Thursdays are still manic. Once I had eaten breakfast and got ready; I went to Lidl for the food shopping and stopped at Sainsbury's to collect some new boots I'd ordered. Once the shopping was unpacked and put away I collected middle grandson; made dinner for us all and then took grandson to basket ball practice. My daughter has new job and is now free on Thursdays so in future she is going to bring grandson to my house for dinner and all I'll have to do is to drop him at basketball. He has basket ball practice 4 times a week so I'm glad to help out when I can...
Look what had popped up on my morning walk round our garden!
Once I was home again I set out on some more errands; I had something to return via the post office; and a couple of more things for Sunday's get together and a flu jab at the chemist. While I was in town I noticed Poundland had everything 50% off so I went in. They're not closing down but moving to a different street. Most of the shelves were empty but I found two metal decorative balls for the garden and some small notepads; useful for writing shopping lists. Sum total spent £1.25!
St. Peter and Paul Church, Olney. For once we didn't go inside. The stained glass window looks interesting...
Olney was on the side of the Round Heads (Parliament) in the English civil war and routed the Cavaliers (King) at the battle of Olney Bridge in 1643.
Sunday was the big get together. There were 17 of us in total and we were so lucky that it didn't rain. Here we are:
We had a lovely day. Luckily there was enough food and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. We had goat curry; rice and peas; barbecued chicken; burgers; sausages; a chickpea and aubergine dish for the vegans courtesy of my daughter; salad, potato salad and coleslaw. For dessert I made a lemon drizzle tray bake (I've made 2 cakes in one week not having baked any cakes for ages) a vegan rice pudding; and we also had a chocolate gateau and a salted caramel cheesecake.
Everything pre-loved. Wide legged trousers; Phase Eight, Next tunic top; shirt by Isle; sandals by Dune. I took these photos at the end of the day; no wonder I look knackered! In the evening we started watching the latest BBC 4 Saturday international crime drama series 'Black Snow' set in Australia.
I woke up to what looked like imminent rain on Tuesday morning and rushed downstairs to rescue the washing. It did rain but later on in the morning. My colleague still wasn't in when I got the food bank. She had come down with Covid which was why she wasn't in last week either. Lynne and I packed up dozens of food parcel crates and managed to get everything done before it was time to go.
After my walk I walked into town to run some errands. I returned a parcel for my daughter; returned my library book and bought some household stuff in Savers. I popped into the newly refurbished Keech charity shop in town and found a bangle. It began to rain in the afternoon and I managed to rescue the washing just in time. I had pre-ordered a book; 'The Running Grave' by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K.Rowling author of the 'Harry Potter ' books among others) which was delivered in the late afternoon and began reading it. I'd forgotten that I'd ordered it so it was a bit of serendipity as I had just finished a book. This one is the seventh in the Comoran Strike series. I also discovered that there is seventh book out in the 'Brighton series' by Elly Griffiths - something else to look out for!
Thursday was busy as usual. I went for a swim and then after breakfast and getting ready went to do the Lidl food shopping and popped into Sainsbury's. On the way to Lidl I dropped off a small bag of donations at the Keech Hospice shop and picked up a green floral jumpsuit for 3.00.
Once I was home and had put away the shopping I made dinner for the grandsons and dropped youngest grandson to basket ball practice. I actually had time to put my feet up for about an hour and read my book - bliss!
I needed a wee whilst I was out walking and had to virtually strip off thanks to the jumpsuit; not a clever choice of walking gear, really. I spent the evening reading and finishing my Cormoran Strike book; 900+ pages. The last book in the series was just over 1,000 pages so I should have been grateful... it ended on a cliff hanger, too, so can't wait for the next one in the series. We lit the fire for the first time on Friday evening; OH had ordered some peat online and it had been delivered.
It was overcast but warm on Monday and the jacket was a bit too warm for the day. Busy morning as always at Barnardo's; lots of customers and lots of donations. I fancied chicken soup so made some when I got home and did 2 lots of whites washing and caught up with blogging and blogs. It rained in the afternoon and later on in the evening there was a thunder and lightening storm.