Ben is being remarkably good, by the way. I think it has done him good, meeting so many people. A friend called in a while ago and, whilst he greeted her with enthusiasm, he sat down when she did (and not on top of her) and then, a few minutes later, went to fetch his bone and put it in her lap. She coped very well with the experience, and it was certainly remarkably polite of him. I don’t think I’ve ever known a dog give away his bone to someone he doesn’t even know well. Mostly, today, he’s been sitting on the floor leaning against me, being affectionate.
Next year, I will have an extra job for Blue Witch: to do something about the weather. It did turn out pretty well, but in the morning it was clear there was no point in putting out seats in the garden, it just wasn’t warm enough. Both our dining rooms were full of tables and chairs and the sitting room was full of dog (though he’ll be calmer by next time and won’t get in the way). So mingling wasn’t that easy, once most people had arrived. Anyway, I’ll give you a six month break and come up with a few possible dates in good time, as I did this year. Wink was very sorry not to be able to come, but no one else was able to man her office this weekend, so she had to work. She’s coming up for a visit next month and I expect I’ll go down to her sometime in the autumn, so I hope I’ll be able to see some of you then.
Tomorrow, I have a blind date. I’m going to Holland for a few days in the autumn to do a fairly whistle-stop museum/art gallery tour. I’ve always shared a room with my friend Jill who died earlier this year and, though I’m willing to pay the single room supplement if I have to (and I dearly love a hotel room to myself), it does add a startling amount to the price of the holiday. And the organiser has found someone else in the same situation. She has kindly invited me to lunch tomorrow, so I’m heading off in the Cambridge direction to meet her. It feels a bit weird, I have to admit – but if we don’t feel we’ll be comfortable, we can change the arrangements. And there will certainly be twin beds, not a double!
And this morning, just to keep you acquainted with every little detail of my life, I spent at school listening to tenders for a three-year outsourcing (not educational) contract. Isn’t that fun?
By the way, Blue Witch would like to be able to comment on your blogs, but she is an independent Witch who isn’t signed up to Google, WordPress or their ilk, so is unable to sign in if you have any restrictions.