School dinner again today, a chilli vegetable stew with rice. Particularly good. School meals are one of the things we decided the County service wasn’t up to scratch over, a few years ago, so took it in-house. Our greater efficiency meant that we were able to serve better ingredients and larger quantities for the same price, and so we break even, which is what we aim to do. In the summer term, when there are fewer pupils because of exams, retired people from sheltered housing complex estates are invited in for lunch, which everyone seems to enjoy.
The sale catalogues are printed, so the Sage is spending much of his time stuffing envelopes. He writes a note to a lot of the people on the mailing list, so he does most of the work. Our spring auction is earlier than usual, the second Friday in April rather than the last, chosen because of Easter and the next Bank Holiday weekend – the announcement of the royal wedding day came later but reinforced our decision.
Interestingly, I found cycling much easier this morning – it must be because of the warmer weather. There are a couple of clumps of violets that the chickens haven’t pecked, and the buds are showing colour, if white can be so called, on the blackthorn. I love the sight of its white blossom against the leafless branches,
I just heard on the news that the police are planning a large demonstration against job and wage cuts. I don’t get into politics here, so no comment – but the thought quis custodiet ipsos custodes? was irresistible.