Wednesday, 16 August 2017

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Buckingham Palace
The Royal Standard was not flying over Buckingham Palace tonight, so I presume that no-one was home... Photos can never do justice to a place like this, and it's just absolutely awesome. Until recently I hadn't been here for many years, but I have now been twice in a matter of weeks. It's not the best photo of it, but I was here on bowel cancer book photo business tonight 😊

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

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Reading Material
I am really enjoying reading Substance by Peter Hook, which is his autobiography of the New Order years. I think it must be one of the longest books I have read in a long time, and I am not one of the world's fastest readers, as I definitely go through fits and starts 😊

Monday, 14 August 2017

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The Lake
Sometimes I get to drive to some pretty impressive scenic locations. Shottesbrooke Park was looking absolutely amazing today, and of course Prince was very happy to stretch his legs here too! 😊 I did post a photograph taken here earlier in the year, but today on a perfect summer's day it was well worth doing a second photo.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

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Dusty Springfield's Grave
It wasn't until I began walking the dogs around Henley before work, that I became aware of Dusty Springfield's grave being in the town. It's very understated, which is no bad thing, and I always see flowers on it when I walk past, so she is certainly not forgotten. In the churchyard, as far as I can tell, this is the only grave of recent times. The other graves seem to be from the 1800s and earlier. 

Saturday, 12 August 2017

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The Jam
I still have my original copy of 'Town Called Malice' by The Jam, which top the singles chart in 1982 just as I was turning 16 years old. But this isn't that copy, as this is a piece of art I have just bought. Created by Morgan Howell of Supersizeart, these limited edition prints are reproduced from his original paintings of classic singles. I am waiting for the frame I've ordered to arrive, and then it can be seen in its full glory.

Friday, 11 August 2017

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New Employee
Today I had a lunchtime visit from my sister and niece, so I thought I would get young Anna to do a little work for me on the forklift truck! I think she is a better driver than me 😁

Thursday, 10 August 2017

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Pub Signs
The pub close to work, The Dog & Badger, has undergone a major very expensive renovation in recent years. We must be talking hundreds of thousands of pounds... It's now quite upmarket, and many a fine car can be seen in its car park. It's a bit too pricey for me, not that I drink before, during, or even after work these days 😊 In fact it's more a restaurant than a boozer. The pub has retained its name, which isn't always the case these days, and I like that. However I am nore so sure about the pub sign... I have to admit that I am a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to pub signs, and just love the classic old style painted sign. The rather modern looking sign on display here doesn't really do it for me, almost verging on the tacky, but what do I know of course 😆

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

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Meeting the Duke of Edinburgh
This photo was taken back in 1978 when a 12 year old me was presented with a cup final losers medal by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. I was playing for Maidenhead Town Youth Under 12s against Chalvey at Stag Meadow, the home ground of Windsor & Eton FC. It was a wet and miserable evening, and unfortunately we were well beaten on the night, 3-0 I think. I didn't have one of my better games, and played just the first half coming off at half time. However, I enjoyed six happy seasons playing for the club. In my 51 years this has been the only occasion when I have met any member of the Royal Family, and I suspect it is highly unlikely to happen again. Look how filthy my hands were! 😊

There are always questions you want to ask your parents when they are no longer here. I know Dad got this photo blown up, which is this copy I now have at home, but I can't remember if he took the photo as well. I think he might have done, especially as half of the Duke's head is missing. The folks were always quite expert at doing this when taking photos! 😆

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

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Low Cloud
The road signs give away the location of today's photo. It was not exactly a fine summer's day. The clouds were low, and rain was in the air. In fact the clouds were struggling to rise above the Chilterns. Anyone fancy watching KT Tunstall?

Monday, 7 August 2017

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You can't fail to notice the farm fields full of sweetcorn at the moment, and this photo was taken while dog walking after work. I have fond memories of Mum and sweetcorn. She carried on with Dad'd vegetable patch after he died, and the first year she had a bumper sweetcorn crop. However, thereafter was a complete disaster year after year, and no matter what she tried the crop always failed. She got ever so frustrated by it 😊 If I ever get a property where I can grow vegetables I will have a crack at sweetcorn for sure. Happy memories 😆

Sunday, 6 August 2017

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Grass Coming Through
I was really pleased to see the first signs of the grass coming through on my parent's grave today. I reseeded it last weekend, and I've been watering it every other day, and letting mother nature do her own bit with the rain. It's looking really good and I reckon this time next week it will have a complete covering. So fingers crossed come the anniversary of Mum passing at the end of the month, it will be looking A1 😊

Saturday, 5 August 2017

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The Big Hug
I spent a really nice couple of hours today at Kensington Gardens in London with some very special people. The Big Hug was organised by Dafydd Wyn Farr-Jones in memory of two amazing people Anne Carlin and Ben Ashworth, both sadly lost to bowel cancer. In the photo Dafydd has just received his Beating Bowel Cancer heart from the charity's interim CEO, Judith Brodie. In the deckchair is Matthew Wright, who got up to reveal that he has become an Ambassador for Beating Bowel Cancer, which is fantastic news. It was so nice meeting so many people, including Daf, who I have known for a  number of years on social media, and reacquainting with others who I've already met on my fundraising journey.

August 4th, 2017 - Photo 216 of 365

Big Barrel
A slightly unusual sight on my travels was this old wine vat, which was huge! Great way to show it off in terms of scale. It reminded me of my Mum's dad, who used to home brew, and even as a tiny child I was allowed a sip of the delicious apple wine he made. Must try and buy some from somewhere. He was well versed in this field having been a landlord of pubs for most of his working life.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

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Dead Tree
I have no idea how long this tree has been dead. It is on the B482 between Lane End and Stokenchurch, which I frequently use on my way to the M40. I presume that under normal circumstances it would be cut down due to safety issues, but perhaps it is no danger where it currently is. It makes for an impressive sight, especially in the summer when there is so much colour around.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

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My orchid doesn't flower very often, once a year if I am lucky. It once went about three years without flowering! The good news is that it's in bloom again and looking good. I haven't got many plants indoors, but I'm tempted to get another orchid. I think they look stunning and Mum loved them. I was once fortunate to see them growing in the wild when I went to Singapore...

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

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Churches & Willy Wonka!
A very random post today. Whenever I go past the Christ Church going in to Henley from Reading, I am always reminded of Willy Wonka! The glass elevator scene in particular. I am not sure if it's the cone, or because of the windows. I'll keep quiet now 😊