OK - James

Plans Change!!

So much for making plans last Saturday!

I ended up having a tummy bug/upset starting straight after Saturday lunch..  2 days of rest and I am feeling a bit more human!  I did work this morning, and 4 of the 5 were really nice which helped.  I do have a headache, so won't be doing much this afternoon to make sure I fully get rid of the bugs.

But before I go

2. Have you ever had a long distance relationship?
Never had a relationship, so no!
Spike - close up of face (R-S-D)

Another Month Is On The Way

... how did that happen? Somehow August arrives tomorrow, so we are well over the half way point!

So I have done some shopping, and some housework ... soon be time to get some dinner sorted.

This afternoon I am being collected by someone from my Church, and we are meeting up with a few other people for a summer get-together. Apparently it is an annual event, but I am new to the "event" ... good thing that numbers are allowed indoors now as it seems a bit damp today.

In other news my postage today was the return of my grandmother's 2 engagement rings. They had been worn through with wear, and both were missing a stone ... one a ruby, and one a diamond. So that was an expensive job, but am pleased they are done. I had sent them to a jeweller who is a brother of someone I work with and am pleased with the result.

Anyway, lunch is calling! So I am off ... but before that ...

31. Have you ever cried in school?
Probably - as I was bullied.

Ummmm - somehow 1st August wasn't on my list, so if others have it I will post that on Monday

Have a good weekend
M&D wedding


Well as I have mentioned a couple of times with the photos I have posted, I was on holiday in The Lake Distict, and staying in the town of Keswick The main reason that I started to plan this trip (a couple of years ago) was to go to The Keswick Convention It was in it's 145th year ... the first year Dad went was 1947 and then was a steward for the next couple of years while he was at Bible College. In 1950 Mum & Dad both went, and then stayed on for another week, in different hotels, of course. They had only met up for an occasional day, and were mostly in contact by letter, so decided they needed to spend this week to actually get to know each other ... and whether they had a "future". And, yes, they got engaged that Christmas! I had always said I would go - so I did. Last year they had moved from the venue they would have known to an abandoned pencil factory (and, yes, I went round the museum while I was there, as well!)

As I as heading into the Convention one morning -

The world's largest pencil ... The yellow pencil was completed on 28 May 2001, is 7.91 metres (26 ft) long, and weighs 446.36 kilograms (984.1 lb)

Keswick is one of the main holiday resorts for The Lake District





Yes, they have a museum -
Napolean's Teacup
Musical Stones, made in 1785

As it was so hot I didn't do much travelling around, but there again the lake is beautiful and nice to spend time just reading & people-watching. (I also did a trip on a boat on Dewentwater on Thursday)







On the outskirts of Keswick is Castlerigg Stone Circle which I did go and see -


St Swithun Was Wrong

Well, we did get a bit of rain overnight, and it's now quite grey with a bit more rain forecast over the next few days. Well we actually had a dry St Swithun's (15 July) - so that means that we should have had 40 days dry, as the poem from 1599 goes -

St. Swithin's day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
St. Swithin's day if thou be fair
For forty days 'twill rain nae mair.

Oh well, the other side of my nature thinks that it's normal for an English summer!!

On another note I am still working hard at splitting up my days to help my CFS. I honestly think it is beginning to work, because over this last week I haven't reached the "crash" point. So I do my normal things, but try to split jobs, do mental things, physical things, etc in split sections ... and yes, have 3 half hour gaps where I sit and read (I am meant to sit and do nothing, but actually relax easier to read fan-fics!!). So, although it's a long way to go I do feel that I am going to have a positive outcome at some point in the future.

So having written that, I need to change "jobs" ... so ...

30. What would you miss most if you moved from the area you currently live in?

I feel I am near everything, one of my brothers (in fact the other is only 90 mins away), shops, transport, hospital, parks .... but also 1/2 hour away from the sea, or moors ... so really there is so much that I would miss
James - head tilt (white with blue backg

Just A Quickie!

Only here to do the meme

Have had a day off work, and have got some housework done, some photos sorted, had a walk and played clarinet/sax for 12 minutes .... even got some ironing done.  So it's been a good day  .... and yes, I know, I still haven't caught up with you all ... sorry

29. Have you ever met an online friend in real life?

Yes - a few at James events.
I have also met up with deborahw37 a couple of times in London.
When I was in USA I also met up with act3scene1 in Washington State
Poppy Wreath


One of the places I visited on my way up North was The National Memorial Arboretum

It was well worth the visit - my brother & his wife had visited it a few times, and told me that I needed to visit.  I hate to say it, but they were correct!

It is impossible to try to capture the place in pictures, but here are a few in the hope that you get some idea of what the space is about.  I can honestly say, if you get the chance, you must spend the day here, it is a very special place.

