Boys and Girls Come Out to Play…

Well my dear the days are really flying past and as I’ve been away for a few weeks I’m rather out of touch with everything which has been going on around here.

I decided I should remedy the situation – what do you mean, you think that I’m just being nosy?  Indeed I’m not – it’s really important that I know what has been going on in my absence.

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I decided that I should take a quick visit to the library for a couple of reasons.  The first was to return a couple of large print books I had borrowed.  Unfortunately I still found them too difficult.  No, nothing to do with my ability to read the written word – no need for any comments like that, thank you very much!  No it’s just that I find it easier to read my Kindle.  Large print books are all very  well and good, but they are extremely heavy and difficult to hold when trying to read them, particularly when you need to hold a magnifying glass at the same time.

Another reason for my sojourn to the library was to check on the Knit and Natter Group which I started a few weeks ago.  I manage to persuade one of the more sensible women in the group to lead it for the couple of weeks that I was going to be away.  Now Delia is a great knitter, and has a good personality so I introduced her to the café staff and explained to them that she would be sitting in for me for a couple of weeks.   Unfortunately Delia, although she is a lovely woman, isn’t blessed with a particularly good memory – oy, there’s no need for the not so cryptic comments about my memory.  At least I make a note in my diary of the time of the meetings.  It’s not difficult – same time, same day each week – what’s complicated about that!  Nothing!!  Apparently poor Delia turned up every morning – well, from Monday to Friday – to make sure she was there in readiness for anyone who may turn up for a meeting.  Now why would she do that – we only have one meeting every week.  I asked her why she went every day and the answer was that she didn’t want someone to turn up, not knowing when the group had its meeting and be disappointed.  So Delia was there every morning “just in case!”  I suppose I can vaguely understand her logic but there was a notice pinned up giving the day and time of the meetings.  Anyway I had a quick word with the café staff and they said that everything was fine while I was away, although they did seem particularly pleased to see me again.

I stayed for a little chat with the staff members and they said that it was really good that I was back – I’m not sure why they seemed to be so enthusiastic that I’m here – I assume that something must have happened – however they didn’t mention anything specific, so I decided to ignore it.

After my visit to the library I decided to call in at The Roasted Bean for a quick coffee on my way back here.  Yes, OK I know it’s only two minutes from home but it’s rather nice being able to pop in and out around the village.  I’ve missed being able to do that while I’ve been away. 

Talk about good timing, my dear – I arrived at our local coffee shop to find that Giselle was just leaving, after delivering some of her beautiful cakes and scones.  It was lovely to see her, and she immediately decided to join me for a coffee.  She was aware that I had been away as I sent her a text just before I left – not giving any details – so she wouldn’t worry about not seeing me at my window.  G always looks up here when she goes in and out of The Roasted Bean and waves to me.  I often receive a text saying that if it’s convenient she’ll come up for a coffee.  Well, you know me my dear I’m always pleased to see her.  To be honest, she’s wonderful value for money, as she keeps me up to date with a fair bit of the news.  Now I’ve been out of the loop for a little while so I was eager to hear what she could tell me.

Apparently, she hasn’t been in Lavinia Court very much as she has been so busy baking, but fortunately while she was at The Roasted Bean making some deliveries she was able to chat with a few of the residents who went in for coffee.  The main topic of conversation still seems to be the murders of Gordon, Peter and his sister although I would have expected that to have been “old news” by now.  Apparently not – according to G who advised me that some residents are telling a completely different story about the murders.  One of the elderly women who has a flat on the ground floor here delighted in telling G that apparently the three victims had been shot and she heard them cry out at the time.  That in itself was a wonder as this particular woman is as deaf as a post.  It’s normally G who embellishes stories – but not this time…  Poor Bella, the elderly woman in question, said that the police officers had been round to see everyone, but she was the only person who heard the murders actually being carried out!!  I’m sure the officers are used to hearing this sort of rubbish and know to ignore the stories of elderly, vulnerable and deaf residents.  The officers are experienced in dealing with lonely folk who just enjoy having a chat with someone.

Apart from this, I had a lovely conversation with G.  I do love seeing her.  She has said that now I’m back she’ll do a little bit of baking for me and bring it round in a couple of days.  Isn’t that kind of her?

After my coffee with Giselle it was time for me to come back to my little flat.  My suitcase is now at the top of the wardrobe and my clothes have been laundered, so I’m beginning to feel normal again.  I’m expecting Mrs. M and Teddy later so I hope to update you soon about that situation.  I suppose I better have something to eat before I forget.    As Always –

With Love – Jan  xx

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I'm retired, disabled and after sudden death of wonderful husband, have moved closer to my son, daughter-in-law and baby, Charlie. I live in sheltered housing at the bottom end of the scale called Independent Living. I had been in an online Knit and Natter group for a couple of years before Ian died and the members of the group were and still are a wonderful support to me. Since moving here I have now got my own little Facebook group where the members are now my friends and extended family. It was suggested that I write a blog - so here we are!!

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  1. Well Jan, it’s good to hear that you’ve been out and about catching up on the news in your area. It’s good to know that you were missed, for whatever reason. Now that you’re home things can go back to normal, can’t they.
    I hope you will let us know in due course what Mrs M has to tell you and Teddy about the ‘goings on’.
    Looking forward to your next post. X


    1. Frances – yes, it’s lovely to be home again. It’s funny how much more confident you feel on home turf! Of course I’ll let you know what Mrs. M has to say for herself. At the moment she’s a little subdued so I hope she’ll soon feel better. xx


  2. I’m pleased to know you are getting back into the swing of things now you are home and catching up with news. How extraordinary that the only person who heard the ‘so called’ gun shots was a lady who is deaf!!!! So nice of Giselle to bring you some baking. It will be very interesting to know what Mrs M has to say for herself. Look forward to that. X


    1. Maggie – there’s always one person who sees and hears everything – irrelevant of whether they were in the vicinity or not. Yes, it was lovely to have some time to chat with G again. I’ll be seeing her again soon, and no doubt she’ll let me know what been going on. xx


  3. Well done for getting unpacked and sorted so quickly – it usually takes me weeks! Gosh, Delia sounds like a bit of a character – how strange of her to go every day “just in case” – does she think that you do that too? Or maybe she just liked having an excuse to get out of the house for a bit? And if she is meant to be one of the more sensible ones, heaven help the rest of them 🤣 🤣 🤣


    1. Hazel, if I don’t unpack straightaway it will just sit there for weeks so I know that I need to get the job done. Delia is slightly “odd” but she likes to feel she is doing everything “by the book” – but I’m not entirely sure which book…. xx

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