My mum came round today to visit and dropped of a file of clippings and photos of my Grandad Ted and some of his sculptures.
Another catch up photo post, this time for May.
Spring finally gets here, garden goes beserk in response 🙂 Nice to have some ‘normal’ weather for a change.
Evie turns nine, we go bowling and lazerquesting with her friends. Parents some how survive the experience of the small girls screaming and squealing. Touching moment when they all broke into song singing five or so songs from Joseph’s Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat which they are doing with school soon.
A day out in Manchester with the family, travelling via the tram (which was a big success) and then pottering about town centre. Surprisingly this is something we’ve never done before.
Getting the proofs for my latest book Project Darklight (squee!!!) 🙂
The much delayed Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition Kickstarter finally delivering and it being a thing of complete beauty. Hats off to Mike Mason and Paul Fricker 🙂
Another photo post to sum up what happened earlier in the year (I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S JUNE ALREADY!!!!).
Evie’s Birthday diner at Frank and Bennies + ‘test’ bowling at the end fo the month, which Uncle George came over the t’other side of the hills for.
7 Hills Gaming convention – which kinda snuck up on me and was a ton of fun.
The stupid pointless office move, into smaller digs because Research IT want our big office. Bah! 😛
The variable weather, one moment its Winter the next its Summer! Spring really didn’t happen. Once again its either Climate change or bloody Ragnorok! 🙂
This is getting to be a habit as the months whizz by in 2016. Proper post with thoughts, feelings and broad sweeping generalisations soon my beauties 🙂
Big photo post this one, so brace yourself.
The biggie being our Cotswolds half-term break. Me and Rach long have a tradition of going away in February, to beat the winter blues, and this year was a return to the Cotswolds. We stayed in a cottage in Shipston near Stratford upon Avon, and the absence of going to the more fairytale parts of the Cotswolds (Burton on the Water, Stow on the Wolds, Broadway etc) made it a different experience for me. The children are now mature enough to appreciate the historical places we go which is really good 🙂
We drove up after the last day of school on Friday, which turned out to be another 7 hour trek, and arrived late in the dark. Saturday was a pottering day round Shipston, which is a lovely little town which I could easily see an older Newt relocating.
Sunday was London. We got a Family Ticket (about £60) which not only let us get via a hour long rail journey, but also gave us unlimited bus and tube travel. Morning we did Buckingham Palace and Parliament Square, as well as a large chunk of Whitehall (Admiralty Arch etc) simply because it was on the way from the tube station we jumped off at. With aching feet we whizzed over to the British Museum and had lunch at family favourite Pizza Express. Then around the museum, which was excellent as ever but was way too busy for our liking. Then a quick tea at The Spaghetti Company ( big thanks to the manager who squeezed us in before the Valentines Day rush) and home on the train again.
Monday was another rest day at the cottage, with a bit of pottering around Shipton, and boy did we need it after London.
Tuesday was Warwick Castle. Still my favourite castle, despite the Disneyfycastion its undergoing.
Wednesday, a quick trip to Stratford upon Avon as a retail experience, ending up in the Bella Italia, where me and Rach first went on our way down to our Honeymoon all those years ago, watching H stuff his face. The others got toys and books, but I got a new lightweight waterproof (which is like having your own tent) which pleased my middle-aged self no end. It got immediate testing because it was chucking it down. Still no where near as bad as home, which we delighted telling the shocked locals.
Thursday was a nice stroll about Charlecote Park. It was still slightly damp and cold, but the day was clear and typical of the nice weather that we enjoyed while we were away. In the evening I quickly packed everything and dumped it in the car. A far cry from our two-week long camping holiday in the summer.
After a very quick rounding up of the last bits of stuff, well done Team Newport, we said goodbye to the Cottage and had a lovely morning in historical Stratford Upon Avon. So we did Shakespear’s Birthplace and the adjoining museum, before wandering down to the Merchant’s house (whose name escapes me) and doing lunch at a British Pub (cheese sandwiches and Pedigree for the win!). Then it was the long drive home.
After that February was pretty much done, but there were signs that Spring was coming on time which perked up my mood no end.
Best Christmas ever…
Brother George arrives fresh from his Arctic expedition 🙂
Let the gaming commence, Mousetrap! 🙂
The Star Wars team cautiously make their way across the lounge, lookin for the Death Star plans I got as a present, while Henry plays his new Skylanders game.
Talking of the Death Star plans 🙂
So me and Henry finally got to see Star Wars VII The Force Awakens at our local Odeon. Truly it was Star Wars day for Henry since as well as the film he watched five episodes of the Clone Wars, as well as the introductory film, and wore his Storm-trooper outfit all day. To say he was a little excited would be an understatement.
Henry quote of the day, as the film suddenly came to an end “OH! I’m going to have to wait two years for the next one!” 🙂
The film was absolutely amazing. I loved it and so did Henry 🙂
So result 😀
Well I’ve officially destressed from the day job. Took four days, which is right given the level of nonsense going on at the moment (short version currently being restructured with a good 30% redundancies).
Now getting the family Christmas sorted, as well as chilling out to a bunch of Chinese Hong Kong Action movies after hours (aka Kung Fu Christmas). Oh and me and a very excited Henry are off to see the new Star Wars film this afternoon 🙂