Sunday, July 31, 2011

Being a Steward

This is a photo of Martin decked out in his gear as a Steward at this years Open Golf Tournament held at Royal St George Sandwich.

Sandwich is only a few miles away from us so I guess we kinda take it for granted. It was really interesting to see all the signs going up and all the extra traffic coming down to watch. I had to go to Fowlmeads Park (which is quite nearby) , for work, several days before the start of the golf, and while there we bumped into 3 van loads of policemen. They had been drafted in from Maidstone, as they were cyclists and motorbike traffic police.

Anyway back to Martin. All the local gold clubs were asked to supply volunteers to act as stewards, to direct and control the crowds. Martin immediately booked one of his weeks annual leave and put his name down for the whole week.

Lucky him, he was picked for most days - although the guy organising the men wasnt very good at organisation and forgot that they would all need cover for comfort breaks, meaning Mart got another extra day's work half way through. They were all given a jacket, a hat, a couple of 'quiet' paddles, £10 a day lunch vouchers, and a ticket that got them in for the whole week. They also had lots of freebies while there - a 15 min golf lesson with a pro - free goes in the golf simulators - the chance to stand out in the wind and rain ......

He was under strict instructions to come home with photos of the players too, but he failed miserably and in fact the only photos I do have were taken by someone else on their mobile phone.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Blog post catch up 2

Debden with the girlies

On the weekend of 8th - 10th July Kelly and I joined a lovely lovely bunch of ladies for a crafting, eating, drinking and laughing weekend in Debden. It is arranged amongst a group of us friends who met up on UKscrappers way back in 2003, who later moved to our own forum and who now get together once a year irl. I went 3 years ago and was very very nervous but I didnt need to be as the girls are such kind and welcoming people and all up for a good laugh.

It was Kelly's first time away with us though, as she has only recently joined our little group, although she has known these same ladies for several years on UKS too. She met up with me at Lakeside (where I had been for a few hours window shopping) and then she braved the M25 and my bad navigating to get us there.

Once settled in, fed and watered, we walked into the room set aside for our scrapping to be greated by this table of treats curtesy of the geogeous and talented Debbie.

We had a terrific weekend, one laugh that went on the whole weekend was taking the rise out of poor Ann who had recently celebrated a significant birthday, so we finished on Sunday afternoon by sharing the remains of a cupcake and singing happy birthday.

I didnt take many photos as I was too busy scrapping and having fun, but thanks ladies, and I am so looking forward to next year.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Oh Gosh, so much to blog about.

I have been so busy having fun that I havent really had chance to blog about all the things I have been up to lately. And now I have a few mins to writie it all up I am not sure I can recall all of it but I will have a good try. Gonna do it in several posts.

Post 1

Laura's birday July 3rd (or is it?)

At the start of July it was Laura's 26th birthday and to cel
ebrate, for a change we all went over to her place for a bbq. And for another change the weather was really hot and sunny. Of course poor Laura was heavily pregnant
so it wasnt that pleasant for her, but the rest of us sat in the back garden and got throughly sun tanned (or burnt in Wayne's case) and enjoyed the food and company.

Now here's a thing, and I admit to being a very bad bad mummy. I got the days mixed up..not the dates, I do know the date of my own daughter's birthday. I just happened to have it in my head that the 3rd was not the sunday we were all blowing out candles but was the Monday, so I didnt take her a card or a present. In fact it took me quite a while to understand why everyone was giving her hugs and saying happy birthday when I was convinced there was still a day to go. Boy did I feel pretty low when I finally cottoned on. Luckily Laura found it funny and we all had a laugh over my stupidity. And it purlonged the birthday celebrations for 1 more day too.

Anyway I have promised to take her out after the baby is born to buy her some clothes for herself