Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Meet the Parents

I have been really enjoying the glorious weather the last few weeks, although it is a pain being at work during the day. I have conceded to the weather by wearing chinos and polo shirts rather than the usual suit, shirt and tie combo – I must admit to feeling a bit casual, but I can live with that. My hospital is still going through the post merger restructuring so there is a little part of me that thinks I should be suited and booted at all times – but it is way too hot to be wearing a wool suit (I know sheep never look too hot, but they don't have to chair meetings or chase around the county making sure there are enough beds open!)

My parents were visiting this weekend – including the first meeting with my partner's parents. We have been together for about 5 years (or so) and in our house for the last 3, but our folks have never met. It went well and they seemed to get on very well. We mat at our house and went out for lunch to the Barn, which is always a great meal. I was a bit off colour and not the most scintillating company, but my partner kept everything rolling along. By the time we had come back and had a cool drink in the garden I was exhausted.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006


I have been doing some spring-cleaning on the blog – really I should be updating the whole thing and linking to my website that has never got past its infancy, but the weather is way too good for that. Time to update a few links before enjoying the last of the sun.

Anyway, it is goodbye to Honeytom, Welshcake and Jamie4U who have gone the way of others before them. Honeytom was a good read and I am sure he will be back in some guise in the future.

Welcome back to Rob who has started posting again and Brechi who has returned after time away.

Also welcome is JB, who I have followed for a while but never got around to linking.

Let me know what are your favourite blogs. Jay x

Monday, July 03, 2006

Up my street

We have had a lovely weekend with my brother, his girlfriend and my 18 month niece staying. It has been glorious weather and we have been outside most of the time. On Saturday there was a pre-school summer fete, at the church hall round the corner, so we took my niece along where I ended up buying a toy Dyson vacuum cleaner for her (I know it is cyclonic or whatever rather than a vacuum but…) She went for this straight away and it was amazing that a lot of the children went for the domestic toys – ironing boards, tea sets etc, even the little boys were very happy pushing their prams around.

As we arrived we met the lovely middle class earth-mother from up the street with her two children, then we bumped into the organiser who is also a neighbour. On our way out the vicar stopped for a chat – she is lovely and we have met her before. Circling the block home we decided to visit the local cows, but my niece was asleep by the time we got there. We then saw some friends out with their baby and waved at few other familiar faces. I was pleased my brother’s girlfriend got to see that we are settled in the neighbourhood and although we are close to town we still have a village feel – not quite the Archers but…

Speaking of which – it was fairly dramatic yesterday when Adam and Ian had a rocky moment over Adam’s apparent unwillingness to discuss fathering a child (although Mads sounds as awful as the awful Siobhan that Brian ‘dallied’ with). It is another sign of the progress in Britain in accepting gay men that this can be a major storyline in the Archers without a blink of an eye. It was handled just as any other difficulty in a relationship would be, with the fact that the partners are both men very much a small issue.