See also Danny's blog for lots more family photos
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BOWL INTERNATIONAL CRICKET - 29 August
Danny, Pete, Will,
Reggie, Freddy and I attended a T20 evening
international cricket match between England and
Australia at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. This was
actually my birthday present from all the kids and
what a great present it turned out to be. The weather
was fine and the game was excellent with a world
record innings of 156 for T20 games from Aussie Aaron
Lynch,who hit an amazing 14 6s. Australia won in the
end, but the result did not matter. Thanks to Danny
for taking the photo. There are more photos on his
AND LOLA ON BROOK MEADOW - 27 August
George and Mary left
Lola with us in Emsworth for a 'sleepover' and the
following day I took Lola and Lisa for a walk through
Brook Meadow, both armed with their cameras! I also
took mine and here are a few snaps. They loved it.
both had fun in the river with Lisa in her
looked for fish and insects
rescued a half drowned Comma butterfly from the river
which Lisa photographed
picked a couple of huge Butterbur leaves
AND IRIS IN EMSWORTH - 22 June 2013
Pete and Julia spent a
weekend with us in Emsworth with Lily and Iris. Here
are a few snaps.
and Iris doing some colouring
went for a walk through the tall grasses on Brook
lunch in Stansted cafe
off they go on the Stansted mini railway
- 9 June 2013
Jean and I were
invited to a BBQ lunch by Mary and George at their
cottage in Kingston, near Lewes. It was a fine, if
rather chilly day, but the lunch was splendid. As can
be seen in the photos we had some fun in the garden
and Jean and I took Lola over to the playground.
took this one of Mary in the tree house from the
comfort of the summer house
goes through the hoop
it's Mary's turn
snapped this Azure Damselfly in the park
28 May 2013
Jean and I had Lisa
and Joe for the day, so we all went down to Gunwharf
on the train. After lunch we went up the spinnaker
tower where Lisa and Joe were fascinated by the glass
and Lisa 'walking the plank' over the glass floor in
the Spinnaker Tower
the resident magician, made Lisa a giraffe
was very pleased with his spinnaker tower
we went, Lisa and Joe put on a puppet show for us.
They take a bow.
27 May 2013
Will, Rachel and Nell
paid us a visit on a sunny Bank Holiday. Freddy was at
home and Reggie was at his Granddad's. After a spendid
tea we had a walk through the beautiful Brook Meadow.
Rachel and Jean on the north bridge over the River Ems
and Nell enjoying walking through the avenue of Cow
marking the first flowering Southern Marsh Orchid of
tries out 'Freddy's tree' on Brook Meadow
measuring the height of the Meadow Foxtail
ISLE OF WIGHT - 8 to 12 May 2013
Jean and I stayed a
few days with Pete and Julia in their home in Cowes on
the Isle of Wight. The weather was not too good, but
we managed several excellent walks in local woodlands
and cemetery. Jean walked Lily and Iris to school and
we were also present for Iris's 5th birthday.
all ready to walk Lily and Iris to school in the
and Iris playing games on their laptops
and Lily among the Bluebells in Walter's
girls collected some nice wild flowers in Northwood
opening a birthday card from Lisa
had a special styling head from her Mum and Dad (not
claiming the first piece of her 'caterpillar' birthday
trying out her 'magic wand' present
at work on his allotment
am I with the 19th Century cannon and carriage at Fort
Victoria which was funded by Pete's project
PHOTO PRIZE - 3 May 2013
Lisa entered into a
local photographic competition for all local primary
schools under the classification 'Nature and Water' .
Lisa did not win the competition, but received 'highly
commended' for her photo.
was Lisa's entry 'Spotted Redshank at Nore Barn' - 26
Although I was with Lisa at the time, and lent her my
camera, I did not take the photo. Lisa took a number
of other photos and chose this one (and another one)
herself to enter for the competition. I did not edit
it in any way. It was all her own work.
is Lisa receiving her certificate in Emsworth
with her certificate
with some of the other prizewinners
and Grandma admiring the photos
ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT - 5 April 2013
Jean and I invited
Lisa to accompany us on a trip to the Isle of Wight to
see Pete, Julia and the girls.
was soon organising Lily and Iris in games
they laid out the train set in the girls'
time, but why are we waiting?
comes Pete with a mighty shepherd's pie
lunch everyone (but me) went for a walk to the park -
taken from the window
girls were way ahead going through the
DAY CELEBRATION - 10 March 2013
About half the Fellows
family gathered at 11 Bridge Road, Emsworth to
celebrate Mothering Sunday for Jean - though Rachel
and Karen are also mothers! Will, Rachel, Freddy, Nell
and Reggie arrived from Amberley and Danny, Karen and
Lisa and Joe just came round the corner from their
place. It was great to see everyone and we had a
lovely day. Will & Rachel brought a load of food
with them which they cooked up and prepared for
dinner; fish pie, lentil casserole, broad beans,
carrots, etc. Danny and Karen provided the puddings
which went down very well; strawberries and meringue,
ice cream, and chocolate cake made by Karen. What a
Nell and Lisa spent
the afternoon rehearsing their show which they
performed for everyone in the garden. It was freezing
so we were all wrapped up. Will and Danny took the
boys over to the park to get some energy off. The men
and boys watched the FA Cup game Man U 2 Chelsea 2
which was very good. The children had pasta for their
tea before making their way home to Amberley and
Church Path respectively. What a great day. Almost as
good as our 50th Wedding Anniversary.
had much fun with Reggie's new remote controlled
and Freddy busy in the kitchen preparing lunch. Freddy
has a new method of cutting carrots!
