Monday, February 15, 2016

Going home

What a weekend ...we are knackered but it was all worth it. Glasgow is fab, the Glaswegians too....hours just slip by here ...Saturday night with Tessa and David and then 12 hours in a pub yesterday with the Warren cousins reunion. What lovely people, what a lot of alcohol, what stories....

And we will be back. No question.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Last minute .....Glasgow


A week ago we had no idea that we'd be waking up in in Glasgow..but that's the power of FB I guess. A message from a longtime-no see Warren cousin and here we are in Scotland for a Warren family reunion.
A quick check on the Flybe website and tickets were booked from Exeter...a dream..flying from just down the road..no queues, no hassle ...
A quick check on airbnb ...a great little flat for the weekend ...pub, coop, pizza, train station all on our doorstep...if I could just get out of bed....a bed which is far too comfortable :)
And he is in the kitchen cooking up his long awaited square sausages....
Let the Glasgow weekend continue....

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Energia solare

Solare - lo sei sempre stato - sin dai primi giorni, il bambino che ci faceva sempre sorridere, che faceva sorridere i nostri cuori anche nei momenti piu' brutti....e ora, anche a 18 anni, e' sempre cosi. Ieri, sono stata a fare l'ultimo ricevimento della mia vita da mamma ...Thomas ormai si sta per laureare e tu stai per iniziare la vita che ti portera' tanta gioia e soddisfazione. Ieri, al College, tutti i tuoi insegnanti hanno detta la stessa identica cosa.... sei solare, hai un energia unico...entri in aula e l'energia della classe si alza. Hai presenza, e non soltanto sul palcoscenico. La gente ci chiede da dove viene quest'energia, a chi assomigli, e ne' papa', ne' io abbiamo una risposta. Sei unico, sei la tua persona, everything about you is just so simply you.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Not an optional extra

I have to walk, it is the only thing that seems to help the difficult moods...the difficult moods which I live in my head and which Robert has to deal with as they come in.... I can feel the black clouds gathering and this is all that seems to help...

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The week that was...

One of my special presents...for those of us who can't remember the name of their own road....
apparently something to do with how I am wired 
...the week that saw the boys drive up to Liverpool for the long awaited FA Cup replay.....along with the other 5998 Exeter fans. I could have gone, we could have got an extra ticket, the hotel was already paid for, I could have taken my work with me but actually.....I quite fanicied having the house to myself. Of course I hadn't banked on being poorly but really, even if I wasn't feeling up to much, the quiet in the house was good, just for one night...and they had a geat night...Robert and leo got to hang out, Leo was able to hear a scouser accent for the first time, he experienced "up north", and they both enjoyed all of the (frankly quite bizarre) Exeter chants ...and yes, they lost, but fun was had....so result.

...the week that saw me drive to the hospital in Bristol with my mum. A meeting which had been dreaded..cochlear implant yes, or no. The specailst we saw was fantastic.... the NHS certainly has all the problems we know about but on a very personal level, I can only sawy that everyone we have dealt with in the NHS over the last 18 months....and there have been many, for many varied reaosns, have all been fantastic. This girl looked about 12....I thought she was on a work placement...she wasn't. She carried out an incredible 3 hour assessment and then gave the verdict...no implant just yet. Relief, It will happen, But not right now. So mother was able to jet off to her South American cruise without it hanging over her head.. Thank you NHS.

...the week I sat in the car and had Leo drive me around. A bit weird...we have a Volvo estate automatic so not ideal for learning to drive, or we have the left-hand drive Panda...not ideal either...but that's what we have  - and he was good. All in all a much better experience than sitting in the car in Italy while Thomas was learning....stressful does not even come close. But driving around the Devon lanes with Leo was fine, actually more than fine, it was fun.


...the week that saw me turn 49. And the week that saw me receive my first ever card from Robert (together 15 years, ..). I had a card, I had some gifts, and a cake...which he made. It made me happy.



And Leo gave me his time (and a gift) but his time was the biggest gift. We drove off into deepest Devon to a community hall to see an amateur dramatic performanc of a Pantomime...and it was outstanding ....a bit surreal....sitting in a Primary School hall, waiting for a Panto, with Leo ..and watching the locals buy their bottle of wine and beer (all in the school hall) ..at 2.30 on a Saturday afternoon...I guess this is Devon.