7 days until we roll out to start the first of our retirement winter escapes to France, Spain and Portugal in Twernt, our AutoTrail Chieftain motorhome and we still have a list of chores to complete that would need an area ‘as long as your arm’ to be listed on (providing you use a large font size!). We will be travelling with Shakey, our 6 year old CockerPoo and Tilley, our fifteen month old Cocker Spaniel. No room for their best friend, Bonnie, our sons Labrador Retriever!
Here’s the stuff that comes to mind but the list is not exhaustive (unlike the one in Amanda’s head that burns into my ears as the hours diminish twixt the present and the real start of our adventuring future).
- Blood test, in position #1 because it’s the last thing I’ll do before we depart.
- Finalise mail opening, it shouldn’t be this cold on August mornings so I need some material to start a morning bonfire at my ‘smokers corner’ in the walled garden.
- Valet the car and hand over to Martin to sell on to some
mugfortunate new owner – it’s actually a very good car, only broken down once (the other day) and that was because Martin and I jiggered about with the battery terminals the day before the breakdown when jump-starting the quad bike. It’s an 08 Renault Megane Scenic Auto 1.9 diesel, twin sun roof’s, 36K miles and has had only 2 careful owners – a vicar and me – OK, maybe just one careful owner – I can’t vouch for the vicar.
- Prep Twernt for the road – wash, diesel-up, LPG-up, fix cycles to rack and batten down anything that is not likely to behave itself in rumble mode.
- Make sure I’ve got an ample supply of Golden Virginia and Mintoes.
- If possible, listen to Amanda as she instructs me on the 200-300 other matters that need taking care of before we leave.
I was put in the fortunate position of catching the inaugral Celebrity Big Brother TV show the other night; it was a ‘wallpaper’ event until I noticed that Audley Harrison and ‘Kellie’ Maloney were in it – excellent, they’ll be able to compare handbags! Actually our son, Ed, majors in 3 sports – MotoGP, Boxing and Rugby (in that order) and he does boxing (Will is 2 belts short of being a ‘Black Belt’ at some karate type thing) so I was able to mark Ed’s card about this pairing on Celeb BB. I probably won’t get a chance to see the programme again as stuff like drama’s and soaps (access to viewing Downton 5 will be a BIG problem for someone very close to me!) take precedence in the hours before 10pm (my me-time then takes over once Amanda has retired to bed for her Kindle-time – do Kindle’s make a buzzing sound?). I’ll be relying on Ed for CBB ‘handbags at dawn’ updates. I do like Audley; very affable chap and it really was a big shame that what could have been never was. I’m still on cloud 9 from Carl’s last fight, they should have called it ‘Take that, you mother-critics’.
Football is my #1 though, more skillful than Rugby, more time to think about your evening plans than a Moto-GP rider and yet you still get a chance to lamp an opponent albeit without gloves. When I played I did get in trouble a few times for whacking deserving causes, but, looking back, it’s times like the game against a Ripley team when we won 5-0 and I scored all 5 that I remember most (Are you reading this Dave? – do you remember that?). There was much less ‘hoo-hah’ about such events back in the 70’s than there is today. Back then, the days match was quickly consigned to history and thoughts were quickly re-directed to which Saturday night venue would provide some lucky young lady with the event of her life (or unlucky young lady as 2 ex-wife’s would testify! – I just met the wrong people for the right reasons).
Well, that sporting diversion swerved an in-depth analysis of DCFC losing to Charlton – just effing win against Fulham on Saturday – bugger, another London team.
It’s 7:05am, time for smoker’s corner so ciao and here are some random images from the last few days: