29th January 2017
It's a new year and my Facebook page has been kept up to date while it's has been ages since my last post on my blog... My latest project is to place clips of films on YouTube of films that might appear here... at the moment there is one clip posted... about 5 mins. long called Steam Locomotive 401708 Midland Railway Centre 1987.....
Saturday 30th May 2015
Hi everyone... I am still here although I haven't bogged for a while. I have managed to fined an internet company to host my collection of video films which I have made since the mid 1980's. I have films on may subjects but most that will appear here will be to do with transport of some form or another. The first film I have place here for viewing is one from my Classic Footage Series, "Steam Breakdown Crane RS1001 moving the ex Kilby Bridge Signal Box". This footage was filmed in 1987 at the Midland Railway Centre - Ripley - Derbyshire - England. The crane with staff and volunteers moved the signal box from Butterley Station to it's permanent site at Hammersmith. If you like all things railway or just love trains take a look. For a short time the film will be free to watch but there will be a small viewing fee for these films eventually.
The player and film is at the bottom of the menu list... let me know what you think!
Here is a music track I created not long back called "Memories Part 1" - it has an ambient feel to it and contains recordings of the sea & birds, my son when he was a baby, thunder, my mother and John Taylor... and of cause me
Over the past few days I have stayed with father as he has had to have internal examinations - all normal but he had an anaesthetic so couldn't be left... so that's great news and he has cheered up a bit! On the picture front... I have sold another Large Format Pint of a lone Spitfire... it is for a birthday present - so I am very excited that my images are liked...
Here is Sir Nigel Gresley hanging on my wall.... it gives you an idea how the pictures might look although my shelf is a bit full of stuff!...
Saturday 20th September 2014
Hi everyone... Since my post I've been gadding around the place, we have had the Skegness Open, an annual putting competition on the Arnold Palmer 18 hole putting green - John Cater won and the rest of us lost! The following day was the Melbourne Festival - Derbyshire - fantastic art - great to see Lynn Hazel and her beautiful creations there... I met Sally at The Koukou's Nest shop in Melbourne, she has agreed to sell my greetings cards of which she has 4 designs... so if your in Melbourne pop in... Today I sold my first large format Art print "Full Moon" - thank you Nathan at the Derby Transit Centre and Adam the owner has ordered one to!
Tuesday 5th August 2014
Today I've been at work and then I met up with Steve for Steak Night...
Wednesday 6th August 2014
Today has been one of those brilliant day... I travelled to York to watch my favourite band "The Waterboys" - they were fantastic playing to a nearly full audience of all ages at the Barbican - everyone was up dancing - totally fantastic!
Thursday 7th August 2014
I spent the morning browsing round York and visiting The National Railway Museum - it has to be one of the best museums in the land. In the evening I met up with Steve for a curry...
Friday 8th August 2014
I have been at work again, then went to see my Dad - he has managed to hurt his knee now and he has two appointment now at the hospital on their search for problem with his low blood count. In the evening I spent most of it producing a stack of CD's for Neve... it is her first CD single called "Never Be The Same" You can hear the title track on Soundcloud...
https://soundcloud.com/highlanedave/neve-never-be-the-same-cd-version (it looks like you will have to paste this address)
Monday 4th August 2014
Well it's Monday and I've been to work, popped in to see my Dad and now waiting for my friend Dave to materialise. He has been driving buses in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games which has now ended and he is stopping off here on his way back south...
It is the commemoration of the start First World War... my friend John Taylor has written a song about today when people will light a candle to remember... here is the link if you would like to listen to it . If it does not take you to it then paste it into your browser...
Sunday 22nd September 2013
Today is the end of our long weekend at Whitby and around. We have had a brilliant time and brilliant weather - everywhere looks great at the coast in the sun We decided to call in at the North York Railway on the way home - we spent a good few hours soaking up the atmospher! Dinner was at the Crown in Matlock...
A lovely warm sunny day and a walk along the Cinder Track from Whitby to Robin Hoods Bay (8 miles). I think the Bay Hotel is one of favorite pubs in the world.... another day in paradise!!!
I picked John up at 9:30 and headed off to the Yorkshire coast - we got to Whitby at 12:00. In the afternoon we got the bus down to Robin Hoods Bay and back again... what a great place!!
I had a great afternoon with Linda in Manchester roaming the galleries - lovely to see you... in the evening I met up with Steve for a curry...
I worked today... then went to see my mum!
Tuesday 17th September 2013
Another day at work but an evening spent in Chesterfield with John Cater and Dave Bean at Pinocio's - great food!
At work.... and the pub with Dave Bean for dinner in the evening...
It was the Melbourne Festival this weekend and I met up with Dave Bean there - it was a great event... Thank you Lynn (Hazel) for the frog - he's great!!
Saturday 14th September 2013
I went up to Sheffield in the evening to have a meal with Linda - a lovely evening thanks... great to see you!
Friday 13th September 2013
Sunday 25th August 2013
Today has been a easy day around home - in the afternoon I went visit my mum - she is a bit brighter these days but still not been out of bed... this evening John C. came over for a carvery at my local pub!
