Phew! What a busy few days.......
Louise ended up having Friday off school as well as Thursday - great for getting some Christmas stitching done - not so good for keeping on top of my paid job - never mind back again this morning to face the fray!
Saturday saw a morning of cooking while Nigel watched Nick play football - a home game against a neighbouring village who they thrashed 18 - nil! Even Nick scored a goal and he's usually in defence or goal.
Then the afternoon saw us helping a dear friend of ours move into a house about 400 yards up the road from us - she's moved from Banbury in Oxfordshire and we helped her with the offloading.
Then it was nine of us for tea as we fed her and her helpful other friends with the cooking I'd been doing in the morning - Chicken Tarragon Casserole, Jacket Potatoes, Veggies and Apple and Raspberry Crumble with cream and ice cream for afters.
Sunday was an odd day - Sarah had a rugby tournament in the afternoon playing a pool arrangement for the first round of the National Cup. Sadly they lost both games but they were no pushover and one of the teams actually presented them with a box of chocolates because Sarah's team had given them the hardest match so far this season.
Because it was Nick's birthday party in the afternoon neither of us went to watch her play which felt very strange.
Nick had a 'Climbing Wall' party at our local leisure centre - a wonderful way to occupy twelve 11yr old boisterous boys and girls - one and a half hour's climbing with a qualified instructor and then half an hour to wolf down a picnic box type tea - brilliant!!! They all had enormous fun - even the adults!
Then Monday dawned bright and showery with the Conservatory fitters here to add the top half to our conservatory.
All okay until they confessed that the company had forgotten to order the roof panels ................. grrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!
So we now have a very fine conservatory al fresco!
Fortunately we have one of those wet and dry vacuum cleaners which sucks water up so Nigel has been valiantly sucking out the 'lake' over the past couple of weeks and will obviously have to continue to do so until they return with the roof panels next Tuesday.
A slight delay but at least the top matches the bottom in size and eventually all will come right - sadly because of the delay we won't be in there for Christmas but never mind these things are sent to try us - and try us they jolly well do. Just glad we weren't having it built before a big family occasion like a wedding or something.
Right I'd better head off and get ready for work............