It’s getting hot!

Not in the flat, of course, it’s freezing in here but out on the roof it’s sizzling hot.  In fact, a few little seedlings I separated and put outside yesterday got totally fried.  Poor things.  2016-04-21 16.51.21

However, the “main players” are still doing well.  I’ve added picnic knives as mini stakes as putting in bamboo canes would just be a nuisance while I’m still bringing them in every night.  The soil is drying out quickly though so this afternoon I spent a few minutes leaning out of the window with a bucket of water and a measuring jug.  I suspect it’s due in part to the “peat-free” compost.  Better for the environment (especially in the west of Ireland) but it makes planting on a little more difficult – no nice neat “plugs”.  Oh well, this is a minor consideration.

So, at the moment I am compiling a list of people who want some tomato plants.  I’ve given some away plus a few pea plants (in case you were wondering, pea plants don’t enjoy a 20km bike ride).  So far I’ve got three people interested, all members of the choir (so an alto, a soprano and a bass) and I’ve arranged with another choir-going friend to take two sets along to the people I may not see until I return to choir in August.  So, I am now working my way through rather a lot of yoghurt to ensure that the young plants go out into the world suitably attired (ie, in pots I don’t need back).  This is not the act of generosity people believe.  I’m secretly quite pleased to get rid of a few plants as I need the space for those left.  I like to keep about 6 on the basis that I might get fruit from 3 of them.

In other news, I had my first acting lesson in German on Tuesday.  I was surprised by how boring I found it, though the teacher was rather good.  I loved the Theatre Arts / Actors’ Programme at Rose Bruford but this time it was – well, I suppose it was nothing new.  It was also hard work and a bit scary as my German is limited – OK to understand but not brilliant for speaking.  That said, I had a nice conversation with one of the girls from my class on the way home – in German!  It mainly involved me recommending Edinburgh or Nottingham over London for a place for her to do her Masters in Broadcast Journalism (go not to London, it’s so expensive you won’t be able to afford to enjoy it).  If Brexit occurs and I am unceremoniously dumped back into England I will be heading to Derbyshire or Warwickshire or possibly even Edinburgh not London, though I still love visiting.

In conclusion, I think it’s safe to say I’m more of a music person than a theatre person.  Though that is in no way a claim to having talent in either area.  I am also beginning to question the wisdom of working two evenings a week and studying acting & German two evenings a week.  I should be leaving for my German course now but I’m skiving. Well, skint  be the better word.  My bike has been in the repair shop since Saturday and, using public transport Sunday to Wednesday has cost 63 Euros so there’s nothing left for the return fare to Cologne.  and I’ll still have to pay for the bike repairs.  I think my hope to buy a “decent” bike has just taken a step further away.  Nevermind, I don’t mind having a night off.  I’ve had the whole day off today which was lovely; I’ve done some music theory practice for Grade 4, some food shopping and proper cooking which must be the first time in quite a few weeks – I was slowly becoming aware of always being hungry and eating rubbish.  Always a sign that it’s time to stand still and cook.

I also have a few assignments for my journalism course to work through.  One is about photographs for publication and so I am hoping that the Kirschblütenfest on Saturday will provide me with a suitably “newsworthy” event.  I’ve also got to take a head & shoulders shot of someone so fingers crossed someone will allow me to use them as a model.  I have a features unit and a review / comment unit so I am looking for subjects 😉

I got quite distracted there for a moment.  An e-mail arrived inviting me for a telephone interview for the position of Chief Editor.  I replied to say I would be happy to phone but that the job I’d applied for was that of author not editor and certainly not Chief Editor (but it would be quite cool!)  Oh, can if I phone, can we do the interview in English.  There’s possibly something a bit daft about making that request in German but I suspect my German may have led the sender to that conclusion anyway.

I just had to go and sit on the landing window sill to warm up.  It’s freezing in here!  The fierce heat has softened and the day is sliding into a rather lovely evening.


Suddenly, for the first time since February, I miss the choir.  Or at least the choir I joined in November 2014.  Everything was such fun then.  It’s all such hard work at the moment.  Oh well, it’s getting warmer and I have given myself the evening off.  A little wine, a little music and a little writing I think…













About afewwordsinpencil

An English writer of novels and theatrical pieces. My first novel, "And I Shall Be Healed" (Quickbeam Press) follows the experiences of a young army chaplain on the Western Front 1916-7. This and some theatre writings are available on the usual websites.
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