Saturday 24th August 2013
Dave B. and myself met John C. at Derby station - we had a day in Birmingham ambling around the canals in central Birmingham and the BBC... so lots of photographs (again). Later I went over to see my mother... It is Steve's 34th Birthday... the whole family came out for a meal...
Friday 23rd August 2013
I returned by bus, train, train and bus from Kington after another brilliant few days... In the evening Dave B., John C, John T. and myself went to our local Wetherspoons for dinner (John T. came later).
Thursday 22nd August 2013
I had a great day with John and Annie exploring Kington and surrounding areas including Mike Oldfield's old home, Kington it's self, Hergest Ridge and of cause the local pubs! Brilliant....
Wednesday 21st August 2013
Woopee... I didn't have to work today... so I left for Kington about 11:00am and arrived at 4:00pm - a lovely train journey to that part of the world... I met up with John and Annie in the evening...
Thursday 8th August 2013
Today John Taylor and I went walking (ambling) from Alport Height to Cromford (6 miles) as part of his jigsaw walks that will eventually link all the places he has ever lived - the sun shone, we called in at the pub on the way and I took loads of photographs... some ok I think! Check some of them out on the Large Format Prints Derbyshire page.... This evening I met up with Steve, Hannah, Neve and Marie for Curry Night... great to see them all...
Wednesday 7th August 2013
.I was at work today - as my car is still in the garage Belinda and Phil came over from Wirksworth and we all went to the newdigate for a meal... a great evening... thanks for coming over...
Tuesday 6th August 2013
I worked again today - I'm not having a lot of luck with my old banger at the moment... it has developed a massive oil leak... so off to the garage again with it... it's a good job I'm a bus person now!!!!
Monday 5th August 2013
Today nothing special - I've been at work and after went to see me mother and father (although thats quite special).... later I did manage to add more pictures to this site... so take a look!!!!
Sunday 4th August 2013
I've had a brilliant day travelling on trains and buses to get to Harrogate in Yorkshire and back again! I went to see the end of the Trans Pennine Run that starts in Manchester and finishes on the Stray at Harrogate. There were loads of fantastic lovingly restored commercial vehicles on the run... so lots of photographs. I used to film this event every year... a day full of great memories and a brilliant adventure!!!
Saturday 3rd August 2013
I'm mobile again - so I have been along to Calke Abbey for a walk and take some pictures... after a nice strolI in the park and the rain I went over to see my mother who is now in a home...
Tuesday 17th July 2012
I was not needed at work today so I took my self off on another train trip to Bradford (Derbyshire Wayfarer £5.55 to Sheffield and an off peak return from Sheffield to Bradford £7.35 = £12.90 - rail card of cause) I went to my favourite museum - The National Museum of Media. They were showing The Hubble Telescope 3D in IMAX - brilliant.
Monday 16th July 2012
I drove back from Dave's in the morning and met up with my friend for tea and chat in the afternoon.
Sunday 15th July 2012
On my way south to Buntingford I made a detour and visited Anglesey Abbey near Cambridge, then continued on to Dave’s. Again he had prepared a splendid meal for us all!
Saturday 14th July 2012
In the evening John C. and myself went to concert in Sheffield to hear the Sheffield Folk Chorale perform - they were excellent.
Friday 13th July 2012
John C. and myself had another outing. We went Leeds to visit the Royal Armouries - they were so interesting well worth a visit!
Thursday 12th July 2012
My friend came to call for a chat and a cuppa - then I went over to John C's for walk in the afternoon - not far about 3 miles.. my foot is still not a hundred percent...
Path off Hackney Road - Matlock
What has happened over the last year!
It's been a brilliantly eventful year – I have just looked back at my blog over the last 12 months, it is crammed with exiting days.
In June I visited Crich Tramways, went to London with lovely Neve, I saw Martyn Joseph at the Musician in Leicester, found the interesting Birmingham Botanical Gardens, walked through the newly opened railway tunnels on the way to Millers Dale, had fabulous evenings with friends at the Balti Towers in Burton and the Racecourse Uttoxeter, had a brilliant time in Bournemouth and the New Forest with my friends and enjoyed lovely local walks... wow when you look back life has been excellent and that was only just June!
In July I travelled to Hertfordshire to be with my friends, went on some lovely walks with Valerie including Dale Abbey, Strelley, Morley and Ingleby, I had a great weekend visiting the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway and The Bluebell Line in Kent with the boys, I loved eating out at the Jeera in Codnor, visited Hatfield House and went to Liverpool to explore the many great thing to discover there!
August started with trip to Plymouth to see everyone there, more eating out at the Balti Towers, the Newdigate, the Butchers Arms and of cause Weatherspoons! Later in the mouth John Cater and I had a few days in Glasgow looking at some of the Arts and Crafts things there, I had a great evening out in Chesterfield with John and Jenny from Australia, I had another trip to Hertfordshire, then finished the month off with an outing to Chester.
