See also Danny's blog for lots more family photos
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CHRISTMAS AT AMBERLEY - 24-27 December
The whole Fellows
family assembled at Will and Rachel's mansion in
Amberley for the Christmas festivities. Despite the
rain and wind and the coughs and colds of at least
half the family, it was truly a wonderful occasion.
Will cooked a splendid Christmas dinner with turkey
and all the usual vegetables and trimmings followed by
the traditional blazing pudding. All meals were served
on their new oak table in the music room as the
kitchen-diner extension was still under construction.
Here are a few of my photos roughly in chronological
is a link to a video of the presents opening on
YouTube . . .
and Rachel laid on thick pea soup and sushi for
Christmas eve dinner. Note the oak table.
organised a pass-the-parcel game for Xmas eve - won by
morning and Lola, Iris and Lisa enjoyed some dancing
before the presents
is Joe in his new England shirt holding football. A
star of the future?
boy certainly has a fine kick
is pretty useful in goal - keeping out shots from
Reggie, Freddy and Danny
Freddy gave Lola and Iris instruction in the art of
everyone had been waiting for. The presents!
many presents and so much wrapping paper
and Rachel open their presents with Reggie. What's in
gets a snazzy cushion
prepares the table for 19 people for Christmas dinner
serves the turkey with all the vegetables etc laid
out. What a feast!
girls take a bow after a dancing show
busy cooking pancakes non-stop for breakfast
kids tucked in to pancakes and bagels for Boxing Day
mascot for the game (with black hat) walking out with
Forest Green Rovers players and officials
treated us to posh seats and corporate facilities for
the Forest Green Rovers game
cuts the Christmas cake.
girls treated us to a concert. Lisa sang 'Holy Night'
in three languages!
Lola had her own nativity song. What a
snuggling down to watch TV after breakfast
and Pete inspect the new kitchen-diner extension
SCHOOL CHRISTMAS SHOW - 13 December
and I were not able to go to Kingston for Lola's
School Christmas Show. But Mary and George sent these
few photos of our budding actress doing her stuff.
in her costume as Mrs Tilly
save our gracious Mrs Tilly
someone say 'A cup of tea?'
GRADUATION - 11 December 2012
Jean and Brian
attended Peter's graduation ceremony at the Assembly
Rooms in Bath. After two years of part-time study and
dissertations at the University of Bath, Peter
collected his well deserved MSc in Conservation of
Historic Gardens and Cultural Landscapes.
all decked up in cap and gown with his proud Mum and
Dad at Brocks Guest house.
in relaxed mood waiting outside the Assembly Rooms in
collecting his certificate from the Dean
Video link . . .
with her stall selling various Christmas goodies in
competition with her mum?
AT LEWES - December 2012
with a baby owl at Wyevales in Lewes
Danny invited us
for lunch out in the Stansted Pavillion Cafe for his
BIRTHDAY - 4 November 2012
Afterwards Karen and
Joe went on the train, while Danny and Lisa got lost
in the maze (joking).
BONFIRE PARTY - 3 November 2012
Danny had his annual
bonfire party with the usual bonanza of fireworks and
sparklers (thanks Gareth). There were the regular
super saucepans of chilli (hot and veggie for choice)
very welcome on a cold but dry evening.
stoking the bonfire of Danny's old shed
sparklers were in great demand
the fireworks were the highlight - note Danny's
spanking new shed
was captivated by the fireworks
toasted marshmallows were a great hit
GATHERING IN EMSWORTH - 6 October 2012
There was no
particular reason for this one day family gathering.
Will just fancied coming down to Emsworth with Reggie.
Pete also fancied the trip. So Will picked up Pete,
Lily and Iris at Southampton ferry from the Isle of
Wight. Danny, Lisa and Joe joined us for lunch.
kids line up for Grandma's special mixed fruit
and Reggie inspect the car collection while Iris looks
this is what they all look forward to . . . the hidden
treasures of the attic
lunch we all went over Staunton Country Park. Conkers
are quite hard to find this year
pretends she is lady of the estate
have been on an adventure with Grandma!
and Iris try their hand at mini-beast
took this photo
HEART CUSHION - 7 October 2012
Lola and her mum
created this beautiful cushion - roughly heart-shaped!
