Tonight I sit on our sofa watching Children in Need and once again appreciating just how incredibly lucky we are. I don’t generally consider myself to be superstitious but I wouldn’t like to risk listing all the ways in which we have been blessed over the years. As a family, we try to give a little back in various ways, and I very much hope that our contributions make some positive difference. Having spent the last few years working with volunteers in one way or another I never fail to be amazed at how much time and effort so many people are prepared to give to so many organisations, I may sometimes feel frustrated by the administrative processes involved but volunteers’ generosity always leaves me feeling uplifted and positive, and I know that many of them get as much out of the experience as they give.
It’s been a busy week all round, and we anticipate with pleasure the weekends in the future that we will spend at the barn. We look forward to being outdoors, to planning and growing a garden, to learning and understanding more about nature (despite having grown up in the country I’m ashamed to say that my plant/tree identification skills are poor), to walking, talking, eating and drinking and more than anything to just being together as a family and welcoming others to join us.
It feels utterly frivolous to start writing about a building project that is not to be our primary residence in the short term, but in honesty, there isn’t any progress to be writing about once again this week. The brickies were to have been on site today to reinforce the metalwork that has been added to the garage structure (it’s a long, dull story!) but frankly, the weather has been so rotten that I won’t be surprised if they have found some other work in a more sheltered location and I can’t say I’d blame them.