It was drizzling the last time I wrote a blog and it is drizzling today. However, in between it has been rather hot and sunny. For the first time since we moved here it has been worthwhile having a pool. It is so nice being able to have a nice cooling dip to recover from the 30 degree heat. A couple of times this week I have nearly fallen asleep on the Lillo gently floating with eyes shut, in full sun! There is quite a bit of news, other than the garden is doing very well (because I am not water metered and can water the veggies) and Spain quite rightly winning the World Cup.

NEWS1: Nan’s house is now fully painted (outside only). I drove up to Yorkshire and spent 3 days up a ladder painting the walls in ‘Cottage stone’. If I never see another ladder again, it will be too soon! By the third day I was getting a headache and my eyes were aching. Nan kept complaining that she was feeling tired with watching me working and with the heat (as she sat in front of the air-con unit I had bought her). Having my nose 30cm away from a wall, stuck on top of a ladder for 3 days was the cause of my vision problems, as I found out when I had an optician appointment this week! I now have 2 new pair of glasses on order. It would probably have been cheaper to have paid someone else to paint the house. Anyway, the house does look nice and puts the rest of the road to shame. Though I offered to bring her back to Harborough with me, she refused, obviously preferring to cash in by selling tickets to the locals on a conducted tour of the ‘very stately’ homestead.

NEWS2: I write a news letter for the Rugby Club and last week had to report the death of one of the older members (I shall be going to his funeral this afternoon). This weeks’ news letter had a report of one of the younger members (18yrs), he tragically died on holiday of an asthma attack, very sad.

NEWS3: Charlotte hasn’t been feeling well and was diagnosed by the hospital as having Diabetes. It will make the birth rather complicated, they want her to go into hospital next week, and they may keep her their until the baby arrives. Hopefully, it is something called pregnancy diabetes and is not long lasting. The baby is certainly making himself known as bits of Charlotte’s tummy occasionally have odd lumps sticking out as he flexes a foot or most often his bum!

NEWS4: Charlotte and Suraj have decided to move closer to Mum & Dad. When Charlotte and Lucas arrived on Friday we were given the news and on Saturday and Sunday toured the area between Harborough and the A1 to look at houses. No doubt they will have to commute to Newark until they get jobs closer. Suraj didn’t come down with them as he was at home chopping logs for the winter, but I think he was avoiding seeing the grandparents as during the previous week he had cut Lucas’s hair and now he looks like Yule Brynner (or, England lager drinker without the beer gut). He won’t do it again, I am sure, or he will get more than his legacy cut off.

NEWS5: Harley came back from Crete and according to Jamie, they are now officially boyfriend and girlfriend again. She obviously had a good time and was very brown when she came around on Friday for tea. Jamie went to Leicester on Saturday morning on a management course. He had enrolled himself, his work was paying for it and it is equivalent to an ‘A’ level. It should be a useful qualification to have and I have promised to help him if he needs it.

NEWS6: We had Lee down last week-end. He was quiet and was obviously worried about his father. This week-end Sara went up to Nottingham and accompanied Lee to see his dad. Though he has lost quite a bit of weight, things are slowly improving. These things can take such a long time.

NEWS7: Sarah is now starting to drive. She has started lessons with an instructor and so far I have taken her out twice in Sue’s car. She shows promise and I am sure it won’t be long before she is ready for her test.

NEWS8: Jamie’s stocks and shares ISA made £1.25 this month (he informs me).

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