I have a week and a half left of my short OU course, and I am writing my final assessment. In some ways I am just like the student I was nearly twenty years ago when I started my degree in American Studies at university. I still like to do my essays in one intensive burst of enthusiasm, close to the deadline. I still work on a cluttered desk and I still like to write in longhand on a pad of A4 paper and then type it up later.
But these days I drink coffee rather than herbal tea, and I have much posher biscuits. These are the oat and vanilla shortbread biscuits from Rachel Allen's Bake. I also no longer have to interrupt my essay writing to go to the launderette or drink the night away in the student union.
There is, however, the blog to distract me now.
And these daffs from Cornwall, slowly opening on the mantelpiece. Can I finish my essay before they are all in bloom?