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Hi everyone, how are you? Carole asked if I was near the end of term, yes this week but it has been so hectic in the weeks beforehand I hardly had time to do anything else so sorry for my online silence. Carole we have not had the final part of the refund yet but managed to get an email confirming everything from our bank so fingers crossed. I would never fly ryanair again as they have totally ignored my request, despite being on their form and posted to ireland. Nothing at all. Plus being left to stand at the gate and not be told they had no fuel and no plane. I think they were aware of that a long time neforehand and could have donbe more - like anything at all. My friend lost her planned holiday too due to pilot strikes. Carole the storm sounded freaky and I am glad it did not do any more damage as could have been catastrophic and you have had enough of those with your home already! How are the 2 pups getting on now? Any easier with 2? 

Lisa how is your job going now? Any more plans for your house this year? Its been a while since you decorated and I know you love it. I am planning on changing the hall, landing and stairs as we had some new doors put in and it really updates the look so deserves a few less fingerprints!!

Nicky I forgot to ask whose wedding it was? A long way to go for a wedding but probably worth it from the sound of it. Sorry gs was unwell and it had to be when away, nightmare. Did your daughter manage to stay calm as mine would be frantic if taken into hospital. 

Its been very quiet at home with son away with his work for a fortnight. Although we were on yhe mobiles to each other through the world cup games to exchange cheers and groans of disappointments. He was really fed up as had thought he might see their first win. I said as you get older you will get used to it! He has split with his gf so we are lodgerless now and he has found it difficult at times I think. Wedding fever has hit so we are all excited and the wedding dress has been picked. A spectacular creation that requires a catwalk figure. She certainly doesn't take after me, that's for sure. There are so many little ones and 3 are hers so it will be interesting to see how they are all included in the wedding. A little more difficult with boys. I am really looking forward to it already and its not until next year.  Well better buzz off. Holiday in  a week or so and I better get off the ground this time or I am going to sit in the middle of the airport and scream. So if you see a news article and see a woman dragged off, its me!  Lily xx

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Hi just a quick post to say fantastic news Nicky and I am so pleased for you. Well done Smiley Happy Carole another dog!! Hope that will give Aero someone else to chew. Lisa your trip sounded lovely. Will catch up mor next time. Lily xx

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I'm actually finding time to sit at the Laptop rather than my phone so can send a slightly longer message.

 

Lisa, how was the barbeque?   Is your weather still hot?   

 

Nicky that is brilliant news about your results you must be delighted?   You sound fitter than me despite having ongoing BC.

 

Lily did you manage to get your refunds for your lost journey to Barcelona?   You must be excited, only a couple more weeks of this year's term left?

 

Our weather has been extremely hot, but last week we had a very strange storm.   Around 5 pm it started to get very dark and windy, so we knew something was going to happen.   As we sat eating our meal half of a tree came flying into our garden during an extremely strong gust.   The power went so we had dinner by candlelight lol.   However, the electric was off for 24 hours and the windy storm was soon followed by heavy hail and rain, thunder and lightening.  This weird weather didn't last more than a couple of hours and the debris of trees and branches in our garden and along the road was pretty full on.  Fortunately, all our animals were inside otherwise I fear they may have been injured.   The French news said it was a hurricane, but I think it was just a very strong gust of wind.

 

Then on Friday YD returned with all her belongings which as yet hasn't been sorted out so our house looks a bit like a charity shop.

 

Some other news, we decided to visit a French dog rescue.  I had already decided that IF we took on another dog it would have to be a femail.   Sure enough there was only one female there, she had been in the refuge for 4 days after being found just wandering around the streets.  Their vet thought she was around the same age as our pup.   Somehow we felt she found us!   We have called her Mea, she's a cross lab. So for 2 and a half weeks we have been very busy with 2 young dogs, who get on really well.   Mr P had to build a low fence around our pool area as Aero the chocolate lab decided he liked swimming and was jumping in and not getting out!   The pool doesn't look as nice with a fence around it, but the pool liner might not have stood up to doggie paws.

 

I'm full of aches and pains, yesterday I think I pulled a muscle in my chest so find today some movements very difficult. I'm having a problem with one foot and I've also been stung by a wasp just above my knee and that has swelled up and still painful. The other knee (the one I fell on) still can't take kneeling and that has been 4 weeks now. Enough of my groans.

