Saturday, March 31, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
She was feeling a bit under the weather tonight, with a bit of a cough pointing up the bad omens. I hope she does not pass this one along, as we've had too many germs this season for my liking.
Have spent the evening processing some photos I took last night on the beach at Keyhaven under the light of the moon - very theraputic!
Lewi came home from school exhausted after a rugby match after school - he had in his bag a school report showing steady progress. He even remembered to fix the puncture on his bike before it was bedtime, he's a good lad!
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Sunday, March 25, 2012
It's been another fab day too on the weather front, the prickly sensation of slight sunburn on the flesh after yesterday and today.
I watched my long tailed tit again today when I was out on my bike ride, he's still busy building that nest. I have been reading Sky Hawk tonight, a book that Greg recommended to me a few days ago, so I thought I should find out what he was digesting - highly recommendable
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Lewis was unable to get inside any more, but we managed to get Mipp in instead.
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Friday, March 23, 2012
Later we played in the park and she was very eager to impress two little girls - she is an unbelievable show off.
I'm listening to Giovanni Guidi's album on CAM Jazz (2011) called "We don't live here any more" with Gianluca Petrella, who came to play for me many years ago at the Basingstoke Anvil. He's one of my faves at the mo, and I can also recommend Tommaso Cappellato's "Open" with Guidi on piano and Michael Blake on Sax
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Thursday, March 22, 2012
It's been a truly glorious day here today, warm and sunny. Even managed to get a bike ride in through the forest and was lucky enough to observe a long-tailed tit building it's nest in a thick bush of brambles. I'd just been standing at a fave spot listening to the incredible tranquility in the forest, when I became aware of it's birdsong. Once I noticed where the sound was coming from I stood stil,l and watched it come and go about five or six times. Now I know where the nest is I'll be able to track them when I pass it hopefully. Such beautiful little birds.
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
So I had to prove her wrong - she thought this picture was just brilliant, which it is of course...
I'm listening to Jason Moran - Black Stars
Guitar riff for Lewis - if you can master this I will take up singing myself
"She does it right"
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Monday, March 19, 2012
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Sunday, March 18, 2012
We had a walk from Denny Wood this morning, and I noticed the temperature sitting at 11deg C on our way back at 2pm
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012
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Thursday, March 15, 2012
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
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Sunday, March 11, 2012
Yesterday we had a similar day, although Lewis raced in a Topper, earning his first points for the Junior leaderboard. He's raring to go....
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Intended posting this picture several days ago for Gran, as she recently gave Greg a set of about a dozen Alex Rider books, which he can be seen devouring here. I must take a photo of the pike of books by the side of his bed one day to catpture his enthusiasm for reading, you can tell just by the shape of the pile and the book marks that it's a sculpture that changes daily.
Tonight as I was reading with Miranda (Charlie and Chocolate Factory) Greg wandered over and asked "Dad Can I read 'The Illiad' ?" Sitting on the top shelf in the study our Homer had been getting a little dusty, and I didn't expect the question let alone him persevere with reading it. An hour later he's read the first 700+ lines of prose and he's telling me the story so far, the battles as always most powerfully renditioned....
Posted by jonboy at 10:36 pm
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
This photo shows Bett with her husband Norman, at ease on a beach somewhere in glorious colour. The way it should be. The service at Streetly Crematorium was really touching, Martin delivering a funny and empassioned overview of her life through the eyes of her immediate family.
After the gathering in Litchfield I took David Hughes (Ila's only son) back to his son's house, and was able to share stories about Norman, Betty, Ila and Charles's life as we drove down the Birmingham Road passing their old boozing haunts (now the Toby Carvery, Shenstone), and street (Smarts Avenue, Shenstone) where they had lived, and their children John, Martin, and Elizabeth born.
I shall sign off with Martin's words in summing up her life "Mum's contribution to the happiness and success of her family and friends was enormous and she will be greatly missed. God bless you Mum for all those lovely memories..."
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Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Miranda wanted to show you her Barbie picture - do you like it?
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Monday, March 05, 2012
Now as it turned out I prefered this one with her teeth invisible but such is life. I guess I'll find another with baby teeth to mark the week she passes into grown-up life...
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Sunday, March 04, 2012
We've been to the Art Gallery in Southampton today to see the Roland Penrose and British Surrealism exhibition "The Road is Wider than it is Long". It was a really interesting show a whole gallery devoted to Desmond Morris' chimpanzee experiment and the paintings they produced! Miranda and Greg were both fascinated by them, although I was particularly interested as I've just been reading a Lee Miller biography.
Also of current relevance Greg has been playing the James Bond Theme on the guitar, so knowing his fascination with all things computerised or obotic ....
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Friday, March 02, 2012
Being Friday we went to the park tonight, even though it was getting dark. Miranda and I played on the new equipment and Lewis and Greg pounded the ball around the field. Both boys have been playing rugby in school, but they still had appetite for more. Greg has been in a TAG rugby tournament which he loved, despite not winning the event. Lewi very excited about being selected for a tournament next week to play against teams from across the South as far away as Cornwall.
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Thursday, March 01, 2012
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