Two many tabs. (Or playing snap with @dtsx14)Two many tabs. (Or playing snap with @dtsx14) on flickr.
Cold and frosty walk with Ewok. Magical.
Not a bad view to wake up to. -6 Celsius overnight helped by decorating the landscape with iced water.
If you zoooooom in, you can see what's covering everything.
(Possibly) The end of the wild blackberries.(Possibly) The end of the wild blackberries. on flickr.
What if there was nothing to read in the loo?What if there was nothing to read in the loo? on flickr.
Chevrons pointing the way homeChevrons pointing the way home on flickr.
Watching the boys playing xbox from the river bank. Almost.Watching the boys playing xbox from the river bank. Almost. on flickr.
A year ago things were a little different. Progress and a lot learnt. Useful if we're ever to do something like this again. Which we're not.
Bright bear in the winter sunshine.
With Amelie, Felix, Harvey and Finn.
The awesome Wallingford firefighting crew. #christmasbonfireThe awesome Wallingford firefighting crew. #christmasbonfire on flickr.
Apparently I don't post enough selfies....Apparently I don't post enough selfies.... on flickr.
Pip and his training crew.
Patio. By Mark and TGS.
Sleeping spot, under the table.
Finn counted 25 sets of contrails heading west. Everyone leaving Europe for Christmas?Finn counted 25 sets of contrails heading west. Everyone leaving Europe for Christmas? on flickr.
...still going strong with this morning goodness...still going strong with this morning goodness on flickr.
It was about to go very horribly wrongIt was about to go very horribly wrong on flickr.
Something happened. Something's happening soon. I think...Something happened. Something's happening soon. I think... on flickr.
Happy anniversary lovely fay. His and hers ginger bread houses for a ginger and a baldie.Happy anniversary lovely fay. His and hers ginger bread houses for a ginger and a baldie. on flickr.
Hurt back & punctured rear wheel = horrid nasty tube. On the + side listening to serialpodcast.
'...and a hot tub there please'. One of the many phrases that didn't translate from US-English'...and a hot tub there please'. One of the many phrases that didn't translate from US-English on flickr.
Did you know there was a hole in the wall?
An evening at home in front of the window.
The therapeutic art of ___balance___
There's a storm brewing over Benson and we're watching turbulent flow in real time.
Friends for lunch. Food by Finn and Harvey. Lovely.
Wine too. Lovelier.
Caught H gathering snacks.
Katey and Martin's excellent suggestion to head for the Wimbourne Food Festival was rewarded with some lovely grub and... coffee!
Is where the bike rack's are at Paddington. And where the AACV rests in between keeping up its trusty commuting service.
The sliding door to the shower room was stuck. The screws attaching it to the track weren't up to the job. We *just* managed to squeeze it out of the pocket. New screws. Happy door.
Loot from Seattle
The joys of LHR-T5. Escalators, escalators, everywhere.
...the space needle.
[A few days in South Lake Union for workey stuff[
The road to football training across the field to along the river. Coming back in the dark was fun. Or so they said.
Sunstreaks over Tallinn.
Harvey has a theory that I always have two drinks. I'm not sure that the evidence stacks up.
Yes. It sounds as good as it looks.
Back to school, first day in year 6.
When the surf's not up you can invent the new sport of jumping off the harbour wall.
What? You want proof?
The amazing and ever changing view from the last house in Padstow. Other views are available .
Dune. Nine years after the first Dune .
Eden. Again :-) . Slightly older than Harvey. We first visited when he was under one and the site was just struggling out of the mud stage.
Viewstoppers. St Ives edition.
Perhaps The Tate could have scheduled an exhibition of white van paintings. Anything really. The whole place felt dead...
Ewok has a new friend. Pip. Or Uncle Pip I suppose. Then again, maybe Ewok is the uncle. Confused?
Chris & Kim have a new toy. Relaxing Fun.
Bath time is taking a tad longer these days. Can't think why.
They sent an odd pair. I was going to send them back. Fashion, apparently.
With this job I get to spend time in Tallinn. I can think of worse things.
0720 from Cholsey. Smooth.
One field has been harvested. The other still waits.
Grabbing some pre-game work time in B5. I was expecting it to be quiet on a Sunday...
Is down there somewhere.
Seattle with H. Me for work. H for time with friends (and a little soccer too). Awesome.
I think this just might be my favourite bookshelf.
...where to settle down for the world cup final.
First Great Western are fantastic at arranging for me to spend copious amounts of time on platform 12B of Reading station. I don't know where my train spotting hobby would be without their ability to rearrange the timetable, seemingly at random, to avoid providing trains heading in the general direction of Cholsey.
Evening sky, how was your day?
It turns out that Millimallikas is a a Flatliner.
Note: This post was updated on 2020-11-15 to fix broken links
...is the one you have with you. In this case the one stuck on the back of the phone, a Nokia Lumia 925.
Nail biting stuff — England are out!
(But USA are still going!)
It's like an always-changing picture.
...in the weekend paper ;-)
"You're not going to post that are you? Some people will find it really upsetting and won't like Ewok any more."
Treat time from little F. Ice cream all round from the Ice Cream Factory. Except for H. Al say ahhhhh.
