Archive for January, 2008

An expensive mistake!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 27, 2008 by David Palmer
We hyave just completed a full wek without any one in the family being ill!!!
I have been bidding for various items on ebay and am now the proud owner of an inflatable canoe (sse photo). I was fascinated with a programme Paul Heinne had done for Anglia TV. He canoed along the lost rivers of the region and I set my mind on doing the same (with Sarah). The canoe purchased, apparently travelled the full length of the Amazon, so it should do the job.
I also won a TWIG mobile phone, it’s Scandinavian and has GPS and satnav on board. I am getting used to it slowly. It will come in handy on the walks I intend to go on in the summer.
Sarah got an ‘A’  in GCSE Maths and cooked a lovely Mexican meal at school for which she got A+. She played Hockey for school during the week, she played in goal and they lost (I suppose the strikers couldn’t score enough at the other end!)
On Friday afternoon Jamie had his rear windows tinted on his car (cost £150). Friday night, he reveresd into a lady’s car in Tesco carpark (cost unknown, as ye!) Looks like no fun until he settles the bill, when it arrives.
 

A New Car

Posted in Uncategorized on January 18, 2008 by David Palmer
Well having trawled many garages, looked at lots of cars, Jamie at last acquired his new car via our next door neighbour! Ian is a salesman for the local Ford dealer in town and we visited the showroom to ask for some advice. The garage had a Peugot 106, 25000 miles and 02 plate and far too much for Jamie’s small savings. However, Ian offered to buy the car for Jamie at no profit (he is allowed to buy four a year). It took £1000 off the price of the car and put it in Jamie’s price bracket. He is now driving it! The insurance was ridiculously expensive and he is paying it in monthly instalments.
The colts side I coach took on Worcester at the week-end and lost. They were a little overawed at playing such prestigious opposition and didn’t do themselves justice. But, we celebrated well into the early hours and I acquired a hangover.
Sarah got an ‘A’ for maths in her GCSE’s mock and we are very pleased. She is going to Charlotte’s at the weekend.
Sue has been feeling a bit peeky this week (probably in sympathy with all the rain we have had recently) and I had a dose of the Winter Vomiting Virus last night!!!!!!! Hence a day off school and why am writing this now.
 

A New Year

Posted in Uncategorized on January 8, 2008 by David Palmer
A Summary:
I took my mother back to Yorkshire on the day before New Years Eve and returned to Harborough the same day. She had found having a houseful of people quite tiring, she is used to nodding off in a chair at the drop of a hat or sitting quietly reading the paper when she wanted. Ther was none of that with 8 in the house and occasionally more, especially with a 1 year old. She wanted to go home for some peace and quiet.
We stayed up on New Year’s Eve to see the new year in. We set fireworks off and drank bubbly before reriring to bed. Jamie was at a party and sent a text message, he arrived back before breakfast.
New years day saw Charlotte and Suraj leave for Derbyshire. As a Christmas present, Sue and I had booked them into a Pub in the wilds of the Peak District for a few days R & R. Of course we had the benefit of looking after Lucas (which really was our plan!) They came back refreshed, and Lucas still recognised them.
Sarah and Sue managed to catch the flu bug that is going around and still haven’t got over it yet.
On Saturday I went with Jamie around the local garages to look for a new car for him (there weren’t many that interested him). In the afternoon I watched the Colts being beaten by Towcester, in the bar afterwards, Sue rang me to tell that Jamie had crashed his car. Apparently he had hit a tree doing no more than 15 miles an hour (Honest!) driving down a field road in the country side, no one else was involved and Jamie was fine. The car was a write-off. However he did have friend who lived half a mile away and I managed to drive a very sick car to a patch of land that his friend owned, and at least it was off the road. He gutted the car of its stereo and everything valuable and I took him home. Sunday was spent looking at more cars in the morning ( a lot more urgency this time) and the afternoon was spent putting the car on the back of a trailer and taking it to a local scrap merchant, for which he got £50.
We have seen a lot of Jamie recently as he doesn’t have any wheels and he is quite pleasant and sheepish. His boss has to take him to work and bring him home. I think the next time he is sitting with me when I am driving, he won’t criticise my driving skills quite so much!
Charlotte and Suraj have at last decided where they are going to get married. After much anguish they decided on Zanzibar. So on the 2nd of September they will be married on the beach in Zanzibar, then having a honeymoon in the Maldives. It is now all booked and the ring bought, all I have to do is see if we can afford to be there. What happened to a nice quiet church wedding in the UK and a week in Skegness?