5 September 2010

Oops! Late start to the morning hence a late start to this edition of the Weakly News; too much to do and so little time! We had a very pleasant evening with Mary and Paul across the road last night and staggered home well past our bedtime and we’re off for lunch with some other friends and acquaintances this afternoon. My goodness, we do enjoy a frenetic social whirl!

It’s been a good week apart from the unfortunate necessity of starting to pretend to work again. Ms Playchute, of course, was right back into it upon our return but I was able to prolong the holiday by playing with photographs and creating a little slide sequence with music which I will share in due course. But, schools did start back towards the end of last week and I have a number of sessions scheduled over the next couple of weeks. So it was time to have a look and remind myself what the heck it is I’m supposed to be doing. Increasingly, a real struggle!

The other unfortunate news to relate is that Ms Playchute has developed an addiction which may prove difficult to cure. She has become a Facebook Junkie.

After, I guess, about a year of having been “on Facebook” but not really knowing how or what to do with it, Pen received an e-mail from an acquaintance from her East African days inviting her to join a Facebook group for those who attended the Loreto convent in Eldoret, Kenya. Since joining she has been in contact with dozens of “girls” who were there at more or less the same time and they have exchanged photographs and reminiscences. It seems that every few minutes she is checking for updates and now spends “hours” hammering away at the keyboard with her long-lost friends. The following show her preparing to play hockey for the “Irish”. It seems that the Irish were short a player and so commandeered Ms Playchute to their side. Of course, since then we have discovered a long, great line of Irish ancestry in her background so she wasn’t really a ringer brought in after all.

Up the Irish Up the Irish

In case you have any trouble recognising her, she is on the left in the first photo and on the right in the second. Click the photo for a slightly larger version if you dare.

I am about to make a start on the Stragapalooza 2010 cookbook but there are some recipes missing; if those of you responsible could forward them on I would be grateful. Some of these are very basic, of course, but they ought to be included, I think, just to be complete. So, I am missing Sandy & Pam’s meals (marinated beef flank steak, ratatouille & corn bread and whole roast chicken with bacon, vegetarian pasta/bean salad and green salad), Sarah’s Chicken Casserole and Vegetable Surprise and meat/vegetarian lasagne and Sallie’s left-over lamb meal. Have a look here to remind yourselves, if you like and, if possible, let me have your contributions as soon as possible. After all, I need something to keep me from pretending to work.

Finally, I ran across an interesting article on the BBC web site about “The Rise of the Mamils (Middle-aged Men in Lycra)” which struck a chord (although I have yet to feel any burning desire to undertake the spiritual journey to the mountains nor do I take any particular interest in the way in which my sweetheart shaves her legs). You can read it here.

Love to you all,