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24 August 2014

Views at lunch time


There is always something to see when Joe and I go out to lunch. This time it was the entire Fire Brigade, or so it seemed. As I drove into the road leading to the car park I passed a line of about a dozen parked fire engines and, of course, we wondered what on earth was going on. There were more such vehicles at the end of the car park but the main show was when we were taken to our table (my favourite because we see more from there) and looked out of the window. I've never seen so many fire engines and other working vehicles ... according to the waiter they had been there all morning - training or something - and there was an Academy Observer there too, or so it said on his jacket.



I like the way the waterproof suit was hung from the door, it looked for all the world like a body.
We were told that, along with fires in dustbins, this training 'ship' (used by sea cadets) was also set on fire a couple of times so the brigade could demonstrate or practice putting it out.
Even the boats were out, both speed and dinghies

It was an eye opener to see all the equipment
Then they were gone ...
...and the place was left as before!

I'm always interested in the fire brigade since once, a long time ago, they saved my life. As you can imagine, lots of memories were recalled as I watched the men at work.

12 comments:

DeniseinVA said...

They saved your life Valerie? A story for another day perhaps. So glad you are here today my friend. A nice meal with Joe, and entertainment. You documented it very nicely as these were great photos.

Valerie said...

Denise, the story has already been told. I might retell it in November since that's the month it happened, very many years ago.

Ron said...

" I like the way the waterproof suit was hung from the door, it looked for all the world like a body."

HA! Yes, it sure did, Valerie, especially the boots attached to the pants.

"I'm always interested in the fire brigade since once, a long time ago, they saved my life. As you can imagine, lots of memories were recalled as I watched the men at work."

Yes, I remember when you shared that story on your blog. I have such admiration and respect for firefighters.

Great photos! Have a lovely Sunday.

X to you and Joe!

Montanagirl said...

Yes, tell your story again - it seems I have forgotten it...like I do so many things anymore. Guess they call it "Senior Moments".

Banker Chick said...

Well what a fun lunch that must have been. I have always held fire fighters and paramedics in high regard as well. Not only because of 9/11 but because of a personal medical emergency when I was a child.

Jenny Woolf said...

There is something so exciting and impressive about the fire brigade. Luckily I have never been caught in a fire but I have seen them in action. I suppose people used to feel something similar when they saw soldiers marching past in their wonderful uniforms.

Brian Miller said...

that is pretty cool...they were probably practicing rescue operations....my youngest would have loved to stand there and watch them....

L. D. said...

I am glad you were able to get to the cafe. It looked like the practice runs were very serious. I like seeing all those trucks.

Valerie said...

BC, personal experiences stay with us forever and what a good thing they do.

Jenny, thank your lucky stars you've never experienced fire.

Brian, I agree - it was probably some kind of drill. Kids do love to watch such things. On certain open days they are encouraged to explore a fire engine... isn't that good?

Larry, it did look very serious ... and rightly so.

Valerie said...

Good morning, Ron. Of all the services I think firefighters are the bravest. I mean fire can look pretty but it is lethal.

It is a bank holiday today and pouring with rain.... *frown*
Hope it is better where you are.

CrystalChick said...

What an interesting scene for your lunch outing. Nice capture of all the the happenings. I'd have been so distracted that the meal would have gotten cold before I could eat it. haha

Valerie said...

Mary, it takes a lot to distract me from eating... grins. Fortunately from our chosen seat we could eat and watch at the same time.