Archive for April, 2011

The Easter Bunny

Posted in Uncategorized on April 25, 2011 by David Palmer

Monday saw me pick up Jamie and Harley from his apartment at 4am and drive to East Midlands Airport. I dropped them off outside the Departures  Entrance then drove back and went to bed. Jamie rang later that evening to say that they had got there safely, though Harley was 7kg over weight on her baggage ( Ryanair let her off, can you believe it?). They had attacked the sunbeds straight away and both had got burnt. Done it myself when I was that age.

Allotments: Doing nicely, but both have been watered every 2 days due to the lack of rain and the rather hot weather. Potatoes, onions and beetroot are peeping through. The greenhouse is quite stuffed with little plants, especially melons! I will have to give quite a lot away, I think.

At 5pm we all headed for Harborough. After tea the Rothwells departed and Sue and I sat down to watch some TV before going to bed.

Sarah caught the train to Nottingham today. She is going with Lee to pick up his parents, who have had a week in Skegness, they certainly had good weather. Jamie came over to pick up his Gerbils. So far, Sue and I have had a quiet day.

This week I put a new alarm system in  the house. It is wireless and GSM, so can be controlled by your mobile phone. It has a smoke alarm in the system, so any burglars trying to burn us down are in for a shock (or baseball bat). I also put a similar system into the Rothwell’s house, though left the programming to Suraj as they have cats and need to zone the house. Houses with dogs don’t need alarm systems.

Sarah has been sat in the back garden most of the week revising and enjoying the sun. And when not there, she  spent quite a few days over in Rothwell keeping Charlotte company. Friday was so hot the family came to dip in the pool and we had the first BBQ of the season. A lot of water balloons got thrown!!! I had picked up Jamie and Harley from the airport that morning and they came as well. They were quite tanned though Harley was struggling with burnt legs and Jamie will have to learn to take his sunglasses off when sunbathing.

I had been to watch the 2nd team win the 2nd Team Cup over in Corby on Wednesday night against Kettering. It was a close game and a very warm evening. On Saturday I went to the Rugby Club to watch the 3rd Team play in very dusty conditions and win their game against Loughborough. It is far to dry and hot to be playing rugby. It is the Club’s Seven’s Competition next Saturday (bet it rains). It is also the Beer Festival I am helping to organise (doesn’t matter if it rains).

On Saturday night Sue, Charlotte, Sarah and I went to see ‘The Social Network’ at the local Cinema Club. I nearly fell asleep (though some family members insisted I did), what a non-event. “Watching Paint Dry”  in 3D, would be a block buster compared to it. The chocolate eclairs and bonbons were a highlight and worth a mention.

On Sunday the family arrived for lunch. First they opened their Easter Eggs then went on an Egg Hunt around the garden to find even more. After lunch, Jamie disappeared to go Pitbiking (haven’t clue what that is) and the rest of us went to see the blue-bells in Dingly Woods. Sarah drove Lucas and I, while the others went in Charlotte’s car.

After trying out several rope swings, and admiring the carpet of bluebells we moved on to the the Lake in Corby where after ice creams in the cafe, the little ones had a go in the playground.

After looking at the ducks we moved on the East Carlton Park where there was a lot going on. I watched an African Evangelical rock/music concert in the grounds. It was quite interesting until I was approached by a well-meaning young lady, keen to spread the word of Jesus. I moved on.

At 5pm we drove back to Harborough for tea. The Rothwells then left for home and we watched TV until bedtime. Today Sarah caught the train to Nottingham. Lee was taking her to Skegness to pick up his parents who had been there for the week (lucky with the weather). It’s been a quiet day other than Jamie appeared for half an hour to pick up his gerbils.

Misc News: Roger popped around on Thursday for the first time since October, he had a cup of tea then borrowed my scarifier to get the moss out of his lawn. Luckily next door gave me their scarifier on Tuesday, as they have had their lawn dug up and replaced it with patio, they no longer needed it. I wonder how Roger knew? The last time he borrowed it, he had it for 5 years and returned it broken. David set off for Bulgaria on Friday. He must be driving there alone and not taking Genya, as the short email he sent didn’t mention either other than it would take him a week.  I guess Genya will fly out in a couple of weeks time, which is when I thought they were going to leave. Nan is still in  Wales and seems to be enjoying the sunny weather up the mountain at Aunt Josie’s. She tells me she has no immediate plans to return.

