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A Long Sunday Walk

Today I embarked on a long Sunday morning walk, before it got too hot!
My walk took me along a bridleway, and after a few minutes the sound of traffic  with the sound of birdsong.

Butterflies flitted from flower to flower, bees buzzed.

Horses grazed in their field

and as I looked across the fields

 

I spied this little chap

The ground is still very dry as the heatwave continues.

All in all a pleasant Sunday morning walk, meeting a few dog walkers, and the constant sound of yellowhammers  singing in the distance.

 

 

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Herons, Geese and Swans

On one of my regular lunchtime walks along the river, I passed through my usual turning point (Town Bridge) and made my way to the weir. Sitting down to eat my lunch, camera at the ready I spied the usual swans, ducks and Canada geese. It was a pleasant surprize to see a couple of herons fly in.

It was many years ago on this river that I first saw a heron for the first time.
As I sat watching the Canada geese, I became aware that they were watching me as they grazed the sunburnt grass

One in particular followed me to the rubbish bin as I disposed of my sandwich packaging, hissing his disappointment

at not receiving a snack!

Dancing Daleks, Zygons, Weeping Angels and a Singing Doctor

It can only mean one thing……. A Doctor Who Convention

This one is held every year in Bedford – This was Bedford Who Charity Con 4 All profits go to the Bedford Foodbank.

This year one of the guests was Colin Baker – Doctor Number 6

There was also a few sketches with a former companion – Sophie Aldred (Ace) and Elen (a Weeping Angel in disguise)

and this one with John Leeson (the voice of K9)

The convention was held at The Quarry Theatre Bedford

 

 

 

Looking Back and going forward

How many people have photograph albums tucked away in a drawer, under the bed, in the loft? I guess most people over a certain age will have at least one.  More likely is that they will have boxes full of the photos that they just did not get around to putting into albums.

Now of course everybody takes pictures on their phones and uploads them onto the internet. I am no different, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this.

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This is a photograph of the family cat, lying in the shade circa 1976 – The Summer of the Heatwave.

All Ducks in a Row

And this was taken earlier this year.

 

Radio Days and Nights

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Recently I have gone back to listening to the radio.  When I was a teenager it was always BBC Radio One. Now I tend to listen to the local BBC radio stations as I travel to and from work for the travel updates and local stories.  One lunchtime I listened as the local radio presenter was on an outside broadcast at an event and  tickled a pig!

I have become a fan of some National Talk Radio shows.  A lot of radio stations have appeared on the internet and on free-view and satellite TV  and when flick through the channels looking for something different to listen to I am reminded on those times as a teenager I would eagerly tune and retune the transistor radio looking for Radio Luxembourg through the hiss and crackle that was a.m. radio

 

 

Doctor Who Companions

Last week I went to a small Doctor Who event in Bedford (UK) – Bedford Who Charity Con -where Three Former Companions of The Doctor from the 1960s – Patrick Troughton’s Doctor, the 1970s – Jon Pertwee’s Doctor and the 1980’s – Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor, were appearing along side John Leeson the voice of K9  The tickets were a little pricey but it was a Charity Event for the Bedford Food Bank which is providing emergency food for 500 children and adults a month.

It was also the day that they announced the name of the actress to play the new companion to Peter Capaldi’s Doctor.  There was lost of laughter when  Sophie Aldred, Katy Manning and Deborah Watling discussed the merits of the different type of shoes they wore whilst a companion. (Doc Martins, Hobnail boots and high heels (platform).

Sophie Katy and Deborah taking questions from the audience

Sophie, Katy and Deborah taking questions from the audience

What also was interesting was on my journey to the convention a Dalek (with helper)  was trundling alongside a fairly main road and nobody was batting an eyelid as it used a zebra crossing.

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All in all it was a great day out.

Radio Days

Recently I have been listening to various radio stations throughout the day, most days I wake up to a national radio station, in the car it is a local station (for traffic updates etc.) Lunch times it’s headphones on, listening to a regular show, sometimes the interviews are sad and sometimes they are more uplifting.
Recently I have been listening to a ‘pop up’ station that played Country Music.
Saturday mornings is housework time and ‘Treasure Quest’  where two teams from neighbouring radio stations vie to find the treasure in their area before each other, but mostly they want to beat the ‘Evil Les’ the quizmaster.