Oh The Weather Outside is Frightful

Well hello my dear – and although the title says one thing, I don’t actually mean it literally – well not just at the moment.  This song seems to be everywhere just at the moment and it’s got inside my head, so I’m hoping that having written the title down and thinking about it whilst chatting with you, it may gradually disappear from my conscious mind.  How have you been?  I know that you haven’t been feeling too well of late.  That’s good to hear.   I thought that having antibiotics would help. These chest infections can be a real nuisance once they take hold.

I actually want to tell you about the current situation with Georgie and Billy – no, no there’s not a problem at all.  I have managed to have a couple of conversations with Georgie this week and we have decided to leave our clothes shopping to the beginning of the New Year, as everything presently on offer seems to be the sparkly Christmas party type of outfits, which aren’t really appropriate for a wedding or an evening reception.

We’ve also discussed food for the reception and have decided that a buffet rather than a sit-down formal Wedding Breakfast will be preferable to all.  Many older folk really don’t want to eat a huge amount and to be faced with a three course fixed menu can be rather intimidating.  I’ve asked our good friend Giselle to do the catering, as she knows the facilities which are available in the small kitchen off the day-lounge and will be able to reheat food in the ovens.  It does help when someone is au-fait with the electrical gadgets we have and knows how to use them without needing to be supervised.

I asked Georgie if she would like me to order the wedding invitations – well that isn’t strictly true – the invitations explain that the wedding itself will be completely private, although photos will be available later.  As we are holding the wedding itself some distance from here this is a practical solution.  So the invitations will be for the reception only, which we definitely decided to have here as it is convenient for the majority of guests.

One or two of Billy and Georgie’s guests will be travelling some distance and I’ve said that I will arrange some hotel accommodation in the village, and then we can have taxis to collect and return them, so they are able to have an alcoholic beverage if they choose without being concerned about the possibility of drink-driving.  I don’t think that anyone should get behind the wheel of a vehicle even if they’ve only had a single alcoholic drink.  I’m sorry my dear, that is one of my soapboxes from which I’ll now step down.

I’m sure you’ll be delighted to know that I have had a short telephone conversation with Mrs. M.  Now I still don’t understand what went on in Scotland, but I do believe her when she told me that the texts which she kept receiving were from someone at Thames House, who was trying to find out some, or any, information in rather a cack-handed fashion.  Mrs. M said that this particular officer contacted her without any warning on the first occasion, and continued to send regular texts.  Now Mrs. M isn’t particularly up-to-speed when it comes to mobile technology, so she was struggling to read the texts, and, even more to text in return!  Anyway, I’m sure that it will be possible to get to the bottom of this matter shortly, but only with a face-to-face conversation.  Some things don’t translate overly well by mobile.  Expressions and knowing whether someone has understood your meaning can get lost very easily when it is a long-distance conversation.

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I know what I wanted to mention!  I had a lovely visit from Giselle yesterday.  She brought me all sorts of goodies to refill my biscuit tin and the various cake tins I have waiting for such occasions.  She made me some of those delicious macarons which she knows I am particularly fond of – in fact, they are one of the few treats I can make myself ill with by over-eating them.  I didn’t just admit to that – well, honestly, but if you ever mention it I will deny all knowledge of the conversation.

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Oh yes, before I forget completely, I have heard – and I’m not really supposed to mention this to anyone that the police will be evicting the squatters in the next few days.  They have had to arrange a team of bailiffs with a locksmith to enter the two apartments by force.  Unfortunately it does mean that I won’t get any further information (well, not really) until after the event.  I have been made aware that the police officers will be cordoning off that end of the second floor including Mrs. M’s apartment.  I understand that officers will enter the building and come up the stairs at my side and walk down the corridor quickly and quietly.  As Mrs. M’s apartment is next door to where one group of squatters are currently living they are using it to isolate the squatters in the area beyond it.  However, the squatters have been using the stairs at that side of the building to get their supplies in.  When the raid begins the stairs will be blocked off.  So that means that anyone from those flats who has already left the building to go shopping etc won’t be able to return.  At the same time there will be notes pushed through every door informing residents that if they are going out that day and live on the first or second floor they will need to use the stairs at this side, and that the lift will also be out of action “for repairs”,

Although it all sounds rather complicated, I’m sure that it is very straightforward.  It does depend which day of the week they’re planning on having the raid –some days are much busier than others for foot traffic in this building.  However, I’m going to have a chat with Teddy and try to gain some extra information, as I’m sure some of the older residents will start to panic if there are strange “goings on” about which they haven’t been informed. 

Right my dear, it’s been really lovely chatting with you today, but I must get on.  I know I’ve jumped from one topic to another, but decided I needed to update you as much as possible before I forget again.

Have a lovely day my dear – I’ll see you again very soon, and my love to you and the family.  Yes, of course I will send you some photos.  They’re not particularly interesting but I know you’d like to see them.  Speak soon – 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. With you on the macarons Jan, they are gorgeous aren’t they? I had gooseberry cream macarons at Betty’s in Harrogate once and I can still remember how fantastic they were – melt in the mouth, and tart but sweet at the same time….mmmmm! Hope the squatters go quietly and don’t leave too much mess x


    1. Hi Hazel – apparently there is a bakers in the village here which makes excellent macarons. Once the summer comes round and I have my powered chair I think that Carol and I may be heading in that direction. It will be lovely to get rid-off the squatters. The fact that there are a couple of well-known criminals there doesn’t fill me with joy. xx

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    1. Jane – it’s definitely colder here today – the overnight temperatures are higher than the daytime ones which is rather confusing. Yes, I need to do some work on the wedding. Once Christmas and New Year is over the time will pass very quickly so I must get my lists started. xx.

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  2. Well hello there, lovely to hear from you. Yes, the weather here really is frightful and likely to get worse. And yes, I wholeheartedly agree with your views on drinking and driving.
    It looks as though you’re going to be busy organising first the Christmas party and then the wedding. How lovely to be organising such happy occasions.
    I’m sure that both you and Mrs M will feel happier and safer once the squatters have been evicted. I hope you’ll keep well out of the way while it’s all going on. Maybe you can console yourself with a couple of macarons. X


    1. Thanks Frances – being at home again with my friends around me makes a huge difference. Mrs. M is being looked after and will return here when it is safe to do so. Your idea of having a coupe of macarons sounds eminently sensible! xx


  3. Yes Jan the weather outside is indeed frightful – not yet 4pm and I’ve shut it out. You are obviously going to be busy organising the Christmas party and the wedding, but at least two enjoyable events (we hope). I think I read earlier that some of our group were going to attend the Christmas party to help clear up. Can I go on that list please. I’m pleased the squatters are going to be evicted – what on earth will those flats look like once they’ve gone – I’m not offering to clear up there!!! Jan when they do the eviction keep out of the way in the safety of your own flat. What a relief it will be when that lot go. Stay safe Jan. xx


    1. Hi Maggie – yes I drew the curtains at about 3.30 when the temperature dipped. I will be very pleased to know that the squatters are no more – and I understand that at least two of them will be arrested at the time of eviction, so it may get a bit frantic. I plan on staying in my flat with the door locked until I know they have gone. Of course, I can sit at the window and check what is happening outside. xx


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