to Pillings at 6.36 and fortunately no one had arrived yet. Nick played the guitar on his own tonight. We had quite a good turnout, which was encouraging to see. The message was the second half of the Ethiopian Eunuch section in Acts, which was excellent and quite funny at points. Caleb wants to become a Jew, but we would prefer that he gets baptized! The Sandy Bay service this morning was recorded and broadcast tonight at 7, and I told Nick that I thought it had been a good one for broadcast. After church we were invited to have a cup of tea and chocolate cake with Pam and Maddy at their new house in town – it’s actually the Salvation Army house, attached to the hall. It’s a lovely place, very comfortable. They’ve already unpacked the majority of their boxes and it’s looking quite homey.
Friday, August 29, 2008
At the entrance to the complex - Flagstaff is the peak just to the left.
Diana's Peak and her neighbours are just to the left of the windswept tree. On a clear day we have beautiful views all around.
I love the hibuscus hedges all over the complex, forming walls between the road and properties - it's really pretty here!
I did a load of washing in faith as usual, and so of course I was very pleased that the sun was out and I could take in the washing at about 2 pm and pack it all away. Nick had an early start to get to Knollcombes to help Charles and Maisie pack up their valuables, as they will be relocating for a short while during the time that their house is reroofed – it leaks quite badly, apparently. After C&M, Nick went to town to start clearing things from the church and schoolroom. I’m not sure exactly what he did, but Teddy was there as well. The boys started their day by watching some of last year’s science experiments, which I put on while Caleb was having his morning neb. Nick was home at about 1ish, by which time I had started cleaning the house. I spent the morning doing a bit of scrapping and e-mailing and this and that. I also cut the boys’ hair which I have been wanting to do for a few days. Aaron had 2-minute noodles for lunch but managed to drop them all on the carpet, so he picked them up again and we let the cats have them. All three kittens have appeared now and are regularly at our doorstep. I actually even bought cat food!
We had Harry and Jenny to dinner, along with their houseguests – Jenny’s aunt and her husband are visiting them for a few months. I made a macaroni cheese (with fresh tomatoes from our garden), but I got a bit confused with the quantity. I knew I needed to make a big one, so I used the entire 500g packet of macaroni, with 1.5l of cheese sauce. The sauce and macaroni were perfect for each other, but it made two huge casserole dishes! And I had two garlic loaves and broccoli, so it was a good meal and very sufficient – we barely touched the second dish. It was a great evening. Harry and Jenny’s friend Peter left the island two weeks ago, and sent back a suitcase full of beads for me. His late wife was a keen beader, and Peter has been looking for a home for the beads since she passed away about a year ago. Wow, what a huge gift!! She had already made up a lot of necklaces and earrings, so I think I am going to have to apply for a work permit now and sell them.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
In the afternoon we took a drive to town – Nick wanted to do the meter-reading at the manse, which involved moving some furniture in the diningroom to get to the cupboard in the corner. While he was there I asked him to retrieve some school materials from the cupboard. He dropped me and the boys off in town, where I had more grocery shopping to do – part two of yesterday’s beginning. I got all the frozen things, and also wanted to find something to replace the ugly and unmatching curtains in the bathroom and loo, so hunted around at the emporium. I surprised myself by finding and liking a plastic strip curtain in a combination of gaudy colours.
I had Aaron in the bath with wet hair when the phone rang, so I quickly ran to answer before shampooing him. When I got back he had styled his hair all ‘fancy’ as he likes to call it…with his toothbrush!!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Yesterday, Nick and I went for an early morning walk in Longwood, along the edge of the golf course to a bus-stop, and then turned around and came back. The return walk was all uphill, a very gentle uphill, but taxing nonetheless. It was bitterly cold and my ears were hurting – I could definitely have done with the beanie yesterday! We had to be in town at 10 am as Nick had a meeting regarding the removal of rocks from various properties, and I wanted to do a bit of shopping. Pam, Jeff and Maddy came for a picnic-style lunch, comprising my home-made bread, French loaf, boiled egg and mayo, tuna and mayo, cut up sausages, quiches and tomatoes – quite an excellent spread.
