July 2019 - Visit from Rebeca and friend
21 July 2019 - Staunton Park Gardens
25 July 2019 - Flintstone's
May 2019 - 15 June 2019
with the Havant Wildlife Group on visit to Brook
the garden at Emsworth
May 2019 - Joe learns to sail
and BRIAN - 12 May 2019
The small Oak sapling
that Jean planted on the Seagull Lane patch on Brook
Meadow in 2012 is now a substantial tree and looking
very healthy. Jean insisted on hiding behind the tree
for a photo!
Here is a shot of me
almost hidden among a luxuriant growth of Cow Parsley
on the Bridge Road Wayside
GARDEN CHAIRS - 10 May
Jean has been longing to have a wooden garden armchair
to go in the space near her new trees, so this week
she bought one from Emsworth Hardware. Today, they
delivered the chair ready made up which was good as I
would not have fancied doing it. Here is Jean having
her first sit in the chair admiring her pink flowering
Jean was so delighted
with the new chair that she phoned to shop to order
another one! I collected it in the car.
Here we are having a cup of tea sitting in the chairs
on this sunny afternoon. Very nice too!
JOE WINS PHOTO COMPETITION
- 3 May 2019
This year the Maurice Broomfield Schools Photography
Competition attracted a record entry with 35 pupils
from six local schools submitting a total of 126
photos. I am delighted to say that Joe was the overall
winner in the local wildlife category with his
'Ladybird on Nettles' photo. He also had two photos
highly commended. He actually won the same competition
two years ago, though did not enter last year.
Chairman of the judging panel Jeff Thatcher assured me
that the judging was done completely anonomously!
The prize giving took
place today in the Emsworth Community Centre at 4pm
with a good attendance of parents, teachers and
children. The photos will continue to be on display in
the Community Centre during the Arts Weekend Trail.
are the overall winning photos in the two
with his prize winning Ladybird
receiving his award from the judge (including a
There is more about
Joe's photographic session on Brook Meadow below - see
TEAM WINS CUP - 28 April 2019
Jean and I
went down to Portsmouth to watch the Cup Final between
Joe's team, Castle United and another local team
called 'Infinity'. We watched the game with Danny and
Karen and lots of other parents. It was a really good
game with both teams playing exceptionally well, but
Castle were too good and won 2-0. Joe played most of
the game and did some good defending and took free
kicks and corners. I took photos of the game and of
the presentation. Here are just a few . . .
After the game we went
down to Old Portsmouth for lunch in The Bridge Inn -
Jean and Karen warmed
themselves on the Hot Walls
Here is the
penalty that the Coalie scored, but sadly it was not
COAL EXCHANGE FINALE
- 28 April 2019
Today the Coal
Exchange football team, which Danny formed way back in
1996, played their last ever game. This was in the
Hampshire Cup Final at Wicor Recreation Ground. Today,
Danny was there as an official 'official'. Joe and I
watched from the side. It was a tense exciting game
played in strong winds. Coal Exchange fought hard and
were unlucky to lose 4-1 in the end. Though they did
win on penalties - they scored theirs, but the
opposition missed two!
The final team photo
including Danny and Joe
Here is Danny with
James and Pat who took over the management of club
after Danny retired.
final game was played on the exact pitch that the
Coalie's first ever game happened in 1996. So, a full
circle. Here is that first ever team with Danny's
We admired Mary's
new garden studio and the run for the tortoise
50th BIRTHDAY IN KINGSTON - 20 April 2019
All 18 of the
family Fellows clan managed to get together to
celebrate Mary's 50th birthday on April 20th - a
little earlier than her actual birthday on the 23rd.
The weather was perfect, sunny and warm and lunch was
served on the terrace in the garden! Mary prepared
lunch and George baked a cake.
In the afternoon Mary arranged for us all to go to
watch Lewes Football Club play Bishops Stortford which
was an excellent idea. Even those who did not
particularly like football enjoyed sitting in the sun.
Danny missed the lunch, but arrived at half time
having driven down from Yeovil where he had band
practice last night.
Thanks to Will for suggesting it in the first place
and to Mary for organising such a nice occasion. Here
are a few of my snaps from a really lovely day.
Dinky likes having her
themselves to grub
Lisa and Rachel
pondering the variety of cheeses
George and the
Remember 50 years ago
Mary huffed and puffed
and . . .
