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Photo of the Week – 8 May 2011


This Week’s Photo

I took this, at arms reach (hence the funny tilt), today, as a group of us practiced paddling ahead of our Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award in a few weeks’ time. This particular shot shows the distinctively blue Cookham Bridge in the background. Regular readers will have seen the post on Friday night, including the film of our hopeless trip to Sainsbury’s food-shopping for this trip.

There’s a full write-up of the trip here.

About ‘Photo of the Week’

Every Sunday, I’m intending to post a photograph taken at some point during the previous seven days. I know that many of the photos featured will not be of enviable quality, but then the aim is mainly to give me something to nostalgically look back over at the end of the year.

Catch up with photos featured in previous weeks by clicking here.

File Reference

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My Day in Words and the Odd Picture – 27 October 2010

It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster of a day today. This morning, my uncle, aunt, and cousin came down from Birmingham – primarily to see my Granddad who’s just come out of hospital and is temporarily in a nearby nursing home. We were going to meet up with them in Windsor after they’d visited him, so after hearing they’d set off, we followed suit.

As we pulled up at the Leisure Centre car park, I got a call from my dad saying my granddad had pulled out the tube that feeds his food directly to his stomach. Before the nursing home could send him back to hospital, they needed a next-of-kin’s approval. My mum’s day, then, was in jeopardy.

However, I’d gone to Windsor specifically to go and buy some A5 plastic wallets. Happily, I found some in WHSmith. Bloody expensive they were too – 20 for £1.99. And I needed two packets. Don’t Smith’s realise that money doesn’t grow on trees. It’s not like the economy is getting better very quickly…

Instead of my mum racing off to the hospital, my uncle went instead, giving my mum a bit of a break (for the only the second time in weeks). That left me and Mum free to find my aunt and cousin in Pizza Express and have a quick chat and drink together.

Photographing us, photographing him...Next, we drove back to the Maidenhead, where I was dropped off at the Heritage Centre. This was because Mum had spotted a photography session being advertised. I was one of only 6 attendees, but one of whom was my good friend Alex Parsons. Mid-way through the session, the man from Maidenhead’s local paper (the Maidenhead Advertiser) came to snap a photo of us photographing him.

Packed with new tips and tricks on how to get the best out of my camera, when the workshop was over I went on a pleasant stroll around my town and took photos of Autumn turning to Winter.

Maidenhead moor red Maidenhead Bridge_winter

I gently walked home, passing my church’s vicarage on the way. He moved this morning, so I couldn’t resist a peer in through the window at the empty house. It was all a little bit upsetting!

This evening, my dad came in from work and cooked beans on toast, but then went to the hospital to be with my mum. He drove her back, and comforted her. They say the earliest Granddad will be out is Monday – but this is the NHS…

Thanks for reading. Andrew. x

Gringer Hill Incident – 9 May 2010

This morning, at the crack of dawn, I was going down Gringer Hill (being driven by my sister), and at the bottom there were several police cars, a riot police van, an ambulance and a large area of cordoned off by ‘Police Line Do Not Cross’ tape. Forensic guys in white overalls arrived at 8:00am, and were still there by mid-day. It looks – to be honest – like a suicide or even murder, but everything at this stage is merely speculation. What we do know; is that assuming it is something along those lines, I am among those whose thoughts and prayers are with the family/families of the victims.

UPDATE: 20:37. Checked the Maidenhead Advertiser website. It suggests that it wasn’t a murder, but a serious assault with a man found on the grass at 6:00am. Read more on the Advertiser’s site.

Police teams were set up around this bridge and grass on the right
Police teams were set up around this bridge and grass on the right