Sue's life

Location: Hungerford, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Ex-Solicitor who suffered a stroke in 2001. Am divorced and have two kids - Sarah who is 27 and Christopher, 25. Norman is my partner now and we like to get around as much as possible.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

May fly

Well, the election is over and thank goodness we have had the Newbury Spring Festival to help us get over it. From a Mahler symphony at St. Nicholas’ Church to Russian Balalaika music, U.K. and South African jazz at the Newbury Corn Exchange and an amazing evening with The London Brass at St. Laurence’s Hungerford– a wonderful fortnight. It was all a bit much for two weeks. I wonder if they couldn’t spread it out over longer and have even more events. A year long festival with one or two events per week?
Last week we got rid of a large leylandii tree that was overshadowing the driveway. It was 50ft high (that’s over 15 metres) and had four trunks. It took all morning for a team with a “cherry picker” to lop all the branches off and then saw the trunks down bit by bit. Finally a man arrived behind a big stump-grinding machine and spent three hours reducing the rest to wood chips. Now we have to work out what to plant there to replace it.
A pleasant reunion on Friday, Sarah arrived at 6.30 a.m. at Heathrow and Norman and I met her and drove her to Gatwick where we had breakfast together before she flew off to a conference in Florida. She can’t tell us what it is all about otherwise she will have to kill us. Hopefully we will get a couple of days with her on her way back at the beginning of June.
Happily Christopher has also passed his exams at PWC which relieved us very much. (Him, even more so, I imagine)
I am trying to get on to my Lloyds TSB internet banking but the rules are so rigid that it looks as if I am going to have to fight for it. It is still very slow. If I want to transfer money from one account to another on the internet it can take up to 4 days. If I go into the branch and use human intervention, I get a pleasant conversation and the money is transferred in seconds. Who’s fooling who in more efficient, faster banking. Not only that but I cannot see my account between midnight and 4 a.m. if I get the urge in the middle of the night. Norman can at HSBC. A bit of competition would no go amiss!