30th July

Went for a swim in the sea. The kids went to the pool. The advantage of the sea, once I’d got past the heart stopping cold, was that I had it all to myself! I mostly kept to the bits where I could still touch the bottom as I was there by myself. On a couple of occasions I did suddenly find myself out of my depth.

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New people in the next tent – two women, 4 kids 2 cars, no husbands! I’m guessing that the little women have been packed off for 5 days slumming it in a tent as the men are too indispensable to take time off work or maybe there’s an important golf week to attend! I’m not sure which ones annoy me the most, the well to do ones or the beer in one hand, fag in the other, screaming at poor little Bayleigh all day long type!

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Had a run down to Ryde in the afternoon to pick up bus timetables for our 2 day bus excursion later in the week. Looked in tacky souvenir shops and bought Sarah’s nan a postcard – suddenly struck by the fact I’ve got no one left to send one to!

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Sarah and I went for an evening stroll along the seafront.

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29th July

Woken up about 3am by Sarah on phone to Police! There was a party somewhere that was still going on. Yes they were aware, they’d had lots of complaints, they were trying to find out where it was coming from! Suggest they follow the noise!

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28th July

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Off on the ferry to the Isle of Wight, two hours early due to an absence of traffic on the M25! Also managed to get into tent 2 hours early as well.

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We went to the beech after lunch and had a paddle. We bought Ben a net bit the only crab we caught was dead! Ben fell in as the tried to stand on a seaweed covered rock just as I wad warning him it wasn’t safe! He decided building sandcastles was safer!

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26th July

Inspiration, move me brightly
Light the song with sense of colour
Hold away despair

Oh God I’m Sooooooo bored!! I’ll be glad when tomorrow comes as it’s my last day at work before my holidays.

I did try and start writing some stuff for a new blog I set up a while ago which is (hopefully) going to be about the concerts I’ve been to over the years. However I didn’t get very far. then I started to read a life story that my Dad had been writing at the time of his death – I wish he’d been able to finish it as it ended in 1973 just after we moved house and I started at secondary school. After that I read some of the old entries on this blog (God I must be bored)!

I have tried to listen to some music but don’t seem to be in the mood.

Sarah phoned me to say that Becky’s Engineering diploma results had arrived – it would appear that she got Distinctions right across the board – so it look like she’ll be off to the University of Sussex in September then! Well done her.

One of my colleagues asked me an impossible question today – to recommend 2 Grateful Dead albums for him to buy! Oh Blimey which do I go for? The main problem is that the band were best known for their live work rather than studio albums. So maybe I start there with their seminal work Live/Dead – a double LP recorded live in 1969. There’s a wonderful version of Dark Star that filled a whole side of the original vinyl album – but this album is very improvisational so if you’re not into that then would you struggle? The other albums that sprung to mind were American Beauty and Workingman’s Dead – these were the albums that marked a change in style to a very country oriented acoustic sound with vocal harmonies – I guess if he likes Americana then he’d get on well with these. Out of preference I would suggest American Beauty. So that’s it then Live/Dead and American Beauty………………but wait! What about Europe ’72!!!! Oh Bugger!

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Blue skies with moon

25th July

Bored!

Turns out our new lodger is petrified of cats! Oops! Still there’s only 5 of them. Odd thing to be scared of considering that she’s from Africa and I believe they have some seriously scary animals out there!!

Went to give blood again tonight. Bex went as well and thankfully she was ok this time – no fainting this time. It was much quicker this time as I had an appointment this time. I discovered it was quite tricky to take a picture with a needle in my arm!! Afterwards scoffed cheese and onion crisps and bourbon biscuits while I drank my coffee.

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