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December 2007

happy new year’s eve


this is me even after nearly three months without any chocolate (the cravings continue)

i really don’t like New Year’s eve.  i find it highly depressing – which for someone who’s generally fairly jolly is a bit of a disappointment.  i think it’s related to having to stay up to midnight, whilst knowing i need to start getting back in to the routine of getting up before 5am in a few days time, and fearful of carbon-free self induced jet lag.  or perhaps it’s just fear of progress.

whatever, i find it a bit sad.  which is in itself a bit sad.  so sorry to our visitors who will be staying with us for a couple of days.

but anyway, thanks for another fantastic year in blog land.  i’ve enjoyed doing this immensely. see you on the other side !

bakewell tart

ether and kezia’s godparents invited us round for lunch yesterday which was fantastic.  we lived in the Sheffield at the same time before moving south.  ruth made this fantastic bakewell tart.  my piece had a big thumb print in.


andrew and steve


seen through a christmas cracker kaleidoscope.  could you imagine if real life looked like this.


carolyn admires the lights


ian and carolyn came over for dinner yesterday which was very lovely.  here is carolyn admiring our lights.

kate conducts, lynda plays


here is kate conducting the singers at church yesterday morning to keep them in time with the organ at the other end of the church.  she’s using a flashing fairy wand.  make of that what you will.

tony (again)


tony’s doing the take-a-photo-of-yourself everyday.  so i took a photo of him and his camera down a glass


you can see his photos here   he took one of me with a bottle of beer here.  it was a normal sized bottle, i was just a bit smaller then.


a selection of pictures of tony

here’s tony looking pleased with the trophy which we give each other every celebration day


and here’s how tony greated us when we arrived.  his first words were “don’t talk” as he was in a particularly difficult part of a plumber based wii game


and finally, here’s tony taking a picture


katie and the christmas angel


this is the sister of the angel that appears on our christmas card (and the christmas vouchers) this year.  the actual angel was on the tree.  this one is on a stick which katie (in the background) was holding.  special thanks to katie’s family for letting me use their angelic tree icon this year.

ooh. more geocaching. who would have thought


here’s esther with a giant geocache with katie and olivia


and here they are with chloe in the afternoon (taken with my compact camera which i seem to have lost the ability to use properly!)




here are some trees in gerrards cross.  the one above is quite spooky.


and these two have walls built in to them.


christmas debris


perhaps we overdid the wrapping paper this year.



these skates were a christmas present for kezia last year.  kezia reminded herself of them this christmas and i spent a couple of hours dragging her around yesterday morning in the chilly coldness.  i didn’t take my camera (as i had my hands busy dragging her about).  whilst we were out 8 red kites were out enjoying the wind and sweeping low over out heads dramatically.

balloon modeling


the girls got some modelling balloons for christmas and much of christmas day was spent pumping and knotting.  and modeling.