In September I had more brilliant times commencing with a meal at an Italian restaurant in Chesterfield, a visit to Staunton Harrold and Wirksworth, a Model Railway exhibition and visit to Belton House near Grantham followed by the Darley Park Proms and huge Firework Display, a boys outing to Southwold and Aldebrough, then enjoyed the Wirksworth Festival followed shortly by the Melbourne Festival, I went to Chatsworth to see the sculptures, there was more eating at the Jeera, I discovered the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and started to brew my own beer.
October started with meeting Joshua Papley for the first time, Jenny and Neil's new baby on my trip to Hertfordshire, I went to the Nantwich Festival to hear my musical hero “Mike Scott” read from his new book, brilliant. I had a great day at the Grand Central Railway, went to Flamborough Head and Scarborough, had a trip on the Ecclesbourne Railway, my father had his eye operation and I took a trip to the North York Moors Railway which ended up in Whitby.
The year moves on, November started with a concert by Chris Earl in Derby, a walk including Stanton by Dale to Dale Abbey, Fireworks at Ware in Hertfordshire, more eating out, Martyn Joseph at Mansfield, the Hampsters at Lowden and the Show of Hands at Birmingham City Hall and more travels to Buntingford.
December was dominated by my fantastic holiday cruising on the Mediterranean where I visited Olympia, Crete, Marmaris, Ismir, Athens, Sicily and Rome, all totally brilliant. When I arrived back from my adventure it was time for the Sheffield Carols near Sheffield and then Christmas and New Year with trips to the farm and Hertfordshire.
In January a winter outing to Lincoln, local walks at Dale and Shirland, another visit to Bournemouth and New Forest, lots of eating out, a rail journey to Manchester to see the Ford Madox exhibition, a great time in Hertfordshire and the viewing of the Lowery Exhibition at Nottingham University made this winter month a great start to the year..
February soon got under-way in York where I met another one of my musical heroes busking in the city centre – Ed Alleyne Johnson - wonderful, then an another eating experience in Chesterfield, followed by train trip to Plymouth, it was great to see everyone, more evening outings to great eating places, I had a new Sky Box, a weekend in Hertfordshire followed by a local walk, my dad had another operation on his other eye and a walk near Matlock.
March, a great walk with Valerie from Morley, a brilliant adventure in Prague for a few days, a Hertfordshire visit, eating out in Dronfield, a train trip to Norwich, lots more pub grub, a stay over in York to see my favourite band the Waterboys, a visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, a great trip on the Churnet Valley Railway, lovely food at Wing Wongs in Burton on Trent, a walk to Dale Abbey and train trip to Colwyn Bay.
April, the Jeera gets another visit, I had a lovely family walk, a visit to Hertfordshire, a trip to the cinema to see “The Exotic Marigold Hotel”, a rail journey to Whitby, Robinhoods Bay and Staines with John Cater, I met up with old friends, some I hadn't seen for months and made another visit to Buntingford.
In May I had an adventures in Liverpool and the Isle of Man, another one of my many Hertfordshire visits, a Cromford Canal amble with the kids, I saw the Waterboys again in Derby at the Assembly Rooms and Martyn Joseph and Stuart Henderson in concert, I met Dave, Val's brother from Australia and had a fantastic Birthday.
So all in all life over the last year has been excellent and thank you if you had any part to play in it! I'm looking forward to the next one..... it's all one big adventure isn't it!
Monday 4th April 2012
I went on a local walk to Stanley Common and back - I have dicovered some smashing paths and countryside that I didn't know existed. In the evening John C. came for dinner at the Newdigate
Sunday 3rd April 2012
I drove back from Hertfordshire, finished off a song I was doing and went to the Butchers Arms with J.C. for dinner.
Saturday 2nd April 2012
I travelled to Hertfordshire to see the boys.
Friday 1st April 2012
I took myself off on the train to Liverpool to see the Ralph Harris exhibition - I had a great day there - I went on the Mersey Ferry for the first time.
Thursday 31st May 2012
Val came to call in the afternoon and in the evening went for meal.
Wednesday 30th May 2012
Tuesday 29th May 2012
Monday 28th May 2012
I worked the day and evening!
Sunday 27th May 2012
The boys and myself went to the "new" Newdigate for dinner and then they went home - In the afternoon I went to the farm - all ok there I think....
Saturday 26th May 2012
Dave, Roger and I went to the Battlefield Railway - they had a model weekend!
Friday 25th May 2012
I had a brilliant Birthday thanks - in the evening 12 of us went to the Jeera in Codnor - fantastic! Thank you for all my lovely things and cards...
Thursday 24th May 2012
I went to meet up with Valerie and her brother Dave who was over from Australia - great to meet you!!!
Wednesday 23rd May 2012
It was great to see you - it was a lovely meal near Dronfield..
Tuesday 22nd May 2012
I worked and it was Curry Club in the evening.
Monday 21st May 2012
I worked again...
Sunday 20th May 2012
I visited the farm and went to my normal Sunday venue for dinner.
Saturday 19th May 2012
John Taylor and myself when to a brilliant concert - Martyn Joseph and Stuart Henderson.
