Archive for Dec, 2008


Posted in Uncategorized on Dec 31, 2008 by David Palmer
Charlotte and Lucas arrived on the afternoon of Christmas Eve, in her new car (a black Freelander, very nice!) Suraj arrived around tea-time, he had to work in the moning. At 7.30pm, all except Nan (broken wrist), travelled to Kettering for an evenings tenpin bowling. As usual, loads of fun and a good way to spend the evening before Christmas Day. We left at around 11pm, but if the truth be told, we probably would have been htrown out  if we had tried to stay longer as the Palmers (younger generation) were getting a little silly.
Christmas Day was: breakfast, open presents, Christmas dinner, play with presents, Christmas tea, played games, watched TV  and went to bed.
Boxing Day was Race Day. We all travelled to Peterborough for a days Greyhound racing. We all had mixed fortunes but for once I was hot! Out of 13 races I won on all but 3 and on one actually won £104.60 for a £1 stake (I was obnoxiously smug after that). A very profitable day for yours truly.
The next day most of the family went off to Northampton to beat the credit crunch and came back armed with bags and bags of stuff. Suraj even nipped into Woolies in Harborough at 5pm to take advantage of their ‘everything is 10p sale’. The family then voted that I should spend my winnings by taking them all out to a Nepalese meal in Desborough. I did and it was very nice.
The following morning we took Lucas for his first train ride. He was a little unsuire at first but soon warmed to the idea of the huge machines and loved it. It was a very cold day and the mince pies and sherry served on board was very welcome.
Suraj had to leave us on the day before New Years Eve as he was due back at work and travelled back to Newark. However, we all went out for a pub lunch before he left. The weather is getting even colder. The cats will be glad to see him as they have spent Christmas on their own (looked after by neighbours).
Today, I used my paper log maker, really good and dead easy. Tonight Sue and I are leaving the rest of the family to go to a New Years Eve Party (should be fun)

Breaking News

Posted in Uncategorized on Dec 21, 2008 by David Palmer
Sue has slowly recovered from her Pluerosy and is nearly back to normal. She travelled down to Worcester to meet Philippa last Sunday to swap presents and do a bit of shopping. Sarah has had mock exams all week and though suffreing from a chest cold managed to keep smiling, she even had one on the day they broke up for Christmas, what is the world coming too? Jamie has been busy at work and even attempted to help me with building his new wardrobe. Harriet I am reliably informed is now history, which is a shame as he had bought her star for Christmas (You buy the right to name one of the trillions of stars that are discovered in the universe). He drove over to Thrapston to see another girl the other night (I hope she’s called Harriet or it looks like a wasted present).
I had a phone call during Tuesday Tea. Nan was delivering presents around the village and we think tripped over her shoe laces. The result was that she broke her wrist and badly cut and bruised the side of her face (smashed her glasses). Luckily she was spotted by someone looking out of their window and an ambulance was called. I arrived at Rotherham General about 7pm and we were allowed home (Thurcroft) at 10pm. She had a pain killing injection and it lasted until Thursday. On Thursday we went back to the hospital to have a pot put on (she chose a rather festive red colour) and then drove down to Harborough. She is now enjoying the delights of our new woodburner and the excellent waiter service. Though uncomfortable she is managing rather well and doesn’t appear to be too put out.
Charlotte and Suraj have succumbed to the chest infection and are rather poorly (and sound it on the phone). Hopefully they will be better by Wednesday which is the day they come down for Christmas. Lucas appears to be fine.
I was Santa (at the school Christmas Fayre), I had let my beard grow and have encouraged it to turn white over the last few years, in anticipation of such an invite! But now I have experienced this latest chapter in my life , I shall now trim it, perhaps tint it and close the chapter by never repeating it!!! Last Thursday night I went to Farndon Fields Christmas dinner at a local Italian restruant. It was well attended but I sat next to a member of staff I didn’t really care to be sat next too, and left early to go to Christmas buffet at the Catholic Club (which enjoyed more). It was also Sue’s Christmas dinner with Church Langton at the Angel Hotel, she had a nice time and had proper Christmas food, instead of the pasta and pizza I had. I managed to referee Harborough Vets on Saturday, quite a festive affair.
Now we are waiting for Christmas to arrive.

