Long Hot Summer

September 5, 2017

Greetings. Again, apologies for the lack of updates in recent times, but things have been busy and conitue to be busy and frankly there’s not a lot of time to write.

Also, to both of my regular readers (Hi Dad!), some of the events recounted here will be familiar because you may have been there at the time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Holidays with the Family Clayton

August 17, 2014

We’re back from holiday. A week away at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest has meant cycling, swimming, and a run in my new running shoes. Also badminton, fencing (with an excitable but somewhat erratic 6 year old), air hockey, and spa for both Mrs C (my wife and mother who are, since I’m not from Appalachia, two different people).

I got through a Jack Reacher novel and generally had a good old time running around keeping our three boys occupied.

Here’s a photo of what it’s like when the sun shines. You can imagine it’s a bit different when it rains.

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Blue skies over Greenbelt

August 27, 2013

We’re back from Greenbelt. The very same Greenbelt that was an utter washout last year was very dry this time. Here is the sky yesterday over Mainstage:

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Fixing the car wtih a paintbrush… or why I need to remember my tool kit.

June 3, 2013

On the road yesterday, we were taking the family on a trip up north. Well, as far as Tatton Park anyway. We were queueing to get in when suddenly I heard this whining sound from somewhere under the bonnet. Read the rest of this entry »


Hooray hooray for a half term holiday

May 22, 2009

I have a horrible feeling non-teachers will want to shoot me for this, but I really do need the week break that’s coming. I need to feel somehow free of the constraints of the classroom for a bit.

Similarly I’ve been avoiding leading music for Sunday morning worship recently due to the size of my family and their propensity to wander off if not nailed to the nearest pew. However, I have recently been required to do a little light morning service duty.

This can be very tough if you have rehearsal at 8:30, first service at 9:30 and second service at 11:15 (ish – depending on length of sermon) and final throwing out a little before 13:00. That’s a full working day in the saddle, without much in the way of a break except that the sermon (and therefore the jokes) are repeated wholesale from the first service, so I can doze gently in the second service.

I realise it’s not a full working day in reality. In the same way that four hours contact time a day for a teacher represents countless hours of preparation beforehand and marking after however, I think the worship band of a church (or organist) need to have a little recognition for the hours of practice required to be good enough to lead effectively.

I have a band of fantastic blokes who generally form the core of whatever band I’ve constructed. They’re so tight with each other I have them grouped on my phone so I can text them all at once. It’s a great setup, but these guys have been playing a while, and they know what they’re doing because they’ve practised.

So half term holiday for me is like coming back and playing the morning services. I’ve done my practise and now it’s time to deliver. I’m about to have a week off and then it’s time to get back to the whiteboard and educate some children.

I’d love to think there’s much of a point to this, except to say that sometimes a change does you good. Maybe I’ll throw the band around a bit in terms of make-up (not that any of them wear make-up) just to see if a change is as good as a rest.

And now I have a week in which I can think about doing it.