Week 11

Lovely day today. The sun was streaming in; the whole house was permeated by that new carpet smell. Time to read the papers, enjoy the carpet of multi-coloured heathers on the rocks sloping up towards the quarry wall and watch Man. U. beat Spurs in the League Cup Final.

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March 2nd, 2009

I hope you are all celebrating ‘Clean Monday’. It is a National Holiday in Greece. “Clean Monday,” refers to the leaving behind of sinful attitudes and non-fasting foods. Clean Monday is a public holiday in Greece and Cyprus, where it is celebrated with outdoor excursions, the consumption of shellfish and other fasting food, and the widespread custom of flying kites.

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March 3rd, 2009

Just an ordinary day. Had quite heavy snow in the afternoon but it soon disappeared in evening sun. Having a new frontage built on our hallway with a new front door. A man came to measure up tonight.

March 5th, 2009

We went out for a meal to our newly found Italian restaurant. We both had:
Spare ribs in honey and balsamic sauce
Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, prawns and scallops

All washed down with half a litre of house white & half a litre house red

Pudding was:
Italian Lemon Cake with vanilla ice cream
Profiteroles and whipped cream

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March 6th, 2009

Things are moving fast at the moment. The amalgamation of our school with another and its re-emergence as an academy has led to enormous redundancy packages being offered. Pauline & I are currently thinking of bringing our retirement forward to this summer. Who knows? Nothing is certain but, for an experimental period, I have reset the countdown and it now reads: 133 days. Sounds very close. We’ll see.

Needless to say, we may be redefining our ferry bookings for the summer if the escape plan works out.

March 7th, 2009

A lovely, quiet Saturday. Up early and at Sainsbury’s for 7.30 am. Off to the dentist at 10.00 am and the home for coffee and The Times followed by FA Cup Quarter Final matches. Man. U. thrashed Fulham 3-0.

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