Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Out of Space

Just a random update... I'm out of space to post new photos. As soon as I stop to breathe (Christmas?) I'll buy more space and start posting again. I might even try and go out of the country before then....

Friday, November 16, 2012

It Apparently is Tasty

A friend of mine had this for dinner the other day.

It is apparently quite tasty. I'm not saying another word. (This is one of those posts that probably should be titled 'Cultural Differences')

Monday, November 5, 2012

River Competition

Sorry I've been absent so long. Work and life are a bit of a struggle at the moment. All good things (of course) but I am not balancing my time well, hence no blogging. I'm using my lunch hour at work to catch up a bit though.

Unfortunately, I don't have the best pictures from this event. Good friends Tim and Shannon Phillis organized us into a team for the local Cookham Regatta. We entered into two events, Dragon Boat races and the Canoe Cat. (Just a note none of us have ever done this before, I'm manning the front right)

 I have to say, it's all fun and games until the last 45 seconds or so.

The form starts to go and you can see I'm not nearly in time with the other rowers as I should. A tough day!

 Tucker was brought along as number one fan.

He got some serious lovin' from Shannon

So serious, that he got very tired.

And fell asleep on Katy. Such a great teammate! She lets my dog fall asleep on her when he is tired. (Note: Katy was sleeping too) Also, you can see one of the drago boats in the background. Complete with dragon on the front and requisite drummer.

In the end, we won the losers bracket for the canoe cat. I have some celebratory pictures around here somewhere. We celebrated in style by drinking bubbly out of the cup. If I get mono, you know why. PS I voted. Yeah!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Punting on the River

I know, I haven't blogged in awhile. Work has been mental and I haven't been traveling lately. My passport is still held hostage by the UK Border Agency so no fleeing the country just yet.

In the mean time, Tucker and I went up to Cambridge to visit Lysandra (you have seen her before in Italy and cycling posts) and we did a lovely tour of the city and university buildings.

One of the most popular past times when in Cambridge is to punt down the river. Meaning: push yourselves down the river with a long pole. Just don't let the pole get stuck in the mud.

I didn't try it. We did cycle around the lovely countryside and I was content to watch the punters below. :o)  also, I found some good (lost!) pictures on my camera so will be posting more soon. Hurrah!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Sarah Gets Married

This is a bit of a long post but I got some pretty good pics so needed to share all in on go.
Another weekend, and another triathlon wedding. :o)  Sarah and Julian got married in her hometown with a gorgeous ceremony and the reception held at her family's farm. Blue skies outside the church.

Just married!

Prepping the getaway mobile...

If I had better use of my camera (which I probably do, I'm just being lazy), I'd have zoomed in on this picture and removed all the random people to focus on the bride and groom. I'll need to work on that.

Walking up to the reception, you know that you are in the country.

The view from the entrance. The marquee is to the right.

All set up for dinner and dancing later.

But first, the small marquee was ready for the guests to arrive.

Sarah woke up on the morning of her wedding to make everyone homemade scones. Wow!!!

Sarah's siblings created a croquet box for the happy couple. It says ' On Your Wedding Day' and unfortunately, my camera does not do the size of the box justice!!

Just in case you were confused. The Sea, The Farm, Dancing, Games, Bubbles and Dinner were all signposted for the guests.

One of the games - giant Jenga! Needless to say, it was good we tried this out before we had to many glasses of bubbles.

The bride in search of her dad. Unfortunately, it was a bit windy but still a magnificient view.

As Julian spent several years in Switzerland, friends gifted a personalized 'Julian and Sarah' cow bell. Just what every new couple needs.

My dates again! Phillipa and Gemma keep me company before the dancing starts.

And yes, the dancing did start. Sarah and Julian through a fantastic party with both a DJ and a live band. The triathletes enjoy themselves.

Smiles all around. A great ending to a great day. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Branding by Country

Apparently just calling them 'Chocolate Covered Raisins' is just not exotic enough.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Michael Gets Married

Good friend Michael (from the triathlon club and many earlier posts) got married. He married a wonderful girl from California (aren't they all?) and the wedding was held in his village. It was a lovely weekend and the photos really don't do it justice .. not to mention the fact that I really didn't take enough pics! 

To start, some of my more adventurous friends decided we should cycle down to the wedding. I said, 'sure, why not? It's only 110 miles.' Some how the route took us to one of the highest points in the area. Now that, I did not agree too!

We also had 7 punctures. Needless to say, it took a lot longer to get there then we thought.

The finish! And the site of the wedding reception. The lovely Talbot Free House and Hotel in Somerset/Froome.

Just to prove we made it.

My room after 110 miles. I think I deserve it.

At the wedding, I FINALLY get into the British tradition and end up wearing something on my head. Phillipa, Wayne, Gemma, Baby Austin (in Gemma's belly) and Tom were my dates.

My cycling buddies all dressed up. Hard to recognize them when they are not in lycra.

The bride and groom. Michael and Ariana enjoy a rare bit of sun before the rain kicks in.

A lovely cake.....

The bride and groom.....

And the groom's hair dryer! If you know Michael, you know he can't live without his hair dryer (yes, he is a bit metrosexual). A lovely event and a great start for the happy couple!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Edinburgh - Part 2

Back in downtown Edinburgh, we continued our walk down the Royal Mile.

I liked this statue (of course, I've forgotten who it is) in front of the cathedral.

It had some amazing detail and very fine work. Amazing what artists will do with concrete....
We are just part of the many crowds heading down to the palace or up to the castle.

Just in case you didn't think that Scottish attire was for everyone, even your pet lion would be decked out!

The palace.

A view from the palace of Arthur's Seat - the crags/cliffs overlooking Edinburgh.

Unfortunately, due to my running the marathon the next day, I couldn't hike up it for the view. It was a lovely day so a bit disappointing that I was 'resting'.

Instead, we hung out on the lawn and enjoyed the sun (and it was a bit windy, which is why Louise's hair is poofy)

Lastly, I ended my Edinburgh weekend with a whisky tasting. I think whisky is an aquired taste.... one that I have yet to acquire. All in all, I highly recommend Edinburgh for a visit.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fancy Fish and Chips

Scottish people will yell at me for this, but the perception in the United States of Scotland doesn't exactly portray it as very posh.

I, of course, find the one with the most posh fish and chips. I normally pair fish & chips with a beer, so was quite surprised at this Scottish pub. Perception changed?!?!?!