The Rain in Spain Falls Mainly…

To my honest my dear, I’m really not concerned where the rain falls, as long as it isn’t here.  We have had quite a lot of wet weather over the past few weeks and yet again, in the middle of today, it teemed down.  Why, oh why, can’t the rain just disappear to Australia – where they certainly need as much rain as possible!

However, be that as it may – now that’s a funny phrase, don’t you think!  Oh yes, I’m sure you’ll be thrilled to know that the workmen have returned.  No sorry, I’m completely misleading you – one workman actually appeared today.  I did try to establish whether he was the advance party and that the rest were just lagging behind, but he spoke in rather a gruff manner and said “no, I’m it.  I’ve been told to carry on, but the other guys are now working elsewhere.”  Apparently something more important has cropped up!

I think that’s absolutely scandalous and I will be having serious words with Head Office tomorrow.  This really can’t be allowed to continue – at this rate it will be next winter before the security lights and cameras are fitted.

I have managed to have a brief chat with Teddy and she is coming to see me at the weekend.  She’s really pleased to be back here as it sounds as if she’s been running around all the time she was away.  She told me that Harry is fine, but is enjoying the freedom of being able to run around outside again.  Apparently they weren’t able to leave the patient for too long, so they only went for short walks.

Alex rang me yesterday and he is also coming to see me at the weekend, hopefully when Teddy is here.  We have lots to discuss and he said that he has some documents ready for me to sign.  I’m so pleased about that as it will help to move things forward.

Oh yes, I must let you know that Georgie and I have decided to go clothes shopping next week.  I’m quite looking forward to it, although I certainly don’t like these communal changing rooms which many stores seem to have invested in.  Billy has an appointment to be measured for his outfit in the next few days, so the arrangements for the wedding are starting to make some progress. 

I have also had a conversation with G about the reception and yes she will be able to manage the catering, but I suggested that Jane, another friend of mine who is an extremely well-known pastry cook in and around her local area, will be able to make some gorgeous pastries.  G was highly delighted to know that she would be able to share the load and thought that they may be able to divide the menu between them.  I’ll have a word with Jane and arrange for Giselle to email her and then leave them to it.

I was thinking about Roger recently – well, no to be honest, I heard his laughter bellowing down the corridor.  I haven’t mentioned him to you for a little while but I’m sure you remember that he moved into the flat next-but-one to me which was where Philip previously resided.  He is still quite noisy but he appears to have settled down slightly, although on occasions there is quite a lot of raucous laughter emanating from his flat.  He is rather too large a character for the size of his flat, but there isn’t anything I can do about that – and it really isn’t my business anyway, although when it’s late at night I do become rather dischuffed!

I’ve had another chat with Mrs. M and she really is ready to come home now.  I’ve popped into her apartment and moved the post and checked that everything is reasonably neat and tidy and ready for her return.

Unfortunately the two apartments where the squatters spent their time aren’t faring too well.  The doors have had new locks but at this time no work has been done inside.  It’s not my problem, but I am concerned for Mrs. M and that she may be worried about the flats being empty.  As far as I am aware after the locks were changed no-one has been anywhere near to them.  I don’t even think that they have been cleaned.  I’m not sure who is responsible for dealing with them – perhaps I should ask Teddy or Alex and see if we can find out the legal position, so at least we can tell Mrs. M and perhaps set some wheels in motion.

I think I’m going to go to the library later this afternoon.  The Knit and Natter group restarts next Monday and I need to put a couple of notices out to remind folk.  It will also be good to have a chat with the café staff as they are really nice folk. 

Right then, I better get a wiggle on, otherwise the day will disappear without trace.  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. How lovely to hear that everything is starting to come together. I’m glad the workman has turned up. I know it’s not what you really expected, but a bird in the hand……etc. I hope you enjoy your shopping trip with Georgie, it should be fun, although I do agree that communal fitting rooms aren’t very nice.
    It’s very kind of Jane to offer to help out with the pastries for the wedding, I’m quite sure G will be glad of the help.
    Don’t overdo all the running around will you. You will have Mrs M home soon, and I’m sure she’s going to have loads to talk about. You need to pace yourself. X


    1. Frances – thank you so much for your words. I’m sure that Jane and Giselle with work very well together and it was very generous of Jane to volunteer…ahmm. (Even though she wasn’t aware of it beforehand!!) I will try and takes things slowly – it’s just that there seem to be so many things that need doing. xx


  2. I’m pleased that the workman has turned up. Ok only one, but better one than none, but very annoying when that should be a top priority job. Jan, it will be nice for you to go clothes shopping, but like you, I don’t like communal changing rooms. Great that you have got the catering organised for the wedding – always a relief when that is arranged. I know you enjoy keeping busy, but take care and don’t overdo it. xx


    1. Maggie – thanks for all your helpful comments. I will try and take it slowly. I’m sure that Jane and Giselle will work well together and it will be a brilliant buffet. xx


  3. Sounds like lots of interesting things are coming up Jan – let’s hope there is some good news with the workmen and also with the empty flats soon! I do enjoy some of your turns of phrase – your last one in particular – I use it lots but I always say “better get a wriggle on” rather than “wiggle” and my kids always correct me!


    1. Hazel – lovely to hear from you. Some of these phrases are quite strange – I’ve always written wiggle, but have previously wondered whether it should be wriggle. I checked it out a few weeks ago, and although “wiggle” appears to be more universally approved, “wriggle” also appears to be correct, although it doesn’t sound quite as amusing. xx

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