Today, dear readers, is the seventh anniversary of this blog. I usually ignore this date, but it seems to hold some sort of significance this time round, though I haven’t tried to work out why. Maybe it simply seems a long time in a way that six years didn’t – I like odd numbers, perhaps that’s it. I was terribly tempted to call this post The Seven Year Bitch but, since that would be singularly out of kilter with the way I write – this is a happy place, darlings, nine times out of ten (I do hope there are no statisticians out there: this is a figure of speech not a counted-up accurate figure) and I learned from a friend’s mistake years ago and rarely if ever (hah! Statisticians, hah! What you going to do with that, then?) bitch about anyone. Indeed, sometimes I have a rant, and then delete it. There’s a lot to be said for politeness – I’ll have to think of something else instead.
This weekend, Elle and I went to London. I have a new tenant moving in on Monday and the problem of water dripping through the kitchen ceiling from the balcony has finally been solved – this was proved during heavy rain last night – and part of the ceiling was replastered. I needed to paint the kitchen ceiling and re-seal around the bath, as the seal had become discoloured and mould had crept underneath. However, as the new tenant wanted to move in ASAP, she didn’t mind that I didn’t have time to repaint (nor could I afford the jaw-dropping quote to get it done), so Elle and I could afford to take Saturday off. We walked a lot though, worked hard today and we’re both pretty tired. We’ve had a great time and I’ll miss her so much when she leaves – I know I go on about this a lot, but it’s only three more weeks and she’ll spend the next week with a friend, so I feel her slipping away already.
I’m always the same, though, I worry and fret in advance. Some amount of missing her, that I feel so keenly now, I won’t have to go through again – well, so I try to convince myself, but actually I don’t believe it’s true in this instance. However, what I do have is a jolly busy fortnight coming up so I have to apologise again for visiting you and posting spasmodically. After the middle of February, things should return to normal.