On Tuesday of last week, we were all suddenly called in to a meeting at work to tell us that, with immediate effect, the team that I've been proud to work on since 2002, was being 'restructured' (their word)/disbanded (my word).
It's too soon yet to know exactly what's going to happen, or whether all of us will still have jobs in a few months time, so I guess I'll just have to wait and see. I'm always one for looking on the bright side, so if it happens that I don't have a job in the new set up, well, although I'll miss it - and the money, obviously - I'll have more time to be creative/go to the gym/practice the guitar. Or maybe not.
Faced with the threat of imminent redundancy, I did what any normal
person woman would do in the same circumstances, and I bought myself a pair of shiny red shoes.
My friend and colleague Anne, who was with me, said "You know what they say about women who wear red shoes, don't you?" to which I replied "God help us, Annie, let's hope it doesn't come to THAT!!"
Anyway, these particular red shoes are more suitable for playing hopscotch in the playground than hanging around street corners, and they remind me of the shoes I used to have for school when I was (very much!) younger.
My sister and I were extremely lucky, in that our Mum would always buy us red school shoes: I always felt sorry for the girls who were destined to wear the more sensible brown or black option.
Our shoes were always from Clarks, and the winter ones would be very similar to the pair above, although less shiny and without heels. In the summer we had shoes that were called sandals, although I don't know why, because there were no toes showing, but they had criss-cross straps over the front, with soles that I always thought looked like a thick slice of white bread. But most importantly, they were always red.
Anyway, my new shoes were the perfect thing to wear for Red Nose Day, to Gina's Comic Relief Bake Off today.
There was cake....
and more cakes .............
and shortbread, and macaroons .....
and home made Jammy dodgers and custard creams (who else MAKES custard creams????)
It was all delicious,and beautifully laid out, so well done Gina, and I hope you've raised lots of money.
PS - Handy Household Tip No.1.
Re. the photo of the shoes - You'll find it's much easier and quicker to 'Photoshop' dirty marks off the kitchen floor, than it is to clean the real thing.
LITTLE RED SHOES - Loretta Lynn