>31st  DECEMBER - Tuesday


A splendid day with Richard coming over mid-morning and Ryan and Jordan popping in also.

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30th  DECEMBER - Monday


Very quiet in the charity shop this morning.

Did some tidying and eBay before picking up Jordan from work at 4.

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29th  DECEMBER - SUNDAY


Brightest and best of the sons of the morning,
Dawn on our darkness and lend us Thine aid;
Star of the East, the horizon adorning,
Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

Cold on His cradle the dewdrops are shining;
Low lies His head with the beasts of the stall;
Angels adore Him in slumber reclining,
Maker and Monarch and Saviour of all!

Say, shall we yield Him, in costly devotion,
Odours of Edom and offerings divine?
Gems of the mountain and pearls of the ocean,
Myrrh from the forest, or gold from the mine?

Vainly we offer each ample oblation,
Vainly with gifts would His favour secure;
Richer by far is the heart’s adoration,
Dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.


                                                                                                                          Bishop Reginald Heber (1783-1826)
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28th  DECEMBER - Saturday


Michael and I enjoyed our usual trip into Nuneaton, Muffin Break, Leonardo's and the Co-op were the objects of our benifecence.

Home to some more tidying and email - what an exciting life!

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27th  DECEMBER - Friday


A quiet day at home tidying up. Made turkey curry and rice for dinner but not feeling too good so didn't have any.

Lots of new things to look at and enjoy.

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26th  DECEMBER - Thursday


Another enjoyable day with a trip into Nuneaton, a visit to Muffin Break and some shopping at One-Stop.

Winding down after the excitement of Christmas Day. Took Michael home early afternoon.

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25th  DECEMBER - Wednesday


The perfect Christmas day!  It started at 5 minutes past midnight, it being by then Christmas Day Michael and I opened our presents, and what a bumper bundle!  Jumper, Diary, London Underground duvet set, several tins of biscuits, chocolates, socks, books, amarylis, calendar - and a a monster halogen torch with astonishing candle power!

Dinner was delicious - even though I say it myself.

Popped over to Andy and Bobbie's to swap presents. It was lovely seeing Carwyn again who is growing fast and is just adorable.

Evening characterised by television watching and present playing.

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24th  DECEMBER - Tuesday


Busy dashing around for some last minute gifts and salad items for Boxing Day. Drove over to Michael's to pick him up and bring him back.

I'm beginning to enjoy Christmas this year.

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  23rd DECEMBER - Monday


An excellent day.  There was a great atmosphere in the shop - Merry Christmas, Ho, Ho, Ho!

Richard came over late morning and, having finished all the eBay orders, we were able to have a relaxing time and focus on Christmas.

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22nd  DECEMBER - SUNDAY



Hark the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled"
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
"Christ is born in Bethlehem"
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Christ by highest heav'n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin's womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris'n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

                                                             

                                                                                                        Charles Wesley, 1707-1788
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21st  DECEMBER - Saturday


Went into Nuneaton with Michael and called at the vets on the way back to pick up more medication for Speckle.

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20th  DECEMBER - Friday


A quiet day at home apart from a quick trip to the post office and dropping off a parcel at the Collect+ store.

Made sausage and mash for dinner.

Christmas is nearly here - yikes!!

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19th  DECEMBER - Thursday


Spent the morning at home busying myself with eBay and household chores.

The charity shop was quite busy, met some lovely people and collected several Christmas cards from the staff.

Took Ryan over to pick up an engine for his bike.

Can't listen to the news any more.  So many sad and horrific stories of evil men and their crimes, so many heart-broken parents. What is this world coming to?


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18th  DECEMBER - Wednesday


Managed to avoid the rain and went to Costa Coffee, Anthony's and the Co-op all before the promised rain arrived mid-afternoon.

Lots of items in the post today but still many more ordered items to arrive.

Ryan and Jordan popped in for a while early evening.

The end of handwriting?


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17th  DECEMBER - Tuesday


An excellent day with Richard here mid-morning and having fun sorting through the items purchased on my recent visit to March.

Ryan, Jordan and Scott put in appearances at various times during the day. Posted out several eBay orders and took a Collect+ parcel down to the Newcomen Road stores.


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16th  DECEMBER - Monday


A reasonably busy morning at the charity shop followed by the completion of some eBay orders before popping out to the Post Office.

Ryan called in from school and Jordan appeared during the evening.

Christmas is fast approaching.


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15th  DECEMBER - SUNDAY


Certain aspects of Christmas bring out the grumpy old man in me!  It's yet another opportunity for meddlers of the PC brigade to alter the words of hymns because they feel they can do a better job than their original authors. Here's an example from tonight's 'Songs of Praise'. For years we've been singing The Calypso Carol and knowing the words off by heart, but, take care, for the meddlers have felt it necessary to change: 'O now carry me to Bethlehem to see the Lord appear to men' to 'O now carry me to Bethlehem to see the Lord of love again' - completely changes its meaning and the intention of the writer.  Watch out for more PC moments in the run up to Christmas.

Aside from this butchery of carols it's been an excellent day. Tidied up this morning then set out for The Astley Book Farm where I had a slice of velvet cake, a cappuccino and met a lovely couple from Keresley Village. Just a few minutes of conversation but, as I left, I felt as if I'd known them ages!

OK, off to iron a shirt for tomorrow at the charity shop.

'Hark, the herald angels sing, glory to the new-born King!'

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14th  DECEMBER - Saturday


Another visit to our beloved Nuneaton and as always a pleasure to grace with our presence Muffin Break, The Jil House and the Co-op - what joy!

A quiet rest of the day at home, punctuated by visits from Ryan and Jordan.

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13th  DECEMBER - Friday


A day spent at home apart from brief trips to the post office and Newcomen Road stores.

Did fish cakes, chips and mushy peas for Michael and myself for dinner.

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12th  DECEMBER - Thursday


What an excellent day! Caught a taxi to Nuneaton train station and took the 9.52 to March in Cambridgeshire.  Met an impressive young man on the train, Mohammed, student at the University of Leicester and had a bit of a chat.  Wishing him all the best for his future.

Peter Rolf met me at March station and we headed out to the Curf Farm Estate and to a warehouse stacked wth old dial phone goodies!  Spent a heap of money and was driven home to my door with boxes of items to be enjoyed!

Tired but happy and retiring to bed earlier than usual.

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11th  DECEMBER - Wednesday


Michael and I managed to secure our favourite seat in Costa and also in Anthony's Bistro.

Ryan popped in after school and made up some eBay orders.

I bought my train ticket online - off to March in Cambridgeshire tomorrow to source some phone parts.

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10th  DECEMBER - Tuesday


More eBay orders to do and a Governors meeting to attend early evening.  The school is in the middle of an Ofsted inspection - a challenging time.

