by Jackie118 on 05/01/12 at 11:59 am
My partner Adam and I love nothing more than venturing out into our stunning and peaceful local countryside and spending our leisure time lurking in the hedgerows and along the seashore, river banks or unique Norfolk broads, peeking into every nook and cranny searching out interesting fauna and flora to spy through our binoculars or photograph with our digital cameras.
We thought we’d have a lie in on the Sunday morning, but it wasn’t to be. True to form my elderly mother rang us at around 9.00 with her usual “thought I’d just ring to see if you were still alive” even though she’d phoned me just two days earlier! So, having been rudely awoken from our slumber, Adam and I got up and thought we may as well take advantage of the time and have a good strong coffee with a croissant and butter. I put the oven on ready to heat the croissants through but, before I had a chance to make the coffee or heat the croissants, the phone rang again. This time it was my sister.
It’s always good to have a laugh and a chat with her on the phone but unfortunately she told me just what I didn’t want to hear this morning. My 12 year old nephew has just started at the local High School and a lot of his homework really needs to be done on a PC. As they hadn’t been able to afford to buy one yet, I’d offered my PC to Dominic if ever he needed to type anything, search on the web or print out documents. “Just a quickie”, Gillian started. “I’m off in a little while to do the shopping and then I need to get my chores done” … she works during the week so her weekends, like mine, are quite precious …”but I wondered if Dominic could use your PC for a couple of hours tonight. We’d probably be round about 6ish if that’s OK”. I absolutely love having them over in normal circumstances but this would mean that I’d be serving up hot sausage rolls and cheese straws (which I had already made and were in the freezer thankfully!), followed by cakes and cups of tea. So there was my evening gone again. I’ve never turned down my sister and her family before and I wasn’t about to start now so I just decided I’d have to grin and bear it. “No problem at all”, I said as cheerfully as I could. “Look forward to seeing you all”. “All” embodied my sister, her partner and my nephew!
I came off the phone and it was now about 11.00. Adam and I still hadn’t had our croissants and coffee. I was just putting on the oven gloves and had my bum in the air ready to put the croissants in the oven while Adam re-boiled the kettle, reheated the cafetiere and got the ground coffee out of the cupboard when the telephone rang again.