Today's storytelling session at HEADINGLEY LIBRARY'S FESTIVAL OF WORDS & PICTURES 2005 - many thanks to librarians Liz, Mary & Britta, and everyone else who came along, and helped it turn into a really enjoyable time - also reminded me of three general "Visiting" perils.
One: PARKING! Every single visit has its unique parking pattern - buildings hidden behind hedges, places with locked school-gates come 8.31 am, even those that share with the local pub. I've learnt to ask, or at least to take my mobile so I can be guided in if needed. Today I squidged my car round the back of the library, edging it carefully among a row of dustbins so as not to block an exit. Meanwhile, across the narrow road were several empty private company parking spaces, bristling with clamping warnings, and not for use even on Saturday.
Two: PHOTOGRAPHERS! I must admit to a certain amount of deluded vanity, but WHY OH WHY do photographers always take piccies when my face is gurned up into "aged crone" or "oinking pig" or a zillion other unflattering characterizations, rather than revealing my true (ahem!) beauty? I'm sure Kate Moss and all don't have this problem.
Three: PANDA EYES! Today tracked down (guess how?)and slung into the bin a particularly cunning and evil mascara (marked "waterproof", ha ha!) given to sliding across the face if a room rises above freezing point. If nobody noticed the blotches, I bet the camera - see above - did, adding a touch of failed prize-fighter to those mug shots. Move over, Mr. Russell Crowe!
But, wry thoughts aside, today was a truly friendly session, and so nice to have been invited along to share stories with everyone. THANK YOU, LEEDS LIBRARIES!