It is that time of year again – the time to order new uniform for the next school year and sew name tapes into it all when it arrives. Logo’d stuff comes from the school supplier.
In the past I’ve bought shorts and trousers from them as well but, although they look good, the hems come down really quickly (infuriating) and they’re relatively expensive. So this year I bought a load of shorts and trousers from M&S – because they were on sale – and then found that it was all stiff and shiny. So back it went.
I then tried John Lewis, which was a bit more expensive but at least the stuff looked okay.
So far, I’ve sewed name tapes onto:
two pairs of swimming shorts;
two pairs of school shorts;
two pairs of school trousers (one age 6, the other age 7);
one school jumper; and
three school polo shirts.
My son will also have to wear a swimming hat but as this is silicon, there’s no way I can sew a label onto it. My husband’s mum suggested I paint his initials onto it with nail varnish which is a terrific idea. I’ll have to see whether I have any nail varnish that is not extremely expensive (waste) and is not pink (he’ll moan if his initials are pink). Or I may have to resign myself to having to get a new one whenever he loses it.
Looking through his uniform, he still needs two more pairs of age 6 trousers, another school jumper (he has two from this year but one is getting really short and the other is covered in a weird red stain that won’t fade – think it must have been washed with a bleach cloth) and a swimming towel. All of which have been ordered.
One (not very serious) problem I have is that there are now three pairs of faded, too-small trousers, one pair of too-small shorts and a couple of school jumpers that are no longer needed. What do I do with them? There is a second hand uniform sale on at the school every so often so perhaps one of the jumpers and the pair of shorts could go to that. However, I can’t send in faded, hem-drooping trousers and a jumper with a stain. It feels shameful to put them in the bin but I can’t see that any charity shop will want them either. Plus, do I have to cut the name tapes off? I have no idea.
It’s far cooler this week. I know that not everywhere in the UK has been roasting but London has. On Wednesday (32C) we went to the Bleeding Heart, sat in the courtyard and pretended that we were in the south of France. I had snails to start and then we shared the Cote de Boeuf.
I am rather relieved that it isn’t as hot this week – it might even rain today! My friend N (who is from Malaysia) sometimes talks about “candle princesses” (people who melt in the heat) and I may be one. Heat is super when you’re in the Maldives / Seychelles / you get the idea (although much about 25C and it gets a bit much) but it isn’t a whole lot of fun when you have to get the bus into central London.
Yesterday I got a shopping trolley off my husband’s super mum for my birthday. This is very exciting – I’ve wanted one for ages but either I hadn’t got round to getting round to buying one for myself or my husband has point blank refused to get me one. I think he thinks it’s either (1) grannyish, (2) an inconvenience or a combination of the two. He’s wrong though – it is just the thing if you live in central London – I keep seeing tattooed hipsters with them. Plus, the other day I collected my son and his friend from school – each child had three bags with them, I had my handbag and a cotton shopper. Result: I completely took over the luggage area on the bus. It would have been a blessed convenience to have been able to shove all those bags in a shopping trolley.
Anyway, here it is:
My friend E used to live in Barcelona and she said that absolutely everyone there had one. They don’t have supermarkets there so everyone goes out to the market every couple of days.
I am particularly looking forward to using it at sports day. It’s just the thing for lugging a picnic blanket, load of picnic stuff and a bottle of Pimms to a playing field.
It is pretty hot here right now – about 31C (getting on for 90F) in central London. I am ratty, my children are ratty. I have sunburn (I did put cream on but it wasn’t enough) and I can’t concentrate. I had a piano lesson today and it was quite embarrassing because I just wasn’t getting the rhythm right.
Not a whole lot has happened here. I’ve ordered my son’s uniform for next year (it will be nice if he starts the school year without a load of pasta sauce stains on his polo shirt and with shorts that aren’t too tight). I need to get him to do his reading and piano practice but haven’t quite managed to stir myself.
Sorry it’s been a while. We are on half term and yesterday was my birthday.
We did a few things yesterday and one of them was to go round a garden centre – I needed some more coriander and dill (both had bolted) and while I was there, I also picked up some hyssop, chervil and basil (Greek, Genovese and Black).
I also wanted to tackle the bed nearest the kitchen door, which has a hideous slug / creeping yellow buttercup problem. I ended up getting another sea holly, six marigolds, two petunias (one black, one purple and white) and some thing I can’t remember the name of. It is quite possible the slugs will eat the petunias but maybe they won’t.
Before I planted all that out, I sprayed the creeping yellow buttercup with some noxious weedkiller. Then I had an attack of guilt and became I had killed the entire bed. So I got the hose out and watered the whole bed down. Then I did what I did last time and dug the yellow buttercup out with my hand fork.
One thing I did notice when I was planting the new sea holly is that there seemed to be three little sea holly plants already in the bed. I will be amazed if they are actually sea holly plants (because plants I like don’t tend to reproduce, only ones I hate – like the yellow buttercup). However, I have moved them (one to the middle of this bed and two to another bed) and will see how they do.
I love marigolds but was always convinced that they would clash with all my other flowers. However, I am past caring. As long as the bastard slugs don’t eat them, I will be happy enough. The pelargoniums have only just started to recover.
My kind husband also got me another cold frame (because, once I repotted my foxglove seedlings, I didn’t have room for them all. Then the slugs ate most of the ones outside the cold frame). I got some yellow foxglove seeds and sowed them in a tray with normal compost. I’m not sure how they’ll do – there were only about 65 seeds in the packet (the packets of ordinary foxglove seeds have about 1,500 in there) but I hope that two or three will come through. I’ve never seen a yellow foxglove.