The end of another summer holiday from teaching and it was time for the annual gettogether. BBQ in our garden.
It took a while to get ready. New turf as the old grass was ruined. Take down old shed and build new one. Repairs to decking etc etc, clean pond and count fish (60).
We don’t have a huge garden so it was a bit of a squeeze at times. It was great to spend some time with family, friends and work colleagues. Two of them are the leaving the country shortly and so it will be a while before I see them again.
Mindy having a little lie down before the BBQ begins
The quiet before the storm. Setting up the BBQ
The spirits are delicately balanced on the end of the log flume.
George and Ruth with their Pavlova. Yummy!
Anita showing her manners -wonder if her parents see these pictures?
Sunday was football BBQ in the garden.
Started the day with an early morning car boot at Taplow, followed by some last minute food/beer shopping.
13.00 was time for the World Cup. We set up the projector in the garden and watched the football over burgers, sausages, chicken, Pimm’s and Beer. What better way to spend a hot Sunday afternoon during the World Cup? And a win!!
My brother unfortunately fell asleep after too much Pimm’s and fell foul of some fun on our part.
Tuesday evening we went to the Empire Cinema in Slough gif their two got one offer on tickets and caught the early evening showing of Solo.
When the film started we were the only two people in the screening although another 8 arrived shortly afterwards. Still only 10 in a cinema screen with room for 20+. We got to sit in the posh seats and huge film was good despite some of the negative reviews.
George and I had a few games of pool and beers after a difficult day at work. Unfortunately he won 5-4.
We followed this with a visit to the Hungry Horse at Middle Green.
We both had a large main followed by the Ultimate Candymania pudding. This is usually a desert to be shared but we had one each in a man vs food challenge and we both finished
Thursday was bowling night at Maidenhead 10 pin bowling. We were the only people there most of the evening and enjoyed two games of bowling, food and a drink for £10 each (Paul won).
Luke, Rachel, Anita, George, Eileen, Paul, Debbie attended and Chris (aka Lord Long) never quite made it although he scored quite well on the bowling whilst not even there.
After this we battled it out on the air hockey (Luke was the winner), arcade machines and then 6 of us played Laserquest (Luke won). Can’t believe how much we were all sweating at the end.
We went to Iceland’s last weekend for a little shopping (We love their sliced tiger bread). It was 9.30 on a Saturday morning. You would think they would have lots of staff on hand?
There was one till open and one queue. Whilst we waited for 10 minutes in the queue at least 3 people put their shopping down and walked out. We asked a member of staff if they had anyone to open a till and were told no. A short while later they did open another till but shoppers weren’t happy at waiting and the staff seemed unconcerned.
Shame on you Iceland.
Last night was the Lets Rock Christmas show at the Wembley SSE Arena in London. Great night. Got there around 6.30pm for doors opening. The show started at around 7.00pm with Pat Sharp doing his DJ thing. Live acts started at 7.30pm until about 11.00pm
Fantastic 80’s night with a Christmas theme. All the acts were great but my favourites were Go West, Tiny Hadley and Kim Wilde.
Had a bit of a nightmare getting home. All the tubes were busy and when we got to Paddington, the train was cancelled and so everyone tried to get on the next one. This meant the train was packed. every space in the aisles and by the doors was jam packed with people complaining and more people trying to squeeze on. After 20 minutes the driver announced that he was refusing to drive the train due to overcrowding and then after another few minutes announced we should all board the longer train opposite prompting a stampede.
We found seats and looked forward to getting home. About 20 minutes into the journey a group of people who had been to London for their office party got a little excited when one of them (the boss as it turned out) decided to be sick into his present bag. A couple of minutes later this then spilled out onto the floor as the bag was made of paper. The sick also spilled onto his friend sat next to him, his shoes etc. This started a chain reaction of people feeling ill!
Thankfully a short while later we managed to leave the train and take the car home.