Down the motorways to Dudley on Tuesday, past swirling rivers far wider then their usual banks, and flood plains deep in water. Impressive to see, but not for those who have to put up with the ugly task of tidying up afterwards, or the farmers with crops rotting in the ooze.
I had a much more cheering day at DUDLEY SCHOOLS LIBRARY SERVICE on Wednesday, meeting keen readers from PETER'S HILL PRIMARY SCHOOL and HAM DINGLE PRIMARY SCHOOL and ST JOSEPH'S PRIMARY SCHOOL (Dudley) in the morning, and readers from CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION PRIMARY SCHOOL and BLOWER'S GREEN PRIMARY SCHOOL in the afternoon. Thanks to everyone who helped to arrange the day!
A distant Yorkshire wave to the pupils of AMBLECOTE PRIMARY SCHOOL, where a sudden end-of-term surprise (in the shape of an envelope from OFSTED) had disrupted plans. Missed seeing you, but here's wishing you happy reading anyway!
Yes, three visits this week. (Did you enjoy the sunny Yorkshire coast pic taken near HORNSEA NURSERY in the last entry?) Greetings to everone at KIRK SMEATON and thanks for an interesting day.
Plus a hello, hello, hello to a group of young writers from TRANMERE PARK INFANTS SCHOOL, GUISELEY PRIMARY SCHOOL & RAWDON ST.PETERS PRIMARY SCHOOL who met up together for a special writing day. Have good fun with your illustration time tomorrow!
That's when I'll be off to NIDDERDALE COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL at Pateley Bridge to talk to Year 8 pupils about storytelling and picture books, c/o a very helpful friend.
Odd sight today: on the way home I was stuck for far too long behind a puttering old-fashioned Citroen car , as were other vehicles. This gave me plenty of time to observe the sticker on its back windscreen - which said "NO to EUROPE!" Some contradiction here, surely? Sorry, needed to drive so no picture! Must go. Need to repack my "talk bag" yet again . . .
DO LIKE TO BE BESIDE THE SEASIDE
Last week I went to the seaside, or at least to HORNSEA NURSERY SCHOOL, so a big wave to everyone there. Thanks for a nice day!
Lots of big waves were what I saw when I paused at the promenade before setting off home. And rain - plenty of rain. One of the pleasures of being a visiting author in June!
Greetings to everyone at KIRK SMEATON PRIMARY SCHOOL. I've enjoyed reading your writing, and look forward to seeing you tomorrow morning.