Philip came round in the fternoon so that I could type up a Christmas 'round robin' for him.  Margaret is far from well.

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  9th DECEMBER - Monday


A busy day at the shop with people buying gloves, coats and scarves.

Richard was there when I got back home and could there be a better home-coming than that.

Did some eBay orders in the afternoon.

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8th DECEMBER - SUNDAY


Another enjoyable and very satisfying day.  Derek and I had breakfast and then headed off to Astley Book Farm for a browse around the 75,000 books and coffee and cake. Just heavenly!

Took Derek to the station to catch the 12.32 p.m. back to Liverpool.  Home again and to the quiet house, no longer with the welcome company and again redolent with the its memories and empty chairs.


ALONE

 

"When I'm alone"—the words tripped off his tongue
As though to be alone were nothing strange.
"When I was young," he said; "when I was young..."

I thought of age, and loneliness, and change.
I thought how strange we grow when we're alone,
And how unlike the selves that meet and talk,
And blow the candles out, and say good night.

Alone... The word is life endured and known.
It is the stillness where our spirits walk
And all but inmost faith is overthrown.



Siegfried Sassoon
(1886-1957)


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7th DECEMBER - Saturday


A really enjoyable day.  Derek was up mid-morning and after making him some toast with jam and coffee we set off for Nuneaton. After picking up a mobility scooter we managed to secure my favourite seat in Costa and then my favourite seat in Anthony's Bistro!  A visit to the Co-op was an event not to be missed and we purchased some necessary victuals.

Watched X-Factor and Celebrity in the evening which was punctuated by visits from Kieron, Ryan, Jordan and Scott.

Hit the hay around midnight, tired and happy.

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6th DECEMBER - Friday


Spent the morning at home tidying up and making orders for eBay. Picked Derek up from Coventry Station at 13.50 pm. We chatted and drank coffee during the afternoon then went over to Michael's, taking Ryan with us, for a trip to McDonalds which was excellent.

Ryan completed more eBay orders.  Kieran called in to use the sim card cutter.

Derek and I shared a bottle of wine during the evening. So nice to have a house guest and not to be on my own for a change.

The week in pictures.

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5th   DECEMBER - Thursday


UPS delivered the Lincs Connections order in the morning which was a great relief.

Very windy and and rough weather as I made my way to the charity shop. Had a lovely time there and popped into Store Twenty One to buy some towels.

Had a Governors' meeting at Exhall Grange School 4.15 pm which finsihed at 6.45 - very interesting and challenging agenda.

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4th   DECEMBER - Wednesday


Michael was here at 10 in the morning and walked Speckle before we headed off to Nuneaton, to Costa, Anthony's Bistro and the Co-op. Called in at the vets on the way back to pick up more meds for Speckle.

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3rd   DECEMBER - Tuesday


A quiet day at home with eBay orders and housework.

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2nd  DECEMBER - Monday


A reasonably busy morning at the charity shop. Wonderful to spend time with the staff here and have fun, great atmosphere.

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1st DECEMBER - SUNDAY


Lo! He comes with clouds descending,
Once for favoured sinners slain;
Thousand thousand saints attending,
Swell the triumph of His train:
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
God appears on earth to reign.

Every eye shall now behold Him
Robed in dreadful majesty;
Those who set at naught and sold Him,
Pierced and nailed Him to the tree,
Deeply wailing, deeply wailing, deeply wailing,
Shall the true Messiah see.

Every island, sea, and mountain,
Heav’n and earth, shall flee away;
All who hate Him must, confounded,
Hear the trump proclaim the day:
Come to judgment! Come to judgment! Come to judgment!
Come to judgment! Come away!

Now redemption, long expected,
See in solemn pomp appear;
All His saints, by man rejected,
Now shall meet Him in the air:
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
See the day of God appear!

Answer Thine own bride and Spirit,
Hasten, Lord, the general doom!
The new Heav’n and earth t’inherit,
Take Thy pining exiles home:
All creation, all creation, all creation,
Travails! groans! and bids Thee come!

The dear tokens of His passion
Still His dazzling body bears;
Cause of endless exultation
To His ransomed worshippers;
With what rapture, with what rapture, with what rapture
Gaze we on those glorious scars!

Yea, Amen! let all adore Thee,
High on Thine eternal throne;
Saviour, take the power and glory,
Claim the kingdom for Thine own;
O come quickly! O come quickly! O come quickly!
Everlasting God, come down!

                                                                                                                                                               Charles Wesley (18 December 1707 – 29 March 1788)


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30th  NOVEMBER - Saturday


Our customary excursion to Nuneaton was characterised by visits to Costa, Leonardo's and the Co-op - we are certainly creatures of habit.


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29th  NOVEMBER - Friday


A day spent mostly at home tidying up, cleaning and preparing orders.

Made sausage, eggs, chips and beans for Michael and myself for dinner - followed by a Aunt Bessie Roly-Poly!


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28th  NOVEMBER - Thursday


An excellent day.  Richard arrived late morning after his physio.  He did some sorting out and went to Home Bargains Bedworth for a new set of king size bedding for me.

Posted out some eBay orders.

Ryan popped in after school and made up some orders.

Christmas is fast approaching, better think about cards and pressies!


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27th  NOVEMBER - Wednesday


Michael and myself set off for Nuneaton around midday and again managed to secure our favourite seat in Costa! A visit to Anthony's Bistro followed.  There is comfort in routine without a doubt.

David Cameron making promises he can't keep.

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26th  NOVEMBER - Tuesday


A day spent quietly at home busying myself with household tasks.

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25th  NOVEMBER - Monday


An excellent day.  The shop was reasonably busy.  Came home to sort out some eBay items and popped down to the shop.

Ryan called in after school closely followed by his brother.

Made myself eggs, chip and bean and how delicious it was.

Pictures of the day.

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24th  NOVEMBER - SUNDAY



Tell me the stories of Jesus I love to hear
Things I would ask Him to tell me
If He were here
Scenes by the wayside, tales of the sea,
Stories of Jesus, tell them to me.

First let me hear how the children
Stood round his knee And I shall fancy
His blessing resting on me
Words full of kindness, deeds full of grace,
All in the lovelight of Jesus’ face.

Tell me, in accents of wonder,
How rolled the sea,
Tossing the boat in a tempest on Galilee
And how the Master, ready and kind,
Chided the billows and hushed the wind.

Into the city I’d follow the childrens’ band
Waving a branch of the palm tree
High in my hand
One of his heralds, yes, I would sing
Loudest hosannas, Jesus is King!

Show me the scene in the garden,
Of bitter pain
And of the cross where my Saviour
For me was slain
Sad ones or bright ones, so that they be

Stories of Jesus - tell them to me.

