We had the grandkids with us again yesterday. Curiously, they have eschewed the excercising of their thumbs on their gadgets and instead asked their grandad to teach them how to play chess!
While they were so doing a red deer hind walked up to the corner outside our living room window and proceeded to give birth! It was only that happening that managed to take their eyes from the chess board. They were enthralled; particularly as the fawn very soon was on its feet and wobbled away in pursuit of its mother. I think she must have seen us at the window.
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It was three years ago yesterday that I underwent my "right hemi colonectomy". Yesterday also, I don't know whether this was coincidental, I received a date for my last CT Scan. My nurse said that if it returned ok then I'd be discharged back to my GP!
I was due to have my annual bloods done on 14th May but as I reported earler, shamefully, I forgot to go! I arranged a subsequent visit on the 1st of June but that was cancelled because the nurse was sick! The next one was arranged for 23rd June which, again coincidentally, was the date arranged for my CT Scan! So I'm going for the scan and the latest date for bloods is 1st July! Watch this space!
Everyone is a genius! If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live out its life believing itself to be stupid!
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Ten years ago today we visited Bamburgh Castle in North East England. We do that a lot! We like to visit historic sites wherever we are. Places like Bamburgh, Kenilworth, Windsor, Alnwick & etc.
In Scotland of course we have visited Edinburgh and Stirling castles many times and while they are not quite so grand we have visited places like Kellie Castle, Aberdour, Dundonald, Huntingtower, Castle Campbell, Threave, Blackness, Rothesay, Dirleton and Tantallon among many others.
But in my view Bamburgh takes the biscuit. Sat on a promontory 45 metres above miles of sandy beaches and overlooking the North Sea Bamburgh is the perfect family day out
It not only is an absolutely fabulous Castle it has been designated a World Heritage Site since the 1950s and has been owned by the Armstrong Family since the late 1800s! That's the same Armstrongs of Armstrong Siddeley (Aircraft and Motorcars) and the same family that first set foot on the moon.
Because it is privately owned it costs £10 or thereby for entrance but, take my word for it, it is more than worth it. There is a museum dedicated to the Armstrong family achievements. Visionary inventor, industrialist and philanthropist William George Armstrong bought Bamburgh Castle in 1894 and he set about transforming it into his vision of the archetypal castle. The castle houses his unique collection of artwork, ceramics and objets d’art that Armstrong loved and brought him joy.
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We had another great meeting yesterday with 13 members present, the inimitable Yorkshireman Geoff Bailey who knows how to pronounce Camelon, and three guests in the shape of Edgar Anderson Professor of Chemistry at University College London and friend of Bill Laurie, Anne Watson and Valerie Dillon.