Ewok showing us all how to do it.
A pile of engineered wood boards ready for laying. Put it this way, they're definitely well acclimatised.
A whole new meaning :-)
Amazing Alan did it again. Fitted cupboard matching in the kitchen is actually the entrance to the space-under-stairs. Clever. Neat paint job by Fay too. Teamwork.
Coat hooks on the floor. We gave up trying to get the boys to hang up their school stuff, instead we've added hooks on the floor roughly in the place where they usually throw stuff. Outside box thinking.
Work on the build has slowed considerably. I blame the view, combined with the position of the couch.
Fay's been painting. It's white, but a special kind of white.
Long story. This is the aftermath.
Getting there with the wiring. If only BT could deliver the bits as fast as they can fly around the house.
Foot and chair connected in an uncontrolled manner. Result: painful toe.
Watching the world go by.
Up early for a trip out. Time for some reading.
Slooooooow progress on the leccy means the shower room is lit with my bike light. It's a nice light and it gives a nice light too. Maybe we should all go OffGrid.
Oxfordshire from the train home.
F found one. Eating his cereal.
Lunch by Fay. Inspired by James
I used to drink this (and still do when I'm back there). But now it's appeared on the shelf in Waitrose-on-Thames. Joy.
What an awesome walk to school.
Look what the plumber finished today! It was waiting when I jumped off the bike at the end of the commute. Too good not to try...
After stripping off I discovered that the hot supply wasn't yet connected.
Fay and the boys took Ewok for a walk before the storm hit. Look what they were rewarded with!
For the tenth time, we present, (lovely) May in the (lovely) garden.
Lots of rain == Green Land
Progress in the shower room! Tiles by Dave. Plumbing by Lee.
The shelf (we think) which was once a window.
Ewok walk with H. Dodging showers (April's are late). One shower we were unable to dodge. So Ewok avoided by taking a dip. Stick retrieving.
Heads don't mix with telegraph poles. Blurred vision results.
The hotel down view and the up view from the 28 th floor.
The garden. Nearly time for a 'May in the garden' pic or two...
Deck extension. Required, for the deck chair obviously.
The trees of Benson.
V I E W !
How blessed are we.
And you thought I was scary!
The Salamon's are still going. Just. They need to last until the end of the big build. I think they won't.
A knock on the door and the mad professor appeared. I'm here to help celebrate Harvey's birthday he cried, shortly before the candle set fire to his nose.
A teenager is in the house!
Lovely day. South bank. Memories. Lovely Fay.
A Saturday stroll around Christchurch Bay.
The boys in action in the partitioned-off kitchen. One day that wooden wall will be down...
It doesn't feel like it at the moment, but we are making progress. Slowly.
Wood and bolts. Hard-core chippy.
Never one not to find the best spot in the garden. This morning Ewok excelled himself, combining a sunny spot with strategic placement between car and front door. The perfect spot to make sure he wasn't forgotten in the half-term escape to New Milton. Can't blame him after this damp, damp, damp winter. (For finding the sun that is, I'm sure New Milton is just as damp.)
Little H. Looking down from the bathroom, through the floor (to be) and into the we-haven't-yet-decided-what-for room.
The roof, made from an awesome wood frame ( shown here ) and special one-way breathable waterproof fabric stuff, and then covered in tiles. Reclaimed, second-hand, pre-loved, tiles. Moss included, no extra charge.
Naturally, lovely Fay found the tiles.
PS roofing by the Danny Dyer.
Wet. Wet. Wet.
And on the horizon, the next atlantic storm system moving in from the South West.
Opposite the front garden, the first hints of spring.
Amazingly, the snowdrops have survived the builders trucks too. At least, so far they have.
H enjoyed it. Honest.
Wet, very wet.
I really miss the trees . These two Sequioas sit across Bob's field at the entrance to Castle Meadows. Grandstanding
Yup, blurred image. Shutter speed too slow to capture motion and avoid shake. But, I'm sure you can tell it's a flying Ewok nonetheless.
The view from the to-be-bathroom-window.
All we have to do now is to figure out how to position the bath so we can enjoy the view.
Little F demonstrating his favourite technique for flavouring fries.
The new Hobbit film. In 3D. All prepared.
Ewok loved it.
[ Working from home isn't distracting. Honest. on flickr.]
With the boys getting older they're more help around the home. For instance, giving Ewok a bath after a spot of rat hunting in the garden. Nice one!
This is of Bob's field. Not sure if the crops will survive the soaking. Last year this lot was re-planted. Ouch.
The rewards of being up and about early. The deer were playing.
This part of the world turned into Rainbow-spotting alley last week . And, for a rare once, this one was actually one that I could see the colour spectrum slightly separated. That only took 40 years.
The River Thames out into the flood plain between Wallingford and Benson
The environment agency gauge at Benson Lock recorded 5.42m. The previous (recorded) high was 5.31m from 2003.
Previous flood-related posts .
My favourite jeans died today.
Light was the homework topic. Traffic lights chosen by little F. Fact file and Lego model with help from Dad.
A lovely family post-Christmas chill in dampest Devon.