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Autumn/winter 2019

Long time, no see! Well, it's like this you see. Normally Dad would have uploaded a page at half term after a caravan trip but this year Dad's Uncle Alec who is 91 had a fall and spent 12 hours on his back on the lounge floor. Dad spent a few days with him which knocked our Brighton trip and Cotswolds visit on the head. He recovered quickly from the shock thankfully.

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Let's go back to August first. After our holiday in Wales we had a few days out. One was to London to Madame Tussauds to visit our friends in high places or back in time.

Wasn't Queen Victoria small!

And wasn't Nelson Mandela tall! My house in primary school was named after him.

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Dad chose to be photographed alongside Charles Dickens, more of him later.....

 

After a pleasant few hours we had a late lunch in Regents Park which was a short walk away. Note the weather on this day: sunny!

We took a bus ride (at the front of the top deck of course) to the South Bank for a flight on the London Eye at 5pm. Very enjoyable and good views to enjoy. Afterwards we had a take-away in Victoria Embankment Gardens before making our way to Liverpool Street Station and home. A good day.

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Time for another animal pic. This is Rosie eyeing up Topsy. Unfortunately we had to have Tipsy (Topsy's friend) put to sleep mainly because of a bad jaw abscess. Rosie often goes nose to nose with Topsy and has been seen giving her a good licking!

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Suddenly it's September and I'm back at school, Yr 8 now.

School is OK, I'm gaining house points all the time, I enjoy the friendship and fun but not all of the lessons. Dad is so out of touch he just sits there and shakes his head with disbelief at the way things are run these days.

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Mum's doing well with her camera! (Below)

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I've already explained in the first paragraph why our half term trip didn't happen, but we did manage to have a couple of days out. I watch Holby City and when I discovered there is a temporary exhibition in the library at Borehamwood we just had to go. I think Dad found it more interesting than me but it was definitely worth seeing.

(I'm sorry that the advertising poster is a bit difficult to read.)

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Another day was spent at Hornchurch Country Park, about an hour away heading towards London. As you can see the weather was a bit iffy but it didn't rain too much.

It used to be the RAF Hornchurch airfield, the remains of which can still be seen in places. The nature trail also included an airfield trail.

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Mum and some ladies decorated the church wonderfully for harvest. She also made this corn sheaf by moulding it by hand, baking it and painting it with varnish for protection. Note the mouse!

Mum also did the display (below) for the funeral of a church member who served in the RAF. The display was also used for Remembrance Day.

Each November the Royal British Legion establishes a Field of Remembrance in the grounds of Westminster Abbey. The field is a sea of remembrance crosses with scarlet poppies - a symbol of remembrance and a tribute to the memory of ex-Service men and women. Nanny and her sister Rhoda paid to have a cross displayed in remembrance of their father: L.W.Oliver

Mum and Nanny spent a day in London which included visiting Westminster Abbey to see the crosses.

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Just what is Mum doing at Abbey Road recording studios? Recording three tracks, that's what - along with around fifty other Rock Choir members!

There are branches of the rock Choir all over the the UK, Mummy joined the Gt Dunmow choir, not knowing there was a Braintree one. Above are both choirs together.

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Some miscellania to follow.

A Christmas card flower arrangement and Mum was awarded first prize. Well done, Mum!

Grandad Saunders' favourite Dickens book was The Pickwick Papers. At drama on Saturday mornings we did a little show with excerpts from several Dickens' books. You'll never guess who I am. Yes, Samuel Pickwick! (Poor pic I'm afraid - a cropped mobile phone image.) Incidentally, Dad has read his Dad's copy which his father acquired around 1946 whilst at St. John's Teacher Training College in York.

Another zoomed in and cropped photo, this time of a sparrowhawk in next door's garden. Worryingly, it's looking towards another neighbour's garden where their rabbit runs around at times.

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Christmas was a quiet affair this year. Great Auntie Margaret is no longer with us, which meant that Dad's cousins and one of their spouses didn't come, neither did one of Mum's aunts and uncles, and Dad's uncle Alec felt unwell and stayed at home. Nanny rang early on Christmas Day to say she was unwell but had picked up when we visited after church and came for lunch after all. That's 4 instead of the usual 12 ish.

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January 1st 2020 started with a drive to Walton on the Naze. We were surprised to find the road busy and the car park at the Naze full. Because of that we parked along the beach road and walked for 1/2 hour to the town, found a cafe which does excellent fresh cooked food, visited the pier and then back to the car. Of course, Dad had to meet someone he knew - a colleague from Foodbank. Meanwhile, he has a little helper on the Playhouse  Line.....

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And finally, just to prove you are never too old to muck about!

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That's all Folks! I hope you enjoyed a look at our photo album. Have a great 2020!

Love from Abigail.

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