Monday, August 25, 2008
When Nick got home from church (after a total of two hours driving time), he said that Harry and Jenny were coming for afternoon tea. Yippee! Lunch was meatballs, chips and veggies – quite a nice meal. H&J arrived at about 2.45, and we had a good afternoon together – other than me having a noticeably ‘off’ afternoon – I was extremely irritable, especially with the boys. Possibly due to non-sleeping on Saturday night (after waking at 2 am with Caleb’s coughing, I couldn’t get back to sleep on the uncomfortable bed which sags in the middle, causing Nick to roll into the middle and me to be left with 30cm on the edge…I opted for the lounge floor!). But otherwise, it was very good. They left at about 4.30, giving us enough time to get ready for leave for church at 5.30. Nick wanted to be at Pillings early, because we still needed to see exactly where we would be meeting and set out chairs. By 6.30 we were having our band practice. There were only 16 people at church, including Nick, me and the boys – a disappointing turnout, but at least there were some people! Nick prayed especially for our church in his intercessory prayer, to encourage the people.
Today we woke up to fog and chilly weather, although it cleared a little during the morning. The boys watched a DVD again, but otherwise they were just inside the whole day. I have started scrapping a rockfall page which is going slowly. Jennifer phoned during the day to invite us around for hotdogs – today was a bank holiday, so Harry was off work. We were there at 4, and ate soon after. With Jenny, no meal is ever plain…hotdogs aren’t just sausages on a roll with tomato sauce – no, no, she made vetkoek and a tomato and onion mixture, in which she submerged the sausages. It was so yummy! We always have a good time of fellowship with them. I wanted to get home in time for the boys to have a quick bath, so we left at about 6.30, and now the boys are bathed and waiting for a bedtime story.
We have adopted a cat, sort of – one of the strays which roam around here. She has three kittens, with whom we became acquainted when we used to visit the Williamsons next door. Anyway, she sits on our doorstep and meows, so we give her a saucer of milk, or bits of ham, or whatever we can scrounge. One of the kittens was with her today – I don’t know what’s happened with the other two. Sometimes she sits at the lounge window, just staring out. Caleb made a sculpture of her today with Lego, which looked very sphinx-like – actually it was very good!
Peanut butter and bread (below)
Sunday, August 24, 2008
The lounge - the boys' school desk and chairs are in the corner.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
The emergency services were busy in the church and schoolroom this morning, stabilising the properties. This meant that they were pulling down anything loose which was threatening to fall down – so the sounding board at the front of the church has been taken down but quite sadly broken. They had to get into the church ceiling and throw down a number of rocks, which added to the rubble all over. More damage. Nick noticed that the flat pack kitchen stuff being stored in the schoolroom was picking up dampness and the counter tops had started swelling, so together with the firemen who were there he unpacked it all and laid it out so it can dry.
It’s been lovely at Steve and Maureen’s place with the fireplace going in the evenings…it gets very cold in the country, so every night Nick has been lighting a fire. Tonight Aaron wanted to help…Nick showed him how to light a match. The last time he lit a match was when he was 2; it was without adult supervision and he was severely disciplined for it!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
This morning we were in town at about 9.15, following at phonecall at 9 to say that the engineers would be at the house at 9…could we please be there. Doh! Nothing like a bit of warning. We were all ready and waiting though, so hopped in the car with no delay. Nick opened up the house, church, schoolroom and yard, and we quickly gathered a few more belongings (it’s amazing how many things you really need – nail scissors, more shoes, more clothes and especially underwear for the boys, etc). Nick really didn’t want us being in the house when the officials arrived because it’s still out of bounds, so we were quick. It would have been a bit silly for us to trail around with them, plus which they had about ten properties to inspect all the way up the road, so we all went into town to do some shopping, go to the library, fill up with petrol, and so on. We were in town for a long time, and back at the house once or twice in between to check on progress. The Governor’s wife stopped by, so we showed her the inside of the church which was still open and she was amazed at how it looks – photos don’t really capture the whole mess.
I took these from the road-side of the church,
...and the road-side of the schoolroom – so many rocks, such destruction.
At this point the ‘way forward’ regarding the fixing of buildings is still unclear, but we trust that the Lord will continue to provide miraculously as He has already done with Piccolo. In a way it’s exciting to see His arrangements unfolding!
We were home by about 1ish, had lunch of fresh bread and either cheese and mayo or tuna and mayo, and then the boys and I watched a DVD together – Nick wasn’t interested in our Walt Disney selection.
We’ve taken over the corner of the kitchen with our stash of groceries, either brought from home (I had to ask a policeman let me into my own house to get milk out the pantry!) or bought.
Looking at a library book at the shiny glass kitchen table (try keeping fingerprints off that!)
