Monthly Archives: December 2015

The Last year 2015 a year of “ups and downs”

I put this is as it was the last day of 2014  and I was not very well but managed to get to Jimmy Simpsons Funeral it was a sad end to the year. I had known Jimmy for many … Continue reading

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Farewell to the Sea Kings – a Lochnagar memory

Originally posted on cairngormwanderer:
A Sea King in action (not on the rescue described below) Just been reading a blogpost by Heavy Whalley, a retired legend from the RAF Mountain Rescue, writing a fond farewell to the Sea King helicopters…

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Farewell to the Royal Navy Sea King Rescue 177 at Prestwick the end of an era.

This Blog is dedicated to the Royal Navy SAR Sea Kings at Prestwick ( Gannet) who end their great contribution to SAR at the New Year.  hopefully their will be many tributes from many others  for their incredible service by … Continue reading

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Long drive back from the South – now getting ready for the New Year on the mountains – weather permitting.

It is so hard to leave the grand  kids and I always leave at night when they are fast asleep, poor Lexi aged 5  gets so upset as I do after such a wonderful family time. It is sad that … Continue reading

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Al Sylvesters – Book A walk to freedom.

Last year my good pal Al Sylvester in 2014  wrote: “As I approach the conclusion of my 31 years in the RAF, on 16th August 2014 I will embark on a 900 mile unsupported “Walk to Freedom” between Lands End to John O’Groats carrying … Continue reading

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Boxing Day Magic and the Burghead Boxing Day Swim – BOXING DAY SWIM 2015 NOMINATED CHARITIES Main Charity Buckie Lifeboat MacMillan Cancer Nurses

What a great Christmas day we had with the grand kids in England. The kids loved it and this is their time and the Christmas story with Santa was magical. For all the commercialism that Christmas has been spoiled by … Continue reading

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A special thought for those who have to work on this Christmas day.

I had a lovely afternoon  yesterday at the Pantomime with my granddaughter Lexi and her Mum. It was a magic time and I enjoyed Jack and the Beanstock in Henley. The kids and adults all loved it and was great … Continue reading

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