Theatre Tickets

Cindy & I had organised this term’s worth of big deal tickets. I decided that I didn’t want to go without her, so I’ve given them away to family and friends.

Sam and Steve went to see Twelfth Night (review).

Mary and her sister Anne went to see My Mother Said I Never Should (Anne said it was interesting!).

Judy and Keith are going to see Jerusalem.

And Jo and Bill are going to see Dead Funny.

Just Like the Old Days?

Phil and Marcia are visiting (with Claudia and Lucas) and we’ve just finished playing cards – just like when they used to live in Yarm and we were in Acomb. We’ve also been eating Betty‘s cake and drinking Betty’s coffee – what we did back then! More children now though.

Rose, Claudia, Phil and I went on a Breadcrumbs trail earlier today, while John, Lucas and Marcia went to the NRM.

During the late afternoon, we got over excited to the point of barely being able to watch the tv – exciting finish to the 4th Test.

Cindy has been very tired and achy today, she got up around lunch time, and had to go back to bed before supper, and hasn’t eaten properly this evening.


Ted and I went for a walk in Farndale, in the North York Moors, today. We drove up there through Malton and Pickering after dropping children at their schools. We started from between Hutton le Hole and Gillamoor, just near Barmoor where we used to go on Meeting family weekends, walked up the valley, up the hill side, and back.

The rain held off, except for a shower while we were eating lunch, until we got back to the car – when it started to pour.

On the way back home we went past the Cropton Brewery, so we stopped for a quick half and some chips!

Pauline and Lal’s Anniversary

It was Lal and Pauline’s first anniversary, so they had a party to celebrate. They’ve also done a lot to their garden, so it was a garden christening party too. We went over on Saturday afternoon, after J+R’s dancing (John didn’t go – too tired!).

Pauline had done some lovely food – dips, salmon, salads… Cindy had done a chocolate fudge cake (from Nigella Lawson – yum yum).

We didn’t stay as long as we’d intended, because the children were worn out! We got home in time for Doctor Who (Doctor Who actually moving shock – it was the one about Rose’s dad).

And so to bed – early. Sleepovers definitely only at weekends – on a school day this level of borderline grumpiness would have been unbearable!

Knitting Bee

Enjoyed a lovely day at Carol Gilham’s knitting bee held to celebrate her birthday. Arrived in good time to enjoy morning coffee and delicious biscuits. Sock knitting seemed to be the order of the day especially as Carol is a bit of a sock guru and carries the pattern around in her head. Annabel and Vivienne were knitting with a sock kit that includes pre dyed wool that knits into a pattern resulting in something that makes you look a lot more skilful than you actually are……this will be the kit for me! Jo was being skillful, however, and was half way through an enormous pair of tradiditional Norweigan socks -this was desrvedly awarded Corol’s project of the day.

Ruth Cory was up to the armhole shaping on a garment she described as a flak jacket. Fabulous construction in hand spun wool. I was amused to hear how Ruth started hand spinning on salvaging a couple of fleeces from a farmyard that she couldn’t bear to see go to waste. Also chatted with her about ‘Vera Drake’ that we had both seen and agreed was absolutely fabulous both as a piece of cinema and as a comment on women and abortion.

We moved into the subject of the importannce of choice and understanding others points of view and somehow into the animal rights campaigners in particular the appalling treatment meted out to anybody who has contact with the guinea pig farm raising animals for medical experimentation.

Lunch was scrummy: homemade lentil soup with breads and cheeses from Caroline’s Good Food shop served in the kitchen where Claire was encouraging us all to eat plenty as there was plenty more on hand.

Brenda offered up spare circular needles and cable needles of which I claimed some so I will definitely have to expand my knitting skills. Brenda was reknitting a cuff on a much loved cardigan-how’s that for economy.(Chatted to my mum about this and she used to do the same with our school jumpers also extending the length as we all got bigger. I can also recall mum talking about turning a well worn coat, this was also touched upon in Vera Drake. Can’t imagine that charity shops would have access to much stock in the 50’s)

And I have been knitting a jumper in Rowan kidsilkhaze(shades 582 and 605) pattern design number 23 ‘Glint’ by Kim Hargreaves in Rowan knitting magazine number 30. Simple roundneck striped jumper with edging in Rowan Lurex Shimmer (shade 339). Thinking that after this I will go for something more challenging.

I left in time to pick up John and Rose after a quick cup of tea and fruit bread. Knitters were still arriving. So if you are reading this Carol thankyou for a really lovely day and I look forward to more bees.

New Year’s Eve

We had Jane & Andy and Steve & Sam with Tom and Josh round on New Year’s Eve.

Cindy and I had spent the previous day and part of that day cooking curries. We had lamb and spinach, tandoori chicken, black eyed beans with mushrooms, aubergine and tomato, green lentil dal and home made samosas. All lovely!

All the children stayed up till midnight, even Rose. In fact the adults seemed tireder than the children. Toby, Tom and Josh would have stayed up for ages longer.


Lunch with Kath

Cindy and I had lunch with Kath Pringle today. We’ve seen very little of her since she, Marcus and Louis left York 3 years ago. But since Marcus’s death earlier this year she and Louis have come back and are currently living over in a friend’s flat in Heslington. Louis has gone back to the Steiner school for the one remaining year that he can go there, and Kath has got a job in a special school in Knaresborough.

It was great to see her, and lunch turned into 3:30 by the time she left. She looks just the same as when she left York. Louis who we saw briefly a few weeks ago doesn’t, of course. He has grown a lot and at the moment looks ages older than Toby, even though they are about the same age. We’ve arranged that she and Louis will come over on New Year’s Eve, unless they arrange to go to Spain to see Marcus’s sister.

Bonfire Weekend

We’ve had a great weekend – two bonfire parties and visitors to stay.

On Friday evening we went to John and Katie’s house and then allotment for a fantastic bonfire, lots of sparklers, red wine and port, then back to theirs for pumpkin soup, bread, cakes and Rose’s extra special chocolate brownies. Unfortunately Cindy was too worn out by her treatment to come to any of this – she sat on the sofa and dozed and then went to bed early.

While we were at John & Katie’s, Simon Palmour told me about his new blog.

Then on Saturday afternoon, Lal and Pauline came to stay, bringing a lovely butter dish for Cindy’s birthday. We went to Steve and Sam’s for another bonfire party – lots of fireworks set off by Tom, Josh, Toby and even John lit a couple. We had soup, veggie burgers for the children, quite a lot of red wine and a very pleasant evening. Cindy had to go home about 9 o’clock and was soon followed by all the others. Once we got home, we were all feeling rather peckish, so we got a take away curry.

Today, we all went to Meeting, while L&P cooked lamb for us. Toby missed the meal, because he had to go and play football. Yet another loss for the Panthers.