Gladly I’d hear of His rising out of the grave
Living and strong and triumphant,
Mighty to save
And how He sends us all men to bring
Stories of Jesus, Jesus, their King.


                                                                                                                        William H. Parker (1845 - 1929)

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23rd  NOVEMBER - Saturday


A very frosty morning as I set off for the post office to post some ebay kits and settle up for yesterday.

Then it was off to Nuneaton, to our favourite seat in Costa, even though it was heaving.

Ate at the Jailhouse where we had soup and sandwiches which was more than acceptable.


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22nd  NOVEMBER - Friday


Another bright sunny but chilly morning. An excellent day all round.  Richard came over mid-morning and we were soon the proud owners of a Henry vacuum cleaner!! What a difference! Richard busied himself demonstrating its efficacy on various rooms and carpets with impressive results.  There really is nothing like a Henry!

Prepared meat pie, roast potatoes and peas for dinner, together with a yummy toffee cheesecake with ice cream and Elmlea - SO indulgent!

Drove Ryan over to pick up his moter bike early evening.

The week in pictures.

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21st  NOVEMBER - Thursday


A lovely morning, blue skies and sunshine.  Spent the morning at home tidying up and reading.

Afternoon shift at the charity shop was very enjoyable and quite busy.

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20th  NOVEMBER - Wednesday


Lashing it down with rain first thing. Michael arrived on his bike fully kiited out in his waterproofs. By the time we were ready to head off to Nuneaton the rain had stopped, the skies cleared and the sun was shining.

Enjoyed our usual Wednesday routine and I for one was happy to be home again as the rain had returned by the end of our excursion.

We have the old text editor here on Yola and it is SO good to have it back and to be able to produce and edit entries as before. How anyone could have thought the recent replacement could have been an improvement is a mystery.

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19th  NOVEMBER - Tuesday


A day spent mostly at home. Jordan and Ryan spent a good while early evening working on their bikes.

Hasn't been easy keeping my diary up to date this week as my host, Yola, decided to introduce a new Text Editor which made it impossible to update my site.  Many angry customers expressed their feeling in community posts.

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18th  NOVEMBER - Monday


A busy morning at the charity shop.

Did some eBay orders in the afternoon.

Had an appointment at the Gables Medicentre, Holbrook Lane, where one of the GPs and the Practice Manager gave of their time to explain the many changes and challenges they are facing. It was a fascinating look behind the scenes and gave me a whole new insight and understanding of all involved.
 
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17th  NOVEMBER - SUNDAY


1. The Lord is King! lift up your voice,
O earth, and all ye heavens, rejoice!
From world to world the joy shall ring:
The Lord Omnipotent is King.


2. The Lord is King! who then shall dare
Resist His will, distrust His care,
Or murmur at His wise decrees,
Or doubt His royal promises?


3. The Lord is King! child of the dust,
The Judge of the all the earth is just.
Holy and true are all His ways:
Let every creature speak His praise.


4. He reigns! ye saints, exalt your strains:
Your God is King, your Father reigns.
And He is at the Father's side,
The Man of love, the Crucified.


5. Come, make your wants, your burdens known;
He will present them at the throne;
And angel bands are waiting there,
His messages of love to bear.


6. Oh, when His wisdom can mistake,
His might decay, his love forsake,
Then may his children cease to sing,
The Lord Omnipotent is King.


7. Alike pervaded by His eye,
All parts of His dominion lie;
This world of ours, and worlds unseen,
And thin the boundary between.


8. One Lord, one empire, all secures:
He reigns— and life and death are yours.
Through earth and heaven one song shall ring,
The Lord Omnipotent is King.


                                                                                                                        Josiah Conder (1789-1855)

 
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16th  NOVEMBER - Saturday


A dry day. Carl called round in the morning with some items for the charity shop, they'll be very well received on Monday.

Michael and I set off for Nuneaton around 11 and headed for Cosat as is our wont where we were fortunate once again to bag our favourite table in the corner by the window. 

Bumped into the energetic Freddie again, he of NSPCC fame.  He was doing his animated best to encourage passing shoppers to commit to some giving.  Good man.

Ryan arrived early evening, cut up some terminals and cleaned and refurbed some old red line cords which arrived in this morning's post.

Managed to get hold of Frank the carpenter - see my April diary entry earlier this year.  He was soon pulling onto the drive and getting to grips with what will be needed to fit my new front door.  He'll be here a week on Monday to do the job. Excellent.

Had a great Skype video call with Dave Alger, who, with his young family, have been in Oz since July.  Was great to see and chat with him!

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15th  NOVEMBER - Friday


A better day. Worked on some eBay orders in the morning and also did some shopping for tonight's meal - sausage and mash with peas and fried onions folowed by an apple pie made with Bramley apples from the tree in my garden.

Ryan popped round and helped with more orders in the evening.

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14th  NOVEMBER - Thursday


Not feeling too good today.  Richard came over after his physiotherapy and helped tidy up.

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13th  NOVEMBER - Wednesday



Michael and I headed off to Nuneaton, calling in on the way to the stores in Newcomen Road with some Collect+ parcels.

The car park was very quiet and Costa was less than its usual heaving self.

Chatted with Freddie who was representing the NSPCC at a stand in the Rope Walk. He was lively and convincing and I was moved to checking my monthly
charity giving which I'll do later this evening.

Daily Telegraph pictures of the day

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12th  NOVEMBER - Tuesday



A busy and satisfying day.  Lots of eBay orders which Ryan helped me with.

Had a bit of a tidy up and did some washing.

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>>>>>11th  NOVEMBER - Monday

 

A grey and rainy morning but the shop was still reasonably busy.  It was very impressive watching the parade march by with brass bands and rows of marching men, women and children.

Had my hair cut before heading off home.

No post, but did some tidying up and got ready for Clive who picked me up and drove us over to The Cedar Tree in Nuneaton for a carvery meal which was delicious.

Ryan gave me a hand with eBay orders late afternoon.

Andy called in late evening to show me the Mondeo he'll be driving. Impressive.

 
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10th NOVEMBER - SUNDAY

 


The Lord is King! lift up thy voice,
O earth; and all ye heavens, rejoice!
From world to world the joy shall ring,
The Lord omnipotent is King.

The Lord is King! who then shall dare
resist his will, distrust his care,
or murmur at his wise decrees,
or doubt his royal promises?

The Lord is King! Child of the dust,
the Judge of the all the earth is just;
holy and true are all his ways;
let every creature speak his praise.

He reigns! ye saints, exalt your strains;
your God is King, your Father reigns;
and he is at the Father's side,
the Man of love, the Crucified.

Come, make your wants, your burdens known;
he will present them at the throne;
and angel bands are waiting there
his messages of love to bear.

The Lord is King! lift up thy voice,
O earth; and all ye heavens, rejoice!
From world to world the joy shall ring,
The Lord omnipotent is King!


