So far on my day off I have:
- Organised volunteer cover for tomorrow.
- Bought cake and biscuits for the volunteers.
- Brought through their cups, milk, kettle etc.
- Completed the end of week returns and faxed them to regional office.
- Banked the takings.
- Bought a new ink cartridge for the printer.
- Got change for the tea room.
- Sorted out the floats for tomorrow.
- Washed up all the volunteers cups and plates.
"Doris! Do you know where (something something) is?"
"What?" I put down my sketch book and pencil and opened the door. "Do I know where the what is?"
I stopped short. McColleague was stood there with our young volunteer. Both had tiny ducklings clutched in each hand. "Peep!" said the ducklings.
"Do you know where the mother duck is?" repeated McColleague.
"Um...no...she's not in here with me, anyway." I was confused. Why were my colleagues outside my living room, holding tiny fuzzy ducklings at me?
"We found these all by themselves near the chapel, and there was no mother duck anywhere near. I was afraid they were going to get run over by the builder's van. We've walked right round the moat but not found the mother duck."
"Could be on mini-moat," I ventured, "or the slurry pit."
Eventually we did track down mother duck, with the rest of her brood, on mini-moat. The tiny, peeping ducklings were set down carefully by the water's edge, and mother duck immediately took off to the other side of the moat. She is a bad mother duck. Shirking her responsibilities like that. After we backed off and some time had passed she finally accepted them back into her brood. A happy ending! I returned to the house and attempted to resume my sketching.
Tomorrow I am going to go out.