Tuesday, 6 February 2018

RBS 6 Nations

I have not blogged for a while, basically we are escaping the British winter in Mojacar again, mostly doing what we have done the previous two winters. 

But for the diary....




We had a great weekend in Rome, there to watch England v Italy at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday. Great atmosphere in the ground as England slowly wound up the heat on an improving Italian side, Italy scored three tries but England were worthy winners at 15- 46




 As always on these trips good company always makes the day  Roly, Brian, Eva and Jay made up our group from Mojacar only disappointment was our mate Paul was unable to make the trip this time.

Our daughter didn't want to miss the game and arrived with her Malta based friend Gill, via IOM -Gatwick - Malta - Rome.


Saturday afternoon after visiting a few of the cities tourist hot spots we were in Scholars Lounge, voted the worlds best Irish bar in 2017, to watch Wales v Scotland and later France v Ireland. All the six nations were represented in the busy bar. Wales overpowered the Scots  34-7 while Ireland won with the last kick of the game which sent 5 of the 6 nations present in the bar into uproar.

 



My Brexit beating passport finally arrived, so I can remain in the union... at least for travel purposes... in honesty nobody knows how issues will affect British citizens but it will be nice to have as I'm prone to losing stuff when traveling.

I was in Scholars bar wearing my emerald jersey cheering my other boys on when a bloke said to me your accent doesn't sound very Irish (I have a Londonish accent). I told him I was proud of my Irish ancestry and had a passport to prove it.

 " Oh" he said "you are one of those plastic paddy's "  and walked off.



Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Maughold

When I got up two floppy eared black faces were looking at me expectantly for an outing,  so I took  the two labs for  a walk around the cliffs near Maughold village and a swim at Laxey beach.


Maughold church



Maughold lighthouse




Laxey beach

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Nostalgia...... boats & bikes

Clearing out some clutter I came across some old photos

Sue holds fore & aft lines in Temple lock
Above picture is of the first Thames boat we owned, back in the 80's it was rare to see a narrowboat on the Thames.

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Princess 32



Birchwood 33GT our last Thames cruiser


Rest Days getting readied to be lifted in after  winter  at Penton Hook. marina 

Nikita loved the Stone lion at Beale Park



On our  old fishing boat out of Castletown IOM

... and some old racing photos

Oulton Park track day
Donington park - Rocket Ron Haslam race school
Jurby IOM race meeting (novice orange bib)

Oulton park race meeting
Cadwell park race meeting

Endurance team and pit crew
Le Mans start to 4 hour endurance event

I'm in there somewhere

My meagre racing trophies

Lastly one for the road.