Phew, that was a busy weekend, but a really good one it has to be said. Only a little disappointed it didn't leave us exhausted enough to sleep very well last night, and we had to get up early to take the car in for its birthday service. The garage has just phoned though, only two hours after we dropped the car off, to say it's done, including having the rear windscreen washer fixed, and for substantially less than the service menu said, so that's really not bad at all.
Saturday was mainly spent visiting people, and being visited - dropping in on Tim's Star Wars DVD themed birthday gathering in the afternoon and then having Simon, Becki and Malachi round for dinner and games in the evening. We weren't too fussed about stopping to watch the films at Tim's party so timed our visit for when there was a scheduled interval between episodes, and that worked well. We plied Simon and Becki with copious quantities of chicken fajitas and Ben & Jerry's ice-cream, Malachi mainly spending the evening asleep - and I'm sure the finer points of the food would have been lost on him anyway - and then taught them Tantrix, which went down a lot better than we had perhaps expected.
Securing our Saturday newspaper had turned out to be a bit more challenging than it should have been, going on a bit of a wild goose chase first with Katy and then on my own in the pouring rain when she ran out of energy, but I found one in Smiths in the end, so we have our weekly supply of crosswords, holiday ideas and of course the TV listings. We would have gone out earlier, but we decided we'd sort out my car insurance on Saturday morning, having obviously decided long ago not to even consider taking SEAT Insurance (a.k.a. Boncaster Ltd) up on their inevitable - and as it turned out, uncompetitive - offer given how abysmal their service has been over the past year, such that I would never again take up "free" insurance on a new car if it was administered by them. But even that turned out to be a bit of a fiasco, with the AA website losing my details and then it not being clear whether they had accepted my debit card or not, so I had to phone them anyway and the (perfectly courteous) jobsworth on the other end insisted on going through every last detail all over again rather than just checking the status of the transaction. All seems OK now though.
Sunday my parents visited for the day, and we suggested that they popped along to the end of the church meeting - as we'd expected, lots of people remembered them from the wedding which was really nice, and they were both enthused by a video appeal for a children's Christmas charity, so it was all worthwhile! We went on for lunch at Millers, but were disappointed to find that they have changed hands and although they are keeping their excellent menu - at least for the time being - they've got rid of the table service and a few other of the nice touches introduced last year. Still good as far as it went though, and the staff were most apologetic. We all went for a walk in the woods, and then returned to ours for tea and a natter, and for Dad and me to have a look at one of the radiators that was playing up. As it turned out, the radiator that had been playing up we got working fine, but another one's died now - and all very annoying given that we only had the engineer out the other day looking at the gas fire itself and we're sure he'd have checked those if we'd thought...