Quite a low mood day today. However I did get a lovely phone call from someone wanting to book me for a Christmas party in a nursery, and I explained how I could alter my usual show to fit the youthful audience. We chatted and it turned out she is on the Committee for the village Mayday celebrations, AND she's involved with a school.... so that conversation could lead to a number of gigs. Let's hope so!
As the weather was nice I did a good hour or so of chainsawing, chopping up all the chunky hazel and some of the recently rescued skipped logs. I enjoyed doing the chainsawing and splitting... I might do some stacking tomorrow, depending on how bad the weather is.
I made a nutloaf from bread, peanut butter, cooked quinoa, nuts, onions and some finely chopped pumpkin.
In the evening I cycled over to the station to buy my tickets for Cambridge on Friday, but there were no advance tickets left, so it will be a buy-it-on-the-day situation, at a cost of £66. But that's an off-peak return, so I don't have to get a certain train back... but I may not get a seat. I called in to see Dylan and did his recycling collection, and then on to Green Drinks at the Three Legged Mare. It was a fairly quiet meeting, but good to see my friend Tracy and one of her friends, Jenny and her partner, Katie and her partner, June Tranmer, both Green Councillors, a nice chap called Julian, Peter and Edward from Transition, JZ and others. Andy Chase showed up and asked me to sign the Election Expenses forms.
Towards the end of this jolly social, I noticed that there were four pumpkins/squashes, on a shelf, as decoration. One of them, the big pumpkin, was going soft and just beginning to leak. The other 3, winter squash, were sound and wholesome. I spoke to the bar staff and told the boss-lady that her pumpkin was about to leak all over the place, and would she like me to take it away for composting? She was happy with this offer... and gave me the 3 squashes too. Excellent! Apparently they had been props at the Theatre Royal and had been brought in a while ago. She'd intended to take the squashes home and cook with them, but hadn't had time to do that. I was surprised that she gave them to me.
So I cycled slowly home with a heavy load, and when inside, started to deal with the pineapples which I've had sitting outside the front door for a few days. Still feeling a bit grumpy.