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Sammy with hiccups

April 30th, 2007 | Posted by Davey in Pre-Travel Posts - (3 Comments)

Tim K, our neighbour, came across this video of Sam worse for wear and with hiccups while on a night out in our local, most probably in the early hours of the morning…

Sam will kill me… but i had to think of the wider audience!

It was taken on a nokia phone, so the quality is dreadful…

I have this amazing trick for killing hiccups…and it has never failed. A good friend, Thomas Leydon, showed me this many years ago and now it’s my party piece, assuming somebody has hiccups.

Put a finger in each ear (tightly) and get somebody to hold a pint of water while you drink…when the water is gone, so too are the hiccups…simple but effective!

We arrived after an hours drive to be greeted by a very excited Cerys and Jacob. Chris had a full day planned inc. a quick walk around town, lunch at Cardiff Castle, then onto the Cardiff Flower Show (which was also in the Castle) followed by a lovely BBQ back home.

It had been almost a year since we had seen C&K, so we had some catching up to do. I couldn’t believe how big Jacob and Kerys had grown, especially Jacob, who’s comical and cheeky personality kept us all entertained all day – bundles of energy!

Once the BBQ was fired up we were joined by C&K’s neighbours, Jane and Martin, and a great night was had by all.

Thank you for your hospitality and we promise not to leave it as long the next time.

On our way to Cardiff Castle:
Kerys smilling as usual


Family picture

Cardiff Castle in the background

Yes…back on the road. Following a brief stint in the body shop, we finally got Lili back on the road. After a stringent and expensive repair and MOT test, she finally passed!

We took a half day Friday (us rebels) and headed for the Severn Bridge on our way to sunny Wales. We were visiting our good friends Chris and Kathy in Cardiff, so we decided to take a detour and camp for a nigh close by. After crossing the Severn River, we drove through Chepstow, then up to Tintern Abbey and on to Monmouth.

As it was only a quick stopover, we didn’t setup the awning our any of our usual gadgets. As usual, we settled in, went for a long walk and went down to one of the locals.

Got up at 8am, had a fry up which set us up for the day. After a quick clean up, we plotted Chris and Cathy’s address into my new TomTom and headed for the open road again…

BBQ & Visit from Roberto

April 29th, 2007 | Posted by Davey in Pre-Travel Posts - (0 Comments)
Yes, it’s that time of year again. We had a very brief visit from our good friend Roberto, who is from Barcelona but works in Dubai. We got to know Roberto through Kim & Tim our neighbours. We celebrated with a nice BBQ, which was kindly cooked by Tim yet again, although we all contributed some meat and salad…

Surprisingly good weather for April, but who is complaining.

Tim, happy as larry…

Roberto, second from left

Our neighbours L to R: Tim, Kim, Emma (Sam’s sister and not a neighbour), Sammy, Tim K and Darren.

I’ve been playing around with Microsoft Virtual Earth, which for those living Aylesbury provides higher definition pictures than Google Earth. For those of you who have not managed to make it to our house as of yet, I though I would post some pictures showing you our surroundings. I have marked two key spots:
1) our house and 2) our local pub.
1) We share a courtyard with four other neighbours, Tim K, Darren, Kim & Tim and Madalena & Christof. You will see that the house is located in the heart of Aylesbury Old Town, a one mile square conservation area (roughly) with all houses being Grade II listed.
2) Our much loved local pub, The Queens Head, which has gone through many changes recently, mainly management and subsequently clientele, which is not to our liking, but we are keeping our fingers crossed. The pub is 17th century, with traditional ales and an open fire (lovely). We frequent the pub whenever we can to catch up with local gossip and our friends. The beer has no influence…really! To the right of the picture is the town centre which is less than a two minute walk, which has an abundance of market stalls and café bars etc. Its worth having a read in Wiki for further info.
We hope you think it is as nice as we do.