Archive for Apr, 2008

Getting better

Posted in Uncategorized on Apr 26, 2008 by David Palmer
Lucas spent the week in hospital. They didn’t have to graft any skin and with the morphine he seemed to be coping well. Charlotte and Suraj stayed with him though Suraj had to go back to work on the Wednesday. Lucas was allowed to go home on the Saturday afternoon. Sue, Sarah and I travelled up to Newark to see Lucas on the Sunday. Charlotte cooked Sunday lunch (very nice and traditional, I had seconds!) Lucas didn’t appear to have been affected too much, though he was very clingy and wanted to be picked up all the time. Apart from his bandaged hands you wouldn’t have known what he had been though. We only stayed a few hours and then drove home.
Jamie’s 19th birthday was on Saturday. He had driven down to Bournemouth on Friday with a friend and stayed in a hotel until Sunday. He didn’t say much about the place, but I suspect it was a bit too quiet for him (the older you get, birthdays seem to lose their excitement).
Sarah a made avery nice jam rolypoly sponge this week at school. I only know this through hearsay as I didn’t get a sniff of any!!!
The doors were replaced  and I am now busy waxing them. A very tedious job and the fumes are awful. Sue has a poorly chest and I don’t think the doors are helping. They do look nice.
On Friday I attended the Referees Society Annual Dinner at ther Walker Stadium (Leicester City’s ground).  Very nice meal and the guest speaker (Geof Probyn) was very good. I got home around 1.30am, but was up at 7.00am waxing! In the afternoon I went to the Rugby Club to watch the second team. The referee ruptured his achilles at the start of the game and I had to take over. It is very sweaty running around a rugby pitch in your normal clothes on a hot Saturday afternoon (I shall pay for it tomorrow, when I try to get out of bed!)
I bought a new monitor for my PC and hopefully now that the screen is clearer, I shall make less mistakes. I was offered a job this week by a local company who asre in IT. They were keen to let me work when I wanted, but I am not sure I want to get involved in that type of work again. I put them off until after the summer.
Lucas has had his bandages taken off and apparently his hands are now in plastic bags (good sign, I think). I did think that plastic bags were bad for global warming!
Jamie is still going with Harriet.

Sad News……..

Posted in Uncategorized on Apr 13, 2008 by David Palmer
Nan has been staying with us since Easter and she was getting restless and wanted to go home, so on Friday I took her back to Thurcroft. Sarah was doing a two day walk for her ‘Duke of Edinburgh’ on Friday as well, so was out in the wilds of Leicestershire hiking and camping. Sue and I had booked to see ‘Eastern Promises’ at the local Cinema (it was very good if not a lot gory) so I didn’t manage to take Nan back until 10pm, the motorway was quietish, we got there for around 11.30pm, and then straight to bed.
On Saturday we were having new doors fitted, they were arriving at 8.30am, so that meant I was up at 5.30am and driving south for 6am. They arrived on tiome and began work and I had to go off at 9am to a school soccer tournamet. We won one, drew one and lost one and the weather was sunny but cold. I got back for around 12.30 and was expecting to have a sandwich and then drive over to Deepings (about an hour away) with the Colts to coach them in a fixture, but I was lucky and the match was cancelled. Sooooooo I watched Tigers play Ospreys, aaaaaaaand I wish I had gone to Deepings! They were rubbish and deservedly lost. We then had a phone call from Charlotte to inform us that Lucas had been rushed into hospital. He had got into the bathroom where a bath with hot water was being run and had toppled in (it only takes a second). He has scalded his hands to just beyond the wrists. He was transferred from Newark hospital to the burns unit at Nottingham. The right hand doesn’t seem to be too bad but the left hand is causing concern. The poor lad is on morphine to control the pain and I am sure he doesn’t understand what is happening. It looks like he is going to be there for quite a few days. Charlotte and Suraj are distraught. Hopefully the Unit will work their magic and with luck this will become just bad memory and nothing more. We hope so.
Jamie has arranged to go to Bournemouth with a friend (male)  next week-end. It is his birthday and he will have reached the age of 19yrs. I would have taken bets against him doing that. He is quite excited and looking forward to it.
Simon has run in the London Marathon today. Philippa and Paul went down to watch him. We and Nan watched the TV to catch a glimpse of him, but we didn’t, not surprising with 30000+ runners.
Today I planted my carrots.

Away Days!

Posted in Uncategorized on Apr 3, 2008 by David Palmer
On Wednesday Sue and Sarah travelled down to Philippa’s in Devon. They had a lovely time, visted the sea (where Sarah destructed her mobile, so they bought a new one!). They visted a nunnery and bought me some Trappist beer and a pot of honey. The weather was good and they returned on Saturday.
Jamie was working, so until Friday I was on my own. Lonely and bored. Peter did come around for a while to show me how to sharpen the chain on my chain saw, but that was the highlight of those few days. I didn’t see Jamie much, as soon as he got in from work he went out again (to see Harriet).
On Friday I did go on tour with the Under 17’s to Brussels. We travelled by Eurostar from Market Harborough and It was a very quick and easy journey. We stayed in a hostel in the centre of Brussels (‘Sleepwell’, and I did!). The team played a side called Donde -Monde, who they beat 50:0. We sampled a few of the Belgian beers on offer. They say that you can drink a different beer on each day of the year and never repeat (I believe them). I enjoyed the tour very much, I think Sue and I should visit Brussels next autumn. I had instructions to bring back chocolates (which I did, for Sue and Sarah).
On Wednesday I travelled up to Thurcroft (via Newark to drop a load of logs I had cut for Charlotte’s fire) to fetch nan. We had lunch in the village and then went back to Newark to see Lucas (who for once didn’t have runny nose and seemed fit and healthy). We had fish and chips and then travelled back to Harborough.