So for the last two weeks I have been asking my middle daughter who is home for Easter from Uni, the same question daily … “Is there anything you would like me to wash before you go back to Uni?”. Each day I have gazed into her bedroom and observed the” floordrobe” where all her worldly goods are strewn; in fact, one day I found Wilfred (our dog) curled up on a brown fleece Onesie. He was so well camouflaged I didn’t immediately notice him there! I have been getting the same reply each day…. “no mum, I’m fine; don’t need anything washed”. Until that is of course, just now, one hour before her scheduled departure when she asks if I can wash her hoodie! She has been earning some drinking money by caring for several small children, and has just noticed there is baby snot/milk dribble down the shoulder! She is so predictable … the next thing will be a message tonight when she arrives back in Oxford saying she has forgotten her laptop charger or her favorite flip flops or her essential ID! Note to self … run through a check list before scheduled departure!!
Well, I just served a nice Sunday roast chicken dinner for one soon to be departing daughter and one that has just arrived back from Spain, as you do when your life is just one big vacation, plus my permanent youngest resident ! Afterwards, we combined our collective Tetris skills, and loaded up Marvin the Mini ready to return to Oxford, filling him up with clobber, home baked goodies including Banana & Blueberry Muffins, Leek & Potato Soup and Chilli con Carne, plus an Ocado shop, leaving a bit of space for her passenger and his belongings. All my girls have their daddy wrapped around their little fingers, so it came as no surprise, as the farewell hugs were being shared, that she managed to extort some cash from his wallet which is supposedly to cover her petrol cost; I am guessing it will be spent in the pub later tonight! That is, if she can find it; just got a phone call from the M25 saying “you know that £30 that dad just gave me .. did you see where I put it?)!!! I have spent the last 18 years searching for endless misplaced “it’s not my fault” items!
And so the launderette swings into action again. As one wheely bag leaves, another arrives home full of dirty washing. I have failed on the delegation of laundry front .. think it is the control freak in me that finds it hard to let go!
Onto my hot topic of the chooks … we had a very unwelcome visitor in the paddock yesterday. Mr Fox! Spotted wandering around in search of his weekend roast, however, luckily he was intercepted and scurried off back through the hedge. This has now made me feel very anxious for the safety of the girls. They have roamed daily, pecking at the grass and scratching about happily for almost 4 years now, possibly on borrowed time Watch this space…
So the Easter holidays have come to an end, the eggs have almost been eaten and we will find out if enough revision has been done in the next few months! Four weeks now till the Leavers Ball which will also signify the last day that any of my offspring will wear a school uniform ever again … end of an era. Four weeks till the end of the first year of Uni for one, and the third and final year for my big girl. All change!
P.S. Just as I was adding tags to this blog, I heard a chicken screeching and managed to once again intercept Mr Fox .. no Sunday roast for you today young man!!! Fingers crossed no mid-week roasts either!!