The summer always looked busy with virtually every weekend booked until mid September, including various celebrations for Simon’s 50th and planning for a holiday of a lifetime to Sri Lanka.

I’d be in danger of enjoying myself if I was also able to attend to everything else that is going on!

Max is singing with the Cambiata North West Choir in the BBC Warhorse Prom being filmed in August for international broadcast on November 11th, so needless to say my usual teenage taxi service has extended to rehearsals in London and singing lessons near Manchester. Fortunately his desire to earn has relieved me of watering the garden, cutting lawns and a fair bit of clipping and pruning.

Jack, Rocky and Amber
Jack, Rocky and Amber

My role of crazy chicken lady has been taking a lot of time for a few weeks after one hen, pecked another’s eye leaving it needing rather more love and attention than usual – Amber joined the flock for my birthday along with Rocky and ‘Crazy’ Jack Sparrow back in May.

 

 

 

Amber a few weeks ago
Amber a few weeks ago
Buffy ( and Vivienne Westwood otherwise known as 'Von' in the background)
Buffy ( and Vivienne Westwood otherwise known as ‘Von’ in the background)

Unfortunately this unusually docile and gentle little hen has provoked some serious ‘picking on’ – the main suspect being Buffy (the-Worm-Slayer) and as attempts to re-home either of them have so far failed, I’ve switched psychology gears to examine bird behaviours along with my own and deal with the possible degree of jealousy involved – it had been ever so tempting to hand-feed the three very tame newbies delicious titbits and this had previously perhaps been Buffy’s sole privilege.

But when Buffy’s not looking I’ve been nurturing this little love’s confidence and she likes to join me in the kitchen whilst I cook.

Bed-time
Bed-time

The other evening as it got late, I realised she was ‘roosting’ on the table, clearly ready for bed..

Who could re-home her now?! The behaviour training continues with the main suspect!

Meanwhile one of my main aims is still to finish writing my memoir. I’m in the flukey position of having had an author and editor offer to review my work – she’s currently digesting 40,000 words and I have targets to get more to her with a meeting next Thursday.

Regretably to have any chance of meeting my writing schedule over this coming summer I realise something is going to have to give. Unfortunately the only thing I seem to have ‘choice’ with is my blogging and a’ tweeting, so this little preamble was by way of explaining that by and large I’m going to suck at reading other’s posts for a little while and adding anything very intellectual to my own is clearly going to be a bit random. I’m also going to take a break with the Bite Size Memoir project until September.

I hope you’ll bear with me until then – I hope I’ll manage a few random photo postings so you can peak at some of the fun!

love to you all, Lisa xx

Dinner and Drinks before Monty Python at the O2
Dinner and Drinks before Monty Python at the O2
On my way to the Tower
On my way to the Tower to see the ravens

 

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Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Ahh.. Quoth the raven 'Nevermore' (Tower of London)
Ahh.. Quoth the raven ‘Nevermore’
(Tower of London)
Big Ben across Westminster Bridge
Big Ben across Westminster Bridge
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