Spring is definitely in the air here. The clocks have changed, the weather is bright and there was really fresh, attractive, irresistible rhubarb in the greengrocer on Friday. I cooked it for dessert on Friday night and the childrens’ comments ranged from “Where are the strawberries?” (we often cook them together), through “Is it Pesach yet?” to “Look – it’s leeks with red food colouring!”
Other signs: trampoline season is now open; I dried the washing on the washing line and my husband said, “I can see it’s spring – I’ve got 3 stone-settings to do this week!”
And the classic sign of spring in N W London, the first children have come round asking for sponsorship for the Hospital Kosher Meals Walk. This is a rite of passage in which hundreds of children walk about 25km alongside the Grand Union Canal on a Sunday in May, having previously walked twice as far collecting 50p each from all of their neighbours!
Great mystery of life: How can it be that my washing basket is overflowing, the clean washing has taken over the utility room, when I give the kids back their clothes they have no space to put them and still no-one has anything to wear??
Usual range of eclectic guest for Shabbos – very nice and laid back. Just as well as this Shabbos, we are hosting a Mexican Friday night for the community’s youth and a melave malke for the UJC student chaplains! No lunch though as almost everyone is having lunch out with the chaplains.