Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Han's Xmas Play - The Legend of the Hydra - Starring Han the Hydra

This was the Xmas play at Millfield: Greek Legends - The Hydra. No I don't understand either and I'm a Governor there. Anyway, Han was the Hydra, type casting if ever there was, and appeared regularly on stage as I tried to alternate between videoing it and photographing it. See photos below:

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

I'm Finally Discharged From Hospital JUST in Time to see the Annual Millfield School Xmas Concert at St. Crispin Church

I just made it to the annual concert tonight; Deb and the kids were visiting prior to the concert when one of the staff asked why i wasn't going too. It seems I was to be discharged that day but they'd failed to mention it to me. So as quickly as possible we signed the papers got the medication and hobbled off out of there. It took awhile to get to the car and even longer to get into it but eventually we were off and the kids arrived there just in time. The concert was held at the Parish Church of St Crispin Braunstone Town and Thorpe Astley, Braunstone Town

No, I don't know why this embedded album has duplicated itself!

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Rimemberen's day

Today at school I did some work and it was quite hard. Next I went in to asembaly and a priest came  and talked to us. Then we had 2 minutes silence to honour the dead of all the wars since 1914...

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Hannah's Amazing Blog

dear diary,

Today I
went to school and did my writing. The next thing I did was to tell a story, then we went out to play. After play we went into our maths class and we did year five math which we got all correct. The we went out into our normal classes and had lunch.

After lunch, we went out for lunch time play I played ice-creams with Hollie (who is my friend again!!!!).

Monday, 4 August 2008

Friday 4 July - Missed the Allotment Last Two days

Not been up either today or yesterday. Finished work 8am Thurs but had to go straight to bed as I had the night off to attend Nat's performance at the De Montford hall in the Thomas Cook Show (it was brilliant!!). Came home and popped to shops to get a few things. Nearly KILLED - as I was cycling back from Asda the handlebars of my bike came loose and suddenly I was in close intimate contact with the ground. Two very kind and concerned drivers stopped to ask if I was OK which was extremely good of them. Battered and Bruised (and somewhat shocked) I had the fun job of trying to push the bike home, sans handlebars which would not reintall into steering column, whilst carrying 2 bags of shopping. It took me approx 30mins to push the bkie 500 yards. Feeling very sore today so have stayed in bed and rested. Work Tonight!

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

July 2008 – Our Holiday in Spain

I’ll have to find where I’ve uploaded the photos and post them here. For now posted as a holding post.

Friday, 11 July 2008

11 July - Yeah We're Off To Sunny Spain .....

We're off to sunny Spain for two whole weeks of sun sea and sand, if you don't include the sea and the sand; we're not beach people. We're staying at the..................(update) for 14 nights.
We are flying from Robin Hood Airport (East Midlands to you commoners).


Wednesday, 2 July 2008

July 2 - Back to Work Tonight

I'm back at work tonight (I work 4 nights on/4 nights off) so I won't be going up to the plot today. However, my new library card and pin have arrived today so when I've finished this I'm popping up there to see what books they've got on allotment growing etc.. Whilst I'm there I must remember to order the Neutronium Alchemist for the holiday.

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Tuesday 1 July 2008 - Han and I at the Allotment

I didn't go alone today. Nat's got his extra lessons on Tuesday, so I thought it might be nice if Hannah and I went up together whilst he was there and did a bit of digging together. She did her best, bless her, even though she's got quite painful stomach ache from the constipation she's suffering from. Whatever else, she's great at filling daddy's hat with water, which was very cooling and much needed. We started clearing the weeds about the patch we had covered over on Sunday and made fair headway. Deb and Nat arrived later and we carried on until about 05:30 then went home for tea. The photo's of today are included in yesterdays post as unfortunately I forgot to upload yesterdays photo's separately from todays so their all togheter (if that makes any sense). Here's a couple of photo's of Hannah doing her bit.

Monday, 30 June 2008

Monday 30 June - All Alone at the Allotment

Oh well, the kids are in school, Deb's at work I've taken the dog for a walk it's 12:00 and I can't put it off any longer - it's time to go solo. First problem, how do you carry a fork on a bicycle? With difficulty!! Thought I'd get some more digging done  so I started work on the section just up from the broad bean plants (we did in front yesterday). After a couple of hours got this turned over, nicked a chair from the allotment next door and sat down to enjoy a well deserved beer. Whilst sitting George happened along and we got chatting. Seems he had a very interesting job before he retired designing machine parts. Anyway he gave me some tips which I'm desperately trying to remember and we chewed the fat (as the yanks would say) for awhile. Left at about 03:15 to be home in time to take Hannah to the doctors.