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Let Your living water flow over my soul.
Let Your Holy Spirit come and take control
Of every situation that has troubled my mind.
All my cares and burdens on to You I roll.
I had to repent of feeling sorry for myself and allowing anxieties to catch up with me, instead of simply trusting that God will work everything out. When Nick got up to preach he was still very emotional and struggled to read the devotion he had prepared for the bulletin:
Here are some verses to guide us in our response to the rockfall and the damage done to church property.
Job 1:20-22 “Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.”
In the book of Job we see a righteous man being allowed to suffer the loss of all of his property and family. It is never revealed to Job the reason why God allowed this to happen, and when God appears to Job at the end of the book He does not offer Job an explanation either. The most powerful lesson of the book of Job is his example which is captured in the verses above. Notice that he responded to God in worship in verse 20, accepts God’s sovereignty and right to give and take away in verse 21 and never accused God (verse 22). As we as a church face the crisis of the loss of church property, we need to make Job our example in how to respond. God has unseen purposes and all that matters for us at this time is to be faithful and to trust in the Lord.
After that the preaching proceeded as normal. I don’t think that the people will remember Nick’s message as much as his response to the disaster. I think a lot of people were a bit weepy during the service. We had the AGM directly following the service, and it was long and boring as AGMs tend to be. Also slightly disorganized in that certain pieces of paper which should have been photocopied and distributed are lying covered in dust at the Manse. It was good though, with much thanksgiving to God for His provision for us over the last year. After the AGM we had a little slide-show prepared on the laptop of the damage to the church properties, and I suspect that our church folk hadn’t had any idea of the actual extent of the devastation or the very real danger we were in up until then. After that there was a lot of hugging and more tears! We only left church at 5.30; Harry and Jenny had been waiting around all this time to help us with transport in getting home, knowing that Nick would be full up, which he was.
Caleb says he doesn’t know what the big deal is all about, and Aaron is also living in la-la land. A major disaster for them is not rocks falling on your house and nearly killing you, it’s when they can’t get the solitary cherry in the middle of the chocolate cake. So, on the whole they’re happy and untraumatised (even though I ate the cherry).
Saturday, August 16, 2008
We couldn’t go into the schoolroom at all – that we could see was dangerous because the metal sheet roofing was hanging down and flapping in the wind. All I could see was lots of sky. Fortunately I had enough time and liberty in our house to pack a lot of groceries from the kitchen, pantry and fridge (had to throw away some fridge things – Nick had already disposed of the broccoli, such a waste), and some things from upstairs. I even crept into the bathroom and removed the wash basket with the dirty laundry I would have washed yesterday – now covered in dust – to bag it and bring it here. I first had to warn the boys to move into the lounge though in case the bathroom floor collapsed, as they had been directly below the bathroom making a tower from the chunks of plaster and rock which shot out of the passage wall. Honestly, the things kids do to amuse themselves. I also packed away the ironing I had done on Thursday morning as it was getting dusty from the ceiling. Meanwhile Nick was packing up all his and Tammy’s music and studio equipment, to be able to drop it off at Tammy for safe-keeping. Home again at about 4 pm, time for a cup of tea and a piece of chocolate and a choc-chip cookie, and then I hung the washing properly on the dryer outside as the sun had come out. Packed away all the stuff we brought, using some available counter space in the kitchen for our supplies.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Our personal account would sound more like this: On Thursday morning the Williamsons had just arrived at our house to spend their last morning on the island with us. Kyle and Ema went across the road to the Haven to bid farewell to some of the people they had interviewed. The boys were all chatting in the lounge or diningroom (no water fights today) and had had their juice and freshly-baked choc-chip cookies. Genevieve and I had just settled in the diningroom with our tea and biscuits, when we heard a terrifying cacophony of rumbles, crashes, glass breaking – it took a few seconds to register that there had been a rockfall and that our house had been hit, but the adrenalin rush sparked an immediate reaction of shouting to get out of the house. The four boys, Genevieve and I ran out, but on the road there was more pandemonium as small rocks were bouncing on the road and all around us. I heard Nick from the upstairs windows shouting “RUN!”; we raced down the road to safety in time to watch clouds of dust billowing out of the Baptist Chapel and off the mountain where the rocks had left a trail. Everything happened so quickly, but once the adrenalin wore off we were severely shaken and tired. Kyle and Ema had reappeared from the Haven when they heard the rumble, and so all were accounted for except Nick, who took some time to come out onto the road. He had been stuck upstairs as he had been working in his office when he heard the clamour, and couldn’t get downstairs – he could hear rocks thudding against the outside wall of the house. The best he could do was run to the road side of the house and wait it out, keeping a quick eye on the ceiling in case he had to dodge anything. When it subsided he made his way down and out as well, looking surprisingly calm and happy. At the time we didn’t really realize the enormity of what just happened, but when we went back and saw the devastation in our house, the chapel, and schoolroom, we were just humbled and thankful that God has spared us all – particularly the boys, because if they had been playing outside at the time, it’s not likely that they would have survived. Nick was probably in the greatest actual danger as his office is on the mountain side – rocks came down all around, but his office was untouched. Praise God from whom all blessings flow! There were surely angels watching over us that day; we came out with not one scratch or bruise.