                                                                                             Josiah Conder (1789-1855)

 
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9th NOVEMBER - Saturday

 

Another damp morning as Michael and I set off for Nuneaton as is our wont.

 
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8th NOVEMBER - Friday

 

Grey and damp morning with persistent rain as the day moved on.

Completed eBay orders and took them down to the Post Office.

Started preparing dinner for Michael and myself which was to have been  corned beef hash but as I left the kitchen for a few moments to answer the phone Speckle took a fancy to the corned beef so that scuppered that. I made alternative arrangements.

John came to collect his refurbished phones and brought me some Quality Street. Much appreciated.

It's surprising how many of my former students pop up here and there - on Facebook, in an email, around the town, serving in shops. I suppose having taught locally for almost 30 years and having been in this house for 40 years it's really to be expected.  So many of them have married and has families and their children are now appearing in the two schools of which I'm a Governor.

 
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7th NOVEMBER - Thursday

 

A busy and satisfying day.  Popped down to the Post Office first thing to send out some kits and pay for yesterday's items sent.

Richard arrived mid-morning after his hospital appointment which was far from a pleasant experience as he described it to me.

Richard set about reinstalling my brother's laptop which has somehow failed to function correctly this week.  Sadly it turned out that the hard drive is faulty and another will have to be fitte.

Lynn was looking after the shop today and was good to see her and share the afternoon shift.  Joey Brannigan came in and we had a quick chat.

 
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6th NOVEMBER - Wednesday


A grey, damp and drizzly morning as Michael and I headed off to Nuneaton for our Wednesday adventure.

Costa ta Coffee was very busy but Anthony's Bistro satisfyingly quiet and Michael enjoyed a cheese omelette while I opted for the Chicken Tikka Masala. Delicious!

Called in at Michael's to pick up his laptop for a reinstall and then home.

Andy borrowed my car for his group practice.

Had a soothing hot bath late evening.

Off to bed before 1.30.  A satisfying day.

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5th NOVEMBER - Tuesday


A day spent mostly at home making up eBay orders, doing some washing and calming Speckle during the thankfully infrequent noise of 'fireworks'.

Decided to have an early night so was in bed by midnight.

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4th NOVEMBER - Monday


A busy morning at the shop but as different and satisfying as usual.

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3rd NOVEMBER - SUNDAY


1.
Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
One in Three and Three in One,
As by the celestial host,
Let thy will on earth be done;
Praise by all to thee be given,
Gracious Lord of earth and heaven.


2.
Vilest of the sinful race,
Lo! I answer to thy call;
Meanest vessel of thy grace,
Grace divinely free for all;
Lo! I come to do thy will,
All thy counsel to fulfil.


3.
If so poor a worm as I
My to thy great glory live,
All my actions sanctify,
All my words and thoughts receive;
Claim me for thy service, claim
All I have, and all I am.


4.
Take my soul and body's powers;
Take my memory, mind and will;
All my goods, and all my hours;
All I know, and all I feel;
All I think, or speak, or do;
Take my heart, but make it new.


5.
Now, O my God, thine own I am;
Now I give thee back thine own;
Freedom, friends and health and fame,
Consecrate to thee alone:
Thine I live, thrice happy I!
Happier still if thine I die.


6.
Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
One in Three and Three in One,
As by the celestial host,
Let thy will on earth be done;
Praise by all to thee be given,
Glorious Lord of earth and heaven.

                                                                                                                                     Charles Wesley (18 December 1707 – 29 March 1788)

 
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2nd NOVEMBER - Saturday


An excellent day. Michael and I headed off into Nuneaton late morning and spent some time in Costa Coffee. We decided to visit the Community Cafe or lunch and called in at Megabrokers to pick up a ream of 100 gsm.

We did some food shopping in the Co-op and then made our way home.

Michael left around 1.30 p.m. and I settled in for a quiet afternoon and evening at home.

Mercifully it was a quiet evening as far as fireworks are concerned and Speckle was troubled only once by a small noise.

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1st NOVEMBER - Friday


Richard came over early morning and brought with him his Henry hoover, which has convinced me I really need one - made a great job of ridding my workroom carpet of Speckle's dog hairs.

Made sausage and mash with fried onions, mushrooms and sweetcorn for dinner.

Speckle was upset in the evening by the loud firework explosions.  She tries to hide and dig herself behind things. Very upsetting.

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31st OCTOBER - Thursday

Today would have been my Mum's 95th birthday.  Time marches on eh ......

Had a great time at the shop and met lots more interesting people.

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30th OCTOBER - Wednesday


A very very good day. Time spent with Michael in Nuneaton and here at home is always a recipe for repair.  It really is a matter of state of mind. Hard to understand and quantify just what makes the difference, just what is the 'tipping point' but there it is nonetheless.  Give me the open road and a sense of optimism, give me the faith that can move mountains, give me a heart like the heart of Christ my Saviour.


O happy band of pilgrims,
if onward ye will tread
with Jesus as your fellow
to Jesus as your Head!

O happy, if ye labour
as Jesus did for men:
O happy, if ye hunger
as Jesus hungered then!

The Cross that Jesus carried
he carried as your due:
the Crown that Jesus weareth
he weareth it for you.

The faith by which ye see him,
the hope, in which ye yearn,
the love that through all troubles
to him alone will turn,--

What are they, but vaunt-couriers
to lead you to his sight?
What are they, save the effluence
of uncreated Light?

The trials that beset you,
the sorrows ye endure,
the manifold temptations
that Death alone can cure,--

What are they, but his jewels
of right celestial worth?
What are they but the ladder,
set up to heaven on earth?

O happy band of pilgrims,
look upward to the skies,
where such a light affliction
shall win so great a prize.

                                                                                                                                                        John Mason Neale (24 January 1818 – 6 August 1866)

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29th OCTOBER - Tuesday


Much better day today.  Doing my best to get things into perspective.

Jordan and Scott came round after work and painted the replacement front door. Excellent.

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28th OCTOBER - Monday


2.00 p.m.  Been up since 7.  Hours have passed and nothing accomplished. Have eaten nothing. Never felt more like giving up.

Apologies for the melodrama dear readers.  I'm bouncing back.

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27th OCTOBER - SUNDAY


Not a good day.

On coming downstairs I was greeted by the sight of the glass in my front door having been shattered.  on closer inspection it seemed that a pellet or a stone had created a small hole from which cracks in the glass spread in all directions.  Soon afterwards and, as the morning moved on, glass began to bend and fall in till the large single pane which comprises the glazing of the front door lay inside and outside on the floor.  A sorry state.  Sorry and upsetting.  I have been in this house for forty years and brought to mind the many times I have lead my Mother through this door, or taken her through in her wheelchair. Hard to describe and explain my feelings.

