Archive for Jul, 2012

The Sun has got his hat on.

Posted in Uncategorized on Jul 22, 2012 by David Palmer

AT LAST! It appears that the jet stream has moved north and is pulling the warmer weather up from the south. Yesterday and today we have had NO RAIN!!!! It has been quite warm (not hot) so today I put on my shorts and sandals. I know two warm days don’t make a summer, but when you are clutching at straws you see encouraging signs in even the tiniest things. The England cricket xi (cricket) have collapsed  against South Africa. When the weather was rubbish they stuffed everybody willing to brave the English climate, now that there is a little bit of blue sky and warmth, we can’t bat!!!  I feel that normality has resumed and the summer must have  arrived.

Nan seems to be settling down well in her new flat. She is now scooting about into town on her mobility scooter and having visits from the family each day. Jamie took her a huge ox-tail to cook the other day. It was so large that it had to be sawed into two to fit into her freezer.

Nan and I did a bit more furniture shopping in Corby and bought a new TV cabinet, one that she could fit her glass ornaments into as well as the BTVision Box. She also bought a rather nice cow hide rug for the lounge. She comes around for Friday night Curry, except this Friday it was Mexican night.  Sarah made Tortilla’s and I made beef Mexican lasagna (I found the recipe off the El Paso site).  Pastel del tortilla (click link)

Pastel del tortilla.

Last Thursday Nan,  Sarah and I went to Waterloo Lakes for lunch. The rain held off and Nan enjoyed the view over the lake.

Sarah is busy having driving lessons again, her test is in September. Last week she went on the train to Sheffield for an interview/meeting for some work experience in the Court System, she was successful and is looking forward to working in the Probationary Service (not sure when). While she was there she picked up a snowboard that Jamie had bought from some one in Sheffield on ebay.  She returned via Nottingham to celebrate a birthday at Lee’s. As soon as she arrived back she went straight to Charlotte’s to do a spot of baby sitting (she leads a busy life). On Saturday she worked at the Rugby Club from 11am until 1am the following day, it was a wedding.

A long while ago I entered a competition held by BT and I won 4 tickets to an Olympic Event held in Victoria Park (London) on Sunday the 29th. I gave them to Sarah as she was disappointed that the course she scheduled to go on to train as a security at the Olympics was cancelled. Of course we now know that G4S who were supposed the be doing the organisation are criminally incompetent. The real reason for the cancellation was that they forgot to provide accommodation for candidates who lived outside London  (probably would have eaten into their profits).  Sarah and Lee are going. There is some dispute as to who is having the other two tickets, Charlotte or Jamie. There is an obvious solution there, but I don’t get involved in such disputes.

BT London Live Victoria Park

I dug up 5 rows of potatoes this week and got half a bucket of blue and black spuds! They were supposed to be that colour, but not that few. The weather has been cold and wet and nothing has grown well, even the broad beans, though they were big there were no beans inside, very disappointing. I have had a good crop of onions and the fruit looks promising, we have had lots of black currants and gooseberries. The vines were pruned last week and the grapes are starting to fill out now. I had a big drive on eradicating weeds using trowel and chemicals and they are now officially an extinct species at the allotment and in the garden.

Yesterday, Jamie got Sue to dig out his Model aircraft out of  the loft and today he has been to the Model Aeroplane Club in Great Bowden. One of the guys there has promised to fix one of his planes so that it will fly again. I hope he keeps up the interest longer than he did when he was 12 years old.

Sue and I went to the Harborough Film Club to see ‘Red Dog’, a true Autralian film about a wild dog that befriended a community and went on a mega search for ‘his master’.  Lovely film, though the Aussie humour was prevalent throughout.


Harborough, the Eagle has landed!

Posted in Uncategorized on Jul 11, 2012 by David Palmer

Last Tuesday the phone line at Nan’ Flat was connected (that went well). Royal Mail were also scheduled to deliver an internet hub,  BTVision box and Sky sports activation card. The card arrived, the rest did not. After 2 days of phoning, I eventually picked it up at the local post office where it had been all the time. It didn’t take long to set up and works fine.

On Wednesday I drove up to Thurcroft to bring Sarah back. Nan treated us to a pub lunch and afterwards I filled the car with bags of clothes etc. to take back to Nan’s Flat. Late that afternoon Sarah and I had an uneventful journey back south and dropped the clothes off before going home.

Thursday saw my Sue  working a half day at Church Langton  and I had my 6 monthly trip to the dentist, and nothing needed doing. The evening, Charlotte and Sarah put Nan’s clothes away tidily in her flat.

Saturday saw me drive back up to Thurcroft, firstly I dropped Sarah off at her new Digs (she was going out to a Hen Night) and return the same day with the Fridge, microwave and TV etc. I again dropped them off at the Flat before going home. I made a curry in the evening and all but Suraj (working late) came. Sue had been to the allotment and picked a load of black currants and quite a lot of strawberries from the back garden. It is surprising that they have ripened with the continuous rain we have had with only minor glimpses of the sun.

On Sunday Sue and I went to Joules Eating House for lunch and watch ‘East West’ play their Neil Young set. It was very enjoyable and for once the rain held off until we got bat home. That evening we went to the Harborough Theatre to watch the silent film ‘The Artist’ , excellent film, I can see why it won so many awards.

