Saturday, 18 December 2010
Friday, 17 December 2010
Tuesday, 14 December 2010
|Lesley and Jill waving the flag|
Last week saw us at the Symphony Hall again this time to see The Police Symphony Orchestra do their version of last night at the proms, it was a cracking evening enjoyed by all present.
We had to be on our best behaviour as we were seated directly behind the Chief Constable and quite a few assistant Chief Constables from several forces, but once the second half was under way there was no stopping us, singing/wailing waving throwing, even the scrambled egg took part, High Spirits!
|Rings on her finger, bells on her toes/wrists this lady 'll make music! where'er she goes.|
Monday, 13 December 2010
Thursday, 9 December 2010
On Monday the 6th December 2010, Caxton and Matilda Rose have been cruising these beautiful lands of ours together for 2 years.
|Cafe Rouge, Brindley Place, Birmingham.|
Armed with Tesco vouchers Lesley, Joe, Jill and I had a wonderful meal at Cafe Rouge, we ate drank and became merry, well very merry.
So merry in fact that Jill and Joe were having a chameleon competition, neither quite managed to obtain the right shade, but there again, neither would a chameleon, can anyone tell me why?
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
Since we have been Iced in here in Birmingham, we have been neighbours with a boat named Jacala, and one of our neighbours came to call whilst his dad went to the shops.
Dylan is a cross Border Collie, Jack Russell and is adorable, our boys just love him. He settled down very well until.....
|Dylan and Daisy stare each other out. Dylan wishes he had longer legs!|
Sunday, 5 December 2010
Friday evening after she had returned from a free classical guitar concert at the Museum, Jill persuaded me to go to the Friday Rush-hour concert at the Symphony Hall.
|Carol Brewster and her Band|
The theme was Jazz, Jill had said if it got too heavy we could leave, but there was no need for that. We had front row seats and the entertainment was superb. I couldn't understand Jill's infatuation with the Sax player!
Thursday, 2 December 2010
It rather looks as if we could be over wintering in Birmingham whether we like it or not. We expected to stay for about 5 days, but we all know what happened next. With G away at an RAF helicopter reunion in London, I took myself off to the Symphony Hall for a Classic Rock Concert by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - it was sensational and I bounded back to continue rocking around MR high on adrenalin (there was no one around to bother, only the boys and Daisy and they are used to a lunatic mum).
Flushed with joy at a reunion with live music, I booked myself into the Town Hall for a lunchtime organ recital on Monday.
A magnificent beast. Unfortunately, due to G returning from London with man flu, I was very tired and had a tendency to nod off. That's my excuse, but it was a little too highbrow for me if I'm honest. So I've gone back to basics and booked last night of the proms and a carol service-bit more suited to an unedumacated me.
Birmingham now starting to look quite festive - this is Brindley Place.
Stalactite hanging under the bridge as we walked home. I can do culture!!
The Birmingham Pantomime Horse race took place last Sunday, Jill, Lesley and I decided we needed a bit of an cheery uplift, as we are stuck hard here on the BCN. The crowds were out in their thousands at the German Market and a few spilled over into Broad Street to watch this hilarious event.
|Horses and riders lining up to enter the Parade Ring|
|Competitors pay the event organisers £50 to hire the costume and then are able to raise money for their chosen charity|
|The Ladies Race was a stylish affair, but as the race went on we saw who were the fillies and who were the mares.|
|The men's race was a little more hectic, not so much studs more like thugs, sorry lads.|
|Mens race on the final run in down hill to the finish.|
|Ah and here comes 'Viagra' a little 'Hard' to control|
|And 'Viagra' again with his trews down around his ankles, the pill must have worn off!|
Thursday, 18 November 2010
Stop lock gate at t'other end - looking quit majestic in the autumn sun.
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
We're hanging around a bit waiting to take delivery of our new mattress at Lyons Boatyard at Warstock, so we wandered up onto the Worcester & Birmingham Canal to Kings Norton last Friday.
Woke on the Saturday to glorious sunshine and wandered up into the town to find, not only a farmers market,
but also to find that morris dancers were in town; dancing in front of the old Saracens building and the 14thC church.
Very special - England at it's finest.
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Last night just before I went to bed I received a message to say that my Cousin Mark and Lynne were in Stratford upon Avon and where were we? A couple of phone calls later this morning and we had very welcome visitors.
|Mark learning the right way to ENTER 'MR'|
|Baxter taking up his usual position on a visitors Lap|
|Lynne in the background nattering to Jill whilst Mark and I watch the Grand Prix.|
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Slobbing out on the boat this morning, G saw a Border Collie hit our bow followed by ripples extending out where Daisy over-shot her safe haven and went straight in on the other side. G shot out into the well deck and I hit the waterside hatches - no trace of her! We were both thinking she'd gone straight down when we saw the sunlight catching drops of water off the stern deck!!!!! In the time it took me to open the side hatches, she'd swam 66ft of boat and exited via the rear tipcat (should it be called an exitcat?) and was shaking water off of her coat. She's always been a strong swimmer, but that was impressive. Now David and Sue on NB Beefur have recently acquired a kitten called Nemo who seems to be finding difficulty in staying out of the water. I've had a word with Daisy and she's happy to teach Nemo the basics (ie crawl, breaststroke and butterfly) plus exit techniques using fenders, tipcats, branches, dogs tails, etc..
This was our mooring at Dickens Heath as we left today in the sunshine. We needed water and we needed to make arrangements for delivery of our new mattress, so we moved up to Warstock to see if Lyons Boatyard would let us have it delivered there. They kindly said that we could. A pint in the dog friendly local also revealed a quiz tomorrow night, so we, weather permitting, might just give it a go if we can keep Lesley up late enough.
G taking MR under Shirley lift bridge. I liked this one, all it takes is the twist of a key and the push of a button to drop the barriers, lift the bridge and stop the traffic and joggers. POWER; I love it.
Monday, 8 November 2010
The Management company who run this complex think that it's a little down market to call the Stratford Canal a canal, instead they call it the Stratford on Avon Waterway, 1 bedroom apartments start a £116,000