I surmised that someone had, during the night, aimed something at the glass which had caused the damage. Very upsetting.

My insurers, Swinton, when I finally managed to get through to them on the phone, were less than helpful - about as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike in fact.

Every cloud has a silver lining however, and friends soon rallied round to help and make the door secure.  Jordan and his father Lee, with help from Jordan's friend Scott, soon had things in hand and sorted.  This is the blessing of the day. Friends, and when we need them. This is when our friendships are proven and indeed strengthened.

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26th OCTOBER - Saturday


Off to Nuneaton with Michael.  Don't underestimate the comfort of routine.

After Michael left for home early afternoon I was left to my own devices.


ALONE


"When I'm alone"—the words tripped off his tongue
As though to be alone were nothing strange.
"When I was young," he said; "when I was young..."

I thought of age, and loneliness, and change.
I thought how strange we grow when we're alone,
And how unlike the selves that meet and talk,
And blow the candles out, and say good night.

Alone... The word is life endured and known.
It is the stillness where our spirits walk
And all but inmost faith is overthrown.



Siegfried Sassoon
(1886-1967)


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25th OCTOBER- Friday


Spent the day at home mostly apart from a visit to the Post Office.

One of my eBay contacts, John, called in with four telephones for me to refurbish.

Decided to repeat the success of last Friday evening's meals and produced the mix of potatoes, tomatoes, onions and mushrooms topped with grated cheese. Delicious!

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24th OCTOBER- Thursday


A very satisfying day.  John arrived mid-morning with four phones for me to refurbish - he's been very successful at recent auctions and car boots.

Did my Thursday shift at the charity shop which was busier than it's been in a long time.

Caught up with some eBay orders in the afternoon.

Jordan called in mid-evening and did some more orders.  One of his brother's, Ryan, popped in for a while.

Friday again so soon  -  time certainly whizzes by as one gets older.



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23rd OCTOBER- Wednesday


An excellent day. Michael and I headed off to Nuneaton as is our wont. Chatting with the Rope Walk Centre Manager it emerged that Sunny's was closed for good. Sad really, we enjoyed eating there, it was very good value and we liked the menu.

So, happily getting our favourite seats in Costa Coffee we watched the passing stream of pedestrians in their varied garb - always a source of fascination and amusement.

Anthony's Bistro was the setting for our lunchtime indulgence.  I chose cottage pie and fresh vegetables - go there, order it, enjoy it!  SO delicious!!

Our Nuneaton visit culminated in a short shopping excursion in the dependable Co-op. Always a source of reflection and reminiscence it brought to a close another session in our favourite market town.

 

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22nd OCTOBER- Tuesday


Had an invitation to go to Margaret and Philip's for a meal.  On the way stopped off at the florist to buy a nice bouquet of flowers.  Had a really great time with them and a lovely roast chicken meal.

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21st OCTOBER- Monday


Rain pouring down as I set out for the shop which was, unsurprisingly, quieter than usual.  Back home to catch up withe Bay orders.

Visited Andy, Bobbie and Carwyn in their new home in Cardigan Road.  Really lovely and so nice to see them in their well-deserved new surroundings.  Took them a card and house warming present.

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20th OCTOBER- SUNDAY



The Lord Jehovah reigns; His throne is built on high.
The garments He assumes are light and majesty.
His glories shine
With beams so bright no mortal eye
Can bear the sight.

The thunders of His hand keep the wide world in awe;
His wrath and justice stand to guard His holy law.
And where His love
Resolves to bless His truth confirms
And seals the grace.

Through all His mighty works surprising wisdom shines—
Confounds the powers of hell, and breaks their cursed designs.
Strong is His arm,
And shall fulfill His great decrees,
His sovereign will.

And will this mighty King of glory condescend,
And will He write His Name: My Father and my Friend?
I love His Name;
I love His Word. Join, all my powers,
And praise the Lord!

                                                                                                                        Isaac Watts (1674 - 1748)


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19th OCTOBER- Saturday


Went into Nuneaton with Michael late morning and managed to get my favourite seat in Costa Coffee!  We had lunch at Leonardos and did some food shopping at the Co-op.  Bought a house-warming present for Andy and Bobbie from TK Maxx but didn't get the chance to give it to them, maybe tomorrow.

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18th OCTOBER- Friday


An excellent day with lots of eBay orders to do and some more running about.

Made my latest food concoction for Michael and myself with onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, potatoes and cheese - delicious!

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17th OCTOBER- Thursday


Another busy day with my presence being required at the Headteacher's Assessment meeting at Keresley Newland Primary School.

The whole day was filled with running, or rather driving, here and there.

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16th OCTOBER- Wednesday


A very busy but satisfying day that began badly!  I overslept and kept George the carpet cleaning young man waiting outside for a long time. I felt very guilty and expressed this feeling more than once!  Made him a cup of tea and he was off!  Large and impressive machine with lengthy hoses soon being used to lift the dirt from my lounge carpet - and what a great job it was doing!  George was personable, humorous and efficient.  Very soon the job was done, and what a result!  If you need your carpets cleaning give them a shout - White Knight Cleaning - they really are the very best!

Michael and I set off for Nuneaton around midday.  After coffee at Costa we decided to slum it at BHS for lunch to avoid the rain. Really the only place to eat in the Rope Walk today's 'meal' was rough even by their own poor standards - and I said so!  Very soon other tables were joining in and adding their voice to the argument, agreeing with me and backing the poor manageress into a corner. Watch this space!

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15th OCTOBER- Tuesday


With so many orders to complete it was so good to have Richard's help late morning and for a large part of the afternoon.

Drove out to Keresley Newland Primary School around 3.00 p.m. to take part in a Parents' Evening and introduce ourselves to parents and encourage them to fill in a questionnaire.

Took Jake's broken engine over to Bulkington early evening.

Jordan called in towards 9.00 p.m. to collect the holder for his mobile phone which allows him to check on his texts and calls while cycling.

Very much missing my mother today for some reason.  Happy memories though and so much of who and what I am is down to her.

Blame parents for Britain's problems.


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14th OCTOBER - Monday


A busy morning at the charity shop was followed by a quick trip to Halford's to pick up the socket set Jake had reserved.

Spent the afternoon preparing eBay orders and helping Bobbie send back an unsuitable chair bed to Amazon.


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13th OCTOBER - SUNDAY

 


Let all the world in every corner sing, my God and King!
The heavens are not too high, his praise may thither fly,
the earth is not too low, his praises there may grow.
Let all the world in every corner sing, my God and King!

Let all the world in every corner sing, my God and King!
The church with psalms must shout, no door can keep them out;
but, above all, the heart must bear the longest part.
Let all the world in every corner sing, my God and King!

