Archive for Jul, 2009


Posted in Uncategorized on Jul 21, 2009 by David Palmer

In response to a judgement against the writer of the previous blog, the management would like to apologise to any party mentioned in the blog who feel that their details are incorrect. The management make every effort to check the validity of writing and try to ensure consistency of quality by taking Omega 3 and other fish oil products on a daily basis. However, our sister company (SpecSavers), would like to point out that this error was not a fault of theirs or a failure on the part of one of their products, and the judgement was not found against them (on this ocazion).

Again, the management would like to express their deepest regrets and address the situation by publishing the true and correct details:

* The correct spelling of ‘historectomy’ is hysterectomy.

* Susan’s date of operation is on the 25th of August in Kettering Hospital and not on the 22nd of August as previously stated.

* Philippa lives in Devon and not Cornwall.

* Charlotte, Sarah and Claire did not spend a week in my study (as misconstrued by the supporting photographs), but did fly to Majorca and spent the week annoying the hotel manager.


Posted in Uncategorized on Jul 19, 2009 by David Palmer
The photographs are of Charlortte’s, Sarah’s and Claire’s girlie week in Majorca, plus a couiple of my recently updated study.
Sue: This has been a bit of a rough time for Sue. Over the last few weeks she has had yet another re-occurrence of her chest infection and aftera consultation at the local cottage hospital she has been booked in for a Historectomy Operation on the 22nd of August. This was obviously a previous problem that she has been keeping quiet for some time. Hopefully it has been contributing to her general ill health and after the operation she will be back to her ‘Billy Wizz’ state of activity and we will have seen the last of her chest infections. She has yet more antibiotics for her chest and as always, they appear to work. Well at least she is busy and as usual refusing to take things easy (no change there!). She managed to persuade me to accompany her to see the film ‘Vicky Christina Barcelona’. I should have guessed by the number of females in the audience that  I was in for testing time. I passed the test, I did not leave or fall asleep, but it was close. The following week we went to see the film ‘The Wrestler’, I think she was feeling guilty about the previous episode and was prepared to suffer as recompense. It wasn’t a bad film. This week I agreed to watch ‘The Reader’ with her, she was quite vague about what it was about, just stating that it had won some Oscars and Kate Winslet was in it. I should have known by the packed audience of females what was coming up. I really should read up about these films before I agree to see them! We manged to have a night out at the pub with some friends. Well two pubs really, as the first hostelry had a singer pipe up after an hour and you couldn’t hear yourself think (it’s our age) and we moved onto more peaceful premises (sad isn’t it?) Last week she made some gooseberry chutney and it tasted absolutely delicious and this week she made a lovely date loaf, now that the schools have finished she might have time to make make loads more! Last Friday Sue officially retired. She notified County Hall (as previously requested) that she had finished her last day of work. They informed her that they had lost her details/forms. This is the 3rd time they have done that. They promised to notify the TPS, just in case they had already sent the forms off, what a way to run a department! Well, Sue might be retired, or then again she might not be, who knows?
Jamie: Still unemployed, but busy. He has laid the floor in my study (with bamboo) and did a good job. He has also spent 3 days over at Roger’s doing various tasks for him. He ripped up one wooden floor (ash) and relaid it (in ash). I am not sure why, but Roger said it was better quality, though I couldn’t tell. He fixed several poorly doors and built a complete new door next to his garage from scrap material (Roger wouldn’t buy a new one). On the last day Roger even fed him at lunch time (Cuppa soup). I think Jamie loved being there and even told Roger he wouldn’t have a reason to get up early when he had finished. Sue and I suggested to Roger that he adopt Jamie, we even offered to pay any legal fees, but he declined. Harley is Jamie’s current girlfriend and seems to be here quite often. We shall see how long it lasts as they had a falling out a a few days ago, but she is here again today.
Sarah: Taking things easy and waiting for the results of her exams.Today, she went with Charlotte and Lucas to stay with Philippa (I spell it right now) in Cornwall. Lucas is very excited. I hope the weather is kind to them. Sarah has been spending her time watching videos, visiting her friends in Fleckney and Kibworth and window shopping (a cheap option that I approve of).
The Newarks: For once Charlotte and Lucas appear to be in good health, though Suraj has a sniffle of some sort. Where he works I believe swine Flu is rampant and fingers crossed, he stays away from it. He will have a well earned rest coming up while Charlotte and Lucas are away and hopefully he’ll be able to make me my Media Centre for the lounge. We discussed it last week as the DVD player in the lounge appears to be staggering (it gets so much use). He made one for Roger and he is very pleased with it (though he hasn’t a clue how to use it properly). I expect mine to be better.
Dave: I find thunderstorms fascinating, but I am getting a little tired of them now as we seem to have one every day. And, they seem to pop up when I am on my bike too far away from home to get back. I have lost count of the number of times I have got soaked. I even spent 30 mins in Halfords pretending to look at things while sheltering from one storm and them moved onto the carpet store next door for another 20mins when Ithe staff got suspicious when they spotted me looking at the same items for the 5th time. It is lashing it down with rain at the moment. I have spent a lot of time decorating my study and working in the garden. I did go to a ‘Leaving Do’ with some of the staff from Farndon Fields. I was invited to the unofficial one. The official one was the previous week, and through acrimony (very sad) none of the people who were leaving attended that one.There seems to be many, many issues that need to be resolved at the school. It is not a happy place.

