Children in Need – £3000 raised

This month started with some disappointment for Caroline. A scrappy quilt course which had been booked for many months was cancelled the week before it was to go ahead.

A trip to the cinema was our treat the following week. The new James Bond film was a must see, and very good too. We finished off the evening with a donna kebab and a pint. A very rare treat for us.

This month was also BBC Children in Need, as usually we took the opportunity to have a dress down day in the office and the girls in the Business Services Department persuaded ‘Postie Pete’ to have a full body wax and head shave. All told we raised over £3000 for charity, not bad at all. Scary for poor Pete but not as scary as what people did a few years ago.

Miss HBS

Hard Work, a visit to a Windmill – and a Wedding

More hard work, but we also grabbed the odd day off. A visit to working Windmill and we bought some traditional flour to bake with.

I also shot another wedding this month, always a nervous event for the photographer and Bride and Groom, but I managed to get some good results. Congratulations to Pasqi and Allison, thanks for trusting me as your Photographer.

Photo Holiday in Southwold

September was another holiday for us. Work had been very intense recently, and would continue to be so with me having to delivery a major project under very tight deadlines. But the holiday had been booked some time in advance so with much work to do, to get myself in the position to take a week off, when the holiday came round I was more then ready for a rest.

We had a week in Southwold, Suffolk one of our favourite seaside destinations. Days of rest and just wondering round the local shops. A day walking across the marshes taking lots of photographs, and of course lots of the local food and beer. Southwold is the home of Adnams beer!

It was a lovely holiday and too much food and drink was consumed, as was confirmed by the weighing scale at the gym.

a Wedding and Project Work

This month saw a move at work. Instead of working in our Network Operations Centre, I was moved to the IT Projects division, to head up a major internal project as the head IT Infrastructure Engineer. Well there go my weekends for the next month or two.

The highlight of the month was an invite to Tris and Nicila’s wedding.

Wales Bike Tour

There was only one thing we were focused on for July. Our Biking Holiday. We were going to give the new GS a real workout.

Last year except for a few days out we had not been on a bike tour so it was time to make up for that. Our favourite destinations always involve sea and mountains. Previously we had been on biking tours to Wales, Scotland, France and Spain.

With the bike being new and us very much out of practice of touring we decided to not go to far from home. That left only one destination. Wales!

You may find this hard to believe if you have been in the UK this year but the weather was wonderful all week, not a drop of rain, just hot and sunny, to be honest a little too hot for being in biker leathers!

Farkels for the Bike, School Visit, and Father’s Day

June started with us buying presents for the new bike, first a radiator grill to pretty her up. Then some cylinder head protectors. We also treated ourselves to a new bluetooth intercom system. Its always nice to chat to each other when your on a long journey.

This month was also father’s day, the day before saw us all at Alison and Declan’s house. A family get together and also a trip to Ethan’s school for the school fate. Hannah even got to horse ride. It was so much fun she got to do it twice!

Father’s day saw us all back at Caroline farther’s. Richard had to work Sunday morning looking after one of our works data centres as the power company was shutting down the power for the morning but he joined us in the afternoon for the family get together.

New Motorcycle – BMW R1200GS

Lots of hard work this month, major projects keeping us busy at work. At home we had our first family Barbeque of the year, the weather was much improved. With the nice weather Richard managed to book his QXC test. This was his flying cross country test. Which he passed well.

We also bought a new motorcycle a BMW R1200GS. Selling our 5 year old BMW R1100S, we were both sad to see it go but the R1200GS is really an excellent all rounder,

We had the good luck to take delivery just before the Bank Holiday at the end of the month. It was all the excuse we needed to take the new bike on a North Yorkshire blast around the wolds and moors.

Typically the month ended with heavy rain in the last week, the week Mum Brown had chosen to spend on holiday in Paignton. Friday she came back so of course the weather improved. The last day, Saturday was lovely sunshine, so we had a trip on the new bike to the Lincolnshire Coast for a coffee, minor B roads all the way there, great fun.

Birthdays, Photo Duties, New Motorcycle and a Wedding

April started warm and sunny, Richard finally managed to get his Solo flight to Full Sutton done. Caroline was another year older, it seems to have been none stop birthdays so far this year!