 

It's hard to believe we're in July already, where has this year gone?   All from me, hope you managed not to fall asleep during my epic post Smiley Very Happy   xxxx

 

 

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Hi all sorry I haven't posted for a while. All ok here, very hot like your weather.

I'll catch up soon.

Hope you're all ok love Carole xx
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Welcome back nicky, sounds fab. Lots of people I know have had gastrointeritos heck ignore spelling. Poor wee thing. France sounds lovely but hot. I'm off to BBQ now after weekend in Newcastle so hopefully catch some soon.

 

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I'm back!  We had a fabulous time in France but unfortunately weren't able to meet up with Carole.  I had explained this to her beforehand and had thought that it might be possible but we only had one free day whlist in that part of France and an awful lot of driving beforehand and still to go.  As it turned out we had to help out ED as our GS wasn't very well (he had gastroenteritis) so we gave them a break that day and looked after him, keeping him out of the heat, cars and everything else!  It was very very hot but where they had stayed was much breezier that in the town part where we were staying so it was better that we kept him in the shade and let him sleep as much as possible.  He's fine now, it just worked its course, but they did need to take him to hospital to get checked after the local GP advised it.  He needed to be kept hydrated and replace his salts and sugars as he'd been very sick on and off for a couple of days. Back to his happy self now though.

So, we had a fab time visiting quite a few areas of France on our way down to the wedding venue.  The wedding itself was lovely, but everyone was so hot!  It was held in what we call a country house but was called a chateau and it was absolutely picture perfect.  Lots of fun, eating, drinking and dancing the night away.  A long drive home but we broke it up with stops so GS wasn't too fed up in the car, and back home to even more sun - but luckiliy much cooler nights than in France.

Also I came back to my recent scan results which I had this morning and it was rather an anxious wait in the waiting room.  Anyway it came back as all stable, no liver mets (or none that are visible), no other soft tissue mets and bones are stable. Phew, huge sigh of relief. Plus I had a routine heart checkup in London just before we went away and that came back probably higher than most of the general population!  I'm now on annual checkups with them unless my treatment changes to a harsh chemo regime. So, I continue being stabbed left right and centre every 4 weeks but other than chatting to the nurses on those occasions I don't see anyone medical at all until my next scan results.

Hope all of you are doing OK.  I'll catch up with any news from now on but just wanted to update you.  Sorry to have missed you Carole, the extra drive would have just been a bit too far.

Nicky xx

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Hi all, been back a few days but straight back at work. We went to albuferia, in between old town and new town just to relax, so chills, walks and lots of fab food. We had amazing cake shop attached to us which was lovely and had some lovely meals courtesy of trip advisor, would never have found them. Even dad enjoyed the food. Weather was fab but boy it's hot here, I've got a fan on 24/7 it's been between 25 and 30 every day. 22 at night so very sweaty sleep, reminds me of the hot flush days..

 

nicky, that s fab news re your heart and figures crossed for other results. Hope you manage to meet up with carole x

lily, hope your holiday is coming up soon? 

Carole, how's the weather your end and how is the puppy coping with it.

 

well short week again as off to Sarah millican on Thursday in Newcastle, so football tomorrow and love island then off again 😍😍👍👍

 

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Well done Nick, really good to hear about your heart function now. Such a good thing you were brave and had the heart procedure, is it a year ago or more?  Fingers crossed as always for latest scans to show the op has had a very beneficial effect too. Good job you are a brave person!  Enjoy your breaks everyone. I will stay here and work booo while you all have a great time. I love the hot weather, love the footy too. One of the littles had their 7th birthday so 2 celebrations this month and another 2 nnext month and the holiday, so no chance of any kind of healthy eating, so having a great time ha ha. Take care. Hugs Lily xx 

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Have a great time Lisa and tell us all about it when you’re back. Where did you decide to go in the end (other than Portugal, I mean which city). The UK does look good weather wise next week and we’re also off but, as you say, at least there’s no work and for me no chores or appointments. I think I need to give a 👍🏻to all my friends about any holidays we have booked as every time we go away the weather turns better here and we miss it. 

Carole, I’ll PM you about meeting up, I have been trying to check with both ED (and OH) about their plans and thoughts  as there’s only one day we could make it and the weather outlook has been changing a lot since the early part of this month which will make a difference about what we’re all planning to do on that day. I expect you are watering you’re plants every day now and hopefully getting in your pool to cool off. Who needs a holiday when you have that on your doorstep?

