So, after a long year back school teaching, the summer holiday is upon us - at the time of writing 2 weeks in with 4 more weeks still to go. I have to be honest, the last few weeks of term were very much a case of getting through to the end, the (by UK standards) unusually hot weather continuing for some considerable time didn't help matters, very few fans or air conditioning units to be found!
The first week I spent catching up with some reading, largely arising from the Holocaust, a blog post coming but not quite ready yet - visiting the dentist and the optician, this kind of thing. Also I spent three very happy mornings playing piano for a church holiday club, really fun to engage with 5 and 6 year olds having water pistol fights and learning about our Lord Jesus Christ. Overall, living life at a pretty slow pace.
Last week I spent with my parents, thanks Mum and Dad! Bit of walking, swimming, cooking, few other bits and pieces.
So here I am now in week 3. Energy levels up so serious maintenance time! Trying to get to the swimming pool most days, really must get value for money for my season ticket! Emptied my kitchen cupboards before cleaning them, checking expiry dates and then putting stuff pack, pondering the question, how many small jars of oregano does any one person actually need? Moved all furniture out of my front room and washed the floor. Car nice and clean. Cleared all kinds of bits and pieces from my wallet including the bus ticket relating to a lovely Spanish holiday in the May half term and a huge collection of vouchers from Sainsbury's supermarket, with expiry dates going back to March. Not to mention the recycling bin full of all kinds of bits and pieces of correspondence, leaving a pile of 'Times Educational Supplements' going back to January which I'm intending at least to glance at before they also go into recycling.
All of which, I have to say, feels really good, the house is looking better, my desk is clearer. And I find myself wanting to make all kinds of rash promises for the future. How difficult, I am currently thinking, is it to open post standing next to the recycling bin? In principle not very difficult at all, I keep it a metre or two from my front door, but in practice....
The other bit of maintenance I'm wanting to do over the next few weeks is to sort out my websites to reflect what it is I am now doing. If you look at my professional website right now you'll see that I've updated it matching my transition to school teach from University lecturer, with a blog space prepared. So I'm intending to keep this blog for personal reflections, Bible studies, this kind of thing, and use the new blog for those specifically about education, then seeing what I can do to promote a wider readership. So watch this space! Very much value your readership, any feedback welcome as I look slightly to remodel how I go about things.