Glad that you eventually arrived in 1 piece Dragon. It was 28C here today, that's plenty hot enough for me! In fact, it was still 24C at 8pm.
DL, I'm worried about your ability to commit to anything - I think sofa September might be too much for you
Chuggy says that she is still in one piece but seems to be feeding the 5000 on a regular basis. I'm hoping she will be back with us when the summer is over but meanwhile she sends her love to everyone.
The assessors arrived at about the same time as me, the carer arrived just a little while afterwards. Mum had already had her breakfast - I had to chip the burnt porridge off the bowl! I have ordered a lockable 'cash box' from Amazon and will put her meds into it so that she can't help herself to them. I have also sorted out Mum's bank account so that we can have a card of our own to use. That means Mum's card will be de-activated, but she doesn't use it independently anyway.
This is the 2nd morning I have been up at 7am - a time of day that I don't see often since we both retired! I'm sure it must be against my yuman rites!
Hoping that everyone is enjoying a bit of sunshine without melting.
Fab photos Pippi! Many of them look very professional - especially the close-up of the puffin!
This morning up was up 'early' so that I could be with Mum when the first carer arrived. She was due at 7.45 so, although I knew that she was more likely to be late, I was there at 7.30. carer turned up at 8.15. Nothing to be done as Mum had got up and dressed, done her brekkie and taken all her meds (when I say 'all' I mean including those that were supposed to be taken at bedtime)!
Carer eventually arrived and was shown the code for the front door etc. Said that the carer who came this evening would prob do the assessment at the same time and it would help if I was there. 6.30 carer turned up at 7.05. Mum had already had her meal (says that 'someone' got it ready for her but doesn't know who). Carer said she would not do assessment at the same time, will come back to do it at 7.45 tomorrow and, yes, I need to be there. Does anyone spot a pattern or two here?? I will be very tetchy if I am there at 7.45 and no-one turns up till gone 8.00 . . .
It has been nice weather here again today, bright and warm for much of it, no rain at all
Lovely holiday report Pippi! We have been as far as Orkney (on a cruise) but haven't seen any of the Shetlands.
As to camping - I totally agree with Podds! We used to camp every year when I was a kid, my parents had a big tent and lots of kit. I swore I would never, ever do it again! I spent one night in SB's little tent when it was pitched in the garden and we did one Eurocamp holiday when SB was about 8. Other than that I have been successful in my avoidance!
Becks, glad you are having fun.
Dragon, I hope you have a great time! I guess grandchildren will also be going?
I am in complete agreement with the views expressed about University vs apprenticeships. There are not enough graduate jobs to go round and not enough people in trades to fulfill need. However, I don't think anything will change until attitudes change generally and apprenticeships are no longer seen as 'second best'.
I actually told SB that I would not support him if he went to Uni when he left school. He had messed around during his 2 A level years and came away with results that reflected the effort he had put in. There was no way I was going to support him while he messed around for another 3 years at Uni. He had no career plan and no idea of what he might want to study if he did go. After 4 years in employment he was absolutely ready to study and certain that he did not want to spend the rest of his life working for Barclays. He worked out what he wanted to do, worked hard and got a 1st, which he would not have done if he had gone at 18!
BFF and her hubby picked me up after lunch and we went to watch the airshow. All flying had been cancelled due to blustery winds We went and had a drink, then came home. It's disappointing - but we lost a pilot several years ago and I would never want that to happen again, especially just in the name of entertainment. Mind you, I do feel sorry for the families who came down this week especially for the airshow.
I hope everyone manages to get a bit of sunshine at some stage during the weekend.
(((Yumms))) it sounds as if your life still has far too much of the brown smelly stuff It was kind of The Bird to sign you up for a Duathlon though
Results day is always tough for some. Sometimes they have genuinely tried their best but are more suited for more practical occupations rather than academia. Other times . . .
DL, sorry to hear that FC has become disillusioned with the apprenticeship. Not surprised though as it is typical teenage behaviour!
Hope you had a quiet evening Daffs and have not lost your voice after talking all day yesterday.
Podds, maybe we had your rain? It was certainly heavy enough for 2 towns this morning! It has now stopped raining but is still pretty warm so the humidity is high. We have strong winds forecast for tomorrow, as well as rain, which does not bode well for seeing the nairy planes tomorrow
I don't know about girl cats being dominant but can attest that Big Boy Alfie is a total wuss! Mind you, they are both on our bed at the moment which is something that took more than 6 months with Alf and Sky, so I am encouraged by that.
Sorry to hear that you have damaged yourself MC. Take care of yourself.
Yay Podds! So glad you were able to get the fine overturned
Melds, the pollen count is high in this hot weather. It's possible that it is setting your asthma off
Daffs, that really was a mammoth effort! I hope you sleep well tonight.
Not being in education, I have mixed feelings about the lad who's father has made a fuss. If it is true that the school's results generally are almost 1/3 of the national average, it sounds as if something is wrong somewhere (depending on their intake criteria, of course). Nevertheless, the father hasn't done his son any favours by making this so public!
I had a call from the Social Worker today to tell me that SM's care package will start on Monday. I want to be there for the first visit - which will mean missing aquagym but I think (I hope!) it will be worth it to help things go smoothly.
Sky and Alf had a prolonged nose touch today. Then Sky curled her lip and Alfie ran away!