Lily, well you asked where the sun was and you have now got it coming your way! I love this type of weather when it’s still cool in the morning but bright and breezy during the day. None of that humidity that stops us sleeping. Not long until your holiday which you must be looking forward to and I hope there’s no hiccups with the travel unlike Barcelona. How annoying that you have to chase up the insurance company but it always seems to be the way doesn’t it.

So a catch up from me. Not much to report other than all the appointments are over with for a week or two at least. Scans and treatment last week and then a heart check up this week which went really well and it’s good to know that my heart function is now as high, if not higher, than the healthy part of the population. Well done that team. And also I’m on an annual checkup now rather than 4-6 monthly but can obviously see them if I have a problem. Going on how some GPS up the doses of heart meds without the detailed knowledge that a specialist centre has I would definitely take them up on that should I need it.  My MIL is having so many problems with her heart and her GP admitted to her the other week that she was wrong to give her a higher dose! Doesn’t instil confidence does it?

Anyway have a good weekend whatever you are doing. We are following the football, or most matches in the evening at least, and YD is loving Love Island but other than last night when she was watching it I haven’t seen it. Enjoy the ☀️ wherever you are.

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Hi everyone. Lisa have a lovely holiday. I can't believe I booked Portugal so long ago and you have all got there before me. Making me excited to go though. Still no sign of the rest of our money Smiley Sad  I need to get on to them. Yes Lisa I am a fan too, have to be as that is all anyone talks about at work! Well that's my excuse. Love Lily xx

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Hi all, sounds like you've all been busy too. I've been absent as so tired working so many hours to get into next stages at work so hopefully will settle down soon, I know when I've over tired as headaches and ears vibrate lol, I'm strange.

 

Carole hope you've got better weather now, we got the rain tonight but looks like a lovely week coming up, just as I head off to Portugal, looks like just as nice here, but no work there lol.

 

is everyone else off on hols soon?

 

im only watching footie, but I'm sadly addicted to love island, shussssss.....

 

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Hi everyone, how are you all? Carole we could put the 2 mums together and they could put the whole world to rights ha ha. Well mine is on the phone to the doc as well. She is under the impression that they can cure anything and demands it. Last week she had called a paramedic out because she couldn't breathe and then opened the door moaning at him as she walked along on her zimmer, that she had a breathing problem. As she has had asthma all her life it beats me how she suddenly thinks that she would be able to do all this if in fact in trouble. Then she decided he could look at her legs while he was there and chatted about that! Everyone and everything seems to be wrong, which is tough work on visitors Smiley Sad  Hopefully this moody phase will move on very soon! Well it was my daughter's birthday not one of the littles. We had a ladies afternoon tea party where someone came and set the place up with yummy cakes and traditional china and cake stands. Then all the rest of the family came in later. i ate far too much and suffering now for it. I hope you knee improves soon, don't worry about scars they add character ha. I think we all have quite a few war wounds.It will be fab if you and Nick meet up, good luck with your plans. What is the new diabetes gadget, it sounds like a great improvement.

Nicky have you recovered a bit yet? Pretty much the best kind of tiredness, from grandchildren don't you think? I had 2 staying over the weekend and am still trying to catch up with work after that. A busy time with all your checks, fingers crossed as always for good results. Will you liver be healed yet? I agree the weather is so unreliable this year. I am sure it is lovely and sunny behind the thick bank of clouds. So much for global warming, I want to be warmer grrrrr. Are you watching the footy everyone? I love it but Vitcor is not a fan, so we watch separate tvs. Son is absolutely crazy about it and leaps up and down cheering, lovely to see people supporting their country really. School is just fulll of footy talk, so I have to keep up with the latest.  Better buzz off. Lily xx

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Lily, you are quite right, in another life we might have known each other. We have a few similarities what with our Mums and our children.   Speaking of which I'm sure you're little pink will have a splendid birthday if you are organising it.   How old is she, I guess about 3 now??   Talking of Mums, mine is still driving me crackers. She's given up her day centre one day a week, one chance to get out of that awful home she lives in and she can't be bothered.  She was prescribed anti depressants in May but hasn't taken one! She seems to speak to her doctor about once a week over the telephone, he makes a decision about what is wrong and treats her with something from a phone call!

 

Nicky hopefully we can manage a meet somewhere, but I do appreciate how busy some holidays can be, let us see.   Reading about how long your results take makes me appreciate the health system here in France.  It is normal to come out of the radiology dept with Scans and report.   Sometimes it involves a wait of about an hour - or longer - but it is nice to know the results on the day.

