Ever since I moved things have been a bit of a whirlwind. Staying with S at the moment and so far so good. Have a fair bit of space which I need as I still have quite a lot of stuff. No word from the tenants so am assuming they’re getting on OK, one week in. I shall endeavour to find out, in due course, via my old neighbours who I’m chummy with and who still live there.
Had this Thursday as a half day and then Friday as a full day’s leave. Needed to use up holiday as the leave year comes to an end and I’m already carrying 5 days into next year. 25 days leave is not ungenerous but it can be a struggle finding time to use it all.
I used the half day Thursday PM to go on a shopping expedition as it’s been ages. Bought summer jackets, mostly, ranging from smart to casual. Also two pairs of jeans, one of which were skinny (yeh, I should know better, especially as I’ve gained a stone in the past year).
On the Friday S and I went to the Imperial War Museum. It’s probably 8 or so years since I last went. An interesting place. The Holocaust exhibition is quite substantial over many floors. Is powerful stuff. And I do like the old aircraft, tanks and missiles. Some of them not so old, for example there is a Polaris missile. A few photos:
On Saturday did a big food shop, also went to a Modernist furniture fair and also to my favourite antiques shop. Good browsing but didn’t buy anything. Watched Avatar in the evening on DVD, for the first time. I thought it was a good film. That evening I’d made a beef casserole in Guinness which we both thought came out great (one of the few totally reliable things in my repertoire).
Sunday fairly quiet. Did more cooking. A leek & potato soup and sultana muffins. I’d indulged myself on the Saturday and bought Super Street Fighter IV for the PS3, so enjoyed playing quite a bit of that. I do like button-mashing beat’em’ups, it must be said.
Today we drove down to Knowle House in Kent. S is a big fan of country estates, history, etc, so I was happy enough to go as I don’t mind the period myself. Built between 1456-1486, it has a tonne of character and has been well preserved. The Other Boleyn Girl was filmed in part here. The large estate is part owned by the National Trust but the world-famous gardens and half of the main estate are still in the Sackville-West family, who reside there. Vita Sackville-West grew up and lived at Knowle where she would entertain, among others, her lover Virginia Woolfe.
There was a little second hand book sale going on in an out building so I bought 2 old editions (well, 1970s, but I liked them) of some F.Scott Fitzgerald classics that I haven’t read before, a pound each.
Back to work tomorrow following the Bank Holiday today. Then heading off at the weekend for a few days at the French house en famille. Won’t be very long (just 3.5 days in my case as I have work commitments) but a break is a break so I’m not complaining.
And I must, in earnest, knuckle down to the tedious and time-consuming task of flat hunting!