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My photographs taken during 2013


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Archie's 4th birthday party - 31st December 2013

Going the my sister Beverly's for my great-nephew's fourth birthday party


Christmas Eve at my brother's house

the now traditional family get-together early evening Christmas Eve at Barrie & Jane's and where we share and swap our presents. This is one of my favourite family times of the year



Cal's art exhibition @ NAC - Friday 13th December 2013

Visiting Cal's work at the Netherton Arts Centre Well, A good night with live music too but I've never claimed to be artistically-sophisticated ... so when seeing a pile of of newspapers I [quite naturally!!] thought were free papers from the Express & Star, so I took a copy! People rushed at me .. it was part of the exhibition!! You judge from the photo


Black Country Museum - 16th November 2013

A superb day out here viewing many places I remember from my youth!! My favourite bit was the fish & chips as we used to have, cooked in beef dripping!! Healthy or what.


Festival of Remembrance - 9th November 2013

A very moving evening with a concert by my choir and the local Salvation Army band where we ended the evening with a 'festival of remembrance' attended by the mayor and local Member of Parliament. Now home watching on TV the nation's act of remembrance with all the tales of heroism and where school children from my fair city of Halesowen have featured. How lucky are we to be born British. So moving ....



@ Abbey Pub, London - 4th November 2013
Following on from Alicia's 'Introduction' on the afternoon of 4/11 we moved to the Abbey Pub for her eveining's celebrations party. The Labour Party's 'great & the good' seemed to gather - the ones I saw were Tony Blair's wife Cherie, Ed Balls, John Prescott & Chales Clarke. We stayed till about 10pm when we left for home!



the ceremony of 'Introduction' of Baroness Kennedy
Held on 4th November 2013 in the House of Lords, I was privileged to be invited to watch Alicia’s ‘Introduction’ as a Baroness in a ceremony that has remained unchanged since 1621. This was followed by photographs in the Royal Gallery and Afternoon Tea in the Cholmondeley Room and Lords Terrace - posh or what!!!! I don't think I'll be seeing the like of this day again!!


Getting to London - 4th November 2013
I was lucky enough to be invited to watch the ceremony in the Chamber of the House of Lords of a friend’s daughter being ‘introduced’ as Baroness Kennedy and to join in the celebrations that followed. These photos are of me and other friends getting to London
SVR - 24th October 2013
a specially organised trip by steam-enthusiasts on the Severn Valley Railway (SVR) where went from Kidderminster - Bridgnorth and return twice and where each of us were allowed on the footplate!! My slot was from Highley to Arley. It was like being in a full-sized Hornby train set
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 Bletchley Park - 21st October 2013
A day out at Bletchley Park where one of WW2's most famous – and crucial – achievements was made: the cracking of Germany’s “Enigma” code in which its most important military communications were couched. This was home to Britain’s most brilliant mathematical brains, like Alan Turing, and the scene of immense advances in technology – indeed, the birth of modern computing

 Air Ambulance event - 17th October 2013
Walking from Kinver today along the canal towards Merry Hill, we came upon a situation where (we were told) a woman had a heart attack and fell into the water - paramedics were caring for her as we got there followed within minutes by her evacuation by the air ambulance. Ghoulish perhaps, but I snap photos at every opportunity!!
  Prime Minister's Questions - 16th October 2013
My application way back in February finally paid off with 2 tickets for Prime Minister's Questions today. Meeting up with my nephew Joshua McBain we first booked in to Portcullis House and after a brief tour of that superb building we were ...taken to Parliament via the underground passageway where we met Margot James, my MP, for coffee. Notwithstanding she supports Chelsea FC she was charm personified and although this photo makes me look like a rabbit caught in the headlights we chatted about football and just a hint of politics. She was lovely. PMQs was good too with a rare question from the 'Beast of Bolsover' aka Dennis Skinner. A good day.
 cottage at Shipton Moyne - 26/30 September 2013
for Jodie's wedding on 27/9 eleven of the family, plus five dogs!!, descended on a cottage in the sleepy village of Shipton Moyne in the Cotswolds which was just a few miles from the wedding venue. The other half of the family stayed in a nearby hotel
 Jodie & Simon's wedding - 27th September 2013
my niece Jodie Aldridge married Simon Ziff on Friday 27/9 at the Matara Centre in the depths of the gorgeous countryside of the Cotswolds. The family descended en mass and I stayed with 10 others in a cottage in the nearby sleepy village of Shipton Moyney from the Thursday to the Monday. It was my first 'al fresco' ceremony and luckily the weather was ideal for what turned out to be a lovely ceremony & celebrations.

 Carl & Amelie's wedding - Saturday 3rd August 2013
My first foray into Essex [no orange tans or estuary English seen/heard at all] the magnificent wedding venue was held at Layer Marney Tower, built in the reign of Henry VIII . Layer Marney Tower is the tallest Tudor gatehouse in Great Britain.
 Scotland - 14th to 16th June 2013
Going with my sisters Beverly and Belinda along with my nephew Matthew to visit old friends and family in Scotland. We stayed with Lesley & Ian and spent the weekend exploring Glasgow and sharing fellowship with those we hold dear.





 Remembering my sister Barbara - 2nd June 2013.
For the past 15 years we've been to Clent for mum to scatter rose petals in memory of my sister Barbara. Rather than a meal out first we decided, as the weather was so good, on Clent's famous Nimmins Cafe's sausage & bacon sandwiches!! Very nice indeed though my waistline continues to complain!