                                                                                                                                             George Herbert (1593 - 1633)



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12th OCTOBER - Saturday

 

Quite a grey day, but the rain mostly held off as we went into Nuneaton, to Costa Coffee, lunch at the Community Cafe, picking up some paper from Megabrokers and finally stepping back in time again with some food shopping at the Co-op.

Jordan called in early evening.  I watched some TV while working through yet more orders.

Experimented with some items I found in the fridge - fried an onion, added thinly-sliced potatoes, then some sliced tomatoes.  Transferred the mix to an oval Pyrex dish, grated on mature cheddar and popped into the oven at 180 for 15 minutes. It was delicious!!

Pictures of the day.


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11th OCTOBER - Friday

 

Lots of eBay orders to do today and, as Richard wasn't very well, I soon got stuck in and worked my way through them, having them all ready to post by mid-afternoon.

Decided to do chicken pie, chips and mushy peas for Michael and myself for dinner.

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10th OCTOBER - Thursday

 

Well, today was the day of my gastroscopy - 1.45 p.m. University Hospital, Coventry. Had hoped that Andy might take me but that did not prove possible so I booked with MGM Taxis to pick me up at 1.00 p.m.  They were here in good time and had me there by 1.15 p.m.   I presented myself at the Endoscopy Department, changed into my gown, had my cannula and identity tag fitted and I was 'good to go' as our American friends say.  After a 45 minutes in the waiting room with other victims, I was called in.  Mr Marzouk, the man himself, was there to carry out the procedure.  After a brief into, I was laid on my left side, sedated, and hey ho!  Next thing I remember was waking up with a sore throat, but feeling fine.  I guess I'll just have to be 'patient' and wait for 'what the camera saw'! After some tea and biscuits and the nurse checking that someone would be at home with me an MGM taxi was called and I was away!  Easy-peasy  ;)

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9th OCTOBER - Wednesday

 

A very good day. Michael and I headed off to the plant shop early on to get hold of some winter-flowerin pansies.  Finally she was open and we picked up three trays of pansies with 20 plants to a tray for £15. Michael put them in the borders later and they already look the biz.

We met Pam at Costa coffee just after midday and chatted as we watched the world go by.

Lunch at Anthony's and shopping at the Co-op completed our heady round of enjoyment.

Jordan called in early evening and seems still to be enjoying his job.

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8th OCTOBER - Tuesday

 

Met with Michael for breakfast with the intention of buying some winter-flowering pansies from the shop nearby.  As so often with good plans it was not to be - though a sign trumpeted their opening hours as 8.30 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.  at 10.00 a.m. they were definitely closed!

Richard arrived late morning an together we set about completing a rake of eBay order. with Richard putting in more that 75% of the effort!

Had a Governors's meeting at Keresley Newland Primary School 5.45 p.m. to 7.45 p.m. Hey ho...

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7th OCTOBER - Monday

 

The day didn't start too well as I damaged my car parking behind the charity shop - backed into a Biffo bin and did not come out on top ;(  Hey ho...

Got back home to find that someone had opened a case on me in eBay.....hmmmmmm

Made up half the orders and took them down to the Post Office.

Carol popped in late afternoon to pick up a music CD I'd made up for her.

Busy day, quite satisfying. If only pain wasn't quite such an issue.

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6th OCTOBER - SUNDAY

 

Spent the morning at home tidying up and baking gingerbread.

Picked Michael up at 2.30 p.m. to go to Pam's and deliver her insect repellers  and some bramley apples from my tree.

Helped a friend of mine online with his university essay.

Jake came round mid-evening.

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5th OCTOBER - Saturday

 

Michael and I set off for Nuneaton as usual and enjoyed the usual giddy round of pleasures ;)

Jordan called round early evening and seemed very tired.  He works hard all week and even Saturday morning this week, perhaps asking a bit too much.

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4th OCTOBER - Friday

 

Richard arrived late morning and more than helped with a great number of eBay orders.

Russell the gardener did a very good job in the back garden.

Did pork steaks, roast potatoes and peas for dinner for Michael and myself.  Delicious.

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3rd OCTOBER - Thursday

 

A very busy day.  eBay orders in the morning, out to lunch with Clive and then a shift at the charity shop.

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2nd OCTOBER - Wednesday


 We enjoyed our usual trip into Nuneaton where we visited Costa, the Toolbox, Anthony's Bistro and the Co-op.

Carol called in late afternoon to collect a music CD I'd put together for her.


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1st OCTOBER - Tuesday


Spent the day at home apart from a quick trip to the Post Office with a few eBay items.


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30th SEPTEMBER - Monday

 

Had a very busy morning at the charity shop and came home to quite a lot of post.  One item was a cheque from Royal Mail in connection with a parcel of mine they've lost a £10 cheque covering the postage only. Sent out on the 8th August it has simply disappeared. Despite my protestations that I am not an eBay business seller I could not get them to understand and co-operate. Finally I spoke to Karen, who was very understanding and helpful, went a long was to restoring my faith in the organisation. Even if I don't manage to get back the value of the contents of the parcel at least I knew I'd clearly stated my case and was believed.  The day seemed brighter.

Completed lots of eBay orders and took them down to the post office.

Jordan called in early evening to help with more of today's orders.

With what speed this year is slipping by.  Why do all the shops and TV channels seem to be starting Christmas early?  Madness.

 

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29th SEPTEMBER - SUNDAY


1.    Come, ye sinners, poor and wretched,
Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready waits to save you,
Full of pity, love and pow’r:
He is able, He is able,
He is willing, doubt no more.


 


2.    Come, ye needy, come and welcome;
God’s free bounty glorify;
True belief and true repentance,
Every grace that brings us nigh,
Without money, without money,
Come to Jesus Christ and buy.


 


3.    Let not conscience make you linger,
Nor of fitness fondly dream;
All the fitness He requireth
Is to feel your need of Him:
This He gives you, this He gives you,
’Tis the Spirit’s rising beam.


 


4.    Come, ye weary, heavy laden,
Lost and ruined by the fall;
If you tarry till you’re better,
You will never come at all:
Not the righteous, not the righteous,
Sinners Jesus came to call.


 


5.    Agonizing in the garden,
Your Redeemer prostrate lies;
On the bloody tree behold Him!
Hear Him cry, before He dies,
“It is finished!” “It is finished!“
Sinner, will not this suffice?


 


6.    Lo! th’ incarnate God, ascended,
Pleads the merit of His blood;
Venture on Him, venture wholly;
Let no other trust intrude:
None but Jesus, none but Jesus,
Can do helpless sinners good.

                                                                   
                                                                                                                       Joseph Hart (1712 –1768)


 
 

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28th SEPTEMBER - Saturday

 

Michael and I made our usual trip into Nuneaton.  Some sort of horrendous 'singing' competition was taking place in the Rope Walk so we eschewed Costa and made our way to Caffe Nero.

