No matter how great the vacation, home is best. I love the sunshine just starting to shine through the window in the sunroom.
Not that there was much time to sit around this week. It was hectic: scores of emails to answer, phone calls to return, meetings to attend and postgrad students wanting urgent consultations. It's a school and university break at the moment and my students are using the opportunity to have discussions about their progress or the lack thereof!
But every week has its highlights. Mine had five:
1 A thank-you call from a student for a meaningful discussion. He didn't have to phone but he did!
2 The beautiful smile my daughter sent her husband and I as she stood on the stage at her graduation on Thursday morning. The auditorium was full but she found us in the crowds!
3 Dinner with a special friend. We chatted for three hours non-stop and the conversation is far from over!
4 Lots of wet-nose-nudges and adoring looks from my two dogs. Oh, the joy of unconditional doggy love!
5 Friday night supper of sandwiches and tea with my walking buddies under the trees at the pond in the grounds of the local school where we walk.
" Galahad, if you chew that shoe, there'll be no more walks. Do you hear me??"
"Who's chewing anything? Can't you see I'm just guarding it or maybe Nike will commission me for an ad!"