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A Bit of This and That - None of The Other, I'm Afraid.

Posted 21-09-2009 at 22:48 by West Ender

We've still got Jo's pressure washer. I went to have a look at them in Homebase, last week, but they only had 2. One was a Karcher at 80 and the other was RAC and cost 150. I may end up with the Karcher but I'm one of those shoppers who weighs up every pro and con then, usually, ends up with the first thing I saw.

We've been doing a bit at a time, well, I say we but it's mainly Nik as I get exhausted very quickly and it's not a job you can do sitting down. I do the lawn-mowing with a chair and plonk on it frequently but you can't do that with your patio under water. Anyway, it's amazing. Part of my garden, beyond the kitchen, is crazy paved. It was like that when we bought the house 30 years ago and I had no idea, until this week, that the slabs are mixed blue-grey and sand-colour. The colours are very subtle but, now they are clean, you can see them. It's really very attractive.

There's still the paved area where the table and chairs sit (time to put them away - we've hardly used them this year) that needs doing, then the path round the kitchen and we're done. I have vowed not to leave it another 30 years before the whole lot's done again.

Laura's practising hard for her clarinet exam. She will have to sight-read at least one piece so she's practising with pieces in her music books that she hasn't "done" yet. She reads well so it's not going at all badly. Scales and arpeggios are an integral part of the exam so she's doing a lot of them; boring stuff but essential. She missed out a lot of practise over the weekend, poor kid got up on Saturday morning feeling rotten and was soon throwing up everything that went down - even water. Children are so resilient though, aren't they? She felt well enough to go to her dad's on Sunday and was back at school today, feeling fine.

It's her birthday 2 weeks on Saturday, she's 10 on the 10th (of the 10th, she's very proud of that), and she's having a bowling party at LA Bowl in Warrington. She had her 8th there and it was very successful and good value for the money, too. Nik and I have already given her a joint birthday present - a new bike. She needed it in the Summer holidays (her old one was far too small) so it was an anticipated present. She knows she won't get anything very expensive for the actual event.

I haven't seen Peter, my grandson, since his housewarming but I hear, from his mum, that all's well in the Crosby-Potter household and I know they are getting a kitten. I am invited, along with Nik and Laura, to Claire's 21st birthday party the week after Laura's birthday. I have no idea what to get her as a present, I don't really know her all that well, but I'll think of something. Pete was easy when it was his 21st - he was at Uni so money was very welcome. Mind you Claire's at Uni, she's a student nurse, but I think a gift is better than cash for a girl. Good grief, Peter will be 24 in November - how dare he!

That eldest brother of mine has the cheek to be having a birthday next week, too. He's going to be 76 and he's still tramping for miles over golf courses like a Spring chicken. It's not always easy to contact him as he goes all over the place, playing golf, so I never know where he is. The other one is 73 and just as fit, though he doesn't play golf. I just pretend they're my uncles.
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    Margaret Pilkington's Avatar
    Cath, there is nothing wrong with a little pretence
    Posted 22-09-2009 at 06:23 by Margaret Pilkington Margaret Pilkington is offline
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    shillelagh's Avatar
    its my sisters birthday next week as well ... and my nieces partner ... something about september a lot of birthdays then!!! tell laura good luck with the exam ..hope she passes with flying colours ..
    Posted 23-09-2009 at 22:16 by shillelagh shillelagh is offline
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    West Ender's Avatar
    Thank you, I will.
    Posted 24-09-2009 at 21:40 by West Ender West Ender is offline

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