Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Leaving the UK and on to Thailand

So here are a few pics from our last few weeks in UK and our London leaving do. We did have a leaving do in Leicester but we forgot to take any photos, but thanks to all those that came long.

I must also issue a personal apology to Nick and Kat who have been waiting to appear in our blog and felt sure that there art tour of London would do the trick... unfortunately Dave's phone has virtually packed up and we can't get the photos!! Noooo. Email us some and we'll just add them in for the crack ;)

So on the last day of our Indian summer we spent the day with my brother, Simon in his new house and had a lovely walk in the Northamptonshire countryside

..and the boys entertained me with some ballet moves - fantastic!

Dave got into Halloween on a rooftop bar in London

.... and our lovely friends gave us a great send off at our leaving do

On our last day we met my dad for lunch and to hand back the car that my parents kindly lent us for the whole summer - thanks folks :)

and said our farewells - sob

Then to Thailand! Here is our beach bungalow on Mai Nam beach in Koh Sumui at Shangrila

..and the beach - it was hell

We went to the more popular area of Koh Sumui, Cheweng for the day to see what we were missing.....

... more of the same really ;)

Oh and I sneaked into a resort and had a swim in their pool - tee hee

After 4 days we hopped on a ferry to Koh Phangan. Got a taxi and then this longboat to Had Thian

which was beautiful as you can see.

This was our bungalow at Beam Bungalows and we loved having our own hammock

"No Dave its not your turn!"

We did some snorkelling at the bay next door and it was full of fish and very calm

Then we popped over to the west coast to do a yoga class and visited Had Yao, a more well known beach and we could see why...

We hired a scooter for the day to get around


Then the final part of our Thailand island tour was THE FULL MOON PARTY! We had both been in our mid 20s and decided to get into full swing and got all glo-painted up with our Canadian neighbours

Grabbed ourselves the obligatory bucket....

... and hit the beach to party!

Here's us with the full moon

She's still got it!

And us with a couple of friends we met along the way

Night fever indeed!

Well Bangkok may have been flooded and our plans to visit Cambodia thwarted but the islands did not disappoint. Brilliant 2 weeks and I didn't even mention the yummy food - Thailand has it all.

Well we are in New Zealand now relaxing so stay tuned for more photos from here.

Missing you all in Blighty and looking forward to seeing all you Antipodeans again soon xxxx

Monday, 3 October 2011

Summer 2011 London, weddings and lots lots more

Where to start? Well not at the beginning I'm afraid as the photos have got a bit jumbled but here is what we've been up to in no particular order!!!

Dave and I have been living in London over the summer and with little work to distract us we have made full use of what the Big Smoke has to offer - and elsewhere.

This is us on a walking tour of the Holborn area - this is an old pub that was frequented by many royals over the centuries

We stopped by the Old Curiosity Shop but Charles was out - boo

We took advantage of the Boris bikes and cycled through Regents Park

This is us in Oxford with Dave's mate Angus - punting up the river

We visited Croperdy folk festival to see Dave's old Samba band play

and popped up to Rugby to Dave's friend Sarah's wedding

Dave and his dad Terry took in some jazz when they were over from NZ

We went to see Priscilla with Toni and Terry - fabulous darling

...and high tea my dear

And Dave went to Nottinghill Carnival

Then there was La Wedding! My bestest mate Katie marrying her beau in Majorca

Pre-wedding jitters were calmed by a bit of champers!

...'don't leave me out!'

The boys managed their nerves with another tipple

For some reason the friends took refuge in vegetables ;)

'Oh darling what strange friends we have'

Kate with her baby - Maddie. Maddie's first high chair experience

Susie with one of her girls


 This was how we were transported to the beach where the wedding was - not too shabby hey!?

One of the other boats

The wedding  - there was laughter.....

..and tears

lots of tears! I didn't catch Kate crying on camera but she was the worst of the lot of us!


And singing - it was amazing

Then we flew down to the Costa del Sol to stay with Dave's aunt and uncle - this is us at the mud baths

Then soaking in the sulphur mineral stream

On Bolonia beach

Then a day in Seville before the flight home

Lots of tapas

Then this last weekend we have been up to Newcastle to another wedding, my friend Helen. At the most amazing castle and the best weather of the year.

Lovely autumnal leaves and dappled sunshine and my friend Kate and her daughter

The bride and groom

Father of the bride

...and rounded off by the most delicious meal with merriment, dancing and laughter abundant - fab


... and we even managed to take in Durham cathederal

and the Scarborough coast on the way home :)

Phew - well there has been so much more so sorry if there is something I missed but it has been one amazing, fun packed few months. Thanks for making it great for us xxxxx