BRIAN'S OAK TREE - 7 October 2012
On 4th March 2012,
Brian and Jean were both invited to plant Oak trees on
Brook Meadow to commemorate the Queen's Golden
Jubilee. Both trees are doing well. Here is Brian
standing proudly by his tree, almost overtopping him
AT HOME - 18 September 2012
Jean and I visited
Kingston to look after Lola for the day while George
went to London to collect Mary and her things from a
show. We met Lola from school. She had a play in the
playground before going home for tea and bed.
demonstrating her tree climbing skills in the
and Grandma having a chat in the new kitchen - very
Will you sing while I play the tune?
quilt in Lola's bedroom
CANOEING - 6 September 2012
Lisa and her Dad went
canoeing in Emsworth Harbour at Nore Barn on a fine
September evening with a calm sea and an on shore
breeze. It's not the first time Lisa had been in a
canoe, but she had not gone this far. She and her dad
ambled around the narrow channels off Conigar Point
and had a snack while resting on the saltmarshes. Here
is a snap I took as they were returning.
more pics see Danny's blog at
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ON BROOK MEADOW - 4 September 2012
Jean is not all that
tall, but she was dwarfed by the huge Wild Angelica
plants that grow on Brook Meadow.
all assembled at 11 Bridge Road for my 76th birthday.
Hey folks I'm still here!
76th BIRTHDAY - 12 August 2012 -
was the photographer
put on a marvellous spread of food
girls. I shall need some help to blow this lot out!
little celebration with Mary's sparkling
is what we have all been waiting for
WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION - 1 August
Jean and I had a
wonderful surprise for our 50th wedding anniversary. I
had no idea what was happening and Jean did not know
much more. All 18 of us assembled for brunch at 23
Church Path, prepared by Karen. Lovely scones. Then we
marched down to the millpond to board the solar
powered boat, specially hired for our family, for a
trip around Emsworth Harbour . This was a new
experience for both of us! The kids really loved it.
Finally, we headed off to the Queen Elisabeth Country
Park where we had a great BBQ with food organised by
Mary and drinks, Champagne and cake from Rachel and
Will. The kids had a truly wonderful time playing in
the woods. Here are a few snaps from the day. See
Danny's blog for more.
Will, Julia and
Pete went out for a run before the jamboree
while Jean manicured
demonstrated his super strength to Lily
Jean and I had some
lovely personally made cards from the children,
including this one from Lisa
and this very
appropriate one from Freddy
Lola made sure her box
of sweeties was ready for the boat trip
and they were much
appreciated by all the children on the boat
and Iris enjoyed her
Chris, the skipper,
gave us a safety talk. We had the boat to ourselves!
Ah . . . This is the
Lola and Nell look out
for Seals, which Chris says are resident in the
"Is that where you
used to go sailing, Dad?"
Nell pulls something
very wierd out of her sweetie bag
Thanks to Chris for
taking this great photo - and everyone is looking!
George and Will
struggling with the BBQ in the country park
Meanwhile, all the
children headed for the woods
Let's all go
exploring, says Nell
"Now," says Nell, "I
want you all to find something special"
Here is mine, says
"Who wants to play
hide and seek?" PS What would we do without Nell?
Joe found a good
and Lisa ... coming
Now, the kids are
hungry and food is ready!
Everyone tucks in.
What a feast.
The kids have a break
for a spot of tree climbing. Is Lola communing with
the tree gods.
The shelter provided a
useful refuge when the rain started
produced a scrumptious cake with 50 candles (almost).
"Now make sure
everyone gets a bit, Will"
Lola seems to fancy
that other cake
END OF A PERFECT DAY
earlier photos go to . . . Family
photos 2012 January to July