As the title suggests we are still waiting for the baby to arrive. The weather has been variable since the last blog, no dips in the pool and quite a few days watching the garden soak up some much needed rainwater. However we have all managed to keep very busy, and rushing around and doing jobs seems to have been the way of things the last few weeks.
Pregnancy News: Believe it or not Charlotte is even bigger (last estimate an 8lb baby). I would take a photo to prove how it is possible for the human body to achieve elephantine proportions, but I don’t have a wide angle lens on my camera and probably would only manage the belly button. She is always tired now and is looking forward to the birth (can’t come soon enough). The baby (Ellis) is due on Wednesday, but if he doesn’t put in an appearance then, he will be induced. I am not sure how they will do that but if is anything like me, just offer to take him out to the pub and he will be there. Suraj, (though not pregnant) looks as if he could do with a spell in hospital laying an his back. He seems to have had very little sleep, not from the worry of having a baby (been there before), more from sleeping in a bed that has less and less space in it, next to a hippo that waddles regularly to the loo for a dip in the water throughout the night. I remember those times and thank heaven that we had a spare bedroom!
House Hunting News: Sue appears to have taken on board the role of Chief Property Assessor and scans the paper and internet for properties that have come on the market. As soon as she spots one, a text is fired off to Charlotte. The whole Newark clan came down last week-end to scour the area for houses up-for-sale. They had been very efficient, appointments had been organised and a plan of attack had been devised. Suraj made a detour on the way down via Thrapston to drop off an application for a job with the council. We looked after Lucas while Suraj and Charlotte toured the southern half of Leicester and a bit of Northamptonshire.
Later they rang us to ask if I could go and look at a house with them and give them my thoughts. The appointment was for 1.30pm. At 12.30pm a phone call came in asking if I could go and pick Charlotte up as mysteriously the car keys had been locked inside the boot while they had been looking at a house. Sue wrote down the address and I jumped into the car, set the SatNav and sped off. As I passed Jamie’s place of work I stopped the car and reset the SatNav to the post code given. As I suspected, I should have been making my way to Rushton and not Rushden. When I checked there was a Midland Road in BOTH places! I rang Charlotte to confirm and then retraced my steps. I arrived as the AA man was scratching his head at the back of their car. BMW’s are very difficult to break into, especially the boot. I picked Charlotte up and we drove to the house for consideration. Suraj wasn’t long before he also arrived, they had to rewire the car electrics to gain access to the boot. The house a lot of rooms and a very large garden and was in in good condition. I think they are keen on it.
They now have put their own house on the market and from this week it will be advertised.
DIY News: I drove up to Nan’s last week and replaced a small side window that had gone rotten. The forecast weather was for thunderstorms and floods. Luckily, the rest of Yorkshire drowned, but Thurcroft remained dry. Sarah was staying at Charlotte’s to keep her company and I had to pick her up the following day (Monday) as she had an interview at ‘Saver’s’ in Harborough for a holiday job. Nan declined to come south with me as the weather was not good. Sarah got her job.
The rugby Club had a Maintenance Day last Saturday and I went and painted a couple of windows and a door during the afternoon. There was a BBQ with free beer for those that helped. I did not partake in any of the sustenance, due to a little too much imbibing of both (particularly the latter) the previous night at a Corporate freebie at Leicester Tigers in the National 7’s Competition, where the food and bar were free from 5.30 – 11.00pm, my systems were not firing on all cylinders.
Yesterday, I travelled up to Charlotte’s to do a spot of DIY (scraping and painting) in their kitchen and also pick Sarah up (She had returned during the week) as she had a blood test on Monday and driving lesson on Tuesday. It was decided that as the birth was close, Lucas should return with us. Also, I made a detour to Cotgrave to pick up Lee, who was going to stay for a few days.
Replaced 2 security lights on the outside of the house that had broken during the winter, and repaired a chair that Sue had fallen off and broken (she still bounces, but the chair was old).
Miscellaneous News: Do you know there was a time when I had to look in the dictionary to spell miscellaneous (or, I used the phrase ‘other’ when I couldn’t be bothered). But I have been spelling it correctly for years now! Still can’t spell diahorrea, dhiaorea, diahorea ………. the runs!!! I have played a tennis twice this last fortnight (used to play 3/4 times a week), but only managed to play 1 set each time. Suffered for it the following day! Also, went for another pleasant walk, Ashley to Rockingham, along the disused railway line with Roger and Jim. Lovely warm day and we had lunch in a pub. Jamie informs me that he is going to start saving money ‘big time’ and is going to open another ISA (cash), and probably some saving bonds. He has been talking to the guys and work and they have suggested he starts saving for his future, rather than spend all his money on his car. We shall see. Our pigeons have made another nest on the other side of the apple tree. Cooey has laid another and is busy sitting on it. Not sure what was wrong with the other nest, but with the new one they can see into the kitchen! David and Genya are returning from Bulgaria next week, for Genya’s daughter’s wedding, They are going to stay a couple of weeks before returning.