Each morning at boarding school, UK Forces one in Germany a lot of years ago, we had to totally strip our beds right down to the mattress, fold the bedding neatly on top (Army style!), do our allotted chores which were done on a rota (empty waste bin, shake bedside mats outside (a dressing gown was useful to protect school uniform from said dust!), dust surfaces and dressing table/drawer units, tidy inside wardrobes and drawers etc., sweep parquet floor, and then open all the windows wide (yep, in snow as well) before trotting off demurely from one building to another to be fed breakfast.
On our return we then had to do the reverse and make the beds up again and leave the 'dorm' spick and span'. If your drawers (snigger) weren't tidy enough then, whilst you were at lessons in the morning, Matron used to tip them out onto your bed and you lost precious 'room points' that term - sigh. Been there and got the T-shirt more than once.
You know what - I do blame Frau Haberkost (our lovely but formidable German Matron) for a lot of my rebellious ways in that I hate housework and order at times, until she hops onto my shoulder and nags me!!
BUT, it had a load of good points too 'cos as an only kid I learned to be with others (many of whom are my most, MOST loved friends to this day), I had a pretty stable and also 'bracing' environment from 13 to 18 years old .............and it was co-ed!! Yay - boys!! :) Oh - and of course a settled schooling which gave us the best chance as UK Forces kids of having a stable education at one single school :)
And did I already say there were boys? Snigger - I just deleted a whole paragraph here :)
ANYHOW - after all the rambling, I do hope you will all be as pleased as me to know that the winner of the £30 Joanna Sheen voucher is:
Well done Jean - can you please let me have your snail mail address and I'll pop the voucher in the post ASAP (firstname.lastname@example.org).
My love and thanks to everyone who joined in - as always I wish I had a voucher for all of you.
When we hit 400 then there will be another draw - until then, do come and play in the Snippets Playground where it's such fun, and I'm always truly happy to see a bit of 'mussed up' stuff after so many years of being a 'tidy bunny'.