Today my Dad remembers life at Kalafrana and how he wanted to join HMS Ocean. Life went on at Kalafrana. We repaired and packed a few parachutes and dinghies, we swam and we sailed. By now we had coaxed Bill Cant to let us take out a Navy whaler a rowing/cum
Today Dad describes nights out in Valletta and the joys of beer, brothels and British chocolate. So typical "run" into Valetta went like this. One o'clockish set off, catch a bus in Biryebuggia (the same buses that we used as tourists in the 1970s) and get off in Valetta.
Today, my Dad remembers idyllic days as a sailor in the Forties in sunny Malta. Life at Kalafrana was idyllic. The accommodation was in two stone built single storey blocks each containing twenty four iron beds and lockers. These bordered onto a small parade ground across from which was
It is that time of the month which means a few days ago I was in the grip of pre-menstrual tension. Here are the things that annoyed me during this period (no pun intended) 1. Being left without cash or any means of accessing it easily. When I asked my husband
Punishment for sailors Today, Dad's memoirs show how he could be a very naughty sailor and sometimes learned a sailor's lot was not a happy one. Life in the RAF Station for a sailor meant that discipline was relaxed. We had no Navy Officers or NCOs to supervise us and we
What I learned at BritMums Live 2014. I was keen to be in room 4 for all the workshops on offer at BritMums Live. I want to become a published writer. I know that video is probably the way forward but have bottled it to date. I know
Today my Dad talks about carrying out a scam as a sailor to get leave from the Navy, hitch-hiking and flying home on leave. The RAF was more generous in allowing weekend leave than was the Navy and in any case we had a "scam" going on which gave us extra
My Dad's first flight was a King's Flight. Today Dad recalls his first flight in a plane which took place when he was a teenage sailor and it was the King's plane! All the aircraft received a lot of attention and maintenance as they had to be constantly available and in spic
So they say when you're smiling, the whole world smiles with you. I have so many reasons to be cheerful this week and they appear in no particular order. 1. My husband and children collected me from BritMums Live. They were a bit late and I chatted to a Brewery member
What were the World War 2 Aircraft kept at RAF Bassingbourn? Today, my Dad's memoirs talk about the planes he maintained including the King's Flight. At Bassingbourn were stationed two Bomber Squadrons and King's Flight. The Bomber Squadrons were one of Lancasters and one of the American Lieberator bombers. These aircraft
BritMums Live 2014 - my worst bits 1. Heading North from home to London. Have I become a Southerner after all these years masquerading as a Northerner? 2. Wanting to be in two places at the same time over the weekend. Firstly the lovely Montcalm hotel was hard to leave
When I think about blogging I think it's a kinda magic! Many bloggers are heading to BritMums Live at the weekend. There will be useful sessions on clever ways to attract and keep readers. There is little doubt there is a science of blogging. Howvever, let's not forget the magical
Today my Dad's memoirs see himself and other Navy personnel joining the RAF at Royston. We got our travel warrant to Royston in Cambridgeshire and on arrival were trucked to the RAF Station at Bassingbourne some 3-4 miles North Of Royston. Bear in mind sailors were like snailes in that
It is Father's Day and I am missing my Dad. I have had a few tears but only a few. As time passes I focus on how lucky I was to have him in my life and to smile at very happy memories. What makes a good Dad?
Today, my Dad's memoirs show him leaving his firm friend and going to RAF Bassingbourn. Early in January, we left Raven and returned to HMS Daedalus. Immediately Ginger and I were back on the guard under the selection process. Time spent in Daedalus was time spent in awaiting transit