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Monday, 30 January 2012

The Kitchen Cometh...


While dreaming of the potential grandeur of the kitchen of my dreams (above), this week has mainly been a fraught one...

Pulled from pillar to pole by duties, beauties, responsibilities and playfulness, I am cream-crackered - Knackered, shattered, exhausted, en-ratted even!

I took part in two marriages.   Beautiful, they were, in their simplicity and elegance.   I duly registered the first.   This involves writing out the marriage certificate (while 'spoiling' 3!) and entering the full details of the wedding in the register, which is kept in a safe vault for centuries.   It's important to use registrars' ink rather than ordinary ink, as it is more permanent and less prone to fade or corrode over time on paper, which ordinary ink does apparently...   It's a devil of an ink to get off your fingers or clothes.   Put registrars' ink together with a bride in an expensive white dress and you've a recipe for disaster!   Thankfully, only my fingers were victims.

I just watched the second, where a lovely lady in her fifties married her boss.   Both of them looked surprised and delighted to have found one another unexpectedly, and the bride sobbed with joy throughout...   I really find it hard not to cry at weddings, which is somewhat off-putting for guests when you're officiating!   I find a lot of pinching my hand is involved.

I've upped my voluntary counselling practice to two days per week.   This is the last year of my three year course, which is a bit intensive as it was truncated to two years in any case!   The race is on to get my counselling hours up to the required 150 in order to graduate from the programme this year...   I love the work, I really do.   And, like weddings, I feel it's a real privilege to support people at a crucial and fundamental time of their lives...

It takes its toll on me, however!   While I'm writing this, it's Sunday night at twenty-five to eight and my bed is calling my name like a Siren from the Sea!

On Thursday, I found myself here at Alnwick Castle and Garden:

Ancestral home to the Percy family for over seven hundred years, and where bits of the Harry Potter movies were filmed, I was at an assessment day for potential seasonal workers...   I met some lovely local people and took part in some bizarre and clever tests, so they could see our creative potential to become employees of the Duke and Duchess...      One test involved me, blindfold, pushing a girl around in a wheel-chair in the gift shop.   The idea was that we communicated effectively enough so that we were able to collect two items safely and soundly.   It was more fun than it sounds, and a very useful exercise in understanding the challenges facing visitors with disabilities.

I am like a bull in a china shop at the best of times, so this was a real exercise in control for me!

I don't know how I imagine that I'll fit additional work in to my schedule - if I'm lucky enough to be selected - but I quite fancied the chance to do some temporary work in this fabulous location, a world-class tourist attraction, and I'd be welcoming visitors to the beautiful Castle and Garden.  

Also, since I've started signing cheques to the bold and beautiful workmen to pay for said kitchen, my legs have started to wobble a bit, and it's time to think of bringing money in rather than paying it all out.

After all, I've my own castle to see to!





11 comments:

rosaria said...

Always an enjoyable visit with you and your busy life. Hope you do get that job, just so that you won't fret about paying for that kitchen which is absolutely fabulous!

Alice said...

oh you do make me laugh out loud...and l would so love to have been part of this post, on several levels..

sorry l dont get around much lately...totally self absorbed l guess..

i do lurk a lot....but would hate for my sadness and miseries leave a stain upon your lovely space here...

l long to see you....and catch up...

saz x

Scriptor Senex said...

I'm surprised you don't get bored with so much time on your hands. :-)
I hope you get the job - then you can dream about even bigger kitchens and dozens of cooks and under-cooks to wait on you. (Or perhaps, like me, you already do that!)

hfbstest said...

We're finding that 2 days a week counselling plus supervision and therapy and study etc makes for more or less a full-time job. Much frustration over consents and case studies and academic red tape at the moment - the end of the course seems a long way off still.

The gardens at Alnwick are a wonderful creation. We visited a few years ago, and even the children were mildly impressed. Good luck with the application!

SueAnn said...

Wow!! You are so busy...make sure and take time just to be!!!
So important!!
Doing the weddings sounds so enriching...such a beautiful time for all involved.
Hugging you
SueAnn

Clippy Mat said...

You have a very intriguing life missus. I like the thought of bumping into you (unexpectedly on your part) at Alnwick Castle the next time I'm in UK so hope you get the job - but if you don't I will look out for you as a weepy registrar with inky hands if I happen to be a wedding guest.
Great post.
:-)

Expat mum said...

Blimey - your course went by quickly. Hope you are enjoying it, but yes, it is a lot of work isn't it? (And that's only me seeing it second hand.)

Mac n' Janet said...

You are busy! I think it would be very interesting to work at a stately home, think of all the different people you'd meet up with. It'd be a bit like counseling.

Dragonfly Dreams said...

How delightful it would be to greet visitors to that beautiful castle and gardens! I do hope you get the call to come back in!

How close will your kitchen be to your dream kitchen? Fingers crossed that it matches quite nicely!

JeannetteLS said...

Reading about your life is exhausting... but fun. I hope you get the job and good luck with finishing up your program. The kitchen is wonderful

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