 

Lisa how is work now, are you enjoying all the changes?

 

I have a new device for testing my blood glucose.   I'm excited about it because it means I no longer have to stab my poor fingers 5 or 6 times a day.   It is available here on our health service but I understand it's not available in the UK and has to be paid for privately.  As long as I can support the glue that it sticks to me with. As you may remember I seem to be allergic to most plasters and sticky things.

 

My poor knee still hurts, I can't believe how long it is taking. It looks rather nasty too so I'm sure I will be scarred.

 

I'm hoping today will be sunny, no rain is forecast for today which makes a change.   So I had better get out and water the tomatoes and cucumbers.

 

Love to all Carole x

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A busy few days for me over the past week or so. Looking after GS is quite exhausting and then playing catch up with all the usual things I do in the week just adds to the tiredness. Throw in a couple of nights of insomnia and that’s how I feel atm! Anyway I’m over the most hectic parts so hoping for a quieter few days although I do have several appointments to keep me on my toes. I will get the CT results when we get back from our hols as they won’t be through before we go, well the actual scan will be on the system immediately but it’s the report that takes the time. Then a routine heart checkup that was postponed from last month which will complete my latest MOT except for a liver MRI which hasn’t been sorted yet but is part of the research study rather than an essential part of my ongoing care.

Carole, sorry to hear about the fall. A few years back I slipped on holiday and as I had my hands full at the time I couldn’t stop myself hitting and grazing my knee. Boy did it sting and looked absolutely awful on the rest of the holiday sat by the pool. I still have a big mark where it took the skin off. I hope you’re adjusting to Mr P being back at work, it must be very strange the enforced separation but I guess other jobs also have that drawback, or is it a bonus (for some 😉). I will get back to you about whether we can meet up when we’re in France, OH and I just haven’t had much of a chance to check maps and work out how much driving we’ll be doing.

Lisa, it must warmer where you are than where we are for a change as we haven’t had the unpleasant sweaty nights! But maybe it’s because you’re at work and have to shut the house up during the day? I hate it when you can’t get to sleep but are desperate to.

Well it’s a overcast start to the day herein the South, very gloomy but due to brighten up later. What an odd year this year has been weather wise, one day hot  and sunny the next day cloudy and much chillier. Oh well, at least it gives us Brits something to moan about.

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Hi everyone, how are you? Carole your family match up agewise with my oldest 2. We would match up well if we had met when they were young. Sorry to hear about your fall, it sounds nasty but as you say thankfully nothing broken. Whenever I have fallen over it always surprises me how much more it hurts when you are older. Plus we tell little ones its just a scratch but yow!! Yes terrible weather, I think you have had more storms than us but at least there is not much watering as a bonus. Lisa that's disappointing to miss your night out too. Will you get a refund or tickets for a future date? Did you get your next holiday planned yet?

Our birthday hits this week so I have been busy trying to find something for her. She is an outdoor girl who would most love it if I bought her a pig. I am not joking and no I didn't buy one. They are going away so I am going to be busy as its their first ever sleepover. I think keeping them busy and wearing them out is the plan. Then a family dinner plus another on the day, so a busy week.  What a good idea for ED to move nearer, its reassuring that you can get there quickly if needed plus the extra time you get with them instead of travelling. Our little pink went for just a day a couple of weeks to settle her in before she actually started work and was gone for a few days each week. That seemed to calm them both down. Nothing like an anxious mumy to make babies go crazy when they are left. How are your appointments going? Is everything going ok? Lily xxx

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Hi all, sorrybeen so busy just finished working now so of to bed or the sweat box as it is at the moment it's so sticky hot here. Will catch up tomorrow glad everyone is okay xxxx lisa

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Sorry for a short absence, I just don't know where the time goes.

 

We have had some nice hot sunny days and even managed to have a swim on a couple of those days. However, I think we've had our spring and summer as weather is back to rain and grey skies.  We did have a terrific thunderstorm which seemed to last all through the night, 2 nights ago. When it hasn't been raining we've had some nice long walks with pups, who is still very boisterous and nibbling and biting. On saturday I took a tumble while out walking, how embarrassing, but have ended up with a badly grazed knee and stiff and painful arms and shoulders where I tried to break the fall.   Luckily at my age, thankfully I didn't break anything Smiley Surprised

 

It sounds as though you've all been travelling.   Rome is a definite (but only when it's cool), we will return their one day.  Lily what a bummer that your Barcelona trip didn't happen, and it sounds as though it was a costly cancellation too. Anyway hopefully your trip to Portugal will not have any hitches.