Walton & Clent Hills - 16th May 2013

walking over the hills on a sunny but windy day
 At Birmingham Town Hall Saturday 11th May  for a Concert which (and I quote) “Brings together some of the most exciting and diverse choral groups from Birmingham and the surrounding areas; this concert celebrates the wealth of choral talent in the city” and which included 3 local to me choirs from Lutley, Quinton and, in my view the stars of the evening, ‘Stream of Sound’ an acapella choir from Stourbridge
 walking through the Kinver Edge woods on a windy Thursday 9th May
 At both Spitalfield & Petticoat Lane markets  - Sunday morning
28th April 2013
 After the Shard, we went by boat up the Thames to Greenwich to visit both the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory and which is the home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian of the world - Saturday afternoon 27th April 2013

 visiting the Shard's viewing gallery and open-air observation deck - Saturday morning 27th April 2013 - The Shard is a 72-storey skyscraper opened to the public on 1 February 2013 and is the tallest building in the European Union.


 We were in London for part of my birthday 'celebrations' (there's a misnomer!) and we had decided Afternoon Tea at the Ritz would be a good idea .. !! I'd like to say we fitted in well but hey .. !! Friday 26th April
 On Friday 26th April we had a private tour [it’s not open to the public as it's now converted in to offices!] of the original Bethlehem Hospital in Finsbury Circus, London from where, in the bowels of the building, the cells housed one of the world’s oldest hospitals for the treatment of mental illness – and from where the word Bethlehem was corrupted to Bethlem and thence to the word ‘Bedlam’ to describe chaos or madness.
 At the Hawthorns on Saturday 20th April for the v Newcastle game and then straight to Stourbridge for a Concert of classical music. Eclectic or what?
 walking through Wyre Forrest @ Hawk Batch and where we went to overlook the Trimpley Reservoir - Thursday 18th April
 with my nephew Alexander Joel Bevan's days as a medical student ended, his Elective approaches. He's off to Belize for 5 weeks soon so, as he was back home, mum, Belinda & I went to lunch at my sister Bev's to wish him well - Sunday 14th April
 a good day out at The Gadget Show at the National Exhibition Centre - with George - and loads of money could have been spent!! I loved the state of the art 4k TVs which were 4 times the definition of an HDTV. Even on a 60 inch TV the clarity was 'wow' - Friday 5th April
Photo: Under "smile camera" surveillance - we failed!! Photo: At the NEC for the Gadget Show - just love this new tv with 4 times the clarity of HD TV ... I want I want    
Going in by bus to Halesowen (3rd April) as it stopped opposite St John's I thought what a beautiful church we have in our midst and which we take for granted!! I couldn't help but snap these on my iPhone. (Amazing to think there's been worship on that spot since 1083.)
 Easter Sunday - 31st March - the morning service with mum at Short Cross Methodist and then off to Bev's for our now traditional Easter lunch, finally dropping mum at my bother's - and taking a photo of their family of course!!
Photo: At Easter morning service @ Short Cross ..  
 early morning Good Friday communion @ 7.30am at Short Cross Methodist and then my now traditional breakfast of toasted Hot-Cross buns & Easter Egg Hunt at June & John's - the snow meant we didn't sit outside for our breakfast this year!!
walking along the embankment of the river Severn through Bewdley and along the bank beyond there - about 5.5 miles in all. Still a cold wind, when is the warmer weather going to come!! 21st March 2013
a couple of days in London for Mary & Frank's rather special events to celebrate to mark their Diamond Wedding Anniversary - 15th & 16th March 2013
1) getting to London by train & settling in to the Park Plaza Hotel

2) crossing Westminster Bridge for our tour of the Houses of Commons & Lords


3) going on the Friday evening for a celebration meal in the Attlee Room in the House of Lords followed by a private tour of the oldest part of Parliament, the 1000 year old Westminster Hall


4) on the Saturday morning we went first for a walk before then going on the London Eye
Photo: On the London Eye this afternoon
5) on the Saturday afternoon it was Afternoon Tea at the Churchill War Rooms followed by a tour. Then it was time for home
walking along the River Severn towards Stourport on Thursday 14th March
Mothering Sunday on 10th March 2013 - at church then a meal then back to mum's
Nicki's 50th birthday - a meal, fancy dress party and a murder mystery evening held at Ma Pardoe's on Saturday 9th March 13
in Torquay staying for a few days staying with Lynne & Ian - visiting Exeter & Totnes - 1st/4th March

it was my niece Bethany's 18th birthday party on Saturday 23rd February
Bethany McBain on her 18th birthday

  brothers Matthew & Joshua McBain February 2013
barrie McBain, helen, Bill / William McBain   Matthew McBain on 23rd February 2013
Belinda McBain, Nicki bainbridge & Barrie McBain      
walking along the canal @ Cookley - 21st February 2013
at Wyre Forest  - snowless yeh! Thursday 31st January
walking today from home to the Netherton Reservoir, everywhere still picturesque in its covering of snow - 24th January
snow's still here and this is my garden @ 21st January
can't get the car out in all this snow, so hey lets walk to Haden Hill Park and enjoy it!! - 18th January 2013

at Birmingham Town Hall to hear Ex Cathedra sing Brittien's "A Boy Was Born" - Saturday 12th January
walking over Clent & Walton Hills on Friday 11th January - very foggy and very muddy. I took an embarrassing fall and slide down the bank!
a few days away for the fresh sea-air of Falmouth in Cornwall, staying at the Royal Duchy Hotel - with Joy & Lynton and Lynne & Ian from 6th-9th January

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