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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary summary week ending 26th May 2024
« on: Sunday 26 May 24 09:08 BST (UK)  »
Belated best wishes Viktoria

The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary summary week ending 12thMay 2024
« on: Sunday 12 May 24 10:55 BST (UK)  »
Yesterday I spent a very pleasant afternoon in the Somerset village of Rode, near Frome. It was the occasion of a musical Garden Party in the grounds of the local Methodist Chapel and the small Brass group to which I belong, Bath Vintage Brass ,(the name will give you a clue!) had been booked to play for the last hour. This was the first time I had met up with the Band members since last September, when Jane's condition had started to deteriorate. What a lovely welcome they all gave me- I was not playing, but enjoying their "musical" contribution to the proceedings, including, much to my joy, an arrangement which I had recenty done for them of Ride the Chariot, an old negro spiritual.
This will be another step along the road to some form of normalisation and I think I will soon be ready to start playing again with them.

The Common Room / Re: Old Houses / Todays houses
« on: Thursday 09 May 24 16:47 BST (UK)  »
I had the opportunity a couple of years ago to visit the house in which I was born and grew up in for the first nine years of my life. I knew that it had been extended but I think , on reflection , that I would have rather not visited. There was very little of the existing layout of the house which had not been changed in some manner. It was hardly recognisable as that in which I had grown up. Sad really, but I guess it fitted the requirements of the subsequent owners.

The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary summary week ending 12thMay 2024
« on: Wednesday 08 May 24 10:23 BST (UK)  »
Today marks the first significasnt milestone since my dear Jane died. Her birthday. We started going out just before her 17th birthday 57 years ago and got engaged on her 18th. So many happy memories. Today will be one of quiet reflection on those 57 years we were together.
A beautiful floral tribute from Andrew and the family in Australia delivered first thing this morning from the local florist.
Sadly Mark will not be down today because of the train strike disruption but he will be down later in the week.

The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary summary week ending 28th April 2024
« on: Thursday 25 April 24 14:17 BST (UK)  »
No three-up either! ;)

The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary summary week ending 28th April 2024
« on: Thursday 25 April 24 12:37 BST (UK)  »
Two "Old Comrades" chatting before the Parade. The lady was wearing her dad's medals- RAAF Pilot. She told me she was not aware until quite recently of his WW2 experiences and had only just received his medals, which she wore with great pride.

The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary summary week ending 28th April 2024
« on: Thursday 25 April 24 12:22 BST (UK)  »
It always impresses me at the way in which ANZAC DAY is celebrated in Australia. Our visit in 2017 co-incided with it and we went to the settlement of Wolumla NSW. The parade was led by the children from the local primary school to an open air service which was followed then by a splendid bun fight in the Memorial Hall.

The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary summary week ending 21st April 2024
« on: Monday 15 April 24 10:27 BST (UK)  »
April is the first significant milestone since Jane died. It is the 19th anniversary of our first visit to, and when we fell in love with Australia. The occasion was the wedding of our son Andrew to Celine.  No ordinary wedding for them in a church but a civil ceremony in a clearing in the eucalyptus forest of the Opeia Camp site in the Lorne Angahook State Park , Victoria. This was about 100km south west of Melbourne at the eastern end of the Great Ocean Road. I loved the name of the track which led to the camp site- Breakfast Creek Road.  Sadly I can find no mention of this site any longer in existence.
As befitting our son and new daughter-in-law, the mode of dress for the guests was somewhat unconventional- fancy dress in wahtever style took your fancy, but Mum and Dad stayed traditional!
I can recall the somewhat basic sleeping conditions- we had a cabin rather than a tent, and the music for the younger elements of the guests just played and played until about four in the morning! No problems with the sound for the "neighbours" as we were well distant from the nearest residential area- but it kept me awake just a few hundred yards from where they were performing!

The Lighter Side / Re: What exactly did an Ayah do
« on: Thursday 11 April 24 08:40 BST (UK)  »
I can vaguely recall Ayahs and doby from my brief spell in Kenya back in the early 1950s. And on return to England always greeted my parents with "Jambo". (hello).

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