Friday 18th May 2012
I worked during the day and finished the working week off John T. at The Dew Drop - say no more!
Thursday 17th May 2012
I worked but in the evening went to the Assembley Rooms in Derby to see my favourite band " The Waterboys" they were great!
Wednesday 9th May 2012
Today I have been to work but on the bus as the car is with Mike the machanic - thank you Mike for doing it so quickly!
Tuesday 8th May 2012
I'd been at work all day and in the evening gave a lift home to a friend of mine, then the car broke - brake failure. I called the Green Flag and in 20 mins. I was on my way to Mike's Garage. Later I took the bus up town for Steak Night as you do!
Monday 7th May 2012
Well we woke up to a dull wet day in Douglas – that was fine as it was our return journey home. In the morning we spent time in the Isle of Man museum - it's a very good one covering all time periods of the Island with loads of interesting finds displayed. As we made our way to the ferry I spotted a camera that I have been looking at for sometime and bought it from Jessops Photograhic for a brilliant price. New camera in hand we caught the Sea Packet Ferry to Liverpool. Although the sea was rough leaving the Isle of Man the journey was smooth and trouble free. On arrival at Liverpool we made our way to Wheatherspoons for dinner before catching the train to Chesterfield. A taxi journey later when we arrived at Chesterfield to where John had left his car - an onward trip to Matlock to collect my car and home at 23:00 Another brilliant trip! Thanks John.
Sunday 6th May 2012
Today turned out to be lovely and sunny not a cloud in the sky for most of the day. We travelled on the Victorian Steam Railway from Douglas to Port Erin - totally brilliant - Port Erin was very quite as was the rest of the Island with a lovely bay and harbour. Later we took the bus to Castletown and explored there for sometime. We got the last train from there back to Douglas. From Douglas we took another bus to Peel and had pizza on the prom. There is a great bus service on the island so no trouble getting back to Douglas.
Saturday 5th May 2012
After a good sleep and a nice full breakfast we headed of in the sunshine to the Electric Railway that runs from Douglas up Snaefell and then along the coast to Ramsey - it's a fantastic trip, it was a little cool in the open rear coach with a northernly breeze. From the top of the mountain you could see for miles it was so clear. After visiting Ramsey we took the bus round the island to Peel for evening meal. Another bus trip back to Douglas and home for bed - brilliant!
Friday 4th May 2012
Our adventure to the Isle of Man started early - I had to be at Johns house for 8:00 am so that we could drive to Chesterfield to catch the 9:40 train to Liverpool. All went to plan, the train arrived on time and we spent the day in Liverpool - most of it in the World Museum! Weatherspoons for tea and the ferry to Douglas on the Isle of Man. We finally arrived at our Hotel about 10:30 pm. A great trip!
Thursday 8th March 2012
Today I returned from Prague. A great time was had by all.... I'm looking forward to my next trip there -I have been once before - we had such a great time!
Prague from the tower
Wednesday 7th March 2012
Today we visited the Jewish Cemetery - it is the most unusal place - it is only a small area but there are thousands of people buried. The weather was brilliant, the Old Town and Charles Bridge bathed in sunshine - We went to a wonderful exhibition of Mucha and Salvador Dali's art - in the evening we went to hear our second classical concert in the Spanish Synagogue followed by a meal accross the road! Another great day!
Tuesday 6th March 2012
We walked miles today, crossed the Charles Bridge - found the Funicular Railway - got a lift to the top of the tower on the hill - walked down to the Palace and had a 2 hour boat trip on the river - In the evening we went to the Spanish Synagogue for a brilliant concert - lots of short pieces... after we had and a meal in a restaurant in an ancient cellar - a great day...
Monday 5th March 2012
We flew to Prague from the East Midlands Airport and arrived at lunchtime - we ambled for the afternoon in the Old Town and onto Charles Bridge where we lisened to live trad music - later we found an interesting underground restaurant for our evening meal and the dark local beer was great!
Monday 23rd January 2012
At work today and this evening – my cold is getting slightly better today.
I was supposed to work today but a problem at the office – so no work and a lie in. I started work on a Classic Footage film. The Steam Crane in action at the Midland Railway Centre in 1987 where it moved a signal box between stations!
I went to Manchester with Linda to see the Ford Madox exhibition at the Manchester Art Gallery. The whole gallery is brilliant with such excellent art! In the evening Dave and myself had dinner at the Newdigate.
Today I worked – Dave driving buses in Derby – and dinner Wetherspoons again!
Happy Birthday to Donald! I worked today – after I visited the farm to say hi. Donald was there – a nice few hours – in the evening Dave arrived and he, John T and I went to Wetherspoons for dinner.
I worked today and went to the pub for me dinner... it seems to be getting a bit of a habit!
I worked today. In the evening an outing to the Blue Jay.
I came back from Bournemouth this morning – In the evening I went for a meal at Belinda and Phil's – lovely!
Down in Bournemouth and visited my lovely cousin Sally and the family – great breakfast!
I travelled down to Bournemouth from Hertfordshire to stay with John and Irene!
