Posted by: glenswatman | March 24, 2013

20130311-20 Afternoon tea, weekend away and a planned trip

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MONDAY 11 MARCH – We have a drive out and try to sort out prescriptions at the surgery, when Steve has his medication changed we should go back to Leeds to pick up the extra supplies but are trying to do this locally.  We pick up Mom and take her over to Bingley where she wants to tell the garage owner she won’t need his services anymore and also get the last service stamped in the book.  After a quick Aldi shop we return home to the warmth as it is a bitterly cold day.

KEIGHLEY

TUESDAY 12 MARCH – I meet Sandra at the bus station where we get another bus up to Long Lea to meet the rest of the walkers, 7 in all.  Nina is leading the walk and we cut across country to St Ives Park for a walk around there.  We’ve walked here before but this time I discover new areas with a lovely lake, small ponds and waterfalls and wood carvings.  The route back takes us high above the Keighley by pass with fabulous views.  It’s been a lovely outing, cold but with clear blue skies and a good 6 miles trek in all.  In the evening we head up to Keith & Sandra’s for a meal.  They’ve just had a month in Tenerife and both look extremely well.  Steve is off the clean diet so really enjoys being able to have the prawn avocado starter.

KEIGHLEY

WEDNESDAY 13 MARCH – We walk to town and I do a Holland & Barratt Mystery Shopper job.  It’s unusual in that with this one I reveal myself at the end and present the person who served me with a letter about it, he laughs and says he is also a Mystery Shopper as he looks young for his age they use him to go into pubs and betting shops to find out if they are checking for age ID.  We complete buying the car from Steve’s Mom and Dad so are now the proud owners of a 2005 Rover 25.  Claire calls round in the evening and I put a colour through her hair before we have dinner.

KEIGHLEY

THURSDAY 14 MARCH – It’s Mom and Dad’s diamond wedding anniversary today so we pick them up in the afternoon for an outing.  They enjoy the drive to Coniston Hotel and love the surrounding of the Huntsman’s Lounge overlooking the lake.  It’s a cold day and the log fire is roaring away as we sit in comfy chairs.  Steve’s has told the Hotel what we are celebrating and they present them with flowers and chocolates before our afternoon tea arrives.  Tiny sandwiches, fruit loaf, chocolate éclairs, chocolate cake and scones on a tiered tray.  Dad celebrates with a whisky but is disappointed when Mom says he can’t have another one due to medication.  He keeps saying how much he likes the place and they both enjoy the treat.  They tell us lots of things about the day they were married and their honeymoon at a guest house in Wales.

KEIGHELY

FRIDAY 15 MARCH – Waiting at the hospital we see a prisoner escorted in handcuffed to a guard.  He is immediately ushered in for blood testing then taking to a side room.  We see Dr Gilleece and she tells us that as Steve is doing so well they will cut him back to 1 month appointments and later get it changed to Bradford.  At the end of this month she wants him to stop his Aciclovir and Voriconazole tablets so then he will only be on 1 Co-trimoxaxole tablet a day.  She will contact Steve’s GP to arrange for him to have his childhood injections next month and book him in for bone marrow extraction test and intrathecal injection at Leeds.  We head to Wakefield as we are staying the weekend at Auntie Pamela’s.  As always she makes a great fuss of us and has even moved out of her en-suite bedroom to put us in there.  Her oven has broken so I go on line and establish that it is likely the element has gone and we manage to find a local guy to come out tomorrow.  I also get some quotes for her car insurance to save her money.  Finally using my laptop she fills me in on some gaps in our ancestry and decides to order a copy of her Dad’s will and the death certificate for the woman he was living with to try and solve a few other mysteries.  She cooks us a really tasty meal of pork covered in a breadcrumb and cheese mixture baked on top of onions, mushrooms and apple.

