Sunday, 12 February 2017

Braunston booked

We may not be going very far afield this year, or for very long, but I'm not missing Braunston. The booking form is filled in and ready to be posted tomorrow. I've been at the Braunston show every year since 2006 - and have taken Chertsey 2010-2015 inclusive.

I wasn't able to get the boat there last year - and indeed, it's going to be tough this year but at least we're nearer now - because it's very inconveniently timed to coincide with the busiest time of the year for an Exams Officer, which is one of the many hats I have at work. Summer exams take place between May 22nd and June 10th, then everything has to be marked and double marked, and all the marks collated, and extenuating circumstances considered, and an exam board organised and held, and all the finalised marks uploaded to 'the system' by the first week of July.

So I shall be very glad of a break, no matter how brief.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Not going out

Well, I had planned my grand day out to Saltaire for tomorrow, but even if the snow stops, the weather is forecast to be cold and windy - not the beat weather for the outdoor activities I had planned. So I have decided to defer the trip for a month... Why a month? Because there's one other activity that won't be available again for that long. Fingers crossed for better weather in March.

Also I am having rather a busy weekend, and Jim is here in Sheffield helping me with it. Hopefully I should have some exciting news soon...

Thursday, 2 February 2017

The secret of happiness

I would love to give credit where it's due, but I'm afraid I can't actually remember where I read this. Sorry, dear reader, and even more sorry to the author.

Everyone wants to know how to be happy, and there is no shortage of books and websites promising you the secret, from meditation, relaxation, sleep, diet, religion, friendship, exercise, volunteering, finding your life's purpose and any number of other quite difficult and time consuming commitments.

So this piece of advice stood out: of all the things you already do, work out which makes you happiest, and do more of it.

It didn't take me long to realise that I am happiest when I'm boating. I already put the advice into practice a bit last year, boating on into December - and now I'm itching to start 2017's; already envious of the Herbies and the others who are already out on the water.