Thursday, 11 September 2008

THE BLACK HOLE DIDN'T GET ME

Well I haven't fallen into a black hole so I guess it's safe to do another post. I've now had my Uni Induction day and can't wait to get started. Trying to find a part-time job or a lodger. I'm lucky in as much as I get a grant while I'm going to Uni...(an explanation for those who don't know how it works here...I get a means tested grant which is really a loan that's repayable if I get a job when I've qualified and am earning over £15,000 a year). The grant I'm getting though doesn't cover my expenses. As a single mature student with no dependants I'm not entitled to any help with my rent so once I've paid that and my fares to Uni I'm left with £30 a week to pay all my utilities, books, clothes, food and drink. Well £30 will only just cover the water, gas and electric ...hence why I'm looking for a job which will fit around Uni and still allow me time to study, do assignments etc. No so easy at my age!



give us a job

Is it another sign of being old that Summers used to be so much sunnier? We seem to have had so much rain this year. Admittedly I've not had to do so much watering but with the garden being North facing it needs more sun than it's had this year. The Cannas and Gingers were later than usual flowering....................

And I had quite a surprise when I started to clear out the shed. In the Spring I'd had a pot of indoor Hyacinth bulbs which I'd popped in the shed to die down so I could plant them out in the garden this Autumn. Well look at this!They've started to flower again! One plant that really thrived this year was my neighbours 'bxxxxx' Russian Vine. Yet again no matter how much I keep chopping it back it's still strangling anything it comes into contact with! GRRRRRRR!!!!!!!


Well Sophocles and his Three Theban Plays awaits me.........see you again soon.




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8 comments:

Akelamalu said...

I hope this means we'll be seeing a lot more of you Ruth?

The grants suck don't they! I presume you've applied for and been granted a reduction on your council tax?

Your garden still looks beautiful despite all the rain!

CG said...

It's great to see you post again - have you tried getting a library job? Our Saturday staff earn over £70 for seven hours work on a Saturday.

RUTH said...

Hi Akela, Yes the council tax is in the pipeline. All the time I've a workable pc (this is my son's) I'll do the odd post.
Rx

Hi CG, a library job would be perfect. I'll give our local one a ring and even if there's nothing at the moment I could leave my name.
Rxx

Neva said...

Good to see you again...love the hyacinth story.

'JoAnn's-D-Eyes'NL said...

hey Ruth,
Long time no see..
I just saw your "writing pen" again and I thought : "heeeh Thats/there's my blogfriend Ruth again"... I missed you my dear...You were 1 of the first who introdused me in the bloggerworld, I am still thankfull for that, I hope you are doing fine (also with study?)

Greetings from JoAnn's D Eyes /Holland

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

Hullo Ruth! Good to hear yu got into Uni!!! Mummy got thare but haytid it an left arfter a munth cos she kept havin panik attaks. She sed it issent eesy bein a mature student. She sez if she had had sumwun like yu to go wiv she mite hav been ok!
Sendin big hugs!

Mauigirl said...

Ruth! So glad to see you back! I was over on Stewart's blog for the first time in a long time since he hadn't been posting lately either, and saw your comment saying you had started posting again!

So happy you are entering university and have a grant to cover your basic expenses. I have my fingers crossed that you will find that job or lodger to help defray your regular living expenses.

I'm going to add your blog to my Google Reader so I'll know when it's been updated. That way I won't miss anything!

Lovely pictures as always!

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