Massive but brief hailstorm here! Irene turned 10. 10 years of our little rose and sunbeam. Mixed metaphors, but I couldn’t decide! She’s going to have a camping sleepover as Zoe had for her 9th birthday. I’m praying for good weather, grace, miracles and sleep!
Chess-y weeks. Irene played for Oxfordshire in the U11 National Finals yesterday, winning all 3 of her games. She was also selected to represent the West of England last Monday in a West vs. East of England U11 chess tournament. Won 5 out of her 6 games in the Oxfordshire mega-final. But it adds busyness to our lives. Now why did we get that girl into chess?
“Recalled to life”–the theme of the first book of The Tale of Two Cities, which our family is listening to in the car. That’s how I feel– for various reasons! On the culture front, our family watched the Druid Theatre’s wonderful production of The Playboy of the Western World at the Oxford Playhouse–hilarious comedy and/of cruelty. I love Irish accents!!
I am looking forward to listening to Heidi Baker this weekend–always a mini-watershed experience in my Christian life. I have a spare ticket if someone wants it. Also reading the Don Camillo stories again with the greatest refreshment and delight. They make me laugh. I love Guareschi’s deceptively simple style.
Anita & family have signed up for a membership at Esporta, The Oxfordshire Health and Racquets Club. I thought of all the yoga, tai-chi, dance, weights, tennis and badminton I might do, and developed a massive cold. I do have three sessions with a personal trainer booked though. Zoe is now in her school’s tennis team and she and Irene love tennis, badminton and swimming, so they’ll use it, as, teeth gritted, shall I!