Saturday, 27 June 2009
and brushes her freshly washed hair
She applies her make-up and dabs on perfume
Even though she is invisible
Outside sometimes her eyes make contact with others
No need to talk as she goes about her day
Walking unseen through a group of chatting people
Taking time to choose her goods
and moving quietly past the women
giddy with excitement
Buying shoes and bags for evenings out
that she will not be invited to
Just another day
Making no impact onto her world
because she is invisible
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Since last week I've been thwarted by some bad weather - it rained on a few days, but I've had other things that have kept me busy on others. However, I have made some progress. At the moment the main work is cutting back some of the overgrown bushes (stop sniggering Cybill...), clearing the pathways and getting rid of rubbish. This is a much bigger project than I anticipated, but I'm enjoying the work and seeing the results of my labour. It's a lovely garden - or at least it will be again - and I like the space and the level of privacy. The garden backs onto woodland which in turn backs onto a park, and the neighbours are shielded in the most part by fencing and outbuildings.
One of the things I did this week was to clear some old flagstones near the trellis and stand an old bench there, which I moved from another part of the garden. It's in a slightly secluded area, and very quiet and is the perfect place to sit and practise my meditations. The plant growing around the trellis is a very fragrant jasmine although it's not yet in flower. The white rose bush in the border has just come into flower and it's really beautiful, but has no scent so I'm planning to buy some old English roses with the double petals and exquisite scents to plant in some of the (soon to be) empty borders.
In addition, I've bought some new plants and have spent some time thinking about how best to utilise the space. My priority for the next week is to clear the patio area, and get some colourful plants into pots to brighten the area up.
Sunday, 21 June 2009
Female customer of a certain age: I'm going to the races, and I'd like something suitable. Instead of a hat I was thinking of trying a fellatio for a change....what do you think?
Shop assistant: Yes, Madam I'm sure a fascinator would be lovely....
The assistant somehow managed to keep a straight face, while my friend was falling about hysterically.
Friday, 19 June 2009
The Mentalist is about a former "psychic" turned police consultant. Simon Baker plays Patrick Jane whose family was murdered by a serial killer named Red John. He uses his honed observational skills to solve cases by using unusual and unconventional methods. His tendency to catch people out by his unpredictability is - for me at least - one of the shows strengths. His love of mischief is fun to watch, and for a serious detective show it does have a lot of laughs in it.
Australian actor Simon Baker who plays Jane is perfectly cast as he is charming and easy on the eye, whilst still packing a punch in the role. He manages to rile people with his skills yet all the time his blue eyes are twinkling and he's flashing that drop-dead gorgeous smile. I love LOVE LOVE this show and won't answer the phone or the door when it's on. I just hope George Clooney doesn't try and reach me at 9pm on Thursday because I'm not available. (Note to George: leave a message, I'll get back to you.)
It's on at 9pm Thursday, Channel 5.
Monday, 15 June 2009
The truth is that my ex-husband was a very keen gardener, in fact when I met him he was a landscape gardener so he spent a lot of time tending and caring for our garden. After he left the garden became a real source of sadness to me, because it was probably the only place we found a common ground and a mutual love of flowers and plants. It was a few years before I could even face spending more than a few minutes out there, and only this year that I've decided it's a project I could take on.
Friday, 12 June 2009
During an arts lesson in the reception class (4 and 5 year olds) Tommy is looking a bit sheepish, and is sitting next to a desk with his hands underneath.
Teacher: What are you doing Tommy?
Tommy: Nuffink Miss.
Teacher: What have you got in your hands then?
Tommy: Nuffink Miss
Teacher: OK then, sit back in your chair and let me see what you're doing....
Tommy sits back to reveal a big hole in his jumper and he is holding a pair of (safety) scissors.
Teacher: Tommy! have you cut a hole in your jumper?
Tommy: (without any hesitation) No Miss, my belly button exploded.
In a science lesson, discussing healthy eating with 6 and 7 year olds.
Me: So, what did you have for breakfast this morning?
Milly: My Dad made me some strangled eggs.
Small child asks a teacher, "Is your name Mrs Smith?"
Teacher: "No, my name is Mrs Jones."
Small child: "Oh. Mrs Jones, is your name Mrs Smith?"
During storytime while I'm reading Percy the Park Keeper's Ducks to a class of 6 - 7 year olds.
We're up to a part of the story where we know something has happened to the ducks on the pond, and before turning the page to carry on I ask the class what they think may have happened.
Joseph: Well, I think there has been a genetic mutation and some of them have been killed off. (What??)
In a class of 5 - 6 year olds. There is a bit of a commotion between a boy and a girl. The girl comes over to the teacher looking very indignant.
Teacher: Is everything OK?
Girl: No, he was being really nasty to me.
Teacher: Well ask him to come over to me so I can speak to him please.
Girl: Oh no, it's ok now. I told him that if he doesn't stop being nasty to me I'll have to have a word with his social worker.
Out of the mouths of babes...