Saturday, 28 June 2008

Saturday 28 June - First Days Work at the Allotment

Saturday 28 June 2008. Well, it's time to make a start. The four of us arrived mid morning with good intentions ready to being turning this overgrown piece of land into something that will provide us with fresh wholesome food for the foreseeable future. With the price of food rocketing as it is and with no end to this in sight this could be the best decision we've made in a long time. We got started, I did the digging, Deb did the weeding and the kids did what they could. I think the photos will show what we managed to get done.

Thursday, 26 June 2008

Thursday 26 June - We've Got an Allotment

Our plot at Rosamund Road in Leicester is 10 yards by 30 yards and gives us a whopping 300 square yards of growing space.

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Unfortunately, as you can see from the photos, we're going to have to do a bit(!) of digging before we can contemplate cultivating such a large area. We didn't do anything this first day, just got shown around the site by George (The Allotment Manager) and had choose which of the 3 available plots we wanted. The one we picked looks very over grown, but, luckily, has only just been let go by the previous occupant, so clearing it, hopefully, shouldn't be too difficult! Anyway, we're coming back on Saturday to make a start. Whilst we were there, we met Terry who was the previous manager and who has the plot next to ours. Apparently he's had it for over 50 years and it looks great - one day perhaps so will ours. He gave us our first produce when he presented us with one of his beautiful lettuces (see photo's).

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Millfield Sports Day

Here are the photos I took of Han's sports day. As you can see she's very into sports and competing making her, at the time, unique in this household. Great Sports day, as usual, Millfield puts such a lot of effort into making sure it goes right.

Sunday, 8 June 2008

Sunday 8 June 2008 - Scouts Cycle 27 Miles Around Rutland Water

Scout leader (Richard) has chip oil vehicles and is concerned with sustainability
Nat and I abandoned
Home Via Sat-Nav in N95
Slightly angry

Saturday, 31 May 2008

Friday 30 May - Bus Full, Taxi, London, Natural History Museum, The Telectroscope, Coach Cock-Up

We went to London to see the Telectroscope but the bus was full we had to have a taxi we walked across London using sat-nav in N95 through all the embassies. Got to the natural History Museum, then went to the Telectroscope. Coach back dropped us in town To be completed add photos and details of day

Friday, 15 February 2008

Friday 15 Feb 2008 - Visiting South Wales; The Past is Another Country

We visited South Wales, the place of my birth and first twenty years, and we had a great time. The weather was amazing for the time of year and the changes since I lived there were astonishing. The seems, perhaps as a result of devolution, to be a greater self confidence, in  Wales; Cardiff Bay is a revelation; below is a picture of the the incredible Millennium Centre which is next to the Welsh Assemble (so is TORCHWOOD only it's underneath it). Talking of TORCHWOOD everyone seems every proud both of it and Doctor Who - as they should. Well done BBC Wales - I hear you laughing all the way to the bank!

We travelled to Abertysswg (the village I grew up in) but we didn’t stop for long; we just drove around to see what had changed and what remained the same. Greenesway, the council estate at the top of the village, where I lived now has allotments but otherwise seems to have became a sink estate for unmarried mums and their feckless boyfriends. We got out there for a few minutes to take a few photos. Aber, as everyone calls it (which can become very confusing in Wales), has changed greatly yet still remains the same - This is how it looked when I was a child

and this is how it looks now

 many of the building I remember have gone including, but not limited to, The Mac ( The Maclaran Arms) 
has been demolished as has the Ainon Baptist Chapel
and the Workman’s Institute
which has been replaced by the brand new Abertysswg Rugby Club which,apparently, formed part of the village’s Millennium redevelopment. All my immediate relatives, my Dad’s Brothers and Sisters have, with the one exception, all passed away and I have no idea where in the village the exception, my Aunty Barbara, now lives. I nearly called into the Rugby Club but soon realised that no one under the age of 45 would have the slightest clue who I was (I left in 1976) and decided against this idea. We stopped, briefly, at the sheltered accommodation where my dad had lived and Nat showed Han the Pit Wheels he climbed on as a Two Year Old! After this we headed down the Rhymney Valley heading for Cardiff stopping off at Caerphilly to see the castle and take numerous pictures. Eventually we drove to Miskin Manor (a timeshare property) where we would be spending the week. As you will see from the link it’s a beautiful place and every evening we used the pool and sauna and most evenings I popped into the manor for a couple of pints in the beautiful old lounge. We travelled extensively during the week, the weather was gorgeous more like April/May than February. When we visited Porthcawl ( where I spent all my School Summer Holidays from age 5 to 13 - Six Weeks a year on Millionaires Mile and the other Forty-six  on a council estate - it's no wonder I'm mixed up) we were able to walk on the beach at Coney Island and some of the stall holders came and opened their stalls for the day (these are usually closed in October and don’t, normally, reopen until April/May time. We visited the The Rhondda Heritage Park, Big Pit , St Fagans: Natural History Museum, Cardiff Museum, The Cardiff Bay Development and many other places. The pictures of our week can be seem below: