Lady in Pink


It is not unusual to see Grandma sleeping, but the lady in pink in the background seemed to think that Teresa and Sarah were taking pictures of her when they had actually been taking pictures of the buildings and the pigeons. She gave really odd stares at them all.

Scalzi Bridge


I would have thought that this was another postcard picture, but that staring woman in pink is in the middle of the picture.

Is it a long walk to the station?


When you go somewhere on the train, when you come out of the station you are always in the middle of nowhere, but not in Venice. When you exit the station there you are right on the Grand Canal in the middle of Venice.

Pikachizer

I could not believe this when I found it, its a pikachizer, so you can actually talk like the pokemon Pikachu. I put “I didn’t think that Pikachu was actually saying anything, but obviously he is.” into it and it came out with “Pi piii’pi chuuu chuu pika-pi pi-i Pika-pika pika-pi piikachu, chu kaaa-chuuu chu ka.” I really thought that they were talking bollocks?

http://pikachize.eye-of-newt.com/

I suppose the funniest thing is if you do it to my beloved website.

http://pikachize.eye-of-newt.com/pika.cgi?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cuddlybear.com

Awesome!


I think Grandma was overwhelmed by Doge’s Palace. It was not like any of the buildings and churches she had seen previously and all she kept saying was ‘Awesome!’.

Postcard from Venice


If I didn’t know better then I would think that this was a postcard picture of St. Marc’s Square in Venice, but Teresa actually took the picture. How cool is that?

Doge’s Palace


They all got to visit the Palazzo Ducale, or Doge’s Palace. The building is briming with history and was infested with American tourists.

St. Marc’s Square


Here is Eddie standing in front of the pigeons on Piazza San Marc, or in english St. Marc’s Square. There were lots of pigeons, Eddie said that the tourists would drop food for them. I always thought of them as flying vermin.

Rialto Bridge


Here is another picture of the Rialto bridge with Eddie in the foreground. The weather was very nice whilst we were on the gondola.

Eddie and Grandma


When Eddie couldn’t see over the side, Grandma was more than willing to assist. I think she tried to throw him overboard at one point. She doesn’t like the bears as they sometimes bear attack her.

Empty seat


As the trip progressed through the canals of Venice, Eddie got fed up of the attempts of Grandma to throw him off so when she wasn’t looking he pushed her overboard. Here is Eddie showing the empty seat after she has been thrown overboard.

Sarah took my seat


Sarah really enjoyed the gondola trip through Venice. Eddie got to sit in her arms for part of the trip, although she did take his seat at the front of the gondola.

Tourguide Teresa


The streets are very confusing in Venice. As Teresa had been there before she brought along a guide book which contained maps so that we wouldn’t get lost on the streets.

Gondola ride


As Grandma and Sarah had never been to Venice before, Teresa decided to treat them to a gondola ride through Venice. Eddie got to ride at the front of the gondola.

Dirty water


The water in Venice isn’t exactly clean and late in the summer it does smell a bit as Eddy found out.

Silly photo time


I don’t know whether it is a being on holiday or just grandma’s desire to have a silly photo in every european country, but like the face of wonder picture we took in Salzburg, we were able to get a similar picture in Venice.

Nice hotel


The hotel we stayed at in Venice was the Carlton Executive hotel. The rooms were very nice. Eddie got to share with Teresa whilst Sarah shared with Grandma. He normally has to sleep on a shelf, so sharing a bed with Teresa was luxury for him.

On the door step


The hotel they stayed at in Venice is in a prime location. You walk out of the door and you’re on the grand canal and opposite a church. As grandma likes seeing culture this was great for her.

On the bus


Teresa’s mum came to visit us at the end of Septemeber. They went on a 3 day trip to Venice. Here is a picture of Sarah on the eurobus going to Venice.

Our roving reporter


As Craig wasn’t able to go to Venice with Teresa’s mum, Sarah and Teresa I decided to stay home with him. I sent my roving reporter and brother, Eddie with them to Venice to report on everything they did. Here he is sitting on Sarah’s lap.

Its HOT


Here is Craig’s train. The chilren loved to look down the tunnel at the train, although I don’t think they realised how hot they can be. They are actual working steam trains, so they get very very hot.

Don’t blink!


Even though it doesn’t look like it, this is an action shot. The loco is about to fall off the track onto the ground, and the wagon between the loco and the second wagon has already fallen off the train on the other side of the wall. They were one of the first trains to run and the track must have had some debris left on the line.

The train is heading towards your head!


