Sunday, 20 November 2016

Finally, We’re Back After Our Anus Horribilis

Well, what can we say really……..
…… except that, like our own dearly beloved Queen, we are not above having our own Anus Horribilis! It started in January and just continued to continue. In short, alongside a lot of other turmoil, we lost Uncle Stephen Granddad Colin and Granddad Jack, three very special people, in untimely and unexpected succession.  However, now isn’t the time to dwell .... it happened! All we can do is carry each one of them in our hearts and never ever fail to appreciate just how precious an "ordinary normal " day is. 
And, in the midst of this we decided, after all our planning, that we really needed to set the wheels in motion and try and sell Castle Greysquirrel and then, in turn, try to find a new abode dans Evesham, but more of that later.
In our time away a lot of good things happened too, perhaps the hugest was Darrell finally going, in real life, to the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm with Nigel.
It was emotional as you can imagine, in a totally poignant Hello Magazine type way and we were heartbroken not to have been able to share this momentous event with you. 
Eurovision-4_thumb3It was the culmination of many years of yearning for Darrell, but I have just told him that he will have to do it all again for you when a country a bit nearer than the Ukraine (who won it this year ) wins.
Then, perhaps, he could meet up with the very nice couple he met, who were sat sitting on the row in front of him.  The gentleman really couldn’t have been nicer when Darrell accidentally spilled half his Swedish Cola on the gentleman’s head! As a fellow Eurovision Obsessive the gentleman fully understood Darrell’s excitement and the fact that he really couldn’t stop himself shaking until almost half way through the contest.

Copy-of-IMG-20160514-WA0005_thumb2In April we became uncles for the second time to Young Master Bertie, who weighed in at 9lbs and 13ozs, entering the world bum first (by Caesarean) and yes, we are obsessed, and Bertie’s arrival made our intended move all the more imperative.
While we were busy selling and buying The Castle Lu was also up to her neck buying her own very lovely house, in fact, to make sure we didn’t lose our buyers, we found ourselves moving in with her for a few weeks. She is a lady of outstanding patience and kindness, who furnished us with many, many pints of hot, sweet tea as we spent many anxious moments waiting searches to be completed and questions to be answered, before finally getting the call from our solicitors to go in and sign away all our rights to The Castle. Once more it was emotional.
….. And then we had to bubble wrap for our lives.
IMG_8785_thumb3Vans were booked and loaded and all our worldly goods sent ahead to Tom and The Lovely Laura’s in Evesham, while, as I said we stayed with the Ever and Truly Patient Lu …….
Each of us bid an emotional farewell in our own way to The Castle
Watching Nigel say goodbye to his beloved fish had both Darrell and I  reaching for the kitchen roll (tissues just couldn’t cope for the deluge), but we reassured him that they would be very well looked after, in fact, they would, as we found out later be thoroughly spoilt with new pumps and stuff.

We then went outside to say goodbye to our village with its Motorworld, bus stop and Tesco Express  and made a pact, not to look back……. in the knowledge, that hopefully, in a few weeks time we would finally become bone a fido Eveshamites.


Di said...

Welcome back boys! What a year you've had. So very sorry to hear that such a lot of it has been sad - but then there were some amazingly happy things as well. And the happiest thing today is that you're back and posting! Wonderful photos and Hank and Marvin are most envious of your trip to Eurovision! Hope to see lots more of your shenanigans!

Love and huge hugs

Di xx

Mrs A. said...

Can't wait for the next installlment. Have missed you. Hugs Norm.

PharmacyMichele said...

Goodness-it seems like so much has changed . Can't wait to hear all your news about Evesham etc.
It's lovely to have you blogging again.


joanold said...

I am so sorry for your losses, but pleased that you are back. I can't wait to hear about your move.

Dianne said...

Big,no, huge Welcome Back! So sorry for the losses of those special loved ones. Keeping them in your heart will bring comfort. Bertie is the best news ever and will be keeping you super busy along with Iris; happy days ahead! Wonderful picture of newborn Bertie. Always hard to leave a place of special memories. Moving is difficult but there is so much to look forward to. As Christmas decorations have started to appear around here (so early!) I have thought about Motorworld and the knitted nativity. Evesham has a lot to live up to.
Lovely the Eurovision dream came true.....Love you, Dianne

marc said...

your come back will be amazing your be number one top of the bloggs in no time big air kiss and show biz wave Hugh

Roni said...

Woohoo!!! Glad your back! I never posted before, but always followed you guys! What a year you have had! Such a roller coaster of emulsion!

Congratulations li'l Bertie looks adorable!

Looking forward your new adventures!

Big hugs
Roni :D xox

Mr.D said...

What a year. I am sorry for your losses but huge congratulations on Bertie and all the wonderful things that have happened too.
Welcome back!

Anonymous said...

Oh Boyz - Sooooooo good to have you back - as Ronan Keating so sweetly puts it , 'Life is a Rollercoaster' - take the highs and the lows - and you are like the light at the end of a dark tunnel. You have been missed. JantheFan x