It’s pouring with rain and I haven’t even got out of bed. I am so lucky. Big Friendly let me stay here, reading my book, while he took a gap in the falling wetness and walked the dogs. Gally is sick from eating too much Eid and Rosh Hashana left overs. The cats are antsy and in funny moods in the rainy weather. And my mother, who has spent a week with us, is going back to a sweltering Jozi today.

I have been juggling her visit and preparation for my next industrial theatre job which starts rehearsals on Monday. Now is the exciting, nervous time, before the active work. What will my brand new cast be like to work with? Will we be a good team? What set, props and costumes must I get? What will the script sound like when spoken? All the possibilities are fun to think about.