Holiday: Jordan – Day 5 (20th April)

Good morning all!! πŸ˜ƒ. We’re in Jordan for a 10-dayer with great mates, Ralph & Karen. We’re halfway through our break where today, we’re off to Dana Biosphere Nature Reserve. It’s Jordan’s largest nature reserve, located in the south-central and was founded in 1989. The Biosphere supports over 800 plant species and more than 450 …
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Holiday: Jordan – Day 3 (18th April)

We’re in Jordan for 10 days with great mates, Ralph & Karen. It’s Day 3 and we’re off to the World Heritage site, Petra. There’s a lot to see here, so we’ve spread it across today and tomorrow. Whether you see Petra as a ‘holy city’, an ‘architectural wonder’ or ‘just an interesting place’, it’s …
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Holiday: Jordan – Day 1 (16th April)

The holiday has officially started!! πŸ‘πŸ˜€. Welcome to our first full day (of 10) here in Jordan with great mates, Ralph & Karen. We arrived in the early hours – 2am! We’re here, briefly, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Jordan, checking out tomorrow. More details HERE. Missed yesterday’s Post?Click HERE With everything planned for the …
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Holiday: Jordan – Day 0 (15th April)

It feels like it’s been a long time coming, but we’re finally off to Jordan for 10 days with great mates, Ralph & Karen. Today is ‘Day Zero’ – our travel day. Our whole itinerary was recently thrown slightly by British Airways who cancelled our original flight, requiring us to travel a day earlier! OK, …
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Return to ‘The Old Bridge’

Since I suffered my hand injury on 22nd December, we’re still playing ‘catch-up’ with my social diary! Today was another of those days as we met Steve & Helen at The Old Bridge in Huntingdon! We were last here as a foursome back in October, 2023 where we were so impressed, a planned return was …
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Catchup: Nick & Celina

Today was a (very) belated catch-up with friends, Nick & Celina (originally pencilled in for the 22nd of December, last year!). As regular readers will already know, this was postponed because I was in hospital being treated for a severe slicing to my left pinkie brought about by an ‘argument’ on the day with a …
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Olney another Birthday!

Celebrations began early this year for Ann’s birthday! Yesterday, it was down to Ann’s brother for a celebratory Birthday Lunch – and it didn’t disappoint! πŸ‘ Roast Lamb, cooked to perfection and bags of opportunities to catch up with all Roger, Jane and Oli’s news! Today, just before 9.30, we headed over to MK for …
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Mexican: Possible 3!

We invited John & Trish around tonight for a Mexican meal and a movie night! On the menu? Unsurprisingly, it all went down a treat! πŸ‘πŸ‘ The choice of tonight’s Film was easy! Trish, even though she likes Tom Cruise, hadn’t seen Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning (Part 1) – sorted! It was probably our …
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Play: The Vicar of Dibley!

In aid of Comic Relief, we drove over to Rothwell Methodist Church to see their production of the iconic ‘The Vicar of Dibley’. Rothwell Methodist Players were the stars of the evening – all local ‘Rowellians’ including Andrew Farrington, the resident Vicar who also produced and directed things. As the curtain went up at 7.30 …
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First Visit: The Wharf Inn, Welford

We headed off to Welford today – it was our first visit to The Wharf Inn. We met up with fellow ‘Northants Nutters’ – Paul & Sue and Richard and Nicki – for lunch. It was already buzzing when we arrived just before 1pm. After getting some drinks from the Bar we were shown to …
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Catch up: Chris and Gill – Castle Ashby

We headed for The Deli at Castle Ashby today for Breakfast and an overdue catch-up with long-time mates: Chris & Gill. Quiet when we arrived, it was absolutely packed by the time we left – it was clearly a popular destination! πŸ‘ And we could see why! The food was delicious with great service too! …
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Pantomime (Adults Only!)

Off to the local Lighthouse Theatre to see the ‘adult’ Panto: Jack and the Beanstalk! We’ve not been to an ‘adult’ Panto before, and this one promised that it was ‘very rude’, ‘full of innuendo’ and with ‘plenty of audience participation’! πŸ€”. With the ‘audience participation’ part ringing VERY uncomfortably in our ears, we realised …
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Film: One Life (2024)

Off to the local Odeon to see this one. It wouldn’t have been my first choice of cinematic entertainment – not enough spandex or sci-fi for me, but Ann was keen! πŸ˜˜πŸ‘- But I’m so glad I went!! Read on… Official Trailer How long? A loo-friendly 1 hour 50 minutes! πŸ‘πŸΎ Synopsis Directed by James …
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Pantomime 2024 (Cinderella)

Off to Milton Keynes Theatre to see their Panto performance – Cinderella! Sadly, Carol was not feeling 100% and couldn’t join us. Janet took on taxi duties, picked us up just before 4.30 and we were soon on our way in the cold and wet weather heading for MK `and the 6pm performance. They’re always …
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Doctor Who Christmas Special (2023): The Church on Ruby Road

Given my recent (typing) hand injury on the Friday before Christmas, I think I’m probably the last Whovian to watch this episode and then review it. It’s Saturday, the 30th – almost a week later, and I’ve managed to avoid any Reviews, anywhere. Phew! πŸ˜•. Forgive the odd typo – this took about four hours …
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The “Butcher’s Dog” Report

You know that old saying? “Fit as a Butcher’s Dog!” – well, that’s pretty much me! I’m hardly ever ill (apart from a bout of COVID back in 2021 and my, so-good-I’ve-had-them-twice, Kidney Stones). So, 2023 turned into the year when this old dog had multiple trips to the vets!! 😬 Deaf in Paradise It …
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Salvation Army Carol Concert (2023)

Off into town this evening to enjoy this year’s Salvation Army Carol Concert at the Salvation Army Citadel. Jo, Janet & Helen together with David & Valerie were there, as usual, and we also saw Derek & Lydia. We’ve been coming to these for quite a few years now as it represents another ‘sign’ that …
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Anniversary Break – London (Day 3)

Day 3 – Friday, December 15, 2023 Good Morning London! 😎. Here we are in London as part of our Wedding Anniversary celebration (yesterday) staying at the rather posh Tower Hotel. It’s day three – our final day! What you might have missed… Day 1 – Arrival at the Tower Hotel/Moulin Rouge/Indian Meal/Embankment Walk Day …
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Anniversary Break – London (Day 1)

We headed for London today, as part of our Anniversary celebration (tomorrow). We’re in the capital for three days, taking in some shows and catching up with my brother and his family. Busy Busy!!! πŸ˜πŸ‘. So, it was all aboard the 9.48 out of Kettering made much easier by neighbour, Valerie, acting as our taxi …
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Christmas TV Listings (2023)

We’ve all got different ‘triggers’ for when ‘Christmas’ officially begins. For many, it’s probably when the Supermarkets start displaying their Christmas lines! But that’s obscenely early isn’t it? So how about… …that first Christmas meal? (this year, I was up to FOUR, two weeks before the big day! πŸ˜‹πŸ˜ƒ) …or when the John Lewis Christmas …
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Doctor Who Returns – Special 3: The Giggle

It’s back! Everything is new (apart from the lead characters) and these 60th Anniversary Specials are a big huge deal – even if you don’t usually watch it. Why such a fuss? Well, for the background and lead up to these 60th Anniversary ‘Specials’ and the NEW (15th) Doctor, take a look at my detailed …
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