• 13Aug

    Bournemouth-LibraryI went to Bournemouth library yesterday and it has all changed since my last visit.  Gone is the counter with people ready to help and check your books, instead I’m faced by a wall of machines standing sentinel and cold!  As I walk in there is an elderly man with a walking stick at one machine, struggling to check his books out – I would have gone over to help (nobody else was around) if I knew what to do myself at the time. Read more »

  • 08Jan
    Categories: Journal entries Comments Off on Return of the Arctic Roll

    Arctic RollI used to love these! Mum regularly produced one of these from the freezer at dinner time when I was a kid. I’d forgotten about them but have just seen on the Retro to Go website (a great site for all things retro) that Bird’s Eye are re-launching them.

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  • 06Jan

    KingfisherI saw a kingfisher today, and only a few steps from our front door! Unfortunately I didn’t take this photo (I wish) as he was too small and fast for me.

    I’m buzzing from seeing him though, one of my favourite birds but only caught sight of once before in the New Forest. I was walking back from the village over the Bourne Stream when my eye was caught by a brilliant turquoise “something” on the edge of the river where there is a small waterfall. I was able to get quite close and watched him for about 10 minutes, a couple of times he flew further upstream to perch on a tree. Amazing vivid colours in otherwise very un-colourful surroundings today. Read more »

  • 18Jul
    Categories: Journal entries Comments Off on The Red Bull Air Race

    Nigel Lamb at Chivenor, early \'90\'sI’ve been following the Red Bull Air Race on TV after seeing it by chance last year and being astounded – what these pilots can do with their planes is incredible! They put their bodies through a lot too in order to be the fastest round the course. It is breathtaking to watch.

    I was particularly pleased to see that one of the pilots is Nigel Lamb, a familiar name from days visiting air displays with Mum and Dad. This photo was taken at Chivenor in the early 90’s when he was flying as part of an aerobatic team. Nigel is doing well in his gorgeous Breitling plane, currently in 9th position, but it would be great if he finished higher this year. Another Brit, Paul Bonhomme, is in the lead and proving tough to beat with his skilful flying. I shall be cheering them both on and hope to see the London leg live which has to be even more spectacular.

  • 24May
    Categories: Journal entries Comments Off on Supporting Christine’s Trek for Link Romania

    Christine, a friend of mine, is spending 6 days in September trekking across the Carpathian Mountains in North East Romania to raise money for Link Romania’s projects there which help the poorest people. She is paying for the costs of both trek and flights, all money donated will go straight to the charity. Her target is to raise a whopping £2,000.

    Next Saturday she is organising a “Putting on the Ritz” tea party at her church – complete with cucumber sandwiches of course! I’ve so far helped with posters, menus and as an extra pair of hands, but there is a lot to do to reach such a target. I think she is very brave, undertaking this completely on her own without knowing anyone else on the trek. It is also going to be physically very demanding.

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  • 21Mar

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