Archive for the 'Family' Category


Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

We have lived in a dream these past few weeks ..

Welcome Iris

Friday, February 18th, 2011

And so it came to pass, in the 775th week of their union, that Michelle and James welcomed Iris Raphaella Adlard into the breathing, seeing, feeling world. She weighed 4.34kg (9.57lb) and was 52cm long at 13.35 on the 12 February, 9 months and one week after she began.

Ready to roll!

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Ruby is being returned to the proverbial bosom of her family. What excitement there will be 1100km down the road! Hopefully not too much excitement during those 1100km .. still, it will be nice to have someone to talk to.

Packing up

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

I drove to Cape Town on Saturday to prepare the house for packers. For those of you unfamiliar with the geography and/or process, that’s about twelve hours driving, two days dismantling-arranging-cleaning-preparing, a day entertaining packers, and a day entertaining packers and loaders (which is today). I’ve had to modify the Renault slightly to cope: The […]

Wonderful girls …

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

We moved into our new house on Thursday last. What incredible excitement! When I imagined the girls coming to the house I hoped for excitement but couldn’t be sure they wouldn’t be unsettled by the experience. I wasn’t at all prepared for the singing, dancing, squealing joy that accompanied the move. We really are most-very-extremely […]

Sophie’s Story: the beginning

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Sophie’s story’s not over, it’s just beginning. It’s a good story …

Digest 2009

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

We had had enough of the 98% humidity when we left our tents on Saturday. I mean like completely enough. I mean enough ’til, like, January or something. We came to East London in October for a two week break and have stayed. For the past six weeks we have camped north of East London […]

Happy Birthday Soph!

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Yesterday was a lovely day. A cold and rainy inside-day, just right for playing with Lego, building puzzles and watching Peppa Pig. And watching Peppa Pig. And watching Peppa Pig. Sophie’s a wonderful little girl and watching her enjoy her birthday was a joy. Dialogue of the day: “Dad, that’s a really big one” “Jo, […]

The PP

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

We have a P..P..Pigeon Problem. Well, not so much us as our bird-brained but rather dear dog, Ruby. A couple of weeks back we woke – two mornings in a row – to find that Ruby had mined the area around the beanbag she sleeps on. She’d taken the added precaution of ensuring the deterent […]

If I may say so

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

(and if we may say so too) … we wouldn’t be us if it wasn’t for you. Happy Mother’s Day!