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.

Monday, July 17, 2006

June tunes

Henry and Carolyn Moore held a lunch party at their farm in Elcot (ostensibly to celebrate their joint 60th birthdays) and we met a lot of old friends and ate and drank very well. This bodes to be the start of a series of 60ths as we are now of a “certain age”, so watch out for the next couple of years.
The next day we met Frances Maude, who had come to give the local Conservative Party a bit of a boost. He gave a rousing, positive speech and convinced us all that David Cameron is the right guy for us. Our local MP, Richard Benyon is a local boy, young, enthusiastic and dedicated. Just what we need in this neck of the woods.
Norman’s Rotary Club held a Black Tie, Murder Mystery evening at the Bear Hotel, which ahs been totally refurbished and a very pleasant place to eat, be it in the restaurant or hotel bar. ( A lot of fun was had with pregnant nuns and sex mad monks and in the end, it didn’t matter, who killed who.
Rotary also held a jazz evening at the local British Legion club which was well attended and introduced some bright new local talent – especially in the torch singing department.
Halfway through the month we went to London to have lunch with Christopher, who has just moved house and to see Show Boat at the Royal Albert Hall. All in all a very good day.
I decided to get out of the U.K. for my birthday this year and so decamped to Jan and Ron’s apartment in Moraira again. Spain was very hot (I suppose normal for this time of the year) but we ate well and drank well and did the Times crossword on the cool balcony of the flat.
Sylvia and ken were going to come out to stay with friends Mick and Edna, who have a villa at Denia, just down the road but at the last moment, Ken went down with a painful ear infection which meant he couldn’t fly. Luckily we met an English couple, Mike and Ingrid, who have a picture framing shop just underneath the flat and they made up the sixsome at the restaurant for the evening. Mick and Edna have a picture framing business in Hungerford and environs, so relationships were quickly established.
Sarah has changed jobs but will still be staying in Singapore. She has come home for a couple of weeks holiday before starting her new job but I doubt that I will see much of her as she will be gallivanting around England to see old friends.
Christopher has some more exams next month and is studying hard for them.

Gathering Nuts

May started with a trip to Witney to see Pat and Mary and then on Tuesday it was Macmillan evening. Being on the Newbury committee is very therapeutic for me as I can still put in. Also the greetings cards that I make and sell are a very small mote but as well as the small financial effort I can raise for the Charity, I get a lot of help with my speech and language from Shirley who comes round Tuesdays and Thursdays and works with me.
During term time I go to a course at the Ormonde centre every Wednesday for 4 hours. The Ormonde Centre is tagged on to Newbury College and provides education and support for disabled people. The course that I attend is Creative Writing and I work along with other less-abled people in creating stories and discussing current topics which all helps in our rehab.
At the end of last year, the Government decided to cancel the funding for the course and transferred it to 16-18 year-olds, teaching them how to read and write. After having written letters to several organisations, we have been given enough money to keep the course open for the next academic year which is a great relief to not only me but the other people on the course, for some of whom it is their only opportunity to get out during the week and would otherwise be housebound.
May is the time of the Newbury Spring Festival and we went to several concerts, including Jacques Loussier, The Soweto Gospel Choir, The Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, The Swingle Singers and the Philharmonia Orchestra with soprano, Susan Bullock. All of which were super evenings.
This month also we went to visit an old friend, Dora Saint, who is now in her nineties. Dora used to write books under the name, Miss Read and has written over 40 books translated into numerous languages. Her husband Douggie, who was a schoolmaster in Newbury until his retirement, died last year but Dora, who is now registered blind still has a great zest for life and is very good company.
Going back to Macmillan, we had a Wine-tasting Call My Bluff fund raiser, held at Cheam School which was financially very successful. Erica the committee chairman is a human dynamo and we are all inspired by her enthusiasm.