Summer Days

Unusually for the last few weeks it is drizzling outside, I have just brought the washing in from the line, made a coffee from our new ‘Tefal Quick-cup’ and decided to write this before picking Sarah up from School at 10.30am (she has along break in between lessons and likes to come home).

We are all waiting for Charlotte and the baby to get their act together. This hot weather is making things uncomfortable for Charlotte, I am told that she spends her days sitting in Lucas’s paddling pool trying to keep cool. Perhaps the break in the weather might speed things up. Lucas had a day at his new school in preparation for the start of the Autumn Term, and by all accounts loved it. As he was not very impressed when told that he was having a baby brother (wanted a sister), his new school should take his mind off having to share his toys. Not heard anything about Suraj, but no doubt he is keeping a low profile. I remember when Sue was in the later stages of her pregnancies, irrationality and unreasonableness ruled and I soon worked out that it was much better to stay out of the way until really needed.

Nan has been watching a lot of sport on her new HD Skybox. She had a day trip to Bridlington this week, there was quite a bit of sea fog and she couldn’t see far, so she had a pleasant day in the town, shopping. It seemed to tire her out as she went straight to bed when she returned at 7.30pm (I know how she feels). She tells me that the garden is looking good and the potatoes and onions are ready for picking. I bought her an air-con unit a round 3 years ago, and it has had very little use for the last 2 years, but it appears to be a godsend this year. I shall be popping up some time next week to paint the outside of the house.

Sue and I have been doing a few days in school, but not so much as previous. We are both up to date with the washing and the garden looks nice. The other day I made Elder flower Cordial, tastes gorgeous. I shall make some more as Sue has taken a liking to it and it is disappearing fast. We must have been thinking about the Autumn as we have booked a week away (with Sarah) to the Azores in October. It is very volcanic and we must confess to feeling a little guilty as disaster usually visits any place we have visited soon after we have left! I suppose it will be an eruption? You heard it first, here!

I had a very pleasant walk along the Welland Valley last week with Roger and Jim. We traced the old Harborough to Peterborough line. It was quite overgrown, and it was a challenge in 2 places to get across the  River Welland as the bridges had been taken down. It was the hottest day of the summer so far, and it was a relief to get to our destination, the ‘George’ at Ashley. We did have an England v Germany BBQ with friends, and pool was cool, the meat was tasty and the England team were rubbish. Lost interest now, don’t care, stuff ‘em!

Jamie and Harley are now officially friends and not boy friend and girlfriend (not sure what that means). They had a bit of a fallout, no doubt due to Jamie’s callous attitude to the female of the species. We still see Harley each week and things appear to be fine, but I think she has lost patience with him. She flew off to Crete with some friends on Thursday and we hope she comes back refreshed. As a family we have got quite used to her being around, she is always very pleasant, chatty and kind and it will be a loss if Jamie doesn’t mend his ways.

Got to pick up Sarah now, and must remember to book her some driving lessons!

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