also Danny's blog for lots more family photos .
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CHRISTMAS IN EMSWORTH
- 24-28 December 2015
We had a big Fellows
family gathering in Emsworth for the Christmas
celebrations. Pete Julia and the girls arrived on
Christmas Eve. Pete, Julia and Jean set about
preparing food for Christmas dinner. Pete brought a
splendid 13lb turkey with him which he assured us had
enjoyed a good life on the Isle of Wight.
Lily and Iris left a
note for Santa by our electric fire with a glass of
wine, a glass of milk, a mince pie, some biscuits and
a carrot for the reindeer. We have no chimney, but
that did not deter him. The food and drink were gone
next morning with a note in reply. He also filled
their stockings with goodies. What a good chap he is
The next morning we
all went round to Danny's place for the grand opening
Here are the kids waiting for the off!
Lisa was delighted
with her iTunes token for the iPad
Lisa and Lily took no
time in trying out a game bought with the token
Joe was really chuffed
with his ticket for the game at Manchester City the
next day. Yipee!
Meanwhile, the adults
also started wading through their presents
are two links to Dropbox videos of the present opening
. . .
Joe and Lisa's
best presents must be their new bikes
is a link to a dropbox video of Joe's first go on his
new bike . . .
Iris showing off a new
jumper - actually knitted by Pat Tull
We all trouped back to
11 Bridge Road for Christmas dinner
prepared by Pete and Julia (with a bit of help from
. . . and here it is.
What a feast!
. . . and here is
Jean's pudding - brandy fired as usual - along with a
fine tiramasu created by Julia
Here we are in
the bar before the show
On Boxing Day afternoon, we all went down to the
Groundlings Theatre in Portsmouth for the panto 'Jack
and the Beanstalk'. Danny and Joe had gone off to
Manchester for the football. It was a delightful show
with lots of audience involvement.
We had supper
with the traditional bubble and squeak with turkey,
ham and Jean's special quiche
On Sunday 27th the rest of the family arrived with
masses of presents, Mary, George and Lola from
Kingston and Will, Rachel, Freddy, Nell (on crutches)
and Reggie from Amberley.
The kids really
enjoyed their Pavolvas
Nell having a rest
from the crutches
is a Dropbox link to Nell playing hide and seek up the
stairs on her crutches!
Everyone gave a hand with
the washing up, including Freddy
Later in the evening
we got out 'The Grand Quiz Game' - 'Tell Me' with the
Rachel was quizmaster. The family have played this old
game for at least 50 years!
Meanwhile the little
ones cuddled up with Dinkie the dog - it was very
Next morning Lily and
Iris join Lola in her makeshift bed
And so to the second
grand opening of presents
with lots of interest
in Will's annual family Fellows calendar
Nell and Rachel
discussing what to make from their New York recipe
to Dropbox video of the second opening of presents . .
Mary prepared a
magnificent selection of curries for lunch
The kids all tucked
into Mary's lunch with gusto - accompanied by Julia in
Hands up who wants a
piece of Nell's choclate log
All that remained was
to get everyone organised for the traditional family
are more photos and some videos on the following
Dropbox folder if you want more
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WELLS - Sunday 19 December 2015
Jean and I
travelled to London for our Christmas treat from Pete
and Julia - a visit to Sadler's Wells to see the
ballet 'Sleeping Beauty' - a special modern production
with rave reviews. We met Pete, Julia, Lily and Iris
at the Festival Hall where we had a snack and a drink.
Jean, Julia, Lily,
Iris and I went to the theatre by taxi which the girls
enjoyed greatly. See a short video of part of the taxi
ride on the Dropbox link at . . . https://www.dropbox.com/s/tgj4t0rpw6w7o9e/2015-12-20%2012.40.11.mov?dl=0
There was no room for
Pete in the taxi, so he travelled to the theatre by
tube. Pete arrived and we waited for Rachel and Nell
in the foyer, but did not see them.
So we went into the
theatre and found our seats in the second tier.
We met up with Rachel
and Nell in the interval. Nell was on her crutches.
Here we are in the
foyer after the ballet which was excellent. A great
outing. Thanks, Pete and Julia.
HERE - 27 November 2015
had an inset day so she came round to her Grandma and
Papa's for the morning bringing with her some homemade
cookies to decorate for the Xmas festivities this
evening in Emsworth.
Jean joined Lisa later
at the table to write some Christmas cards
When Lisa had finished
the cookie decoration, we went to Keydell Nurseries in
Horndean where there is always a fine display of
Christmas decorations and lights. Lisa loved the
baubles and had great difficulty in deciding what to
She finally decided as
did Jean on hers.
Lisa and Papa
surrounded by hundreds of Father Christmases
she is with her competitor's number - which she made
GYMNASTICS COMPETITION - 22 November 2015
Jean and I
went over to Bourne Leisure Centre to see Lisa take
part in the Regional Vault and Beam Gymnastic
did really well on the
and (much to her
delight and surprise) won a bronze medal
lots more photos and a video see Danny's blog .
of the day is also 50
50th BIRTHDAY - 4 November 2015
Jean and I
were invited round to 23 Church Path by Karen to help
celebrate Danny's 50th birthday with a piece of her
lovely chocolate cake. Is it really 50 years since the
birth of our lad in Jean's parents's house in
Keynsham? Seems like yesterday! Here are a few snaps
of Danny opening his presents, but his big party is at
the weekend when there will be chilli galore, a galaxy
of entertainment and fireworks to take your breath
. . .
real posh chocolates!
