20 Assorted Icons

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 08:59 pm
debris4spike: (Guitar)
I have actually managed to get a set of icons made.  This is for round 3 of [livejournal.com profile] monthlyinspo  It is in many ways hard as we are given a theme of "Dark & Light" .... but I find the hard thing is deciding what images/theme to use.  So this set of 20 are a bit of a missmatched set of themes.  However they are all dark/light ... I hope!

Anyway here are my 3 teasers -




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Here they are, if you want to peep )

Exeter Guildhall 1

Saturday, March 11th, 2017 05:26 pm
debris4spike: (James - Discovery Channel)
This morning I went on a guided tour of Exeter Guildhall .  I had been in the building a few years ago, but this time I got to know both the history, and see behind the scenes.

1190 Richard I granted a charter placing the city under the rule of a Mayor, and the main section of the building was built in the early 1300's.

Looking at history )

I Am Still Alive!

Sunday, March 5th, 2017 03:25 pm
debris4spike: (Rose)
Wow

How did I manage to dissappear for that long - so far behind?  I suppose it asn't helped that I have been working a couple of "normal" weeks, which is actually only 3 1/2 days, but I have been very tired the rest of the time.  I also ended up very sore after having Carpel Tunnel injection.  The GP just caught a nerve as he put the needle in, and although he moved it it was still really sore for a week.

Jiffy has been keeping OK, which is good.

I have booked my holiday.  I will be out of the country for almost all of July (and a couple of days of June).  This coming Thursday I shall be meeting up with a lady and her dog who may be Jiffy's carer for the holiday.

The decorating is finished for the present.  I am slowly trying to pack things away in their permenant home.  However I have decided to have a conservatory built!  So some things will have to move again after Easter.  I will post some pictures soon, I promise.

Still I am posting a couple of pictures here.  Last Wednesday I had an email to say that Mum & Dad's stones had been placed.  If you are on Facebook you will have seen the overall view, but here are some more.

RIP Mum & Dad )
debris4spike: (Upminster)
As I have already posted I went to Auntie Joyce's 90th birthday this last weekend.  The older she gets, the more she gets like her mum (I suppose that will happen to me - you have been warned!).  She is quite a numb person, with no real emotions.  So sad.  When I arrived, and left, I gave her a hug ... but I might as well have hugged the lamp-post near the drive ... no reaction at all.

She didn't want any cards, and asked me to pop her balloons before I left (I didn't!).  Still it was a good event the coffee morning put on, with other friends invited, and a lovely spread of food.A couple of photos )


Jiffy was a good boy - he slept much of it, despite over 50 people talking around him ... some people congratulated him by giving him a sausage roll and half a cheese scone!And here's the proof )



As ever Jiffy made himself at homeAnd kept guard )

I am trying to get the camera out a bit more this year, so here are a couple of photos I took while in Clacton ...  )
debris4spike: (Captain John - hands on belt)
As you may have seen, I have been MIA, which is why I need to do catch-up. I have been to Auntie Joyce's 90th birthday last Friday. She is Dad's sister, and as you can see that like Dad 2 years ago, she doesn't really look 90.

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There are a few more photos that I took and will post in the next couple of days.

Anyway, here is my 365 meme catch-up!


26 - List your pets.

In the past Mum & Dad had 3 spaniels.
Scrappy, a golden one who died when she was 13 and I was 6.
Perry (my first love), a blue roan, and died a month before his 5th birthday.
Misty, a white & orange, who was 15 1/2 when he died.

Now there is Jiffy a Westie who is 10 1/2 now ...and as mad as ever.

My other "first love" was Jaykub, a Welsh Cob cross, who died when he was 10, and then I had my namesake, DJ, a dappled grey Connemara on loan until he was 10 (he now lives in Windsor)


27 - Today I felt really secure knowing ______

That I was able to be with Auntie Joyce on her birthday.


28 - Whose life did you make a difference in today?

I spent the day with Jiffy and Auntie Joyce, but don't know if I made any difference there.  However I did buy Claire's birthday pressie, so next week that will make a diffenence to her!


29 - What is your super power?

To be able to spot a spider and run away!


The list of 365 questions can be found here
debris4spike: (Happy Birthday)
What kind of car are you driving?

A Toyota Aygo, that I bought in July ...
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The list of 365 questions can be found here


And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to a very special author .... thank you for all your great work, [livejournal.com profile] slaymesoftly ... Have a lovely day, and best wishes for the coming year.

Birthday Graphics

365 Meme Day 19

Thursday, January 19th, 2017 07:59 pm
debris4spike: (Camera)
I wish I had _____

.... a new lens for my camera, one with a longer zoom. In fact, I may decide to treat myself before my trip to USA!


The list of 365 questions can be found here

365 Meme Day 4

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 08:17 pm
debris4spike: (Dad)
What is your best memory of last year?

