You see I wouldn’t desert my children, leaving them with nothing but their father, a lovely, conscientious au pair who can drive, pages of instructions and another page of in-case-of-things-not-working-out-according-to-the-instructions telephone numbers, two weeks worth of food AND emergency fish fingers just to go off in search of pleasure - in a place without Internet access or a mobile phone network. Er, not likely! Oh, no. I’m off to learn, write and share a bedroom with a stranger.
Yes, at this very moment there is somebody somewhere in the world whom I have yet to meet, who, come Monday night, will be sleeping alongside me, my earplugs and eye mask. Let’s just hope for my sake that I’m sleeping too.
The course instructions indicate the need for a torch and rain-proof footwear. Thank goodness for those aubergine Hunter wellies I bought. Hopefully I won’t need them but according to the BBC weather site, I might; it looks like Spring is a little bit wet in Shropshire (wherever that is).