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taken over Clent Hills on a sunny Sunday 14th June 2009
 

Our New Year's Eve party at Belinda's ...
 

 

 


 

 

 

 
A very cold walk on 8th December alongside the Dudley canal which was frozen solid - as demonstrated from the photos here of the two [daft, in my view] teenagers walking down the middle of the frozen water. 
 
 
a long weekend away in London3rd - 5th December Joy & Lynton and Lynne & Ian .. the highlights being Friday 3rd December: at Imperial War Museum; sight-seeing and a meal in Covent Garden. Saturday 4th December: shopping [or should that be just looking at those prices!!!] at Fortnum & Mason; at the British Museum; at Momma Mia the musical. Sunday 5th December: sightseeing; at Harrods; at the Royal Tournament @ Earls Court - all with food aplenty, of course!!
 

 

 

 

 
'walking day' on Thursday 21st October 2010 and we went to Kinver. A cold but crisp & sunny day.
 

 
A weekend with Joy & Lynton and Lynne & Ian .. dinner at mine on the Friday 8th October .. visiting Packwood House & Baddsley Clinton on the Saturday .. dinner & overnight stay @ J&L's .. visiting Hanbury Hall on Sunday 10th October
 

 
 
 

 
     
After walking with my neighbour Terry along the banks of the the River Severn from Bewdley towards Arley we went to my sister Beverly's for lunch .. Friday 3rd September
 
William {Bill] McBain with his great nephew Archie - Sept 2010

 
   
watching the re-enactment of the Titanic's anchor being pulled through Netherton (the original 16-tonne anchor was cast by Hingley's of Netherton in 1911 & hauled to the old Dudley train station by 20 shire horses) Sadly todayís horses arenít as strong; they couldnít cope with the weight and a tractor had to be called in to pull the anchor!!
 
 
at the funeral on Tuesday 10th August of Royal Marine Jonathan Crookes, 26, from Halesowen who died during a patrol in the Sangin district of Helmand province on 16 July
 

 
a weekend away with Joy & Lynton and Lynne & Ian - 7th/9th August 2010
visiting Polesden Lacey , a National Trust home,in Surrey

 


 
visiting Chartwell  also a National Trust home, in Kent, the country home of Sir Winston Churchill
Wiliam (Bill) McBain at Chartwell - 8 August 2010
Wiliam (Bill) McBain at Chartwell - 8 August 2010 a black swan Wiliam (Bill) McBain at Chartwell - 8 August 2010
Wiliam (Bill) McBain at Chartwell - 8 August 2010 Wiliam (Bill) McBain at Chartwell - 8 August 2010
     
a walk over Romsley's hidden rail track - 5th August 2010
William (Bill) McBain over Romsley - 5 August 2010 William (Bill) McBain over Romsley - 5 August 2010 William (Bill) McBain over Romsley - 5 August 2010 William (Bill) McBain over Romsley - 5 August 2010
an evening meal with Paul Bond, Ian Lacon & Nando Jaramillo on 29th July 2010
Nando Jaramillo, Ian Lacon, William (Bill) McBain & Paul Bond - in Halesowen 29th July 2010 Paul Bond, halesowen Nando Jaramillo, Ian Lacon, William (Bill) McBain & Paul Bond - in Halesowen 29th July 2010 Nando Jaramillo, Ian Lacon & William (Bill) McBain - in Halesowen 29th July 2010
Nando Jaramillo & Ian Lacon - in Halesowen 29th July 2010    
a tour of Pride Park, home of Derby County FC, on Thursday 29th July 2010
 
Terry Curzon at Pride Park Terry Curzon @ Pride Park 29 July 2010 Terry Curzon @ Pride Park Terry Curzon @ Pride Park 29 July 2010 in th Directors' Box
 
William (Bill) McBain @ Pride Park 29 July 2010, home of Derby County FC   Terry Curzon @ Pride Park 29 July 2010 in Derby County FC's Trophy Room
walking along the River Severn on Wednesday 21st July 2010
 

 
 

 


 
with my sister Beverly at her friend's Carole & Robert Trigger's Ruby Wedding celebrations at The Old Rectory, Ipsley nr Redditch on Saturday July 2010
 
