Diary – Wednesday 18th October 2017

Up at 6.45am, breakfast and out at 7.45am. I really appreciate the extra 15 minutes on a Wednesday. 

Early Birds was quite calm indoors and out. 

Then off to prayer meeting. A quick one. 

Home, read paper. 

Finalised Jam club, felt like I spent an hour running up and down stairs attending to various things. 

Down to village to take Pluto round block. A glorious morning. 


Down to village again for Jam club. Bit of a wait at shop then round to chapel. Then Kate and I walked up to school and came back with our gang. 

Finished fairly promptly and walked home for 5pm. 

A quick sandwich and glass of orange and out again. 

Drove up to Calder Vale school for governors’ meeting. Caught the end of the Scorton meeting. Then the joint meeting which was about approving policies and the the Calder Vale meeting which started by appointing me as vice-chair. Kept to time and finished  at 7.30pm. 

Drove to Lancaster via back road to Hampton Lane and A6. Parked behind town hall. 

Prayer meeting at LBC. Finished at 9pm, gave Kevin lift home and got a back of wigeon breasts in return. 

Sat in snug for a while before bed

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Diary – Tuesday 17th October 2017

Up at 6.45am, breakfast and out at 7.30am. 

Early Birds was calmer. Mrs H checked on us every 5 minutes. We went out shortly after 8.30am. 

Came home, read paper. 

Up in office to sort out Jam club. 

Got ready for walking Pluto but went for a walk round woods first. Found a fallen tree that had had damaged two other trees as well. 

Down to village and took Pluto for walk round block. 

Came home, grabbed saw and went to woods and cut branches to free tree. And pulled rotten wood from stump to make an insect home. 


And after a while down to school for after school club. Outside to start with. I was on the ball court with two of the kids playing football and basketball. Then indoors for snacks, film and drawing. Finished on time at 5.45pm. 

Came home and when Naomi came home I cooked tea. steak. 

Read a loooong policy doc for governors. 

Bed at 10.30pm. 

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Diary – Monday 16th October 2017

Up at 6.45am. Feeling very tired. Breakfast and out at 7.30am. 

Was first at school. Started Early Birds indoors. Only one child before 8am. Mrs H popped her head in and saw us chatting. Sky darkened dramatically and Mrs H said to keep keep safe indoors. They built a den in the library and got a telling off from her. 

By the time I left it was raining. Jim gave me a lift up the hill. 

Read paper and did some laundry. 

Back down to village to take Pluto for a walk round the loop. 

Came back, hung out washing and had lunch. 

Worked outside for a while clearing moss off drive and washing sand off cars. 

Watched tipping point. 

Salmon for tea. 

Spent an age getting my iPad updated. 

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Diary – Sunday 15th October 2017

Was already awake when my Fitbit alarm went off at 8am. 

Up, breakfast and left just after 9am. 

Drove to uni campus and met Michelle to help at student ‘find a church’ session. Met in minor hall, a rather obscure location. Lots of people from churches but few students. We came away by ourselves and drove to Lancaster. Parked next to Music Spot. 

Just in time at LBC to find out what to do in Lighthouse and then down for start of service. And back out with children after a while. Were were cooking in Lighthouse and because of shortage of adults, I looked after the middle group and read them a story and supervised colouring and word puzzle. At end of session downstairs for a quick cup of tea and a chat. 

Left to go to music fest. Got to sun square but text from Carl so walked back to church. No Carl, back to Sun Sq. 

Listened to Balkanics for a while. 

Walked over to Golden Lion to listen to howdenjones. Stayed for over an hour. 

Then a brisk walk up the hill to Ashton Memorial to listen to J and the 9s. They did well with a small crowd and strong wind. Singer danced with children. Audience smaller after a 15-min interval. Naomi arrived on bike for a few songs. Chatted to band at end. 

Walked back to centre, into Dalton Rooms and caught last few chords of Greenheart session. 

Met up with Ann and went to Apothecary. 

Lancaster jazz quintet playing. Stayed there as feeling tired. Ann and Naomi left. 

Then the Skrotes came on. Enjoyed it more than the session on Friday. Left when Naomi came in from church. 

Drove home, brief sit in snug before bed. 

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Diary – Saturday 14th October 2017

Slept soundly until 8am. Got up, Walt to shop and home for breakfast and read paper. 

Naomi got up and spent morning cleaning in kitchen. I stayed upstairs and pottered around. 

About midday we left and drove up to Kendal. 

Went to Evans for Naomi to try a bike. Took an age but got there in the end and loaded bike into book. 

Stopped at Sizergh castle for something to eat. 

Then drove to Lancaster. 

Parked on Moor Lane. Walked round centre for a while; caught a couple of songs from Manfredis on Sun Sq. 

Met Shona on Market Sq then she and Naomi went off. 

I headed up t the Castle. 

Saw the Uptown Monotones, then J and the 9s. 

Walked over to the White Cross and saw the Balkanics. 

Then walked back into centre and the Crafty Scholar to see Blind Summit Blues band. 

And then Sphere for Words  About Space

Then up to the Gregson for Uptown Monotones again. Naomi joined me after the interval. Finished at 2330 and drove home. 

A short sit in snug before bed. 

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Diary – Friday 13th October 2017

Up at 6.45am, breakfast and out at 7.45am. 

Mrs H was at school ahead of me. We chatted about my course and next week’s meeting before other staff arrived. I headed outside but just after first children arrived it started raining so we went indoors. Not many children at all we went out for the last 10 minutes and rain started again just as the bell went. 

Round to the vicarage to copy pewsheets. Anton left me to it. Walked home via three churches. 

Read paper. 

Upstairs in office for a while, mostly looking at music festival programme. 

Then walked down to village and took Pluto for a walk along Millennium way. 

Home for lunch. 

Out to Calder Vale. Sat in on end of day worship and then minibus run for 6 children. 

Drove from Calder Vale to Lancaster on back roads and parked on Moor Lane. 

Walked through town and to Quay and Wagon and Horses. Listened to a band called the Skrotes until Naomi arrived. 

Walked back to centre. Caught Keeva doing last song on Market Sq. 

Ended up at Merchants and listened to Faded Eyes while we had tea. I had a blue cheese burger. 

Naomi then headed home. I walked back to centre and up Penny Street. Found bay beats playing on the street with a guy in a wheelchair. And two girls from school who were very pleased to see me. Walked up to white cross and found a band called Nana While Pepper. 

Came out and the rain was pouring down as I headed towards Moor Lane. Decided not to visit Gregson centre. 

Drove home. 

Sat in snug before bed. 

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Diary – Thursday 12th October 2017

Up at 6.45am, breakfast and out at 7.45am. 

A dry morning so Early Birds started indoors and went out at 8.30am. 

Came home, read paper. A little bit of pottering about house.  

Then off to Lancaster via motorway. 

Job club at the Ridge. Quiet again, only 3 clients. Finished at 3pm. 

Drove home. 

A short time at home, at least enough for a quick snack. 

Out again heading down to Preston on motorway. Got caught for ages in roadworks on ringroad but still arrived on time. 

Part 2 of new governor  induction course. Sat with same people as part 1. Lots of PowerPoint again. Finished promptly at 9pm. 

Drove home along motorway. 

Sat in snug for a while before bed.  

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