A convivial Cornish break

I treasure an abundance of magical memories from time spent in the spectacular landscapes of the south-west of England. Family camping holidays as a child, numerous trips with my daughters, a week with Barry and my girls and grandsons in 2015, and a precious few days with my dear friend Therese, who came from Gisborne to tour UK with me in the summer of 2004.

My youngest sister, moved from Sutton Coldfield to Exeter over thirty years ago. Consequently a visit to see her and her husband, often includes the opportunity to experience more of Kernow‘s (the Cornish name for the area) extensive delights.

Viv and Ray had invited us to spend a long weekend with them in Porthleven – towards the end of our Calendar Club season. The thought of it was one of the things that kept us motivated.

Areandare seemed safe enough moored cosily opposite the Boatyard in Shardlow, as we set off on the long Motorway journey last Thursday. Continue reading


The interesting unpredictability of life

Just when you think you know what’s happening, life/the Universe/fate steps in to give you another challenge. As Robert Burns knowingly stated:

“The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry …”

We never got to the Cathedral Illuminated last night, so there’ll be no gorgeous photos from Barry to share. I am hoping to get a few snowy ones off him in the very near future though Phil, and anyone else hoping to see some.

Anyway, I digress … Continue reading

A fun night out, and a ferret and fountain at Whitley Court

Our lives may be mainly focussed on making a success of our Calendar Club store, but we’re also managing to fit in some extracurricular activities!

On Saturday night we enjoyed a night out with my eldest sister Kath, her youngest daughter Vicki, and soon-to-be husband Phil. Having booked the band ‘Susie and the Backbeats for their 2018 wedding, they thought they’d check them out ‘live’ on their inaugural Lichfield gig.

They were unquestionably brilliant with a wide range of genres and amazing acoustics. Barry was more than a little smitten with the lead singer, so I imagine that’ll help him get over his feelings of discomfort of weddings after over 30 years of the pressure of photographing them – until his last professional one in 2007! Continue reading