Archive for January, 2011

A Bit More News

Posted in Uncategorized on January 25, 2011 by David Palmer

Today I finished digging the allotments. The last section was tough as it was over run with mint (that behaves like couch-grass, snaps if you so much as look at it) and I think/hope I got most of it out. I positioned the small shed at one of the allotments to a more convenient location and I erected the one that was transported from Newark at the other. I feel chuffed with myself as it has been a long, hard and interrupted slog. All I have to do now is plant things. I have already ordered some potatoes and artichoke for the spring.

Last Saturday I refereed up in Loughborough. If Charlotte was till living in Newark I would have gone over there for the evening, after the match. But they don’t and I didn’t. I travelled back to Harborough and arrived just in time to see Sue and Charlotte leave to go to the Film Club to watch a film (it wouldn’t appeal to me they said). I watched an episode of ‘Lost in Space’ on my media centre in the lounge with a bottle of beer and a bag of peanuts. Sarah was revising in her room.

I popped around to see Roger last Friday. Charlotte had come over to have a Reflexology session with Doreen (next door neighbour).  Afterwards she had Thai Green Curry with us (one of my best efforts to date) and Suraj was supposed to pick her and the kids and take them home. However, he had been in London supporting his sister who was at a court hearing, over custody of her son. His car broke down on the way back. The AA did fix it (when they eventually turned up), and he arrived home a few minutes before I arrived with Charlotte. As I was driving home through Braybrook I decided to have a coffee at Roger’s.  His sister had arrived that day,  after travelling on the bus from Bristol.  It had taken her 10 hours and she soon fell asleep on the settee. It transpires that romance had entered into Roger’s life. He met a woman from Sheffield while on holiday in Cyprus. They were every keen on each other, but Roger (true to form) managed to muddy the waters and she now doesn’t ring. I gave him some firm Yorkshire advice. We shall see if he acts on it.

Sue took Brigitte over to See Charlotte’s house last Friday. Brigitte enjoyed the chance to get out and I believed didn’t stop talking all the time they were there.

Sarah has sat two exams. Her Sociology went well but today she took Geography. She wasn’t well yesterday and woke up feeling sick, during the exam she threw up a couple of times, and again when I brought her home afterwards. She is complaining of coldness and aches. Not the best of luck but she did complete the exam, so we will have to wait and see how it affected her. Friday is Psychology! As I revise with her each evening I do wish she had chosen something a little closer to the Biology, Chemistry and Physics that I took. I do find it hard. I count myself lucky I am not attending school today, it seems to be endless tests followed by exams covering a syllabus that seems to be degree based.

We are starting to see less of Jamie now. He doesn’t always want his tea here and he isn’t dropping by so often. I suppose he has started to enjoy his freedom. Apparently he had a party at his place the other night. Charlotte found out on Facebook. Handy informer is Facebook, Sue checks it regularly.

NEWSFLASH: Jamie sent a text that he is not well. I drove over to see what he was like. He was curled up on the floor shivering and feeling sick. He has the same as Sarah. I brought him back. The both of them are in the lounge wrapped in blankets, clutching a hot water bottle and facing a bucket (to catch the overspill!). At least WE won’t have any pooey nappies to change tonight (I hope).

First Blog of 2011

Posted in Uncategorized on January 16, 2011 by David Palmer

At last things seem to be settling down. The Rothwells are in-residence and the house is slowly getting sorted out to their satisfaction. Shelves have been put up. Pictures hung on the walls. Furniture put in place, though that took three of us to heave the settee up the stairs to the lounge (we did not think it would go, but with a bit of wall scraping, it did).

Playgroups, breakfast Clubs and Lucas’s placement at the local school all sorted. Suraj’s daily journey to work is now significantly shorter and he doesn’t look so tired now. We have got into the routine of Friday Night Curry Night, where they come over and share the curry that I make each Friday. Sarah and Jamie usually have something different, probably because I have made it, but it is there loss. Last Friday’s curry reached Michellin Star status!!

Sarah is balancing School, Revision and work. She works very hard, I am not sure I could have done it at her age. I help out with the revision, but it is rapidly destroying my brain cells with the effort. I DEFINITELY do not like Sociology, what a pointless subject. Loads of waffle and counter waffle. They pay people to write this syllabus???? Driving lessons are taking a back seat (pun not intended) until after exams, though we do occasionally have a drive over to Rothwell for a brief visit.

Sue worked all last week and has a couple of days booked in for next week. She has plans for Jamie’s Apartment, but can’t get around to doing them because of school. Yesterday she visited a friend Brigitte, who had a breast cancer operation last Tuesday. She is planning to visit again on Wednesday and take her to see Charlotte’s place.

Jamie was at first home sick, when he moved into his apartment, but appears to enjoy having his freedom now. He visits every evening for his tea and often stops until about 8pm before going home. He is getting to grips with bills and organising his own life. Last week I had to let the plumber into his place so that the shower could be fixed, he even rang me to make sure I was doing it! What a change.

When I took Nan back, she insisted on having a new HD TV to go with her SKY HD Box. We got is from Comet, a 40″ Samsung. She liked the picture. She watches her sport now in HD and is thrilled about how much more she can see. Now that the snow has gone, she is back into her routine. David (back from Bulgaria) comes to visit once a week, but it appears she gives him a lot of stick so he doesn’t stay long.

During the hard frosts I managed to finish digging one of the allotments, and during the rain I have half dug the other (but it is very hard and sticky work). Last Saturday I was given a ticket for the Tigers v Saints match (guest of the Yorkshire Bank), what an awesome game, with the right result! This week I refereed Oakham v Birstall, it was a top of the league encounter against the bottom, the result reflected it. It was a cold afternoon , but enjoyable and my body held out. I drove back to Harborough afterwards to watch Tigers v Scarlets on SKY at the Club. I filled the car up this week, it cost £61….. WHAT A RIP_OFF!!!!!!! I wonder what they pay in Saudi Arabia?

Ellis David is now officially rocking and rolling and no doubt will soon be legging it around the place. That’s when the trouble starts.