Monday, June 25, 2007

Travels between Universities

Nice to see so many posts! We spent last weekend picking up Kieran's stuff from Bath, including staying a night and taking Kieran and his housemate (landlord sort of - well it's his parent's money) out for dinner. Here is a picture of Kieran and Fred in Yak Yeti Yak (great name and a great restaurant).

On Sunday we went out for lunch at Demuths, a marvellous vegetarian restaurant, this time with Kieran and Kate. Annoyingly, although I took the camera and spare batteries, I didn't take any pictures.

We had a wet drive home with Kieran's chattels. On Wednesday we're going back to Bath to see him get his degree in Bath Abbey - we're going by train this time. Then on Friday we're off to York to collect Erin and her belongings. Maybe there is a business opportunity for someone here......


View from ramparts of a nearby village The gite from the front
Brian on the stepping stones in the river by the gite
To give you some idea of the frescos and painting in the churches - this is just one of many

Wine on the terrace
We got back from a week in France yesterday and had a lovely restful time. The gite was in the Vienne in the middle of France and the place was really quiet. The roads were great long straight two lane roads (these were the minor white ones on the map) and we were usually the only car on them! It is really beautiful there but you can also see that it is very poor. Highlights were the frescos in the churches which were unbelievable - a tiny village of a couple of hundred people with a 10th century church and the walls still covered with frescos. And there are so many of them!! It really makes you realise what britain lost between the reformation and the puritans - our churches used to look like that. We went to a plainsong mass at a Benedictine abbey which was wonderful. We went to Oradur sur Glane, a village where the Germans set fire to the church with the whole village inside as a reprisal for resistance activities, then they burnt the rest of the village. It has been left ruined as a memorial, and as you go round there are plaques saying who lived in which house, where the hairdresser was, etc. There are rusting bedsteads and cars, it is really very evocative.

We also saw kingfishers, heron, grebes and buzzards, but no red squirrels despite what the comments book in the gite said. We managed to find one (only ) tourist office open, and not many cafes - despite the opening hours saying that they were open a lot of the time. There is a little supermarket called 8 a huit - opening hours are 9-12.30, 3-7. Good eh? They haven't quite got the hang of tourism there which is a shame because i think they could use the money.

We mostly had nice weather, a few thunderstorms but mostly at night, so we were lucky there i think

I have no idea why I can't get the photos to go where I want them, or why the text is underlined!! Oh well


Nicky has gone off to the USA for the summer now and left me with a mess (called her bedroom) a bill to pay for her glasses, and a car to sell!! Some things never change it seems.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Banana Bread

That is SO weird - just made banana bread this morning with George, I Love banana bread because despite the overwhelming majority of ingredients being things like sugar, butter and white flour, you stll somehow feel like it is ok to eat it as it is "based" on fruit - yummy. To save some calories - we gave some to our neighbors :-)

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Book group

I'm thinking that I will post about the book group at the beginning of July. I think everyone who is going to read it will have read it by then.
I could do it now I suppose but I'm going to make a banana cake instead as we have overripe bananas and too many eggs.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Joanne and the boys in Spain...

As you can see, we went to the sea! We had a fantastic time, painting and swimming and playing and eating....the kids had fun together and it was great to see Nana....the dog was deeply infatuated with her as well....

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Colne Viaduct

We had a lovely walk today near the River colne from a village called Chappel. Here are pictures of the Colne Viaduct.

First from far away:

Then from close up:

And finally from inside:

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

New baby

Here is Baby Carter with proud parents, Greg and Paula. I've resized the picture from Sarah's email - note to non techys, use Microsoft Office Picture Manager if you have it, it has a really easy resize option under edit pictures.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Ze ball

I am almost finished at bath university, and have been to the final ball, where there were dodgems and, even better, the Wurzels.

some photos.

Myself and Alice, outside Cafe uno for a pre-ball meal

Candy floss!