A sloe week -end

Sarah was back on her feet by Thursday and managed to attend school. She looked painfully thin and pale and was very tired by the evening, yet she still went to school on Friday. She did seem much better over the weekend but was quite grumpy (but then most teenagers are!)
Sue had her usual two days in school but didn’t pick up any other supply days. Thankfully, teachers are still feeling fresh from their holidays and won’t be falling ill until the weather gets colder.
My week started with a bang. One of the staff informed me that his wife had decided to divorce him and that he was sleeping in a local hotel. That’s the second staff member that this has happened to in 3 months. I spent most of my free time at home tree felling in readiness for winter.
Jamie washed his car again when I wrote ‘clean me’ in the dirt on the bonnet and it must have been a constant reminder when he was driving. He still has the same girlfriend!!!
Charlotte, Suraj and Lucas came to stay on Friday and Saturday night. Charlotte had won VIP tickets to the ‘Grand Designs Exhibition at the NEC Birmingham. On Saturday they took Sarah with them and left Lucas with his grandparents (that’s Sue and me).
I had a BBQ with some rugby friends on Saturday afternoon and afterwards, we watched England versus Australia. AMAZINGLY!!!! we won. Later on, I was heard cheer the French on when they beat New Zealand!!!!! I usually can’t stand the French, so arrogant and untrustworthy (that’s a balanced view, held by me since suffering a holiday to France in 1976). I took some nice photos of Lucas, and he doesn’t look French, but the ducks do.
On Sunday I decided to scour the hedgerows for sloes in readiness for making sloe gin next week. Even though they are not as prolific as last year I managed to pick a carrier bag full. I find it so relaxing picking the tiny purple fruit, but not quite as much as drinking the liquid produced from them. It is Sue’s favourite tipple.

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