About time for an update

Lots has happened since the last post.

The Black Country Museum is an odd place – more so when it is absolutely tipping it down all day. Maybe one for a Spring visit – or maybe not. Picked up a couple of interesting shots though – I quite like this one.

On the Thursday I attended the hospital at the close of business and one of the senior nurses and the consultant stayed behind for a couple of hours to give me the Rituximab. He hasn’t quite sorted out the payment situation for this yet, but I am sure that by the time the next round comes along in December, that side of it will be done.

It was actually very pleasant sitting there chatting to these two on a one-to-one basis (if that makes sense!)

The following week, we had off as leave, ready to go to Venice for the Leica “One Challenge”. Drove down to my parents’ house on the Tuesday and had a very nice lunch in the Flowerpot at Aston, near Henley. First pint of Brakspears for a long time. Then on the Wednesday, we went to an open-air museum near Chichester. More interesting than the Black Country, although the miller could talk for England. Fortunately, we were saved from a gristy end by a party of 9 year olds and were able to make our escape. Lunch in The Lanes in Brighton – I might need to get back to the car park with my car-park consultant some time – followed by a walk along Beachy Head.

What a very unpleasant place that is. I found myself looking at anyone walking along the headland thinking “Are they going to jump? Is he? What about her?” I knew that there is a chaplain who patrols the head, but it’s quite sobering when you actually see him in his red car with the yellow flashing lights. The floral tributes, 20 feet away from the car park and 6 inches from the drop are pretty grim too. All in all, not a nice place.

Then, onto Gatwick and a flight out to Venice on Thursday morning.

The weather there was fabulous and we had a very good weekend staying in an apartment owned by a friend of our Norwegian friends. This place was only 5 minutes from San Marco, so very handy. The wellies were handy for the high tide on Sunday morning too 🙂

Friday’s dinner was in the place where we went on the last night of our previous trip. Very friendly indeed and good value “for Venice”.

The Challenge was very well attended and the meal (for 30) that I organised on the Saturday evening was very good.

All in all a very good weekend.

Now, to find two photographs worth entering. The night time one isn’t too hard, but the day shots just wouldn’t come. Oh well – there’s always next year!

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  1. There obviously have been some 'developments' at Beachy Head. The last time I went (about 7 years ago or so), there was no evidence of what you describe.It may be an 'unpleasant' place in late autumn (and onwards), but in the midst of summer there is something invigorating about it and the wind blowing straight through you. And then there are, of course, the Seven Sisters. A nice little hike I always found. No, I rather like Beachy Head.That's a good attendance figure for Venice.Rituximab always, unwittingly, makes me think of a cough mixture for children. Yes, it must have been interesting chatting in the hospital to the two people you mentioned.See you over there –> Twitter 😉

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