Posted by Chalky on Aug 2, 2010 in Holiday

Yesterday, we made our, now annual, trip down to Somerset to see our friends Faith and Anthony. It was slightly different to the usual trip because, now Jill is insured to drive my car, she drove most of the way which was a nice change! It was also different because Faith and Anthony have moved house since last year, luckily only a few miles down the road so we didn’t get too lost!

After the conducted tour of the new house, we sat down to a lovely Roast Beef tea! Luckily, I’d saved enough calories by being good throughout the day to be able to treat myself to a sizeable portion and some Bakewell Tart afterwards. Unfortunately, I then didn’t have enough left to treat myself to a beverage but there we go.

Afterwards, we saw some pictures of the house when they’d just moved in. It was interesting to see how far the house had come on in such a short period of time.

Today, we’re off to Weston-super-Mare. Apparently, the Pier is still not quite finished which is a shame but I’m sure we’ll find plenty to amuse ourselves with!

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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Posted by Chalky on Aug 3, 2009 in Holiday, Life Stuff

On Friday, I finally got round to having my hair cut. It was long overdue and was quickly coming out of control.

I normally get my hair cut at Scissors on Woodseats but, with me going away on Saturday morning and not having time, I decided to visit a hairdressers in Scunthorpe on Friday afternoon after work. I went to one that James recommended as I had never actually visited one in Scunny.

I normally have Number 3 on the back and sides and then just cut short with scissors on the top of my head. But today, for a number of reasons:

  1. I can wait longer before I have another hair cut, and carry on my lazy trend
  2. I was tired and couldn’t really be bothered to explain how I normally have my hair
  3. I have had pretty much the same haircut for the last 23 years!

 I decided to have Number 3 all over.

Taken on the Open Top Bus on the Isle of Wight

Taken on the Open Top Bus on the Isle of Wight

I’m getting a mixed reaction to the new hair. My White Publishing UK Business Partner really likes it, The Cheif Executive of the Victoria College of Music commented on it too. My Mum however hates the new do and says it makes me look even more like my Dad than usual. I didn’t realise I had a big bald patch… Sorry Dad!

Anyway, answers on a postcard please!

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All Wight, Mr White!

Posted by Chalky on Aug 2, 2009 in Holiday

So today was my first day of my holiday. I’ve embarked on a journey down to Selsey near Portsmouth with the Pashley family. Apparently my treat for putting up with them over the past 12 months is to spend 7 whole days with them with no means of escape!

The journey down was quite pleasant, we stopped off at the Chief Executive of the Victoria College of Music’s house in order to drop off some Examination Sheets that I have been working on over the past couple of weeks. We then headed down to St. Anne’s Cottage.

The cottage is inside a Bunn’s Holiday camp, which is, as you’d expect, rammed full of delightful Chavs and Chavette’s contemplated by a sea of prams. The cottage itself however is cosy and welcoming in its own little grounds. There’s a little cottage with its own Boat House which has been converted into further living quarters. So far, I’ve mainly explored the main cottage:

 Living RoomLiving RoomKitchenKitchen

After taking these photographs, I noticed that I experienced a bout of bad timing, see if you can notice it. The interior of the cottage is okay, but the best bit is the view from the living room window:

 View from the Window

I think I’m going to head over to the Boat House tomorrow and take a look around.

Flowers at SouthseaToday, we drove over to Southsea and hopped over to the Isle of Wight on the Hovercraft. We had to park over a mile away from the Hover Terminal because it was so busy but the walk certainly did me good. I’m going to try and keep up with my walking whilst I’m away this week, I guess we’ll see what happens!

It’s been a long time since I have been on a Hovercraft, I can only really remember going on one with my Dad when I was very young.

The SeaWe decided to go for the Hover Rover offer which covers the Return cost of the Hovercraft and using Buses over in the Isle of Wight including the Open Top Tour Buses.

The crossing only takes just over 10 minutes and was pleasant enough if not a little choppier that I thought that it would be.

Once had arrived in the Isle of Wight, we jumped straight onto an Open Top Bus hoping that we would get a tour of the entire Island, unfortunately though, this is not the case.

