Saturday, December 31, 2005
Friday, December 30, 2005
Thursday, December 29, 2005
This is the view from the end of the street:
This house had an aquatic theme to their display:
And this one was just SO over the top it left my jaw hanging. You were able to walk around the house, through the front and back gardens, to experience this pretty idea run-wild.
Here you see the corner of the house, festooned with sets of Christmas lamps still all lined up in their packaging and nailed to the wall...
I liked the simplicity of this one, although I hate to think how many strings of lights are involve and how much it would cost to run them.
Here's Brett, basking in the warmth given off by the lights.
Followed by some slightly better shots of sunset over the plains of Texas:
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Monday, December 26, 2005
Sunday, December 25, 2005
The 'before' shot. All of the presents under the tree. Roughly six sets of adults buying presents for somewhere in the region of nine children AND each other makes for a lot of acreage required to pile them all up.
The chaos begins; Steve plays Santa and hands out gifts one at a time while trying to maintain an exclusion zone around the tree.
The 'after' shot. Most of the presents are unwrapped by this point and most of the children gone elsewhere to play with the gifts. All that remains is for the adults to clear up the mess. In the end we filled three bin bags just with wrapping paper and had a mountain of cardboard boxes...
Monday, December 19, 2005
Sunday, December 18, 2005
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Had dinner with a few friends last night. We were at The Laughing Gravy on
It was good to see Rod & Jess again; the book business is going well (it being just before Christmas) so they are very busy – and then there’s the day job!
Dan (looking a little bored here!) is getting settled into his new job working for an investment group. It’s hard work as he is setting up their
Paul has had his teaching contract extended and he and David (who wasn’t there) are shortly celebrating their anniversary. He was also giving us some interesting tips on Housing Associations and shared purchasing options which we hadn’t considered before.
I didn’t get to talk to
Russell is busy with his new job, working on the edge of the political sphere near
John is in the country again for the near future and, as well as frittering away this last week that he had taken off, he’s planning on spending Christmas with his family.
It was a pleasant evening on the whole, catching up on the people I haven’t seen in a while and hearing everyone’s plans for Christmas.
Thursday, December 08, 2005
watching either a movie or a series of music videos on his mobile phone. Two thoughts went through my mind:
- He is so showing-off his 3G mobile phone because,
- That looks like an such uncomfortable position to keep your arm for a couple of hours!
Pass me the pipe and slippers, darling.
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Friday, October 21, 2005
Sunday, October 16, 2005
Firstly, sun on the slopes of Helvellyn on Saturday morning.
Sheep may safely graze; a view near Thirlmere.
The slightly misty air bleaches the colours in the distance, but it's definitely an autumnal palette.
A view along the sunny valley floor towards the overcast hills in the distance.
During lunch we watched a group of climbers on a nearby crag. Here you see a couple of them after they achieved the summit.
I just thought it was a pretty view. Taken on the lower slopes of Helvellyn looking towards Thirlmere.
Another view from the base of Helvellyn, this time looking north(ish) towards Skiddaw.
A somewhat brooding view accross Thirlmere in the late afternoon.
Sunday morning was misty and sunny as we drove south towards Kendal.
And finally, a view north from the eastern side of Windermere.