Life seems to have been unbelievably busy since the last update.
England positively STUFFED Australia – in Australia – at Rugby. They have never done that before. This is a Good Thing!
Pam and I went over to RHS Harlow Carr for their first ever flower show. Gardening fans will know immediately what I'm talking about. Not the brightest day, but still dry enough and "full enough of flowers" to make it a great day out.
I went down to Birmingham for a Bloggers – Authors – Meeting, held in a really nice pub just next to the "New" New Street Station, and put together by Kim Nash. (otherwise known as Kim the Bookworm) Some old friends and a few new ones and well worth a couple of hours on the train.
July started with a bang – July 1st is my Birthday, and I had 486 Facebook Happy Birthday wishes. As many of you will know, I always try to reply to messages as soon as I can, so it kept me busy all day. We were off to London during the day as well; an old friend's wedding on Saturday.
|This is one of the better pics of Pam and I of recent times.|
|Mr & Mrs Mike Eastgate|
As you can see there were lots of old friends, festivities, and Dad-Dancing!
This was followed by a meet-up with other friends in West London – out in their garden with 2 sets of twins, a 5-month old and three more under-fives. They were ALL well behaved, and a total pleasure to be with.
|This is my mate William! 5 months old.|
|...and Charlotte & Johnathan.|
The Monday saw us both fulfil a long-held ambition to visit the Royal Observatory. I was one of the last generation of seamen for whom Celestial navigation and an accurate time source was, literally, a matter of life and death. It is sad that many ship's officers today will never use a sextant or an azimuth mirror in their lives, outside, perhaps, of the classroom. The most valuable navigation tool on a ship's bridge today is a finger!
|Pam bestriding the Hemispheres!!|
From Pam and the girls, I got a Trail Cam for my birthday. Some great hedgehog pics coming through. I'm currently working out how the different settings affect the results. The hedgies (4 of them now) don't seem to mind it at all. Neither does the mouse!!
No sooner were we home from this trip than I was heading over to Lancaster for this year's RNA Conference. A super venue, some great sessions and talks, and two days of non-stop talking.
As is my wont, I had the camera surgically attached to my right hand; it was great snapping people, and of course, seeing so many old and new friends. As I write, a lot of my friends are complaining massively of lost voices, sore throats, and complete exhaustion – as am I. I wonder why?
I love taking pics, and there are some people who I find my camera loves. It is just SO easy to get a decent photo of them. From the camera's point of view, I would say they all have lovely "open faces". Bearing in mind I'm a "snapper" rather than a proper photographer, I would love to know if anyone else finds this. There are some people though, who are delightful to meet and know, but I just never seem to be able to get the photo I want. Isn't that weird?
In no particular order, the easy ones to snap last weekend include Immi, Katie, Jenni, Iona, Lucie, Liz, Rae and Karen.
|A super pic of both Katie and Sue.|
Hopefully, the next few weeks will be a little more restful – but somehow I doubt they will be! Enjoy your summer. I expect the next big update to be after our holidays in France.
Enjoy the hot weather!!
John (who welcomes your comments!)
A few links:
Karen Aldous: http://www.karenaldous.co.uk/
Rae Cowie https://www.blogger.com/profile/10213969901991611348
Liz Fenwick http://lizfenwick.com/
Lucie /Wheeler http://luciewheeler.co.uk/
Iona Grey http://us.macmillan.com/author/ionagrey
Jenni Harper http://jennyharperauthor.co.uk/
Katie Fforde www.katiefforde.com
Sue Moorcroft http://www.suemoorcroft.com/
Imogen Howson imogenhowson.com
The Romantic Novelists Association:
The Royal Observatory, Greenwich.
RHS Harlow Carr https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/harlow-carr