The Adventurer's CafeThere are 4 tour buses that cover different parts of the Island. However, I enjoyed the journey around the countryside part. It was nice to see some of the places that I had seen when I drove round the Island on some examining duties last year and it was a nice change not to be driving this time around.

We stopped off at Amazon World and visited The Adventurer’s Cafe for some dinner but decided not to walk around the rest of the place. We waited for the next Open Top Bus and finished off the rest of the tour.

When we returned to Ryde we then decided to hop on a train and take a quick visit to Sandown. The trains used on the Isle of Wight are hand-me-down London Underground trains and were very old and rickety. We didn’t have much time to wonder around Sandown before having to head back in time for the Hovercraft. We did however have time for a sneaky ice cream before jumping back on the train.

The journey back was pretty uneventful, we went back the more scenic route which was rather nice. We’ll see what tomorrow brings us.


Day Five (Wednesday 20th August)

Posted by Chalky on Aug 21, 2008 in Driving, Holiday

Today, I took the Mother and the Sister out to where Faith works so that they could go off and do yet more shopping, cue sigh. I’d decided that I’d already endured more than enough shopping for one holiday so I was just happy to drop them off. However, this did mean that I was left with the task of entertaining Colin for the rest of the day. Whilst I was taking Mum and Jill to meet Faith, I’d left him shooting targets, birds and cans on Wii Play on Jill’s Wii. On the way back, I had the brainwave that maybe I should treat him to taking him somewhere. When I got back to the house, I told Colin to get ready because I was taking him somewhere, but I didn’t elude as to where we were going. In the car, Colin kept asking me where we were going, he isn’t a lover of surprises so I enjoyed the fact that I wasn’t going to tell him. I was in fact on my way to the Seaton Tramway Fleet Air Arm Museum Haynes Motor Museum.

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Day Three (Monday 18th August)

Posted by Chalky on Aug 19, 2008 in Holiday

Today took us to the Sheppy’s Cider Brewery in Taunton. The place itself was somewhat disappointing. We thought that we might actually get to see the Cider being made and that the museum aspect would be of some interest. As it turned out, you couldn’t see anything. The ‘viewing gallery’ gave a wonderful insight into the world of Swallow poo and a nest full of baby Swallows. In terms of Cider-making, we saw a bunch of Vats containing the stuff and the marvellous smell of it but not of the actual making of it, which was a bit of a disappointment.
The ‘museum’ cost £3 for the joy of watching an old VHS tape of the historic Cider-making process. It sounded a bit crap so we decided to give it a miss and head for the Café instead. Here, I had the most amazing Bacon Baguette ever! The Baguette was huge and was lined with no less than 5 rashers of bacon. This was topped off with a Deluxe Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows and Squirty Cream. Lovely!
We then wandered down to the shop to see what they had on offer. They did not offer any taster samples which was a bit disappointing so I just went on what was said on the labels. I decided to go for the Oakwood Supreme, a medium-sweet cider fermented and matured in oak vats, apparently. I also went for the Cider with Honey, which reckons to be made from pure Somerset honey, purely because it looked interesting and I thought the combination of Cider and Honey might also be interesting. I suppose we’ll soon find out!

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Off to Somerset

Posted by Chalky on Aug 16, 2008 in Holiday

After a four hour, 250 mile journey, we finally arrived in Nether Stowey in Somerset. We didn’t arrive until the small hours of the morning because Colin decided that he wanted to finish off my Mum’s car even though he knew we would be going in my car. He then decided he wasn’t going to come because he hadn’t finished the car. He wanted us to go without him and then he’d come down later in the Laguna when he’d fixed it. He didn’t seem to see that this made absolutely no sense, but it is becoming increasing difficult to reason with him when he is in that sort of mood, especially when he hasn’t taken his tablets, which he hadn’t. Anyway, after leaving him to his own devices for a while whist we went to fill Clarence up and to drop off a DVD, Mum managed to persuade him to reluctantly come with us.
Once we were on the road, the drive down to Nether Stowey was very quiet. Them lot all fell asleep on the way down, leaving me with just the iPod for company.