We went to Burnham on Sea for the day to have lunch with Brian Whitehead and the weather was great. Brian has just bought himself a Mercedes Benz CLK and I am very jealous. (If only I had still been working!!) We went to a country pub in it for lunch and Norman had to sit in the back (where he belongs).
We have been watching the Cricket Tests and England crushed the Aussies. Hooray!
We had two of Norman's friends from Germany coming for the weekend, who couldn’t get to last month’s hog roast and took them to the 3 Tuns at Great Bedwyn (always a very good evening with Alan and Jan). The Bistro Roque has closed and is being sold. That should make a dent in a few people’s social calendar.
Two weeks ago Norman was mowing the lawn so I decided to bake a couple of potatos for dinner and took them out of the oven with my right hand. Not a good move. Apart from suffering from a severe neural pain all evening, large blisters developed on my fingertips and thumb and I had to go to the doctor's to have them seen to. Thank goodness I have no feeling on my right side otherwise it could be Hell. Not a prettty sight however.
Sarah is still in Singapore but will be home just before Christmas on her way to Florida for a friend's wedding. On the way back she will stay here for three or four days. I spoke to her on the phone yesterday and she says that she will most likely stay for another 6 months but will then come back to the U.K. and maybe look to do a PhD.
Christopher is now living in Stockwell and is currently studying for his next batch of exams and we will go up to London and see him on Sunday. He is still rowing weekends.
Last Saturday we hosted an Asian evening for Cancer Research UK. We just provided the venue and three ladies came and cooked. Tickets were sold at £25.00 each and we got 43 people (should have been 45 but the Crockers - God bless 'em - failed to turn up - no doubt one of Martyn's lost memories. Now if it had been golf? ) having plates on their laps. Nothing was broken and we raised just under £1,000.