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?