Archive for the 'Celebrations' Category

It’s that time again

Posted by on December 21st 2011 in Celebrations

Time to wish each and every reader a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Whatever you do and wherever you go...

stay safe!

Fire in the hole!

Posted by on November 10th 2011 in Celebrations, In the garden

Saturday night's bonfire party here was the best yet. Over 40 guests, one magnificent "Bob" (one of Guy's relations, according to his makers), hundreds of fireworks, lashings of food and drink, and enough wood to keep the fire blazing well into the small hours and smouldering for a couple of days after. This time I had a few breaks from ignition-duties and managed to wield the camera a bit:


Bob and his Minders.



Bob's throne and dais.

The guests start to arrive.

The incineration begins.



Shaky yet colourful guests.

Sparkly things.

Sparks and flames.

Purple and blue.

Red and green.

Red and gold.

Red, white and blue.

White and gold.

You give them food, drink, shelter, seats, warmth and entertainment, and this is how they repay you.

Who wants to be a Fireman when he grows up?



The girls have been baking again…

Posted by on July 18th 2011 in Celebrations

62 things to do eat before I'm 50:




49 Not Out, just in case you were wondering.


Posted by on June 4th 2011 in Celebrations, Great Escapes

As promised, some pics from Ella's birthday zorbing session at SphereMania's BirminghamNorth site (which is nowhere near North Birmingham).

12 pics, click this one to get started:


We're guessing that Ella enjoyed her pressie

Not everybody gets a ride in a roller as a birthday pressie

Posted by on June 3rd 2011 in Celebrations, Video (YouTube, Vimeo etc.)

Ella turns 16 on Sunday, as part of the celebrations we thought we'd wake her up early this morning with this:



Cruel harsh parents, that's us 😈

Expect a few stills in a while.


Posted by on April 23rd 2011 in Celebrations, Great Escapes, YHA

We're back from a few magnificent days based in Borrowdale. Three almost totally cloudless days, two great walks and one fellwalking newbie thrown in at the deep tall end. Top stuff!

Needless to say, there'll be words and pics to follow in good time.

Hope you're enjoying St. George's Day - we are, and so are my blog-stats, which are showing the annual huge visitor-spike due to that flag post.

A bimble around Braddie Park

Posted by on February 15th 2011 in Celebrations, Great Escapes

Chris took yesterday off work so we went out for a Valentine's Day walk at Bradgate Park. Despite the cool breeze and the cloudy weather it was good to get a few hours out together without the kids.

Old John and the War Memorial

Old John and the War Memorial again

Holed tree



The Bennion Memorial Plaque

Chris heading back towards the car



The War Memorial

Being watched

Old John

Good Tidings of Great Joy

Posted by on December 30th 2010 in Celebrations, Thanks

Of all the gifts given and received this festive season, the greatest of all was delivered by the postman just before Christmas... a parcel from Luke, containing a letter and gifts for his sisters and a letter for his Mum. Luke will probably never realise just how happy they are now, and there's no way that we could adequately express it on here, but we felt that we had to let the world know about it. In his letter he says that he's doing well and is enjoying his life, and we're happy for him.

In the letter to his Mum Luke raises many issues which are of concern, some of those issues are valid, some are not. It's clear that there's a need to deal with those issues, but sadly Luke did not include either a postal or an email address, so there's no way that we can have two-way communications to get things sorted. This also means that we can't send Luke the presents and mail that have been accumulating here for him since his departure.

The "Missing Luke Talion" Facebook group page has now been taken down by the page's administrator because it has served its original purpose and because Luke said that it was having adverse effects on his personal and professional lives, despite his claim that he'd not actually read it. We would like to thank everyone that supported the group, and also those who offered support via this blog. If you're one of them then you have our gratitude and we wish you well. If you still need to contact us off-blog about this, you can use the Contact Page here, it's email-based so whatever's sent doesn't get published on the blog.

One of the readers of the Facebook group kindly sent the page's administrator a recent photo of Luke out with some of his friends, here it is with appropriate pixelation:



BTW, I'd decided on the title for this post some days ago, but I thought that I'd Google it to be sure that I'd got it about right. I'd say it's a coincidence of biblical proportions that the text is from Luke 2:10

Have a good ‘un

Posted by on December 24th 2010 in Celebrations, Thanks

Just wanted to take this opportunity to wish all readers and followers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Fixed Assets (and more Consumables)

Posted by on July 19th 2010 in Celebrations, Thanks

More pressies


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