Thursday, 31 December 2009

Monday, 28 December 2009

Pre-Christmas Christmas !

A festive pre-Christmas lunch at our place on a Sunday before friends dispersed to their respective
families and in-laws for the Christmas period
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Friday, 18 December 2009

A white Christmas, maybe?

The scene that greeted me at the kitchen window this morning - a week before Christmas day 2009
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An evening in London with Jacqui & Jacques

Strolling along the Southbank amongst the Christmas stalls - the highlight - drinking gluwein and tasting chocolate at the chocolate
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Saturday, 3 October 2009

Happy Campers

Camping - Oak trees, a small fishing lake, views over a newly harvested field and open fires - what a wonderful way to end our summer!
St Ives Farm campsite
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Monday, 28 September 2009

St Ives Camping Trip - The Walk

The campsite owner, David, showed us a walking route which we followed after breakfast on Saturday - we crossed various farmers lands until reaching the village - we worked up a great appetite for lunch. The pub was quaint and served delicious meals which we ate sitting outside in their garden - note the date on pub sign. In addition to the cows, sheep, horses and beautiful scenery viewed while walking, we came across a flower show being held by the local church - outside were the prize-winning marrow and squash entries! Another lovely site was the tables outside people's homes laden with apples / jams for sale and honesty boxes for payment - just one of the many clues to the start of Autumn and the harvest season.
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Walking through the Ashdown Forest - a good way to end our camping trip

The famous "Pooh Sticks" Bridge for those who love Winnie the Pooh. The creator of the Pooh stories, AA Milne lived in this area and his stories were based on his son, Christopher and his facvourite toy bear and the enchanting places he played in.

On the way home we parked at one of the many allocated areas which overlook the South Downs and took a stroll in the heathland of the Ashdown Forest

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Sunday, 20 September 2009

Harvest Festival @ Jimmy's Farm

Delicious tasting hog rolls (fresh from the spit), cold ciders, warm coffees, funky music - wonderful tastes and sounds experienced this weekend when we visited Jimmy's Farm in Suffolk with our friends, Catherine and Duncan. Jimmy's farm is a working farm and open to the public 7 days a week. The farm is the home of the rare breed Essex pig and is well known for its pork products sold from the farm shop. We enjoyed a day of browsing around the farm - we visited the gardens, stared at the mouth-watering looking sausages in the farm shop, watched a cooking demonstration and relaxed on our picnic blankets while listening to the music. The guest artist was KT Tunstall - definitely a highlight of the day. We stayed overnight at a B&B and after a leisurely breakfast took a drive to the seaside village - Aldeburgh before driving home. To find out more about the places we visited, click on

Jimmy's Farm


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Jimmy's Farm continued...

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Proms in the Park - Hyde Park Sept09

BBC Proms in the Park forms part of the UK Classical Calendar. Hyde Park is one of the parks that take part - people bring their picnic baskets and enjoy an outdoor concert with a mixture of classical and popular music with guest artists. Barry Manilow and Katherine Jenkins were 2 of the guests this year. For the second half of the evening the park is linked up via big screens to the Last Night of the Proms being held in the Royal Albert Hall. The evening ends with everyone joining in the singing of the National Anthem, Rule Britannia, Land of Hope and Glory etc with a firework display to mark the finale. We joined Nico, Lize and Sue for the evening.
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Proms in the Park continued...

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Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Monday, 27 July 2009

The Birthday Girls

Sisters -Jo and Kate, their Mom - Alex, and I - all celebrate our birthdays in July - what a fun month it's been
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Garden in June 2009

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Friday, 17 July 2009

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Monday, 11 May 2009

The garden....after

Still a work in progress, but I'm loving every minute of pottering around...can't wait for some of the plants to start flowering
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Wednesday, 6 May 2009

The garden....before

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Family, Friends & Neighbours

Our friends and now, also neighbours, Catherine and Duncan
Jo and Kate sharing some Easter Eggs
Having breakfast in the garden with Jo and Kate (Jo behind the camera lens)
Nico and Lize, Cath and Dunc at The Hand & Scepter in Southborough
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Packing, Painting & Planting

That’s what the last 3 weeks have involved…packing, painting and planting. Enjoyment of these 3 tasks is in the opposite order – starting with planting!

We are quite settled in our new place – it’s starting to take shape- the kitchen is no longer a ghastly pink and the 2 bedrooms are nearly finished being painted in more neutral colours – it’s taken quite a lot of white paint to break up the dark colours – but we are getting there…I say “we” but read “Leanne”. I have become quite the “handyman” between preparing and facilitating training workshops… any questions re: paint – just ask me!

The extra space and the warmer weather has been a treat – our best is sitting on the garden bench at the end of the day and catching up.

George took some time off over the Easter weekend and had a good break from his working routine – moving into the house was much more exciting! It was like setting up home again as we needed the basics e.g. kettle, toaster. We were spoilt in the previous place as Max left us his things to use. It was fun shopping for the items- who knew there are so many choices when it comes to vacuum cleaners!

I’m very excited about the garden. Every few days I plant a pot or two with something – so it’s a work in progress. The little bit I have done has already made a difference and I can’t wait until the plants start flowering. I have some ideas for hanging baskets and some evergreens are a this space...

A new season - a new place

Our new rented accomodation in Sussex Road. We're still in Tonbridge - only one street away from where we used to live, in fact. We are very excited to moving as we will now have much more space (2 living rooms and 2 bedrooms) and ... a garden!! Just in time for Spring

A glimpse of the inside spaces

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