Happy Birthday Dave!!! I went for a short walk with Valerie – up to the village and return – only 2 miles. Later I drove to Hertfordshire for Dave's birthday.
I met up with John C. at the Butchers Arms for lunch then we went for a walk near Shirland – 4 miles. In the evening I went with friends to an Indian restaurant in Chaddesdon – it was packed!
I worked today.
I worked today and went to the Chinese Restaurant with Linda – a great evening out.
I worked today.
I went for a walk today – Stanton Village – Dale Abbey round – 4 miles. In the evening I had Sunday dinner with John C. at the pub.
I spent the day at Lincoln with John C. A grand day out on the train.
I worked today and bought a new tele! I went for a drink with John T. in the evening.
I worked today and then went to Curry Night!
I worked then went to the farm – all seems okish there.
I worked today and then went to Wetherspoons for steak night.
I went to see Dave and Sue today... it was great to meet up again it's been ages and ages.
Sunday 1st January 2012
I came back from Hertfordshire this morning and met with John C. for Sunday dinner at our usual pub.
Saturday 31st December 2011
I travelled to Hertfordshire for New Year as Dave was not well – so beer and a film on New Years Eve – nice though!
Thursday 29th - Friday 30th December 2011
It's great not going to work!
Wednesday 28th December 2011
The whole family had a great time at the farm – the folks put on a buffet and entertainment for us all. It getting a great tradition.
Tuesday 27th December 2011 (Day After Boxing Day)
I came back from visiting my friends in Hertfordshire today... Thanks for a brilliant stay!!!!!
I travelled from Derbyshire to Hertfordshire... it's great to have fantastic friends... I had such a brilliant time... totally podged!!!!!
Sunday 25th December 2011 (Christmas Day)
Another year on and all is great... I went to the farm for Christmas Dinner with Donald... they do really well and put on a brilliant spread... I think it was a lovely festive meal - I did enjoy my day. In the evening I called in at Steve and Hannah's to see how Neve was getting on with her Christmas Day.. all good there!!!
Saturday 24th December 2011 (Christmas Eve)
I wrapped presents and took out card - I think most of the day was taken up with that activity!
Friday 23rd December 2011
Disaster strikes - my all singing, card making, music playing, TV watching, photo storing, music making, film making computer has given up the ghost! Gone to meet it's maker.... terminal I think... My most important posessions are in order... my computer - my car and my phone - everything else I can do without!
Thursday 22nd December 2011
My Christmas shopping starts today!
Wednesday 21st December 2011
I worked today and went to the Dewprop Ikeston Junction in the evening with John and Annie, thanks for inviting me!
Tuesday 20th December 2011
I worked again ans went to Weatherspoons for a mixed grill in the evening!
Monday 19th December 2011
Back to work after 2 weeks off - I'd rather be on my Cruise - Dave went home today. I went to the farm to see the the old folks after work - all ok there I think!
Sunday 18th December 2011
Dave is still with me and I took him to the Sheffield Carols at the Pub in Worral - Yorkshire to meet up with John Cater. The Pub was crammed and the singing fantastic! Later I visited Linda in hospital she is recovering nicely thank goodness! In the evening JC - Dave and myself went to the Butchers Arms for dinner...
Saturday 17th December 2011
Dave bought me back up to Derbyshire - thank you... Weatherspoons for dinner!
Friday 16th December 2011
It is the end of my holiday today. I woke to the ship having a bit of a sway. I had set my alarm wrong 5:30 instead of 6:30 what made it worse was that the clocks were an hour ahead anyway - so 4:30 really! Because of the swell the ship was 2 hour late into Genoa. We all waited in the theatre until is was time to disembark whick came about 10:30. At the port side coaches waited and then took us to Nice Apirport - a two and a half hour ride away. It followed the coast road - beautiful. The flight left on time after a 6 hour wait at the airport - On arrivel at Heathrow Dave was waiting for me - fantastic - just what I needed after a long day travelling! Thank you. He took me back to Buntingford for the night.
Thursdsay 15th December 2011
The ship moored at Civitavecchia in Italy. Breakfast then a tour to Rome. The Vatican Museum and St Peters were the main visit. The place was so interesting and Sistine Chapel ceiling was so fantastic. A brilliant tour. After we were taken a coach trip of Rome – a place to return!
In the Map Room of the Vatican Museum
We arrived at Palermo Sicily. I took a taxi with some other folks for a tour around Palermo visting loads of interesting places from Churches to trees!
Tuesday 13th December 2011
Today was spent at sea... so a great relaxing time... eating, sunning and a bit more eating!
Monday 12th December 2011
Another lovely sunny day and we are at Piraeus Greece – Athens. I had such a fantastic tour of the Acropolis. What an interesting place...
Sunday 11th December 2011
At sea today – and Dolphins!!! That was my most lovely moment of the whole cruise.
Saturday 10th December 2011
At Izmir Turkey – today I stayed on the ship while everyone else it seemed was a shore. I had great time with ship to myself!