 

Lisa did you get reimbursed for Peter Kay's cancellation?   I know there has been a lot of discussion about him in the press but you don't know what to believe.  He seems a very private man and it must be something quite serious for him to cancel all the tour.   Just hope he's ok.

 

I have two children who passed 30 - ED 5 years ago and S 3 years ago.   Time goes so quickly doesn't it? Yes it does make you feel old sometimes.

 

Mr P has been home for 5 weeks but returns to work tomorrow. You get into a routine as a couple again and then I get into my own routine being home alone.

 

Well time for me to get on.   Love Carole xx

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Lily - our ED hits 30 this year as well and wants to have a family trip to Disneyland Paris, taking little GS with us of course although he’d be too young to appreciate it. We will see how that planning goes but it’s not until the end of the year so we have a bit of time to do it. As she says it’s for her not him so she’s really wanting to go, ha ha. As to GS, yes he is a live wire and even now already shuts his eyes if he slips whilst holding on to something as he expects to bang his head!  He’s been pretty mobile in one way or the other since he learnt to roll from about 5 months so we’ve had to watch him. He now crawls around properly having adopted a commando style crawl as his first way of moving in a proper direction - dragging his body weight along! What he does now do is sit and ply with things which is nice and is quite fascinated by things that spin, and that he can make spin so he’s not on the move all the time now which is nice. As to childminding I will help out on occasions but to be honest with my bone mets and also instability with disease i can’t commit to an arrangement. They have found a nice childminder and ED is changing jobs to a new company when she goes back from maternity to one that is much closer to home, just 10mins down the road, so she can be there for the mornings and evenings which she’ll love. Her current job is a big commute and wouldn’t have worked out although she loves the job and people. They have been really understanding and she’s actually been back working there this week as part of her return to work maternity package which is why I’ve had the little monster! It’s been lovely but my back is not happy at all!

And, yes, I’ve been to Bicester many times and have often popped in when we have been visiting family further up north as it’s just off the M40 which we have to cut across to get back home. It’s has grown and grown since it was first opened and it actually a destination place now for Chinese tourists! And I mean that as an actual itinerary item that a lot insist on as they save so much money on the designer brands they have there. It didn’t have so many of the top end designers at first but has expanded to include them. It’s the nearest we have seen in the UK that is like the outlet places we saw in New England many years ago when we first went to an outlet village. 

I haven’t forgotten you are going to Lisbon but I hadn’t put any top tips as we went in February when it was very pleasant to walk around and therefore we walked a lot. I think in the summer it will be much hotter and busier so it’s difficult to know what to recommend to see other than the main sights. I’d say avoid the trams as much as you can especially the most famous routes. Obviously use them if you want and need to but they get soooooo crowded! Also visit Caiscais which is a seaside town which is meant to be very nice. We didn’t go that way as it was February so headed into the hills to see the mansions, but my parents have been there many times and say how lovely it is. There is a train line that runs there.

Anyway I get a day off from child minding duties today so am catching up on all the things I haven’t been able to get on with this week - they are very time consuming these little people aren’t they. However I am back on duty on Tuesday for my final shift which will be nice as I’ll have had a break over the weekend, and so will my back!

Have a good weekend all.

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Hi everyone, phew back after a heavy week of work but just getting into the best time to be a teacher with summer hols on the way and exam fever starting to reduce. Strange that everything gets busy at the same time. I might have weeks of wishing I had something nice to do and then wam they all come together. We have a string of birthdays including yd turning 30. That really makes me feel old but chuffed too at the same time, you know what I mean. So I have the boys for the weekend at the end of next week, dress shopping is on the go every week too and the weather is nice to be out.

Carole we know exactly what your weather was like as you sent it straight to us!! Thank you very much, send us sun sun sun next time if you can Smiley Happy  . I am a mother hen about my kids and although I wouldn't want their relationships to go wrong ever, I love having them back at home. I get really excited when one says can I stay  over. Always been the same. I am not very house proud so perhaps that helps  ha ha. I am sure you will fit back in  together and enjoy it and at least the pup will have someone else to play with and distract him, so that might help you too. I bet it will be great.

