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 in 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.

Whitby Holiday

Time for another holiday this month, a week in Whitby. A lazy week, which included a visit to Castle Howard, walks along the beach. Enjoyable meals, evenings of good food, good wine and beer

The end of the month was Whitby Goth Weekend. So we jumped on the bike and went for day out. It was a ‘necessary trip’ according to Richard, in order to scrub in the new tires.

Official Photography and Mum Brown in Hospital

The month started with the one hundredth birthday party for the Girl Guides. Caroline had helped organise the party, Richard was roped in to act as official photographer.

Then the month took a turn for the worse when mum Brown was admitted into hospital with a heart attack.

She is now making a good recovery, but health wise its proving a stressful year for the Brown Family.