‘Busy weekend’


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Hello there everyone!

Just in case you might have been wondering where my usual blog entries for the weekend had gone?

Here is a little slideshow to give you all a snapshot of what turned out to be a bit of a hectic but very memorable weekend for us.

The first two images are of my wifes amazing mother Lillian… who was actually celebrating her 90th Birthday!
Now I know everybody say’s this… but she does look great for her years don’t you think?
Lillian is; and probably will be for many years to come the life and soul of the party.
She often says to her daughter (my little missus) that she is just popping over to the club to see her ‘OLD’ ladies and take them some of her homemade jams or cakes or chutneys; (for which she is rightly famous)

And although her daughter often reminds her mum that she herself is now an ‘OLD lady’ herself; I just don’t think Lil sees this at all?

In fact I doubt she will ever get old.

And to others like our daughter Jodie and her young friends Lil is quite simply a ‘legend’ Who commands their complete admiration and sheer amazement. She will regularly party with them until the early hours of the morning at any of the family gatherings which they might attend.

The next set of images are of Bedfordshire and the little village of Pulloxhill.

Some great friends of ours recently left Portsmouth and have moved up here to be nearer their new grandchild Heidi; and so we drove up to see them.

Now to give you some idea of just how posh the area in which their new abode actually is. On our first evening out together down to their local which is ‘The Cross keys’ one of it’s regulars arrived in for his beverage in his own private helicopter which he landed in the field at the back o the pub. It was impressive I would have to admit

Thoroughly nice chap though; as they might say up there?

Then the following day after a heavy night and a hearty breakfast we were treated to a visit over to the historic village of Woburn. A perfect Georgian Village brimming with chic restaurants great pubs and specialist shops.

There are of course also the Abbey the Sculpture gallery, as well as the famous Safari and Centre parcs. We also drove through the deer park which was just outstanding and so beautifully maintained.

Woburn is recorded as a Saxon hamlet in 969 and in the Domesday Book of 1086. The name derives from the Saxon word ‘Wo’ meaning crooked and ‘burn’ a small stream.

In 1856 by the 8th Duke of Bedford commissioned architect Henry Clutton to build a new church in Park Street, as the old church on Bedford Street was too small for the then population. This ‘NEW’ church St Mary’s was built and completed in 1868 and is feaured in my slideshow above.

Hope everyone reading this is well and that you also enjoyed your weekends? As you can see…we certainly did.

Big Congratulations going out then to Lillian on her 90th and a Big thank you to Isabelle and Mike for our superb two day break spent in your new home in such a beautiful part of the country.

‘Yada Yada Yada’

IMG_9770I felt for these two young sisters over here from BC and out visiting Chichester with their parents.

When the parents initially started up their conversation with friends whom they had bumped into; both girls initially just stood together and were chatting no doubt convinced that they would’nt be standing around too long?

However they were to be disappointed as the conversation seemed to go on and on and on…until eventually both sisters sat themselves down on this step and commenced staring over at their parents in the hope that they might recognise their bored expressions and maybe hurry things along a bit?

Sadly this was not to be the case, and instead both girls remained there looking somewhat dejected and bored the eldest sister even yawning at one point; not impressed at all.

Amused I quickly captured their image before then crossing over towards the Cathedral grounds.

Looking back though I was pleased to see that the parents and their relatives who were accompanying them were by this time walking back over towards the girls whose body language seemed to change almost magically. Their sheer delight at moving on again at last being all too evident.

But then without warning the whole group stopped once again. Both sisters looking bewildered before one of their party produced a street map of the area; and they began scanning over this. Once again deep meaningful discussions ensued.

However agreement appeared to be very quickly reached and I watched as they all nodded their approval and began smiling. Then linking arms they all moved off towards their next destination.

Personally I think that both sisters were just happy to be on the move again.

In truth they were probably not really all that bothered at all where it was they were headed off to? I think they were just keeping their fingers crossed and hoping that they would’nt encounter yet another lengthy and impromptu conversation further down the street.

After all… they were supposed to be on vacation.


IMG_9720Refined! Were I to relate to you the definition of this adjective then it would read something like this.

Elegant and cultured in appearance manner or taste. Synonyms might include cultivated, cultured, polished, stylish, sophisticated, urbane.

In her own way I felt that the lady featured in my image today definitely encompassed many of these qualities?
Even managing to remain completely aloof regarding the other lady in shot who was looking somewhat indignant as she observed her striding out through the town centre.

