Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sunday 25th September 2016....a long trip down memory lane!!!

Two days post in one so it will be a long one....first of all I forgot to post this photo taken Friday night before we went to the concert...they look great don't they??

The concert was so wonderful very professionally orchestrated and his voice is truly amazing as were the guests soloists he had.....  just a fabulous night and a lovely way to pre celebrate their Golden Wedding!!!

So now we are at Saturday morning but some history first.....Malc and I were raised with the Salvation Army as our church we are I believe 3rd or 4th generation......I opted out of the Army when I was 18 years of age but have always maintained the upbringing I had there and the people that spent time with me forged me into the person I am today.
Janet and Malc still go to the Army and it is a huge part of their life and they devote many hours each week on the social and charity side of the church.
I was born in Doncaster but when I was 12 years old the family moved to the big steel city of Sheffield and until I was 18 I played in the Army band there.....this year it is the 135th Anniversary of the Army band in Sheffield and yesterday they had a concert in the evening with a band practice in the afternoon so Janet and Malc along with Sam and myself we went there for the celebrations.....
Janet and Sam went and met a friend and had an early dinner and Malc went and attended the afternoon practice...I was offered to go and attend but I have not touched an instrument in over 50 years and did not want to do this so I went and watched a football game!!!

Sheffield is the city where I worked for 5 years as a Police officer, first as a Cadet and then a Constable......lots of changed in these years and this is a shot of one of the main streets....

It was easy to get to the stadium on this fast tram..
which was packed....
Now this stadium also has memories for me because it is exactly 50 years ago that I was last here working as a Bobby and the game I remember was a World Cup match involving Switzerland and I don't remember is also the stadium where a terrible tragedy took place in 1989  when nearly 100 people lost their lives a game because of issues with crowd control....
I had a fabulous seat and the game was quite exciting...
In the shot below it looks like there are no crowds but because of safety issues and for crowd control they leave those vacant there was actually 27000 people at the game!!!
I took the tram back to the city and spent an hour walking around the areas where i spent my first years as a Police Man on the beat...
This box is where I used to ring on to start my shift and also had my meals when working...
Neat sign!!
Walking down the main street which now only for pedestrian traffic are there amazing colored elephants and you know I think that after my experience in Kruger national park elephants hold a special place in my heart!!!
This lovely park never used to be there..
Check out this one my favorite!!!!
This is the building where the Army was when I is has not been used for nearly 15 years but as it is a Heritage building it cannot be knocked down!!!
I then walked a bit to the new building a little out of town....
It was lovely to be able to go and meet people I had not seen since 1968 and I was warmly welcomed and the concert was uplifting
Malc is below next to the man in the blue shirt and he is playing the Cornet which is the same instrument both myself and my Dad played although I readily admit my Dad and Malc were accomplished players and me......not so much!!!!
the end of the concert!!!
This photo and others were on the walls not clear but I am in there...on the long back row third from the right..and my Dad is 2 down from me and Malc next to him...
It was a really good day and I am glad I went........we had a good drive home and when we got back Malc and I watched some soccer highlights!!!!

Now we are at today and this morning I went with Sam to her church and I enjoyed seeing a different kind of service but one which I was again warmly welcomed.....after a light lunch went for my walk but went a different way this time...
I wanted to see if I could find some kids playing soccer but I guess I was too late so walked up and then over one of the highways...

 and then to here

 and finally back into the village...
about 5 miles I reckon!!!

I bought some sea salts yesterday and had a really great long bath and then Janet did her magic again in the kitchen a chicken dinner fit for any 5 star restaurant........this evening a quiet night at home....

The quotation in the header is a good Yorkshire one!!!

Before you go some work for you to do not have to be a country fan to enjoy this and I love Dolly...Google You tube and then enter "Country music video of the year forever young"  listen and enjoy!!!

Hope you enjoyed the stroll down memory lane and that you had a great weekend too!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Saturday 24th September delayed!!

Yesterday was such a busy day no time for the blog but promise will do it this afternoon and it will be a long one hang in there a few more hours!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday 23 rd September 2016...a very special day!!!!

Not because since watching the Bake Off two nights ago I have been obsessed with cooking and made Janet my world famous scrambled eggs...

 I know the presentation is not good but I did not have oranges to adorn the plate but at least no "soggy bottom"  and Janet seemed to enjoy them!!!!

Not because I took the whole morning to do chores......raking leaves, pruning bushes, sweeping sidewalks, washing windows and ledges and taking Poppy for her long walk...

This is why it is a special day!!!!!!

On October 8th this year, in a couple of weeks my adorable Sister in law and my Brother celebrate their 50th wedding  anniversary and that will be a fantastic evening.
Today I am treating the three of us to dinner and then driving to Sheffield about one hour away to see this amazing singer live in concert!!!!!!

