Monday… gloomy evenings are here again!

Having been (gently) taken to task about updating, it is time for an update on last week!

The ECP was uneventful, and becoming almost routine. However I was supposed to see the consultant dermatologist on Monday after the first session – only to find that the appointment had been moved. I was on a large kit – takes more blood over fewer cycles, but the risk that people with low blood pressure (like me) can feel faint. Fortunately I was OK! This was also the first session in the new day centre, on the second floor at St Thomas’s. Nicely fitted out – but the views aren’t as good. The old ward on the 12th floor is being refitted as a swine ‘flu isolation ward.

I had a meeting locally on Wednesday before heading back to Corsham for the rest of the week. I stayed up on Friday night before heading over towards Milton Keynes to visit Bletchley Park – home of the WW2 codebreakers. I have been before but this time I was in a group of like minded people and it was, as before, an excellent day out and highly recommended! Best of all, the ticket is valid for a year – and there is too much to see in one visit!

I hope you all remembered to put your clocks back on Sunday morning! We ‘celebrated’ with the first open fire of the season on Sunday afternoon – but it was good to wake up in twilight this morning!

Onwards and Upwards!

11 Responses to “Monday… gloomy evenings are here again!”

  1. Gillian on 27 Oct 2009 at 8:22 pm #

    I remembered to put my clocks back, but it doesn’t seem to be getting any lighter in the mornings 🙁

    Not sure you need your fire at the moment – far too warm, time to get the BBQ out again


  2. Peter on 28 Oct 2009 at 7:09 am #

    It was cold and gloomy on Sunday! Especially after 5ish! I suppose Richard is Riojing around the clock at the moment! 🙂

  3. Gillian on 30 Oct 2009 at 8:29 pm #

    looks like rain is coming in for the weekend…. just enough to dampen the bonfires. Richard is definitely in the right place – lets hope he hasn’t hit the karoke bars with his version of Barcelona 😉


  4. Richard on 03 Nov 2009 at 11:27 am #

    ! Hola !

    Back to the rain this morning.

    Interesting place Barcelona.

    The tourist areas are subject to warnings about thieves and robbers and the taxi driver warned us not to go out with the children after midnight.

    Let’s get the negatives out of the way……..on the Metro the family were surrounded on a train by a gang of gypsies penning them in near a door. I had got on separately as we were suspicious and was able to call them away so no ‘attack’ or bag snatching.

    The food was a little expensive and as we were on foot it took a little effort to find the less touristy places to eat.

    The architecture is great and they have a very brace attitude to public art including things like the street lamps.

    The influence of Gaudi is everywhere and the La Sagrada Familia truly remarkable.

    As we were there to principally to see relations from Oz who we had not seen for 8 years nothing else mattered and just roaming about, sitting, eating, drinking and chatting was great.

    No Pimm’s though…………Winter or otherwise.

    The weather was just right, dry and sunny without being too hot and the pound being at near parity with the euro meant shopping was easy to understand.

    Well worth a visit.

    Interestingly and just serendipity out apartment was over a fish and chip shop owned by two English girls, the only Chippy in Barcelona they said, not that we had or wanted fish and chips but the beer was ok and it was useful to have someone to ask about local issues, like the best local bakers.

    There was quite a party on Halloween.

    Good to be back though as we have things that need to be done including daughter number 2 finding a job in marketing.

    Hope you are all well and prepared for the next festival. Guys to the front…………

    Shopping now due for groceries.


  5. Gillian on 03 Nov 2009 at 9:31 pm #

    Hola Richard – nice to have you back, it’s been a bit quiet without you!

    Not ever been to Barcelona, although I have heard you have to be a bit careful of some of the locals.

    How’s the body clock doing, my recollection of going to Madrid is eating really really late late at night (hence the need for siestas!)


  6. Richard on 04 Nov 2009 at 7:55 am #

    Sangria helps!!

    Well it did whilst there it is not the same at home unless mixed carefully to your own recipe.

    Madrid and Lisbon are on the list to see but not this time of year as Madrid can be very cold. Perhaps a City Break in the Spring.

    Looking out of the window it is depressing to see that the grass needs cutting and there are enough leaves on the drive to fill the new compost bins. But the Sun shines (apparently a cold light here 🙂 )

    Trusting you are all well and fasting to make room for the Christmas binge. We really should know better although Peter could do will the calories I suspect.

    Good to be back, as always.


  7. Gillian on 04 Nov 2009 at 9:08 pm #

    where there’s a will there’s a way I suspect! Lots of tapas and fino sherry.

    Soon be time to make the christmas cake and other goodies in preparation for the siege



  8. Richard on 04 Nov 2009 at 11:55 pm #

    Ah, The Siege, 1936 and the 5th Column.

    Richard xox

  9. Gillian on 05 Nov 2009 at 7:24 pm #

    were there fireworks to celebrate? Or just the rioja?

  10. Richard on 05 Nov 2009 at 10:08 pm #

    Main fireworks are on Sunday with a large bonfire, no Guy though.

    Back on Winter Pimm’s etc

  11. Gillian on 07 Nov 2009 at 7:44 pm #

    Celebrating the big bird? or just the Guy? Surely hot chocolate, marshmallows and a slug of brandy 😉

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