It’s work for some!

Posted in Uncategorized on Jul 5, 2009 by David Palmer
The good weather has continued (with a vengeance) and 32.2 degrees was recorded in the garden. Apparently it was hotter than that in Majorca, according to Charlotte Sarah and Claire (their friend) who were having a nice relaxed week by the pool at an all inclusive hotel in Calla de Majorca. Surprising that whenever they rang, they seemed to be just getting ready to go out to eat, in the town. I think they have a problem with the concept of ‘All Inclusive’! Every time Sarah rang she was very bubbly and excited and it was obvious she was thoroughly enjoying her girlie week away. At this point I should note that despite Sarah reading 3 books by the pool (getting a tan), when I picked them up at the airport (East Midlands) I was significantly browner than she (smug). Just goes to show that English weather is better than foreign weather.
Today, I took Nan back home. It was only 20 minutes ago that I realised why she was keen to be back in Thurcroft. The Ashes start on Wednesday (she is an avid cricket lover) and we don’t have Sky TV, only radio 5. With Wimbledon now having finished, I bet she doesn’t see the point of being in Harborough and sitting down and watching me work in the garden (see photos).
 This week I hired some scaffolding and chopped the tops off the giant conifer hedge. It was very hot, very hard and quite boring. In between, chain sawing Leylandii I fixed the electrics on Nan’s batmobile, only to get phone call from town one day when it broke down after its second outing. It is sitting in the garage waiting to be fixed again.
The Lions beat the Springbok on Saturday, a well deserved win by the good guys (even if most of them were Welsh and Irish).
This week Jamie had an interview for a job in a warehouse, but lady interviewer failed to turn up. She re-arranged the interview for the following day and this time she did turn up and Jamie got the job. He was start the following day at 10am. He was to meet her their for an induction course. She failed to turn up and after an hour the office staff advised him to go home and they would tell the woman when she turned up. He received a phone call to start at 10pm (the night shift). He turned up and he couldn’t start because he hadn’t had his induction course, the lady hadn’t passed any details on and they didn’t know who he was. It could only happen to Jamie.
Sue is working all the days she can get and I have been called in a few times myself. I did attend Farndon Fields Sports day last Wednesday, I officiated as announcer and doubled up on the scoring table. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Tanya (ancillary) had organised the day and it went smoothly, and they finished on time. I particularly enjoyed announcing the sack race and asked for any staff volunteers (there are 2 redundancies and a resignation this year), the parents loved that one.
The pool has been getting a lot of use this last 2 weeks. It has been a life saver at times. Lucas was looked after by Suraj for the week that Charlotte was away. I haven’t heard how they got on, but lots of boyish things had been planned. I am not sure I am happy with Lucas going out to pubs and playing poker so early in life, but there you go (it’s a modern generation).