Though Both Sue and I were sad about our earlier than hoped for departure from Shanghai, we were glad to be back and relieve Charlotte from her family duties of looking after Jamie, Sarah and Lucas.
When we arrived back the house was still standing, the garden and garage looked fine (even the pool was clear) but no one seemed to be around. However when we called out, Lucas squealed from upstairs and shot down to greet us and then bounced around for the next hour insisting we play with him. During that hour I fixed his new bike, chased him around the garden on it and had a good bounce on the trampoline before he settled down. Charlotte looked tired and I think another few days would not have done her any good. We said goodbye to Charlotte and Lucas the following afternoon. I think she was glad to be going back to Suraj, and Lucas was starting swimming lessons on the Monday.
We are now back to normal. The weather has been indifferent (but mostly cold and damp). Sue went into school for 3 days and caught up on the gossip there. I set about planting my seeds in the greenhouse and started my morning bike rides again. Roger took me out for a lunch that he owed and we chatted about our trip (this coming Monday) to see Joan and Phillip in Italy. Sarah got an ‘A’ in a Sociology essay ( I read it it but didn’t understand a word), she has quite a bad cold and has struggled to school each day, though she did succumb on Wednesday and spent the day in bed. Jamie is getting up for work each day and Harley is still in the picture. Jamie had been to Bournemouth the previous week-end with some of his friends to celebrate his 21st birthday and by all accounts had a good time. I took his car to the garage on Tuesday to have a wheel repaired as he had new wheels fitted and they had cross-threaded one of the securing nuts. I think he shares a lift to work now with someone who also lives in Harborough.
On Friday I went to the Leicestershire Referee’s Dinner at the Walker Stadium in Leicester. It was a good night, Jamie Robertson was the guest speaker and proved to be very amusing. On Saturday the Club were playing a very important match against Spalding for promotion to the next league. I had a phone call from the bar steward asking if I would officiate at the Club as there was a County match being played their (Leicestershire v Essex) and all other Committee members were going to Spalding. I duly turned up, watched the game, said ‘Grace’ and had a very nice meal with the players and officials. Afterwards I received a plaque on the behalf of the club, which I put behind the bar. Harborough lost their game and failed to be promoted. Leicestershire beat Essex, easily.
Nan travelled over to Wales on Wednesday to see her sister Josie. They are going to London at the weekend to see a show and stay over night. When I rang her she was out playing bingo, but I did get hold of her the following day and wished her a good time and inquired as to when she was going home, but I got the feeling she was in no hurry.
Charlotte has hurt her back and it seems to be causing her trouble. Lucas is coming down next weekend, as Charlotte and Suraj are off to a friend’s wedding, I do hope she is well by then to go. The rest will do her good.