I think the summer is coming.

On re-reading, my last blog seems a little depressing, hopefully, this will sound more positive.
Having been pleased to recover from a pulled hamstring, the very next game I refereed, I strained a calf muscle, and the one after that I twisted my knee. Yet,  the following Saturday I got through the entire game without a single twinge! However, it was bitterly cold to play rugby and there was a stinging ice storm to contend with throughout. At times I was so cold that I could probably have broken both legs and not noticed. Maybe I should limit my refereeing to cold days?
One weekend Sue and I attended a fancy dress party at the rugby club. I went dressed as Elvis, Sue went as one of his many lady friends. Though we had a great time, I had earlier strained my calf running around a rugby pitch in Stamford and couldn’t dance to the excellent band that had been booked. The food was excellent and my version of, ‘The wonder of you’ standing on one leg with a mock guitar was outstanding (so I say).
Sarah had been away to Bruge in Belgium with the ATS.  playing in the Harborough marching band. We could tell it had been a brilliant trip as she was very excited and talkative on her retrun. Disappointingly, she brought back a large amount of dark Belgian chocolate (my favourite) and didn’t share it with the family, ironically, it probably had quite a lot to do with her throwing up that night. However, since returning she hasn’t been too well, yet has managed to struggle on, even participating in swimming galas. Yesterday, she was invited to RAF Kinloss in Scotland, hopefully this time she will not be bringing back any local delicacies such as haggis and scoffing the lot herself. At present, she is busy getting her coursework up to date so that she can miss school.
Sue continues to be in and out of good health but has a persistent cough that just won’t go away. Some days she appears fine, on others, she struggles. She has become quite enthusiastic about constructing her family tree,  spending all her spare time on the computer inputting any information she has gleaned from relatives.
Jamie had a hole in his car’s exhaust system, I put a temporary repair on it for him but it was tricky as it’s where the oxygen sensor enters the system. I have arranged for it to be properly welded by a friend. The stereo in his old car belonged to a friend and when Jamie bought his new car, his friend wanted the stereo player back. However, when Jamie took it out he lost the keycode to make it work, thus making t useless. He bought himself an all-singing and dancing stereo for his new car. I must admit it is pretty good and doubles up as a hands-free phone, quite neat. Disappointingly, he blew one of the speakers on Saturday and of course, he couldn’t find his receipt to get a free replacement. Recently he went to the Santa Pod race track and camped out with friends on what turned out to be a very cold weekend. He had a good time and showed me what he got up to on his phone. John (his boss) was on holiday last week and this left just Jamie and his co-worker Dan at the unit. Each day he was home by 2 pm (when the cats way!)
These last few weeks, Sue, Sarah and Jamie have been passing a bug between them, thankfully it doesn’t appear to want to come anywhere near me (I hope it stays that way).
On one scorching hot day last week, I went on a walk that I had been planning for ages. It was along the disused railway line at the back of the house which went all the way to Husbands Bosworth. It was a lovely walk, though challenging in parts. I had a steak and ale lunch at the pub in Bosworth and chatted with a guy at the bar who played for Lutterworth RFC, which just happened to be the club that I was refereeing, next Saturday. I gratefully accepted a pint of beer from him on the understanding that there were no strings attached!
I am very impressed with my new bike, the wheels and tyres are extremely easy to take off, a great advantage when last Sunday I picked up five punctures on a twenty-three mile mostly off-road ride. This week I bought some Kevlar inserts for the tyres to prevent any future mishaps. The main problem is that local farmers flail the hedgerows rather than cut them, this scatters thorns in every direction. As the bike shop owner said, it is good for trade!
During the week, I went around to see my neighbour and complained that one of their children had lobbed clumps of soil into the garden and some of them had landed in the pool. Unfortunately, for the child concerned, his mum is very fierce and next Thursday I will be teaching the class he is in.
The only news I know of from Newark is:
1. Suraj sold Jamie a new laptop and is keen to receive payment.
2. Charlotte had a hospital appointment 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 GCSEs. I have promised to help out with the organisation and most probably finance.
5. Charlotte has applied to do some charity work for Mencap.
Nan is well, she watches a lot of sports on the TV in between watching the potatoes and onions grow that I have planted in the garden. She still has her hair styled each week and now appears to have added having her nails done, she is also considering a foot massage! I pointed out that I have my hair done about once every two months and have to cut my own nails.

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