Beverly Bevan & Carole Trigger - 17 July 2010 Bill McBain - playing croquet - 17 July 2010 Beverly Bevan & Bill McBain @ The Old Rectory - 17 July 2010 Beverly Bevan - 17 July 2010
 
my weekly walk with my neighbour Terry @ Arley nr Bridgnorth on Wednesday 7th July 2010
 
William Tromans McBain - Bill McBain William Tromans McBain - Bill McBain Terry Curzon  
my sister Belinda's birthday party on Saturday 3rd July 2010
 
Belinda McBain & Bill McBain Belinda McBain & Nicki Bainbridge
 
Nicki Bainbridge
 
a few days away at Llandanwg, near Harlech, from Wednesday 30th  June to Saturday 3rd July 2010
Bill McBain - at Llandanwg Bill McBain - at Llandanwg
Bill McBain - at Llandanwg Bill McBain - at Llandanwg Bill McBain - at Llandanwg
Bill McBain - at Llandanwg Bill McBain - at Llandanwg Bill McBain - at Llandanwg
 
Bill McBain - at Llandanwg

 

Bill McBain @ Llandanwg 3rd July 2010

 

 

 

 

 

Bill McBain - at Llandanwg
 
our final [sadly] World Cup 2010 game party for the England v Germany game 27 June 2010 - oh well, let's wait for the Euro 2012 games!!
 

 


Bill McBain & others @ an England football party - 27 June 2010
 
Debbie Westwood with Emma Sanger @ an England football party - 27 June 2010 Stuart Alston @ an England football party - 27 June 2010

 
Emma Alston, George Tyler & Belinda McBain @ an England football party - 27 June 2010
Walking over Bluebell Wood near Clent on Thursday 24th June with my neighbour Terry Curzon.
 
Terry Curzon, Halesowen William Tromans McBain - 24th June 2010 walking Bluebell Woods nr Clent Bill McBain - 24th June 10
 
Terry Curzon & Bill McBain - 24 June 10      
yet another football party, this time at my house on Wednesday 23rd June to watch the final group game v Slovenia 
 
Shirley Hollingsworth, Bill McBain & Belinda McBain - watching the England v Slovenia World Cup game on 23rd June 2010 William McBain with sister Belinda McBain - at an England game 23rd June 10  
 
on a Prayer Walk from church, over local fields discovering our history .. on a lovely sunny & balmy evening .. Tuesday 22nd June 10
 
William Tromans McBain
 

 
at a football party to celebrate & support England .. thankfully these photos were taken before the end of a most awful England performance v Algeria. We were dire .. sadly!! Friday 18th June at Judith & George's.
 
   
 
Walking through the woods to find the canal path through some remarkably green and quiet areas of Netherton, not known for its aesthetic charms!! Pleasantly surprised .. on a lovely warm & sunny day @ 17th June.
 
William Tromans McBain 17th June 2010 Terry Curzon & Bill McBain 17 June 10
   
The first of our 'World Cup - England games' parties to watch the game v USA @ Peter & Phylis' gathering suitably clad in England colours of course!! Saturday 12th June.
 
Bill McBain, Judith Tyler & Belinda McBain celebration an England World Cup game 12th June 2010
Paul & Jan Brennan      
The first of our 'World Cup - England games' parties to watch the game v USA @ Peter & Phylis' gathering suitably clad in England colours of course!! Saturday 12th June.
 
Bill McBain, Judith Tyler & Belinda McBain celebration an England World Cup game 12th June 2010
Paul & Jan Brennan      
I had a good day out at the National Memorial Arboretum - whose motto is "where the Nation remembers" - on Wednesday 9th June
 

 
 
 
 
walking over the Clent & Walton Hills on a beautifully sunny day 4th June 2010  .. with my neighbour Terry!
 
