April 15, 2008

You’re not going to believe this but we are going on holiday tomorrow.

See you next week 🙂

Early Easter

March 23, 2008

Apparently its the earliest Easter since 1914 years and wont be this early again until 2160!

Happy (snowy) Easter 🙂

Snowy Easter

Here is a more usual sight than snow at Easter, a lovely bunch of Daffodils.

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We dont have a vase the right size, so the bottom of the vase is stuffed with the cellophane that the Daffs came wrapped in, I think it gives a great effect to the whole look.

Torremolinos pics

March 12, 2008

We got back from Torremolinos on Monday, the weather was fantastic and we all had a great time. Here’s a couple of pics to enjoy.

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These 2 ladies may have also had a great time but they will be regretting being around me and my shameful lack of camera restraint.

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Watch out if you see me poking my camera in your direction!!

(more) News from my hometown.

March 4, 2008

You might remember previous news from my hometown, in which the shameful residents urged a fellow to jump from a tall building.

I was surprised to hear Mexborough mentioned on BBC breakfast this morning and to hear that they had closed the railway station.

It seems that a “Trail of blood found near railway” brought the place to a stand-still.

No further details are forthcoming at this time.

I do know that the station is open again now, my brother caught the train this afternoon to get to our house.

In the morning we are all going to Spain for a few days, so I’ll catch up when I get back.

See you all soon 🙂

Long tall glasses

January 30, 2008

I must try harder to post something of substance very soon, just been very busy of late. Until such time as I get my arse in gear, please be enjoying this film.

How pleased am I now, that for all these years, Paul always brought a pack of plastic drinking cups on holiday with us.

Enjoy 🙂

A return and a recipe.

January 17, 2008

Did you miss me?

In all the excitement I forgot to remind you all that I was going on holiday on New Years Eve. We had the most brilliant time, the weather was fantastic and it was just so relaxing, We did no excursions, no major sightseeing, just relaxation on the beach. Bliss!

We got back on Tuesday afternoon and then we were straight back to work on Wednesday. The jet lag thing wasn’t too bad and Its now Thursday lunchtime (as I write this) and I’m feeling all back to normal.

Speaking of lunch, I’m enjoying the most wonderful soup, I have to share it with you.

I took a can of Baxters Potato and Leek, added a few dozen cooked Chick Peas and a small handful of dried noodles broken into half inch pieces. Once this was warmed through, I boned, flaked and added a ready cooked fillet of peppered smoked Mackerel. A little salt and pepper to taste and a little extra water to allow for the noodles and it all went into a flask to take to work. After about 4 hours in the flask, its ready to go 🙂 The smokey Mackerel has infused thoroughly and the overall flavour is divine. The Chick Peas and noodles give extra body and mean I’m not filling up on bread along with the soup.

Apparently I’m supposed to be thrilled that I’m getting my anti-oxidants and my oily fish all in one shot, in fact I’m just thrilled with my own inventiveness 🙂 It makes Paul laugh, but I can never resist adding a little something else to canned soups. Maybe next time I’ll share my recipe for improving a can of Bouillabaisse, all I’m saying now is that it includes adding Garam Masala. No really, you’ll love it!

Don’t dive drunk?

December 29, 2007

So Christmas is over and we are now looking forward to New Years. At this festive time we are all reminded to be careful on the roads. I wonder if it’s just the roads they should be warning us about, especially after finding this via the magic of Google Earth. I was actually having a nose around, reminiscing about last years trip Down Under.

I witnessed a bit of odd driving over there in Oz land but this beats ’em all. Not one, but two massive ocean going disasters within metres of one another.

(If you zoom out you’ll see that this is in Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia nestled behind the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.)

Secrets, Lies and no more video-tapes.

December 8, 2007

I’m feeling pretty relieved this afternoon, after a week of sneaking around I can finally come clean.

I’ve been hiding something from Paul all week. In fact I’ve been dreading him catching me out, I’ve almost tripped myself up a couple of times.

Ok, Ok,I’ll stop being so sensationalist!

Paul has been wanting Sky+ for a couple of months, they had been doing a £50 deal but we missed it and they put it back up to £150. I said we could have it after Christmas when they were sure to reduce it again.

In fact, I was planning to order in secret despite the cost and make it an extra Christmas gift for Paul this year.  As it turned out I ordered it online last week and they had knocked £50 off so that wasn’t too bad.

Paul’s Mum almost blew it last Sunday when she started talking about Sky+, luckily she figured out my frantic “finger on lips” gesture and dropped it. I later explained to her what I was planning!

Paul brought it up a few more times this week, each time it was advertised on TV, each time I was able to keep a straight face and say “We said next year some time didn’t we?”

The closest call came when we got home on Friday and the Sky fitter had left a message on the machine, rather helpfully, he was letting us know he would be here around 07:45 Saturday morning.  

I managed to talk over the message and pretend it was just the Sky call centre making a sales call. The final scary moment came at 21:30 when our conscientious Sky fitter called again to confirm his visit.

“Yes, I got your message, tomorrow morning is great, see you then” I hurriedly answered.

 I said to Paul , “Oh, them Sky people, trying to sell us the movie channel for Christmas, they don’t give up do they!”

I had set the alarm for 7:20 and got up, waking Paul in the progress. I told him to go back to sleep and went downstairs to get ready for the Sky engineer. When I saw him pulling up in his van, went back upstairs and woke Paul.

“Quick Paul, look out the window, Santa is here” I said. 

“Huh?” Paul replied

“He’s bringing your presents early! Go and look” I persisted.

Reaching the window, Paul gasped “That’s not Santa, that’s Bart Simpson” spotting the brightly decorated Sky van.

“Happy Christmas, babe” say I.

“Aaaww, thanks” Says Paul.

Once it was all fitted and working and the engineer had left, Paul turned to me and said, “Does this mean we have got a squariel?” He’s stuck in the 80’s that boy! 

So all the lies and deceptions are over and everything is back to normal. well almost normal, except that now when I get back from holidays, I’ll still have the “opportunity” to watch whichever reality show I would have otherwise missed. 

I guess that’s the price we pay for progress 🙂

Thailand Nov 2007

December 2, 2007

Not sure how this will work, I’m going to try and blog the holiday as we go along, hopefully I wont censor myself so bear with me if I go off on one! I’ve done this on other holidays, writing on paper, but never typed it up, more of a record for me of what we did and what we saw, I find it helps when looking back at obscure photos and such. This time I’ve brought along the laptop so it makes sense to try to use it. Please forgive any spelling or questionable content, its just that I’m capturing things quickly and don’t know how this will work out. If I’m able to post from Thailand I will, but I’ll probably need to re-visit things, adding photos once I get back home.

Well I’m back and have finished this off, having read through it fully I realise it is probably a lot more interesting to me than it will be to any of you Internet people.  Therefore, I’m putting one of those “click here to continue reading” tags to spare you the full details of my holiday.

Should you choose to continue reading, you’ll probably find this about as interesting as that time you went around to the neighbours house and sat through a slideshow of their holiday photos!

Enjoy (or not!)

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High hopes and holidays

November 10, 2007

I’ve been trying all day, unsuccessfully, to sit down and write something here. We’re off to Thailand tomorrow so there’s been loads to do today.

We’re finally sorted and able to relax, hopefully we’ll have a couple of hours sleep before the taxi to the airport,


Tickets, money, passports, check, check and check.

Mp3’s and movies loaded on laptop, check.

Ready to go? Check 🙂