Our annual homage to the snow covered mountains of Europe. This time it was a trip to La Plagne in France.
|Andy and Deb. The lovely people that drag us along with them.|
|Ray, Andy, Debbie and Karen.|
|It was snowing on our stagger back from the pub.|
|Apres Ski. The other 50% of the fun.|
|Silly woman trying to do a snow angel in 2 feet of snow.|
My big brother Bruce playing with his dogs at Thetford.
One night Juneau decided to bring this home. It is a pidgeons egg and as all our trees are now cut down, she must have jumped a 6' fence to get it home before pushing it through 3 cat flaps. She proceeded to play ball with it around the living room.
A visit to the Green King brewery, organised by our local pub. Green King make my favourite beer, Abbot, that I first got a collosal hangover from, not long after my 18th birthday in Cambridge.
|An older dtyle 'Mashtun'.|
|The hops that go into the beer.|
|The car on the right is 'Old Speckled Hen' that gave its name to another of my favourite beers. It is painted with dots, hence the 'speckled' part of the name.|
|A line up of some of the more poular beers.|
|Poor Charlie desperately trying to figure out what is going on.|
|Rosie and Charlotte.|
Spotted this in the sky, decided to take a piccy. It's not wonderful but it is Jupiter and its 4 moons. First time I have seen this.
Karen surprised my with a visit to see Brian Cox at the Birmingham Arena. It was seriously heady stuff and I loved it. One thing he said was "Who would believe that in Birmingham we could find 7000 nerds all looking up at me" or words to that effect. The auditorium was transfixed by him.
Rose and James popped over for a boat trip on the broads. Another pub crawl.
|Rosie in full pose.|
|Get off my boat you uber cool dude.|
Karen decided she wanted to buy the biggest, most expensive kitchen on planet earth - or it seems like that, this is the kitchen packed flat and occupying about 70% of the garage.
|How much stuff ?|
I spent absolutely ages prepping for the fitters to turn up and install the kitchen. Sockets, power supplies, plumbing connections, painiting, plastering etc.
|Getting there. Slow but sure.|
Isle of Man:
Debbie and Andy invited us over to the Isle of Man for the TT races. We rode there on the bike and it pissed down with rain all the way to Liverpool docks. Our gear is good but after several hours it gets in through the neck.
The racing was the usual completely insane, toe to toe, madness. We managed to get 'near' our TT hero, Guy Martin, who sadly has this year decided to give up TT racing.
|Guy Marting telling the world that he was through with TT racing.|
|Photo taken by museum owner, Dennis Cunningham.|
|A Yamaha RD350A|
|A Raleigh Wisp.|
After the IOM, it was time to do some work in the garden. We cleared all the large trees away to enlarge the garden. It gave us a lot more space at the bottom of the garden and allowed us to see out of the conservatory. We also stuck down some decking near the summerhouse.
|A lot more space at the bottom of the garden.|
|All the bushes around the conservatory are now gone.|
|Champagne and sunshine. Almost the Bahamas.|
|Just a thought.|
|Errrrr .. a leaf mouse.|