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“Oh if life were made of moments
Even now and then a bad one–!
But if life were only moments,
Then you’d never you know had one.”
Stephen Sondheim, Into the Woods
Early January in London typically has very little to recommend it: in the first few days there is the dastardly combination of jetlag, unpacking, cleaning up the crunchy Christmas tree, more jetlag. Avery and I suffer particularly as nightowls. We stay up far too late, spanning those five hours’ difference we’ve lived with over the holiday, struggling to get up at a remotely decent hour.
John bravely carried on meeting at Potters Fields, I yawned through playing with my Home-Start babies, we even booked a fancy lunch at a swanky restaurant in the Shard, the tallest building in Europe. As you can see above, it was a spectacularly gloomy afternoon, even the fabulous view dimmed by rain. Somehow that greyness conveyed itself to all three of us as we sat at the table trying to have fun. Between courses, Avery’s head dropped slowly to the table.
We gave up and came home on the cosy little Southwest train to Barnes in the early twilight, feeling it would be better just to crawl into a burlap sack with the top tied shut until we got over jetlag.
Finally, we woke up. Avery got into Oxford, which was a good thing. And because life never runs on only one track, final work on getting “Tonight at 7.30″ out into the world has continued unabated. Getting to the end of this gargantuan task is like herding cats: because my book is most people’s first experience with crowd-funding, and also with electronic books, there have been hundreds of interactions with people coming to grips with which application runs the book on which device, how to download the book, how to login to Kickstarter to provide their addresses. Every day my inbox is full of anxious queries, easily answered, but a heck of a lot of work.
The poor thing, I left it in my bicycle basket overnight, in a rainstorm! Happily it survived intact, a good sign for when it’s opened up on people’s kitchen counters being splattered with olive oil and duck fat.
It’s all worth it when I can show the one advance copy I have left, to all my friends. What a complete thrill to take it to St Mary’s for ringing practice.
What a moment. My Home-Start family turned up to hear the bell practice, and the mum picked up the cookbook, exclaiming over its beauty. My ringing friends rejoiced with me over Avery’s news, offering their own anecdotes about Oxford. It was quite simply the perfect day, combining nearly all my London worlds — Avery, cookbook, ringing, Home-Start — in one place, under one audacious blue sky.
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Believe me, I have cause. Let me explain.
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Thanks to YOU
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