Andrea Bocelli is a tenor singer who has had great success and is known for his work with Luciano Pavarotti.

Andrea Bocelli was born on September 22, 1958 in Lajatico, Tuscany, Italy. As a child, he learned to play the piano, flute and saxophone. Visually impaired from birth, Bocelli became blind at the age of 12 following a soccer injury. His big break came when a demo tape landed in the hands of Luciano Pavarotti. His 1995 album Bocelli did well in Europe and 1999's Sognobecame an international hit. He remains one of the world's most popular singers today. 

Early Years

Born on September 22, 1958, in Lajatico, Italy, Andrea Bocelli became interested in music at an early age. He was only six years old when he began studying piano. He later learned flute and saxophone, and was often asked to sing at family gatherings and at school. Visually impaired from birth, he became blind at the age of 12 following a soccer injury.
According to his website, Bocelli had his first taste of success in a singing competition in 1970. He continued to hone his talent, studying voice with Luciano Bettarini. His parents wanted him to become an attorney and while at University of Pisa, Bocelli studied law and later became a court appointed lawyer after graduating from law school. But he did not abandon his music. Bocelli studied with Franco Corelli and took up playing piano in bars to pay for his lessons.   

Famed Italian Tenor

One of Bocelli's first lucky breaks came in 1992 when he recorded a demo tape of "Miserere" for Zucchero Fornaciari, with the song co-written by U2'sBono. That recording was heard by famed tenor Luciano Pavarotti, for whom the track was originally written. Pavarotti then encouraged Fornaciari to use Bocelli for the song. In the end, Bocelli and Pavarotti performed "Miserere" together, which became a Europe-wide smash hit.
A singer on the rise, Bocelli competed in the Sanremo Festival in 1994. He won the top honors in the newcomers' category. That same year, Bocelli released his first album in Italy, Il Mare Calmo Della Sera. He scored a major hit in Europe a short time later with Bocelli, which featured "Con Te Partiro." The song later became a popular duet with Sarah Brightman as "Time to Say Goodbye," which appeared on his 1997 album Romanza
With Sogno (1999), Bocelli cemented his status as an international singing sensation. The hit record included a duet with Celine Dion on the song "The Prayer." More popular albums soon followed, including 2001's Cieli di Toscana and 2006's Amore. He also earned Grammy nods for Best New Artist in 1999 and in 2000 for "Sogno" (Best Male Pop Vocal Performance) and "The Prayer" (Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals).
In addition to compilations and collaborative works, Bocelli has released numerous studio and live albums through his career including Viaggio Italiano(1995), Aria: The Opera Album (1998), Sacred Arias (1999), Verdi (2000),Cieli di Toscana (2001), Sentimento (2002), Andrea (2004), Amore (2006),Under the Desert Sky (2006), Incanto (2008), Vivere Live in Tuscany (2008),My Christmas (2009), and Concerto: One Night in Central Park (2011).
More recently, Bocelli collaborated with Jennifer Lopez and Nelly Furtado on his 2013 album Passione. He also joined forces with Placido Domingo and Ana Maria Martinez on 2014's Manon Lescaut
In 2015, Bocelli released Cinema, his 15th studio album. The tenor had longed to create an album of his favorite movie songs originally performed by singers such as Frank Sinatra and Mario Lanza. The album features his renditions of classic soundtrack favorites such as “Maria” from West Side Story, “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, “No Llores Por Mi Argentina, from Evita, and “Por uno cabeza” from Scent of a Woman. The album also features duets with Ariana Grande and Nicole Scherzinger
That same year, he sang “The Lord’s Prayer” before Pope Francis in Philadelphia during the pontiff's historic visit to the United States. Speaking about the performance with Time magazine, Bocelli reflected, "Having the chance to sing again in front of the Holy Father, for whom I have deep and sincere devotion, offering my humble contribution as a fervent Catholic, is a great honor for me. St. Augustine notoriously reminds us that singing is an extraordinary form of prayer. And this is my goal, my purpose and my joy: to pray together."

Personal Life

Bocelli married his first wife, Enrica, in 1992. The couple had two sons, Amos and Matteo, before separating in 2002.
That same year, Bocelli began dating his manager, Veronica Berti. The couple welcomed a daughter, Virginia, in 2012. They married in March 2014, in a ceremony in Livorno, Italy. The Italian tenor was 55 years old at the time, and his new bride 30.

What an amazing evening we have had the concert was sublime and one for the memory banks ...his voice is one of a kind and the evening was filled with guest soloists and the fabulous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra!!!!!
Happy soon to be golden wedding Janet and Malc you both!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thursday 22nd September 2016.....the sibling rivalry continues years later!!!

