Partying From Dawn Till Dusk?
Sunday 26 February 2023
fbb did, however, enjoy a smattering of cards. The above was a delight. The very fat cat sits with an aggressive expression on the keyboard and speaks as quoted below the picture, "food first, then Facebook!." Friend Joan has expunged Facebook and replaced it with "Blog". As yet Mr Tubbles has not taken such a stand, but it is only matter of time!
Well, there is not much else to do at 78 thn discuss ailments and be grumpy. fbb is becoming something of an expert at both. But blogging continues ...
And that Moonpig Box?
But, let the partying continue. There was coffee with the "old people" as usual on Saturday and a chance to review exciting progress on he conversion of a dowdy co-op into a go-getting Aldi store.Yippea" was not another German deliberate mis-spelling. It was a play on words as the picture on the poster was peas in and out of pod.
Sehr drollig, Lidl.
But the partying continues ...
... with a lunchtime visit to Axminster.
Back in 2019, the town's department store closed.
The fear was that the closure would rip the hear out of Axminster's shopping centre. Fortunately the building has been reborn, accommodating a series of independent traders.
First run hourly from Weymouth alternately via Dorchester and Abbotsbury.
Then good old faithful Axe Valley. This remains every hour (ish) to Seaton with most journeys continuing to Beer.
And can you make out that white-on--blue sign next to the bus stop.
All buses call at the station about one third of a mile away. The arrow directs you past the town centre bus stops where, you guessed it, all buses call!
The toilets, by the way, are in a car park, so accessible to all including drivers and their passengers. As is, obviously, the transport "interchange" at the station". The toilets have recently been joined by FOUR (yes FOUR) electric car charge points serving EIGHT car bays.
The Waffle caff was packed and service was, how to put it tactfully, snail-like. But fbb could, if he so wished, play with a small train set whilst waiting.
Sadly, the entertainment therefrom was limited to one tank engine whizzing round the oval at a scale 200mph.
But then perhaps it was not really intended as a birthday treat for the old man!
Oh, yes, the waffles.
fbb was disappointed. His last encounter with a waffle stall was outside Gare du Midi, Brussels, in 1963. Back then he did not purchase, but observation suggested that they were deep fried and crispy.
So, after a period of all-too-exciting celebrations it was back to fbb mansions for a quiet afternoon, only interspersed by Mrs fbb weeping as Andy Murray lost to Daniil Medvedev in the ATP 250 Final at Quatar, But Medvedev was seeded 3 and the old Scotsman was unseeded.
No 1 son phoned to say that he had "amazonned" fbb a gift, thus creating a possible new coining for the 2024 OED word of the year. (see also "podiumed" c/o Formula 1 racing commentators.)
Fortunately fbb was tead and coffee-caked to complete a splendid celebratory day.
Who need parties?
STOP PRESS : No 1 son's gift amazonned through the fbb's letterbox at 1935 yesterday evening. It is about public transport and a review will follow later.
Bus Station Beautiful
There is much progress with Ryde's new bus station. Landscaping is now in hand and completion is threatened by 1st April, although that date may have unfortunate connotations.
Also from Isle of Wight Alan, a picture of a selection of OO gauge wagons in a second-hand shop in Ryde. They are a mixture of really old Triang and nearly old Triang Hornby.
If you are seeking cheap models, it can be worth a wander into your local "antiques and collectables" emporium.
The Joys Of Motoring
But it would be difficult to do.
And Another Card
The bus is Eastern National with Chelmsford on the blind.
Searching on line for "The Plough Chelmsford" reveals a similarity ...
And so to Google Maps. Here we find the pub and its railway bridge on Duke Street ...
So much for fbb's waffle, partly about Waffles.
Tomorrow we will (honest, we will) complete the look at the modern Potsdamer Platz station using No 3 son's pictures and a few more from on-line sources.
Next Potsdamer Platz blog : Monday 27th. Feb