March started freezing cold, segued into wet and freezing cold, and ended with a four day freezing cold Easter break. I don’t think the temperature has risen above 4 degrees all month.
The beginning of the month saw a very pleasant trip to at Ston Easton Park (a Christmas present from Ashley), which was very grand and rather like having our own stately home for the night! On the way home, we made a detour to Keynsham, to pay a surprise flying visit to a long-time blogging friend, Elizabeth, who had a stall at a vintage flea market there. It was lovely to meet Elizabeth (and her mum, sister and nephew) in real life at last, having been virtual friends for several years now.
The annual school Parents’ Evening took place during March, and it was nice to put faces to names with Will’s school teachers, and to receive very positive reports about his progress in Year 8. His year at school is particularly small and there are only around 10 children in his class, which is brilliant, as the teachers are able to give the kids far more one to one attention than would normally be the case.
We entertained rather a lot during this month – a total of three dinner parties according to my diary. Must be about time we got invited to somebody else’s house for a meal now!
I started work mid-March on a six month admin placement at the local NHS hospital, but I’m disappointed to say that it’s not really very enjoyable. The people are nice enough, but there just doesn’t seem to be enough to do, despite the fact they all claim to be rushed off their feet. Last week there was literally nothing at all for me to do for three hours out of the five I was there, and I ended up going home early (unpaid, obviously). Much as I want to love it, I’m not feeling very positive at all, to be honest.
Car boots have been a bit thin on the ground this month with the cold weather, and I had a terrible eBay week mid-month with a glut of problematic buyers all at once. I often find with eBay that it jogs along very nicely for several months and then, like buses, several problems come at the same time. Fingers crossed, the majority are now ironed out. The next challenge is April’s increase in postage costs, which means finding alternative, cheaper delivery services to the Royal Mail for larger items.
Well, we’re now into April, so let’s hope it brings with it some proper springtime weather to put a bit of a spring in all our steps – I think everybody is fed up with the arctic temperatures now!