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( Dec. 29th, 2007 11:15 pm)
Firstly a belated Merry Christmas to all of my readers!

To answer my own question, we ended up going into a not-too-busy Cribbs Causeway on the way down. No queues to get in, not packed out, and we managed to buy presents for everyone (except my present to Alexis).

To [livejournal.com profile] suzylou, okay, I know you really really want to drop as soon as possible, but hanging on 'til the 5th would be acceptably cool.

We now have a far more confident little girl than we did a week ago. She's learned so much (though not talking or walking, but walking can't be far off now!), most importantly my dad taught her to blow raspberries. She probably thinks it's an advanced form of communication. She also has New Toys, including a generic Box-o-Wooden-Blocks which the adults had more fun with than she did. She can feed herself (with her fingers - messy and not totally effective but it keeps her happy and busy!), shows off, cruises and crawls everywhere.

We have various DVDs (BSG season 3, Bourne Trilogy - just watched Ultimatum, yep, agree, excellent, please end the series now thank you, HP&tOotP, seen too, amazing how the worst book with the worst bits taken out makes the (second?) best film so far, and some odd Japanese kids' cartoons), calendars, and other bits and bobs.

All a bit disjointed as reports go but it's been done piecemeal over the course of several hours so I'll just hit 'Post' and be done.
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( Jul. 3rd, 2007 02:33 pm)
A description of the weather, not the place (though to be fair between October and April, it really is rather a dull place to live).

We were down visiting my family and showing off Aliza to assorted relatives. My folks may not be as noisy as Alexis's, but they know how to coo over a baby!

Meanwhile I was playing bridge in the English Riviera Congress, with mixed results. Our team-mates let go a couple of matches we should've won, and in the pairs it was a tale of two days: Saturday great (4 wins and a draw out of 7 matches) for 84/140 VPs. Sunday was awful (1 win and 5 losses) for 15/100 VPs, a total of 99/240 - when we were odds on to be better than 50% overnight. Disappointing!

Monday was Alexis's birthday; she was surprised (a difficult thing to achieve!) by her present from me. We drove round the South Hams, with fish and chips in Torcross for lunch, before the showery drive back home.

Today: another day off, but I'm heading down to Lord's later where hopefully I'll be watching Middlesex vs. Surrey in the Twenty20 cup. Given the current weather pattern of sunny spells with short sharp heavy showers, there should be some cricket, but exactly how much it remains to be seen.
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( Apr. 29th, 2007 10:09 pm)
So, I've finally sold my flat. Completion was actually last Tuesday, but I still had to clear some furniture out. However as the new owner wasn't moving in - he was gutting the place prior to refurbishment and renting it out - he allowed me to pick the stuff up this weekend. I duly hired a van, and with the help of Dave from work, cleared it out on Saturday. I drove it all down to Devon, and dumped it in my parents' garage* I drove back this afternoon, via a quick stop on the M4 to get a tire changed**.

Some things you really don't appreciate about motorways are quite noticable when you're stuck by the side of one:
70mph is quite frighteningly fast when the vehicle doing it passes within 3 feet or so of the AA man changing the tire.
Motorways are very loud.
Vehicles doing 70mph generate on hell of a gust of wind as they go by. Even the really small ones. This is particularly noticeable when you're sat in a high-sided van that is largely empty.

* My parents have an enormous double garage beneath their bungalow, which was previously used by my Dad's business. This is in addition to the garage attached to the house itself. So no problems storing crap.
** No way was I going to change a driver's side tire by the side of the M4, especially with the wimpy jack that came with the van. The AA man instead put his own life on the line, as well as bringing with him far more sensible tools for changing the wheel on a long wheelbase Transit van.
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( Feb. 18th, 2007 07:47 pm)
Okay, I've caught up on LJ (okay, I've skimmed about 100 posts and ignored most of them), so I guess I should let everyone know what I've been up to this past week and a half. Or rather, the last 5 days, since the 7 before that were rather dull and depressing due to the lack of cat :-(

Okay, Wednesday, we drove down to Devon so Aliza could visit her grandparents, and her great-Nan. Nan in particular was very happy to see Aliza, as it's her first great-grandchild. She's had plenty of recent practice with babies though, what with her neighbour's grandchildren, and her niece's grand-daughter being regular visitors. Aliza also met her sort-of-cousins (my sister's nieces), who seem to have grown very fond of the beach. Other than our beach visit, we had a generally quiet time (except when Miss Griselda Fusspot decided she didn't want to go to sleep until 5.30am...). A. and I even got to go out to dinner together, whilst my parents watched Aliza. And I got very damp and cold and wasted 15 quid watching Torquay lose 1-0 to Hartlepool.


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