Our Times in Leicestershire
Shepshed Edition December 01
In response to a request on the Tandem
Club web site, we had Gaélle, stay with us since March until just before
Gaélle enrolled at
For our main holiday this year we went to St Malo in
Bretange. Our trip coincided with
Bastille Day. Ceri and I rode into the
old town to see the fireworks and had a grandstand position right in front of
The weather we had was mixed with some heavy rain especially when we went to the far west, to Pointe de Penhir in Finistère. The weather was just like that announced on the shipping forecast on the Home Service. When we walked the cliff tops Ceri clung to me for her life.
Ceri Goes Green at the gills
The choice of St Malo was influenced by the proximity of
Ceri has showers voluntarily!!
One advantage of having a chic Parisian stay with us is Gaélle has been a good influence on Ceri. No longer do we have to drag Ceri kicking and screaming into the bathroom.
Ceri has taste for Cider!
Tandem 2001 was in the heart of cider country,
Herefordshire this year. We spent a week
Confessions made at Work
Early in the year a work colleague came into my office, shut the door and secretly confessed his passion for railways. As a consequence of that confession I have now been on several “Jolly Boys” outings with him and another colleague from work. The first trip was to visit the Croydon Tram system in June. During this trip the second colleague made it known that he did not want people at work to know he was on this trip, so I now refer to him as Harry Lime. For our most recent trip we followed up our Croydon trip by riding over the complete Manchester Tram system.
Ceri Prefers Skool Trips!
Ceri went on a school trip to an adventure camp at
May Day sunbathing!
We went to the annual Blaxhall camping weekend at Mayday
and introduced our friends Lynda, George and baby Helen to the delights of
Car breaks down
On the way back from Blaxhall we blew a head gasket in the car, on the old A14 between Royston and Huntington. We ended up on the Old A14 as I took a wrong turn where the A14 joins the M11. Our friends made the same mistake and they took Ceri and Ann home whilst George and I waited for the RAC and were “recovered”, taken home with the car aboard a truck.
Gaélle shocked by Night Life
As we were without the car for 3 weeks awaiting its repair, we used the bus to go into Loughborough with Gaélle one Saturday night. On the way she commented on local fashions as follows: “in Paris we would call her a bitch”, and whilst waiting for the last bus back she was given the full picture of nightlife for the young, laughing on the pavement (see Barry Mckenie films or ask Philip) and oral tonsillectomies.
Ceri is now in year 7. She did her STATs in May and did well. She suffered a bit at the start of term by the classes being mixed up a bit. After that settled down, Ceri is really enjoying skool, so much so that she got really upset when I suggested taking time out of skool next year for a holiday.
Ceri has been involved with the Skool paper. One perk is she got to see Harry Potter for free in the first week of showing in Loughborough. As a fund raiser for the mag they had a disco and Ceri won the fancy dress as the Grim Reaper. She won a box of chocolates as a prize and according to her quote in the skoolmag her dad eat all of them.
Ceri is still very active musically with the piano and flute. She has lessons for both and also is continuing with the Shepshed Community Band. Shepshed Community Band entered the Young Musician of the Year Competition. They got to the Leicestershire regional final.
In addition whilst on holiday we got Ceri a Bombarde, a traditional Breton instrument. This is a cross between a recorder, tin whistle, oboe and clarinet. Ceri has struggled to blow a note on it, but hopefully she will manage soon, otherwise there will be Bombarde for sale advertised in this journal next year!
I have changed scales slightly and have now moved from 7mm O16.5 to On30, ie US O gauge, 30 inch gauge, running on HO track. Ceri and I are looking to produce some modular layouts next year in that scale. In addition Ceri and I have both been active with the Local Black Diamonds HO group. I now produce their news letter. At regional meets Ceri makes herself very useful selling raffle tickets, especially at the NMRA British region convention where with the help of two other friends they nearly trebled the expected income for the raffle!
Things wearing out
After putting off the job of outside maintenance for 8 years we finally replaced our windows and cladding with plastic. It was a case of having to, the front bay window was more softwood than hard. Our old PC kept crashing during the year so in October we bit the bullet and brought a new one. In true Microsoft fashion we still get problems with the PC locking up despite having the latest software, or is it because of it!!!
Ceri goes to Sweden
Ceri went to the International Guide camp at Stanford Hall
this year. It was all off 8 miles from
home!!! They had Scouts and Guides from
all over the world attending. The camp
was set up in sub camps, each named after a country, and Ceri was in
With France, Guide Camp, Tandem 2001, Nannies and trips to Quorn, Ceri hardly saw her bed in the summer hols this year.
At the end of April we went to Centre Parcs in
Quorn Cycle camping
With F&M and car break down in May we did not get as far a field as in past years. However we made up for this by having numerous cycle camping trips to Quorn, either by ourselves or with friends. Quorn is just under 10 miles. It is only a small site, but is a superb location and has a friendly farmer and dogs.
Ceri Abseils with no fear
Ceri was introduced
to wall climbing on her skool trip. In
the early summer we visited our friends in
Romway Close Bakery
Early in the year we brought a bread maker. It has proved very useful. I no longer buy cobs for lunch etc, as I now
make my own. We use ours most of the
time to make dough, but at present we haven’t found a recipe to make
Hi yes I’m still here, I’m the one that don’t do anything interesting. I am now a Learning Support Assistance at Ceri’s school in addition to Lunchtime Support Assistance.(LSA - Lazy supp’). In January I go on a course to further my job as classroom assistant. I look after boys and girls who have a wide range of troubles. I have good experience as I have two trouble makers at home. As part of the Lunchtime role I work with 4 children who cannot mix with other children, we play games and have a room of our own. That’s not a job, it is fun. I am still Brown Owl and the pack is going from strength to strength. I now have a full pack plus 5 other adult leaders. Not bad, as when I took over I had 6 Brownies and 3 helpers.
We hope that you enjoyed our late newsletter. Being busy with other things we did not get this ready in time to go out with Christmas cards. By the number of comments about the lack of news letter, you all must miss the tales of our dull life up north, or are wondering if we are joining the great modern institution of S&D.