Archives for August 2006

Family Flying


With over 30 trips to the USA in recent years this was the first with the whole gang. Oh my, what have I done? Actually, it wasn't that bad, except that the boys slept enough on the plane to keep us up all through the first night in the hotel. Duh!

Waiting at airports


H waiting at Heathrow for BA049 - the boys did good at the whole airport & security thing



The nearly empty dinning room at cross oak road on the last Friday evening


The look-out-post cleared of toys

Front & Back


10 at somewhere north of 100; that's older than my gran.

Where we're off to houses older than my children are said to be 'old', houses older than me appear to be ancient.

Keen eyed spotters will notice the Eucalyptus is doing well too.

let by be by


One house, many boxes and, thanks to Paul, a tidy garden too.

The crossed out items on the to-do list finally outnumber the todo's!

Can't find my socks


Day 2: "Mission control, we have a problem, I think you may have packed my socks".

Then again, most of them come courtesy of BA , one of the ' benefits' of traveling so much - or so I'm told, so buying some new ones might be a good idea.

I hope James doesn't notice I'm sockless when we meet for a beer later, worse that Magoos turns out to have a 'smart casual sock' dress code.

Prep'ing to move

flickr A mad mad day today sorting stuff out before the packers arrive. Been too busy to take piccy's - which was a shame because there was loads going on. Instead, I grabbed this image of our magwall, now devoid of interesting stuff with just the essentials remaining.

Bart also thinks this moving lark is way outside the comfort zone, but then we're not off to Strasbourg .

Note: This post was updated on 2020-12-29 to remove broken links

What's Behind You?

flickr Sometimes it pays not to look behind you. In this case, while taking a piccy of this tree, I was unaware of the sewage works lurking behind me...

…now we know where those flies came from ;-)

Economy Drive


"When I was a lad we had to share our shoes".

Does this make me a bad father?


flickr One of the advantages of packing up the house (or more correctly, of preparing for someone else to pack up the house) is all the fun you can have with the boxes; yes, those boxes that Dad stored for years in the loft just-in-case,  but that have to all be taken for recycling now we find we don't need them… …alternate title "Another clue for Dan ".

Cloud Spotting

flickr One advantage of travelling only with a plastic bag of not alot is that you get to go book shopping. So it was at Borders that I came across The Cloud Spotters Guide by Gavin Pretor-Pinney (duh! it's cheaper at Amazon ). The book is excellent, and I must say I've become a bit of a spotter, so much so that Paul went as far as to call me a freak on the last drive home yesterday. [ ]

Start of the long goodbyes


The little ones went to Mead Open Farm with some of their friends today for some fun before we up sticks and fly.



There were some cute animals to gaze at too...

Braunston Pickle


Early morning view of Braunston .

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More Boating

flickr Following the success of the Thames Booze Cruise we embarked on a lazy jaunt along the Oxford Canal to Braunston and back.

flickr The section around Newbold was straightened in the 1820s - resulting in these lovely iron bridges to carry the tow path over the dead ends that remain of the original contour canal.




Nothing better on a summer evening than a kick about in the garden - anyone's garden will do. Only trouble is that we now need to remember that it's soccer not football .