Monday, 20 April 2009

The Library work begins!

Have I mentioned that I am moving from the language department to the library in the new school year? The planning is starting now because there are a great deal of changes and developments which have to be made in order to move forward. My first challenge is to rearrange the layout of the library so that it works better for everyone. We have a number of difficulties to overcome, the largest being the small size of the library. How do we accommodate the various sizes of groups who need to use the library at the same time: individuals, small groups, native language tutorials, and whole classes.

My first step is to get more flexible furniture so that I can reconfigure the space whenever necessary. There is a very small budget and so I am going to try and find what I need from the furniture already on campus. There is a very, very large wooden table near the main entrance. That must go! I have found a place to put it where there are two light weight tables, which together are about the same size. They are never separated so my table could easily take their place and then I would have two tables and more flexibility. Now I just need to work out who I have to convince of the benefits of the exchange. Ah, I can see that this is going to take up a lot of my time and energy!

More later!

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Almost over

Yes, the holidays are almost over. Did I accomplish what I wanted to? Well, for the most part, I suppose I did. I didn't do much writing but I did do a lot of planning. I'm not sure where I'm going with this story line but I will now try to put some of it on paper. I did go to Kew and had a wonderful day there with Emma. We visited two of the glasshouses, a palace (which is more of a large house), the pagoda, and had lunch. I also managed to read 3 books and I'm on my fourth. I swam 5000 metres this week, walked for miles and went to my first yoga class this afternoon. So, not too bad really. Tomorrow is my last day and I'm hoping to make some lemon desserts, work in my garden, swim, and get a bit of my next story down.

All in all, not a bad second week of my holidays!

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Easter Hols

Yes, I'm on my Easter hols and they are nearly half over. Alas! I say 'alas' for a number of reasons. Firstly, I haven't picked up my writing yet. I promised myself at some point that I would but so much else has happened that I really haven't had the chance. I also say 'alas' because after today I only have one week left, and I can't help wondering what I'll manage to accomplish in that time. What do I want to do, is another question. I would like to visit Kew and see the palace and go on the tree top walk. I would also like to go into London to the British Museum and a few book stores. I also have some books to read and a few things to get ready for the week back to school. So, rather a busy week then and who knows what else may come my way.