Lunch at Leonardo's for a change and we sampled their 'Special' breakfast which was great value for money.

Scott and Jordan called in early evening, but other than that I found myself in my usual challenging state of being alone. I'm sure there is something to be said for it but I'm yet to be convinced.

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27th SEPTEMBER - Friday

 

Stayed at home all day. Russell the gardener arrived at 10 and worked for 4 hours in the front garden, taking out the salvia, lobelia and alysum in readiness for winter flowering pansies.

Prepared corned beef hash and a jelly with fruit in for Michael and myself for dinner.

Scott and Jordan called in mid-evening.  Jordan is excited about his new phone which is arriving tomorrow.

The week in pictures.

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26th SEPTEMBER - Thursday

 

Richard came over in the morning, and, though it had been my intention to go out somewhere, we ended up stopping in.

Did a later shift at the charity shop.


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25th SEPTEMBER - Wednesday


Decided to break with tradition and go into Coventry for the first time in many months.  Had coffee in Caffe Nero and met Dan, one of the baristas who was very bright and friendly, then Glen, who was soon followed by his partner who is very soon expecting their first child. I love this place and it was so good to meet members of staff who serve Michael regularly.

Had a Governors meeting at Exhall Grange school late afternoon and was back home for 6.15 p.m.

A very satisfying day.


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24th SEPTEMBER - Tuesday


An excellent day. Spent the morning tidying up and completing eBay orders.

Hospital appointment at 3.00 p.m. so I left in very good time in order to enjoy Costa Coffee and watch the hospital comings and goings.

Very busy in X-ray today for some reason.

Saw the man himself, Mr Marzouk, who opined that what I thought was an abdominal hernia is in fact weakening of the stomach wall. Hmmmm......

Asked about any symptoms I was experiencing I mentioned acid reflux - possibly a mistake as he wants to send me for an endoscopy.

Andy came round early evening to compile some music cd's


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23rd SEPTEMBER- Monday


Had a lovely time in the shop with Kathryn and Janet - we make a great team!

Came home and completed lots of eBay orders and dropped them off at the Post Office and my local Collect+ shop.

Bobbie came round mid-evening to use the broadband. Lovely company.  I had bought each of them a little present - a pink LED torch for Bobbie, a book for Carwyn and some chocolate and caramel biscuits for Andy!

Downton Abbey back on form.


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22nd SEPTEMBER - SUNDAY

O praise ye the Lord! praise Him in the height;
Rejoice in His Word, ye angels of light;
Ye heavens, adore Him by Whom ye were made,
And worship before Him in brightness arrayed.

O praise ye the Lord! Praise Him upon earth,
In tuneful accord, ye sons of new birth;
Praise Him Who hath brought you His grace from above,
Praise Him Who hath taught you to sing of His love.

O praise ye the Lord! All things that give sound;
Each jubilant chord re-echo around;
Loud organs, His glory forth tell in deep tone,
And sweet harp, the story of what He hath done.

O praise ye the Lord! Thanksgiving and song
To Him be outpoured all ages along!
For love in creation, for Heaven restored,
For grace of salvation, O praise ye the Lord!

O praise ye the Lord and sing a new song,
Amid all His saints His praises prolong;
The praise of their Maker His people shall sing,
And children of Zion rejoice in their King.

With timbrel and harp and joyful acclaim,
With gladness and mirth, sing praise to His Name,
For God in His people His pleasure doth seek,
With robes of salvation He clotheth the meek.

In glory exult, ye saints of the Lord;
With songs in the night, high praises accord;
Go forth in His service, be strong in His might,
To conquer all evil and stand for the right.

For this is His Word: His saints shall not fail,
But over the earth their power shall prevail;
All kingdoms and nations shall yield to their sway.
To God give the glory and praise Him for aye.


                                                                                                                     Henry Williams Baker (1821–1877)


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21st SEPTEMBER - Saturday


A very difficult night.  Speckle had a fit around 2 a.m. and afterwards wouldn't stop barking loudly so Michael got dressed and took her for a walk.  Once she was back she settled fairly quickly and went to sleep.  
 
Saturday itself was an excellent day. Enjoyed our trip into Nuneaton, to Costa Coffee, Sunny's and the Co-op. 
 
Did some tidying up and some emails in the afternoon. Jordan called in late evening after a meal at the Hungry Horse followed by a drink with his Dad.


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20th SEPTEMBER - Friday


A very busy day with visits from the postman, window cleaner, UPS, Yodel, Clive, Bobbie, Andy and Carwyn!  Never a dull moment here!!
 
Sorted good bramley apples from damaged ones, wrapped each individually in newspaper, then into a cardboard box, then to the shed. They will keep for weeks.
 
Did sausage and mash with mushy peas and friend onions for dinner, followed by stewed apples with demerara and icecream.
 


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19th SEPTEMBER - Thursday


The day started well with an early visit from the nPower engineer, Lee.  He soon had the new components fitted and the central heating working again. Excellent!
 
After this the place was never still, the whole day witnessed a coming and going of several visitors.
 
Richard arrived mid-morning which brought a whole new light to the day.
 
Russell the gardener started his 4 hours in the front garden, but I soon shifted him to the back so that he could collect the many bramley apples on the tree and on the ground.
 
Bobbie, Carwyn and Andy came and went throughout the day which was very nice.
 

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18th SEPTEMBER - Wednesday


A very good day.  Michael and I got our favourite seats inside Costa and watched the world go by.

We ate at Anthony's and I tried the cottage pie for the first time which was delicious. They have put their prices up.

Jordan and Jake came round mid-evening to re-cover Jake's bike seat - will the excitement ever cease? ;)

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17th SEPTEMBER - Tuesday


A grey morning. Spent some time washing and ironing before completing eBay orders and going down to the Post Office.

Made an apple pie and took it over to Andy and Bobbie's where I'd been invited to dinner.  Very nice.

Suddenly lots of acid indigestion which is both painful and worrying.

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16th SEPTEMBER - Monday

An excellent day. Lots of fun at the shop, what a great team we are and have so much fun!

Came home to make up eBay orders and thence down to the Post Office and Newcomen Road Stores to send out envelopes and packages.

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15th SEPTEMBER - SUNDAY

Through all the changing scenes of life,
In trouble and in joy,
The praises of my God shall still
My heart and tongue employ.

Of His deliverance I will boast,
Till all that are distressed
From my example courage take
And soothe their griefs to rest.

O magnify the Lord with me,
With me exalt His Name;
When in distress to Him I called,
He to my rescue came.

Their drooping hearts were soon refreshed,
Who looked to Him for aid;
Desired success in every face,
A cheerful air displayed.

“Behold,” they say, “Behold the man
Whom providence relieved;
The man so dangerously beset,
So wondrously retrieved!”

