Archive for June, 2011

Normality

Posted in Uncategorized on June 28, 2011 by David Palmer

Quite soon after Sarah had finished her exams she caught the train to Nottingham to see Lee. On Friday I took Nan back to Thurcroft and on the return I detoured via  Cotgrave to pick Sarah up. They were still on their way back from lunch when I arrived, so I had a short wait and passed the time talking to their dog on the back garden. It was nice to meet Lee’s parents, though I didn’t stay long as Sarah was all packed ready (for once!) and I was baby sitting for Charlotte and had to get back.

Charlotte was already there with the little ones when we got back. Sue had been in school and was sorting out tea. Charlotte went next door for some Crystal Therapy and Sarah and I played with the boys. Suraj was in Newark at a friends’ leaving do (redundancy) and wasn’t due back until late that night. Charlotte was also out at a late do and we were looking after the boys. Suraj arrived around 11.00pm, Ellis was fast asleep and Lucas was slowing down. I believe they both got quite lively again on the journey to Rothwell.

On Saturday Sue and I drove to Launde Abbey to join a Harborough Council guided walk. The weather forecast wasn’t good but we were lucky. We walked just under 5.5 miles through some lovely countryside (very enjoyable), we came across quite a lot of horses that I suspect were for the French meat market.

Afterwards we had coffee at the Abbey.The receptionist offered to take us around the building to see the £2.5 million renovation work, of course we jumped at it. A very beautiful place, with lots of period features and had been host to quite a lot of Bishops etc. That night Sue and I went to the Film Club at Harborough Theatre to see ‘Paul’ a comedy based around a road trip across America by two Brits. Highly amusing.

Jamie sold his car on Saturday, I believe he got just £100 less than he paid for it 2 years ago, so he didn’t do too bad. I warned the young lad that had bought it, to be careful  as it was ‘seriously fast’, afterwards I thought that probably was not the right thing to have said.

On Sunday he bought a Peugeot diesel, he paid £400 for it. One of his friend’s drove him over top Coventry to get it. The plan is to use it as a cheap run-a-bout for 6 months, save up and buy a decent car. Sue put the money from the sale of his car in the safe, I think that is probably safer than in his bank account.

Sunday was a very hot day. We had a family BBQ for lunch. I went into the pool with Lucas and Sarah for a splash around and a cool down. Ellis was quite jealous and wanted to get into the pool as well so we had to keep an eye on him (he moves fast). Harley had come with Jamie but didn’t stay for lunch as he was off to Coventry later to get the car. As we were all stuffed with food and it was so hot, we all found little corners for a quite snooze. Unexpectedly (honest), a New Zealand friend knocked on the door and asked if I was watching the Junior World Cup Final (England  v New Zealand) at the Angel. Reluctantly I left the family sleeping to watch England play better than the All Blacks, yet still managed to contrive a defeat.

Miscellaneous: The allotments are again weed free. I had to prune the vines as some of them have grapes on them and this year I want the vines to concentrate on growing as big as possible . Sue visited the Welland Park allotment for the first time and picked  the fruit that were ripe. At the Douglas drive allotment I picked a row of broad beans and yesterday we shelled and froze them. I have started to trim the hedges around the back garden, a job I don’t look forward to as the firs release a chemical that irritates my skin, though I do love the smell of liquorice  and lemon that the two varieties give off that are growing there.

Overload!!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 21, 2011 by David Palmer

It has been a couple of weeks since the last time I put finger to keyboard and reported on family goings on. Things have been happening at such a rate that I haven’t had a chance to spend time on the computer. Here is what I can remember:

On the health front I have managed to attend 2 hospital appointments for scans and general pokings about and still no answers. I have given blood samples twice but not yet had the results of those. I have been given another appointment for yet another scan in July (not much left to look at), though I have been prescribed some medication. The tablets (after looking them up on the internet) are for depression. Bit of a surprise there, I think they are running out of ideas.  I took one and it made me tired, but as you have to avoid alcohol and I have had to  be VERY on the ball,  I haven’t taken any more.

