Sorry I have no card today, but I just wanted to say hello.... and share some news.
Firstly, I'm very proud of my eldest daughter Emma who found out at the weekend that she's going to be one of the officials at the Olympics! She's to be an anti-doping chaperone with the rowing events (voluntary role). It means she has to approach randomly picked athletes and explain that they have been picked to have a blood and urine test, then she has to accompany them to the podium if they've won, then to press conferences or whatever, basically so they can't get to anything that may negate any possible drug that they may have taken. Here she is looking very proud in her uniform and pass which gets her into all areas!
Now..... I was a bit (well OK, a lot) sad this morning because it was time for Clare to go back to Bermuda after her 10 days hol here. We'd had a lovely time, and I won't see her till next year now and she'd just gone........ sob...... AND THEN........ I felt water dripping in the kitchen..... from the ceiling....... and then it started to pour through all the brand new light sockets....... and all the brand new plasterboard and paintwork. Turns out that the pipes leading to the shower in our main bathroom had become disconnected - a joint had come un-joined - and the contents of the cold water tank were rapidly coming through our new kitchen ceiling (after soaking everything in my airing cupboard) and into all the cupboards and oven etc etc.... Luckily Barry was in, and we tried to hold buckets up to catch some, but the floor by this time was flooded. I was tearful this morning anyway, so imagine me, bucket in hand at eye level, crying my heart out and wailing all over the place. That is not normally me - I am good at dealing with a crisis normally....... I normally would just get upset afterward. But this is the straw that broke the back as they say....... I WANNA MOVE HOUSE! But on the positive side, we weren't out of the house, so could stem the flow (ok after it had done a lot of damage), ..... and I wasn't in on my own, in which case I don't know what I'd have done. So there truly is a plus side to most things. Now I just have to fight the insurance company......... Wish me luck!