The damage to our house is small compared to the chapel and schoolroom, but I’ll start there. The bathroom has a hole in the wall approximately 1m high and wide. The bath has been repositioned and so has the handbasin, but the toilet stood its ground and remarkably so did the mirror on the wall and the glass shelf in the corner. There is a disturbingly wide crack in the sea-facing wall, so the structural damage will need to be assessed.
Nick’s office, the boy’s room, our bedroom and the guest room are unscathed, but in my craft room there is a rock on the bed which came through the roof, shattering one of the ceiling boards.
Downstairs, the diningroom and lounge are fine, albeit dusty. In the kitchen a couple of windows broke. Behind the stove, the entire wall has buckled inwards – not collapsed, but cracked in several places and leaning inwards. The bamboo over Nick’s BBQ area has been broken like toothpicks, and an outside wall crumpled. There is a hole in the wall which separates us from the empty house next door, and rocks and debris all over the back yard, including an enormous boulder on what was left on the lawn and big gashes through the grass where it bounced. The boys’ tree house area is only half standing, with more splintered wood scattered about. The workshop was badly hit too, with a big corner broken off.
Moving on to the church, it seems that rocks came all the way over the chapel and penetrated the roof toward the road side – you can imagine with what force and speed they were moving. Many of the wooden railings in the gallery have been splintered, and the wooden railings at the stage have broken. The organ seems to be unscathed, but the OHP is smashed – a big blow to our children’s ministry. The big sounding board at the front of the church is hanging off the wall at a sad angle, and a few of the pews seem also to be broken. The extent of the damage is actually quite unbelievable.
Then, the schoolroom itself is pretty bad. Half of the roof has been ripped off – that roof was put on about two years ago, you may recall. I haven’t seen in there, but there are apparently a lot of rocks lying about there. Next to the schoolroom, the yard is lying full of rocks. From a view point on the opposite mountain the damage is evident – our carport has been squashed and the rented garage next to it looks like it exploded. The property next door to that, Alan Richard’s property, was also badly damaged but I don’t know details.
Our house is uninhabitable at present and will remain so until the bathroom at least has been repaired and the structural damage assessed by engineers – it may either be worse than we think, or not too bad at all. In the meantime we have moved into the home of a couple in our church who are away in the UK on holiday. They offered us their house before they left, in the event of a rockfall – definitely not anticipating something of this magnitude! Rock guards were on the hillside later in the afternoon, probing the surrounding area and dislodging anything else that needed to come down. We actually happened to be watching from the opposite mountain as another big boulder bounced down; we discovered later that it landed in our back yard, smashing the steps leading from our yard to the church. We saw where part of the Ladder Hill road has been damaged, and the car that was crushed in the rockfall – bonnet and boot destroyed, but miraculously the passengers could open their doors and get out of the car.
Please pray with us that God would be glorified through this all, and that His church would come through it with strength. We will need to find alternate arrangements for the Jamestown services for the next few months until the chapel has been repaired. We don’t yet know His purposes in allowing this to happen, but we know that He is sovereign; inasmuch as not one sparrow falls to the ground without His knowledge, also not one rock tumbles down a mountain that He has not already known about. Caleb and Aaron are handling the situation extremely well. Of course we will keep an eye on them, because I understand that a trauma like this can manifest itself over the course of time, but for now they are at peace. I suspect they are sadder at losing their new friends who left on the ship today: saying goodbye to Kyle, Genevieve, Ema, Ben and Sam added to the general trauma of the day. Genevieve was wonderfully calm throughout the whole ordeal this morning and I was so grateful to have her support. What a way for them to spend their last morning!