The sun has NOT got its hat on!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 17, 2011 by David Palmer

It appears to be a sad fact of life that now the warm weather has arrived and the allotments and gardens are bursting into life, that the fine weather also tends to bring out those annoying little insects that can spoil these brief British summery moments. This year has brought insects of a larger nature. On Wednesday, Charlotte and the kids returned from a brief shopping trip into the village to find the rear kitchen window jemmied, the back door open and the TV’s gone along with computers and jewellery.  It happened during the hour (or less) that she was out.

After ringing 999 the police advised here to vacate the premises. When I arrived, I found her and the kids with the Site Manager. Almost immediately, Suraj arrived and some 10 minutes later, a plain clothes policeman. Quite soon afterwards Sue arrived and took the children out-of-the-way to Harborough.

Looking around the property it was quite evident how they had gained access. One of the neighbours came out and told us what they had seen, which was not a lot. Before she had left for her shopping trip, Charlotte had arranged for some contractors that were working on the site to spray her back garden for weeds and had shown them around the back garden and left the side gate open for them while she was out. They were nowhere to be seen when she got back.

When it became evident what had gone missing I felt it best to take Charlotte to Harborough and leave Suraj to detail the missing items.

Later that night, after forensics had been and dusted the window and the police had conducted neighbourhood interviews to see if anyone had seen anything, one of the neighbours came around. When he had left for work that morning he had noticed a van with trailer parked alongside their fence and two men acting suspiciously. Suspiciously enough for him to stop and take some details, before driving off. The details have been passed onto the police.

House and contents are insured and on Monday the Loss Assessor will arrive to do his job. It is the personal items that have gone, that hurt the most. I hope to do a little insect spraying soon.

On Monday, I got the results from my Barium Scan and they were fine. So now within the next 2 weeks I will be having an appointment for an ultrasound Scan.

On Thursday, Sarah finishes school in the morning so we went over to Rothwell and I took them all out for lunch. Later that evening Sue, Charlotte and Sarah went to the theatre to see ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. I am told it was very good and helped Charlotte to take her mind off things. I went to play pool and Suraj had the kids. Jamie brought his gerbils for us to look after while he is away. I got very detailed instructions on how to look after them.

On Friday, the Rothwells came for curry. Jamie briefly popped in from work before driving down to Brighton for the weekend. He is staying with a friend who is at the University. He is returning on Sunday and I take Harley and him on Monday morning (4am) to East Midlands airport to catch a flight to Gerona for a short ‘all inclusive’ holiday.

Nan is at present in Wales attending a wedding. She was picked up on Thursday and is not sure when she is returning, but hopefully now that the weather is better she will spend some time with us.

Breaking up early for Easter?

Posted in Uncategorized on April 10, 2011 by David Palmer

Monday saw me travel to Glenfield Hospital for a Barium Scan (to have a look at my insides to check out if anything is going on, other than what should be). I did have an appointment a couple of weeks ago linked to my little operation, but delayed it as it fell on the date I took Sarah to Sheffield. Annoyingly I put £3 in the ticket machine for 4 hours parking and I was back out in less than an hour! I could have saved myself £1.50. The machinery they used was very hi-tech and very quick, but the downside is that the Barium turns your poo white (for a couple of days).

Tuesday I drove up to Thurcroft. The photo is the Thurcroft Hotel, which was the main pub in the village and is no longer there. They knocked it down during the winter and they say that it is being replaced by flats. A shame as it  was the only building in the village had any architectural merit.

I wasn’t there long before David arrived. He wanted his hard drive back that Suraj had filled with movies. Luckily, this time I had it with me, I also took our extensive albums of films for him to copy even more than the 2Tb that he had been given. He was pleased and didn’t stay long. He is returning to Bulgaria in 3 weeks and  will be driving over in his new car.

On Wednesday Nan and I drove into Rotherham to choose some seeds for the garden. We popped into the Unit to see David and Genya, but they were just on their way out a school to do some work and we just had a brief chat. In the afternoon I dug the garden and planted potatoes, carrots, beetroot and beans. Then fixed that back door frame. Nan had her hair done. We watched Man Utd. satisfyingly beat Chelsea that evening (on the TV).