Friday 9th December 2011
The weather has been spectacular every day – today no exception – we are in Mamaris Turkey today... a lovely spot on the coast. I went for a good wander around.
Thursday 8th December 2011
Crete today, pulled into the port of Heraklion, the main port. I went on tour of the island which included wine tasting, view, villages, lunch and some went shopping!
Wednesday 7th December 2011
The cruise is going brilliantly – today we are at Katakolon – Olympia. How great to be somewhere like this. It is all in ruins and has a fabulous museum.
Tuesday 6th December 2011
At sea today – a lovely time to get over the hours lost getting to the ship...
Monday 5th December 2011
I left Heathrow at 7:10 am arriving Nice at 9:30. There was a coach waiting to travel the 2.5 hours along the coast to Genoa. We arrived there at lunchtime – went through security – boarded the ship – found my cabin which was the best and then explored the ship. Dinner was at 6:00 pm..... what a great way to start a holiday.
Sunday 4th December 2011
After a day packing and meeting John C. at the pub for Sunday lunch... John T. picked me up and took me to Derby.... I left for Heathrow at 23:15 by National Express and arrived there at 2:45 am...
Saturday 3rd December 2011
It's great to have a brake from work...
Friday 2nd December 2011
My last day at work for a couple of weeks...
Thursday 1st December 2011
I worked today and the evening Linda and I went for dinner at the Italian in Chesterfield – lovely!
Wednesday 30th November 2011
Happy Birthday Sally!!!! I worked today and had meal in the evening at Morley Hayes.
Tuesday 29th November 2011
Happy Birthday Valerie!!!!! At work today..
Monday 28th November 2011
At work both day and evening.
Sunday 27th November 2011
I travelled back from Hertfordshire after a great stay thanks.
Saturday 26th November 2011
I went to see my friends in Hertfordshire.
Friday 25th November 2011
I worked today!
Thursday 24th November 2011
I worked today and in the evening went to see the fantastic Show of Hands at the Birmingham City Hall with John and Annie – brilliant.
Wednesday 23rd November 2011
I worked today.
Tuesday 22nd November 2011
I worked today.
Monday 21st November 2011
I went to see Donald for lunch. In the afternoon I called in at the farm and in the evening spent sometime with Neve.
Sunday 20th November 2011
I drove back from Hertforshire and met John at the Butchers Arms for dinner.
Saturday 19th November 2011
I spent the evening at Rogers – we went to Hertford to look round... a trip to the past!
Thursday 17th and Friday 18th November 2011
I just loved being off work and getting up late....
Wednesday 16th November 2011
I worked today.
Tuesday 15th November 2011
I worked today and collected Linda in the evening for a meal at the Dronfield Chinese Restaurant – great.
Monday 14th November 2011
I worked the day and evening today.
Sunday 13th November 2011
I went to meet John C. for Sunday dinner at the pub.
Saturday 12th November 2011
A lazy day!
Friday 11th November 2011
I worked today and went with John T. to see the Hampsters at Lowden. They were great as usual – a great night out!
Thursday 10th November 2011
I worked again but went to see Martyn Joseph at Mansfield Civic Centre in the evening – another great concert!
I worked today and in the evening went for curry with Kim and Carol.
Tuesday 8th November 2011
I worked and then went to Curry Club for the evening.
I called at Belinda's in the morning then spent the afternoon at Iain's helping him sort out his website. After I went to visit Linda in hospital.
I travelled back from my Hertfordshire trip then met up with John c. for our usual Sunday dinner!!!
I travelled to Hertfordshire and watched fireworks at Ware with Roger...
It was great to see my friend for coffee and chat
Tuesday 11th October 2011
A work day again – in the evening Steak Night at Weatherspoons.
Wednesday 12th October 2011
Working day and evening
Thursday 13th October 2011
Good news the tree in my garden is going to get pollarded by the electricity company that has the plot next to mine! Curry night – guess where!
Friday 14th October 2011
Working today but out for a beer with my mate John T.
Saturday 15th October 2011
A brilliant day at the coast with Linda – Flamborough Head and Scarborough.
Sunday 16th October 2011
I had a great ride on the Ecclesbourne Railway from Wirksworth to Duffield – worth a trip although the main journey is by railcar. In the evening I had a meal with John C.
Monday 17th October 2011
I worked day and evening.
Tuesday 18th October 2011
Working in the day and a Weatherspoon steak in the evening.
Wednesday 19th October 2011
Another working day.
Thursday 20th October 2011
My father had his eye operation today which was a complete success thank goodness – I stayed over at the farm to make sure all was well with them.
Friday 21st October 2011
A day off and lots to sort out – A evening drink with John T
Saturday 22nd October 2011
A call in at the farm to monitor my father who was fine then a journey to Hertfordshire for the evening.
Sunday 23rd October 2011
A drive back from the south and a farm visit – all still fine – An evening meal at the Butchers Arms with John C.
Monday 24th October 2011
It was great to spend some time with Belinda – great to catch up.
Tuesday 25th October 2011
A working day and Weatherspoons day.
