Ben is in Brazil (where they had that terrible fire and all those young people died and Cara and Jake and Reuben are about to go to Egypt (where they had those terrible riots and so many young people have died) Though I know realistically that each event is far from where they are or are going, it's still alarming to hear the local juxtaposition.
I have just completed the January chore of completing my tax return. It's always a huge relief when it's done- and in the process of it I realise how disordered my life is. I have this dream that one day my life will be totally ordered. The easy way to do it would be to have a cleaner, accountant and gardener.-- but then i wouldn''t have any money to spend on holidays, family, and glasses of wine.
We really enjoyed our trip down the Nile. D had now decided that we should sell our house and spend the money on many more trips and holidays. Well yes. my position is that if we manage to de-clutter- and it will take at least 2 years, then I'll consider it- but how can we downsize when we have rooms and rooms and boxes and shelves and drawers full of things . I am still working on the drawers (see Jan 1st or whenever it was. ) 2 down and 631 to go. Does anyone want a perfectly working satellite box? 200 old New Statesmen? 6 drawers of partly used but still serviceable cosmetics? Any of 6 combs? 1960s and 70s folk song books? 4 old cameras? A box of assorted labels? Two large Fortnum and Mason boxes of Christmas decorations ? No actually they might all prove useful one day . The nightmare scenario is that we both get run over by a bus (did you see that ghastly tandem accident in Bristol yesterday) and our rapacious children just hire 3 skips (dumpsters) and throw away our hard hoarded treasures. I used to collect ducks and china houses- now I've boxed them waiting for someone to say they too collect ducks or houses so that they can go to a good home.
I've very nearly finished my glass of wine now- Dudley is in the kitchen making supper. I'll start trying to upload some Egyptian photos to this website somewhere soon.