Hooray ! Crossed the brdge again today and got half way along Baxtergate ~ was going to order a small free range chicken for Christmas, but in Landers ecognised nobody behind the counter and am wondering whether the shop has changed hands~
treated myself to a cooked chicken breast and a spoonful of stuffing for my lunch, but somehow felt quality was not up to Landers' standard ~ I may be wrong ~ at least I am getting out, and walking without any trouble so tha';s good. Still have
not started writing Christmas cards though I did go and get 20 second class stamps from Brian.
At last, made up the bed in the attic in case anyone wants to stay ~ John from Wells possibly, or Georgie. I must start putting both electric
blankets on up there for a couple of hours on Sundays just to keep beds aired.
Mary & Tom were here again up at the White House, they are so excited about coming to live here ~ they plan to put a large tree up on their patio for Xmas ~ I think they
will be good neighbours. Once Mary & Terry have moved to Saltburn we will be the only residents left in the yard ~ all the other properties will be holiday cottages.
Found a card from Keith the friendly Road Sweeper ~ haven't seen him
for months but will ask Robert to tell him how things are with me ~ how kind ~ he is a good chap and way back when John was alive I had him up here for breakfast a couple of times.
I'm reading another of Lucy M Boston's books : the last
of the Green Knowe series, "The Stones of Green Knowe" taking us back to 1120 at the time when the house was being built ~ fascinating ! No word from Dave Underwood about installing a remote control on boiler so that I don't have to go out to the shed
in ice and snow ~ I think it isn't worth his time coming all the way to Whitby ~ I'd better phone either the GAS man or the ELECTRICIAn ~ I really do need it doing before winter sets in.
12th ~ a bright sunny morning but cold ~ at last got some cards written and posted ~ why do I keep putting it off ? Piece of cold chicken to finish at lunch time ~ sun is shining right into this window and blinding me even
with blind down so I'll give up now and see how it is later.
OK ~ will send emails to most of my family instead of Xmas cards ~ I'm so darned slow at everything nowadays. Georgie may come over on Christmas Day if the weather
isn't too bad but if I'm alone I'm quite happy ~ I mean, I'm alone all the time ~ while John was around I quite enjoyed making us a proper Christmas dinner, and opening prezzies and watching one or two programmes together though I always had to put my foot
down about the computer ~ otherwise he'd have switched it on before breakfast and spent as much time as possible on it during the day ! Funny old thing ~ he had never learnt how to share simple things, though I think after nine years with
me he was beginning to relax occasionally.
It's been so cold these last few days, I've gone into long johns again and very cosy they are too. Mike from Boots took away the yellow container of needles from these
Warfarin injections, and I'm giving up on elastic tubular stockings as well ~ if I haven't had a thrombosis all these weeks since Hip Op then I probably never will ~ that's a relief. Tomorrow I will aim to go over to the Co-op for the first time this
year, though I will still order groceries from Sainsbury's online though maybe less frequently. There's a programme at 9 about Canterbury Cathedral ~ our brother Bill was a chorister at Bristol Cathedral ~ he was alo mad on Gilbert & Sullivan
Operas, bless him.
Saturday 13th~ Oh dear ~ the programme about Canterbury Cathedral depressed me rather ~ it reminded me that Richard went to Canterbury, the University of Kent
I think it's called, doing Politics and Eonomics ~ but by then we'd pretty well lost him ~ Janet had taken him over, body and soul ~ I can't even remember how he got there from Winchester : by train ? Did Janet's Dad take him by car ?
I don't think Howard had learnt to drive yet. Typing up those diaries of Rachel's covering 50 years from her 12th birthday until just a day or two before she died at 63, I realised how casual we had been, both of us, about sending the children
off to University ~ with each of their four, Rachel & John drove them hither and yon visiting each possibility in turn and from Wells this meant Aberdeen, Durham and York ~ whereas we just bunged ours off to Newcastle, Leicester or wherever, and I'm not
even sure that Howard made sure they had enough money to survive until their grants came through. Not that many students get grants nowadays. Those years were so hairy, what with our marriage falling apart, and Georgie's baby and all
the sadness surrounding her adoption, and Richard being taken over completely by Janet and her parents, and my long-running affair with Fred ~ I don't think any of us came through it very well ~ thankfully the children don't seem to have suffered
any permanent damage though I look back on those bleak years with shame and regret.
Got myself over to the Co-op today though I knew I couldn't carry more than a couple of things home ~ tangerines and coleslaw, and that was enough ~ I must obviously
keep ordering from Sainsbury's online.