Wednesday 26th October 2011
Dave is up from Hertfordshire for a few days – more working and Weatherspoons!
Thursday 27th October 2011
On a First Aid course during the day and guess where with Dave in the evening!
Friday 28th October 2011
Work and Weatherspoons – I think we are keeping them going..
Saturday 29th October 2011
A fantastic day on the North York Moors Railway which ended up at Whitby – a great day. We went to the Newdigate for our meal this evening.
Sunday 30th October 2011
A trip to the farm to find Donald there as well – an evening meal with John C.
Monday 31st October 2011
More day and evening work.
Tuesday 1st November 2011
Work and my usual Weatherspoon steak trip on a Tuesday.
Dreams can come true.
What a fantastic walking holiday I have had. It as was not just a holiday, it was a challenge, it was one of those special things that one has to do in life at least once more. It was a dream come true to complete the 191 miles of some of the most beautiful and demanding walking country in our land - the Offas Dyke Path.
I am so impressed with the friends who came with me. They are the best company one could have on such an adventure. The weather was just stunning, sunshine and hot most of the way, thank you “Weatherman”. All our overnight stops ranged from good to superb. The luxury of having our heavy bags taken on every day was inexpensive and made all the difference to me being able to finish my walk. Everything was as perfect as it could be. How wonderful to have this plan come together!
Leaving home at 8:00 am on the 22nd April 2011, I was the last person to be collected by Dave Woodlands who had offered to be our transport to Prestatyn and then bring us back from Chepstow 13 days later at the other end of our expedition. What a star! Our friend Peter met us as at the official start on the prom at Prestatyn at 11:00. After a cup a coffee we set off south into the hills.
Time is tripping by. The years have taken flight and the older I get, the more I realise that the things I love to do most in life are becoming harder to undertake. I’m a visual person, drawing, painting and photography. The joke is that with age, the one thing I really need is great sight. If I could keep the same pair of Tesco glasses for more than a week without loosing them then perhaps I could see the detail that I need to accomplish my future works of art! I can see more problems with growing age apart from failing sight. I adore the thought of climbing mountains and walking here and there at will. In my life I have walked many of the Long Distance footpaths of our nation. In addition I have climbed so many hills, far to many to mention by name and have ambled across fields and moors in every corner on our land. How marvellous it has all been. May be all this is time limited and what I once loved to do with effort will no longer be possible for me as the years march on! In 1991, one of my greatest out door discoveries was that fantastic of all Long Distance paths, the Offas Dyke. It’s wonderful woodland walks, it’s hill top strolls with magnificent views and it’s loneliness and freedom. For me, travelling on foot along this superb path provides me with the most memorable of all my walking experiences. I have attempted the 177 miles 4 times but only completed the whole route once. My first attempt South to North finished at Pool Quay near Welshpool some110 miles into the walk with my toes looking and feeling that they were about fall off. They didn’t of cause, but may have done if I’d carried on. They took some weeks to repair properly. My next attempt was to walk South to North again and I pulled a muscle in my shin on the second to last day of the walk. I ended that walk at Bodfari at the northern end of the path and only a handful of miles to the finish. For me it was a very big disappointment in not to get all the way. My successful Offas Dyke long distance hike was North to South finishing in glory at the cliff outside Chepstow two weeks after my start. That particular event was the most wonderful walking holiday ever. I had one more attempt in 2003 South to North which ended abruptly when one of our company pulled a leg muscle. This unfortunate thing happened somewhere remote between Knighton and Montgomery. We all had to be rescued by taxi! So as you see this walk is not a stroll in the park. It presents a significant challenge, and guess what, 8 years on from our last excursion on that king of paths, my walking friends and I are going to attempt the whole thing again. This time North to South. I have decided that age can make things like this more difficult not only because of failing fitness may become an issue but also funds may dwindle as work prospects become more uncertain especially in the job climate of 2011. Who knows, I may not be able to afford it again even if my health stays good. So in my sixty'ith year I am going to rediscover all I love about the English Welsh border country with it’s ups and downs, woods and rivers, villages and towns, sun and clouds. I will feel the wind in my hair and hear the sound of the sheep drifting over the hills from Prestatyne to the Sedbury Cliffs. What a brilliant way to approach my big birthday!
Time is tripping by. The years have taken flight and the older I get, the more I realise that the things I love to do most in life are becoming harder to undertake. I’m a visual person, drawing, painting and photography. The joke is that with age, the one thing I really need is great sight. If I could keep the same pair of Tesco glasses for more than a week without loosing them then perhaps I could see the detail that I need to accomplish my future works of art!
I can see more problems with growing age apart from failing sight. I adore the thought of climbing mountains and walking here and there at will. In my life I have walked many of the Long Distance footpaths of our nation. In addition I have climbed so many hills, far to many to mention by name and have ambled across fields and moors in every corner on our land. How marvellous it has all been. May be all this is time limited and what I once loved to do with effort will no longer be possible for me as the years march on!
