Well, what I great 2 weeks I have had! Not sure I will remember everything, but here is a taste of what has been going on.
The weather leading up to our little camping trip was rather unsettled, but it was fantastic the whole time - and since we got back, to be honest! It is as though the summer was waiting for me to clock off! The campsite and surrounding area was just as great as we remembered it from last year, only better because we didn't have the wind and rain to worry about this time.
Early morning strolls in the orchards, walks in the woods, finding huge country homes hidden in the middle of nowhere (one apparently home to Virginia Wade, the English tennis legend!), games with the kids (badminton, volleyball-dodgeball-rugby (we got a bit carried away), Monopoly, Chinese Checkers), barbeques with the most amazing steaks I have ever had, late night card games for cookies... what more could you want from a holiday?
Thanks for the birthday wishes!
This was a great day - presents from the kids (I have still got to order the toy soldiers that my wife is gettting me), watching a few movies with the family with everyone fetching beer/food/etc for me. Simple pleasures for a simple guy.
Totally chilling has also been good for my soldier painting. I have been steadily getting through by latest project (I posted photos of some Winged Hussars a while back) and each one I paint seems to look better than the last one. I am especially proud of the Swedish King and his cronies - photos to follow!
Not sure how it is happening, but we aren't bankrupt yet! The middle of August is traditionally a time of dreadful bank balances for us - and most others, I suspect!
On our return from camping, we decided to have another barbeque while the sun was still shining. The menu included some sausages. We had barbequed them before, and they had been fine. This time they were different.
As they started to cook the fat started to drop.
And then squirt, yes SQUIRT out of them.
I had 3 foot flames shooting up in the air, threatening to ignite my rather dry eucalyptus tree and our equally dry bamboo! Had you been listening, I am sure that some of you would have learnt a few new words on that day!
NOT past my sell-by date afterall!
I guess the final thing to tell you about is that on Friday I received a letter saying that I am a possible match for someone who needs a bone marrow transplant. I have to go to London on Wednesday for more tests to see if I am a good tissue type match for this person.
Funny, I signed up for this years ago when I started giving blood and at the time the age limit was 40. I thought I was well past my sell-by date for this, but it seems that they changed the rules on me and the limit is now 65!
I hope that I am a match for this person - watch this space for updates!
Looks like I have got a lot of catching up to do with my blog reading! See you soon!