Womens Land Army and Womens Timber Corps
Showman's Guild
Shot at Dawn - sadly a lot of young men/boys were shot for cowardice, although it is probable that most of them were suffering from Shell Shock & Battle fatigue.  Each of these posts list the name of those who have, now, been pardoned posthumously
Royal Tank Regt - the central tree in the display (not seen on thei photo), was an oak tree grown from an acorn from Cambrai (the site of the first major tank battel) ... and a place I aim to visit next Spring.
Royal Navy - apparently the colours are the same shades found in the seas where the Navy served.
Royal Leicestershire Regt
Pegasus Bridge Memorial Flight - I was at Pegasus Bridge May 2019
Not Forgotten Assocation
Military Police
Household Division - One of my grandfather's was in the Coldstream Guards in the 1920's
Horses - yes, they are beautiful creatures and have served us in all fields of war for centuries.  However for me I also remembered the many horses I have known and especially those who I know have died ... RIP Jaykub
Home Front - Dad was in the Home Guard, part of the Home Front services
Evacuees - Mum had 2 evacuees living with her for much of the war
Armed Forces Memorial - in memory of all those who have died since the end of WWII
... and inside


Merchant Navy - this ia a gun from a MN ship, served with defensive equipment.  One of my Great Uncles served on these guns, and was torpedoed 3 times
Christmas Truce - I saw the actual location from Christmas 1914, in 2018
Burma Railway - they say that for every sleeper laid, a life was lost.  This is part of the actual railway built then

Wordsworth - In Two Parts

I am not great at actually remembering poetry, but I do know as a child we studied, and were meant to have learnt the famous poem by William Worsworth

Here it is, for those who like me, don't know it!!

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

Well he lived his life in The Lake District, and there were 3 houses that he lived in open for public ... although I only got to see the one.  That was the one that he was born in, and lived in for 9 years, in Cockermouth -





I also went to Grasmere - and this is "The Daffodil Garden". Obviously I was there in the wrong time of year, but this is apparently where he got the inspiration for the poem


And, this is his grave



The Church and village





Only 10 Minutes ... But ...

I am really pleased with myself!

I actually played both my clarinet & saxophone for 5 minutes each, and that was the first time in 19 months.  So am pleased to have done something at long last.  Both getting back into my long-term hobbies, but also trying to get my breathing soted out (thus a short time, but I will try to keep going now I have done day #1)  Nick bought me a book of clarinet music as part of my birthday present, so I am determined (on so many levels) to get playing again.

Clinic was busy today.  Only one weirdo in the bunch, but he was a super-weirdo!!!!

Now I have more photos to edit before posting some more her ... and, yes, I will try and catch up later.  But, before I go -

28. Musician you would like to see live if you had the chance?

Guess who!  I have already seen him!

I would like to have seen Beethoven conduct some of his work, as I love his music, and he was such a complex person, with a terrible diasbility.
Mum - lake Bled

Just Doing The Meme ....

Well, plus an extra!

On my way home I visited  Auntie Mary (Mum's best friend).  She wasn't expecting me as I hadn't known when I could get there, but it was so lovely to see her -


She is 91, and still totally independant, which makes it lovely to catch up with her.  We do speak every 2 - 3 weeks, but nice to see her in person.

And, as I said -

27. What celebrity death(s) that effected you the most?

I remember Elvis Presley's death - we were on holiday in France, and I was always a fan ... suddenly whatever radio you heard, in whatever language there was his music.  I still can't believe he was only 42.  And, yes, I still like his music.

Like everyone I do remember hearing about Diana, Princess of Wales.  I think what I found hard about her was that she was a week younger than me.  Another young life.
James - Discovery Channel

History & More History

As I said I have been to The Lake District for a Christian Convention, and we were asked to, if possible, miss a day to help with numbers.  So on the Wednesday I headed further north, to almost Scotland, and visited Carlilse. While there I went to 2 main locations - the first was Carlilse Cathedral









These are paintings done in the 15th century ... done directly on the back of the choir stalls and still in situ.

From there I went to Carlilse Castle .... A lot of history here, as well as a museum. So lots of photos, but here are a few to share -





15th century "graffit"
Guess who -


They had a couple of D-Day vehicles on display as well.  I got chatting to the owner and it turned out that this vehicle had been used by military police on SWORD beach .... that is the beach that my friend Ted had landed on, on the the 6th June.  So it was moving to realise that Ted would have seen this vehicle in action.  RIP Ted, you were a good friend.

The Romans, when they conquered England, built a wall to keep Scotland away (of course the countries were not these names/layout in those days). It was called Hadrian's Wall I decided that rather than go to Carlilse museum, I would head the extra few miles north to see Birdoswald Roman Fort which is still being excavated.