At last I have read through the very detailed comments from my OU tutor relating to how I could have improved those poems - and thank you to everyone who also gave me feedback. She and I have also swapped emails about them and I feel newly determined and creative once again and ready to tackle the three remaining marked assignments - the last one of which will make up 50% of my final mark (more about that when the time comes).
The weather is now mild enough here for me to go out without a coat or jacket although I do now have one dilemma. Where to put my car keys and phone when out walking the dogs. I tend to stick them down my bra - a habit for years and years - but I do then tend to split the lace very often and have to fork out for new ones. I don't like those belts you can hoist around your waist - I need to minimise my bulk, not add to it. Any solutions gratefully received - and bags will not be considered. I love my bags but not when out doing my speed walk (who am I kidding - the dogs sniff every leaf and I have a start-stop shuffle that I have perfected). Why car keys? - because I drive to one of the many canal paths or water gardens near here. If I just walked the streets near out house every evening then this daily duty would not be as enjoyable as it is.
Mr FF will be returning home very soon. He has got a better offer from another company and will be able to work from our office here. I'm not going to dwell on this because we have talked about it and this blog is going to be about me and not his life with me. I'm sure I've got enough to say without having to resort to what he is up to.
One thing I have missed having out here is a good friend, a close friend to whom I can tell anything. Well, I think I have found her through the Weight Watchers class that I joined. I didn't realise how much I had missed having this bond with someone and she has said the same. Anyone overhearing us would think we have known each other for years, we jabber away so and feel totally relaxed together - but then out here most of the people listening wouldn't understand a word (seeing as how they would be French). I'm really enjoying the camaraderie of this slimming class; there are about 100 women and two men there and it has been a great way to learn new slang and chat casually to the French. Five weeks in and I have lost just over 9 lbs. I knew it would not be quick (I'm on medication that slows down the weight loss process) and I'm happy for little losses.
I feel positive and determined and totally out of my usual spring mindset, which is where I wish I was strolling along the South Bank in London, having lunch at the NFT cafe and browsing the bookstalls. Things sometimes seem better when you think about them than when you actually do them. I'm sure if I were there the crowds would irritate me, the rubbish air would make me moan and I'd be yearning to return to this beautiful countryside.