Preparing for work

Holidays over for this year.  Undertook training to be an invigilator at a local comp.  I've only been doing it for 30 years!

Collected tickets for the panto in Harewood Village Hall.  This year it's Cinderella.  We really enjoyed Aladdin last year and so did the kids.  During the interval we found out that Emma was having the baby in the morning.  The performance is put on by a travelling company and is professionally presented with plenty of interaction.

Bonfire Night held no interest for me whatsoever.  Is that a sign of old age?  It was Diwali too, so with those celebrations plus the community bonfire at Roundhay Park it resembled a war zone.

On Sunday morning I went to a coffee morning put on by Auntie Edith's Sharonah WIZO Group.  The members of this group have been raising funds for projects in Israel for over 50 years.  What an achievement - and they had provided home made cakes, pies and chopped herring for the produce stall.

As the weather forecasters kept telling us that Sunday would be the last fine day before a stormy and wet week, we went for a drive in the Yorkshire Dales and visited some of our old favourite locations:  Bedale, where an old farmer reversed into our car when Ben had just started driving.  Leyburn, where we stayed in a caravan may moons ago and today stopped for a substantial lunch.  Hawes, where I found a silver necklace with Naomi's name in hebrew at the outdoor market and over the bridge at Gayle which is the view of the print by Sam Chadwick which has graced the wall over our mantelpiece for many decades.

 Sam Chadwick's Falls at Gayle







We continued on the single track road over the moors to Kettlewell through beautiful countryside with dry-stone walling, hardy sheep and stunning views.  One for the memory bank to tide us over the coming winter.

As forecast, Monday brought the gales.  These lasted all week but I was working all week (halfdays) at Temple Moor School.  I had to complete forms to be CRB checked for both the school and the voluntary work, such is the bureaucracy these days.

On Wednesday, the only break in the bad weather, I met my long-standing friend Joy for a coffee at Napa Bar and Kitchen.  We seized the opportunity of sitting outside in the winter sun.  Good to catch up on the news and so easy to take up where we left off.

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