My friend Ann from Choir wants to know how to knit in the round with double pointed needles. I say I will help if I can, so she comes round this afternoon with her husband Michael.
Michael doesn't knit and nor does Mr B but they have a good old chat about golf, the garden and the State of Society today. The one thing they agree not to talk about, by mutual consent, is cricket. After England's epic defeat by Bangladesh this morning,
it would be too embarrassing.
I ask Ann what she wants to make with her double pointed needles and she produces a pattern she has downloaded from the internet. It is a banana. I kid you not.
Ann loves to knit unusual items. She once made a plate of breakfast food - sausages, bacon, a fried egg, a piece of fried bread and a splodge of baked beans. No, I don't quite know why, or who it was for. I am sure it was greatly
appreciated by the recipient. She also shows me a toilet roll she made. It's a joke, don't you see? You hang it in the loo when you have visitors coming and see what they make of it. Ann can teach me a lot about Knitting To Extremes.
Earlier today, I was in Learning Mode myself when I went on an outing with Lions Class. As a school governor I have been linked with the Little Lions and this was my first introduction to the class. We all piled into the school minibus
and set off for Chichester where we were to visit the Cathedral. My first task: to remember everyone's names. I think I had just about made the connection between each child's face and his or her name by the end of the morning, though the test will be how
far I remember them when I see them next.
I can't remember the last time I went on a School Outing. Maybe we didn't go on too many outings back in the Olden Days. I do recall an outing to Verulanium, otherwise
known as St Alban's and, yes, now I think of it, I did go on an outing to another cathedral, Canterbury Cathedral, to watch a performance of T.S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral. Was there ever a more appropriate venue?
Nobody was murdered in Chichester Cathedral this morning, though the sheer number of tombs of dead bishops fascinated my small companions. As did the marble columns, the solid wooden doors (like the doors in a castle, one small mite said) and the stained
glass windows. We lit a few candles, closing our eyes while we thought about people who were special to us. I had to have a Collective Thought, otherwise I'd have been lighting candles till Kingdom Come. I think all of us learned something new this morning.
Especially me, accompanying these very special members of staff, notable for their patience and good humour. It's not easy taking the likes of me on a School Outing.
Mr B prefers practical learning so today
he set about making (according to a recipe he had come across) "the juiciest burgers." My contribution was modest - to toast the muffins. Mr B felt that his main learning point was that we need to buy a grater, all the better to prepare the onions. I would
have said the main learning point was that we needed chips with our burgers but then I am, as you all know, Always Thinking About My Stomach.
What a lot of learning in just one day. Ann learnt to knit "in
the round"; the Little Lions learnt about cathedrals; I learnt a lot about Lions Class and Mr B learnt about the deficiencies in our kitchen equipment.
Learning is Life. So they say...