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  No automatic alt text available.New Year's Eve

sadly my continuing heavy cold means it's not wise to go out to the NYE Party invited to. A quiet night in instead.

  Archie's 7th birthday party - 31st December

Out of the house for the time since Boxing Day (unwell .. !!) for my great-nephew Archie's 7th birthday. Jelly & ice crème! Nice. Another photo here

  Boxing Day lurgey ...

I succumbed to a heavy cold in the early hours of Boxing Day, bad enough to cancel my planned visit to my sister Bev's for another family lunch & tea. Pity, as it's part of the 3-day family Christmas festivities that I look forward to so much. Still very much under the weather on 27th ...

  William McBain, Elsie  Harvey & Belinda McBain - Christmas Day 2016Christmas Day 2016

Mum & me at my sister Belinda's for lunch. I love turkey and have a passion for Christmas pudding!! The 3 of us in a post-lunch selfie ... !! Then we snoozed

  Midnight service - 24th/25th December 2016

after the family party a number of us went to the Christmas Eve midnight service' a quieter introduction to Christmas.

  The Family gathers for Christmas Eve - 2016

as always for Christmas Eve, as many of the family that can meets up at Barrie & Jane's where we swap presents and get in the Christmas mood. It's my favourite family time of the year! More photos here

  Related imageCarols from Kings - 24th December 2016

just finished watching the annual Nine Lessons & Carols from Kings College Cambridge - their singing is beyond description and is always the Start to Christmas proper

  Image result for priority seatingpriority seating - 22nd December 2016

oh dear oh dear, getting on the bus today a guy got up from his seat when he saw me!! I said "don't embarrass me, I'm not there yet" but I thanked him for the thought ...

  Laura's 21st birthday party - 19th December 2016

We old fogies were invited to Laura's 21st birthday bash - needless to say my absence on the dance floor was noted!! Seen here with Judith and my sister Belinda.

  Nine Lessons and Carols - 18th December 2016

a lovely mini-Carols from Kings style service at St Thomas' church in Stourbridge. They have a lovely Choir, augmented for the evening, and it really was lovely to hear all this marvelous music envelop me.

  Image result for carol singing cartoonCarol singing - 15th December 2016
from church we went to two local residential homes to bring, hopefully (!!), some festive cheer! I've chosen to end my days at The Limes as it has a bar!! Gins & Tonic on tap ... !!!
  reunion meal - 13th December 2016
we've known each other for 50 years plus and get together 4 or 5 times a years. Good friendships are so special and I cherish them
  at Birmingham symphony hall - 12th December 2016
John Rutter, composer & conductor, seen here in full flow for his ‘Christmas celebration’ – a superb evening of music supported by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & the Bach Choir ... more photos here

our choir's Christmas charity concert - 10th December
Photo of mum, my two sisters, Nicki and nephew Adam and his girlfriend - seen here after the concert which raised over £1k for two local charities. Another photo of Judith & George here

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Christmas by candlelight with Ex Cathedra - 8th December 2016
A superb concert with my favourite Choir, Ex Cathedra. Held in St John's church, Hagley. Expensive but good.

Carol-Ann & Brent leave the Choir - 5th December
At choir tonight there was an emotional farewell to Brent Greiner and Carol Ann Greiner two Canadians who after 18 years with us are moving on to pastures new in France. They work for 'Operation Mobilization' a Christian missionary organisation. They are lovely people and I will miss them very much.

Choir sing at Advent service - 4th December 2016
about 30 members of choir came to my church to lead a festive Advent service

family visit to mum's - 4th December
my niece Abigail and Alan popped in to see mum on there way home bringing my great-nieces Kiki & Ysella. Seen here also with my sisters Bev & Belinda.


  Christmas concert with Colla Voce - 3rd December
From the raucous crowd at the Hawthorns this afternoon to this evening's more genteel audience @ Colla Voce choir’s Christmas concert! Eclectic, ‘wot  me guv?’

at the Hawthorns - 3rd December 2016 
    with Stephen Bradley watching West Brom and enjoying a 2-0 leas at half time v Watford FC. The final score was 3-1 so a good result me thinks!
  Lily Mae & Jack James @ age 1 - 24th September 2016
celebrating the 1st birthday of my great-niece & nephew - in London at Simon & Jodie's. I went with mum, Bev & Belinda and it was good to meet up with others especially niece Abigail with Alan and her 2 kids. More photos soon here

Mum's 94th birthday - 26th August 2016 
    it was open house at mum's for her birthday, seen here with some of my cousins. More photos here


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