>No jousting

>Friday I worked over again and was so tired by the time I went home (taking work with me), that I flopped on the settee as soon as I got in and slept for 2 hours.

On Saturday I did some shopping for a wedding I was going to in the evening, and on my way around I dropped in to the castle to see how the land lay for photographs, etc. I had a lovely chat with one of the … “custodians”(?), but they don’t have enough room there for “proper” jousting, with horses and lances and things, so while that was a bit disappointing, it saved me a trip on Sunday.

Saturday evening was a bit rare as I donned a frock and pretty-girl war paint and everything, and 3 of us went along to the wedding where we did at least know a few people. We left early, though, and went on to the second set of a gig, feeling a bit conspicuous in our wedding gear.

I’m afraid I sulked for most of Sunday because I was looking forward to going out, but on Monday I made up for it by going all the way down to Calke Park in Derbyshire for a walk around the ponds. I was supposed to go there last weekend, but wasn’t in the mood for a 90 minute drive each way. This week, I was.

It was pouring down when I got there so I had an early dinner in their restaurant, then sat in the car for an hour or so reading while waiting for it to dry up a bit. I don’t mind the rain at all, if I’m dressed for it, but I had jeans on … (tut tut, naughty Diane). When the rain stopped I had my walk then went for a look around the house. I only have pictures of trees this time, but there are a couple of good trees in there. Oh, and some deer.

While I was out the news came in that I was in line for another 2 activity annuals, which is fantastic. This morning that’s increased to 3! Sorry for the screamer, but I’m particularly delighted about this because if the annuals keep coming in, with those and my magazine I don’t have to do anything else unless I want to. Oh, and I absolutely love the work too. On the way back I did my shopping and filled the car – that’s 3 times I’ve filled the car this month, this getting out and about is likely to cost me a fortune after all.

Today I’m in the office for a 3-day week (Thursday off) and my boss breaks up tomorrow for nearly 3 weeks, so I have to get as much to him as possible for translation and checking before he goes. My designer is back on Saturday and I want to have most of the magazine waiting for him.

Also this week I start updating the gig list for September. I had a rather interesting visitor to the guestbook during the night, so I’m hoping to go and see them in September myself.