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Title: Where's Bel?
Post by: Pauline on February 22, 2008, 06:50:42 AM
Where are you Bel?
Title: Re: Where's Bel?
Post by: Bel on July 18, 2008, 09:30:59 PM
still around.  Have been to the Isle of Sheppey today down memory lane.  Looked for the school that my mother went to but I think it was pulled down.  The sheep (ancestors) that my grandfather used to attend were still around in the fields tho and we found the old ferry (one of 3) which were evidently used to get on and off the Island . Been to Broadstairs this week as well, another place which doesnt seem to change.  They had a "Dicken's week" on a few weeks ago and Mr.Pickwick certainly looked the part! The Kent countryside is looking particually colourful at the moment with the poppy fields and the lavender fields at Lullingstone very vibrant. Love to you all Bel
Title: Re: Where's Bel?
Post by: Brenda on July 19, 2008, 07:10:35 AM
Lovely to hear from you again Bel.  Good to hear you are still enjoying life.  We've got a programme coming up on the telly this week about Isle of Sheppey so I must watch it.

I sigh to read about the fields full of poppies.  Have a few in the garden most years but it's never quite the same.

Title: Re: Where's Bel?
Post by: Bel on July 19, 2008, 09:01:03 PM
Lovely day today so took the dog to Greenwich Park.( where my parents first met in about 1918). Used to visit there frequently  when I was about 10 ( was it really 66 years ago)  with my bottle of water and a jam sandwich and my best friend who lived next door Janet Griffin. The rose garden was in full bloom as always in July, but the view was very different from the top of the hill with all the high buildings. The boating lake was very busy (the dog fell in and had to be rescued as she couldnt get out) We couldnt afford the fee for a boat years ago  but those were happy times.
Title: Re: Where's Bel?
Post by: Brenda on July 20, 2008, 07:27:23 AM
I think I would be very sad to see the view from the top of the hill spoiled by all the high rise blocks.  Is that the Canary Wharf development?  I used to have lots of outings to Blackheath and Greenwich with my friend and her family when I was a child and then, when  teenagers, my friend and I used to cycle there. (The hills nearly killed us!) I loved the Maritime Museum and Queen Anne's house.  Loved the deer and the wide open spaces.  Can't remember a boating lake though. 

So glad doggy had some willing rescuers.  Phew - what a worry!  A doggy Mae West is needed for next time, eh?

Title: Re: Where's Bel?
Post by: Pauline on July 21, 2008, 04:38:46 AM
still around.  Have been to the Isle of Sheppey today down memory lane.  Looked for the school that my mother went to but I think it was pulled down.  The sheep (ancestors) that my grandfather used to attend were still around in the fields tho and we found the old ferry (one of 3) which were evidently used to get on and off the Island . Been to Broadstairs this week as well, another place which doesnt seem to change.  They had a "Dicken's week" on a few weeks ago and Mr.Pickwick certainly looked the part! The Kent countryside is looking particually colourful at the moment with the poppy fields and the lavender fields at Lullingstone very vibrant. Love to you all Bel

Hi Bel - good to hear from you again.
I lived on the Isle of Sheppey for 15 years before coming to Oz.  Which school were you looking for?
I hear there is a wizzy new bridge.  Makes a change from having to wait until the old lift bridge came down, and then having to wait even longer when something went wrong with it.
Title: Re: Where's Bel?
Post by: Pauline on July 21, 2008, 04:39:36 AM
Lovely to hear from you again Bel.  Good to hear you are still enjoying life.  We've got a programme coming up on the telly this week about Isle of Sheppey so I must watch it.

I sigh to read about the fields full of poppies.  Have a few in the garden most years but it's never quite the same.



When is the programme on Brenda?  I would like to watch that too.
Title: Re: Where's Bel?
Post by: Bel on July 21, 2008, 12:36:20 PM
yes the new bridge makes a great deal of difference. I have been looking up records of the schools on the Isle but apart from knowing it was a church school in the middle of nowhere I am at a loss.  I was looking for the names Daisy and Charlotte Noble and Frank Noble but couldnt find any school records for them. Could have been destroyed in the war. Minster was the place they lived.
Title: Re: Where's Bel?
Post by: Brenda on July 21, 2008, 11:04:40 PM


When is the programme on Brenda?  I would like to watch that too.
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It's on tonight (Tuesday) Pauline.  6pm down here. It's Time Team. Don't know how much of Sheppey will be shown but I think it'll be worth a look.
Title: Re: Where's Bel?
Post by: Pauline on July 22, 2008, 06:14:21 AM


When is the programme on Brenda?  I would like to watch that too.

