Some quiet days.

The weather has been good since the last blog, with 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. Seeing things from a different perspective was quite different, 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 in last year’s performance of my version of the Spice Girls?

Less amusing is that the school is now financially up the creek (though I am not surprised), there have to be redundancies among the teaching staff to get them back onto a sound financial footing. As you would expect, the staff are not happy and certain members of staff have asked me for 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 particularly pleasant at this time of the year when you venture out into it. Recent news concerning the Earthquake in Italy has some relevance as the day before it shook large parts of the country I had booked to go to Santa Vittoria with  Roger Woolnough on Ryan Air. We are taking up an invite from Joan (previous Head at Farndon Fields) to visit. Though they were near the epi-centre, their house is still standing and (so far) the visit is still on. We fly on the 23rd of April with a requested consignment of Teabags.

At school, Sue made it to the Easter break without illness and also managed a couple of away days to visit her Uncle Stan in Manchester. She enjoyed the break and thankfully didn’t have to use her voice much as Stan (who lives alone) did most of the talking! He appears to have a very generous nature and Sue thinks that the neighbours take advantage of it.

Last Saturday, with friends we tried a new restaurant in town, it was quite posh and a lot expensive. One of the rugby coaches that I had spent so much time with over the years did the arranging. Despite the cost, it was lovely meeting up with friends that I hadn’t seen for a while. We had a pleasant time with fine food, uncharacteristically, Sue ordered a steak and on arrival, I wished I had also!

Jamie has arranged to go to Bournemouth next Friday with some friends (it’s his birthday on the 19th). I got a friend to weld the exhaust on his car back together (it cost £20) and annoyingly the following day when he was in Northampton, a taxi ran into the back of him! He is now involved in getting quotes for the repair. His car is ok with only superficial damage, I hope it remains that way on his drive to Bournemouth.
Sarah returned from her trip to RAF Rosslare. She had been texting me during the week and it was obvious she was having a brilliant time. She came out best on the flight simulator and was so impressed that they allowed her to fly a real Nimrodl!!!!!! She took the controls whilst in the air. As there are only 6 of these aircraft still flying, asking Sarah to take control of one of them I thought was a bit risky. I have seen her in control of a quad bike and jet ski on holiday!  Also, it seems she was the fastest at stripping, cleaning and assembling a rifle but, the BIGGEST surprise was that she won first prize for keeping her tidy room. For those that know our little swamp rat, that is astonishing.

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