Marooned in the Modern World

In conjunction with my book "Swiss Family Suburban" this blog is from my diary; the diary of a wife and mum in a world where neither is valued highly. Beth Bill.

6th October 2009

Crazy concert season is already upon us. Later will be all the different band's Christmas Concerts and performances for the various Christmas lights switch on - wrap up well! However, now is the time for the 'Rootz' Barn Dances. Em and Matt are official members but Jonti often joins in with some drumming. Last night was the Harvest Barn Dance for Milton Parish Church. It looks like the kids will be eating pie and peas for the next few weeks (though probably without the mushy peas). The band leaders are truly amazing - I don't know how they find the energy to play with such vigour and call the dances. For the other dances they will be bringing the dance callers from their other group (their 'professional' one).

Still, home-schooling has it's perks. After a busy, late night the children can have a bit of a lie-in, so they won't be too worn out by the busy schedule. Also, school dinners have gone up in the world: Today we are having a Carvery with David's dad before he flies out to Australia tomorrow.

I've finished proof reading Swiss Family Suburban, so now it's time to start trudging through agents and publishers. I suppose the approach should be a dispassionate posting of papers, methodically and repeatedly - though it's hard to keep it like that when you've spent months pouring yourself into a work (especially when it's something as personal as your own family life). Ah well, here goes ...