Archive for Apr, 2009

The Credit Crunch bites!

Posted in Uncategorized on Apr 29, 2009 by David Palmer
Unfortunately Jamie has been made redundant. The joinery he works for has been getting less and less work over the last few months and the owner (John) has had to let his two wokers go. Jamie was very upset to get the news, but John has promised to take him on if things pick up. It was particularly hard for Jamie as I had employed them to change our front door and  John had to break the news that day. I had given them the job of replacing the door in order to help them out, but very liittle other work was coming in. Nan has invited him up to Yorkshire to fit some wardrobes and Charlotte has got some shelves to be put in. I have got some flooring to replace, so we should keep him busy until he finds another job (hopefully).
Sue is fine and for once, quite healthy! She is busy with school and housework, but since I have catalogued the DVD’s she now finds time to sit down and watch a film in the evenings. We haven’t done that for such a long time.
Sarah is studying for exams and I don’t see much of her as she prefers to do it in her room.
Last Thursday I flew with Roger to see Joan and Phillip in Italy. The flight on Ryanair was quite good (honest) and the check-in procedures very quick and simple. Joan and Phillip picked us up in Ancona and drove us to Santa Vittoria, which is a hill top town in Marche (very quiet). They have a lovely house set in beautuful countryside with stunning views in every direction. The weather did not play ball and though it wasn’t cold we did have quite a bit of rain. We made friends with a neighbour’s dog called Wags. He was staying with them for a few days. The trip was very restful and it was nice to see Joan and Phillip again. They has some friends over one evening and we had a jolly time having a good natter and moan about life in general (I do a lot of that now). Britain was having great weather while we were away, but it didn’t seem to matter, we were chilling out! We were invited back next year and I certainly intend to  go (despite the weather).
Lucas apparently has  had a bug but appears to have got over it. I dion’t know about Charlotte and Suraj.

Everyone returns and a birthday.

Posted in Uncategorized on Apr 20, 2009 by David Palmer
This week has seen the family disappearing in all directions.
Sue went down to the West Country to stay with Philippa. I wisely (or thought so), checked the weather forecast and spotted that it said that, that  part of the country was going to get miserable wet weather all week and the Midlands were going to be fine and sunny. I elected to stay in the Midlands (mistake). Well, Monday was fine and sunny, so I took myself for a walk around Gumley woods. A lovely walk, but I nadgered my knee up as all the hills sloped in one direction (and I went around them all) the angle of slope was such that it stressed my already painful crucia ligamnent, and it hurt all week. Tuesday Wednesday, Thursday and Friday proved to be the most miserable of days in the Midlands (wet, cold, depressing) and I didn’t leave the house. I catalogued the 326 films we have on DVD. Sue (in the West Country) had brilliant weather and visited a lot of places in bright sunshine!
Sarah had gone off to Newark to stay with Charlotte. It gave her quiet time to revise for her GCSE’s. When she came back on Sunday, even she had a bit of a sun tan (or is it make-up?)
Jamie went off with two of his mates to Bournemouth to celebrate his birthday. He used his Tom-tom to get there, which Sue and I had bought him as a present. As usual he doen’t say much as to what he got up to (but then I didn’t when I was that age) , the hotel he had booked was nice and he also was sporting a suntan when he returned.
On Sunday everyone had returned and we cut the cake for Jamie’s 20th birthday (see photo). I can’t say the last 20 years have flown by with Jamie, there have been regular highs and lows, and there have been times when I thought he would never make it past his teens, but he has. My prediction that he would be the death of me by the time I was 50 has so far proved to be false. I look forward to the next 50 years (I hope).
I am looking forward to visiting Joan and Phil in Italy. I fly out with Roger this Thursday (on Ryanair) for spot of Italian walking on terra-firma (I hope that is italian for ground that doesn’t move!). More about this when I get back.

Some quiet days.

Posted in Uncategorized on Apr 9, 2009 by David Palmer
The weather has been good since the last blog, some lovely sunny days and the occasional chilly night. I managed to do a few days at school including an afternoon compering a children’s talent show. It was quite different seeing things from a different perspective, particularly when the teaching support assistants did Mamma Mia with Richard Blewitt doing a guest appearance as Meryl Streep! Did I really look such a prat last year with my version of the Spice Girls? Less amusing is that the school is now financially up the creek (not surprised), and has to make some redundancies among the teaching staff. As expected people are even less happier that they were before and certain members of staff have asked for some advice (even Meryl). On the brighter side, I managed to referee a whole rugby match without so much as a twinge and I am now discovering new off road routes on my bike each day. The Leicestershire countryside is really very nice when you get out into it. The news about the Earthquake in Itlay has some relevance, as the only the day before it happened I had booked to go to Santa Vittoria with Ryanair and Roger Woolnough (not sure which is the cheapest!). We are taking up an invite from Joan (previous Head at Farndon Fields) to visit.  Though they were near the epi-centre, the house is still standing and the visit is still on. We fly on the 23rd April with a requested consignment of Teabags.
Sue made it to the Easter break and also managed a couple of days visit to see her Uncle Stan in Manchester. She enjoyed the visit and didn’t have to use her voice much as Stan  (who lives alone) didn’t leave much scope for replies! He is a very nice person and Sue thinks that the neighbours do take advantage of that. Last Saturday we went out to a new restaurant in town (quite posh and a lot expensive). One of the rugby coaches that I had spent so much time with over the years arranged it. It was nice meeting up with friends that I didn’t see now. We had a good time and the food was fine, Sue ordered a steak and I wished I had also!
Jamie has arranged to go to Bournemouth next Friday with some friends (its his birthday on the 19th). I got a friend to weld his exhaust back together (£20) and the following day he was in Northampton and a Taxi ran into the back of him! He is now involved in getting quotes for the repair. Not a straightforward life that Jamie lives. His car is ok and there is only superficial danage, I just hope it stays that way when he needs it to drive down to Bournemouth.
Sarah got back from RAF Rosslare last night. She has been texting me during the week and it was obvious she was having a brilliant time. She came out best on the simulator, flying a Nimrod, so they let her fly one for real!!!!!! She took the controls when in the air. There are only 6 of the 14 aircraft left that ARE still flying and asking Sarah to take control of one of them was a bit risky, I have seen her in control of a quad bike and jet ski on holiday (and I stay well away!) Apparently she was the fastest in stripping, cleaning and assembling a rifle but, the BIGGEST surprise was that she won first prize for her tidy room. For those that know our little swamp rat, that is astonishing.