We invited ourselves to Harry and Jenny for supper, also feeling like we could use Christian company – the arrangements were a bit sketchy though and Jenny didn’t really know we were coming to eat, but managed to rustle up some superb burgers with lettuce and fried egg. They phoned their local shop up the road, who obligingly opened their store for Harry to buy toothbrushes, toothpaste, cereal and milk for us.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Meanwhile, Vincent and Vilma arrived for Lay Preachers’ training which Nick had actually called off, but they didn’t get the message. They chatted with Kyle while us ladies chatted, and Ema photographed my shoes (!). Anyway, after much chatting, we went inside when it started raining and were very surprised to see all four boys watching Open Season – already an hour into it! Aaron had put it on, remembering which buttons to push on which remotes; we couldn’t believe we had been standing around outside talking for so long! We just went right on chatting until their movie was finished, and then they headed off home. I got a quick supper together (very quick – literally, 10 minutes) of quick-cook pasta with fried onion and tinned tuna. Actually it was quite delicious – Caleb took a long time to get through his, but the rest of us enjoyed it.
Tomorrow we will skip school entirely, catching up next week when we have holiday, so that we can have a last morning together with the Ws. They are going to come here at about 9.30, then we will leave the boys here and go shopping for some things they want for the ship or whatever. Their embarkation is betw. 12 and 1, and the ship leaves at 2. It’s going to be dreadfully hard to say goodbye! I’m quite amazed at how it feels like we’ve known them for ages.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Today we had more socialising planned – Sam’s birthday party/lunch. I spent the morning catching up on a few things, and then only had to make a pizza to take with us. As soon as Nick came home we left for the Williamson’s place in Longwood, and were surprised to see the sun shining there – having prepared ourselves clothing-wise for a cold afternoon. We had a delicious lasagna, broccoli, fruit salad and the pizza for lunch (we all guessed that it was an American thing to have the fruit salad as part of lunch – us South Africans would have served it for dessert!). There were, I think, ten kids in all, if you include Ema as a kid, which she really is not. The kids played outside most of the afternoon while the oldies stayed in and chatted – Pam was also there for lunch, while her husband Jeff went off to play football. Aaron picked a hibiscus flower and two daisies for Genevieve, which he said were to say thank you – how sweet!
Saturday, August 09, 2008
We had Harry, Jenny and Peter over to dinner this evening – we’ve been wanting to for ages, but since Peter is leaving next Thursday, we thought we’d better attend to it soon. It was an excellent evening – I made lasagna, and Jenny had dropped off a cake earlier in the day. We always have a good time of fellowship with them, and tonight was no exception.
Friday, August 08, 2008
· That I didn’t have to fork out thousands of RRRs to get a root-canal done, which ended up being extracted just a few months later. My root canal here cost ₤1.30.
· That the tooth is not right in the front of my mouth; it’s visible when I smile broadly but only just.
· That I will not be bothered any more by this tooth.
· That God was with me the entire time.
· That the dentist pulled out the right tooth (horror story – someone went for an extraction around the time Nick had his pulled out, and the dentist pulled the wrong one!)
· That one day in heaven I will have a glorified body with a perfect set of teeth!
