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Spring 2019

 

It's March already as we start this up date. Time is flying by for me as well as Dad, but he is old! This page covers from Christmas last year to spring this year. The main reason for the photo below is to show off our new centre light display. Dad couldn't find a nativity scene anywhere so he made one with a vinyl cutout and fairy lights. I hope Jesus likes it!

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The next four pictures were at Audley End House and Garden. For the second year they put on a dazzling display of lights including projected images, a talking tree, a tiny fairing flying in a cage plus a lot more to keep us amazed. We took my friend Willow this year.
               

Unfortunately Dad photo bombed us.....

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Suddenly it's my birthday again. I'm now twelveteen according to Dad. I'll show him when I'm 13!

The photo below was taken at the stage door after the show. It shows me, our church pianist Jeanette and one of the chorus line, Zoe. Jeanette was the pianist in Zoe's dance school a few years ago.

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So what else has been happening? The old and rather small Foodbank van was stolen from the warehouse but with grants, fundraising and a big discount Dad is now standing beside their new Perjioh van. (That's Pergeot - Dad.) OK whatever.

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Cat time now. Below is Bonzo who has just spotted Oreo from next door. Luckily Bonzo, his sister Rosie and Oreo all get on well. Our two are in and out of Oreo's house and car but Oreo seems to be more respectful of other people's properties.

Our two fighting for space on a crowded worktop. GET DOWN!

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Brighton continued...
I avoided getting wet as the waves leapt up. Mum wasn't so lucky when she stood where I was. Ha ha!

Mum had her camera which is why it took so long to walk to Saltdean. This Kestrel was hovering above the cliff so still that Mum was able to snap it.

More birds, this time starlings. Whilst  waiting by the West Pier we saw some over the East Pier so the following evening was spent on it watching the murmuration as last October. Fantastic!

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Well, that's all I'm afraid. The next update will be after Easter. Not certain what we're doing but I do have an orthodontist appointment and we want to be at our church this Easter. Until then, bye bye.

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Christmas lunch! That's all of us with the exception of Mummy who took the photo and perhaps cousin Juliet who is trying to hide behind me and Auntie Margaret who is more interested in her food!
 



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No prizes for guessing what my birthday present was! Yes, another trip to London to see the musical 42nd Street - again. This time is definitely the last as it was the day before the show closed. Boo hoo. I secretly think that Mum and Dad are relieved because what with transport and food, it's not a cheap day out. (Too right - Dad.)

That's five times we've seen it, four at the Theatre Royal and once in Vancouver.

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Why a picture of an ex Trinity House lightship? Well, Dad got very excited when he saw it on our New Years Day outing. This year we took Uncle Alec with us to a rather cold and windy Harwich. Dad noticed the words Pirate Radio and Mi Amigo on the side. He was a fan of pirate radio in the 1960s and Mi Amigo was the name of Radio Caroline's ship.

This 1958 vessel was retired from service in 1994 and ended up here as a visitor attraction with exhibitions about pirate radio and its life as a lightship. Dad was the first visitor to be shown around in 2019. Fame at last! When looking at the photograph he noticed a pair of bare legs sticking out. Can you? (Upper left.)

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Let's go to Brighton! (again)
This time it was my idea so during February half term we hooked up and travelled down to Brighton for a few nights. We used the same site as last time but a different pitch. That's us, the caravan right in the middle of the picture.

Two matches were held whilst we were there. I had no idea football matches were so noisy, especially with the drums. The club is called Whitehawk. They won one game and lost one. The double decker coach is similar to the ones Dad used to drive but he couldn't get to it for a closer look.

The weather was sunny but cold in the wind. One day we walked from the caravan to the marina and continued along the Undercliff Walk to Saltdean where we had a pub meal in an almost empty pub. Mum and I caught the bus back but Dad walked, about four miles each way, door to door.

We finish with a sunset taken from the East Pier. Another one of Mum's clever pics in my opinion. Dad says the silhouettes and their shadows look haunting.

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