The first time I saw Rod Stewart in concert, was a couple of days after the devastating Birmingham Pub bombing on November 21st 1974. The Tavern in the Town, one of the two establishments targeted, was adjacent to the Odeon where Rod performed. I would've been 15 years old. I can't imagine how they managed … Continue reading Rod Still Rocking Remarkably at 74
There's something very special about being in a loving relationship that thrives on a (mostly!) strong partnership ethic. The intensity of running a Calendar Club store, seven days a week for around three months, really highlights this aspect of our marriage. This week's been a perfect example of sharing the responsibility, and I'm counting my blessings … Continue reading Life in Brighton and the UK
After my Boxing Day flat tyre fright, I'm delighted to report the car is back on the road - for now. We were recommended by both Darren the breakdown man, and my sister, to call Shenstone Tyres (Trade Tyre Services Midlands Ltd), who they informed me would come out to replace the tyre. I called … Continue reading Brilliant service and memories of Brighton
What a wonderful birthday week I've had - and it's not yet over ... We've spent time with friends, and more money than we care to mention has been spent too, but boy you only live once and celebrating the anniversary of our narrowboat wedding and my birth day are priceless. On our drive down … Continue reading A Brilliant Birthday Break in Balmy Brighton
Last Monday, 31st May, I abandoned Barry (again!) in Manchester to continue his solo journey up to Eldonian Village, a short distance from Liverpool. This may evoke in you a tinge of sympathy on his behalf. Or maybe a slight feeling of envy that he's boating alone and happy as a pig in the proverbial? … Continue reading Grandchildren gorgeousness, festival fun, and meeting The Modern Maori Quartet in Brighton
Continuing with my normal pattern of around 40% of the time off the boat and 60% on, I returned last Thursday from a jaunt around the country connecting with friends and family. Firstly I spent 24 hours with my eldest daughter and grandsons, as we'd moored overnight at Grindley Brook, a ten minute drive from … Continue reading Grindley Brook to Rode Heath via Brighton!
What a gorgeous place Brighton is. So vibrant and picturesque. Every time I visit my younger daughter, I understand more why she's chosen to live there. Kim's recently bought a flat in Hove so it was our first visit to her new home - and we spent a couple of evenings at a lovely local … Continue reading A Brighton birthday and a hospital visit