Category Archives: Family

Broadway Tower & Anniversaries

IMG_5121Friday 13 October

A day visit with Flic, Gary and Cody to this folly overlooking the Worcestershire town of Broadway.

First stop the cafe for lunch followed by a walk to the Privately owned tower which is somewhere I had been as a child at a Scout Camp at nearby Stanway all those years ago.

The cafe is not particularly large but there were enough tables to house a German family, some American tourists and some Japanese tourists but does have a large outside seating area.


Red Buck

Today though is too windy, even though it is 20C, remarkable for mid October.


Red deer

A short walk up the road to the tower past some deer with a seated Red Buck admiring his harem.

Sal stays with the pram whilst the rest of us go up, passing through rooms with Curtains and wallpaper designed by William Morris, another floor about the history of the folly and one about the nearby listening post used for military purposes.


William Morris fabric & wallpaper

Broadway Tower was the brainchild of the great 18th Century landscape designer, Capability Brown. His vision was carried out for George William 6th Earl of Coventry with the help of renowned architect James Wyatt and completed in 1798. [this paragraph from the tower’s website ]


Broadway from Broadway Tower

Wonderful views out over the countryside from the top but it is so windy!


Flic, Gary & Cody

We now head for Honeyborne where there is a little zoo, café and shop, perhaps something for Cody when he is older.

We say goodbye to Flic, Gary & Cody who head off home and we head for Gloucester Water Park and the de Vere hotel there for a special celebration.

Saturday 14 October

50th Wedding anniversary celebrations with Phillip & Sylvia – ours is not far behind (in numbers) but we do share the same day.

We have been invited to a meal at the de Vere hotel to celebrate with their family and close friends. Some of their friends we have met before and of course the family we know well although have not seen them for a few years.


Old houses at Bilbury

The morning was spent driving around some of the Cotswold villages we had not been too before including Bibury, a place where many tourists go for the picturesque houses – so many tourists, how do the locals cope.


Phillip & Sylvia

A lovely evening meal with a magician for entertainment and a “slide show” of some family photos spreading over many years, some of which included us.

We had found some photos of us all together and much to their daughter Andrea’s delight, we had managed to unearth one they hadn’t been able to find.

Sunday 15 October

Back on the late ferry from Liverpool, not as rough as was expected bearing in mind the following day we were hit by the ex Hurricane Ophelia.

Off on our next adventure soon.IMG_5147


New Grandson

20170519_1408325 May

Afternoon ferry under a beautiful blue sky albeit a tad breezy and an opportunity to watch another Episode of Rake with an overnight stay at HIE Bromsgrove.

6 May

20170717_100943Our house in the Forest would have needed cleaning but the last few days were not occupied so Rob was able to do this before he went on his Skittles tour.

Nevertheless, we visited anyway to ensure all was well and to say our farewells to the gardener who is leaving the area at the end of the month.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t speak to Ken the neighbour who fixed our door for us in an emergency so head off to Flic’s who is still heavily pregnant, before venturing to our friend, Viv’s house who has volunteered to have us as house guests for a week.

7 May

Not a significant family birthday but nevertheless, a meal out at the Black Boy followed by a gentle stroll around local ponds.


Elvetham ponds

8 May

Viv off on a holiday with a friend and I am taking them to the station in Fleet for a train just after 5AM.  Not surprisingly, not a lot of other traffic.

9 to 13 May

Various trips helping Flic who is getting frustrated about still being pregnant.  She is now overdue and we have a ferry tomorrow.

Collect Viv from railway station after her French trip about midnight – she had a great time and we of course are so thankful for the stay.

14 May

We are coming back to the UK later in the week anyway so try and get ferry changed but at a cost of over £200 it is not financially viable so head up the motorway for a couple of days at home.

17 May

Ferry to Liverpool and overnight at HIE Shrewsbury but can’t wait to get to see the new arrival.

18 May


New Grandson

Flic is staying in hospital due to complications with the birth – and of course we head straight there for our first cuddles.

A very contented little boy but Flic is understandably very tired so we head off early to the Holiday Inn at Reading for our stay.

19 May


Mel’s cuddle time


Pick up Mel from Wokingham and spend about an hour with Flic, Gary and baby in the hospital before we leave for our trip to London to watch the Beach Boys at the Royal Albert Hall.

Another fantastic performance preceded by a meal which was very good value for money at the Elgar Restaurant.


Beach Boys in concert at the Royal Albert Hall

The train to London from Winnersh Triangle was surprisingly busy as was the return train from Paddington to Reading.

Flic had kindly arranged for a taxi to pick us up and return us to the Hotel.

20 May


Laura’s cuddles time

A bit of shopping and then off to hospital for more cuddles – Laura joins us as well and managed a pose in front of a suitably painted wall in Flic’s room in the hospital!

Many thanks to the staff at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.

Another trek up the Motorway to Liverpool for a ferry journey back home.

29 May – 3 June

Flic had a C Section and as Gary has returned to work, we are off to Reading to help Flic as she can’t drive.

EasyJet flights this time to Gatwick with train to and from Earley and a week of helping her (as she can’t drive) and we stay this time at the Crowne Plaza using some points from previous stays.

We have to get back home on the Saturday morning as we have visitors arriving the following day for the Annual TT races in the IoM as we offer a Homestay facility.

It is so hard to say goodbye to such a contented little grandson al though we will be back after TT near the end of June.