When I got home I had no inclination to talk much or teach any more school, so after showing-and-telling Nick and the boys the actual root of the tooth which I had brought home, gave them their tenzees, hung up washing, then made sandwiches and got things together for our hike. We were invited yesterday by Genevieve to hike to an old flax mill in Sandy Bay area – actually it was down the Fairy Land road. We were in two minds about going, considering my morning, but I didn’t want to let the boys down and Nick also felt that it would be good for me to get out and get my mind off things. I agreed, and so after taking two painkillers, we set off. By now my mouth was hurting so I was reduced to nods of the heads and grunts, and my face was still very numb and distorted. We arrived there and had a bit of a wait for some other people to arrive. By the time we set off we were quite a merry party – it was the five Williamsons, the four Clevelys, Judy (the Australian lady who joins us on Monday afternoons for crafts) and her friend Jeremy, Henry Thorpe who was our guide, and the Financial Secretary Ginny and her two young adult nieces who are visiting. The 20-minute walk towards the mill was lovely – all downhill, on a good track which wound through the countryside – green hills all around us looking down into the valley – and then parts of it were wooded and shaded. We all thoroughly enjoyed being in nature. The mill itself is very old and unkempt, but all the machinery, even though broken, is still there. Henry did a bit of a talk about how things worked but we missed most of it, being in the rear. We could walk in amongst all the old stuff, and even pick on the two bales of flax which had been left there. I was amused to see a herd of cows staring at us from behind a barb-wire fence – they were literally all facing us, just looking at us as though they had never seen people. Now I know what animals in a zoo feel like. After a short while of looking around and chatting to various people, we settled down for lunch. I picked off bits of my peanut-butter sandwich and ate them very carefully on all my right teeth. The boys had a super time – they had been ahead of the group the whole time, even with taking a wrong turn and getting called back, they still maintained their lead. The skies were looking very grey after lunch and the air had turned cold, so we headed back. Judy and Jeremy were going to walk further, and Henry and the ladies started back a bit before us, having something else they wanted to do, so the Williamsons and Clevelys were left. Instead of taking the path all the way up, we just cut across wide grassy plains, which were steeper, but quicker! Still, it was a long uphill to get back to the cars and we were all a little out of breath at the top. It was well worth the effort though, just to be outdoors and doing something different. I was especially glad that Nick had been able to join us, as Thursday is usually his main sermon prep day. He started this morning and got about half way before we left, and he will finish tomorrow afternoon, I think, instead of doing the path at Head o’Wain.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
After school I did a bit of work on the museum book, as there are a few things I’m not happy with, now that I see it in print. I got through a couple of things before our visitors arrived, and from then it was a wonderful afternoon of chatting. The boys got on with themselves, doing a bit of this and that. When it was time to go, Caleb and Aaron ran to the car with Ben and Sam, and as usual, they climbed in. Genevieve and I decided to play a little trick, as she needed to go down the road to turn around anyway – so we left my boys in the car and off she went! Aaron got a bit worried…“I want to go home”!
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Yesterday morning I was at the dentist at my usual time. I was the second patient to go in, and explained the history of the tooth (even though he has all my records). He probed the tooth quite a lot, wiggling the loose part which was painful for the gum, and I kept expecting him to pull a big chunk out. He didn’t though, and after a bit of thought he decided to repair the crack instead of removing half the tooth and trying to build it up again. I am very impressed with his dentistry skills. He more or less stuck it together using two different compounds. I was on top of the world when I got home, feeling very relieved to have it sorted out, with no extraction and not even an anaesthetic! School ran a little late but we got through the work, and I must congratulate Caleb on his improved attitude. He is back to the normal Caleb who works diligently and gets on with things. I did a timed drill this morning in Maths, and there were no complaints or playing around – both boys finished in the allotted time. There have been no tears in the last two days. True, there have been general complaints and the usual silliness, but that is much easier to handle than the switching off. I was planning on doing a craft with my girls in the Monday group, so didn’t prepare any talk or anything. The girls came unprepared though, so we couldn’t do the craft of covering tins to make pencil pots. Instead, we spoke about scrapbooking! It was a very unspiritual session, but I don’t mind that once in a while - it’s still bridge-building! I ran them through the basics of scrapping, and told them all the things that they can get on the island if they want to take it up. They had a look at the five scrapbooks I have going. I popped home to put the supper in the oven (tuna bake with the white onion soup, which I had prepared before the group), and went back to the schoolroom with some jelly babies for us. I bit into mine and ‘crack’ went the tooth. Quite sore, too. I felt around cautiously but there doesn’t seem to be anything loose, so I’m not sure what to do about it. I can’t chew on it at all because it hurts, but I’m going to just give it time and see if it settles. If there is a crack, then it will eventually fall apart because germs will get in and it will rot. Until then, I’ll keep it in my mouth! I don’t think there’s anything more the dentist can do with it. It’s just annoying that it broke again on the very day it was so well fixed up.
Today has been a quiet, at-home day, other than popping out to town for bread and a few goodies. I bought fresh mince at the Star – I don’t think I’ve ever bought mince on the island that hasn’t been frozen, except for tuna mince! Tonight will be spaghetti bolognaise.
Monday, August 04, 2008
In the late afternoon we went out to check on Steve and Maureen’s house, which Nick has to keep an eye on while they are away on holiday. We used the opportunity to take a family photo, trying to take advantage of the splendid scenery, but couldn’t incorporate it without getting the grey sky in. On the way home we called in at Gavin and Tammy and stayed for tea and pancakes, and I was treated to two songs by Nick and Tammy which will be for the third album.