Bills and Courses

Not quite as bad as the title suggests. The month started of with some birthdays. Caroline’s and Angela’s and Robert’s towards the end.

As you can see Angelia’s birthday was the Big One!

Then the bills, we had to get both bikes serviced and the Honda MOT’ed, as usually she passed with flying colours.

We had a day at Whisby Nature Reserve, mainly doing nature (bird), and macro photography, fun but not many keepers. We also had lunch in the visitors centre, always a good meal.

The middle of the month saw us take some time off for a long weekend.

It was a trip to Ashby de la Zouch for a two day sowing course, Caroline learning new techniques and skills in her sowing craft.

Richard thus had two days in which to photography the the local area. Day one was spent in the local town, mainly photographing the castle. While Day two was a visit to the zoo, to camp out by the Leopard enclosure and waiting for the weather and the Leopard to coincide.

The end of the month saw Richard back in the studio and also planning our next big bike trip. Not long now.

Biking fun

A Bit of Biking

Its the time of year where I start to planing our big bike trip of the year, so most weekends we have been going for a ride, a trip to North Lincolnshire, a trip to the coast, and the other weekend a trip to South Lincolnshire and Cambridge. As most of our journeys have been just the short commute to work, were not really used to full days in the saddle and they were tiring days out, but well worthwhile.

Its been a full month of work and apart from a bit of photography for work and a studio session theres nothing more to tell.

North Yorkshire Holiday, Hot Tube and Birthdays

Well it was time for our first holiday of the year. The destination was North Yorkshire, one of our favourite locations. With this years winter being much harsher then the last few years it was decided that our first holiday would be in the car.

We had booked a week in a cabin inĀ Griffon Forest, just the two of us.

Its the perfect romantic getaway. Large Jacuzzi bath, hot tub outside, chocolates and a bottle of Cava waiting for your arrival, its something we can definitely recommend.


The first day saw us have a trip to Castle Howard, while the second we spend round York, Caroline found a quilt shop and we also visited a quilt museum.

We made good use of the hot tub and one night we even had snow! That did not stop us using the hot tub. Snow on the ground, gentle snow falling and us sat in the hot tub drinking a bottle of fine Champagne we just happened to have brought with us.

After a most restful and enjoyable holiday we had a joint birthday party to attend. The Sunday morning of the party saw me at at work at 07:30, upgrading some of our customers UNIX’ appliances, that all went well and it was a quick ride home to collect Caroline and then off to the party.

It was a full family get together and much chocolate cake was eaten!

Happy Birthday Sofia and Ethan!

The end of the month saw us making a shopping trip to Nottingham to spoil ourselves a little, as usual we ended up getting very little, were not very good at shopping but we had fun anyway, a nice meal out and a nice but tiring day.

New Year

We had Richard’s Mother and Caroline’s Father round for New Year’s day. A light salad for lunch followed by home made steak pie! Very tasty, rather extravagant as I use a whole bottle of red wine to make the gravy, but very worth while.


The first week back at work and we had to commute via car, even the Brayford Pool was frozen solid.

Work continued to be busy and a few extra hours had to be put in. We also went out to celebrate a colleagues fiftieth birthday. Congratulations JK, hope I look that young at fifty!

Lastly Richard managed to squeeze in a studio photo-shoot.

Its Christmas!

December and more steady work. We worked up to Christmas Eve and also collected our goose for Christmas lunch while on our lunch break. We only had to provide cover till 15:30 then it was a quick bike ride home with the goose safely tucked into the top box.

Once home we relaxed and had a selection of nibbles such as Olives, Cheese and biscuits etc, while drinking Champagne.

With all the snow Caroline’s father was not going to risk the long drive to Caroline’s elder sister so he came to us for Christmas lunch. A very pleasant day all in all.

Boxing day saw an improvement in the weather and we all spent the day with Caroline’s dad, and the rest of the family also descended on him. How can small children make so much noise. We also had two more iPhones join the family. They certainly seem to be popular.

The week between Christmas and New Year saw us back at work on cover but we had booked New Year’s Eve off. In the morning Richard used the excuse of going shopping to take a fifty mile blast round the north of the county on the GS Motorbike.


New Year’s Eve was spent pretty much like Christmas Eve, with red wine followed by Champagne to welcome in the new decade.

Heres wishing you all a prosperous and happy 2010. Here in the Brown household were certainly looking forward to better times. We spend far too much time in hospitals in 2008/9 and we have some unhappy memories to forget.