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Music, Hoofing and a Grimy Patio

Posted 14-09-2009 at 21:30 by West Ender

I've been thinking of getting a pressure washer for a while now. I have a large patio and another paved area in my back garden and they do get mucky. Anyway, our Jo has one so I've borrowed it. She brought it over on Friday evening.

My back's been a bit dicey for a few days so Nik said she'd have a go with the washer and, on Saturday afternoon, she got started. She put her wellies on, Laura put hers on, and they went out armed with the washer and a deck-scrubber.

I was impressed with what a strong jet of water could do. We haven't any detergent so it's just pressure that's doing the cleaning but, oh boy, was it dirty. After 2 afternoons we now have a half clean patio with wellie marks and a pool of sludge on the "downhill" side. I'm going to go and buy a pressure washer of my own and, hopefully, use it every few months once we've got this lot sorted out. Meanwhile Nik keeps sweeping and Laura keeps hosing, she's got quite good at it, and I shift things around keeping my back straight.

Now that Laura's back at school we're back to all the extra-curricular activities too. Brownies started back last Thursday though Nik had taken them to Chester, the Sunday before, for the county's Centenary of Girl Guiding celebrations. Laura will be 10 next month and old enough to go to Guides but she's staying at Brownies until Easter so she can go on Pack Holiday again in February. They all enjoyed it so much this year and so did Nik and the other Owls.

Clarinet lessons have always been at school on a Wednesday afternoon, while the rest of the class had PE, but the school has now said that no child can miss PE so Nik has arranged with Rita (who comes in to teach music) that she will be doing it at 8 a.m. on Thursday mornings. She will be taking her grade 1 exam in November.

Speaking of exams, Dance resumed last Saturday and Laura got her certificate for Grade 1 Ballet. She got a Merit but she says nobody got just Pass. She is due to take her Grade 3 Modern Jazz in October and her teacher wants her to do an extra lesson each week to help her consolidate everything she has to learn. Of course it's going to be on a Thursday so, for a few weeks at least, it will be Clarinet at 8 a.m., school all day, then Dance at 4.15, then Brownies at 6. It would wear me out.
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