Monday, December 31, 2012

The candle at both ends

A late night last night in London and another one tonight seeing in the new year together.

Picture below is from last night in London outside Big Ben!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Domino gets some TLC

Very damp underfoot, and not really the best time to plod around the field but Mipp enjoys herself anyhow....

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Log on

This was Caroline and Lewis' take on Yule Log - part of out Christmas Lunch.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

mote controld tarantula

You 'll have to read yesterday's post to make sense of this one...

It's not a Bee....

Monday, December 24, 2012

All I want for Christmas

The little note appeared late in the day, she sidled up and said she'd been writing. "It's for Father Christmas" she said "where shall I leave it?"

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Shady lady

Needed to do a bit of provision shopping today, so we popped over to Portswood Road in Southampton to visit the International Supermarket and like all the best places it has a Waitrose too!

Really quite amusing to see how well they were doing in a worn down part of Southampton. I never go into one of their branches without thinking how well they do everything.

Also made a visit to the Art Gallety in town as Greg has been talking about Ben Nicholson all week. Sadly as the cuts take their toll the Gallery is likey to be open for just four hours a day so support this great place now whilst its still open...

Todays photo is Mirandas rework of a Frank Auerbach portrait on display as per the above.

Saturday, December 22, 2012


Photo of self wearing birthday present from Joanna. This was the alternate take, the other being similar but drinking from a bottle of Talisker. Maybe I will save this for another day!

Like Clockwork

The game has been set up, Greg is pacticing his guitar and Mipp is reading her book. i even have my Vodka and lime ready to drink and time to take a photo...

Phew err

Friday, December 21, 2012

Copy and Paste

Miranda is never happier than when cutting and sticking, she could do it for a living.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Choppy seas

Lewis had another chance to crew for Geoff at Lymington this morning whilst I went for a bike ride. The breakers at Keyhaven spit were a marked contrast to the lack of wind a mile or two further up the Solent. C'est la vie...

I had a really enjoyable ride down the coast, with fab views over the water all the way down to Studland.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Ancient History

Record shot for my mother mainly of me about to eat cake from earlier on the week!

I am listening to Wayne Shorter's Schitzophrenia, no connection intended.


Been out sailing today, it's been one of the most exhilarating rides of the year. Force 5/6 with very bumpy sea.

Only three boats racing unfortunately at Calshot which was a shame, but the triangle sausage course made it very exciting with lots of tacks and gybes to keep us awake.

Totally brilliant fun

The photo is from last week's trip to Keyhaven when Lewi was sailing at Lymington, which we are doing again tomorrow morning.

Printing press

The cards are still being printed, and the writing will have to start soon

We free kings

Miranda was King Melchior in the Waterside School xmas production, and she came bearing frankinscence.

As a special treat she performed for me on Thursday evening, and very hood she was too.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Jamie was not here

There has been talk of a need for a wood fired Pizza Oven in the garden, so it was interesting to connect a conversation with my Mum about a friend of theirs called Nigel Jenkins, and this video (which he made for a Cumbrian environmental group called PACT) about making your own Cob Oven.

Food for thought, as they say

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Seasons Greetings

The kids are in the kitchen making their Christmas cards, carrying on a tradition that goes way back. I used to hand make my own, paddling in the chemicals or similar to produce a personal message but now it's a simplified version that makes the grade - although I aways make own. This year mine were produced in Germay and arrived today by UPS probably earlier than usual, so lets see if I can get them out in the post too!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sporting chance

It's been a busy week on the sporting front with plenty more in store. In fact considering it's December we may be getting a bigger than healthy slice!

Last night Lewis was doing rugby training with Fawley Rugby Club and was selected to represent New Forest Under 14s in a match against Basingstoke RFC U14, so tomorrow after school he's travelling up to that match.

Meanwhile Greg has been playing in a football Six a side tournament against Waterside teams today. He also went on a night hike with Scouts last night not getting back in til after 9pm. He normally does fencing too but that has finished for the term I think. They beat Hythe Primary and drew against Cadland Primary....!

Come the weekend and it's good old sailing again. Can't see us getting flabby any time soon, although the food bills keep rising!

Monday, December 10, 2012

We'll all go Donkey Riding...

Greg came down with us on Sunday afternoon to walk Domino which was nice, as it meant I could walk alongside and take a few pictures. In the event I prefer the portrait version, but it was good to see them getting on with it together. We also took Rose (the Sheepdog) with us and I'm not sure which activity excited Mipp more...

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Living my life, life on a line...

It was a slightly ominous start to the day, cold and breezy with some strong gusts. Not the day in December I would have chosen for my first sail in a fast boat with some world class sailors.

If Lewi was nervous he wasn't showing it! He's not had much trapezing experience in any dinghy, even though he can talk all the theory like a second language. He came back smiling and notwithstanding a steep learning curve ahead, he didn't disgrace himself and has been dicussing his next opportunity!

The picture below is as they set off from Lymington at helter skelter pace towards the race area

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Fast Forward

Lewis was lucky enough to get some racing technique preparation at Lymimgton Sailing Club today. A very useful one on one with some talented and experienced dinghy sailors. He was glowing from all that conversation that only comes from specialist knowledge being shared.

The crowning glory so far as he's concerned is that tomorrow he's got himself a crew position on a 29er, so he'll be trapezing competitively with a very good helm. Does he look excited or what?

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Make Believe

"Can you show me how to do a capital letter?" she asks me..... "Oh you didn't do a full stop! Do a question mark, do it!"

Yes it's bedtime again and I am having fun writing a blog post with my arm around Miranda. She is calling out and I fed ip with all the interuptions. "You need to change the ip Dad" she says....

"Do the magnifying glass again" .... will she ever stop...?

We have been reading Melodie the Music Fairy (or rather she has) and now she is going to sleep.... zzzzz

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Take Five

It's something of a challenge remembering to try and get an image I can use on the blog, let alone having to brush off her Popsieness as she tries to wrestle the camera off me and get creative herself.

Occasionally I weaken and she repetedly takes the same photo about twenty times, sometimes they all have my head severed at the noseline....! Sometimes we get a useable picture, so maybe it's time for amotherr scribe portrait....

Sad to read about Dave Brubeck this evening, his piano playing particularly the Time Out album was a big influence back in the day.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Florence in school

Miranda has had several lessons in school about Florence Nightingale, and she wanted to show me the work she has been doing....

nice work Popsie!

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Hands on teets

After a fantastic bike ride out on the forest this morning in the pristine frost, Miranda and I took Domino the Donkey out for a walk. Mipp has been asking me to do this ober the last few weeks but just never find the time. So we got the saddle and harness, amd brushed his coat, and we were off. Later we helped Barry to tend his feet, and we also trimmed Alice the goat's feet and collected all rhe animal poo off the field.

By now it was nearly dark so we had the joy of putting them all to bed. But this was not before Miranda had her first go at milking a goat!

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Creating narratives

When Lewis was a baby I used to make books for him, and tonight Miranda found one and was reading it to me. She asked me if I would make one for her, to which I suggested she might like to make one for me....

Five minutes later I am on mu way to the garage for some more logs and she shows me the story so far!

Rust never sleeps...