I do enjoy my governor’s work and find it very interesting, though there are some aspects that I’ll draw a veil over, and have no immediate plans to stand down. When I do – and I’ll put it this way: I’m now in my 26th year as a school governor and I don’t expect to reach 30 years – I want to choose what else to do, not agree to things I’d rather not do out of weak good nature.
I have visited London very little in the past year and I really miss it. When Weeza lived there, it was lovely to have somewhere to stay for a couple of nights. Usually, I’d go up on a Friday and have the day to go to an exhibition or a museum or two, then meet Weeza and Phil in the evening. She would have booked at a nice restaurant, usually using Top Table to get a special offer, or maybe the theatre. The advantage of London is good, cheap public transport, of course. No need for a designated driver to stay wine-free, you can be out as late as you like and, with your Oyster card, bus and Tube are incredibly cheap (I’ve no idea if Londoners would agree with this, but they should try other parts of the country and think again). On Saturday we’d do whatever we wanted, then an earlier meal and I’d come home that evening. Although Sunday trains are cheap, for years the line to Norwich had work done every Sunday and journeys home were miserable, largely spent in a bus from one station to another. This period seems to be over now, fortunately.
It was not that yesterday’s visit didn’t go well, and it was good to meet Russell’s friends. I’d never met the first lady and we liked each other very much. I’ll be very happy to drive him back there next week (it really does need the two of us, so that I can itemise the china while he describes and packs it), though I really don’t enjoy the journey down the M11. However, I did miss being able to do anything at all that I’d have liked to do – which is hardly ever shopping, usually visiting art exhibitions or concerts.
However, one of the things I’d wistfully earmarked is a visit to see the Cheapside Hoard at the Museum of London. I’ve never been to that museum at all and, I have to confess, I’d never heard of the Hoard, though it was discovered just over a century ago. I’d half thought we might have an hour to spare, but there was no question of it. But in yesterday’s post, there was notice of a visit organised by the local Nadfas, in early April. I’ve sent off my booking at once, very pleased. We’ll have four hours there, so quite long enough to see the museum as well as the exhibition. And have lunch, of course.
I’ve rather lost track of what I meant to write about – which is what to do when I’ve got a lot of free time, whether it’s in a couple of years’ time or whenever. And one thing is, I want to go to London a lot more. In truth, I could never be happy living far from London. I feel at home there.
I guess the roots of that are in my childhood, because my parents loved it too and we used to visit regularly. And that will be a post for tomorrow, as long as I don’t over-think it in the meantime.