In 1991, one of my greatest out door discoveries was that fantastic of all Long Distance paths, the Offas Dyke. It’s wonderful woodland walks, it’s hill top strolls with magnificent views and it’s loneliness and freedom. For me, travelling on foot along this superb path provides me with the most memorable of all my walking experiences. I have attempted the 177 miles 4 times but only completed the whole route once. My first attempt South to North finished at Pool Quay near Welshpool some110 miles into the walk with my toes looking and feeling that they were about fall off. They didn’t of cause, but may have done if I’d carried on. They took some weeks to repair properly. My next attempt was to walk South to North again and I pulled a muscle in my shin on the second to last day of the walk. I ended that walk at Bodfari at the northern end of the path and only a handful of miles to the finish. For me it was a very big disappointment in not to get all the way. My successful Offas Dyke long distance hike was North to South finishing in glory at the cliff outside Chepstow two weeks after my start. That particular event was the most wonderful walking holiday ever. I had one more attempt in 2003 South to North which ended abruptly when one of our company pulled a leg muscle. This unfortunate thing happened somewhere remote between Knighton and Montgomery. We all had to be rescued by taxi!
So as you see this walk is not a stroll in the park. It presents a significant challenge, and guess what, 8 years on from our last excursion on that king of paths, my walking friends and I are going to attempt the whole thing again. This time North to South. I have decided that age can make things like this more difficult not only because of failing fitness may become an issue but also funds may dwindle as work prospects become more uncertain especially in the job climate of 2011. Who knows, I may not be able to afford it again even if my health stays good. So in my sixty'ith year I am going to rediscover all I love about the English Welsh border country with it’s ups and downs, woods and rivers, villages and towns, sun and clouds. I will feel the wind in my hair and hear the sound of the sheep drifting over the hills from Prestatyne to the Sedbury Cliffs. What a brilliant way to approach my big birthday!
Monday 28th March 2011
Today saw a rare event when I went to the farm and collect the folks and took them out! It was only an excursion to Derby to fined some equipment for my mother, it all went well and I think we all had an interesting outing!!!! On my return home I went for an evening stroll around Shipley Park - 3 miles
Sunday 27th March 2011
Today we travelled home from Ross on Wye visiting Worcester where the sun came out! In the evening I Sunday dinner with J.C. at the Butchers Arms. After I spent the rest of the evening at Unstone.
Saturday 26th March 2011
The weather was a little grey today but just right for a walk up the Wye - the round was about 7 miles. In the evening we all went out for a Nepalise meal - which turned out to be fantastic.... brilliant Phil!
Friday 25th March 2011
I worked in the early afternoon then made my way down to Ross on Wye for my Wirksworth group of friends yearly outing to far off places. We stayed at the Royal Hotel and eat there in the evening. Linda couldn't come as she had a bad cold.
Monday 7th June 2010
John Taylors Birthday today - Happy Birthday to you!
Linda and I arrived home this morning at 1:30am after driving aprrox. 600 miles from St Auvent Central France. A week last Saturday we drove to Bournemouth staying over at John and Irene's house (thank you you two!) visiting Linda's son in Poole and my cousin Sally and family in the New Forest. Sally makes the most fantastic Teddy Bears - one called Bentley in coming my way! Sunday evening we sailed on the over night ferry to L'Harve arriving in the morning. The drive to the house was easy on the wonderful French roads arriving at about 2:00 pm. We have had a glorious week mostly in the sunshine visiting the local towns and villages including Oradour the French town left in ruins to this day, after being destroyed by the Nazis in 1944, killing 642 of it's inhabitants - a very sad place.
Sunday 30th May 2010
Jennifer in Australia's Birthday - I hope all is well - Happy Birthday to you! Xx
Tuesday 25th May 2010
My Birthday - thank you everyone who made it very special again. We had a lovely meal and great company at the White Post Stanley to finish the day off...
Sunday 16th May 2010
Riverdance - What a wonderful show - the dancing was a amazing!
Monday 10th May 2010
John Roberts Birthday - Happy Birthday to you!
Sunday 2nd May 2010
Linda and I visited Sudbury Hall - the Museum of Childhood, well worth a visit if you haven't been.
Friday 23th April 2010
Linda has a problem with leg and ends up in hospital for a few days.
Monday 26th April 2010
Last week has had it's ups and downs. On Friday my friend Linda ended up in hospital with a bad problem with her knee and is still there! Also on Friday after my hospital visit I drove to Hertfordshire to have a late dinner with my mates... it was a great evening thank you, and well worth the 120 mile drive! I returned on Saturday.
Hi everyone.... I seem to have been taking my time adding to my blog and so much has happened since January. In February I went with my friend to stay in
9th November 2009
Today has been beautifully sunny, it's great not to have to go to work when the weather is like this... I took the 59 bus to Morley Arms House near Breadsall and followed the Portway route back... leavin it near Dale Abbey to take the green lanes back home. A fantastic walk. (6miles)
Hagg Lane near Stanley Village - Derbyshire
8th November 2009
I've had a lovely day! I went walking with John Cater from Ashord in the Water to Monsal Dale Head and back. (5 miles) In the evening John cooked dinner...
Monsal Dale Viaduct