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Worcester, Worcestershire, United Kingdom
Born in the year of the Coronation, I'm a Baby Boomer. In April of this year I decided I too would have a Diamond Jubilee celebration and completely change my life and that of my Husband's in the process

Saturday, 7 June 2008

Race for life Day!!

I’m up really early, as today is Race for life day. As Mum used to say, what’s the matter? Wet the bed?

I need to leave here before 8.30 and when the dawn chorus of Bird Scarers, on neighbouring farmland, woke me at 4.40, I just couldn’t get back to sleep.

If anyone wants to sponsor me, it’s not too late, or just follow the link and see my sponsorship page. Race for Life Thank you for those who have already sponsored me.

I did think a couple of weeks ago that I might not be able to take part today. That was because we went to Bath to see Chloe, Mike’s grandaughter was in a play in the theatre there. Blackbird and whilst there I did something very silly.

The play was very, powerful and the acting excellent. The two characters are exhausted and sweating by the end of it, as it involves fighting and sex. But it’s not without moments of humour. Chloe had a short role at the end of the play and comes on to gasps from the audience because her appearance is so unexpected. I won’t say any more in case it spoils it for anyone who may be going to see it.

We were very proud of Chloe. I know Mike was a bit uncomfortable about the content of the play, his baby is only 13 after all. I asked her if she had heard the whole play and she said yes. I said, well I expect there was nothing that you haven’t heard before. She said, No, I hear it all the time at school. As she goes to a private all girls school in Bath, I found that rather amusing. Kids! They’re the same everywhere, regardless of wealth, background and social position.

We went for an early dinner afterwards, on the way back to the car, Chloe and her sister Abigail were in front and doing that thing where you bring your foot up behind you, while you’re walking, to kick the person you are walking alongside, on the bottom. I used to do that to Mike years ago, when we were first married and I was still young and supple. I thought I’d have a go again. So I did. Now the fact I was wearing high heels should have deterredme. But it didn’t. Mike, who should have known better said, that wasn’t very good, you used to be better. So of course I did it again, harder. As I put my foot back down, Mike side stepped, so I stepped on his foot and fell over! I really thought I’d broken my ankle but thankfully it seems I only sprained it! Dear me, will I ever grow up.? Hopefully not. LOL!

I’ve had a lovely day out during half term, with a ‘girl’ I used to work with, we met again through my Black Country Gob website. We spent the day walking round Halesowen photographing places of interest for The Gallery on the website.

Simon was put on standby to be transferred to another submarine and could have gone to sea last weekend, so they gave him a few days off. He asked me to go down and stay with them for a couple of days. The weather was atrocious but it was good to see them and we had some lovely fish meals out while I was there. Platters in The Barbican is excellent. In the end he wasn’t transferred but he will be going to sea soon. I hate that. My step son-in law is away on his boat at present (That’s what they call submarines) and we don’t expect to see him until late summer. It’s hard having family in the forces.

Must go and get showered now and have some breakfast. I know we won’t be making a fast time but at least we are going to do our best and hopefully will be home before dark!!



Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Black Country Gob



This isn’t my normal entry. I’ve been so busy lately I’ve not had time to write about what’s been happening at George Mansions.

Apart from the allotment and a dozen other things, I have also been working on a website I am a Moderator of. It’s called Black Country Gob, it’s new and expanding, covering all aspects of life in The Black Country now and historically.

My particular interests are The Gallery, Local History, Recipes and Genealogy. My project this weekend was to trace the River Stour from its source to the point where it joins the River Severn at Stourport.

The photos of the Stour can be found here


I also want to help people searching the Internet for family, or historic photos by putting the links in here, as I believe the names should then come up in the Search Engines, at present the photos in the Gallery don’t. So for my regular readers, please excuse this post, I shall be back with a proper entry soon.

Linda x.

Black Country Schools

Holt Road School, Blackheath. http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=46
Powke Lane School, Blackheath. http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=47
Fraser Street School, Bilston http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=55
Siviters Lane School, Rowley Regis. http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=61

Black Country Folk

Ruston - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=8
Willetts - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=7
Edge - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=9
Evans - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=12
Harris - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=19
Harrold - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=23
Harper - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=24
Hadley - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=26
Shaw - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=32
Bird - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=54
Rollason/Rowson - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=33
Parsons - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=35

Black Country Pubs

Rose & Crown, Haden Hill - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=10
The Fountain Inn, Langley http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=13
The Old Bush Revived, Rowley Regis - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=16
The Vine, Whiteheath - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=17
The Shoulder of Mutton, Blackheath - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=20
Horseshoe Inn, Old Hill - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=41
The Blue Ball, Cradley Heath - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=48
The Bell & Bear, Gorsty Hill - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=52
The Sir Robert Peel, Rowley Regis - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=58
The Dun Cow - Gorsty Hill - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=59
The Cooksey Hotel, Cradley Heath - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=62

Black Country Towns and Cities

Rowley Regis & Blackheath - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=6
Netherton - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=18
Halesowen - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=21
Tipton - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=22
Cradley Heath - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=37
Dudley - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=42
Old Hill - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=44
Black Country Scenes (General) http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=49
Portway Farm, Rowley Regis - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=53

Black Country Trades

Accles & Pollock - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=29
Stewarts & Lloyds - http://www.blackchttp://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=34
Stuart Crystal - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=34
Burton Dellingpole - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=39
T W Lench - http://www.blackcountrygob.com/Photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=40