I'm putting off the posts I want to do as they involve sorting photos!
So instead a few random ramblings.
Looking back to the last visit we made to Tiptree Jam factory - Alan and I were sitting in the tearoom next to the above painting.
I said how much I liked the above picture.
Alan being the generous man that he is said that he would buy it for me.
Immediately I got into "we just came in for tea - too extravagant to leave having bought a painting etc." As you can see he insisted and bought it. I love the sea and boats.
An added interest here was that this oil painting was painted by an old lady and she had included the history of the boat on the back.
This fishing smack, Polly was built in Maldon in 1889 for Josiah Pitt (Great Grand father of the artist A. Puttock)
She was skippered and owned by Josiah's sons Ernest and Walter for many years until old age forced them to sell.
They sold their catches to London merchants as well as locals and tourists on 'Maldon Bath Wall' straight from the boat.
The present owners have had her sympathetically renovated and in respect for the 'old boys' have not had an engine installed.
However the fast little craft still enters Regattas and races.
A very different kind of scene
These were my windows when I got up recently
A neighbour further up the hill had her driveway replaced and this was the result of the drilling up of the old one
and now a few pictures of a recent visit to Westfield
These charge boxes always make me smile
Who leaves home without their phones and i-pads charged!
As much as I do not like heights I always like a window seat when lunching at Marks and Spencer
and then spend my time with my back to the view!
I like this car park where green overhead lights tell one where there is a space and the blue lights show disabled parking spaces
One thing we always do is check on progress being made on the old Olympic site. Lots areas have been demolished and a public park is being added to the buildings that will stay to serve the community
Not so easy to see on such a dull and grey day.
We are planning to visit again on Monday as we have begun decorating (Alan painted some ceilings so far) and we need to visit John Lewis to start the ball rolling on the purchase of badly needed new carpets.
On a personal level I took advantage of a sunny day last Monday to begin pruning our rose bushes (17 in all excluding the newest bed) and ended up making the Sciatica that I have been struggling with for some time worse. So Osteopath it was on Wednesday.