I’m just not in the mood for book-writing this afternoon. I’m working on the epilogue which I hadn’t planned to write but there are a few loose ends and I need to think about some possible scenarios. I find that ideas are more likely to come whilst I’m doing other things (or when I’m dropping off to sleep) than if I try to consciously work it out so having worked for quite a while on it yesterday, I’m taking today off.
Today’s post is again about my long weekend. I met my daughter-in-law and the two youngest grandsons at a garden and aquatics centre on Thursday afternoon. As usual, I didn’t think to take photographs. I must get into the habit of doing so. The fish and turtles held the boys’ attention for ages and then we went to the coffee shop. Garden centres do seem to have nice coffee shops nowadays. I’ve always liked to look at tropical fish (some are so incredibly pretty) but wouldn’t have the patience to look after them myself. The pot of hyacinth bulbs gifted to me by d.i.l is more to my liking! They smell divine.
On Friday morning following the usual visit to the gym, I met up with a friend for lunch at the Victoria Plum cafe which opened close to my grandchildren’s schools a few months ago. I’d always thought what a good idea it would be to open a cafe exactly where it’s opened! There are more than 1300 children on site at the two schools – that’s a lot of parents collecting them so something of a captive audience at certain times of the day. Victoria who runs the cafe has made it really inviting with comfy sofas and coffee table (complete with books about the town and surrounding villages) as well as traditional tables and chairs. She offers children’s tea parties and afternoon teas as well as breakfasts and light lunches. My friend and I chose the feta salad and it was very good indeed.
Yesterday I received the sad news that a friend’s husband had died suddenly and unexpectedly the day before so I called to see her this morning bearing flowers and a card. It’s always hard to know whether to visit or keep ones distance and not ‘intrude’. I think that there is no right answer as people deal with such situations individually and want different things. It seemed that this time a short visit was the right thing to have done.
Elder son, d.i.l and all three grandsons then arrived (with beautiful tulips) for brunch – bacon & mushroom rolls with a few cocktail sausages for the small boys. I don’t cook a roast lunch every Sunday. The eldest grandson (11) has just returned from a school skiing trip. The middle one (2.5) informed me that his big brother had ‘gone skating’ and the baby (16m) has just started saying nanny. I’ll be seeing the granddaughters tomorrow when I go to take the eldest one’s birthday present. She’s 13 going on 18.
I’m looking forward to watching Call the midwife this evening. Earlier in the week we watched the three part Trauma with John Simm. I can guarantee that I’ll enjoy whatever he’s in. I first saw him in the series The Lake which was set in the beautiful Lake District, then later in Life on Mars. In the drama Exile he co-starred with the wonderful Jim Broadbent (another favourite actor) and Olivia Coleman. Last night we watched him in the first part of Collateral , also very enjoyable. The second part will be on tomorrow so looking forward to that too.
Tomorrow morning will see me at the gym again and then off to work for a few hours. In case you’re wondering where my poor neglected husband fits into all this, don’t worry – he got a bacon roll too! Actually he hasn’t been too well for a few days. Not exactly ill but ‘out of sorts’. I wonder if that is an expression that readers in other countries are familiar with. He has no energy, an on/off sore throat and swollen glands in his neck. I have diagnosed a virus! He’s probably glad that I’ve been out of the way.
More daffodils to keep me remembering that spring is on the way. I’m keeping this jug permanently filled with them.