This has not been a good day. First of all I watched the earliest news I could and was just as depressed about the new political situation in the UK as about the previous one. Not that I expected anything else but no one wants to start a day with their depression confirmed over breakfast. I had in any case woken up with a splitting headache.Then I went outside to find that a second tree had been blown down, this one on to the garage roof which now has a hole through which rain was pouring. I still haven't been able to get the first tree removed as there is no hope of getting a heavy vehicle into the garden because the ground is saturated. The surrounding fields are flooded.
having to put some emergency measures into operation to save the contents of the garage I was obliged to phone school and tell them I would be late for the scheduled rehearsal for the Christmas Celebration. I finally got there at 2 pm not having had time to eat lunch. For various organisational reasons we had to do the rehearsal the wrong way round. I had planned a session whith the "choir" first and to do a complete run through with the mime and readings after that. The singing, as a result, was far from good. Anyway we had an early playtime (indoors and very noisy) and were about to start the singing session when we got a phone call from the Bordeaux Academy ( the educational authority which runs this area) telling us that Meteo France had just put us on red alert for flood and we were to make immediate arrangements to get parents to collect their children.
So my rehearsal began to look like Hadyn's Farewell Symphony. When we were down to 8 I gave up trying and told the last remains of the choir all about that particular Haydnesque joke. At least they went home laughing. I didn't. I taught my first 2 after school piano lessons. The first was the head teacher's son and she couldn't leave until all the children had been collected. The second was a child who lives quite close and mother came to fetch her and wanted to wait while she did her piano lesson. The last was a family of three brothers who have a long drive so I rang to suggest they didn't take the risk. No network. So I had to wait to see if they turned up, which they did. So I didn't even get an early evening and driving home in the storm was no joke.
I am just thankful that the tree didn't fall on any one, nor on the neigbour's house and we were more fortunate than many areas in that we didn't have an electricity cut. Roll on tomorrow and particularly Sunday as we have been promised sunshine.