Now that Winter is (hopefully) nearly over we can look forward to visits from family and friends  in the coming months.

It looks like a busy time ahead with Daphne and Johnny due to arrive tomorrow – together with the chimney sweep, who was supposed to come on Tuesday morning but he rang at the last minute and changed his rendezvous to Friday. Oh well, it saved me worrying too much about (not)  dusting the living room.

Bear is suffering from a bad back. Something clicked when he lifted the toilet seat, and he can hardly move without yelping in pain. I’m also concerned about his driving now that I realise how bad his eyesight is getting. We went to the opthalmologist last week and I was stunned to find that he couldn’t make out a rather large E –  he thought it was a square.

It means that I’ll have to pluck up the courage to take the wheel when we go out with Daphne and Johnny. He drives all day at work and doesn’t like driving during his holiday. However, if my driving makes him nervous he’ll have to take over.

After two days of almost Summer temperatures – 21 degrees – it has turned cold again. The short burst of enthusiasm for gardening has been blown away by the chill wind and so there’s no hope of clearingthe enormous pile of branches in the middle of the garden – which is all that remains of four conifers  – before our visitors come.

It was a shame to cut down the trees but Willow, our youngest and most agile cat learned how to climb up them and jump over into Claudine’s garden. The only problem was that it wasn’t so easy for her to get back and it meant going next door to rescue her.

I don’t like the idea of chopping down trees withut replacing them so I’ve bought two more fruit trees. Hopefully I’ll be able to get two more next year.

At Easter we’ll welcome Rosemary and in May Wendy is coming over with her husband, son and his girlfriend so that means I’ll see all three of my sisters.

In June we’re expecting a friend of Jay’s from America and in July a friend of mine from college days and our friends from Norfolk who come every year (but not all at the same time).

It will be lovely to see them all but I may be ready for a ‘holiday at home’ in August.

14 Responses to “Visitors”

  1. Vagabonde Says:

    I feel bad about your trees so I understand how you must have felt. Our two cats stay indoors all the time. The vet told us it’s better and they will live longer and be healthier. My daughter’s cat lived to be 22 years old, which I saw in human age is 104. Hope your spring picks up soon.

    • sablonneuse Says:

      Some of our cats prefer to stay indoors but Willow, Parsley and Toby are really unhappy if they can’t go outside to play. Toby is about 17 and has always been an ‘outdoor’ cat, enjoying hunting and prowling around a wide area. He feels cramped in our garden but I don’t want our cats annoying the neighbours or risking getting run over or poisoned .

  2. tillylil Says:

    Enjoy your visitors coming Sandy.

  3. Little old me Says:

    and come winter you will need a rest! I hate trees being cut down, it seems to be the thing at the moment here. All the gardens have had there trees cut or removed. MINE ARE STAYING!

  4. Pat Says:

    You are going to be busy. Encourage your guests to help – especially family and don’t worry too much about dusting. The lesson I have learned is guests don’t expect perfection and a relaxed hostess is priceless.

    • sablonneuse Says:

      CC and Jay always help with the cooking and clearing up when we have guests and they also entertained Dahne and Johnny while I was teaching.

  5. Keith Says:

    I hate to see trees cut down too. We had some young trees in the town centre and they were just coming into their own when the council decided to remove them. God knows why! Click to see the before, and after effect.

  6. Keith Says:

    My comment, which was awaiting moderation, has disappeared. Why is that?

  7. Keith Says:

    Sorry it has just reappeared. Strange. . . . .

    • sablonneuse Says:

      It’s a great shame when trees in a town are cut down – especially for no good reason. As for your comment I have no idea why it went for moderation. is it that long since you’ve visited, Keith?

  8. guyana gyal Says:

    Nothing nicer than house-guests who help out!

    • sablonneuse Says:

      Well, if I were ever to manage to come and see you (fat chance though!) I’d be more than willing to give you a hand, G-G.

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