I had some truly special times with Dad .... I have posted the pictures before, but this one of us on Father's Day is just so wonderful. I was trying to get Dad to look at the camera and we had such a long laugh.

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There are other great moments, but these moments still make me smile, as I think of them.


The list of 365 questions can be found here


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Yes, I'm all behind with replying to comments, I know. I aim to catch up over the weekend. I am back at work, but struggling with tiredness, as well as still a bit of a cough. Today I left 1 1/2 hours early ... but just so glad to have stayed that long. Back again tomorrow.
debris4spike: (Family)
Day 25 → a photo of you and your family

Obviously none this year - but here are a couple from the last few years. This one was taken when we were on holiday in Kos in 2007 ... we went over for a day trip to Turkey
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2012 - Mum & Dad's Diamond Anniversary
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And, our last family photo - March 2015, on Tim & Claire's Silver Anniversary.
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debris4spike: (Queen)
For those who thought I had finished ... sorry, more London photos.

The last time I had been to Madame Tusauds was 1976, so not suprisingly things had changed.  However I did enjoy myself.  There were a few things that suprised me, the first being there were about 7 or 8 people who I had never heard of ... yes, a huge Bolleywood display.  Seemed slightly weird for a London museum.  The other thing that I was suprised was that of the chamber of horrors ... missing, although we had some sort of "whodunnit" talk.  Which seemed do false, but I suppose doing it every 5 mins must ve hard to keep exciting.

Anyway, I enjoyed it, especially the tour of the history of London, which was great, although not enough time to take it all in.

A few of the celebs )
debris4spike: (Child)
Day 20 → a picture of you taken over 20 years ago

Last time we did this it was a photo of 10 years ago, and I shared a couple of photos, including one of me aged 4.  Anyway I have 3 photos to share of yours truly ....Me )
debris4spike: (Ewok)
Day 17 → something that made you happy this year

The department I work for at the hospital have asked me a couple of times if I would like to work full-time for them.. At present I work part-time, via the Bank, so it is really nice to truly know I am appreciated.


Day 18 → your favourite photo this year

Well I love the ones I shared a couple of days ago of myself and Dad laughing. But seeing as I have only shared that a couple of days ago, I thought I would share this one that you haven't seen yet ... and it's topical to the new film release ...

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debris4spike: (Sword of Sacrifice)
So, on the Sunday I made my way to the Cenotaph.  Security was strict, which was good.  The hour & half I was waiting I got chatting to a great bunch of people.

When I got there I had a great view, but then people shuffled around, soldiers and policemen arrived, and no view of Our Queen.  However it was special to be there (even if my feet did freeze by the end!!)


Security ... glad that's not me )

Pause for 2 minutes )


This is what they do with all the wreathes )
debris4spike: (Poppy Wreath)
The real reason I chose the weekend I did to go to London was to be there for the 11/11

The first year I was at college (1979), there was a bomb scare in our building and I walked over to see what all the people were doing.  And on the Thursday before that Sunday there is the dedication of the Field of Remembrance that is held in the grounds of St Margaret's.  I went every year until we moved to Bude.  Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother used to attend.  I have been down a couple of times since, and although I missed the service I did go to the field.

Every regiment has it's own plot, and I always used to go to The Northamptonshire Regt, as my Granddad was in that regt, and served 1914 - 1918.   He had died in 1978, which is why I went there the first time, but after that I got to know some of the other attendees and used to meet up with them.

This year I also wanted to go to the Home Guard memorial, as Dad had served with them.

Pause and remember )
debris4spike: (Child)
Day 10 → a photo of you taken over ten years ago

Just to say that the icon is me - 1 year old (in other words in 1962)

Through the years )
debris4spike: (Barnabas - James in Caprica)
On the Sunday afternoon I went to the National Gallery. When I was at college in the early 80's we were almost next door. Yes I had gone around from time to time, but hadn't been back since 1983, so it was nice to sample the delights again

Wandering around )

And, this was my college for 3 of the 4 years.
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debris4spike: (Christmas - reason for the season)
Not great photos, but Christmas was getting organised ...

Happy Christmas )

And one special photo - a shop sign I saw.  For those who don't know, Dad's name was John, and Mum's middle name was Pearl

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debris4spike: (Stone sculpture)
One thing I do love about this museum is the geology section ... I could certainly have taken a few samples from there!!

See what I mean! )
debris4spike: (Giraffe)
Well, if you go to the Natural History Museum ... you have to see animals, don't you.

However one of the films Mum & Dad loved was "One of our dinasaurs is missing", and as you enter the building you get a great reminder of it.
One of our dinasurs is here )

And, as I said there are more dinasaurs to see .... here )

As well as a few of the other animals, including Guy the gorilla, as you can see )

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