I think the summer is coming.

The last blog I wrote seemed a little depressing, thankfully this one will be more upbeat.
I did recover from the pulled hamstring only to suffer from a pulled calf muscle the next game I ref’d. And, in the game after that I twisted my knee. But, on Saturday I managed to get through the entire game without a single twinge (hooray), but it was absolutely freezing and the haistone storm we had, did sting (alot). Thinking back, I could probably broken both legs and  because it was so cold I wouldn’t have noticed. I must remember to only referee on cold days (much safer).
Sue and I went to a fancy dress party. I went as Elvis, and Sue went as one of Elvis’s many lady friends. We had a good time but we didn’t dance to the band they had as it was on a Saturday and I had pulled my calf that afternoon. But, the food and entertainment was good and my version of ‘The wonder of you’ with mock guitar was outstanding (so I say).
Sarah has been away to Belgium with the ATS. She was playing in the band, in Bruge. I could tell it was brilliant fun as she was very excited when she go back (and it wasn’t because she wanted to see dad!). Howver, she did bring back a lot of Belgian chocolate and whether this had something to do with her throwing up later on that night, I wouldn’t like to say. She hasn’t been too well since getting back, but has struggled on, even with swimming in galas etc. Yesterday, she was invited to go to RAF Kinloss (Scotland) next Wednesday, so we are going to say goodby to her again. She is busy getting her coursework up to date so that she can miss school.
Sue has been in and out of good health, she has a persistent cough that won’t go away (but at least you always know where she is!). Some days she appears fine, but on others she struggles. She has started to construct her family tree and she spends time on the computer inputting the information. She is gleaning information from relatives and occasionally drops snippets of information (that I don’t understand).
Jamie had a hole on his exhaust system, I put a temporary repair on it but it was tricky as it was where the oxygen sensor entered the system. I have arranged for it to be welded properly sometime this week. I didn’t know, but his car stereo belonged to his friend and when he got a new car he wanted it back. Jamie tried to put original stereo back, but he had lost the keycode to make it work (no comment). His solution was to buy an all singing and dancing new stereo. I must admit it is pretty good and doubles up as a handsfree phone, quite neat. However, he blew one of the speakers on Saturday, of course he couldn’t find his receipt (no comment). He did go to Santa-Pod the other week-end form Friday to Sunday. He and some friends camped out (it was quite a cold week-end). He had a good time and showed me some of the things he did and saw on his phone. John (his boss) was on holiday last week and so that left just Jamie and and Dan at the unit. He was home by 2pm everyday (when the cats way!) Jamie has had a few days of not being very well. It appears that Sue, Sarah and Jamie keep passing a bug between them, but it doesn’t come anywhere near me (hope it stays that way).
On the one scorching hot day last week, I went on a walk that I had been planning for ages. I walked along the disused railway line at the back of the house to Husbands Bosworth. It was a lovely walk, though a bit challenging in parts (see photos). I had lunch at the pub in Bosworth (steak and ale pie) and had a chat with a guy at the bar who just happened to play for Lutterworth RFC, which just happened to be the club that I was refereeing at, next Saturday. I just happened to accept a pint of beer from him (with no strings attached!) I am very impressed with my new bike, the wheels and tyres are exteremely easy to take off, which is an advantage as last Sunday I picked up 5 punctures on a 23mile ride I went on (mostly off road). This week I bought som Kevlar inserts for the tyres to prevernt future mishaps. The problem is that farmers now flail the hedgerows rather that cut them, this scatters thorns in very direction. As the bike shop owner said, it is good for trade! Yesterday I went around to my neigbour and complained. One of the children had lobbed clumps of soil into the garden and some of them had landed in the pool (I was not happy). Unfortunately, for him, his mum is very fierce and next Thursday I teach his class (ha ha).
Don’t know much about what is happening in Newark other than:
1. Suraj sold Jamie a new laptop and is keen to receive payment.
2. Charlotte had a hospital appointmnt about a rash that she seems to have picked up in the Maldives (don’t know the result).
3. Lucas seems to be bug free and is now potty trained (I wonder if the two are linked?)
4. Charlotte is intending to have a holiday with Sarah after she has finished her GCSE’s. I have prpomised to help out with the organisation.
5. Charlotte has applied to do some charity work for Mencap.
Nan is fine, and watching a lot of sport on the TV inbetween watching the potatoes and onions that I planted in the garden. She is still having her hair done each week and now appears to have added having her nails done, and I think she mentioned a foot massage? Not bad for some eh? I have my hair done about once every two months and have to cut my own nails.

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