Sunday, August 03, 2008


(Started to write this on 27th June, but finally posted it on 3rd August... Catching up for the summer! See note above here, and the blog prior to this one, about ED's 18th Birthday, and have a click on her Spanish Orange Ad too...)

It had a been a long day.

I taught all day and then did a parent teacher evening. It went reasonably well. Well reasonably. Apart from explaining to one mother how the system works, in quite some "just one page ahead" detail and explaining to her that a reading paper is really what we would call a comprehension. She sat and listened, and then, right at the end of the conversation dropped in that she taught English at a neighbouring school. Oh... I groaned, covering my face with my notes to hide my discomfort. "Oh don't worry." She said. "You're doing fine." At least I was very nice about her daughter........

I finally got away at 7.15 p.m and raced down the motorway to collect German Exchange student from ESOS's school. Arrived in good time for the 8 p.m. pickup.

9 p.m....... the coach finally arrived. apparently the flight was diverted to Outer Mongolia first and seriously delayed, before landing at Stansted. Very close to Gloucester...

Got home and showed guest "The room." Switched on the lamp. "Oh sorry" I said, as the shade fell off in true Lomax "nothing in huge house with huge mortgage for huge family either works or is efficient" style. "It's broken." I'll find another one. Went upstairs to where I know that there were was one other unused shade. Brought it down to put it on.

"You can't use that." said Hubby. It's the wrong sort.

"I can put it on upside down." I said. "At least it will take away the glare of the bulb."

"He'll go back to Germany telling everyone that the English are barking mad."

"Well, not all" said I. "Just us."

I then realised that whilst I didn't mind the thought of being thought of as mad, I did mind the thought of reports going back to Germany that we weren't clean. The state of the bathrooms would have been great for your average rodent or teenager... but there was always a chance that this one was of the hygienic variety. So, I set to and cleaned said bathrooms, found some blue things to go into the loos to keep everything smelling vaguely sweet, and explained that he would have to use the baths, as the showers are both broken. Well... one decided not to work at all a few weeks ago and one, despite the new central heating system, is seriously on the cool side. German Boy looked very unimpressed at the thought of such a primitive way of keeping clean.....

Fell into bed, exhausted.

3 a.m. Little head apppeared in our doorway.

"They're having a party in the flat. I can't get to sleep said Tinkerbell Mushroom."

I went into her room. Thump, thump, thump. yes.... I agreed.

"I'll go" I said to Hubby.

Put on large winter coat over dressing gown and unglamorously appeared at the flat door. They agreed to turn down the music and I returned to bed.

Ten minutes later TM appeared again. "It's still noisy".

Not wishing to make another Nora Batty type appearance on the street, she was invited to climb into our bed and we all went back to sleep. Fortunately I am well versed in the "on the shoulder, nearly falling out of bed," version of sleep.

The next morning I thought I would be hospitable to our German guest.

"Guten morgan" I said, in my best school girl German.

"Haben Sie wohl schlafen?"

He looked at me strangely.

ESOS looked at me strangely.

"Mum, what are you trying to say?"

"I was asking if he had slept well," I said, a little put out that my best attempts at German were not quite appreciated.

They both laughed. It's not "wohl" Mum, it's "gut"......."Haben Sie gut schlafen."

Fortunately said German guest did speak good English...................... and has now safely returned to Germany away from the barking barking!


ChrisB said...

Hi Sally lovely to see hear about your *barking* household. I have Beccy and the family here at the moment.

Alice Band said...

Yes, well, I can only empathise from the very bottom of my heart! A Norwegian girl comes at the end of August for a year...How I agreed to that for the zilch fiscal reward I know not. Just hope she's a good girl who can cope with a saniflow lav, several cats and a lot of mess!

Uncle Norman said...

Hi Sally.

Its been a long time since I have dropped by, but I am doing some catching up.

By heck there is some stuff going on for you hubby and the whole tribe.

Top tip re the fuel stations. They cannot make you wait. give them your name and address and vehicle registration and just leave. If they try to stop you they commit assault, false arrest and false imprisonment and that is just for starters. Best they get used to this because there are a lot of people who are in the same position as you. These are bad times.

Hang in there and don't loose faith, it will get better. Stay safe.


Akelamalu said...

Sounds like you need to brush up on your German Sally. LOL

Sally Lomax said...

Hi Chris, Alice, Norm and Ak!
Thank you Chris!
Good luck with the Norwegians Alice!
Thank you for the tip Norm. That is worth knowing - thank you.
Ak - Will do!

elena jane said...

all that and a guest too!! everything falls off the hinges at our house, the toilets flush wrong...always when guests are in residence. this is the way of life ;)

Sally Lomax said...

Hi EJ!
Yes indeed... 'tis life. Have just visited your blog btw and it is taking ages to load for some reason. Somebody told me the same thing about my blog once and I reduced the number of pages and stuff on it, and then it all worked much more quickly... Might not be why yours is not loading, but just a thought! S :)

Alice Band said...

I had no idea that was your beautiful duaghter in the Orange ad. Holy Moses! What a looker! A very happy birthday indeed. Do you therefore have one fleeing the nest this autumn?

Sally's hubby said...

I'd love to take the credit for ED's good looks. However, if you saw me, you'd know that I'd be lying through my teeth, and that she gets it all from Sally. (Or some Adonis, when my back was turned for an instant?).


Sally Lomax said...

Thanks Hubby!!!

And yes Alice.... she is indeed fleeing the nest this Autumn..... and yes, she is very beautiful - thank you!

More on her fleeing the nest to come. (But first you may hear about our kitchen...)

Also, if you click on the "Angel" link (below the ad) and read the other blogs immediately before and after it (November 2006), you will read all about how it happened...

headless chicken said...

Great post Sally!
Has Tinkerbell recovered from her painting-induced exhaustion yet? :) X

Sally Lomax said...

Hi Sarah....

Yes... but then tonight she stood on glass.... more traumas. Hopefully Dr. Derek has successfully made sure that no glass remains in the foot. That coupled with a splash of ED's surgical spirit and a plaster has probably done the trick....


Norma said...

What did I miss? I thought you'd stopped teaching?

Sally Lomax said...

Hi Norma

No - not stopped teaching. Just stopped at that particular school that was "great" grief. I was supply teaching there. I currently have a part time maternity cover (three days a week0, at another school. Much nicer. (Just a long way from home though!)

Ignorminious said...

I often wonder how you decide whether to laugh or cry Sally!

zuzula said...

Hello, just passing, great post! Our neighbour has just started to learn to play the bass guitar. It is torture.

Anonymous said...

Prompt reply, attribute of mind :)