I drove back up to Thurcroft and brought Nan back to celebrate her birthday. She reads my blog so I won’t mention numbers. Jamie invited us over for a cup of tea one afternoon and when we arrived, Harley was busy doing her coursework and Jamie was cleaning his bathroom (very domesticated).

As  a birthday treat, Nan and I spent the day in Canterbury. We travelled down a special train that left Harborough at 7.15am and arrived back at 10.45pm (a long day). We travelled First Class and were treated to coffee, pastries and scones with fresh cream and strawberry jam. The scenery down was quite delightful though it was raining when we arrived. We decided to find a pub and have lunch (which Charlotte had paid for) and see the rain off. It had stopped by the time we ventured out, though rashly we decided to have a boat ride on the river and it hammered it down!

The trip was aborted as the rowing boat started to fill with water. Canterbury was heaving with French school children, who were loud and everywhere.

We visited the cathedral. Though I am not a fan of such buildings it was very impressive and I would have liked to have spent more time there.  It just shows you what British craftsmen can achieve when the local vicar wants a building job done.

As we had done quite a lot of walking and it was still raining, we decided to have hot chocolate in cafe in one of the rather quaint little streets that are all around the big church. It was needed and gave our feet a deserved rest.

We then had a little look around some of the many Charity shops to be found there. Yes, it was still raining. When we had exhausted those, we surrendered and popped into a pub until it was time to walk back to the train.

It left on time and though it rained most of the journey back the return route passed under the White Cliffs of Dover and through the Port of Dover.

We were sharing our seating with a couple from Husbands Bosworth. They appeared quite nice and engaged us in conversation when they weren’t eating (which was most of the time).

In between the gaps when the stewards weren’t providing us with food, packets of sandwiches and boxes of rolls and cakes appeared from under the table and from the locker overhead. They didn’t offer to share. They were quite large.

On Friday, Sue and I managed one of the Harborough council walks. The distance was only 6 miles, but it traced a route that Michael Woods had walked during his making of the BBC programme ‘The Story of England‘, which was based on Kibworth. It was a lovely day, though we did have a very heavy shower half way through. We met one of our old neighbours when we lived in Little Bowden, he had serviced both our cars a month ago. He told us that they were the last cars he had done before he had retired (we have that effect on people).

I spent one splendid day being bussed around the Welland Valley. I and a couple of friends had been meaning to got to the annual Welland Valley Beer Festival for quite a few years, but things seemed to get in the way. The weather was perfect, the participating pubs were numerous and the buses that transported you between them were vintage. Everything was organised like clockwork, and we managed to sample quite a lot of ales with ease. It was a perfect day (a good name for a song title).

One Sunday, Sue and I had lunch at Joules. A band that I follow were playing: East West. The weather was awful, continuous rain and cold. However, we were indoors and the food and entertainment passed a very nice afternoon.

SARAH: Sarah has been studying for her exams. She has been revising every day, making notes, drawing diagrams and avoiding any distractions. You will note that she is not mentioned in any of the previous activities. She has been ensconced in her room or on the study computer revising! This last week both she and I have been putting in 15 hour days in going over her coursework. We have started around 6.30am and finish around 9.30pm, with short breaks for food. I am extremely proud of the effort and dedication she has shown to put herself through a process that appears  to me to be tortuous. I am in awe of the quantity of information she has taken in and can recite (I couldn’t do it). Facts and figures come rolling out at the mention of a topic. I am ashamed to say that when we reversed roles and she tested me on the curriculum we had learnt together, I was rubbish. Today she finished her last exam and we went with Nan for a Thai meal to celebrate. Fingers crossed now.

The pigeons who made their home in our apple tree last year and raised three young, stayed with us all through the harsh winter and again this year laid 2 eggs. The photo shows their 2 chicks (about 10 days old), they grow very quickly. Sarah has spotted another nest with chicks in the tree opposite her bedroom. We think they are last years chicks as they are very tame and don’t fly away.

