We awoke to this on Saturday morning....
This of course put paid to the plan to go to Belper to see the Nailers take on Newcastle Town FC. Instead, spent the morning clearing the drive and then nipped to the supermarket. That about sums up Saturday.
I booked a day off on Friday and we went to Bakewell for a stroll around the shops - the Duchess wanted to "test" her leg/hip! She did very well with just one crutch and my arm for support. I took some pictures. Here's a couple:
And another great "Foxhouse Sunset" on the way home:
A grand day and the next plan was football Saturday then drive into Sheffield on Sunday (today) and park for free (cos it's Sunday) and let the Duchess have a wander around the shops in the city. Snow put paid to that one too. She really is doing very well and is getting around the house now without crutches. The only remaining problem is she's going a little "stir-crazy" which is why trips out were planned!
Anyway - the weather forecast is for this lot to extend almost to next weekend so I don't think we'll be straying very far. This is creating a certain panic because the Duchess likes to browse the shops looking for Christmas presents. She's fretting about the fact that Christmas is coming fast so she needs to hop to it (hop to it - geddit??!! Oh - Never mind!)
Not a lot has happened over the last 2 weeks which is basically why you've not heard from me. That and the fact I ain't been at my best - for reasons which can't be discussed here. Still, life goes on and I suppose I just have to get on with it - however frustrated and unhappy I might be with a particular situation.
Back to football and it looks like Sheffield Wednesday have been saved from the abyss by Milan Mandaric who has agreed a deal to buy the club. As a consequence, about £25 million of debt will be wiped out and a new start made. This, on the back of a 6-game unbeaten run and progress to the 3rd Round of the FA Cup has lifted the spirits of the Hillsborough faithful. Here's hoping it is truly a new beginning.
Not much to report on the Belper Town front. They progressed to the next round of the Presidents Cup with a 6-0 trouncing of Lincoln Utd. We didn't go - too long a trip for the Duchess "on one leg" and after I'd endured a full day at work. We didn't got to the last fixture either - away at Kidsgrove when a weakened Belper side lost 4-2 - the home team scoring twice in the last 3 minutes to take the points. A little late I know but as ever - Tim Harrisons album from the Kidsgrove game is well worth a look:
As I said, yesterday's game was cancelled because of the snow and given the forecast, I doubt Tuesday evenings home game against high-flying Barwell will take place either. We'll have to see.
Not much else to tell you - apart from the fact our son and his wife are coming to Sheffield for Christmas!! Arriving Dec 18th and leaving us Dec 27th - a whole 9 days or so. Can't wait. It'll be great to see them both again and the Duchess and our daughter in law can compare operation notes - our son's wife has just had a gall stone removed.!
Anyway - thats about it for now - I'll leave you with another "snow view":
"Doesn't it look pretty in the sunshine" sez the Duchess. "Erm! No it bloody doesn't!" sez I (I hate winter BTW.)