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 I'm now getting up an average of an hour earlier than  I used to and going to bed about 15 mins earlier.  I'm also getting to sleep much faster.


Wonderfully simple.  My son Henry has joined the ranks of the employed.  A full time, permanent job, in a field he enjoys, within walking distance of home.

I get up earlier to make him breakfast before he goes (Yes, I expect he could make his own, but I actually like doing this - and I feel happier knowing that he's got some nice warm porridge and a piece of fruit inside him before he heads out in to the cold)

I go to bed slightly sooner because I'm less stressed, and I get to sleep much sooner for exactly the same reason.

Henry walks 20 mins into work -  even when it snows, as it did on his first day.  Great way of keeping fit, more reliable than the local bus service, and leaves us the car if we need it.  More environmentally friendly as well.

He's been there a week now, and it all seems to be going well.  It's a small local company with a relaxed working environment that has recently been taken over by Hitachi and is doubling in size as a result.  It could be an ideal combination of small company friendliness combined with big company resources/pensions/etc.  Only time will tell, but I'm optimistic.

Now all I need is for Richard (my husband) to find work.  He's been hunting for a while, several interviews but no job yet.  If he gets something, I'll be bored to tears during the day (when I'm not snowed under with folk festival work), but I'm sure I'll cope (tongue in cheek...)

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When I applied for this lunchtime supervisor (dinner lady) job, I dutifully filled in about five separate forms, answered honestly all health-related questions including the fact that I'd been on incapacity benefit and that I had problems lifting things.So what happens at work? )
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Richard and I both started new jobs today.

I've just had a phone call to say they're closing the school because of the snow, so I don't need to go in today.

On the other hand, a guy Richard needs to talk to about his project has been trapped locally by the snow, so he's getting more useful work done than he'd originally anticipated.

It's an ill wind that blows nobody luck!
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Today, (and yesterday, and several days last week), Richard and I have been working on [livejournal.com profile] micavity  and [livejournal.com profile] entorien 's back garden.

So far, we've cleared and shredded a large quantity of brambles (and dug out the roots), removed large quantities of weeds from around the pyracantha, deduced one of the pyracantha to be  a trailing variety which isn't going to work in what is supposed to be a hedge (they were given it as a gift, so not really their fault).  Today, I've been clearing around the pond, digging brambles and matted grass from around the edging stones.  Richard has been working on rubble clearing.

When we've removed all the brambles, willow, buddlia, etc, and the remaining rubble (there's an old path and the remains of some kind of sand pit), then we'll level everything off and work out where the new lawn should go.

Do you have a garden that needs major work doing on it?

Do you need to get a garden in good shape in order to sell a house?

Do you need to sort out the garden in a house you've just moved into?

Do you have a garden that went wild while you were ill/depressed/overworked?

Would you like a wildlife friendly garden?

Would you like to be able to grow fruit/veg, but need someone to get it all started for you?

Would you like your garden organised by someone who can tell a pyracantha from a pansy?

If the answer to any of the above is 'yes', then drop me a line and we can discuss costs.  (If you don't live near me, but are willing to provide a spare bed, then I'll happily come and stay for a week.)


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Judith Proctor


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