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A whole month in London!

I stayed home in London for the whole of September.  I went to all my fitness classes, made good progress with the baby afghan cross stitch I had started for Leanne, and caught up with all the admin and paperwork which had piled up over the summer as well as making some progress on the decluttering projects (new year resolution!).

I bought a new Freeview recorder and set it up quite easily - the other one finally gave up the ghost after many years and I needed one to be able to record programmes onto DVD for Jayne.

We went to the SRCY Triennial Dinner on Saturday 8th.  We had both overlooked it until the day before when I saw it on my phone's calendar.  Mike was out ringing QPs in the morning.   I booked the taxi to take us to St Martin in the Fields.  We went down to the cafe and found it full of normal customers.  After a quick look round I checked my phone and found we should have been at Christ Church Spitalfields!  We managed to hail a black cab straight away and got there ju…

Bank holiday in Devon

Lee and Emma had stayed at the house again while I was in Butlins, and had taken Suki back to Dittisham with them the day before I got back.  I spent the Friday afternoon when I got back sorting out all the unpacking and putting it all away, and putting the house back in some semblance of order, before going out ringing with Mike at Barnes.  I put all the laundry into a big bag to take down to Bovey to do.

Mike was out ringing all day the next day so I was able to make an early start down to Devon to try and beat the worst of the bank holiday traffic.  Even so it took me about an hour longer than usual, but at least I didn't have Suki in the car. Jayne was at work when I got there, so I had a few hours to myself to wind down and relax.  Jayne and Jackie went to a wedding reception in the evening at River Dart Country Park - and I provided a taxi service home.

Jayne was working the following morning, but when she got home we went off to collect Suki.  We stopped off at Dartington f…

Butlins 2018

17 - 24th August 2018

Butlin's Bognor Regis

Two 2-bedroomed "Seaside" apartments

John, Carolyn, Me, Lorraine, Amanda, Leanne, Ollie, Bethany, Harrison, Aidan


I drove down to Bognor in the morning and arrived about 1 pm.  I got myself a sandwich and a coffee in the pavilion (and watched the Teletubbies show!) and then I walked to the station to meet the train with John, Carolyn, Leanne, Ollie and Aidan on board.  They weren't expecting me - and it was such a nice surprise we decided to go and meet the later train with the Majorca contingent on board.

We had a lovely week doing all the usual things - it was nice for us all to be together again and spend some time together.  I tried to keep my step total up each day - and found pushing a pram to put either Aidan or Harrison (or both!) to sleep was a useful way of doing this.  I also walked into Bognor almost every day!  I also spent a lot of time at the soft play area - which I enjoy as I can just sit and watch.

I …

Sidmouth Folk Festival etc

Wednesday 8th August with Jayne, Mike and Suki


We arrived nice and early and easily got a parking space on the cricket field.   First we took Suki for a walk on The Byes- which was a parkland walk along by the River Sid which Jayne knew about from early family holidays.  We didn't have time to explore all of it and it would definitely be worth a return visit for a proper walk sometime - particularly over on the Salcombe side.

Typically the weather changed during the day -

Notwithstanding getting soaked sitting in the car park of The Anchor in the afternoon, we had a really good day out.  We sat in the gardens and listened to the acts while we had a humus salad lunch from one of the stalls, and we watched lots of morris dancing, before heading off to The Anchor.  We were struck by how much smaller the festival seemed than in previous years, and the pubs didn't seem to be heaving with people in quite the same way.

Suki got a bit fed up after The Anchor so I took her to the…

Roving Ringers/Cottage holiday Leominster

28th July - 4th August 2018


Mike was based with Rovers at the YHA in Leominster, while Suki and I stayed in a cottage a few minutes drive away - The Owl Barn near Kimbolton.

Just a few days after the Barnes Summer Trip we were off on the Roving Ringers week.  At the last minute it seemed that no-one was going to be organising the catering, so I ended up taking this on - with the help of a suggested menu and shopping list from Becky, who would be providing the meat.  I cooked a vegetable pasta sauce for the first night, and then did a huge online Sainsbury order to be delivered direct to the hostel on the Saturday night.  This worked extremely well - and it was certainly much more pleasant to sit in the garden on my computer than pushing two trolleys around a supermarket and then packing/unpacking the car.  It was just as well we did it like that as there wasn't much room in the car for shopping once we had got all our stuff and the handbike and wheelchair loaded.


Barnes Summer Trip

18 to 22 July 2018 - Thornham Magna Suffolk

Write up and Photos

Lee and Emma stayed in the house for the week, with Elora, Lacey and dogs Neville and Beau.  They took Suki out and about visiting the sights of London as well as Richmond Park and Hyde Park.

Meanwhile Mike and I went off on the Barnes Ringers Summer Trip. Monica decided to take her own car, so we ended up giving Rod a lift which entailed going via Watford to pick him up.  We arrived at the first tower in good time and I went up to join in the general ringing with good intentions of doing this at all the general ringing.  However the first time I rang there was an incident and  I was left with the usual unsatisfactory feeling that I get on these outings, and decided it would be much better for my sanity and general well being if I didn't ring at all.  So I had a wonderful time sitting in churchyards cross stitching for the rest of the trip, and thoroughly enjoyed myself!  I particularly enjoyed visiting the textile exh…

Holidays begin!

The next two months involved a lot of time away from London on various breaks (Barnes trip, Rovers, Devon, Butlins) and I was really looking forward to it. The heatwave continued throughout July and it was only towards the middle of August that we finally got some rain and relief.

Mary and I went walking with Maryanne at the beginning of July - we did her Ibstone walk starting at The Fox (I do like a pub that has a "dog friendly" logo on its web site!).  Very enjoyable - and finished with a nice lunch at The Fox.  I was shattered when I got home and had a snooze - unlike Maryanne who dashed about having appointments with fitters and planning officers, and visiting shops, apropos her pending building works and new kitchen.

Then I went down to Devon for a week - primarily to go to the Exeter Craft Festival on the Cathedral Green with Jayne.  We enjoyed walking around the stalls, although didn't find much we wanted to buy, and then found a lovely little place to have lunch …