Trouble with Fiona at The Offord Riding School today; My fees were only due today after all and there was no reason for her to be fussing

I struggled to wake this morning after retiring day yesterday and on a cool and drizzly day. As Di set off to Cambridge to collect the girls, I worked at home before collecting Debbie from horse riding and paying her riding bills.

A collision between two oil tankers off Humberside left a 140 mi² oil slick and the Labour Party has warned that they would freeze dividends on water shares after privatisation and rigorously regulate all the nationalised utilities.

I slept very well on a night that was cooler and quite drizzly and a day that continued dull and showery.  Before long, it seems that Diana was waking me up having announced that I already enjoyed half an hour’s lay in! I struggled to get up, still quite tired from the exertions and driving of the night before. I was a little late down to breakfast, where there was only Diana and Daniel to join us as the girls were with Mrs Jackson.

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Then Di set off to collect them from Cambridge and I caught up with reading the local papers and extracting the press cuttings. We had lunch and then I sorted out all of my parts and components from my old tool box into the two tool trays that I had got from the boat show. This afternoon, Debbie rang up from horse riding and we all went over to collect her and tried to see Fiona. After trying the riding school, the old cottage in Buckden we found at home in Manor Farmhouse, Offord, after all. I stayed a while and sorted out my account with her and arrangements for lessons and livery for the coming winter, but it took some time. My fees were only due today after all and there was no reason for her to be fussing. Daniel drove us there and home and then I had to look over Debbie’s bike and serviced it for the start of her cycling proficiency lesson at school tomorrow. More sorting out of my ‘bits-and-pieces’ after tea and then an evening of phone calls and organisation ahead of what promises to be quite a busy week.

The news tonight is of a collision between two oil tankers off Humberside. As one was carrying petrol, fire and explosion followed and crews are now fighting a huge oil slick but nobody perished. This now covers 140 mi². The Labour Party has warned that they would freeze dividends on water shares after privatisation. The same may apply to gas, electricity and telecom and they would be brought under rigorous regulation. These cannot be viewed as hollow threats as Labour are holding a significant lead in the opinion polls.