Saturday, 25 April 2009

Batteries recharged!

My two weeks of holiday were superb. Two weeks of good food and local wine, no TV, no internet access and no telephone were just what the Doctor ordered before another round of electioneering. That, and considerably more sleep than I usually manage to have at home. We stayed in a small village with just 7 houses so needless to say there was no light or noise pollution at night – perfect for light sleepers.

I’m fairly enthusiastic at the best of times but at the moment I am more energetic than usual. I am however board gamed out for the next few weeks! Whilst I will happily play Scrabble or Rummikub every day – it may be some time before I agree to play Monopoly and Cluedo with the family again. Monopoly brings out the worst in some of my nearest and dearest!

I’m holding Constituency Surgeries today and catching up on the last of my Inbox “to do” list. Tomorrow I hope to spend a few hours in the garden tidying up the growth spurt that happened whilst we were away. Amazing how fast weeds grow at this time of year.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

A funny sort of week

It’s been a funny sort of week - and my blog has suffered a bit over the last few days as I picked up the stomach bug doing the rounds in our villages and managed to get 2 days enforced rest and relaxation - whether I wanted it or not! My entries will be sporadic over the next 2 weeks as I'm trying to take time off to spend with the family before I subject them to another round of electioneering. My other half is looking forward to all the exercise and fresh air he's about to enjoy out delivering leaflets!

My father turned 70 at the weekend and my Grandmother (who is fitter than most people 20 years her junior) will turn 94 at the end of the month. My mother will disown me if I publish her age!

Having such fit and healthy relatives has been something I've always taken for granted. But the work I've been doing with the relatives of people attending the Day Care Centre at Home Meadow in Toft over the last few weeks has made me realise just how lucky we are in the gene stakes in the Whelan family.

I'm thrilled that at the last minute there has been a change of heart and the Day Care Centre will now remain open for another 12 - 18 months. Of all the things I've been able to achieve since I was elected this is the one that means the most. I hope that the momentum of interest in this issue wont fade and that the working group who fought to keep it open will be able to look at helping others in coming months.