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Ben and Fran’s wedding – 16th August 2008

Ben amd Fran became the Orsons on 16th August 2008 in Swansea.


We camped in the Gower – they don’t make websites like this any more – with Andy, Beulah and Aiofe.  It rained a lot.  We took the babies to the wedding too, the girls got on great.


Afterwards at midnight back at the campsite I took some light-painting photos – see this post for more details…


The full gallery is here.


The whole summer in one post

Err, sorry, we’ve been a bit busy.

Anyway, here’s the whole summer (now officially over – I needed bike lights on the way home from work tonight) presented for your convenience in a single post.

We’ve been to three weddings – Mark & Tania’s, Ben & Fran’s, and Dom & Asia’s.


We’ve been camping in the New Forest, with the dive club to Dorset and Plymouth, with my Mum & Dad in France and with Andy & Beulah to Ben & Fran’s wedding in Swansea.


We’ve rented cottages for weeks in the Summer Isles and Snowdonia.


We went to Tilmanstone Church Fete and swam in Lord Pender’s swimming pool.  We attended Sally’s garden party where Laurie directed proceedings from the pool, flounced about and helped Jo play the trumpet.


We visited Pip’s Granny a few times and were visited by lots of babies.


I discovered how to take light-painting photos after Ben and Fran’s wedding.


The left-hand tent contains Andy, Beulah and Aiofe.  The right-hand tent contains Laurie.  It is midnight and that’s the moon not the stars.  I’m using my phone screen to paint each one.  and The middle one says Mr & Mrs Orson.

See the other summer photos in the album here.


Mark & Tania’s Wedding

Mark and Tania got married in Waddesdon Manor near Aylesbury on Friday 25th July 2008.  Congratulations Mr and Mrs Smith!

Griff & Clare, Ol and Amanda (and bump), Fiona, Pip and I all went and enjoyed a baby-free two days.  There was fire, and giant connect-four.  Naturally Button came too…

Visit the full album here.


Le Camping

We’ve just got back from France, where we camped for the weekend with my Mum and Dad.  They’re just finishing their 2008 Grand European Tour and hadn’t seen Laurie for around four months.


We went down to Kent on Thursday night after work, then caught a ferry from Dover first thing Friday morning.  We were with the Grandparents in time for lunch.  They’d found a nice little campsite next to a river below the walls of Montreuil Sur Mer, Pas De Calais – about 15 miles inland from Boulogne, and around 45 minutes drive from Calais.

Laurie’s obviously grown a lot in four months – Mum required an emergency osteopath session after trying to lift her into the motorhome.  Get well soon Mum!


We put up our giant tent next to their giant motorhome, and went into the town that afternoon.  The next day we visited Le Touquet, and on the Sunday we mainly looked for the car keys, also having lunch at the beach.


Lots of rosé, steak frites and moules frites were consumed, and we got the ferry back on Sunday night (eventually, after missing the first one).

The rest of the photos are here.


Wales (finally)


We spent a week in a cottage in Snowdonia, North Wales, at the start of June.  Pip’s family (Gin, Jo, Sally, David and the beagles), and Frances, came for the long weekend.  Jo H and Alex replaced them for the rest of the week.


On Father’s Day we climbed Mount Snowdon, and Sally and Frances took Laurie up on the steam train and to see a castle.  In return I took lots of photos of cottongrass for Frances.


We visited Portmeirion (location for The Prisoner), and went on the Blaenau Ffestiniog Steam Railway.


On the Monday we had a beautiful day on the Llyn peninsula, and the Ty Coch inn on the beach.


During the rest of the week we went to Conwy castle, to see the puffins at Holy Island and South Stack lighthouse on Anglesey (and Pip got attacked by a seagull), and we took Laurie down a slate mine when it rained.


After Wales we crawled up the M6 to visit Griff and Clare, celebrating Pat & Joe’s (Mr & Mrs Griff senior) Golden Wedding anniversary in a cottage in the lakes with their extended family.  It rained, so we had a barbeque in the garden.  Coincidentally we bumped into Pip’s Mum & Dad who happened to be staying in a castle (and headquarters of the World Owl Trust) down the road.


Sally and David’s Photos here.

My photos here.

Our Snowdon route here (and Google Earth here).

The panoramic movies of Snowdon and Porth Dinllaen.


Camping in Dorset

We took our new tent, our not so new daughter and a lot of other clobber to join the Dive Club camping down near Lyme Regis. It was a lovely long weekend and weather mostly bad just at night. Dad and Ginny and our star blog checker Helen came with us. Barn did some diving and we played on beaches.

In the evening we bathed Laurie like this

Lots of fun.

The rest of the photos are here.


Drink! Girls! Feck! Balloons!

 Father Jack Hackett

Laurie’s got something of the Father Jack about her?

Rest of the photos from Olivia’s Christening here.


The Tale of Camping, Bogs, Winchester Cathedral

Pip, Laurie and I went camping in the New Forest for the May Day Bank Holiday weekend. It was the first time we’d taken Laurie camping, but she loved it.

I sank into a bog we were trying to cross to get to the pub, deep enough that Laurie in her carrier on my back got muddy too.

The usual New Forest elements were all present and correct – horses and trees

On the way back we had a look round Winchester Cathedral.


More pictures here.


Pox No More

Laurie’s better now.  She’s going back to nursery tomorrow.  The nursery have had an outbreak of hand, foot, and mouth disease, so she’ll probably catch that next.


Laurie’s got CHICKEN POX. Bleugh.
We get some time off work though.