As a consequence of the economic recession, unfortunately, Jamie has been made redundant. The family joinery company he works for has been getting less and less work over the last few months and the owner (John) has had to let his only two employees go. Jamie was very upset to get the news, but John promised to take him on again if things pick up. It was particularly hard for Jamie as I had employed his company to change our front door, and John had to break the news on the same day. To try and keep Jamie busy the family has rallied around, Nan has invited him up to Yorkshire to fit some wardrobes and Charlotte has got some shelves she wants to be put in. I have got some flooring to replace, so we should keep him occupied until he hopefully finds another job.
Sue is still busy with school and housework and thankfully staying away from any illness. Since having finished cataloguing our extensive DVD collection, 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 continues to study for exams, and we don’t see much of her as she prefers to do it quietly in her room.
Last Thursday I flew with Roger to see Joan and Phillip in Italy. Despite Ryanair’s dreadful reputation, the flight was quite good, and the check-in procedures were very quick and simple. Joan and Phillip picked us up at the airport in Ancona, a city and seaport in the Marche region of central Italy. They drove us to Santa Vittoria, which is a very picturesque and quiet hilltop town in Marche. They have a lovely, modernised farmhouse set within beautiful countryside with stunning views in every direction. Frustratingly, the weather refused to behave itself during our stay 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 while its owners were back in the UK. The trip was very restful, and it was nice to see Joan and Phillip again. They invited some friends around one evening and we had a jolly time having a good natter and moaning about life in general (I seem to do a lot of that now). While we were away, Britain was having great weather, but it didn’t seem to matter, we were chilling out! We have been invited back next year and I certainly intend to take them up on their kind offer.
In Newark, Lucas caught a nasty chest bug but seems to be improving.