Thursday, October 27, 2011

You got the look

And the smile. Hope you had a good day H.

This made me giggle!

All Change!

Hi all,

Back in the land of the living. Been somewhat in-absentia for the past few whatevers. Any road up, Jen and I have come to a decision to move back to Louisiana. It is, after all, where our progeny are (mostly) and I can do what I do in the orifice here in Norfolk, VA just as easily from the deck of a boat in the bayou if I have connectivity (HATE that word!). So, I've un-orificed and now work at home whilst we decide what to do with this house. Anyone want a 2 - 3 bedroom (the third is actually a loft in which we have a TV, convertible settee and our home orifice), two full bathrooms and an additional loo (designated 2 1/2 bathrooms here), through living room, small kitchen and pretty good built in closet space in Virginia Beach? The bugger is the property market sucks and we've been consistent in buying high and selling low so, we'll likely rent the place and sit on it until things improve.

Diane, I saw your pics and comments about the tumble-downs near you. The fishing dock, I understand. Since I came to USA, Canada extended its fishing limits and foreigners fishing off the Grand Banks is now prohibited. At the same time, they severely regulated any fishing in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and, in so doing, closed down pretty much all the thriving fishing in The Maritimes - and all the industries which either supported it or depended upon it. Nova Scotia and Newfoundland had entire communities which almost shut up shop - so I assume PEI suffered the same fate. I wonder if the former owners of the houses were somehow related to the fishing industry?

Anyway, I've finally got me a computer up and running and have a few interesting pics I will share on a future visit.

Take care all.

What happens when your hip sets off alarm Helga

Know we have had this clip before - but just need to remind Helga what happens to folks from Newcastle at customs....

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

and my contribution!...

This one too

So is this one Diane.

O One very pleasant lunchtime in Derby.

Happy birthday 2

Now, this is a much nicer birthday picture. Hope you had a good one Diane.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Edmundo Ros

Band leader Edmundo Ros, the man credited with popularising Latin American music in the UK, has died at the age of 100. He died last night peacefully at his home in Spain, two months short of his 101st birthday. Ros received an OBE for services to entertainment in the New Year Honours of 2000. R.I.P.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

I'm not sure if you have seen this shot before? Although I recognize about 1/2 a dozen I can name only a few. Self in the middle, Ted Ball leaning on rail to my left. Lyle standing 3rd. from right. Ted Shaw on his left. I place this as Summer 1953.
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Talking of Peter Rees

Yes, He's the tall one!

Friday, October 21, 2011

weekend chuckle...

...the lion eats tonight!...

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A few more...

Howard and I knew the man who lived in this house. He only left a year or so ago, when he went into a seniors home and he died this year. He was in his 80's, no running water in the house, the pump he used all his life is in the last picture of this posting. One of his barns is below.

The house below burned several years ago, no-one was hurt, but it will be left until it falls down. It just doesnt make sense to me.

This picture I love, the couple whose family home it was now live in a bungalow to one side of it. It has been empty probably for 20 yrs and every year it slides a little more into the centre. The man grown a fantastic garden every year, the sunflowers were about 12ft high this yr.

The water pump belonging to the house at the top of the posting.

On Panmure Island

Isnt this sad? The inside of the last house in this posting

, how many lives were spent in it over the years?

This was a lovely barn at one time, way before my time, for horses apparently.

The house next to the barn, it used to belong to a man called Joe French many moons ago. Then after it was abandoned a man lived in it when he was seperated from his wife. That was in my memory, ;you can still see the fridge through the window. I think he left it about 15yrs ago.

This is Frenchs Wharf, once a busy fishing wharf, now abandoned and not safe. The harbour is silted up so boats couldnt get in anyway. Such a waste.

The outside of the house in the first picture. - I seem to be having trouble writing descriptions with the pictures, I cant place the cursor properly. Sorry to be taking up too much room.

Where have all the people gone.....

This house was used every summer as a vacation home when I first came to PEI in 1988, by two elderly gentlemen. Every June, they would arrive and take down the shutters covering the windows, and proceed to do renovations, until September or October when they would shutter it all up again and leave. All this ceased about 9 or 10 yrs ago, and the result is as you see.

This hydrangea bush is very big and grows in front of the ruin in the next picture. The flowers have gone over now but it must have been glorious in full flower, and for no-one to appreciate the beauty of it.

The house with the hydrangea bush to the side.

Grass has been cut (somewhat) but the house is falling apart. Now inhabited by a family of racoons.

Wreck of a barn.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


A bit of the roof fell in.
Upper portion where the air shaft was housed.
The guys had to come in from the other end,climb over the TBM and scan the damage.
Hindsight !!!!!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The family home...

Funny how we have been delving into family history a bit - but one of my cousins came upon this photo on Facebook quite by chance really - the house half the family lived in at one time - this was when it had been converted to a hotel.. with annexe at the side - used to be the ruin of the ballroom - got hit by bomb in WW2 and was never rebuilt. Lot of the trees had gone too - presume for parking spaces

Howe Girls Prince Rupert School 1954.

Found this photo posted on my Friends Reunited site. From the back row,left to right. Brenda Curtis, Jean Hines,Mavis Thompson,Sandra Snipp,Ann Harman,Mitzi Mathias,Wendy Ball,Val Alp,June Nicholas,Maggie Margate,Trixie Halliwell,Pat Bousfield, Helen Coulson.
Germany 15th Jun 1954

Monday, October 17, 2011

Albert Lee

Went to see Albert Lee in concert just recently at Hessle Town Hall (hey up Paul!) A full two hours of rock and roll including this track.

Friday, October 14, 2011

My latest endeavour...

I took a day course for felting at the Mini Mills in Eldon, about 30mins from here, it was interesting and fun. My lighthouse is a little crooked but it's old!! At least thats my excuse:-) My next project (I hope) will be a rocking chair set - seat pad and back rest. Hope to get that on the go in late November. The wall hanging is roughly 3ft x 4ft.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


As Welsh born and bred and a Liverpool supporter, I have a very big day Saturday!

Wish us luck!

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Yet another Knight of Wellow

His family originated from the tiny village of Wellow in Somerset, but he is a Yorkshireman who has lived in Jerusalem, Cairo, Durban, Germany, Denmark. He proceeded to PRS in early 1951 from Archbishop Holgate's Grammar School York and shared a room throughout his stay with fellow prefect, Jack Moore, with whom he left PRS in the summer of 1953. Joined the army in March 1954 and served as a commissioned officer until marrying in 1967.

Question: who are we talking about?

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Autumn - Last in my 4 part series

Along the way on 'Canal Lake' between Lakes Simcoe and Balsam, approx 10 hours by boat at 'China' speed
Yellow, Red and Gold. Artsy village of 'Bolsover'
Sunrise 7 AM leaving 'Rosedale Lock' Nr.Fenelon Falls
Final Lock of the 2012 season. 2 days of splendour. Approx 100 miles total.

R.I.P Chief Inspector Wexford

Actor George Baker, who starred as Chief Inspector Wexford in TV's The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, has died.

Friday, October 07, 2011

In memory of Steve Jobs

Sunday 2nd October 2011

Last weekend was the most amazing one weatherwise, this coming one will be very different - have a good weekend you all - come on England!!!!