Three weeks of news

Posted in Uncategorized on Dec 10, 2008 by David Palmer
The last three weeks sem to have flown by and this is what I remember of it:
Been busy at school. She had a flight with the air cadets at RAF Wittering in a Cessna, she really enjoyed that. She attended the air cadets Annual Dinner, with Air Commodore present, it was very formal and lots of awards given out. When we arrived to pick her up, the Commodore made a bee-line to talk to us, a pleasant chap what oh! She went to London with Charlotte and Claire (Charlotte’s friend), They arrived Friday night and caught the 6.30am train to London. Lots of shopping (apparently) and returned for 6pm. They stayed until Sunday evening. At the last moment they brought Lucas with them as Suraj had to knock the fireplace about ready to fit a woodburner that they had bought off ebay. Sue had to look after him as I  also was in London to watch England play the All Blacks. At present Sarah has had a couple of days off school with a chest bug that is hitting schools (see Sue’s slot). This week-end she is supposed to go to Edale with the Air Cadets, I expect a miraculous recovery in time to go.
Sue has been busy secretly shopping for things (Christmas presents, I think!) and packing as many days in school as possible. She had Lucas to look after last weekend, I think they went shopping. We travelled up to Newark last Sunday for Lucas’s 2nd birthday. She shouldn’t have gone as she was too ill, but she insisted. Despite looking like  Death warmed up she also went into school on Monday morning. On Tuesday morning I took her to the doctors and then the Cottage Hospital for an x-ray on her chest. The doctors were going to admit her into Leicester Hospital as she had fluid on the lungs, but they decided to give her a massive dose of anti-biotics instead (I think she pressurised them).  She slept at home until 5pm when I took her back to the doctors. She said she felt better and they made an appointment to see her on Friday morning. She was supposed to be in school on Wednesday, but I rang them and told them she wouldn’t be in this week. She looks terrible but appears to getting better, but you can’t stop her tidying up etc!
He seems pretty ok at the moment, he is back with Harriet (but just friends?). He helped lay a floor at a friends house which he got paid for. Howver, the following day he parked his car at work and forgot to put the handbrake on and it rolled down a slope and through a neighbouring wooden fence. On Sunday it took him 7 hours with a friend, to replace the fence his car had destroyed. Surprisingly, not much damage to his car. He drove his own car to Newark (with Sarah) for Lucas’s birthday, he must enjoy driving. He did have a few days working on the Exhibitions, in London and Brimingham, I think he enjoys working away and appears to have fun, but he doesn’t speak much. At the moment I am decorating his bedroom and we are having differences in opinions in what it should look like. Apparently I am a rubbish carpenterand he is better, I already knew that! It’s a shame he doesn’t do it himself, but I suppose he would want paying?
I have finished decorating Sarah’s room, and are now working on Jamie’s, though the occasional work day in school is slowing things down. Apparently there is a nasty chest bug going around that is flattening everybody, and teachers are dropping like flies. I have been refereeing at the weekends, I refereed in a prison 2 weeks ago and had to stop the game early to protect the opposition from being beaten up. An interesting game. I had a pleasant day in London before watching the All Blacks beat England at Twickenham, a friend Paul had managed to get tickets. I went on the London Eye and also bought a thermal vest in M&S as it was soooo cold. The woodburner has been a wise purchase as the house is much warmer now, and today we had a man come to survey us for cavity wall insulation, it will probably be put in after Christmas.
She went into hospital for an injection in her eye (ouch) last week. The Botox enjection is supposed to correct her vision that is a bit skew-wiff. It worked for a while but it keeps returning. She still have wrinles.They have told her it will take a few weeks to work. Time will tell. She has been out and about as usual, even though the weather has been cold, having her hair done and going out for lunch with a friend. She is looking forward to coming down for Christmas.
Charlotte has got over her fright with the flaming wheely bin and has managed to entertain the family at Lucas’s birthday party (I liked the chilli). The new wood burner they have is excellent, it is the same one we wanted, but unfortunately wouldn’t fit in our fire-place. Surprisingly they all seem in reasonable health. Lucas has started his new Nursery and appears to enjoy it.