Anyone who knows the Pearson boys know they play hard and play to win and it always has been and still is my Brother who is a keen golfer took me to the local Pitch and Putt for 18 holes of competitive golf...It was a beautiful sunny afternoon and perfect time for some Malc plays regularly he offered me a handicap of him giving me one shot per hole and I accepted and off we went.

We just had a great time lots of fun and just good to be out walking and enjoying ourselves!!

You can see my style and form is not good!!!
 Malc shows how it should look!!!
 Look at that follow through!!!
 A lot of years in this photo!!!
and in the end always good sportsmanship abounds!!!!

It was a fabulous afternoon and it was not about winning just two Bro's bonding on the golf course!!!!

You believe that???

Really you know us better than that!!!!

A picture tells a thousand words!!!!!!
WHAT can I say!!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wednesday 21st September 2016....Tis a sad day when..........

My whole family were raised in the Salvation Army and I believe the upbringing I had has served me well in later life....Janet and Malc attend the Army in the city of Hull a few miles away and the charity work they are both involved in takes a chunk of time each week and on Wednesday Janet is the driving force behind the hot lunch they serve in their very well appointed kitchen........Janet every week gives selflessly of her time and effort to make sure men and women on the streets can have a hot meal and today I went in to help....

 Janet does the menu planning, the buying of the food and then the cooking an Angel for sure!!!
 The 9 kg of peeled spuds was my doing!!!

 and then it is manning this machine!!!
 Today they served tea and coffee and biscuits for 2 hours before lunch then a hot meal as you see above followed by apple pie and ice cream........42 meals were served today and you can imagine the dishes I had to do!!!
We were there nearly 5 hours and treated ourselves to  McDonald's milkshakes on the way home!!!!
Well done Janet!!!

Late afternoon I went for my usual walk almost 4 miles and not much to see today!!!

So why is it a sad day you are wondering???

I shall tell you...rather than watch a live soccer game tonight I sat and watched Britain's Bake Off!!!!
Yes a Pearson boy watching a cooking show...can you believe it...I can when I asked Malc if there was a soccer game on tonight and Janet gave me the look and said......Bake OFF!!!!!
You know what??   I really enjoyed the show!!!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Monday 20th September 2016....the rain did me in!!!

My first sleep at home was a really good one and after my peaches and yogurt I had to take Wee White One back to it's owners which I did around 10.30 am.....I have been so fortunate to have hired vehicles in Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, England Ireland Wales and Scotland....driving on the "wrong " side of the road without any incidents!!!
It rained most of the morning so my looking forward to my first tennis game in a couple of months this afternoon was not going to be.....
So Malc and I took Malc's Grand Dog, Poppy for a walk around a lovely wooded area close to the village!!!

This swan was really feisty!!!
We stayed clear of him!!
The joys of being a Grand Father!!!!
Malc went home and i continued on my usual walk as i could not get on the tennis courts...

It is a walk of nearly 4 miles first through the village and over the railway lines...
and then into the is flat but a good hike which I always enjoy!!
There are many stables in this area with some beautiful horses!!
On the way back i stopped at the local flower shop i always like for Janet to have fresh flowers in the house and today I got a real bargain ...for all the flowers below only 5 pound!!!

Janet did a great job on the arrangements!!!

We then had a fabulous meal and I spent some time sorting my things out and then settled down for the evening and watched a live soccer game...great to be home!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday 19th September 2016...back with the Family!!!!

Here we go Monday morning and after breakfast June took me on a tour first to the city of Durham which is a huge University city and also home to the magnificent cathedral!!!

 You were not allowed to take photos inside but the walls and the stained glass are in wonderful condition and it is a large Cathedral
 Most of the downtown follows the river...

 This market reminds me of the markets in Mexico!!!

We then drove over through some other towns including Middlesboro where this bridge is located and paid just over one pound to cross!!!

The Tees Transporter Bridge has been the area's landmark since opening in 1911.  It is the longest working transporter bridge in the world and an iconic symbol of Teesside's engineering and industrial heritage.
The Tees Transporter Bridge has played an important role in the area's history for over a century and continues to provide an important and unique crossing over the River Tees. In recent years the Transporter has emerged as a leading historic visitor attraction and is one of the UK's major sites for extreme sports including abseils, bungee jumps and zipslides.
In 2011 to mark the Bridge's centenary the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) confirmed a £2.6m award for refurbishment and upgrade work to the Bridge.
The HLF-supported Tees Transporter Bridge Visitor Experience Project included the installation of a glass viewing lift to provide improved access to the upper walkway, renovation of the gondola and the development of state-of-the-art visitor resources.
Here we go.....
In the afternoon i said farewell to June it was great to see her again......
Then it was a 2 hour drive back to Janet and Malc's and it is great to be back home these 7 weeks went by so fast and I enjoyed my travels!!!!
A quiet night at home catching up!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!