Monday saw me back on the road to Thurcroft, this time followed later by Charlotte who had diverted via Sheffield to pick Sarah up from her Hen Night out. We had a pub lunch and then filled both cars up with as much stuff as they could take. After switching everything off in the house, we locked up and set off south with Nan. After a cup of coffee at home, we installed Nan in her flat with all her goods and chattels. It was quite late in the evening before we wished her a good nights sleep and left. The Eagle had landed! Hopefully it won’t be, Harborough, we have a problem!

The following morning Charlotte Sarah and I returned and continued to put things away and put up pictures etc.  Sue looked after Ellis to release Charlotte to help, as she had done on Monday. Nan treated us to another pub lunch, this time in Lubenham. Again we didn’t finish until the early evening before we said goodbye. All this activity seems to be tiring Nan out but she is bearing up well and is keeping her sense of humour. That night Sarah went back with Charlotte to Rothwell as they both have a Scrap Book class in the morning.

Today, now that everything is stored away, Sue went to visit and sort out some of the things that were in our garage and I popped over late in the morning to sort out some paperwork.  After walking with Nan to Londis for some soup and stamps I left her to make her lunch. In the afternoon Charlotte, Sarah and the boys visited Nan on the way here. Lucas had fallen over at school and banged his head. Nowadays that means a visit to the hospital.  After his lump was checked out, he was diagnosed as ok.




Splash and dash!

Posted in Uncategorized on Jul 3, 2012 by David Palmer

Since I last sat down to write the family blog, it has rained every day!

During the week Jamie was in Birmingham when a torrential downpour flooded the streets he was driving in. He took a video on his phone of cars that were submerged under water. He was lucky to get out of it without being stranded. Newtown Linford had a tornado that took the roofs off several houses and in Leicester hailstones the size of gold balls smashed house and car roofs. In Harborough we had heavy rain ALL day, but that was it (I suppose we must be lucky?)

I have been spending time in Nan’s flat, painting and wallpapering. Charlotte and Sarah picked some nice wall paper for the bedroom and yours truly put it up, but only after they had stripped the wall. I was sceptical, but it does look nice. To add a bit of colour to a rather white looking bathroom, Charlotte had bought a shower curtain and bathmat to match a wall that was then painted a bluey green (very chic). On Tuesday a cooker was delivered and on Wednesday I got an electrician friend (Dave Creighton) who I had played rugby with, to connect it up.

That afternoon, Sue and I went on a Council walk to Farndon and had a picnic. Rain threatened all the way through the ramble, but thankfully stayed away until we got back home and then the heavens opened up (again).

At the weekend Jamie went to the ‘Goodwood Festival of Speed’, his boss had given him two tickets for working well, so he went with a friend and had a brilliant time (not seen the photos yet).

On Friday, Sarah met Lee in Leicester and they travelled to Nottingham. On Sunday he took her to Thurcroft and Nan treated them to Sunday Lunch at the Royal Elephant. Afterwards Lee drove back to Nottingham and Sarah stayed to help with packing, ready for the move to Harborough.

As there was no rugby on and Spain were playing Italy in the Euro 2012 final in the evening, that afternoon I went on a walk with Jim Crawford from Gumley to Laughton and back. His wife was in Lourdes for the week helping out with the local Catholic church’s annual trip there. We visited a couple of pubs on the way back. That evening  Spain beat Italy with a masterful display of soccer as it should be played.

On Monday Sue spent half a day in school (Church Langton), it rained all morning and they spent most of it in the church across the road.

Yesterday, the ‘Olympic Torch Relay’, came through Harborough. Charlotte brought the boys over to see it. All the local schools had shut early to witness its passage through the town. We stood on Coventry Road in the pouring rain and watched the proceedings. Most of the Metropolitan Police Motorcyclists appeared to be in Harborough. I had a surprise when the Head from Farndon Fields came over and said hello and had a little chat. The school children were further up the road and I hadn’t spotted them. I guess they got soaked as well!!!

Today, Nan’s phone was connected, though the equipment for BTVision that should have arrived, failed to. After several fruitless journeys to check and see if the post had delivered the various packages I resorted to complaining to BT and they re-assured me that it would be delivered tomorrow (we shall see).

We have been having lots of trouble with our TV reception. Now that the leaves are on the trees, we have lost most of the channels. I have arranged for an engineer to put up a dish and point it at FreeSat on Thursday. Hopefully that will be a long-term solution (we shall see).

I am quite chuffed with myself. A month ago I was feeling grotty, suffering from reflux and getting quite sleepy in the afternoons. I weighed myself and shock horror the scales said 13 stone 8lbs!!!!! For those used to metric, that is quite a lot for my build. After researching the net, I trotted down to the Herbalist and got myself 4 containers of: Fenugreek, liquorice, ginger,  apple cider vinegar tablets and an Aloe Vera drink. I cut down on the quantity and some types of food that I ate and upped the exercise on my daily bike ride. Now I am a much leaner 12 stone 1lb. How about that for 3 weeks? At first I was starving all the time but now I am used to it. 9lbs more to go and I will be satisfied. I even managed to get into my favourite walking trousers last Wednesday, something I haven’t been able to do for a while now.