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Not much to report

No posts for a few days? How slack of me! Reason is that things have settled down and their isn't much to report. Rather than boring you with inane rubbish I have voted for a policy of silence.

Most interesting thing going on at the moment is waiting for the planning application for our extension to be considered. Shouldn't be too many problems, however the big hurdle is going to be to get consent from Severn Trent Water to build near a sewer. I previously got a copy of the plans from them, but they are inaccurate. I wrote to them asking for them to be changed and they have sent the letter back saying that I need to fill in an application form. I posted this form to them last week! It doesn't have a section covering disputes about the location of the sewer so didn't think it would suffice. We'll have to see how it goes, but I am fairly pessimistic that it is going to delay the start of our works.

Didn't cycle today as I had to get various cards for people at lunchtime. It is Mothering Sunday a week on Sunday. My Mother-in-Law likes to receive a Mothering Sunday card rather than a Mother's day card. Wikipedia has helped me with the origins of Mothering Sunday:

In contrast to Mother's Day, Mothering Sunday is not a celebration of motherhood, but a synonym of Laetare Sunday. During the sixteenth century, people returned to their "mother church" for a service to be held on the fourth Sunday of Lent. This was either a large local church, or more often the nearest Cathedral. Anyone who did this was commonly said to have gone 'a-mothering' although whether this preceded the term Mothering Sunday is unclear. It was often the only time that whole families could gather together, if prevented by conflicting working hours. In later times, Mothering Sunday became a day when domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother and other family members. In today's more secular times, it is generally celebrated as the British equivalent of America's Mother's Day.

I don't really agree with the last sentence, after experiencing problems getting any Mothering Sunday card. Card makers seem to assume that the only people who like long flowery vomit-inducing words in cards will want to buy Mothering Sunday cards. Every year it becomes more difficult to source cards. Today there was a choice of one! I also had to get a Birthday Card for the same person, another Mother's day card and a wedding card for an old school friend whose wedding reception we are going to on Sunday.

Diabetes: under control - 'nuff said!


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