Lisa did you remember I am going to Portugal this summer too, staying in Lisbon? Let me know all about your trip if you get there before me. I like the fact that you have the city life, loads of places to visit and great beaches all in the same place. Are you going for a package tour to a hotel or out and about? Mind you, there are so many nice places to visit I think you will enjoy wherever you stay.

Nick I'm glad one of us managed to escape and Rome how fab. I think it was one of my favourite holidays. Just like an adult version of Disneyland, just the real thing. We had a nice break and on the way back went to this amazing village outlet in Bicester. If you are ever that way, you will not believe how many designers have shops there. Very dangerous place to visit with a credit card even if the prices are reduced by hundreds. Handbag heaven and hardly a shop without a security guy on the door as such expensive stock. I imagine its a local wags paradise. Nicky the next generation are fascinating aren't they, you see so much of your own kids in them as a reminder of happy days. Sounds like you will be having to toddler proof your house, boys are nowhere near as safe and reliable as girls be warned. I swear they actually enjoy accidents and danger and look for it. I have a tiled hearth to the fireplace and have it covered in cushions when they are starting to walk as it would be a bad cut if they fell. Tiny , as he was known despite being like a tank now, is a regular visitor to a and e unfortunately, he thinks he is a super hero and charges into anything. Just getting over the latest slip and land on concrete face down. So upsetting to see his little face all battered but he couldn't care less and keeps running around. My son was like that too, always injured and couldn't care less about it. Will you childmind little chap at all when she is at work or is it full time and a bit too much? So sad for mums to go back to work but so many people need to with property prices so high. Its nice if they can choose the amount of work/home to suit what they want to do. My ED would love to be a full time mum but can't afford to, but manages to work part time. Good luck with your run of appointments coming up. Keep me posted how you get on at each one.  It would be lovely if you managed to meet up with Carole, wouldn't it? Take care all. Love Lily xx

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Hi ladies 

Lily - how disappointing that your holiday was cancelled, I think we must have just got in with our return flight home so weren’t affected by the storms, although we saw the lightening display on our way back from the airport. As you say you have insurance but it’s all the smaller things that you pre book or arrange that don’t always seem to be covered so it can work out expensive even though you’re insured. I hope you had a good break though in the UK and get another chance to go to Barcelona.

Carole, I know what you mean about YD coming back home to live after several years of independence! Our YD was the same, she’d lived in Paris for nearly 4 years since the age of 18 came back for a short time before heading off to live in South London. We didn’t expect her to return home but her change of career meant she did. By that time we’d also moved to a house that is half the size of the previous one so it was quite a shock to OH and I (more me than him as I’m here all day whereas he’s at work!). The 6 months or so whilst she was on her cooking course were  the worst as she was constantly here every evening so OH and I found we didn’t have time to chat just to each other and had to make allowances for tv, food, all sorts. However since she has started working in the restaurant last year she’s very rarely here at the same time as us and we look forward to seeing her when she is. So my advice is to get her to train as a chef ha ha. Having said that I’m sure you’ll be fine, just a few house rules might be needed at times 😉. Btw I’ll PM you in a min about our visit to France.

Lisa, hope all is going well with you and good to hear you’re looking for another holiday to book - a girl after my own heart. Lisbon is a great city and Porto is like a mini version of Lisbon. Both lovely places for a short break and good value for money. Both are very hilly though so get your walking shoes out if you visit either of them. Also Malaga is brilliant, not like it has been portrayed over the years. Lots of lovely restaurants, a beach, beautiful gardens and plenty of history to look around plus of course great shops, what’s not to like? Enjoy the planning.

Well, not much to report here other than getting back to normal and bracing myself for the weeks ahead when I have all sorts of appointments, all routine but the whole lot landing in my diary at the same time including a heart check up. Factor in a few days looking after GS when ED has her back-to-work maternity days then I’ll be maxed out - and tired out! He is doing so well and is as giggly and smiley as he always was but now has lots of teeth instead of a gummy smile. He keeps ED on her toes, as he does us, but has at long last settled into sitting still for a while and playing with his toys rather than rolling all over the floor (his first mode of movement) which progressed to semi crawling which meant we were constantly having to chase around after him and also stop him bumping his head on things. He is quite fascinated by throwing a ball which he does rather well and i can’t remember either of my two being able to consciously do that until they were much older. ED is struggling to see where he gets his brains from ha ha.

Anyway have a good weekend, hope the rain clouds clear and we get a bit more sun.

Nicky xx