There were lots and lots of children at the Brambleton open day. The children enjoyed gathering at the bridges to see the trains coming through the tunnel, but what they didn’t realise was that trains go in both directions. When we took this photo there was a train heading straight toward the boy in green’s head and his father was calling out his name very loudly. He thankfully lifted his head before the train collided with it.

CRASH! BANG! WALLOP!


There was an accident at the open day and of course Craig had to be involved. He was driving his train past another on a passing loop after a train has ran out of fuel. He had clearance and was heading around when another train came at full speed down the hill towards him. He had no way of avoiding the train and a collision occured. There was minimal damage, but everyone in involved was extremely embarassed.

Darlington


Here I am in front of the bridge at the Darlington station at Brambleton. This station is both O and SM32(16mm) gauges.

BIG crowds


The weather was great and the turnout was amazing. There were lots of families and lots of children at the open day. The numbers haven’t been confirmed, but the Brambleton open day went very well.

Casey Jones


The Brambleton public open day was really neat. Craig was driving one of his trains whilst Teresa, Sarah and me came along to watch. Sarah and I dressed up in a casey jones train drivers outfits.

Playing with trains

I just found out that Craig went to play with his steam train without me. 🙁 I couldn’t believe it as he knows I like to play with trains. He has promised to take me rain or shine next time.

Hes a lumberjack

The floor laying has started today. This is a major diy (do-it-yourself) project for us as in involves laying an cutting lots of wood. It will hopefully in the end look very nice and will be complete before the sofa suite arrives on Tuesday. It is a public holiday on Monday here in the UK, which gives us some extra time.

When the floor has been completed then Teresa is going to finish painting the walls and then she will be doing the skirting boards too. I think then we just need to get the rest of furniture including the pool table and for Craig to finish the z scale model railway in the coffee table. 🙂

Craig started to feel like a lumberjack as he was moving so much wood around and he started to whistle Monty Python’s “I’m a lumberjack” song. I am just happy that we are being fed extra donuts and milk to keep us going. 🙂

One week left

Only one week left until my girlfriend, Sarah arrives. I say my girlfriend, as she is my friend and she is a girl. 🙂

The house is a bit of a mess as we are trying to get things organised. It reminds me of the quote from Incredibles where elastigirl says “weve finally moved in” and mr incredible replies “so the last 3 years didn’t count”. I know that Craig is hoping to lay the new flooring in the livingroom this weekend and then hopefully the sofa will arrive before not too long.

Amazing fireworks


At the end of the concert they had an amazing fireworks display. We really weren’t expecting a fireworks display, so it was a real surprise.

Nice picnic


We brought along a picnic for the concert. Here I am with my napkin, salad and quiche. It was yummy.

Kenwood House


Kenwood House Here we are outside Kenwood House. We had tickets to see the Bootleg Beatles live at Kenwood House so whilst we were there we took pictures of the house. The house is famous for being in films such as Notting Hill.

Pot Roast

I have adopted another virtual pet. His name is Pot Roast and is an attentive rabbit. If you would like to play with Pot Roast then please click here. He likes lots of carrots and doesn’t like foxes. Please ensure that he is fed regularly and locked away at the end of the day. 🙂

Forrest Gump


On pier 39 they have the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and outside sits Forrest Gump with a box of chocolates. Teresa was too afraid of the chocolates, so she asked Heather whether she would take a picture with me and Forrest. He looked a bit uncomfortable with having Heather’s arm around him.

Richard Gere

I have adopted a virtual pet. His name is Richard Gere and he is a very cute hamster. If you would like to play with Richard then please click here. Please take care of him and ensure that he is fed regularly. And remember not to feed him after midnight otherwise he’ll get indigestion.

My first trip on Eurostar


For my birthday, Sarah, Teresa and I got to go to Disneyland Paris. We went from Harpenden to Waterloo and then caught the Eurostar train all the way to Disneyland Resort Paris. Here I am in front of the train at Waterloo.

We want more snow!


Harry watched the snow fall. He really likes snow even though he isn’t a polar bear. Harry stood in the kitchen all day and watched the snow fall. The snow didn’t last too long. 🙁

Donutanium

I have always considered my knowledge of science to be good, I wasn’t too bad at chemistry, although I always prefered physics. I always thought the periodic table was fixed, but no I am wrong, they add chemicals all the time. I am sure you have heard of platiunum and nickel, but did you know that they added another element in that family, darmstadium. It sounds like a chemical at a german railway station. Could they not come up with a better name? why not donutanium?