Trials,Tribulations and Happy Moments in my busy life

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Hickstead,saying Goodbye

Hi folks.

sadly this is the last from the MCC National Rally.  Fortunately it was the pack up day it rained but the weather had been kind to us all week. Just a few of the showground that some people may have missed. Sue and I really enjoyed the National our second since being members.
So I will leave you with a few of the Showground.

Last shot of the campsite before the flag comes down and time to get packed.

Hope you enjoyed the sets from the pre and the national, may see you on a campsite in the near future.

Best regards, Mike

Monday, 20 June 2016

Mucking about on the river

Hi folks,
just a few more of Walton on Thames to finish up with, along the tow path was this quaint run down cottage with lots of interesting "quirky" items in the front garden. Good to photograph but not allowed to enter the property so all taken from the tow path.

Looking over the wall., we stopped at this three times and each time found other interesting things.

See what you can pick out, Tom, Plane, Bust, Floodlight and many more.........................

Lots of copies of this sign but I recon that this was an original.

Mr Hodges................"put that light out"

Strange door bell.

Bananas, Teresa's Mascot on the wall trying to get a look in..

Earlier, Teresa, known by a lot of you being reunited with him after she left him at the van.

Lastly a couple of the Thames.

Looking towards Walton on Thanes from the footbridge as the sun began to set.

We have to say that Mandy and John excelled themselves with the location of the site, thanks to all in the Surrey group. We will be back next year. Mike and Sue

Friday, 17 June 2016

Trip to Windsor with the MCC #2

Hi again folks,
carrying on with out trip and a walk around Windsor.

As the plaque says and it was so small the pictures do not show it although the building on the left really did slope over like that.

The door brings it back into perspective, it's a wonder it opened.

We arrived just over a week since the Queen as there and there were still banners about, I'm surprised they had not been taken for souvenirs.

View from inside the Guild Hall with bunting still around.

Penfold hexagon pillar box painted green to apparently look less obtrusive although people kept bumping into them pre 1874. Anybody know what reign?

Outside the Guild Hall with the ladies bringing up the rear.

Shall we go in, well no it was nearly lunch time so Weatherspoons won the day.

A little bit of history on the pub.

After lunch it was time to walk it off down by the river. We watched whilst the swans had there lunch and my did they get fed well, not with bread I might add but pellets on sale by the water.

We headed back to the bus station via the park and sat whilst the clouds started to gather We had a great time and our friend John spent the remaining time taking pictures of the planes going and coming into Heathrow.
Thanks for looking, Mike

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Trip To Windsor with the MCC

Hi folks,

still on the pre-National, we went on the coach trip to Windsor, that is two coach loads of members.
The weather was fine and had a great time walking around the town with a Weatherspoons lunch.. We arrived at the coach station to begin our day with some lovely sights even as we disembarked the coach.

On arrival a view from the station looking across to Windsor with the sun shining adding to our day.

Greeted by the mock Queen  in the station.

Great detail in the badge.

Walking through the station I looked up at it's fantastic roof.

And on to the Station ticket office, wow what a building.

As we walked inside the decoration and the woodwork where out of this world.

Just look at the roof.

Up into the town we went and the first thing we noticed was the crowds forming at the castle.

Apparently it was time for the changing of the guard so we waited a while to see the event.

Out of the castle they came, the pipes filled the air with music.

Followed by the Guardsman, what a great start to a lovely day.
We continued to explore the town with more pictures to come, all the best Mike

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

T'was a quiet evening by the lock.

Hi again folks,
Back at Sunbury lock and the pre-National with the MCC on a quiet evening just before 6pm and the lock keeper was just about to clock off.

We heard a noise and a lot of commotion from the lock and ran out of the campsite gate so see what was afoot.

Coming up the river was this convoy towing the Neo up stream for a refit. One boat at the bow with two ropes connected to the Neo and another behind for stopping and steering the rear end.

Gingerly it entered the lock with the crew pushing it off the walls as it went.

Safely in the lock she was tied up all safe and sound.

The lock keeper then appeared not very happy as he did not know whether authorization was given to enter the lock. After a long chat the Neo was allowed to proceed and I wondered what all the fuss was about.

Out of the lock she was towed so she could continue her journey up river.

She looked quite a strange conversion with a newly built sundeck on the top. Still wondering what all the fuss was about I asked the lock keeper who was concerned about the height of the superstructure and the footbridge ahead. If the vessel got stuck the lock keeper would have to notify the rest of the locks to drain part of the canal .

Fearing the worst and the chance of a good photo I ran ahead to the footbridge in anticipation.

Looking at the top rail on the top deck I was not sure that it would clear the bridge.

As luck would have it through she went with about six inches to spare.

Through the other side and it was very close and saved the lock keeper a lot of paperwork.

And off she went to complete her refit, maybe someone will see her again on the Thanes soon.
Thanks for looking all the best, Mike