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Website Update: Christmas Pictures

Posted by HelenEdith on January 1, 2009

I’ve put up a couple of pages of Christmas pictures on my website.

The first page, Christmas Pictures, Biggin Hill, December 2008 contains pictures taken at Biggin Hill. Most of them are of the shop window of the Harris HospisCare shop, which is always beautifully dressed for Christmas.

Here’s a picture of the shop window as a taster:
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The second page, Christmas Light Pictures, Hayes Lane, December 2008 contains pictures taken at a much-decorated house and garden in Hayes Lane, Bromley. I also visited two years ago, and those pictures can be found from my Christmas Index, along with various other Christmas pictures I’ve taken over the past few years.

Here are a few of the pictures I took of the Hayes Lane house and garden this year:
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Entry for January 05, 2008 – Delayed Christmas Dinner

Posted by HelenEdith on January 5, 2008

We were busy on New Year’s Day having our postponed Christmas dinner. Apart from Stephen not getting the living room tidied up and the table clear and Jessie electing to eat off a tray, things went pretty much to plan. Oh, and I overcooked the brussels sprouts, which therefore met with Stephen’s and Jessie’s approval. I prefer them more al dente myself and meant to fish mine out early, but got carried away carving the turkey.

When I collected Jessie, we drove by the house in Hayes Lane with the Christmas decorations, but the owner was up a ladder dismantling them, so we knew not to take Jessie home that way!

Instead, we drove through Orpington High Street and admired the lights there. Chislehurst High Street also had good lights this year, as did Royal Parade.

I photographed the Royal Parade lights during December, and I’ve picked one of the pictures from then to display.

We were busy on New Year’s Day having our postponed Christmas dinner. Apart from Stephen not getting the living room tidied up and the table clear and Jessie electing to eat off a tray, things went pretty much to plan. Oh, and I overcooked the brussels sprouts, which therefore met with Stephen’s and Jessie’s approval. I prefer them more al dente myself and meant to fish mine out early, but got carried away carving the turkey.

When I collected Jessie, we drove by the house in Hayes Lane with the Christmas decorations, but the owner was up a ladder dismantling them, so we knew not to take Jessie home that way!

Instead, we drove through Orpington High Street and admired the lights there. Chislehurst High Street also had good lights this year, as did Royal Parade.

I photographed the Royal Parade lights during December, and I’ve picked one of the pictures from then to display.

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Entry for December 29, 2007 – post-Christmas shopping

Posted by HelenEdith on December 29, 2007

I’ve been down with a chest infection since before Christmas.

The last thing I did before succumbing was to have the tyres replaced on my car – and not before time! I took the car for a little drive up the road afterwards, and the brand new tryes were still a bit slippery, and the car’s rear end wiggled as I turned out of my road. I was entertained at how far back the white van following me kept after that!

We cancelled Christmas. We weren’t in a fit state to celebrate it, wouldn’t have enjoyed a Christmas dinner, and didn’t want to bring Stephen’s Mum here and pass on our germs.

Today we went out and did our grocery shopping – and also picked up some items for Stephen’s Mum. I set a new and regrettable record at the petrol station: it cost over £60 to fill my tank! 😦 In fact, the petrol station cost me a fraction more than the supermarket did.

Last Christmas I got all behind, and I’ve been doing two photo albums for Jessie (Stephen’s Mum) this year. Today I delivered the 2006 album to her. If you want to see what’s in it, click here.

I’m still printing the 2007 album, and have run out of Epson Photo Paper. My Epson Stylus Photo 1200 printer has also decided that after eight or nine years of use that it’s earned its retirement, so I’m chasing up and down the stairs sending my pictures to Stephen’s photo printer. I might use a different paper to finish printing and hope that the pictures won’t look too different with a change of paper – I’ve got away with a change of printer OK. I possibly don’t really want to get in more stocks of Epson Photo Paper, as a replacement A3+ printer will give better results on a different paper in the Epson range. Stephen did suggest getting another 1200 on eBay, but I’d like to have a printer which will print to archive standard, as then I could sell prints with a clear conscience – something I’m not prepared to do with prints from the 1200.

We enjoyed calling on on Jessie and I think the cats enjoyed seeing us. Sam apparently welcomes my visits and now enjoys being made a fuss of by me. Fluffie and Mollie took the opportunity to occupy my lap – well Fluffie had the lap and Mollie had my chest to be quite accurate. In fact, I could have done with Mollie not putting her paw exactly where she put it… 🙂

The picture is one I took at Christmas time last year and included in Jessie’s 2006 album. These reindeer were to be seen on the roof of a much-decorated house in Hayes Lane.

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Entry for December 16, 2007 – Maidstone Winds at St Margarets, Barming

Posted by HelenEdith on December 16, 2007

I had an outing with Maidstone Winds today. They invited me along to augment their bassoon section for a Christmas concert held in St Margaret’s Church, Barming.

Barming is a village near Maidstone in Kent, and the church is down near the banks of the Medway at the end of quite a long lane.

The rehearsal was due to start at 1pm, and I think I got there with about five minutes to spare! We went through the whole concert programme, most of which was music I’d never seen before. Surprisingly, the hardest piece of the lot was a rather elaborate arrangement of “Jingle Bells”!

We had about 40 minutes between the end of the rehearsal and the concert, which started at 4:30pm. There was a single toilet at the church, so queueing up for that was top priority! Then I put my jacket on and went out to my car, where I retrieved my black trousers and put them on under my black skirt, as I suspected that I might be in for a cold evening otherwise. I had a couple of oatcakes to keep the wolf from the door, grabbed my camera, and went back into the church for a couple of “I wuz here” pictures. The camera’s shake reduction did an admirable job. I’ve included the best picture I took above, but you can view the others here: Helen Stephenson’s Pictures of St Margaret’s Church, Barming.

We were served mince pies during the interval, and they even had some Sainsbury’s “Free From” ones that I was prepared to eat. 😀 The whole concert was a mix of good band music and Christmas music, and we finished off with Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” as an encore piece.

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