The hosts of God encamp around
The dwellings of the just;
Deliverance He affords to all
Who on His succor trust.

O make but trial of His love;
Experience will decide
How blest are they, and only they,
Who in His truth confide.

Fear Him, ye saints, and you will then
Have nothing else to fear;
Make you His service your delight;
Your wants shall be His care.

While hungry lions lack their prey,
The Lord will food provide
For such as put their trust in Him,
And see their needs supplied.

                                                                                                                 Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady (1698)

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14th SEPTEMBER - Saturday

An excellent day! Popped down the Post Office first thing to settle up and send out new orders.

Michael set off for Nuneaton late morning and spent a relaxing hour sitting outside Costa Coffee in the Rope Walk watching the world go by. We had our lunch at Sunny's and spent some time chatting to him,  I'd brought a print-out of his latest Trip Advisor review.  From here we stepped back in time and did some food shopping at the Co-op.

Had hoped to have a look at the newly refitted One Stop Smorrall Lane and take advantage of the cash point there but, surprise surprise, though the shop was open, and very impressive, the cash point was still not working. I high-tailed it into Bedworth to use my Paypal card at HSBC and while there pop into the Myton shop to say hello to Kathryn and Deanne.

Liam came over early evening to collect his A3 posters and we shared a Snappy Tomato Pizza delivery together.  Jordan arrived fresh from his fortnight's holiday in Spain and it was great to see him back!

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13th SEPTEMBER - Friday

What an amazing day!!  SO much coming together, so blessed with friends and daily activity! Lots to say, but an unusually early diary update for what's fresh in my mind:

NPOWER:  An amazing service provider!   Every recent contact I've had with them has been memorable, and for all the right reasons!  Today one of their engineers, LEE, arrived shortly after his phone call to say he was on his way.  An enthusiastic, cheerful and efficient man he was too!   Very quickly identified the fault and was on his phone ordering the parts needed.  Soon after his departure I received a phone call from JAY of npower offering dates and times for the parts to be fitted  -  good communicator, warmth conveyed in a phone call, again efficient and genuine. I told him so and he asked if I would speak to his manager. I was happy to. FAZEEL completed the trio of guys who know what they are about and excel in customer care!  If only I had a similar experience when I contact other service providers and businesses.  This country has lost its way.  Let's hear it for LEE, JAY and FAZEEL - hip...hip...hooray!  x  3  ;)

Richard arrived mid-morning and did a lot of sorting out and tidying up before popping into Bedworth and taking the eBay orders down to the Post Office.

Made chicken pie, chips and sweetcorn for Michael and myself for dinner.

Spent the evening completing more orders and relaxing.

What next for Downton Abbey?

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12th SEPTEMBER - Thursday

Minus the pain this would be the perfect day.

Spent the morning at home sorting out a few problems - like one parcel to Manchester and another to Southampton sent on Tuesday both arriving in Southampton today!  Agh!!

Went to the shop at 1 o'clock and left at 2.30 p.m. calling in on Swinton Insurance on the way home so that they could iron out a few discrepancies on my newly purchased insurance.

Cancelled my insurance with Saga by making a phone call and being fortunate enough to speak to the very switched-on James.  James was buzzing, not the least condescending, but almost managed to get me to change my mind without really trying!  Full marks!

Took Bobbie, Andy and Carwyn to McDonalds early evening.  I really do love being with them, they are very very good friends to have and I'm blessed to have them in my life.

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11th SEPTEMBER - Wednesday

A very good day spent with Michael in Nuneaton enjoying our usual routine.

Posted out some eBay items in the sfternoon.

Bed around 1.30 a.m.

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10th SEPTEMBER - Tuesday

Richard came over late morning and what a good job he did as we were stacked out with eBay orders.  All completed he shot off to the Post Office and the Collect+ drop off shop. Excellent.

Clive called in late afternoon so we could access his car insurance and print off some documents.

Went over to Andy and Bobbie's for dinner which was very good indeed.  Any did a demo on his new drum kit and he was really impressive!

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9th SEPTEMBER - Monday

Got to the charity shop in good time. A fairly quiet morning followed but all the staff were on good form and we had a great time.

Came home and made a start on eBay orders which I took down to the Post Office mid-afternoon.

Bobbie came round early evening to make use of the internet and Andy called in after she had returned home.

Pain still at very high levels but I'm just trying to ignore it.

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8th SEPTEMBER - SUNDAY

A very good day, for a Sunday.  Spent the morning tidying up in my workroom. Andrea called in late morning for me to do some printing for her.

Popped into Bedworth to draw out some Paypal money and noticed that Domino's Pizza was open and so I decided to buy myself a small ham and pineapple pizza - it was delicious!  I sat and enjoyed it on a bench in a deserted All Saints Square.  Made a very pleasant change.

From Bedworth I drove over to Michael's where I picked up a fair few bits and pieces for the charity shop tomorrow.

Washed and ironed all my bedding tonight, as well as ironing a shirt for the shop in the morning.

Still feeling positive and winning the battle over constant pain.

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7th SEPTEMBER - Saturday

Woke in a mood to sing, so did some singing in the morning and surveyed the new day with a sense of optimism and expectation.

Michael and I set off for Nuneaton around 11 and indulged ourselves in the usual, but enjoyable, Saturday routine.

After Michael left around 2 I busied myself with a few eBay orders.  The rest of the day passed off with few surprises.

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6th SEPTEMBER - Friday

A much better day, despite the grey morning and rain.  Car failed its MOT on quite a number of small but expensive points.  Hey ho.

Richard was here when I got back home and was set about making up ebay kits and line cords, what a star!

Made a meat pie for dinner which Michael and I both enjoyed - and Speckle had a little bit too ;).

It's 1 a.m. and I'm surrounded by a workroom characterised by seeming chaos but is simply the result of lots of printing, telephone conversion kit making and general busyness - tomorrow is another day and it can all very soon be sorted. Much like our lives really I guess, Succeeding in bringing some order out of chaos can often be a daily plan and certainly a challenge.  Here's hoping I continue to rise to it and not be overwhelmed by its complexity and diversity.

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5th SEPTEMBER - Thursday

The day began well with an amusing call to Swinton Insurance who blew Saga out of the water with their car insurance quote!  Spoke with Marcus who was really switched on and the whole experience was a delight - PLUS I get a MEERKAT!

The charity shop was steady this afternoon but met some lovely people.
Two ladies brought in some flyers and this one really made me think - I will definitely be going and I hope lots of Bedworth people will join me!


 


Made a start on today's eBay orders as soon as I got home and managed to complete most of them. Pain is the issue though.  Today I just feel like giving up it is so intrusive and restrictive.

Took eBay items down to the post office late afternoon.

Early evening.  Sitting here in my workroom looking out of the window at my front garden which so bad