Archive for October, 2008

Sad news

Posted in Uncategorized on October 19, 2008 by David Palmer
Suraj’s father died in hospital during the week. Suraj stayed with him at the hospital until the end. Suraj, Charlotte and Lucas came to stay on Wednesday, and we looked after Lucas while Suraj and Charlotte attended the funeral in Coventry on Thursday. They stayed with us on the Friday, but slept most of the time as they looked and obviously were, exhausted. On the Saturday they travelled down to London to meet all the family and friends that wished to pay their respects to their father. They didn’t get back until around midnight and slept until noon on the Sunday. After lunch they travelled home.
Jamie was working in  London during the week. He has been looking forward to it for quite a awhile and when he rerturned late on Friday night, he looked as if he has had a good time.
Despite having trouble with a knee ligament I managed 18 holes of golf (Monday) and got round in 97 (2 birdies). I was quite pleased as I haven’t played in years. On Tuesday I used my chain saw to cut down and log a large sycamore tree next to the river that was rotten and soon to fall down. On Saturday I refereed at Stamford School, an excellent standard of rugby and also it appears an excellent standard of education provided. Yes, my knee was still hurting and does need rest before it will get better (not much chance of that).
On Friday I took Sarah up to the north of Leicestershire to join her Air Cadets group on a week-end camp. She was very excited about going. I shall pick her up later to day and find out what sort of things they did.
 

Crash!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 12, 2008 by David Palmer
 
The whole world seems to be in a panic, with the stock market crashing and the banks failing. Glad I don’t have a mortgage and I am not saving for retirement or else things would be pretty sticky. However, I did make the mistake of placing half my savings into the Halifax only to wake up the following day to the news that they were bankrupt! Luckily, with accounts being on line I transferred the lot back into my FirstDirect account (close thing). Unfortunately, by the time I had cashed in a stocks and shares ISA the market crash had well and truly eaten into my profits, but that also is now on deposit in FirstDirect. Worrying times when Bankers don’t trust each other to lend money!
So what have we been up to? Sue has been busy working (supply work) nearly every day. I also did a couple of supply days at Farndon Fields (really enjoyable). Jamie has been quietly getting on with his life (for once), and is still going out with Harriet. Sarah is enjoying her Air Cadets, taking part in swimming galas, organising the local film club and attending school.
I went up to Thurcroft (last week), and spent 3 days with Nan. Charlotte and Lucas came over for one of the days. The weather was fine and I managed to dig up the potatoes and then dig over the garden ready for winter. Nan was fit and healthy and already started to think about Christmas!
This week I have painted (red) all the outside doors and tiled a wall in the Utility Room. I took my time and I think I did a good job, no need to rush now. We have decided to change the gas fire in the lounge into a multi fuel burer and choosing one and organising it has taken up quite a lot of mine and Sue’s time. Hopefully it will be in place by the end of November. It should reduce our gas bills!
Suraj had some bad news on Friday. His father had a heart attack and was in Coventry Hopsital, he is not expected to survive. At the moment he is still at the hospital along with his brothers and sisters. Charlotte and Lucas are in Newark (Charlotte has a heavy cold).
Last night I had a phone call (a long one!) from Chris Tippets. He is an old College friend, he retired a few years ago. It was nice chatting about life, two grumpy old men putting the world to rights!!!!!