. . .
and a life-changer. Now, who is going to play with
on, Dad, another half to
AND IRIS IN EMSWORTH - 24-25 October 2015
Pete and Julia
came over for the weekend with Lily and Iris mainly
for the Great South Run. On the Friday Jean and I
looked after Joe whose school had an inset day. Here
he is at Nore Barn - a promising
On the Saturday Pete
and Julia arrived with the girls. Jean had made him a
chocolate birthday cake which he shared with the kids.
I think Joe really enjoyed it.
cutting his chocolate birthday cake - a day late
On the Sunday, Pete
and Julia went off early to take part in the Great
South Run - 10 miles of it. Jean and I went down on
the train with Lily and Iris to watch the race.
for the train on Emsworth Railway Station
The run was truly an
amazing spectacle with masses of runners moving past
in a continuous stream. We managed to see Pete and
Julia as they went past, but they were too quick for a
photo. However, here is a nice one of them in the
garden with their medals for finishing the race. Both
improved on their times from last year.
and Pete with their finishers
opening presents surrounded by an admiring
79th BIRTHDAY PARTY - Sunday 13 September
We had a
family get-together for Jean's birthday. George and
Lola were first here; Mary could not make it as she
had a show in London. Will, Freddy, Nell and Reggie
arrived with a fish pie which Will cooked in the oven.
Danny brought round two lasagnes. Nell had made a
birthday cake and Lola contributed a plate of super
also had some presents to open - a spinning disk
and Will laying the table for lunch
preparing the garlic bread
dishing out the fish pie
kids tuck in to Danny's lasagne
presents her home-made birthday cake for Grandma
you are almost there!
serves up her cake while Reggie and Joe tuck into the
I almost forgot George and Dinky the dog
borrowed my camera to take some photos in the garden.
These were the best ones.
United Under 8s
FIRST FOOTBALL MATCH - Sunday 13 September
Joe played his first ever 'competitive' football match
for Castle United Under 8s at the Rowlands Castle
recreation ground against a visiting team of under 8s.
It was a most enjoyable experience for all concerned.
The manager was very complimentary about Joe's
performance. Castle United won 2-1. Here are a few
photos I took of the action.
See Danny's blog for more . . .
talk from the manager
action during the match
calling for the ball up the right
all round at the end of the
do you want for Park
LILY AND IRIS IN EMSWORTH -
August 30 to September 2 - 2015
Pete and Julia
arrived with Lily and Iris after their holiday in
Corsica. The girls stayed with us for three days as
they had inset days off from school, but Pete and
Julia had to go back to work. Joe was still here when
they arrived so we got the old Monopoly set out of the
loft and set it up to play. I acted as the banker. I
have not played it for about 30 years at least, but
the kids knew how to play. We did not finish so, we
continued in the morning when this photo was taken.
Joe ran out clear winner - he is a demon!
On the Monday Jean and
I went over to the Emsworth Show where Lily and iris
were fascinated by the raptor displays.
with a Little Owl - look at those
with a much larger, but sleepier, Tawny
On the Tuesday,
with Lily and Iris, we collected Lisa and Joe from
Karen's and walked along Bridgefoot Path
children stopped to read the interpretation board -
finding my name on it!
Flintstone's where the kids all had ice creams and
Jean and I had coffees.
the kids played on the beach throwing stones into the
water. Jolly good fun.
On the Wednesday, Lily and Iris started the day
with heaps of pancakes.
took the girls over to Brook Meadow where they had fun
climbing on a fallen tree over the
their greatest thrill was to have their photo taken
with Martin Cull in front of his bright red
Martin was just about to start the annual cutting of
went into the Moka Cafe where the girls had hot
chocolate with marshmallows and
then home to play games on the
AT STANSTED - Sunday August 30 - 2015
Jean and I
looked after Joe for the day while Danny and Karen
went to a festival in Southsea. We decided to go to
Stansted for coffee and cakes. Joe has a play on the
new playground. Whee . . .
We walked through the
arboretum to the trains where I ha a go on the train
with Joe - twice!
We walk to our
favoutite seats at the top of the arboretum.
On the way back we
stopped for Joe to inspect the Monkey Puzzle tree.
79th BIRTHDAY -12 August 2015
Lisa and Joe came round to help me celebrate my 79th
birthday. Jean had made a scrumptious chocolate sponge
which was much enjoyed by all. Here I am having a go
at blowing out the candles, though I had a lot of
assistance from the wind. In fact, the wind blew them
all out before I could try, much to the amusement of
is the food table before everyone dived in
AND GARETH'S PARTY - 1 August 2015
Most of the
Fellows clan were present at the 40th birthday party
of Gareth in Bristol. Helen and Gareth laid on a great
feast which lasted virtually all day - and the next,
so I am told. Mary, George and Lola were the only
exceptions as they had an important Brownie meeting to
attend in Lewes, plus, of course, Freddy who was in
New York. Here are a selection of the photos I took
during the day of the party which was I am sure, all
will agree, a 'roaring success'! Thanks, Helen and
hostess with Ash, Darren and Gareth
with Peter and other guests. Note the 'grass
greets Danny, Lisa, Karen and Joe
Lily and Iris having fun on the revolving
That's what the kids had been waiting for
Sushi also came up to
Gareth slaved away at the
party quickly spilled over into the garden
children decided to do some
. . .
and had great fun playing ball in the driveway
finally here are the Fellows and Stowes for a group
earlier photos go to . .Family
photos 2015 from January to July