MRS BROWN'S BOYS

My late step father loved Mrs Brown's Boys just as much as I did and wouldn't miss it, not even the repeats.  He would always ring me when it was going to be on, to let me know.

 

For a birthday present, I took him to the 02 to see the stage show and they announced that Rory was leaving the show and this was his last performance on stage.   It is well known that he cracks up with laughter during the show and I think these are two of my favourite scenes.

RIP MY STEPFATHER

I have been living  with and caring for, my stepfather since last November.  We sadly lost him on July 22 at the age of 84.  It was a pleasure, not a chore to care for him and we all loved him very much.  His name was Carol which always caused  mistaken identity when I was with him.  

 

He was a legend in the village of Upper Upnor, where he had lived for over 50 years.  He was a "one off" and I doubt we will see the likes of him again.

 

Our loss is Heaven's gain.

DOGGY WITH A POOR PAW

Don't you just love it when you go on holiday and have to find a lock down vet!

 

LOCKDOWN HAIR!

So lovely to see my hair stylist now easing of lock down.  Before and After.

MUSIC WHILE YOU WORK

I FOUND THIS ON YOU TUBE. OBVIOUSLY I AM NOT AS OLD AT THIS FILM, BUT WHEN I WAS TAUGHT TO TOUCH TYPE, WE TYPED TO MUSIC TO HELP OUR RYTHMN AND TOUCH OF THE KEYS. AS MY WORDS PER MINUTE INCREASED, SO DID THE SPEED OF THE MUSIC WE HAD TO TYPE TO.

LATER WHEN I WAS TEACHING TYPING, AT THE ARMY EDUCATION CENTRE EVENING CLASSES IN HAMELN, I USED THE RECORDS I HAD BOUGHT WHICH WERE THE SAME AS THE ONES I WAS TAUGHT TO TYPE TO.

MY STUDENTS ASKED ME WHICH WAS THE FAST RECORD TO TYPE TO. I TOLD THEM IT WAS THE "WILLIAM TELL OVERTURE". SUBSEQUENTLY, I ENDED UP TYPING TO IT WITH THEM ALL SURROUNDING ME, NO PRESURE THERE THEN!

YOU CAN'T FURLOUGH AN OTTER

This is a local conservation zoo near to me.   Andy started off with 2 pot bellied pigs he rescued and built in to what it is today.   It is not just a zoo, children and adults are catered for at Christmas and Easter and special events, as well at looking round the Zoo.

 

Andy's dedication to the animals  to the animals is is unwaivering and they are all rescued from various parts of the world.

 

In his own words, he has been "Gob Smacked" by the kindness and generosity of people, not just locally, but everywhere.  My grand children love it when they come to stay and we go to his Zoo.  They love meeting the other children and all get together to play with each other.  

They love his safari rides to the shows he puts on for them.  Halloween is a particular favourite.  If ever you are in Kent, you should go and visit it.  It is well worthwhile.

There is a Go Fund Me page at https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-fenn-bell-zoo

 

 

YOU CAN'T FURLOUGH AN OTTER

A SPECIAL DAY

What a lovely afternoon I have had.   I am allowed to see my grandchildren (at a social distance) in their garden.  We spent time together safely and when I left we still had a virtual distance hug.  I have come this far, a few more days/weeks won't be a hardship when I at last, get a real hug.  We under estimate how aware the little children are of this virus and they keep their social distance avidly.

THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS

As you know I am staying with my stepfather now to look after him.   His back gate was coming off the hinges and was quite rotten and I had to barricade it to stop my dogs from getting out.  One did and a neighbour a few doors down brought one back that had escaped.

 

When I saw him come to the front door again, I immediately thought that she had got out again, but he came to tell me that the back gate had completely fallen over and come off its hinges.  He asked me if I wanted him to lift it back in to place.  I said that I would be very pleased if he could do that.

 

The next day I looked up the garden and saw it standing upright again, however, on closer inspection he had not just lifted it up, but put in a new upright piece of wood and fixed hinges to it, but not only that, he made a wooden catch on to make sure it would close and not blow open again.

 

I couldn't thank him enough for what he had done, it stopped me worrying about the dogs and also how was I going to get a new gate during the lock down.  

 Déjà Vu

 

Living in Upnor during the lock down has transported me back to when I first moved here in 1967.

 

I used to walk along the foreshore, up the hill to Harry Waterhouse’s Village Shop. He sold dry goods as well as fresh fruit and vegetables. He weighed them on the his set of scales and wrote them down and totalled them up on a piece of paper.

 

Everyone knew everyone else in the village and Harry’s and the Post Office were a meeting point.

 I now walk along the top roadgoods etc and fresh fruit and vegetables. Rob weighs them on his scales and then writes them down and totals them up on a piece of paper.

 

Villagers are getting to know one another at Rob’s, albeit 6 feet apart!

 

In 1967 there was only a few houses and not many villagers had cars. The village was very quiet, except for the army lorries that took the soldiers to the Upnor Hard.

 

Now there there are lots of cars, but they are stationary.

The village is quiet once again.