Next my lovely Mum arrives for a cuppa - armed with my latest installments of Liz Jones's diary in the You magazine - ordinarily Ivan (Mr Bicknell) will not allow the Mail into the house, but I am not sure that he has put 2 and 2 together yet! As an added bonus she produced a couple of books too - I know it's sad, but we can't help ourselves - if you aren't familiar with Ms Jones and her trials and tribulations, I suggest you should be!
It was then time to trek into town - my mission? Why to pick up my Rubels and guide book for RUSSIA of course - hmmmm, tough life being a teacher, you have to take your students to all these far-flung corners of the globe! Actually, to be honest, I am rather nervous about the whole thing - it's only bloody minus 23 there at the moment, and well, have you seen how students dress these days, they don't seem to feel the cold anymore! I have been to -18 and that was bad enough, and I had been trekking for 8 hours so was rather warm when I faced that particular breeze! -23 is a whole new ball game, so even though I am probably better equipped than most given Ivan's (Mr Bicknell's) penchant for cold climes, I felt that desperate times called for desperate measures and headed off to our local outdoor guru and the Outdoor Scene in town - here I found a fab hat (it even fits my peculiar pin-head), some snazzy socks and some hand warmers - necessities! For some reason I then found myself wandering up to our local second-hand clothes agent - The Wardrobe. I have been in there a number of times before, but never actually purchased anything, so wasn't really holding out much hope, but something pushed me in. OH MY GOD! I am SO glad I did - there almost shimmering like a beacon was a full length winter coat - now I had been worrying about my legs - not for once how plump they are, but how cold they might get in Russia given that I did not own a full length coat, Deborah my collegue, has a rather snazzy full length down coat, and I had Been thinking that this was a good idea - but expensive and I am currently in the dog house about the size of my credit card balance...... So I take a closer look - wool and cashmere, black, fifty quid and MAX MARA - OH MY GOD, It's MAX MARA is what my head was screaming - and it's only £50 quid!!!! The lovely shop owner explained that previous coat owner was very keen to get lots of money for it as it had cost her a small fortune - I should Coco - 600 smackeronies at least I'd say, but she was uneasy about it given the torn lining - Oh I said rather crestfallen, until she pointed out the inch long tear - well, I'm not a textiles teacher for nothing am I????! So I tried it on - would have been rude not to huh? It said it was a size 10 - hmmm - don't remember EVER being a size ten - but I tried it on and well, waddya know - it's even slightly too big - apparently I am not of model length proportions - but I don't care - I'm thinking layers and the fact that the extra long arms (what is wrong with these people?) will further insulate my fingers! So, I bought it! Max Mara, 50 quid - would have been so rude not too!!!
Next was the making of Ivan's (MR Bicknell's) Valentines card - unconventional this year - a bit of a 3D effort - I found this great pattern on www.planetjune.com/hearts - clue is in the link! I LOVE crochet, it is super, super, easy and if it hadn't been for Charlie Divall, I would never even know!
So after a couple of hours wrestling with these , Ivan (Mr Bicknell) was home all safe and sound.
Sunday - well given that we didn't even wake before Midday, has been very lazy! First of all it was bacon and homemade guacamole sarnies for breakfast and then tying up a few loose ends...
We are rubbish at getting birthday presents to people on time - this month I have already failed to get Lynda's daughter's present to her on time and today I wrapped up Ivan's (Mr Bicknell's) step Mums present far too many days late - so a trip to the post office in my lunch break will have to take place tomorrow - although having just looked at the student blog just now, it looks like there are lots of pattern cutting problems out there - not my strongest point, so lunchtime might be needed!
BRILLIANT! You have to see it - I love Nora Ephron too who directed it - and well, it reminded me why I write this blog.
Next cam eValentines day - yes a day early, but we Bicknells have gym commitments on a Monday! I have never done this befor, but I went to Marks and bought one of their "Dine in" combos - AMAZING - £20 gets you a starter (Salmon parcels), a main (Steak au poivre), a side (stuffed mushrooms), a pud (chocolate squishy things), a bottle of pink fizz and a box of chocs! And well, it was very nice thank you!
After? Nothing to see here!