It's on tonight (Tuesday) Pauline.  6pm down here. It's Time Team. Don't know how much of Sheppey will be shown but I think it'll be worth a look.
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One of my favourite programmes.
Just looked it up - they are looking at Queenborough Castle.
Title: Re: Where's Bel?
Post by: Bel on July 22, 2008, 07:05:14 PM
Isle of Sheppey Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia might be of interest
Title: Re: Where's Bel?
Post by: Pauline on July 23, 2008, 02:28:42 AM


When is the programme on Brenda?  I would like to watch that too.

It's on tonight (Tuesday) Pauline.  6pm down here. It's Time Team. Don't know how much of Sheppey will be shown but I think it'll be worth a look.

One of my favourite programmes.
Just looked it up - they are looking at Queenborough Castle.
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I thought this programme very interesting.  We had always known there was a castle there, in fact there used to be a pile of stones that were part of that castle, but they seem to have been replaced by that concrete pad with the seats on it.  I worked for some years facing that piece of green, and often wondered what the castle looked like, it seems to have been a very impressive and Disney like edifice.  Difficult to imagine in this day and age, with the railways station there and it being in the middle of an industrial area.  It seems to have been one of the few times in that programme that they have actually found what they were looking for.
Title: Re: Where's Bel?
Post by: Bel on July 24, 2008, 06:53:13 PM
it was a lovely sunny day today brilliant blue sky with just the hint of a breeze. We usually take our dog near the sea on a day like this as she has a double coat (being a lab cross collie) so of course the Isle of Sheppey being the nearest off we go yet again.  Minster was our destination and the walk along the new promenade there was exilerating and a cream tea made the day extra special. Coming back we made a detour to Queenborough Castle but of course the time team had been there first and there wasnt much left to see. The railway station and industrial estate are still there of course, but we parked overlooking the "sea" which was very pleasant.  I had a near death experience last December so my son (number 3) is making sure that big sis and I enjoy the time we have left.  Bel
Title: Re: Where's Bel?
Post by: Pauline on July 25, 2008, 02:31:59 AM
.  I had a near death experience last December so my son (number 3) is making sure that big sis and I enjoy the time we have left.  Bel

Bel --- you just can't leave it at that!  What happened?  Did I miss something?
Title: Re: Where's Bel?
Post by: Bel on July 25, 2008, 12:31:08 PM
last December I went into severe anaphylactic shock (due to taking penicillin for a chest infection ). My son found me just in time and I was rushed to hospital where they undoubtedly saved my life.  It just shows how these things happen as I have been taking penicillin off and on for years with no adverse effect. However I am mostly recovered now.  We old Downhamites are a tough breed.
Title: Re: Where's Bel?
Post by: Bel on July 26, 2008, 05:25:34 PM
talking to the "locals" the Time Team found many items of interest, and found "Tony" a very interesting person.  Talking about interesting people, I met Gloria Hunnerford in our local Morrisons a few weeks ago . We had quite a little chat about healthy eating, and I found her very easy to chat to.
Title: Re: Where's Bel?
Post by: Brenda on July 27, 2008, 07:18:21 AM
Oh gosh, what a dreadful experience for you Bel. Did you see any tunnels of light or anything?  I've known people who did experience strange things when they had a cardiac arrest or whatever and others who experienced nothing at all.

I still haven't watched the Sheppey Time Team program.  Lots of catching up to do.

Title: Re: Where's Bel?
Post by: Bel on July 27, 2008, 06:31:20 PM
no tunnels of light, but a feeling of complete peace when Idid finally come round.
Title: Re: Where's Bel?
Post by: Pauline on July 28, 2008, 08:37:59 AM
no tunnels of light, but a feeling of complete peace when Idid finally come round.

We have a friend who 'died' and was resuscitated, I quizzed him too (very tactful - not!) but he never saw anything either.  How boring.

