Monthly Archives: September 2011

lily may has her first big family party

Lily May, at 1 month old, was the centre of attraction at the first big family get-together since her birth a month ago. Neil and Natalie were still in San Diego because of their dog Daisy’s love of chocolate, but nearly everyone else was there.

Harper and Lily are only 5 months different in age! How quick they grow.


not everyone managed to squeeze out onto the patio for the photo


159 Westfield

On the third day after it opened, I visited Westfield. Sheila and I were at Thom’s flat seeing Chris and Darren from Felicity Lord and Ellis and Co about renting the property out. It took ten minutes from Thom’s flat to get into John Lewis in Stratford City whereas Sheila took a gruelling couple of hours by tube and bus to get to the store’s Oxford Street little brother. There was an element of synchronicity that hit me later when I tried to find my car to return to the flat. Good job I had taken a photo of where I’d parked! Good old Jung!

The omens were good that day and one of the John Lewis partners, who served me, turned out to be Kuljit from Eleanor Smith School. He remembered being there in 1987. I’m no fan of supermarkets and shopping malls but, seeing how dreadful Loughton has become for shopping, it will be pleasant to find some decent shops without having travel ridiculous distances. I bought a stylus for my iPad in the new Apple Store – it cost £24 which would have also bought a lot of bananas.

Guess where I am?

gipsy caravan

Although Graham has often extolled the virtues of camping, my memories are jaundiced by my experiences which were either of small bivouac tents, which were worse than useless, or the clumsy, heavy fabric monsters that the army used, which took hours to erect.

But our children and families successfully enticed us to join them at The Orchard Campsite, just outside Wickham Market. Whilst they stayed in state-of-the-art tents, Sheila and I had the use of a genuine gipsy caravan.

We had a great time and my doubts and fears about “living rough” were dispelled. We were within yards of clean toilets and washing facilities and had a small shop/cafe from which we could buy food and drink.

Mostly we sat around talking and playing with the grandchildren. In the evening Nathan built a fire and we chatted and watched the moon and stars which, unlike in London, were visible. It was a lovely time and wonderful to have all the family together.


Woodbridge was a revelation. I have  passed the place so many times and never realised what a gem the town was. Old with lovely buildings and a harbour, this was PLU ville.

fluffy and friends

new bitch on the block

diane and kizzy

Inevitably Diane had her own way and arrived home with Kizzy, a sprocker, from Cornwall. She is named after Keziah, a daughter of Job. Kizzy is one of 5 puppies so Ray is lucky he only has the one addition to his gods.

joss and natalia get married

is that Bianca Jagger with them?