Welcome to the slow hop.
The relax-into-it-and-have-a-chat hop.
The more-like-a-long-bath-than-a-shower hop.
It’s Sunday and it’s round two (for me) of Ten Things of Thankful the fifth.
I thought I’d begin by showing you a wee map of just how gorgeously global this hop is. The dots indicate the active hosts. Think there’s room for more? Applications on a postcard, please.
First make sure the tub’s nice and clean, maybe give it a bit of a rinse and a wipe-round before you start
1. The sleepover went really well and Niece and Neff behaved brilliantly. There were no meltdowns and even though they got up shortly after 6, they were happy to play quietly and only need to talk to me about 15 times between them before 7.30 when I got up properly
Put in the plug and turn on the taps, making sure there’s plenty of hot water.
2. Husby took Niece and Neff to the park for half an hour after breakfast so that I could have 30 minutes to myself, giving me time to get dressed and ready alone, and check in here to see how the hop had been growing overnight. It grew well, people 🙂
Slooooowly drizzle bubble bath into the stream of running water and watch the foam begin to form
3. I got to have last night’s delicious pizza again for lunch (loving the whole ‘leftovers’ deal, in a household where normally enough food is cooked for those consuming it to consume. We just don’t ‘do’ waste (except at the moment when I cannot figure out how to stop bread from going mouldy *very* quickly in the heat))
Rush out and throw various items of apparel at any horizontal space (preferably without an audience) and grab a towel
4. We went to the beach this afternoon. Niece, Neff and I paddled in the sea, played in the warm sand, found beautiful shells and ate ice lollies. We played ‘tag’ on the playpark and thoroughly enjoyed each others’ company.
Wrap yourself in a snuggly dressing gown
5. Niece showed some lovely manners on the way home; she asked me to turn the music down so I could hear her, then said “Thank you for taking us to the beach”. What a sweetie. It warmed the cockles of my heart.
Locate your favourite book and bring it to the bathroom along with a small, bathside table
6. I went to water the garden at Mum’s, and not only had WonderAunty managed to obtain a hose, making this SO verymuch easier than with watering cans, but I got to spend a lovely time looking at the flowers as I watered
Fetch a glass of your favourite wine or a mug of tea or coffee (no, no other drinks are acceptable for a bath. Unless you wanna really rock out with a cocktail)
7. Whilst watering, I noticed a blackbird behaving rather furtively, skipping around in a section of passion-fruit vine on the wall. I then saw the tiny gape of a baby bird in a nest. Closer inspection by WonderAunty and I led to some gorgeous photos
Gather assorted candles/relaxing music as desired and set them out
8. I also had fun larking around with the hose and ended up sprinkling myself liberally (and intentionally) with water, which was gorgeously cooling at the end of a hot, sticky day. (Also made me re-thankful for clean, running water (who else drank out of the hose as a kid?) and made me want to remind you about the toilet twinning, which I’ve just done – our toilet is now twinned with one in Uganda (which is nice, as our church has a link parish there, in Bupadhengo))
Close the bathroom door and shut out the world for at least the next 40 minutes
9. I got fed full of BBQ and red wine tonight, courtesy of our church Youth Leader, as a thank-you for helping out over the last coupla years. It was a perfect, warm evening in a back garden with everyone sat around in chairs and chatting (and swapping hilarious tales between them of high-jinks at university, including the dubious practice of ‘Trophying’ – a university tradition involving (let us be honest) nicking stuff from elsewhere and displaying it prominently (a tradition between campuses of the uni in question) and while we laughed, various bods admitted that they were rather aware that the regalement now did them no favours with regard to the honesty they now embraced as Christians…live and learn, I guess.)
Disrobe and dip in that first toe, then the whole foot (water gently welcoming you in) then the other foot, then gradually lower yourself into that enveloping, enriching warmth
10. Tomorrow I get to go to Monkey World for my Explorer Friend’s birthday. It’s going to be awesome because a) birthdays always are, b) the weather’s set to be gorgeous, c) we’re going to have a picnic and d) MONKEYS!