Good Morning Friends in Lake Worth from a dew laden morning here in England where the exceptional Summer continues …….. And the sun is shining every morning.
I am up at the crack of dawn this morning to write my blog as I was home very late last night from a trip to The Midlands to check up on a friend’s parents…….who we found in fine form and thoroughly enjoyed the dinner we took with us to cook. It struck me on the journey there and back on our tangle of motorways, just what a feat of engineering this network of roads is……leading from road to road and taking us up and down the country, no sooner updated than needing further updating due to the huge numbers of cars, lorries, buses and other forms of transport using the systems. I do not think there is ever a time when there is not a set of road works somewhere on the roads which slow us down to a snail’s pace and serves to frustrate everyone on the road with a purpose. They call it ‘progress’ and it exists everywhere in the world today…….along of course, with the potholes!!!!
I have been obsessed with The Commonwealth Games currently going on in Scotland…..England has topped the leaderboard since the beginning and have just been overtaken by Australia, it had to happen at some point taking into consideration the size of Australia compared to us, but you never know, the athletics have not taken place yet, we could be in with a chance! No matter how the medals work out, it is still a wonderful occasion, with the Para olympics going on at the same time it makes for awe-inspiring sport. We have done particularly well at the cycling and triathlon where we have two brothers who two years ago won Gold and Silver at the Olympics and have just done the same again at these games….amazing and no mean feat!
Visitors have been coming and going in our house this week and we have had fun entertaining. It is amazing how your town takes on a new perspective through the eyes of visitors and things you take for granted each day suddenly look brighter, bigger, more appealing when someone tells what a fabulous place you live in……..’yes,’ I remind myself, ‘it is!’……..
There has been some interesting excavations going on here just around the end of our famous pier……..in 1656 a ship called HMS London sank and has lain in it’s resting place near the pier all this time. Now it is being re investigated and divers have been checking for artefacts and other such treasure in order to find out a little more about this huge piece of our history. Already, they have found pieces of cutlery, shoes, plates and other such implements which are then sorted and labelled by a team of trained volunteer archeologists to be eventually placed in our museum which boasts some interesting historical pieces already. Isn’t History awesome? To think that this ship has lain there for all these years through many other traumas and still has all these treasures just waiting to be gathered for prosperity, I love it!
The Relay for Life which goes on a variety on venues around the country on different dates, was held here over the weekend and the weather did not disappoint. There were walkers spanning the years…from very young to very old, there gathered in their relay teams to support each other through the 24 endurance feat, raising money money for valuable research into this dreadful disease called cancer which blights our society. One of the lovely things about the relay was that it started with a lap of honour by survivors in bright purple t-shirts, who showed very clearly how much progress has been made in attempts to beat cancer, it was wonderful to see. alongside his event we had an attempt to break the world record of the most people eating ice cream at the same time, that was great fun especially as the ice cream was free! We have our own local ice cream called Rossi and trust me, it is delicious and everyone flocks to Rossi’s for a taste of this stuff which is better than any ice cream you have ever tasted before …….. Honestly! If only I could bring some back with me….we do not know yet if we have beaten the record but fingers crossed…we cycled to this event as we knew parking would be limited and it s a journey of some 6 miles….taking us across fields and I to gorgeous village areas, past pubs and churches, Victorian bricked houses and archways…delightful and a change from sea views, I thought you might like to see life from that side of the road so have included some photographs from the journey.
Have a fabulous week full of great things as usual. Speaking of which, I loved the idea if the Dinner en Blanc enjoyed by so many of you last Friday, it looked like a great event and one which I was so sorry to have missed…….please have another one in September!!!!!
next week………..have fun!