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Two more weeks…

The past 6 weeks have been slow-moving and achy. After much abuse and pain my ankle (and head) finally relented and agreed to ankle reconstruction surgery.

Moving, changes and moving

Maybe I should change the title of this blog to ‘time keeps eluding me’ – where does it go? The end of the summer, all of autumn and the start of the winter has passed amidst a muddle of unpacking, phone calls, appointments and the red-tape necessary to start our new lives here in Maryland. I think (although it could all change in a heartbeat and I am loath to put the words out there,… Read More »

He did it!

He jumped!     My dad is amazing, I couldn’t have done it! Think about it – so far above the earth, houses are specks and you have to leap out of a plane and free-fall for six minutes. That has to be so contrary to what your mind and every sense in your body is telling you to do. We are proud of you Dad! So enough of my words – here are his:… Read More »


June 22, 2013

****** Jump postponed – now due Wednesday *******

… is jumping out of a plane tomorrow to raise money for rehabilitating Gibbons …

as I am not doing a run this year, maybe you can sponsor him?


Dad in Congo

Dad in Congo

See more pics of the crazy man at:



me xxxxx

PS – Dad we are very proud of you (and a bit in awe) hope it all goes well and you don’t get too addicted to the adrenaline high

Please read before you judge me…

As I hang my head in shame with the realisation of ‘it really has been far too long since I last updated my blog’, I feel I owe you all an explanation of how my time has disappeared. Whether you are a loyal friend/family/follower/mildly curious or have just stumbled to my humble corner of the web through an idle/serendipitous/accidental click please read on. Feel free to pass judgement on my shoddy blog-keeping at the end… Read More »

2013 hasn’t started in the best way…

The day I came home from over a week in hospital was definitely a good day. I felt happy and at peace as I walked around the house full of familiar furniture and possessions Garnet and I have collected together over the years. Each piece has at least one story behind them that I can recall in an instant. I had a the biggest smile on my face. Nothing is more relaxing than being at home!… Read More »

Snow at Longwood

Our third Christmas stateside

Snow at Longwood

We had a wonderful, traditional Christmas. Christmas Eve evening was just lovely. We took the excited boys to the glorious light show at Longwood Gardens. The whole experience became ten times more exciting and perfect with the fall of the first sticking snow of the season. There was definitely enough to scrape snowballs together and scrunch satisfyingly through the snow. The day itself started with the excitement of finding out that Santa had not only… Read More »

Standards at Salisbury

Home and History

Standards at Salisbury

Birthday Boy We have been back for over a week now, and I wanted to capture the memories of a wonderful trip home before they become more elusive. Memories always fade somewhat, no matter how hard you try to keep hold of them. Usually they are mysteriously replaced with overall impressions of how awful the weather was and how wonderful it was to renew friendships and have instant access to our families. Being back amongst… Read More »

Centre of Melbourne

Getting reacquainted

Centre of Melbourne

After clearing customs this side of the pond we headed for the first item on the UK-Must-Eat list: a proper bacon sandwich, something I had been hankering after since before Christmas. It was a disappointment, but I have been consoling myself by rediscovering other British delicacies such as prawn sandwiches, cheese and onion crisps and sausage rolls. M&S is truly wonderful. Road signs, number plates, chocolate bars, favourite shops and all the seemingly, insignificant paraphenalia… Read More »

Main Street at Disney all dressed up

Thanksgiving in the sun

Main Street at Disney all dressed up

We were lucky enough to spend our second Thanksgiving in the US with members of our family which, as I understand it, is one of the nicest ways to spend it. The fact that this meant going to Orlando for the weekend was an added bonus. The warmth of the sun seeping through to frozen bones welcomed us as we got off the plane. Is there any nicer way of starting a holiday than to feel… Read More »