Sunday, October 29, 2006

Plans, Plans, Plans....

Friday was one of those good days you occasionally get in life. Suzie left for work, I found inspiration for our assembly at school and had a pretty chilled out day wandering around London.

Weather was great as I wandered down to Hertford East station - caught train to Liverpool Street, then tube and Docklands Light to Greenwich Cutty Sark. Felt like the little children who were in the carriage with me - excited at moving on a train without a driver!!

Had a wander around the craft market - nothing changes since last time there, same stalls selling same crud at inflated prices. Tried some Sushi for the first time - not bad, very salty but will give it a go again. Thence to Goddard's Pie House...

for the yummy pie and liquor..

Caught boat thence towards The Tower. Been discussing Pepys with the children at school and went cruising past one of the places on the bank he would still recognise - the Naval College.

Mind you, he would completely bamboozled by the opposite bank!!

walked from The Tower (was thinking of going in BUT they wanted £15 - no way hozay) along to The Monument - killed myself walking UP IT - all 202 feet and 311 steps. - worth it though...
Few beers in the evening at Margaret's benefit dance rounded off a good day.
Saturday 28th
Nervous drive to VicarageRoad = didn't expect anything from game and after the way we played on Tuesday thought it would be really poor game. Wrong, thoroughly deserved draw... mind you should have been a win as Ashleigh'sgoal WAS on side...
Fish and Chip supper at Suzie's dancing club rounded off a good couple of days - now to plan for school.....
Sunday 29th.

Today, we shall (possibly....)

  • Search for Suzie's birth certificate (which is in a 'box' somewhere....)
  • Wander around a couple of boot sales,
  • have a relaxing lunch - not sure what yet, but the pudding HAS to be rhubarb crumble using Auntie Joyce's rhubarb.
  • Watch TV (West Ham NEED to lose again..)and prepare for going back to work hoo still haven't won the lottery!!

As for my present reading - couldn't get Iris Murdoch, but browsin library found Hemingway's 'A Farewell To Arms' and reading that.

Also just finished 'James Boswell 1740 - 1795 The Scottish Perspective'.

This gave me a strange feeling - I've been reading chronologically the published journals by Yale University. It was readingBoswell's London Journal 1762-1763 (1950) that really introduced him to me, although I had heard about him and his Biography of Johnson. Took a liking to him straight away, the way he describes those around him (even if he is very egocentric...) and since then have spent a considerable amount of time and money trying to track down all the published work. Suzie presented me with a First Edition of An Account of Corsica (1768). At present I am in process of reading Boswell for the Defence 1769-1774 (1960) , decided to read some of the other 'Boswellia' I've gathered, hence The Scottish Perspective. When I came to his death in 1795 - it was as if somebody I'd become close to left long before their time - quite sad really, a link broken almost. In my wish list you'll find some of Boswell's writing.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Half - term...

what have we done then? Not a lot (although Janice will be exceedingly glad to know the loo door is fixed...), booked Mother's birthday pressie - going to see The Mousetrap ( on 21st Dec - should be fun.

We'll have to go to THE traditional restaurant this year, (lovely little Italian just off The Strand )relive the good times in the past - celebrate Barbara - not mourn and have a bottle of wine for her, she'll enjoy that.

Been busy getting all cybered up = set up our own little web site - I'm sure all you techno's out there could do something much more exotic- but it'll come.

What 's the plan for the rest of today then - (think I'll try and keep this up to date on a daily basis even if I don't manage to pan it out much!!).

  • Get dressed would be a good idea - quite sure Bengeo doesn't want to see a podgy middle aged bloke wandering around the village with just a towel on (bath was GOOOOD).
  • Pop to shop - get victuals for brekkies (well lunch then).
  • Wander off to Hoddesdon to get Iris Murdoch's 'The Sea, the Sea' - going to read all the past Booker Prize winners ( and after a quick search of the local library catalogue this is the earliest one available without having to reserve.
  • GOT to plan for next week at school - helps if you know what you're doing!!
  • Badminton, Beer and Kebab.

Tomorrow off to London. Think it'll be Greenwich (market and Pie and Mash)and then The Courtauld Institute Gallery followed by a quick beer on the river, then to meet Suzie at Mother's.

We're going to benefit dance for one of our Teaching Assistants (Margaret) - hubby has cancer of the throat and his sick pay is cobblers - lots of drinking then!!

Monday, October 23, 2006

What the f.....
Just joined the 'cyber' society of the yahoo chat rooms - and as the line say's, what the f... is going on there?  Either I'm very slow or my life hasn't been as sad as I thought it is!!  Lots of extremely weird names, so have taken myself to the '50's' room - bonkers!!
A pleasant weekend has been had by all - Suzie went dancing and I went to chill at Hertford ( they won - see . )  As for the Golden Boys - drew nil all away at Charlton.  Not encouraging - going to see them on Tuesday in League Cup against Hull - MUST win...
Not sure what we're supposed to use these blogs for - need to read some more to get the feel of what it is I'm doing here.  I've glimpsed articles and bits on tv news about how people have used them to change lives - if i was that ambituous I'd have tried harder in y life... Don't fanatically want to write about my daily life at school, but mught try to put in the more funny bits (if I can remember them - seeing as dementia appears to be setting in early)
talking of forgetting - Baby daughter was 26 on Sat - WOW!! Didn't forget her birthday - just the card - it's on it's way now though.  AND if you're looking Debs - you're the baby baby daughter!!
Night night Jon Boy

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Where are we....

It's been a while, but as there's been no one around to read or add, couldn't be bothered to carry on with this, but let's give it another go.

Not that I haven't been keeping diary, aka James Boswell, ( )over the summer. Kept a detailed log of our hols and I'll perhaps put it on line here.

So, where are we....

Well Watford are not doing so well BUT since my last epislte we've managed to glory our way into the Premiership and if you want to know more about that read this I couldn't put it any better...What a day.

Some things don't change in life - whilst jotting this I'm watching England v Australia !! We were doing well, but the ozzies are clawing their way back into it (ICC World Cup in India - both need to win to stay in).

We're fine - both enjoying work (I know - shame on us!!) But wouldn't complain if we won the lottery though...)

We've planned our hols for next year - Germany for Christmas, Paignton in May and then off to the Antipodes for the summer (New Zealand - if you can get me in a plane that is!!)

So - what next? Well simple - football and hair do's are the order of today.