The end of a long hot summer and an autumnal edge which was a great relief for the garden and water courses. The most significant family this month was Della starting at the Kimbolton Preparatory School at the tender age of 7 with bouts of crying and just about coping with the experience but Daniel and Angela ended up falling out after his lack of consideration before he returned to the UEA.
Freda was increasing sales at Redgrave but also costs and took some reminding to get on with the work to accommodate Mum, who was getting depressed. My, own health was a worry as my cholesterol level up from 6.6 to 7.8 mmol/l and I had put on far too much weight to 14st 7lbs, some 10/11lbs heavier than before.
My plans for Heronshaw were being approved by the planning officers, My Rolls Royce was back in good shape and the Reliant reunited with its CJW 986 original number plate and given a new trailer. A good Southampton Boat Show visit with Steve Bloom. In local affairs I was busy organising the St Neots area LibDems and enjoyed the national party conference but stood down from organising the constituency after differences with candidate Sue Sutton.
Elsewhere, Nigel Mansell's World Motor Racing Championship fortunes have been ebbing and flowing but he beat Ayrton Senna into second place in an exciting Italian Grand Prix and the US just beat Europe in The Ryder Cup on the last put of the series but the most dominant sporting news was the tragic injury to boxer Michael Watson who remained unconscious and on a life-support machine.
The situation in Yugoslavia defied all optimism with the separatist Croatians being rapidly beaten into submission by the (Serbian) army with peace talks getting no chance. Details were emerging of an American plan to drastically reduce the number of nuclear arms in their arsenal which they hope and expect will be matched by Soviet reductions.
The Newcastle Riots are continuing and, with them, an on-going political row over the root causes but most probably due to the unemployment and deprivation of the area.
This month saw the end of the long sunny and hot summer, and included some sunny days but also some close, hot and sticky with the smoke from stubble burning an issue but then came its replacement with damp and cool weather with an autumnal edge which was a great relief for the garden and water courses. We even had the river Great Ouse rising again after the year’s drought and ended up putting my pool to bed when the rain became torrential, with the swimming season deemed to be over.
The most significant family this month was Della starting at the Kimbolton Preparatory School at the tender age of 7 with bouts of crying and just about coping with the experience despite the fears of Diana who recalled some very distressing experiences of her own when she started school even younger still. I was teaching her to ride a bike and to play croquet this month and also taking her to the bust stop often. The private schools are going through very difficult economic times with my God-daughter Kate Smith's school closing. Debbie got some new shoes and Daniel often had his head buried into his oily car all day which did not please Angela who had come to stay with him.
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