Thursday morning saw me trim the bushes and weed the borders. Nan zipped up the village on her bat-mobile (it goes quick) and bought some lamb chops and sirloin steak for us poor southerners. As I was leaving, the man that cuts her lawn arrived. He has the same mower as I do, what a co-incidence. The journey to Harborough was quiet and uneventful. When I arrived at 12.30pm the house was empty. Sue was in school and so was Sarah (so I thought). Charlotte had sent me a text during the week, asking if I could fit a door carpet for her. I decided to do it then and drove to Rothwell. When I got there I was surprised to see Sarah there. Charlotte had picked her up from school after her last lesson of the day, which was at 11am. I set about cutting and laying the carpet in the hallway while Charlotte and Sarah played with Ellis in the garden.

Later they picked Lucas up from school and returned to the garden. After completing the carpet chore I decided to fix the hole in Lucas’s pond. I used a patch from my bike tyre repair kit (it worked). As I was filling the pond up, Lucas and Sarah were in the field next to the house. As Sarah attempted to get back over the fence she slipped and wrenched her ankle. After a lot of tears and a lot of swelling I dismantled the fence, carried her (and a bag of frozen peas) to the car and drove her to Kettering Hospital. The hospital was quiet and she was very quick getting an x-ray and a diagnosis, it happily confirmed there was no break, but she had badly stretched ligaments and muscles. They gave her some walking sticks and painkillers. On the way out (while I was fetching the car from the car-park) as Sarah was sitting in the Waiting Room, she was  punched by a woman who was waiting to see the Doctor. When Sarah told me, I went to have a look at the woman and find out what was going on. The lady in question had obvious psychological problems and looked as if she had tried to slash her own wrists/hands. After ranting at me for a few minutes a nurse arrived and took her away. Not a nice experience but part of life’s rich tapestry!

On the way back we returned the peas to Charlotte before arriving home in time for tea. Luckily a meeting concerning the Beer Festival I had for 7pm was cancelled.

Friday was a gorgeous day. Sarah limped on crutches at school. Sue drove to Desborough to see Brigitte and then carried on to Rothwell to see their famous Easter Bonnet Parade with Charlotte and little ones. I did some planting in the allotments, then went to Lidl to get some stuff for Steak Night. Suraj was in Coventry visiting his brother who was seriously ill in hospital and wasn’t expected back until Saturday, but arrived just as the food was about to be served. We managed to find enough for him as he was quite hungry. Steak, chips, peas, onion rings and garlic mushrooms made a nice change from curry. Thank you Nan.

Suraj had arrived from Coventry carrying several large bags of clothes which Sarah and Charlotte went into raptures over sorting out who was going to have what. It was really quite amusing watching the negotiating going on between sisters and then later on with Sue. Suraj decided to escape and took Lucas  to see Harvey (the son of Jamie’s friend Tansley).

On Saturday Lee arrived for the weekend and he and Sarah went to Rothwell. Brigitte and Jim came over after lunch and while Jim, his dog Harby and I walked to the Rugby Club to watch the 1st Team followed by the Tigers in the TV, Brigitte stayed and chatted with Sue for a couple of hours. When I got back, Sue had taken Sarah and Lee to the Rugby Club for  a friend’s 18th Birthday Party. They must have passed me on the way there. They returned at around 11pm as Sarah couldn’t dance, being on crutches. Looks like their won’t be any Line-dancing for her next Tuesday.

Curry Nights

Posted in Uncategorized on April 2, 2011 by David Palmer

Friday night is Curry Night.  It mostly involves all the family, though since his move, Jamie only rarely makes an appearance to eat (not keen on curries), but occasionally turns up to see us (briefly). This Friday was different as I had decided to turn the meal into a competition. I had made 3 different types of curry: Balti, Korma and Thai red. The family had to guess what they were.  They did really well, though the Korma stumped them, I used a Korma paste I was given as a gift at Christmas (from Jamie) and it was a lot fiercer than expected. I suppose it was probably authentic to the Indian sub-continent and our European palate is not used to it. After the meal, Sue, Charlotte and Sarah went to the local cinema club to see a film that I was assured would not appeal to me. Lucas and I settled down to an evening of ‘Lost in Space’ and ‘Shrek 3’ on my Media Centre. Suraj and Ellis  settled down on the sofa and fell asleep until the girls came home. They came back quite bubbly and had obviously enjoyed the evening. After confirming that the cinema was principally attended by the female of the species I was relieved I had stayed at home!