I went over to Grimsby first, a straight forward clear run, left just before 6am and was there just after 8am. I think Grimsby has descended to watching paint dry status so I'll put off the return run until 2020, really it was to a lesser extent the same at Scunthorpe but no sun! The M62 motorway was then blocked by a lorry burning and so I had to come back down the M1 and across the A50 to Stoke, still a lot more miles but it got me home with no hold ups, those who went to the Woodhead Pass as an alternative found themselves stuck for longer than the M62 hold up. Still no ink arrived for the DVD printer, Amazon are delivering the non urgent colours tomorrow inevitably the one I really need which is the black is not yet there to send, Mandy is going to try the people who supplied the machine and all our covers and discs, shame as I could have called at their Doncaster warehouse today. Bullied by 2 lorries one on M1, Steel Distributions and the other something like Gerry Jones Transport, must look it up as it had a cherished plate. Photos from Grimsby this morning.
Confusing weather this week so I'll play it safe, I'll check with tv weather on BBC this evening, possibly Grimsby and Scunthorpe but lots of alternatives. Thursday allocated to trucks but again depends on weather, lots of places on my list to cover though. The adverts must be out an avalanche of DVD orders which I'll have to prepare this evening for Mandy, still waiting for disc printer ink to arrive, probably Wednesday. Today took Mandy to Southern Cemetery , she was impressed by the restoration work i'd done on the marble memorial. I'm going to see if the same company make anything to treat granite. Mandy has eventually unpacked and assembled the new cordless Bosch vac ( made in China). Spoke briefly to John Bishop re Ukraine, last minute touches to spread sheet , its printed now and in the file, getting train to Gatwick with Virgin/Gatwick Express.Friday this week we'll be local as we have an evening event at RNCM, gin and music, can't be bad. Albert is looking to stay in July so I've sent possible dates, lots of constraints like being in Ukraine first half of the month! Here are some Bournemouth shots from our Hampshire trip week before last.
Yes today a pleasant in the back garden! Plenty in the fields but never before at No17 Birchwood Drive.
Shots from Brighton first stop on our trip week before last. Today I loaded up all the recent releases on DVD to all our shops including EBay. We went up to John Lewis at Handforth Dean, bought new Bosch battery vacuum and looked at the 'frame' TVs which we may purchase in the sale starting Thursday. Gardening tomorrow but travels should recommence subject to weather forecast info tonight.
I did a lot today, got the covers made for the past 11 DVDs covering France, South East England buses and trucks, my eyesight is giving me no end of problems, getting me down now with no recovery evident as yet. I also got our car hired for the Reunion visit in November. I spent most of the morning completing arrangements for the Ukraine trip at the end of this month. I'll get the latest DVD list uploaded and on shop over the weekend. Very wet tody, much needed watering for garden but still windy. Haven't even thought about next week yet!
I spent a big chunk of the morning clearing up after the storm, I got everything tidied up although the lawns have had a lot of stress from the long dry spell, some rain finally promisded for tomorrow morning. I've fed, weeded, trimmed,dead headed etc and have left weeding the front to get done over the weekend. Making the tea this morning I was stunned to see the woodpecker on the feeder near the kitchen window, haven't seen any for ages and then up close. The feeders are full and plenty of birds taking food in our garden. I've also been working my way through the DVD arising from last weeks trips, all the bus ones are done save for the covers and clips are on our Youtube channel. The double vision from the stroke is still a big issue as you'll note from my spelling, eating,typing,reading are all difficult and deadheading and pulling up grass in the garden is hard without 3D vision. I've made a start sorting out the phoios as well here are a few. Canterbury shots taken Wednesday afternoon on the return from France
Photos from Le Havre docks on Tuesday
Chemin de fer de la Baie de Somme last Tueeday
Not feeling in the pink at present, the stroke and fatigue plus the sciatic pains are taking their toll but I'm cracking on with editing the week's films. Don't forget that a week next Sunday we'll be at the POPS rally and on the Saturday I'll hopefully have covered the lorries at Kelsall. So much happening at present, the wind has caused a few headaches in the garden which was looking so fabulous when we left home last week, I'll try and recover what I can after the storm tomorrow it'ws still blustery but hopelessly dry, weeks without any serious rain fall has left the front lawn parched. Some more photos for you to enjoy. Today it was the Polio Fellowship meeting at Ellesmere Port, had my hair trimmed ready for the Ukraine trip, stocked up on bird food and we had lunch at M&S and then shopping ditto, got another bottle of the superb Gratallops wine M&S stock from Alberts village in the Pyrenees. More photos at Southampton docks last week
We had a great time in Hampshire for my sister's birthday last week and then went on to France where the high light was probably seeing the otters off St Valerie Sur Somme promenade. It was our last visit to Corbie as Ian and Miguel are moving to Canada where we hope to catch up with them and friends nearby. We got back quite late as I stooped off at Canterbury after we tried Ashford but couldn't find anywhere to park and the roads were all up. These shots are of trucks at Southampton docks last week.
Click home tomorrow so s catch up with pictures coming up over the next few days. The sun finally came out in time for filming the trucks at la havre todsy. We really must go on a diet when we get back home. Our last night ever at la Macassar in corbie. here to edit.
The last daydon our present trip tomorrow aysave the homeword journey on wefbesday. Today was one of semi relaxation, we went to our favourite area around thetsomme estauary and at st vakerie sur domme we saw two otters off the promenafe. The restaurant at bonnay is now shut other than friday and sarurday so we arte at the hotel opposite the church in corbie, lots of australian touridts sround. Last night we enjoyed the lsst meal at la maccassar frkm miguel, next time will be inicsnada in a couple of years. Tomorrow the weather is set to be fine and sunny and we have a few hours in le havre to record trucks, sevind biggest port in frsnce and biggest for contsjnerss, the largest of couese ismarseiilrs. Im thinking of cuttjng doen and ghen out of the pentagablin nerve blockers, the seide effects arent worth it.n here to edit.
I'll keep it brief as tyoing on the ipad is very difficult. We had a lovely day with yvonne and grandma, it started with a very full english at a totton cafe then preparations for the part y venue .With banners, gallons etc. When we got there early sftrrafte to finish off grahams family were already gathering. The numbers grew but there were seats and canopies in the gardens so everyone spread out. Food was in great supply so much so that goody bags were needed after to clear the buffet table. That was followed in the evening with a bbq. We had a super time chatting to the great mix of friends and relations and have probably by tonight made a Canadian trip inevitable although that goes on the list with Indonesia and Australia. So much to see and time flies.. yvonne and grahams new house is nearly finished to their satisfaction, its s lovely new home and they are even getting to grips with the stoney garden area whivh is already looking good. We had a dinner out eith them in Hythe overloking the hsrbouh, s fsntsdtic evening and even watched the pier team go up and down as I tuvkrf into my half shoulder of lsmb. Today we drove from hyther to the chsnnrc tunnel and across county on the small roads to cotbir near smui
Amiens where Ian and Miguel has hosted us for do so many wonderful visits, a fun Dr circle atmosphere as they leave in t in ten days. I can't find even see the screen on the ipad domapologirs if it is slpappesrjng jumbked, weather bright and sunny!
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