Monday, 26 October 2015

Happy Meat Day

Twas my birthday.  I am now 34.  Big whoop.

But, my, was there a lot of meat. And I am now well stocked with whisky for a few months, thank you everyone!

According to Willow. featuring 'Action Jam', 'Capim Mecca' and 'Sore'

Sunday, 18 October 2015

That kind of dad

After being 'that dad' at the playground who was trying to explain the Principle of Conservation of Momentum to a two year old (whilst leaning in and out on a roundabout), I then came across this, the ecological inaccuracy of which offends me.  Can you spot the mistake?

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Happy news!

Happily, I can announce that at our twenty week scan, the baby was revealed to be both healthy and male.  We are having a son! (which we successfully predicted once again)

The names spreadsheet shall be resurrected.  Boys names are much harder – you can just point at any old tree, flower, month, animal or place.

I completely failed to mention Willow’s birthday party on here – she is already playing second fiddle – so here are a couple of pictures.

Huncle Harry being a pest as usual

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Camping Adventures!

We've had a brilliant week in the Lakes - Willow had, literally, the time of her life.  Here are a few pics from the week.

Our quasi-glamping set up worked perfectly in some terrible weather.  In the heaviest torrential downpours you could actually feel a fine mist coming through the fabric, so fine it didn't even land - the tent stayed dry throughout.  (The car was badass too)

Whilst out DofE spotting, I took Willow up Sticks Pass, to the north of Helvellyn, she loved the 'teeny tiny venture'.

Mike and I got one morning of climbing in.  Mike started up this gop-fest before biffing out of the slimy route.  We then moved on to Brown Slabs; Where It All Began for me as a 14 year old cadet.

Willow loved it so much she built herself a camping bed while I was clearing the kit up.  I think I may find myself camping in the garden before too long.

Thank to Julie and all the cadets and staff who helped make the week so great.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Lakeland Exped

No pictures I am afraid but had an eventful weekend in the lakes on our annual Silver & Gold Practice Expedition.  It’s a nice route that on day one took us up Mosedale to camp not far from the summit of Esk Pike.  The second day saw us summit Esk Pike, Great End, Scafell Pike and Scafell and descend to the scenic Sampson Stones for camp.  On the last day we hopped over the pass back into Mosedale and should have been down by 10am, but a diabetic cadet went down with a serious case of hypoglycaemia.  I saw my group safely into the valley and returned to the incident, via the campsite as I somehow missed them – I effectively did the route three times!  We managed to get her down safely but consuming the sugar needed to get her off the hill and stave off hypoglycaemia saw them swing the other way into hyperglycaemia which required an ambulance to be called from the motorway.  I am glad to say all is now well and although we took the right course of action on the hill, there are still some learning points for all of us.

In previous years I have carried a combination of; climbing kit and climbed in the evenings, running kit, a full head of broccoli etc for gourmet cooking, and a whisky tasting set including galsses.  Fun though all those things are, it was very nice just to carry the essentials (actually Jack carried the tent and cooker), especially with my ever decreasing fitness.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Southwold Again

Just back from a long weekend to Southwold, only two weeks after the last.  Adnams once again trumped whisky, and much was consumed.

Another big thanks to Jim for his hospitality!