Last Sunday was Father’s Day. As Sarah and I were right in the middle of revising I wasn’t expecting it to be a very memorable day. However, Charlotte invited us over for Sunday lunch. Jamie did the  starter (sardines from Sainsbury’s) and Charlotte cooked a lovely chicken dinner for 9 of us (no mean feat!). Sarah and I had to leave after we had eaten as revision of Sociology beckoned, the exam was in the morning. Sue and Nan had a lift home from Charlotte later in the afternoon as Sarah had driven us to Rothwell.

Out with the old

Posted in Uncategorized on June 5, 2011 by David Palmer

On Sunday night I took Nan back to Thurcroft. The weather during her stay had been rather chilly due to an incessant wind that started when she arrived and didn’t abate until I took her back. I am not sure if there was any link between the two, but it restricted the outings in her bat-mobile and I think she was getting a little bored with all the reading she was doing. I returned the following morning as I had a meeting with the Rugby Club’s website co-ordinator.

On the return journey I met Sue at Fosse Park in Leicester and we trudged (in the rain) from furniture store to furniture store to choose a new 3 piece suite. We didn’t agree on one that we both liked so we drove into Harborough and looked at some in a new store that had opened there. We left empty handed.

That evening I drove over to the other side of Harborough for my meeting. I needn’t have bothered, he has a reputation for being a bit slack and I guessed he would forget, and he did. We rescheduled for Wednesday and that meeting he remembered (must have been something I said).

On Tuesday I let the engineer into Jamie’s apartment to replace the Fire alarm. He tested it and everything worked, fingers crossed. As it was such a lovely day, Sue, Sarah, Charlotte and children went to Foxton Locks. They had a good wander around saw some cygnets and reported that it was quite busy.

Sarah spent the week revising and it was half-term.

On Wednesday Sue and Charlotte went shopping and looked at furniture.

On Thursday morning I planted my butter beans and in the afternoon I had a meeting with Greene King (Brewery) and discussed the contract and sponsorship deal they were offering for the Rugby Club. Sue ordered a 3 piece suite from the first store that we had been to on Monday. I am not saying anything.

On Friday Sue took Charlotte and the grandchildren to Hammerton Zoo, and by all accounts they had a lovely day. I stayed at home as the furniture was arriving and I also had a hospital appointment in the afternoon. The delivery happened on time and yet another scan on another bit of me failed to find the problem. I put the old suite on the patio and no doubt will have to pay the Council to take it away. Charlotte and the children stayed for Curry Night, but Suraj was working late putting in a new server at work. Sarah went to Lee’s on the train to attend a Hen Night.


On Saturday I was watching the Saxons v USA when Sue sent me a text saying Jamie’s car was on fire and then immediately Jamie rang asking for a tow. I ascertained what had happened. He was parking his car in his own parking spot at the apartments and the post that flips up to prevent other people parking in it, flipped up. It took out the oil coolant radiator he had fitted. The smoke (fire) was the oil spraying onto the manifold. As I was drinking beer I pointed out that I couldn’t drive and give him a tow to our house. I told him to leave it there and we would sort it out on Sunday. When I got home later, it was on the driveway. One of his mates had given him a tow. As Sue was on a roll buying furniture, she had decided that her computer chair was too old and that afternoon she had been to the store in Harborough and purchased a new one. It was proudly sitting in the corner of the lounge.

Sunday saw me clear out all the oil in the inspection pit from the last time Jamie had serviced his car, so we would be ready to fix his problem. He arrived at 11am and by 12 o’clock we had fixed it. We drove over to Halfords to pick up some more oil and collected Harley on the way back. They had Sunday lunch with us and then left. Sarah arrived back from Nottingham and went straight to bed. Must have been a good Hen Night! I painted the fence during the afternoon.