Category: Family Stuff

Wife, Death & Cancer

On Good Friday the 22nd of April, my wife Annette (Farrant), died. She had Ovarian Cancer. We didn’t know she had cancer until she had a CT scan at the end of February. This showed a large mass in her abdomen. Seven litres of fluid was drained from her abdomen and a subsequent test showed there were cancerous cells present.


My youngest grandson

My youngest grandsonFive weeks old and eight pounds eleven ounces.

Putting a handle on this post!

cleaner1.jpg Just before Christmas our handy goblin cleaner suddenly stopped working. There was no smell of burning so I put it away until I had time to look at it. Last week I stripped it down to see if I could fix it.

Some of the screws holding it together were hidden but I eventualy removed them all and took out the motor. All seemed well but I was only getting 60 volts through the mains lead. The cleaner now has a lead from an old Strimmer and is working perfectly. Total cost of repair £0.00p.


 Josh to Alex and back

Olan Mills update.

Lee and Dan My daughter recieved this photo from OM yesterday

olan mills     

All the UK studios of Olan Mills have closed today and the company is now in administration. Yesterday my daughter took her two son to have their photographs taken at out local olan Mills and last week my two sons had my other six grandchildrens’ photographs taken. Between then they have lost more than £150 pounds worth. My daughter’s friend, Adam who works for the company was told this morning that he no longer had a job.

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My back yard.  We are having our back paved. It’s been in need of a clean up for some years and the concrete has had its day and weeds have been growing in the cracks. There’s still a large area to do but this is how it looks this eveningNow this is how it looks.

Every year we choose one design to send to our friends, neighbours and family. Close Family get indiviual cards.

Our Christmas Card

Seasons Greetings

This is one of a number pix I took last February when I had to visit London. The first time I visited this pub was when I was in the London College of Printing and several of my cousins friends gathered in London for the Motor Show. We failed to get to the show but we had a great time that weekend.

The Ship & Shovell

London at Night, originally uploaded by alji.

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1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? 136186674 b2a2a83a10

a: Hot Chocolate.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree?

a: Mrs Santa with Mr Santa’s help.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?

a: Clear and white.

4. Do you hang mistletoe?

a: Yes when we can get it.

5. When do you put up your decorations?

a: A week before Christmas.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?

a: I Don’t have one.

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child:

a: Visiting relations.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?

a: What truth?

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?

a: We open all our stuff after midnight when the grandchildren are asleep.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree?

a: DSCF3327b

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it

a: Love it when we get it. It snowed for about half an hour last Christmas.

12. Can you ice skate?

a: No

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?

a: My Triumph Palm Beach bicycle when I was thirteen.

14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you?

a: Family.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?

a: Christmas Pudd.

16 What is your favorite holiday tradition?

a: The Food.

17. What tops your tree?

a: A Star.

18. Which do you prefer giving or Receiving?

a: Giving.

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?

a: Deck the Halls with boughs of Holly.

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yummy?

a: Yuck!