I really enjoy that Time Team programme.  It is very entertaining and educational too.
Title: Re: Where's Bel?
Post by: Pauline on July 28, 2008, 08:40:10 AM
talking to the "locals" the Time Team found many items of interest, and found "Tony" a very interesting person.  Talking about interesting people, I met Gloria Hunnerford in our local Morrisons a few weeks ago . We had quite a little chat about healthy eating, and I found her very easy to chat to.

I can't think of Glora Hunnerford without thinking of Terry Wogan - what was it he called her?  Grievous bodily or something like that!!

And their version of "I got you babe" during a telephone or something.
Title: Re: Where's Bel?
Post by: Bel on August 01, 2008, 06:13:41 PM
I dont remember that Pauline, but  Terry Wogan I listen to every morning . Another lovely sunny day here but there is a shortage of bees (some disease ) so my runner beans are a complete disaster this year.
Title: Re: Where's Bel?
Post by: Brenda on August 02, 2008, 08:45:10 AM
I dont remember that Pauline, but  Terry Wogan I listen to every morning . Another lovely sunny day here but there is a shortage of bees (some disease ) so my runner beans are a complete disaster this year.

The apiarist of Australia have been talking of this for some time.  I believe the disease has also been rife in USA. By golly, we do need our bees, don't we?

Interesting to read of your feeling of peace when you came round from your experience, Bel.
It seems some people have good experiences and others don't have anything at all.

Who is Gloria Hunniford?
Title: Re: Where's Bel?
Post by: Pauline on August 04, 2008, 02:45:11 AM
I dont remember that Pauline, but  Terry Wogan I listen to every morning . Another lovely sunny day here but there is a shortage of bees (some disease ) so my runner beans are a complete disaster this year.

The apiarist of Australia have been talking of this for some time.  I believe the disease has also been rife in USA. By golly, we do need our bees, don't we?

Interesting to read of your feeling of peace when you came round from your experience, Bel.
It seems some people have good experiences and others don't have anything at all.

Who is Gloria Hunniford?

Have you seen the kids movie "The B Movie" ?  It shows what happens when bees go on strike.  Every form of plant life died. It was quite a fun movie too - some kids movies are good for us 'grown ups' too.

Gloria Hunniford was very popular in the 1980s.  She was a presenter. Didn't sing or dance or anything like that.  She would do a morning chat show a bit like Kerry-Anne.  But Terry Wogan always referred to her as "Grevious Bodily".  At for one Telefon fund thingy on the TV they got together dressed up as Sonny and Cher, and sang "I got you Babe" it was really funny.  I don't know what she is doing now, there must be a Wiki on her somewhere.
Title: Re: Where's Bel?
Post by: Brenda on August 07, 2008, 03:42:45 AM
It seems I'm out of the loop in just about everything.  No, haven't seen the B movie .  That sounds like the sort of thing that would have scared me when a child. But then, everything scared me!

Talking about bees: we have so much blossom out now and the bees are about so fingers crossed they don't get this awful viral thing.  I heard someone talking about how it destroys baby bees and I had a vision of them in their nests with nappies on.  Just goes to show what is happening to my brain.
Title: Re: Where's Bel?
Post by: Pauline on August 07, 2008, 09:19:08 AM
It seems I'm out of the loop in just about everything.  No, haven't seen the B movie .  That sounds like the sort of thing that would have scared me when a child. But then, everything scared me!

Talking about bees: we have so much blossom out now and the bees are about so fingers crossed they don't get this awful viral thing.  I heard someone talking about how it destroys baby bees and I had a vision of them in their nests with nappies on.  Just goes to show what is happening to my brain.

Now, now Brenda settle down.  It wasn't that scary - Seinfield was the lead Bee and it was rather funny too.
My apricot is in bud, fingers crossed, it had heaps of flowers last year, but nothing appeared, and you know the sad tale of my 3 peaches which got eaten from the inside.  I have just eaten the last of my naval oranges, so sweet and juicy.  Fed up with the rain now - looking forward to the warm weather (but then we will start moaning that its too hot).

I've just been looking at Google StreetView - my house isn't shown because I don't really live in a street, but some of my colleagues were finding it scary because you could look all round their houses.