Lisa and Nell played Downfall
pondering her next move
and Nell discovered a big card for Jean's 39th
birthday signed by all four children
boys all loved the froggy game
and Karen serving lunch
tucking into lunch
in March - How scrumptious!
made a chocolate cake with candles for Nell's
blew out the candles one at a time - or tried to.
Nell and Lisa put on their show in the back garden -
performed her twirly flags routine to a round of
. . . Here is a link to a video on YouTube featuring
Reggie's helicopter .
SCHOOL SHOW - 6 March 2013
Jean and I were
pleased to accept the invitation to attend the annual
grandparents' Spring Party and Show at Kingston
Primary School this afternoon. The children put on a
good show with many fine performances on piano,
violin, guitar, trumpet and bassoon. There were also
special short plays from each of the year classes.
Lola played a prominent part in her Willow class
production about children's historic toys. She donned
her granny wig which she had worn for the Christmas
show and had a prominent speaking role in the play.
Unfortunately, I missed getting photos of her on
stage, but here is one of Lola departing with her
Lola also volunteered
to do the percussion slot in the instrumental solos
with a mystery tune on her 'jingle bells'.
At the end of the show
the grandparents were escorted around the school by
senior pupils and we were able to see Lola in her
AND IRIS IN EMSWORTH - 23 February 2013
Pete and Julia spent a
couple of days with us on their way back to the Isle
of Wight from Kingston where they had been visiting
Mary, George and Lola. Jean and I had the kids on
Saturday while Pete and Julia went to Portsmouth. Here
are a few snaps from the day.
combed Lily's hair while the girls set about threading
beads for necklaces
was multi-tasking when making her necklace
smiles for the camera!
girls go through the family version of trump
time with gingerbread men
man has nearly all gone
wrapped up in Emsworth Library
home to make (and taste) cakes with Grandma
DAY - 12 February 2013
Jean and I were
invited round to 23 Church Path for pancakes. Karen
prepared both savoury and sweet pancakes which Danny
did a good job of cooking and tossing without
GATHERING - 10 February 2013
Pete, Julia, Lily and
Iris came over to Emsworth for the weekend.
everyone smile please
and Iris liked playing on the stairs
and Lisa having a quiet read
reading to Lily
laid on a fine lunch of spaghetti bolognaise which
- WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER - 26January
I was very pleased to
accompany Lisa to Nore Barn this afternoon to take
some photos of the birds on the shore. Lisa is hoping
to enter the Maurice Broomfield Photographic
Competition for local schoolchildren, organised by the
Slipper Millpond Association. This year's theme for
the competition is 'Water and Wildlife' and there is
certainly plenty of both on show at Nore Barn.
We arrived at about
13.30 with the tide falling. Plenty of Brent Geese and
Black-headed Gulls were on the water and as the tide
fell a couple of Black-tailed Godwits appeared along
with the ever faithful Spotted Redshank. It was an
exciting first ever harbour birdwatching experience
for Lisa. She loved seeing the geese on the water and
the elegant godwits. We had to chase around a bit
after the Spotted Redshank which was unusually mobile,
but managed to get reasonably close for Lisa to get
I had previously given
Lisa instruction on how to use my 12x zoom Panasonic
Lumix camera and she picked it up very quickly. I
suggested she should take plenty of photos and then
choose the best ones afterwards. Lisa took all the
photos herself and improved as she went on. Her
Spotted Redshanks were as good as any I have seen from
far more experienced photographers. Hopefully, she
will be inspired to return for more.
is a view of Nore Barn taken by Lisa
are a couple of Lisa's favourites.
Redshank striding purposively
IN ENGLAND - 18 January 2013
The snow had been well
forecast and it came in force on the morning of Jan
18. Light at first then gradually heavier as the
morning went on. I measured a depth of 15cm (4 1/4
inches) on our flat patio table, less than the 7
inches I recorded after the last heavy snowfall in
early Dec 2010.
is our back garden during the snowfall
made a start to walk to Brook Gardens for her craft
group, but got no further than the end of the road.
son, just watch me. This is how I used to go down the
chip off the old block
is also a budding snow star
snowman and his snowdog
what exactly do you call this, young lady?
and Reggie in their igloo. Has Rachel finally thrown
earlier photos go to . . . Family
photos 2012 August to December