Iris was first in the
queue for cake
Who did not see the
I had a lovely chat
with Freddy in the summer house
The kids joined Freddy
on the grass for this group photo
Enjoying the game.
Danny just made it to
see some goals. Lewes lost 3-1.
Go to YouTube video
clip of the birthday lunch . . . https://youtu.be/Ve4mQOxOErA
WINS PHOTO COMPETITION - 26 April 2019
About 2 weeks
ago, Joe and I went out together for the morning for
him to take photos for this year's Maurice Broomfield
Schools Photography Competition. He borrowed my Sony
camera as he has done before, but apart from that I
left him to take what he fancied. He took over 150
images in the morning which we whittled down to just
15 when we got home. From these Joe chose four to
enter the competition; two for each category: local
nature and a subject of your choice.
See my report with photos of Joe at work in the blog
entry for April 8th.
Well, this year the
competition attracted a record entry with 35 pupils
from six local schools submitting a total of 126
photos and Joe was the overall winner in the local
nature category with his 'Ladybird on Nettles' photo.
Joe also had two other photos highly commended - 'swan
on the nest' and 'reinforcing the river bank'. Wow!
Joe certainly has the eye for a good photo. He won the
same competition two years ago, though did not enter
last year. The prize giving will take place in the
Emsworth Community Centre at 4pm on Friday 3 May. Here
are Joe's award winning photos.
overall winning photo in the local nature
the photographer - 8 April 2019
I went out
with Joe this morning for him to take photos to enter
the annual Maurice Broomfield Schools Photographic
Competition which he won a couple of years ago. He
borrowed my Sony point and shoot camera which he has
used successfully in the past. We started in Palmer's
Road car park and had a look at the Swan on its nest
on Peter Pond before cutting back through Brook
Meadow. Joe was continuously snapping as well as
clambering up a few trees on the way. He loved it as
did I. It was a good morning all round. Back home for
cheese on toast. Here are a few of the photos I took
of Joe at work.
That's a pretty
Waiting for Water
Now, that's a fine
Joe getting a better
angle on the south bridge
Joe contemplating the
600 plus Butterbur flowers
I had to hold the
camera while Joe scrambled up this tree
A favourite spot over
the river for generations of kids
Finally, a snap of the
When we got
home I downloaded Joe's photos onto the computer. Then
we had a fine time going through the 150 images that
Joe took during the morning, finally whittling them
down to 15 possibles for the competition. There are
two categories, wildlife and nature and anything of
your choice. Here is a selection of Joe's photos that
I particularly liked, though the final selection of
which to enter for the competition will be his.
beautiful Lesser Celandine
The swan on her nest
in trhe reeds on Peter Pond
A nicely composed
picture across Peter Pond
Workman hammering a
post to reinforce the river bank
Chap emptying rubbish
in factory on Seagull Lane
After lunch I
got the oil paints out with two canvas boards and Joe
and I undulged ourselves in some glorious painting on
the table outside. Joe did a bold and colourful
painting (which even Van Gogh might have been pleased
with). My effort was in contrast rather pale and
timid. But we both enjoyed ourselves. It was great
fun, if not great art. Here are our efforts on the
windowsill outside, with Joe's on the right and mine
on the left.
win the cup - Sunday 31 March 2019
All three sons
(Will, Danny and Pete) and all three grandsons
(Freddy, Reggie and Joe) - all avid Pompey fans, like
myself - went up to Wembley today. They saw a
memorable game in which Pompey came from behind to win
the Check-a-Trade cup on penalties against
I was not well enough
to go, but thoroughly enjoyed watching it on Sky.
40,000 fans from each
club created a wonderful atmosphere.
Well done lads and now
Trip to the Isle of Wight - 17 March 2019
Jean and I had
a very enjoyable day on the Island at the home of
Pete, Julia, Liley and Iris. Their new kitchen is
looking very smart and they are making good use of it
It is not completely
finished and they are planning an awning outside.
Pete and Julia cooked
us dinner with roast chicken with a variety of veg and
some great roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings!
Lily looked very smart
in one of Mary's aprons
While Iris had a
lovely quilt that Jean had made by hand
The garden and
allotments from the house. What a view!
photos from 2018 go to
. . . Family
for all years . . .