 
 

I went to Wootton Bassett on Thursday 3rd June to see to see the repatriation of Corporal Stephen Paul Curley, 26, & Zak Cusack, 20, - it was a most emotional event 


 
staying overnight on 1st June at my sister Bev's and meeting up with Mo Massingham, a former work colleague, on 2nd June for morning coffee, alfresco
 
Wednesday 25th May - in London to watch the State Opening of Parliament ..  or more correctly, to stand in The Mall and watch all the pomp with the bands, procession etc
 
visiting Lynne & Ian in Torquay from Friday 14th - 17th May 2010 and where we visited Agatha Christie's home, Boringdon Hall, Saltram House and Sidmouth
 

 
visiting two former BR stations, now converted to private accommodation & rail tracks @ Fencote and Rowden Mill - Thursday 29th April 2010
 
 
a day out 'National Trust-ing' on Wednesday 28th April - at Croft Castle & Berrington Hall
picknicking at Croft Castle a long dead member of the Croft family - in their local church!!
  Berrington Hall a fabulous bunch of mistletoe in the walled garden @ Barrington Hall
a lunchtime Concert at the Town Hall Birmingham followed by lunch at the Mailbox - Monday 26th April
Saturday 24th April was my birthday!! A day of mixed emotions .. on the morning I was treated to a birthday breakfast by Joy & Lynton and later when I got home I spent a little time with my neighbours Ian & Heather who are moving home this weekend down to Torquay. I'll miss my weekly coffee mornings with Ian.
 
at Joy & Lynton's on the morning of my birthday .. 24 April 2010 me with Ian & Heather who were moving the following day to Torquay  
Friday 23rd April was St George's Day & would have been my dad's birthday - a proud Scot born on England's Patron Saint's day .. he never lived it down within the family!! I went to Clent, where we had scattered his ashes, and on the evening stayed with Joy & Lynton who treated me to a traditional English meal of faggots & mash followed by treacle tart & cream .. nice! To see more photos of the day click here
 
a stitching together of 4 photos taken from the bench near where we scattered dad's ashes   Joy & Lynton with the St George's Day cakes made by June Hierons
we explored new territory for our weekly walk on Wednesday 21st April, trying to follow the former train-line from Halesowen to Longbridge. We joined it at Romsley and only managed part of it in the near 3 hours we were out.

 

 
my weekly walk, this time over Trimpley Reservoir where I bumped
into a former work colleague .. as well as seeing SVR steam trains!

 
 
it's Good Friday so it must be an egg hunt followed by toasted hot cross buns with the Hierons' - Friday 2nd April 2010

 
June & John Hierons  
Visiting Coughton Court on Saturday 27th March -home to the Throckmortons family, one of the UKís oldest Catholic families since the 15th century and implicated in the Gunpowder plot of 1605.

 

 

 
 
   
 

celebrating Judith Tyler's birthday with a meal & Wii fitness training - Tuesday 23rd March 2010
 
Judith preparing for her Wii-fitness training!   Judith says "well, it is my birthday - wine is good for me!!"
 
a 'National Trust' day with Peter and Judith & George visiting both Baddsley Clinton and Packwood House - Wednesday 24th February 2010
 
  stained glass window @ baddsley Clinton
 
 
a weekend with Joy & Lynton and Lynne & Ian - Friday 12th February to Monday 15th February 2010
after a meal at my house on Friday 12th Feb 10
'we won at Trivial Pursuit' pose 13/2/10 outside the Chateau Impney 14 Feb 10    
at the Chilcote Iraq Inquiry - QEII Conference Hall, London on Friday 29th January 2010
 
a fabulous 4 days away @ the Saunton Sands Hotel in North Devon - 16th/19th January 2010
Saturday 16th - the sunset as seen from the hotel, playing Wii (for the first time) and other games & pre dinner drinks!
ian thinks ... !!
a Wii moment!! Wii'd out @ 10 pin bowling!! the happy wiff waff winners! the unhappy wiff waff losers!!
meeting for pre dinner drinks  
Sunday 17th at Ilfracombe, Woolacombe & dinner at the hotel
on the  beach at Woolacombe
on the beach & taken by mobile phone
 
Monday 18th at pre-dinner cocktails and later in the games room
cocktails before dinner - our last night  
Tuesday 19th our last day - on the beach beneath the hotel
 
another walk in a fresh fall of snow - Haden Hill Park & House 13th January 10
first walk of the new year @ Saltwells Park - 6th January 10
 

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