Saturday was a sad day for me. Rosemary had to work all day. Result was a lunchtime meal in the Plough and Anchor as a reward for me. I do love their starter salad of green leaves, oranges and raspberry juice. The main course was lobster.
Today was the funeral of Joan Blasdale who was my aunt. The service took place at 2.00 pm at the Robin Hood Cemetery and Crematorium. The weather was very pleasant. Afterwards we had food and drinks at the Ramada Jarvis Hotel.At these events you catch up with your relatives who you should see more regularly, but never do.
Last night, just after 9.00, a police car travelling from Bicester to Aylesbury on a blue light run was overtaking a van just before the Plough and Anchor pub. The van was turning into the pub, and has hit by the police car. The van ended up in the hedge. The police car took down the pub sign, (5 by 5 inch timber post), the cast iron lamp post which was shattered into may pieces some of which travelled 50 meters down the road. Took down the metal fence, hit the pub wall damaging the window and was wedged between the pub wall and the fence. No one was hurt.I was totally oblivious to what had happened, and only became aware of the problem when I went to the pub for a late nightcap. In the morning I took some pictures of the pub including one of Paul holding part of a pub sign on the other side of the road.
Rosemary and I went out to see John Curd on a special surprise visit organised by Carol to commiserate his 50th birthday. Many of the old Walker crowd were there to drink to his health. He had been expecting to go out for a curry, but instead we had a brought in curry organised by the New Himalaya Tandoori house.
Today started out as a beautiful sunny day, but cold. Rosemary and I decided to visit the Painswick Rococo Garden, which is situated in a hidden Cotswold valley in Painswick near Gloucester.
This time of the year is a special treat with floods of Snowdrops amongst the gardens and woods. After viewing the gardens we had a pub lunch with a pint of Hook Norton.
I took a few photos of the garden while I was there. Hopefully, they will be on the site in a couple of week’s time. I was not alone with my camera, there were several professional photographers taking pictures of the Snowdrop grove.
Went to the BFR at the Reading Rivermead Lesure centre. I listened to the lecture on how to deploy, check and repack your emergency parachute instructions.
After that I queued up for the deployment practise. Here you were suspended on an aerial runway in your harness, in a precarious angle to simulate your position when everything was going wrong. You were released to slide down the runway wire; you went for your reserve parachute and chucked it out. It then opened behind you.
Next with the allocated partner you repacked your parachute. This took almost two hours. Then to see if it worked, we went for another ride down the wire to see if the home packing worked. It did!!
A final repack, now down to one hour for my chute and my partner’s chute.
During the day I saw Mike, Brian and Derrick from the Annecy trip.
After a few days of cold and chaos on the roads caused by two inches of snow, the weather improved and the weekend was fine
Managed to plant the poplars replacing those that died from last year, and also creating a cluster in the field corner. The Holly and the firs went in between the graveyard and garden.