Good news/bad news!

The hamstring I pulled the other weekend, kept me out of refereeng the following week (so I watched the 1st’s at Harborough). The hamstring has much imnproved so I expect to ref this week, I also have a mid week game so it had better hold up. As I couldn’t run much, I have been using my bike a lot and I am afraid that being thrashed over fields/fences/ditches etc was too much for the old girl and the bearings started to go (just like mine!). I now am the proud owner of a new mountaing bike (Saracen Mantra 1). It really is the bees knees, but still gets punctures (one so far). Disc brakes front and back, front suspension, speed shift gears (24), comfy saddle and for the first time in my life, I own a bike with lights!!!! I also have a bike helmet (one that Aunty Hilda was throwing out).
Charlotte and Lucas came down on the weekend of my birthday, though the weather was quite cold and we didn’t get out much. On the Saturday, we went to a local pub that had  a Thai Food night, it was surprisingly authentic. Lucas learned to play Cheese Skittles and Jamie nearly lost his phone (but found it, on the table …………….. where he was sitting……………………… eventually). On Sunday we went to Corby to do some shopping, Lucas acquired an umbrella in mysterious circumstances, and then it rained (he must have known something, perhaps he is psychic?)
The ‘Crunch’ has touched Jamie now. He finishes work at 4pm and only works Monday to Thursday. I decided to employ his company to fit a new front door to try and help out the business a little bit (hope it helps). On the bright side most of his mates don’t have jobs, so unlike myself, he does have some friends to occupy his Fridays.
I went up to Thurcroft (Monday  to Wednesday) to see Nan and take her for an eye appointment at the hospital. I wasn’t expecting much to be done, but she saw a different  Optometrist (Mr Zahir Patel), as her usual Doc had been delayed in Iraq (they didn’t say why). He was brilliant, very professional and you could tell he wanted to solve her double vision problem, and he did, what a nice man and only young (they all seem young to me now!). Afterwards we had lunch and she read her own menu, in fact when he was testing her eyesight, I am afraid it appeared better than mine!
I travelled back via Newark, to drop off Easter eggs and Jamie’s dead Laptop for Suraj to fix. However, it was beyond hope and after a quick phone call, Jamie now has a new one. All he has to do is pay Suraj for it (watch this space). I did benefit from the visit myself. Aftwer last week-ends poker party there was quite a lot of beer left over and I was gifted it as Suraj doesn’t yet drink anything but lager. When he grows older he will eventually realise that lager is milked from the rear end of Scandinavian sewer rats, while beer is flavoursome and healthy because it is the drink of Gods/heroes and brewed from nectar.
Today, I had planned to walk along the disused railway line that runs at the rear of the house to Husbands Bosworth and then catch the bus back, but instead I accompanied Sue to the funeral of Derfel Williams who sadly died on Monday. I only met him a few times (a long time ago) when Charlotte was a bridesmaid at one of his daughters wedding. At the time I thought he was a nice and interesting man, and having listened in church to his family and friends celebrate his life, I was right. I would have liked to have known him better and I am sure that that those who knew him well will certainly miss him.
 
 

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