Answer: Four of us so far. Two for the fitting in the utility room. (reminder – buy a new rose after Mr M broke it), and two for the light in the bathroom. In so doing I’ve managed to rick something near my right shoulderblade. Now do I wait to see if it’ll clear up of its own accord, or do I try and get the osteopath to fit me in, given that I’m going away for part of next week? Don’t want to spoil that, either. Decisions, decisions. Meantime, little M has tided me over with the loan of his magic potion – aka Deep Heat. I’ve a distinct air of ‘Parfum de mothballs’ about me. In fact, Ms M did ask if the cat had done something in here a moment ago, but we reckon that’s due to me removing my sock in an absent-minded moment.
So yes, next week both old and young Miffs set out on their travels. Little Miff is bound for the St Etienne area on an exchange trip. It’s been great to see how enthusiastic he’s been about the idea. This is definitely not the child who on return from spending most of his early childhood living in France squirmed with embarrassment at being ‘shown up’ speaking a funny language in front of his new friends. Of course, a lot of this is because he’s already met the neighbour of his exchange partner a couple of times when he’s been over here visiting a mutual friend. And the boys have had a great old time together. Although whether hanging round the town, sleepovers and drunken BBQs are quite what the lycee had in mind, I couldn’t say. At the least I suppose X will have had ample opportunity to perfect his street English!
Passing from the sublime to the ridiculous; whilst son disports himself in sunny France, I’ll be passing my time in peace and quiet (silence actually, as far as I can see) here:http://www.franciscans.org.uk/h-compton.html. A new venture for me. I’m no stranger to churchy holidays, themed retreats and the like, but this is the first time I’ve encuntered an IGR. In true Miffyeske fashion, the decision was made on a whim after a totally unrelated googlesearch landed me on the Bath and Wells Diocesan website six months ago. On reflection, a good few of my new ventures have originated after totally unrelated googlesearches have landed me on…..; notably the decision to start my Christian Studies course ‘ahem’ months ago. And no, I won’t be taking any coursework with me. Oh, nor will I be taking any expectations, (another new venture in my ill-guided attempts at integrity!)