Tuesday, December 30, 2014


Been for a nice walk today, ensemble - everything frosty and cold, but so beautiful. I love living in the New Forest


Just back from putting the animals to bed for the day; feet up and Rum Punch o'clock I think..

Brussel Sprouts

Present from Joanna which we all liked, even Lewis!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Basingstoke reunion

It's been a while since we all visited Basingstoke together, but this is us with the Evans' at Farleigh Church on our walk from their house in Cliddesden after a very nice lunch.

Sunday, December 28, 2014


Miranda's first visit to a trendy London bar....!

No Humbug

At the Science Museum Festive Physics Lecture, I was unable to persuade my children to enter into the spirit of things by volunteering to help. So for my efforts I was rewarded with centre stage! A christmas tree with fairy lights, and still smiling!


The gap in between Christmas and New Year usually presents us with the time to visit the museums and bright lights of London. This year's action packed day started with the Science Museum, but not before we'd had breakfast at Comptoir Libanais. Tasty flatbread with grilled haloumi and spices and nut pasties being the favourites.

I am always amazed by the fact that no matter how many times I visit the same space, it's always possible to discover new facts, seemingly for the first time! There was a great exhibition of photographs by Nick Hedges  about homelessness, proper documentary photographs. We spent the whole day at the Science Museum before heading across Hyde Park for a tour of the lights along Oxford Street, Regent Street and Covent Garden.

Late afternoon we paid a visit to Spuntino to give cousin Frank a surprise in Soho, which the kids thought was great fun. Popcorn and beer...

All followed by supper when we got back to South Kensington at Franco Manca, which was first class....

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Gingerbread House

Just managed a Facetime call with Chris and the clan at Penyrallt so we've seen Gran and Grandan eating their supper!

Meanwhile this is what we ate last night after our cheese course. Made and served by yours truly.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Barbadillo at Lepe

It wouldn't be Christmas without a climb on top of the bollards at Lepe. This year I wasn't agile enough, or at least there wasn't enough space on top for me to get up in time before the shutter went off. So we had to improvise, and use Lewis instead as the camera activator!

Sherry drunk, mince pies eaten... merry christmas everyone...!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

On the beach at Chale with me homies! The Isle of Wight pilgrimage 2014 in search of Julia Margaret Cameron, deserted beaches and life in general. The sun shone , the wind blew and the shutters clickered and whirred. Ropes were climbed, and the blood was felt coursing through veins, bring it on 2015!

Roping Alan down the cliff face! #lifebeginswhenyouare60

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Lance you were wrong...

Reading this at the moment, a tale of a Welshman exploring a subject close to his heart; and touring a few factories where this specialist kit is made across the world. as a

All manner of interesting facts like the chain was invented for the bike, not any other purpose but the bike. It's still made by the original company in Manchester who invented it.... called Renold.

Anyone who knows me will probably recognise the colour of the object of his ultimate happiness - how similar a paint job to my Freddie Grubb Galibier that my Dad bought for me way back?

And Lance you f•kin idiot, yes you did get it wrong. It's all about the bike. Never forget it.

What sort of gift is suitable for a Mother to give her son?

The joke when one squeezes the packet, normally is do you think it's socks or a hat - no I can't feel a bobble so I must be safe!

Not just one bloody hat but two this year, so I am sharing one with Miranda!! And we are wearing it indoors so I definitely won't feel the benefit when I go out....

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Little Red

One of those coming off the water shots that caught my eye, almost wants a speech bubble and prize for thew wittiest response, although I suspect all I got was a look and a soggy hug.

Lewi had one of these looks this morning after telling me he'd made a bit of a lash up of his English Literature paper yesterday, tomorrow he has a Physics paper, and Thursday a Chemistry paper. Just keep doing your best Tiger...

Monday, December 15, 2014

Thinking of You

Just a few selected at random to remind me...

Did you get any good photos?

 It's the perenial question, and one to which there is no answer. What I think is a decent photo is often very different to what others look for in an image. Lewis for example wants to see perfect sail form or hydrodynamics visualised, his coach wanted pictures that shows what efficient sail form looked like when rigged well (obviously if I knew anything more than a flappy sail is not a happy sail, I'd be a  good sailor myself)

Me, I just like an arty juxtaposition... #thisiswhatwedo #teamtiger

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Talk to me

I had a call from Gran earlier, which reminded me that I had a photo on my desktop waiting for an opportunity, so here it is.

Miranda in fact talking to Gran, whilst I capture the mood...

Just made myself some delicious pancakes and listened to the Stranglers playing Ugly, damn that puts me in a good mood.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Race Training at Weymouth the 29er Class Association

A few more action shots from the weekend at Weymouth.  
Start line...   

.....and off!

Saturday, December 06, 2014


The boys are having a weekend training session at Weymouth WPNSA with some great coaches, and I was out with one of the coaches in the rib, so I could take some photos. A very productive session if you listen to the enthusiasm of the guys, even I learned quite a bit! Today they concentrated on different sailing modes to achieve tactical advantage. The coaches break the boats into smaller groups and then work on short race type sequences.

How cool is it to be learning from Kate Macgregor and Dave Evans both of whom will be representing UK at Rio in 2016? #olympicsquad

A lovely sunny day too to observe the chalk hills around Weymouth

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Advice provided

Lewis has been telling me about his controlled assessment for Business Studies, preparing market research and consultancy for an IT services business. Tells me he's written a 6000 word essay to go with this which I am looking forward to seeing...

Tuesday, December 02, 2014


Hey Popsie, look who I bumped into in London....!

Storm Clouds

Lewis working hard for his mocks next week, this is partly because he's going sailing this weekend at Weymouth, so has to cover his options early.