I would have to admit that she seemed able to effortlessly demonstrate all of the stature and poise expected of any professional catwalk model.

Having met some such individuals in my time I am personally aware of the many rules which they are encouraged to adhere to.

Having firstly looked at style.time.com I noted that this lists four easy steps to teach anybody interested exactly how to walk like a model. (Now you’re are becoming a bit more interested aren’t you?)

Firstly then they are taught to envision a taut thread from their spine through the top of their head.

Remember… posture is everything.

Secondly prospective models are encouraged to take long strides placing one foot directly in front of the other emphasising that classic seductive hip swing.

Thirdly the arms should fall next to the body with hands relaxed.

And finally they must endeavour to project an attitude of utmost confidence. And there we have it.

So now you can have a go at perfecting these newly acquired techniques for yourself; and all in the privacy of your own home?

Purely for your own personal research of course?

Anyway not wishing to shy away from my feminine side I decided I might just sashay briefly as I went to answer our front door this morning.

I’m not sure our postman was particularly impressed though!

‘The Best Medicine’

IMG_9766Isn’t it incredible how noticeably peoples attitudes often change in tune with the weather?

There I was over at Chichester strolling about and really enjoying the Spring sunshine when I happened to see these four people sitting together on one of the benches alongside the Cathedral.

I usually find; that if our weather is just ‘so so’ then people will often keep themselves to themselves.

However add a drop of sunshine into the mix and ‘VOILA’ suddenly they all start to communicate and to share a bit of friendly banter together.

Laughter soon develops and before you know it everyone is smiling broadly and truly enjoying one anothers company.

With regards to my blog image today; I was initially walking by this bench but my direction at the time meant that they were actually behind me. Therefore I could only hope to capture the moment if I actually stopped and turned around to face them? Fearing that this move might interrupt their flow of conversation I decided to take my time.

Then trying to be creative I began to focus the camera before aiming it towards the Cathedral pretending to be taking a couple of shots. On taking each shot I would then glance down at my screen until eventually their attention was distracted away from me.

After a short while I had eventually positioned myself where I felt I might capture the best composition whilst still quite convincingly I might add; making my imaginary fine adjustments.

Luckily I caught the guy with the rather impressive tattoos looking directly towards me whilst his wife shared a joke with the two elderly women who obviously found it very amusing indeed.

Considering this shot was taken from waist level I was quite chuffed with how it’s turned out. The weather here in UK is gorgeous at the moment and it is indeed a superb place to be.

I genuinely feel blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the world.

However when it’s cold and damp and miserable here some less enthusiastic people have compared it to living in a long dark tunnel which permanently leaks!

So I just hope that anyone reading this blog entry today is really soaking up the joys of this wonderful new season and that you get to appreciate all the simple yet incredible pleasures which life has to offer.

“Oh and please” “Whatever else you happen do… don’t forget to SMILE!”

Night off!

Visiting my big sister tonight over in Brum.

All out together for a Balti with the brother in law my little missus.

Gorgeous food washed down with a couple of beers.

Our table waiter this evening was non other than Aladin!

Back tomorrow with the usual photo!

Take care




Couldn’t resist getting a photograph of this little girl seen here accompanied by her doting nan. I was taken by the way she was so elegantly twirling this brightly coloured ‘My little pony’ parasol around  in an effort to shield her little face from the glare of the midday sun.

I first saw the two walking along together and chattering away before they both stopped outside one of the ladies fashion outlets.

Here the little girl then proceeded to meticulously fold away her little parasol before taking her nannies hand and entering the store with her.

I had assumed that this was the last I would probably see of them both and so just hoped the image I had previously captured; might be one which I might be able to include in my blog?

Fortunately for me this was not to be the case. Because after stopping briefly for some refreshment I was just slipping on my backpack and heading back up to the top of town when to my pleasant surprise; tripping down the street towards me once again; were this same pair.

On this occasion as they passed the premises of ‘L’Occitane’ so  the little girl suddenly detached herself slightly from the vigilant eyes of her nan and was now free to quite vigorously spin her parasol around her head whilst singing and skipping along completely enjoying herself.


What appealed to me most was the contrast between the bright yellow and black background of the shop front in contrast with the vivid colours now beautifully highlighted by the bright sunlight streaming through her parasol. This coupled with the matching outfit made it worth a cheeky capture.

Never has being safe in the sun been so much fun.