Welcome to Lance, Jane and Bonnie who have become followers recently. Thanks also to all of you who commented on my last post. It was really reassuring to find that you felt pretty much the same way as I did and shared some of my concerns.
Being British - AND having a classroom that opens directly to the elements without any shelter for my poor pupils - means that I've been pretty pre-ocuppied with the weather recently. Apparently this April was the wettest since records began, but it's the wrong kind of rain. I looked carefully at the chart behind the 'Country File' presenter and noticed that August last year had also well above average rainfall. Clearly its the dry winters that are doing the damage. I listened to a programme on Radio 4 as I travelled home last week. It seems that nobody can really predict how much rain we need to relieve the drought situation properly. I just feel sorry for my poor kids who are forced by school rules to move around a huge and very open school site without their outdoor coats. How can a child who is drenched and uncomfortable be in the best frame of mind to learn? Grrrr!
Anyway, between work, cooking, posting and crochet, I am also reading a fantastic book at the moment. It's called 'The German English Girl' and is a novel about the Kindertransport. I'd never heard of the author before but I love the way that he writes - its succinct without being simplified, if you see what I mean! I was lucky enough to find a practically brand new copy of the book in a charity shop in Solihull last week. Funnily enough I'd gone into the shop to shelter from yet another cloud burst!
Wouldn't it be lovely to see some blue skies?