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Published: August 31st 2018
Kath and Albert have a full house. In addition to the pet budgie they have us staying with them and this morning the gerbils from next door were dropped off because the neighbours are going away for the Bank Holiday long weekend. Creating even more chaos was a builder in the entry hall busy replacing the front window. The window guy replaced the front door yesterday while we were out and about ... at the same time as the plumber was back with the spare parts to fix the boiler! We missed all the activity yesterday, but have offered to hang around the house today while the front window is out because Albert has to run Kath to the hospital where she has an appointment this afternoon to have a suspicious spot cut out of her scalp.
Before Kath and Albert had to go out we popped down to the shops because Bernie had decided that he wanted to get his hair tidied up ready to go back to work on Monday. He doesn’t think we’ll have time for me to run the No.2 comb over his scalp and face because our flight doesn’t arrive in Melbourne until 9.50pm on
Sunday night. I had a bit of a look around the shops while Bernie went to the Turkish barber. Yes, Stalybridge has a Turkish barber. Colin swears by this barber ... even though he cut his father-in-law’s eyebrow open when he last went for a haircut!
Despite having heard this story, Bernie decided he would take his chances. Fortunately, Bernie returned to the car with both his eyebrows intact. He did admit though, that he declined the barber’s offer to trim them! While we were down at the shops we popped into Aldi to buy some ingredients to cook tonight and tomorrow night so that Kath doesn’t have to worry about cooking if she’s not feeling up to it after her minor surgery.
We spent the afternoon catching up on some photo processing and some travel blogging. I have to confess that I was a bit fascinated with the gerbils so I played with them a bit. I had been told that they like to chew up egg cartons and toilet rolls so I dropped a toilet roll in to see what they did with it. Phew, two gerbils can shred a toilet roll quicker than a Golden Retriever! They also came with a small container of seeds that they could be given as treats. I couldn’t resist giving them a few of these seeds. It was hard to share them out equally because the black gerbil wanted all the treats and the tan one just let the other one take its treats.
Albert was back home for a while and then headed out again to pick Kath up. The builder finished up the front window and came through to ask us about the cake that had been left for him. What? Do you know where Albert left the cake for him? Now we know that the builder was getting a cuppa every time that Albert brewed up, but cake too?? We looked at him blankly so then he said did we know where his cheque was? Oh, cheque, yeah, sure we know about the cheque.
Bernie was just getting up to get the cheque when Kath and Albert arrived home. Maybe the builder was using some strange Lancashire slang for cheque?? Although when he arrived yesterday morning I opened the door for him and he spoke a whole sentence at me, the only word of which I understood was ‘door’. I went through to tell Albert the man from next door was at the front door. Nope, he’d actually been telling me he had arrived to replace the front door.
No cards tonight because there was an important county cricket semi-final being played between Lancashire and Kent. Lancashire won tonight with about nine balls to spare. After an embarrassing loss last week in the final over of the game they redeemed themselves tonight.
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