Monday, October 04, 2010

The past ten days

Friday (10 days ago): Mrs C went to a training day for counsellors all about
Asperger's Syndrome, which is a pretty hot topic. Once you've read about this
condition, you start to wonder how many of your family and friends have
got Asperger's … have I got it mildly myself, or am I just an oddball? :)
I spent the day pottering around the house, mainly on this computer actually.
No grandchildren today, fortunately. :) Well, we did miss them a bit.

Saturday, Sunday and Monday were spent visiting our daughter L. and her family
in South Wimbledon. There were bad delays on the M25 on Saturday morning, so
our journey time was about 40 minutes longer than usual. We brought down with
us a large climbing frame (fully dismantled) and a 182cm slide with us in the
car, which Mrs C and L put together in the afternoon. L. had bought the
climbing frame on eBay,and we offered to fetch it for her from Chesterfield
(which we did earlier).
We visited Wimbledon Village, a posher area of London, where houses cost around
£1-6 million. However the main shopping streets weren't anything special, and
Wimbledon Common (where the Wombles live) looked drab … a waste-land edged
with posh homes. We also re-visited a very good children's playground in W.
Park, next to the golf course. We drove home Monday evening (A3, M25 and M1)
with no traffic hold-ups.

Tuesday was spent jamming with a couple of friends (playing Electric Blues
mainly), followed by lunch at a local pub … I had a buttie and a pot of tea,
as I'm almost TT at present, owing to my stomach problems which are easing
up, I'm pleased to say.

Wednesday ~ a long day for me with Little JJ … an eleven hour stint plus 40
minutes travelling time by car. It rained heavily all day, so apart from a
very short trip to Asda, we spent the time together indoors, playing with
his toys, reading books, singing songs and watching CBBies. A bit of male
bonding going on here, as whenever Mrs C and I get to see him, he runs to me
first for a hug or a carry, which I find very touching.

Thursday … a bit of time together with Mrs C. We walked into town to look at
roller blinds for our dining area in John Lewis, and had complimentary coffee
and pastries there … really lovely. On the way back we picked up more
ingredients for Mrs C's muesli … rabbit food basically. I spent the rest of
the daytime pottering about.

Friday … we had a full day with our two grandchildren, Little A and JJ.
It rained heavily all day, which deterred us from taking them out of the house,
apart from a very short trip to the local shops. We both went to bed early
(about 9pm), feeling exhausted. :) How did we manage bringing up 4 girls?
Well, Mrs C did most of the work, (and in later years when most of the children
were of school age, she looked after 2 nieces as well.

Saturday and Sunday
: We saw 2 films: In Bruges on DVD … an excellent black
comedy set … in Bruges. It was great to re-visit the place. The second film was
Made In Dagenham, which we saw at The Broadway Cinema in Nottm … an
excellent film, all about a small group of female car workers who fight for equal
pay for women. I think it's a must-see film … it will become a classic.
The other main event last weekend was a joint birthday party for A and J, round
at their house. I've just put photos of this up on my Flickr site … their mum's
chocolate cake was very popular with all the children, as was Mrs C's brown rice

It's Monday today … nothing special planned.


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