Another week and suddenly we realise Christmas is nearly upon us.
We have made our arrangements what family we are going to and my son has booked us in to see the stage story of Tina
We are also going to see his gig so we have Christmas all booked up just got to sort out present buying. That gets harder every year.
We were so busy then emptying the cases and washing clothes travelling to the Royal Marsden for my treatment. We sat there asleep most of the time as the long wait after my bloods are taken and then ordering the drug to be taken out of the fridge and made up with saline and then it goes back in the fridge, until they send it up to the ward.
We were on our way home just before the rush hour so we were’nt to late getting home.
We pottered about shopping and just enjoying a week free.
Then yesterday we got a surprised message from the son of a wonderful Mesowarrior could we meet up today Sunday. Brilliant that is just what we did. We met at the Harbour just as the Boat was sailing off for the trip to the Forts that are out at sea.
The ‘GRETA’ Thames Sailing Barge was built in 1892 at Brightlingsea, Essex by Stones. Used to do this ride but now we have a new boat sailing
Length 80ft, beam 20ft, draft 3ft, displacement 49 tons
‘GRETA’ was built for a barge sailmaker called Hibbs. He sold her to Owen Perry who owned a fine fleet of working boats noted for their smart turnout and racing success.
‘GRETA’s usual cargo consisted of beer, grain, malt and building products. She did however carry some more unusual things for example the spars for the German Kaisers racing schooner.
In 1918 ‘GRETA’ was sold by Perry to The London Rochester Barge Company – which became Crescent Shipping. Early in World War II ‘GRETA’ was chartered by the Ministry of Supply. Her cargo was ammunition from the Army depot at Upnor near Rochester to Naval vessels anchored at the Nore in the Thames Estuary.
‘GRETA’ is now privately owned by and is home to Steve Norris and 1st Mate ‘Alfie’ the dog and 2nd Mate ‘Ludo’ the dog.
In the Winter she is berthed at Standard Quay Faversham, and spends the sailing season (April – October) based at the South Quay inside Whitstable harbour.
‘GRETA’ is maintained by Steve and his enthusiastic voluntary crew. Sailed throughout each season ‘GRETA’ regularly takes part in some of the sailing matches with other Thames Sailing Barges.
We carried on to the Whitstable Castle
We caught up on all the news. What a great time sitting in the sun drinking Latte and just catching up with Chris White and meeting Georgina for the first time
The time soon went and we had to say our goodbyes
As we had walked from the Harbour we saw a young performer with a lovely voice. I have looked her up on facebook and found out her name Hollie Firmin
t was lovely there today and just as we passed she was singing Les Miserables of all songs it made me cry she was singing it just like the London stage so Crystal clear
There was also a lovely write up for Worthing’s Angie Mackrell organised the 5km Miles for Meso run from the Gardens to George 5th Avenue and back in memory of her father, Steve Tuffill, who passed away from mesothelioma ADVERTISEMENT in 2017.
She ran this year for The Mavis Nye Foundatuon and i was so proud of her Angie has written a book – American Teabag: Memoir of 2016-2018 – about the struggle of her father being ill in America while Angie lived in England. It is due to be published in time for Christmas. Runners for next year can sign up here: www.facebook.com/events/475953732923721/?ti=cl
Read more at: https://www.worthingherald.co.uk/news/worthing-s-miles-for-meso-5k-raises-awareness-of-rare-cancer-1-8651698