WAKEFIELD

SATURDAY 16 MARCH – The electrical man arrives and it is the element and he has a spare and has the job done in no time for about £70, less than half the price that Hotpoint would have charges so A Pam is happy.  We drive across Wakefield to Karen’s.  She is busy as always and I join her to go to do a viewing on one of their properties that is for sale.  Next we head into town for her to buy a couple of things and check out wallpapers for her to do the spare room over Easter.  Steve is happy at home in charge of the sport on TV.  Back home Karen mentions she needs to get out to Spain to deal with the sale of the apartment there but it reluctant to go alone and she doesn’t like driving there.  Providing Steve’s CMV test is negative on Tuesday I will book flight to go over with her for a few days to help out and to do the driving making a nice break for myself and a chance to catch up with friends.  I have an evening assignment for a Pizza Hut delivery.  It all goes quite wrong as they don’t meet the strict Pizza Hut criteria and the meal is cold, probably the worst pizza we have ever had.  We phone in our complaint and the deliver another meal which is only slightly warmer.  Thumbs down for this particular branch at the moment.

WAKEFIELD

SUNDAY 17 MARCH – We meet at The Homefield “Eating Inn” by Thornes Park for lunch with Karen, Sarah, James and Emma.  The service is a little slow but it gives us plenty of time to chat.  It’s a very nice meal, although the menu offers are complicated, and I have one of my best desserts ever.  A trio of espresso ice cream, meringue with lemon sorbet and cream and an oozing chocolate brownie.  After eating we have a walk around the park but it is really cold.  Spend the rest of the day and evening at Auntie Pamela’s.

WAKEFIELD

MONDAY 18 MARCH – After another luxurious soak in the bath with my favoured “Avon skin so soft bath oil” we breakfast then head over to Leeds.  After a long wait we have got in as NHS patients at Clarendon Dental Spa.  The basic NHS price is now £17.50 and this covers a consultation, x-rays and scale and polish.  Steve has only recently heard his blood counts are good enough for him to go to the dentist so after a long gap with no treatment we are pleasantly surprised to learn he needs nothing more than a clean.  5 years ago I had caps put on 2 of my teeth, to remove a gap, in Mexico.  Last Friday one of them chipped and I am pleased to learn they will do it on the NHS by me paying to go up to stage 2 which is £45 and covers fillings.  There’s a new Marks & Spencer’s archive museum at the University, hard to find as it is on campus.  Cabinets display goods from all the decades and a film shows how their advertising has changed to keep up with the times.  Needless to say there are lots of “I had or remember those” moments.  Claire pops round to see us in the evening.  As we are going to bed around 11pm we hear strange noises outside and peer out to see both an Ambulance car and van parked opposite.

KEIGHLEY

TUESDAY 19 MARCH – At the bus stop I chat to Ronnie who lives opposite and he says his neighbour has been very ill so he’s not surprised the Ambulance came.  I make the mistake of asking how Ronnie’s wife Mary is doing and embarrassingly learn she died at Christmas.  There’s a lot of interest in today’s’ stumblers walk and 12 of us set out on the Skipton woods hike.  It’s very pleasant as we start alongside a stream with the castle looming above us.  Leaving the woods we cut through a housing estate to sit on the benches in Aireville Park for lunch.  From there it is a short walk along the canal back to the bus station, a total walk of around 4 miles.  Claire should have been joining us for a meal tonight but calls to say the son of her work colleague has chicken pox.  I call the hospital who says it could be a slight risk to Steve but if she hasn’t shown any symptoms in about a week all should be well as Claire had chicken pox as a child.  Keith is away in Cyprus so I invite Sandra to join us for our evening meal instead.  Steve’s CMV count is negative so I book flights for Karen and myself to go from Leeds/Bradford to Murcia on 5th April returning on 10th at £83 each.

KEIGHLEY

WEDNESDAY 20 MARCH – We’ve got the very fine snow back.   I get to drive the new car for the first time as I head up to Sandra’s to help her with the painting.  She’s doing the front lounge and we make a good team with Sandra doing all the edges and me using a paint pad to fill in the middles.  Two coats later we break for lunch then decide to review it tomorrow to see if another coat is needed.  In the evening I have an assignment to do an on line order for delivery from Keighley Pizza Hut.  The on line ordering is a nightmare as it takes me 6 times to get past website problems but the pizza and wedges are really nice and piping hot.

KEIGHLEY

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Responses

  1. Lovely to read your Blog on the same day as I read your email about hopefully meeting up here in Spain! So many PIZZAS!!! Anyway, so pleased to hear that Steve has responded so well- and we’ll hopefully see him here next time!!!

  2. Hi. Just been catching up on your good news. We are currently in Cheam (south London) It Is sooo cold. A bit better today.thought we might catch up on skype or something. Cheers. Noel


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