When you Find a Hole – Keep Digging…

Well my dear, you’d have thought that, by now, I’d know to keep my thoughts to myself!  Oh no, I share them with you, and you seem to agree that it’s a good idea.  So knowing that, do I leave the idea to meander along slowly?  Well… come on now, you certainly know me better than that!!

So then what on earth to do?  Perhaps a combination of students and retired folk living in close proximity to each other isn’t such a mad idea.  However I don’t like the idea of everyone being under a shared roof as many folk seem to want/need their own space, particularly the older generation.  I think the suggestion of a few separate buildings and shared leisure facilities may be the way ahead.  I also think that it may be advantageous to have a small café/coffee shop etc on site. 

I have had a conversation with Alex who thinks that it’s a good idea in principle; however it’s the small print which may prove more complicated.  Isn’t it always the case!!  Anyway, I’ll leave it to the experts at the moment – Alex has asked some questions and no doubt, we’ll have the answers in due course.  Whether the results are what we need is anybody’s guess.

In the meantime both of the knitting groups at the library are still proving very popular.  I still don’t seem to have found anyone to take over the running of them – everyone is more than happy to attend, as long as they don’t need to be responsible for anything! 

Mrs. M and I went to the Roasted Bean for what is becoming our habitual Monday lunch.  We only have a snack but after being out all morning with all the noise of twelve or so women talking over each other, it’s nice to sit down quietly and just have a little chat whilst enjoying a poached egg or cheese on toast.

I think that we now have everything sorted for the wedding.  Georgie and I have had a conversation about the couple of items I had overlooked – hair and make-up and we’ve decided we’re quite happy to do our own.  I don’t wear make-up and Georgie just wears a little lippy and a pale eye shadow, when she remembers, so there’s no point in spending money on things which we don’t normally concern ourselves.

Oh yes, developments here at Lavinia Court – yes, you may well laugh – there hasn’t been any progress at all.  It’s hardly a revelation as there aren’t any workmen in evidence.  The only workmen to be heard are those completing the building work at the site around the corner.  I understand that most of the activity there is now on the inside of the buildings, so from our point of view that’s a bonus, as it’s much quieter for the majority of each day.

I’ve seen both Teddy and Giselle in the past couple of days which has been lovely.  Teddy is absolutely swamped with work – she always is.  She brought Harry with her – he’s a delight and I always love seeing him.  Teddy had to rush away to an incident not far away so she left Harry with me for a couple of hours.  He is such a good boy and no trouble at all.

Giselle came yesterday for a cup of tea.  I always enjoy seeing her as she invariably makes me laugh at one thing or another.  She tells the most outrageous stories sometimes – but it’s always in good humour.  She never bad-mouths anyone, and I’m sure she keeps some of her tales for specific people who she knows won’t pass them on – what – no, I’m not going to tell you!!

So my dear, that’s the current situation.  There’s not really very much to report, but little snippets of news which may be of interest to you.  I’ll obviously update you once I have more information.  As Always –

With Love – Jan  xx 

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I'm retired, disabled and after sudden death of wonderful husband, have moved closer to my son, daughter-in-law and baby, Charlie. I live in sheltered housing at the bottom end of the scale called Independent Living. I had been in an online Knit and Natter group for a couple of years before Ian died and the members of the group were and still are a wonderful support to me. Since moving here I have now got my own little Facebook group where the members are now my friends and extended family. It was suggested that I write a blog - so here we are!!

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  1. So glad you are getting out and about and also having lots of company! I’ve been looking at student accommodation for my daughter and I’ve definitely seen some places where you can only apply if you are over 55 or under 25. I’d certainly feel happier knowing she was somewhere like that rather than in a random house on a dodgy street with who knows what living nearby.


    1. Hi Hazel – I personally think it’s a wonderful idea which is beneficial for everyone involved. Yes, it requires a little “give and take” but anything worthwhile doing needs working at in order for it to succeed. We will need to wait and see what happens. xx


  2. I do agree that mixed age communities can be a good idea, but, definitely everyone needs their own space as well communal space where there can be interaction. It’s not an easy thing to achieve though, and I’m sorry, I don’t have the answers. I leave that sort of thing to the clever people.
    I’m glad you’re having lots of company, especially Harry, that must have been lovely. The wedding seems to be sorted now, and so all you have to do is look forward to it all, and enjoy the festivities.
    Don’t forget to save some time to relax, and look after yourself how is Mrs M’s waistcoat coming on? Or has she forgotten about it.
    I look forward hearing soon. X


    1. Frances – I really agree about having separate spaces as well as communal areas where everyone can meet. I’m sure that much more thought is necessary. I’ll update you as soon as I am able. I have made progress with Mrs. M’s waistcoat but only knit it when she isn’t around so that she can’t interfere with it! xx


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