26-Apr-2015 Busy Times

calendarA week has flown by since our previous blog… can’t believe it’s seven days already. And why is time flying by so fast? Well, because we’ve hardly stopped to draw breath – every day we’ve had something scheduled in the calendar, and then there’s the usual myriad of stuff that just pops up unscheduled but which needs attention too.

On the non-musical front we began the week with a visit to see Jimmy’s son, Lyndon. It was good to catch up on all manner of things – work, personal, holidays, health, music, future plans – and to tuck into a lovely pub lunch with proper chips… none of your dainty French fries, just proper chunky real chips. Next day we popped over to Morpeth for a long overdue visit to some friends. Wednesday we were back in Morpeth sorting out some stuff with the Solicitors where Val does some occasional temping, and from there we headed up to Hebron to see Jim & Allyson and catch up on their recent holiday, do some computer stuff and have a relaxed lunchtime snack. Then after being at home for only a couple of hours or so we drove to Prudhoe for a committee meeting for the Prudhoe Arts Week and Fayre etc.

By Thursday we were ready for our music fix and set off for the Low Lights Tavern in North Shields to see Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby. As well as being wonderful musicians, writers and performers they are two of the nicest, genuine people you could ever hope to meet. We count ourselves as very fortunate to know them. At the Low Lights we also had a chance to catch up with some of Cramlington Folk Club crew and fellow singer/songwriter Dave Anderson. On Friday we played to around 90 people at a fundraiser for the Prudhoe Arts week – it was a triple header – jiva, the Cherry Pickers, and local rock band Jade… it was L O U D. Even the gentle jiva blend was pushed through a hefty PA which left our ears ringing. But it was a grand night, and a good amount was raised through ticket sales and raffle etc. Saturday saw our final performance of the week – an acoustic evening organised by John Jeffrey at the Comrades Club in Whitley bay. What a contrast to the night before! Acoustic guitars, mandolin, vocals, flute, and Val’s uBass was the only thing needing to be plugged in. A really nice night with the chance to chat among friends and swap news.

And today? Well, we’re expecting Anthony John and Julia to arrive soon to get the design process underway for the artwork for his new album. Should be a fun day! Another lovely couple that we are fortunate to count as friends, it’s always a joy to have them visit.

Oh yes, definitely, life is good


And so, the promised health updates: two things to report.

On Monday 27th Jimmy has an appointment with a specialist to discuss the current situation, and to explain to us about the next step.

On Thursday 30th the next step actually happens – Jimmy is booked in for an Endoscopic Ultrasound Scan where they’ll put a tube down his throat and wiggle it about a bit to get to where they want it inside him, and then they’ll do a scan from the inside. Isn’t technology amazing? He’ll be slightly sedated for this, and they warn he may feel a bit dozey or dopey afterwards… wonder if we’ll be able to tell the difference?

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