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Showing posts from May, 2012


After ages complaining about the wet weather, now we're going through a hot spell - I can't win really! Although sun is mostly better than rain because I can at least cycle in the mornings/evenings when it's cooler.

Friday was a long day, where Jonathan and I went down to Somerset for our Granddad's funeral. We ended up being very early and spent around an hour and a half looking around Bath, I would have liked to at least look at the old baths etc. but Jonathan was more interested in the Hollister shop! We got to the crematorium in plenty of time, and caught up with relatives that we haven't seen in a long time, as well as meeting some of the old boys from the home that Granddad used to run, who also knew Dad when he was growing up.

The service was different to what I was expecting - I knew it was going to be according to Quaker custom but I didn't really know what that would entail. In the end though I think I much preferred it to a traditional service. After…


Things have really brightened up weather wise, and looks like it will continue into the weekend for the airshow which is good. I've managed to get out on the bike three times this week, doing 8 miles, 20 miles and 11 miles in the last three days. I'm glad to have finally broken the 20 mile barrier, next is 25 or 30 miles, but I'll have to wait until I have enough time to attempt those. I've now ridden 264 miles in total, just over £1 a mile now for the cost of the bike!

We went to a wedding on Saturday which was very long. I expected it to be around an hour as it was in a church, but it lasted about 1 hour 40 with all the singing. There was also one part where a man spouted some incredibly offensive nonsense about gay marriage and how women should be subservient to men in marriage as that is God's design. If you're bigoted enough to believe that then that's your opinion but a wedding really isn't the place for it! Out of the 1 hour 40, approximately 5 m…


We came back from holiday yesterday, and I could do with another holiday to recover from that holiday!

We headed down to Wiltshire on Thursday, and made decent time despite a few false starts (note to self: caravans move a lot more easily without the handbrake on, and your clutch will thank you for this). Unfortunately, when we got to the campsite at Brokerswood the rain was heavy and the wind was strong, and it took me around an hour to get the awning up. But once we were all sorted we found a local pub which did really nice food called The Bell - it was so good we went again on the Sunday.

Thankfully the weather cleared up on the Friday for our trip to Longleat. I think the weather had put a lot of people off as the place was pretty quiet. We opted to pay £4 per seat for the safari bus rather than take the car through, ostensibly so that the kids would have a better view, but on my part I wanted to keep the car in one piece!

The safari was pretty interesting, and the bus driver prov…


My Granddad died last Thursday, having been quite unwell for some time. I don't think I've really dealt with it yet, I'm sad but on the other hand I'm happy that he is no longer suffering. We were supposed to see him this weekend as we're taking the caravan down for a long weekend. The funeral will be towards the end of the month. I've never been to a funeral before. Of course, I have been to a funeral before, for Jack, which was slightly different but I shouldn't have forgotten about it so easily.

Apart from this, the week has dragged and dragged, I don't really know why. Maybe it's down to the weather which has been pretty much consistently wet, although yesterday was dry and today has at least offered dry spells. I've managed to get out on the bike a couple of times and have broken 15 miles for the first time, doing 16.33 miles today, which took me just over an hour and has left my legs quite achey! But I feel much better for finally getting …

Ill again

One day, everyone in the house will all be well at the same time. I can't remember the last time that happened with us, what with chickenpox, teething and whatnot. This week it is my turn, I have a cough and a snotty nose.I've had a bit of a frustrating week, as well as being unwell I've had a list of things to do which has been threatening to get too long but I've managed to get a lot of it done this week. The car was MOTed today, it failed on a drop link but they were able to replace it this afternoon. I got some new glasses ordered yesterday, as Kitty kindly threw my glasses to the floor in IKEA on Saturday and chipped both lenses! Boots have a few decent deals at the moment and I was able to get two pairs, one a pair of sunglasses with polarised lenses, for less than what I paid for my current pair! Hopefully they'll be done before we go away next week.Managed a couple of twelve mile bike rides over the last couple of days, despite the rain. It's so windy d…