So last month I spent a lot of time ‘banjaxed’. Firstly losing Bingo absolutely crushed me. Then I had some kind of norovirus type infection that laid me low for a good week, after which the VAT man called and I discovered that for one reason and another I had to rework 18 months worth of accounts. The joys of self employment!
Anyway, I’m now back in the driving seat, and have regained access to my work website. This blog has little to do with my professional life, but I have been working behind the scenes on a campaign for change. We clearly needed to get in some professional help to help us navigate the paths of government, but there was no money in the kitty for professional lobbying. two of us went along to a talk by the Houses of Parliament Outreach Team. So if you’re campaigning for change – and I know lots of boaters are – you might find the notes I’ve blogged useful. There was so much information, I split it into three:
Part one: background, paliamentary questions
Part two: parliamentary debate
Part three: the legslative process
Secondly the Thames Clandestine Cake Club, a largely boat-based affair, suffered a mutiny. It will no longer be a Clandestine Cake Club, but a boat based cake community. Just as much fun, same people attending but less formally bound by the CCC rules. Well what did you expect? Put 10 boaters (free spirits) in a room together…. CCC will be at the Heart of it, though, and all bakers are grateful for the motivation it gave us.
And last but not least, we decided to move off Eva Luna to allow the sales people at Tingdene to sell her from the sales pontoon. This was a hard decision to make – heartbreaking in fact – but our generally chaotic surroundings of football boots and work papers have been tidied into boxes, but that means we can’t access them and with winter drawing close we need to get out jumpers. coats and boots again. I really don’t have time to get out and market her myself (although if you know someone who might be interested, she’s on sale at the reduced price of £89, 950 ONO – call Claire 07771 87015).
So we’ve found a lovely house to be a bolthole until we finally decide where we want to be. No matter what, it won’t be far from the water!
And as the house is in Caversham, that’s my ‘Three C’s”: cakes, Caversham and campaigns!