Beeston tram interchange welcomes its first passengers

DSCF1050Janet, as the Borough Councillor for Beeston West, attended an informal welcome for the very first passengers to alight at the new Beeston Bus/Tram interchange yesterday afternoon. DSCF1044

They were delegates at the 10th Annual UK Light Rail Conference meeting in Nottingham.


We are expecting the NET Phase 2 line to open to the public within a month or so, after a long wait and many delays.

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Let them eat cake

cake 2Our Golden Wedding anniversary celebration was extended to co-incide with the church’s 113th anniversary yesterday.

We donated a cake to share after the morning service, and Janet led the evening service on an Ethiopian theme.

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Another council battle won

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Janet helped persuade Broxtowe Council to name the road leading up the side of the church Wesley Avenue, as had been shown in the original drawings in 1902.

It might help persuade the church council not to abandon the Edwardian building for a new-build generic folk-chapel on a super-market site somewhere in Beeston.

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Enormous congratulations to mum and dad on their 50th wedding anniversary


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I caught the eclipse on camera

I managed to get reasonable view of the solar eclipse this morning with my hastily-constructed observatory in the garden.DSCF1122

The clouds parted and I used Jonathan’s monocular backwards to project the image onto a white-board.

The last time I did this was in Mozambique in 2001 with simpler equipment!eclipse edited

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Celebrating the official opening of The Vestry on Friday, 30 January

OfficelaunchWow – what a great event! Thanks to everyone who help make the launch of The Vestry such a success. Particular thanks to interior designer Michala Naughton, Hewitt&Carr Architects, builder Steve Connolly, caterers Soiree Food Catering, to mum and dad for all their support and to Cllr Andrew Riley for officially opening our new offices

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Big Garden Bird Watch

We enjoyed spending an hour checking out the feathered visitors to the table. This is one of two resident woodpeckers. Woodpecker

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This morning’s ride

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Deep and crisp and even

DSCF1002This is the sight that greeted me on my return to Beeston after a family trip to Tyn-y-Waen.  Snow fell on Boxing Day evening, and freezing nights and the absence of children have kept it in good condition! Not a squirrel in sight.

Can Islamabad beat this?

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Adventures in Pakistan #2 Ride with Jonathan around the National Park

20141223_144927Great fun riding with Jonathan, negotiating 6 lanes of crazy traffic, over taking motorcyclists, shooting past donkeys pulling carts to reach the beautiful and tranquil Rawal Lake.


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