|OK, we're talking about Southend-on-Sea which of course is the home of the Blues and NOT The Shrimpers.|
I was there to play in my school old boys' cricket match so would be meeting some guys I hadn't seen for 30+ years in some cases. However it was also a chance to tick off those boxes of must do things in Sarfend (sniff). My brother wasn't around and as I was staying with my friends Kevin and Gill, both of whom were busy, I was able to go through the list: (1) jam doughnut -- I'm a sucker for them! (2) My old tennis club -- Thorpe Bay Lawn Tennis Club.
|No real grass any longer but still in pretty good shape.|
|Leigh-on-Sea CC's home ground at Chalkwell Park|
|The mud flats at Old Leigh|
|This was at 9 a.m. on a Sunday morning with the sea 2 miles away across the mud flats and the tide not due in for another 9 hours!|
|The mud flats of the Thames Estuary|
|The speck is a Lancaster bomber|
My school was no longer operating as it was sold when the owner/headmaster died over 10 years ago to a competing local school. Our cricket match was being played at the school grounds with tea on the lawns of the big house where the headmaster's widow still lived. The school (Eton House) moved here in the 1940's when the buildings were derelict and rebuilt. The main house once belonged to Admiral Nelson's heart throb, Lady Emma Hamilton, so has some history in it. It was so strange though returning to a place so long after the last time -- everything was so small!
|The Old Boys after tea on The Lawns|
|Audi A4 with parking ticket an annoying extra|