It has been a while - work and just being busy have delayed this update.
Cup of tea, a biscuit and a sit down, Dear Reader.
Here is the craic...
The first weekend was spent making the LEGO London Architecture model - a nice bit of Landan Town - The National Gallery and Trafalgar Square, The Millennium Eye and Tower Bridge, open for a yacht.
I had my mothercare weekend "off" and on 13 May took the opportunity during a nice patch of weather to visit Sheffield Park in Sussex. The blooming Rhododendrons and Azaleas did not disappoint. <More Here>
18 May was a slightly bitty day.
I visited the Smoke and the Duchess in the morning, while Jenny enjoyed a picnic at Wisley with her Mum, Sarah and Matt, Molly and little James Henry.
I got back to Surrey and gave my grass it’s first (very late) cut of the year.
Jenny and I popped down to Brighton for a Fish and Chips on the Beach treat in the evening.
The next weekend (25 May) it was more seaside fun, this time Southsea. A nice day strolling and mooching along the Millennium Trail which runs along the front from Southsea Castle to the Portsmouth Dockyards. Very chilled and relaxing, and another fine picnic from Jenny ! < more here >
Between 21 May and 4 June, I was pleasantly distracted by the Brick again, and completed the Harry Potter Hogwarts Express model. Once more there are very nice details and it is a good one !
Thursday 6 June 2019 is not only the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Normandy Landings, but also a very sad day at Canon UK in Woodhatch.
Coordinated meetings were called with all Canon staff and contracted services staff. Long story short (details can be web-searched), business necessities require streamlining and outsourcing of some functions, together with closure of the current Canon UK headquarters in Woodhatch. This means that about 450 staff being made redundant, together with those who work there for the soft services (cleaning, catering and post room).
Very sad times, as there is genuine love for the Woodhatch site.
Some jobs are “safe” but will be relocated to the Europe, Middle East and Africa HQ at Stockley Park in Uxbridge, which in itself has inherent transport problems to reach (M25, trains and buses etc) so will suit few people.
“Normal” carried on...
Saturday 8 June featured Mothercare and the bonus of Trooping the Colour Flypast. The flypast of Buckingham Palace first follows the Thames and then takes a right turn over Trafalgar Square and straight down The Mall.
I discovered a good vantage point on the walkway above my Mum’s flat a couple of years ago and it served me well again, even though the numbers of aircraft were minimal. Only the Red Arrows played the game and stayed in the viewfinder as I wanted.
The following day Jen, Layla and I had a cracking day at the Brooklands Museum. Although it had for various reasons passed me by in the past, we will be back. <More Here>
The following weekend, Jen and I had a chilled weekend in Staffordshire. We visited my family graves and and holiday haunts and spent a nice morning at Biddulph Grange.
< Photos here >
Last weekend, I did more mothercare on Saturday, but on Sunday 23 June, we visited the revamped Wisley Gardens. As always it did not disappoint <Photos Here>
All of which brings us pretty much up to date.
Until next time, Dear Reader. Adieu.
Let's be safe out there...