I’ve delivered MoW for much of my life. As a child, I used to help my mother and once I learned to drive I did her deliveries when she was laid low by three-day migraines. I took a few years off once Al was born – you can manage with one baby but not with two – and have delivered them in this village for the last 25 years.
Al and Dilly have been house-hunting and, a few weeks ago, put in an offer on a house in a village just this side of the Norwich/Ipswich road which was accepted. They’ve been waiting to hear and today were told that the completion date is, as they hoped, this side of Christmas (sorry, BW, but I’m using it in the sense of a deadline). The Sage and I will really rattle around in the house once it’s all turned back into one (the bungalow was originally a granny annexe). The children will move schools, it’ll all be quite a change.
There’s a covenant on the bungalow to say it is an annexe to this house and can only be lived in long-term by a relative, so letting it out isn’t an option at this stage. We’re in no hurry to do anything yet, we’ll think about it for a while. There’s no reason why we can’t have guests to stay, of course, so we may (if we buy more beds) be able to have more of you to stay over at the next blog party.
This evening, I’ve spent quite a lot of time updating governor information, because we’ve had two newcomers and some changes on committees and so on. We’re in the process of having a parent governor election at present, at the end of which there will be a full governing body, and I do always hold that as one of my aims (we held two places free to offer to governors of the middle schools when they closed), as long as everyone is really good and committed to helping the school. And they’re very good. We’ve got a wonderful set of governors, everyone works hard and supports the school but isn’t afraid to ask awkward questions.
Al and family are doing the right thing and I’m very pleased for them, but of course we’ll miss them. It’s been great having them living next door all this time and a privilege to see so much of the children during their earliest years. They’re not going far though and we will spend quite as much time together in future, the main difference being that we’ll have to plan it rather more than we do now.