September 2003

longleat safari

the safari is the main bit about going to Longleat, though after we were attacked by the monkeys it was the least enjoyable (at the time). once we were back in the carpark and realised there was no lasting damage to our car (other than a few claw holes in the plastic trimming) we decided we had enjoyed it afterall.
here are the sweet monkeys:
here are some tigers:
here is a wolf
we also went on a boat cruise in a tiny lake and saw a couple of hippos:
and a gorilla:
and everyone loves meercats:

monkey magic

the visitors can wait a few minutes – this is important stuff
here is the monkey who pulled the trimming off our car:
here is his hand on our window screen:
you can’t hear the scratching and ripping noises which accompanied it

monkey business

we are back. a monkey ate our car at the safari park. this and other stories to follow. probably tomorrow now though as we’ve only been back an hour, just put the girls to bed and have some visitors staying overnight arriving any minute …


my ear is still REALLY hurting. hopefully the antibiotics should be starting to take effect now (48 hours after i took my first one). should be fine by the time i’m back at work. kezia keeps pointing at the cotton wool in my ear and laughing. which is nice. no sleep last night. oh well.

crazy golf

here are esther and kezia playing golf. they were both really good and kezia was especially funny with her little golf club.


the key thing for marketing of products in a retail environment is how you do your point of sale merchandising. i suspect that the popcorn manafacturer didn’t recommend they were piled on top of an old dustbin.
but i could have been wrong.

chess excepted

here is a good sign being blatantly ignored by some giant chess people. this picture contains a lad referred to as ‘golden boy’ by his mum. she proclaimed this whilst having an argument with his dad. other people’s holiday strops are always amusing to observe

our family

here we are by some giant (but actually not that giant) redwoods.

morning activities

here we are walking to the shop for our crois-ers.
the girls have been locked out of the toy shop:
but they were allowed in the supermarket:

jane by candlelight

jane and i went to the poshest restaurant last night. was very good. here is jane by candlelight
in the toilet was some bodylotion. i never understand what us blokes are meant to do with that ? strip down to our underpants and lard it on ? i think not …
read the update here

the office

a lady just came in to the place where i’m internetting from and asked if i was in here internetting last night. i said “yes” and she said “oh, that all makes sense now …”
very mysterious. this is a cool office though – they have a telly on the floor playing a music channel. Just had the Kings of Leon on followed by Elvis. if only i could hear properly i would very much enjoy working in an office like this !
right – must get back to help put kids to bed and head out for our second night out. this time we are going to a very posh restaurant apparently …

kezia in a seat

here is kezia showing how you can sit in your high chair if you are clever.


here is a nice night view of the swimming place. jane and i had our first night out (of two) last night. italian followed by a walk around a lake. very nice (but a bit chilly – the weather not the food).
today, the girls are very tired (all of them). My ear is massively painful like someone pushing a red hot needle down it all the time. a coprox cocktail will get me through our meal out tonight.
much misery this afternoon as esther lost her cycling mojo 🙁 hopefully we’ll get it back tomorrow. she’s ok on the flat, but after her dramatic exit whilst in motion yesterday she’s not keen to go downt he hill to the lake. ho hum

picture of a hound

here is a hound doing a nice leg kick. there is another dog picture i must obtain but it’s in a revolving door so it’s tricky. i shall do my best to obtain this photo for you dear readers this evening.

stereo cooker

center parcs is so modern. they have a stereo oven in the chalets.
the sony sound system speakers are either side of the extractor fan. nice idea. now you can cook the dinner and wash the dishes whilst having a little boogie. I washed up to Stevie Wonder’s Very Superstitious and the Starsky and Hunk theme last night.


here is a cow in front of the view.


risking the pain barrier we went cycling today. esther fell off, but got back on again so that was ok.
my antibotics are called Amix. coproxamol is good too.