“But what on earth will you do?” my teaching colleagues asked incredulously when I announced I was retiring.
“Oh gosh! What will I do?” I asked myself in a small panic.
I now have the answer to the question: “Everything I never had time to do before.”
March illustrates it nicely:
- I spent a week nursing a cold at home with warm drinks, cosy duvets, and mindless television instead of struggling into work dosed with Aspirin Max Strength and giving said lurgy to everyone else. (As all good teachers do to save pressure on their colleagues.)
- I took a spontaneous trip to L.A for an International Christian Women’s conference where I was inspired by a whole range of amazing women and what they were achieving around the world; but most of all I was astonished by Joy Dawson who at 89 delivered the most straight forward and powerful teaching on listening to God that I have ever heard.
- I had time to watch the spring arrive. The snowdrops were still in profusion at the beginning of the month then the crocuses came through under the trees followed by garden primroses. Daffodils are holding sway at the moment - I planted loads more last Autumn - and the tulips are waiting in the wings, I noticed the first buds colouring up today. Not bad for a new garden!
- I wrote and article for Women Alive and finalized some details with lion Hudson for the new edition of Missing Being Mrs.
- I actually learnt the words and music for all fourteen of the pieces for my first concert outing with my Ladies Chorus.
- I planned a round of good food, good bookshops, good walks and good castle visits for SonNo.2 and his wife who are coming up to visit for Easter.
- But best of all - I finished my new swing jacket!
I found the pattern when I was trawling through Australian designers on Ravelry thinking there might be something for new Ozzie granddaughter Elsie. Instead I found “Swing, Swagger Drape!” by Jane Slicer Smith and was hooked. (Sorry Elsie.) There aren’t many patterns that I can’t work out in my head as soon as I see them but this one had me stumped. It just doesn’t work the way every other knitting pattern does – back and forth on rows decreasing and increasing for shaping - it’s not in the round either. For the textile students out there it’s constructed from graded mitered squares and looks like some sort of deformed pterodactyl when you first start it, but provided you’ve got your tension right it all works out in the end! The fit was amazing!
In fact I was so pleased with it that I immediately started another one, this time in blues and greens against a black background. (Currently still at pterodactyl stage.)