It being the new financial year it was time for the big work celebration. Each year work throws a party, three course meal, prize giving and a band. Its all free and a good evenings entertainment. Its not a completely free evening as Richard was again called upon to be the official photographer so until he got the key pictures wrapped up we could not completely relax.

We had also ordered our new motorcycle this month. Unfortunately they had been unable to find the model with the spec we wanted in the UK, so it would have to be built to order. Then in the middle of the month we got a phone call, our new bike was being built and would be ready and shipped to us by June!

The big event of this month was actually the event of the year, Rob and Anita’s Wedding.

We were worried about the weather but on the day it was perfect. Rob and Anita looked wonderful, and the brides maids were beautiful.

The two best men were very handsome in their suits, a welcome change to the normal jeans and tee shirts.

All together a most wonderful day for all.

PDA Play, Women Bikers, Pilot Exams and Birthdays

Another typical March.  Lots of work because of year end.

People spending there budgets, projects to be finished.  Hard work but satisfying.

One of our major customers was reviewing its phone and PDA (Personnel Digital Assistant) strategy.  So as I am an expert in that field I got to play with the very latest mobile phones and PDA’s again!  Must admit while many have more functions then my iPhone or Caroline’s iTouch, they are still the best email and web platform we have ever used.

The first weekend started with a bit of DIY, after the Earth Quake on the previous Wednesday (see February’s report), we started the weekend with gale force winds.  Unlike last year where we lost the whole of the back fence, we only lost one panel at the side of the house.  Sunday I had planned to attend a lighting seminar at a local photography studio but unfortunately it got cancelled.  It did mean we got to spend the day with Mum Brown, it being Mother’s Day.  We had a big chilly feast, with lots of fresh bread and salad, chips and dips!  It all went rather well.

Surfing the net we found a new blog to read, if your into blogs and motorcycles its a great read.  Its always good to read about women enjoying motorcycling.  Find it at http://www.bluepoof.com/ Nice to know Caroline is not the only female motorbike rider in the world.


I also had to find time for some in house training and a couple of days in London.  Having to work in London has many disadvantages but at least I got the chance to photograph a few of London’s more famous sites.  Shame that those two days coincided with the worst storm England and Wales has had so far this winter.

We also had another week off work, that finished all our leave for 2007-2008 that had to be used before year end.  We spent the week down in Bournemouth, Caroline sowing and shopping, while I was at Bournemonth Airport attending Ground School taking more flying exams.  Air Law, Human Performance and Meteorology had already been passed, but Law and Human Performance were out of date, so in a very busy week, I had lots of study and as well as the new exams.

  • Air Law – Passed
  • Radio Telephony – Passed
  • Flight Performance and Planning – Passed
  • Navigation – Passed
  • Human Performance
  • Aircraft Technical – Passed
  • Thats now all the theory work passed just practical left!  Thanks to all the ground instructors at Bournemouth for the great teaching.

    We finished the month celebrating another birthday.  The Caroline’s farther, Alan was another year older so we all had a big family get together to celebrate.

    Horse Riding and Earth Quakes

    Back to work and things back to normal, IT Support, visiting sites. Then flying, horse riding and taking Hannah and Ethan swimming. Basically a normal and very busy month. Oh and don’t forget going to the Gym and running!

    We also had a week off to use up our leave before we lost it. Richard took the opportunity to have look at the 2008 BMW R1200GS, nice bike, now how much is a low seat for Caroline to ride it!

    As I am sure everyone in England is aware we also had an Earth Quake this month. It woke us up and was certainly the strongest we have felt. Luckly this was caused no damage unlike the last one that caused us to loose a few roof tiles.

    Updated 01/03/2008 or 03/01/2008 for our American friends 😉

    DATE : 27 February 2008
    ORIGIN TIME : 00:56 47.8s UTC
    LAT/LONG : 53.404 ° North / 0.331 ° West
    GRID REF : 509.9 kmE / 389.0 kmN
    DEPTH : 18.6 km
    MAGNITUDE : 5.2 Richter Scale (ML)
    LOCALITY : Market Rasen, Lincolnshire
    INTENSITY: 6 EMS

    Thanks to British Geological Survey for the data.

    Lets also not forget Ethan’s Birthday: Happy Birthday Ethan