Saturday, 31 December 2011

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Merry Christmas!

It's Christmas morning....

...could Boo look any weirder?

and talking of weirder....(!)

Merry first Christmas George!!

O!Christmas tree....

Lesser spotted Stripeycat

Jonny got a new jumper...

Christmas day meal - notice I don't use the word ''lunch'' there as we ate, as usual in the evening

George's first sprout....

....not really(!)

Merry Christmas Folks!

Friday, 23 December 2011


Remembering Mum

September 21st 1937 - December 23rd 2006

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Wednesday, 21 December 2011


One year ago today I married my darling husband...

I rely on you
like a Skoda needs suspension
like the aged need a pension
like a trampoline needs tension
like a bungee jump needs apprehension

I rely on you
like a camera needs a shutter
like a gambler needs a flutter
like a golfer needs a putter
like a buttered scone involves some butter

I rely on you
like an acrobat needs ice cool nerve
like a hairpin needs a drastic curve
like an HGV needs endless derv
like an outside left needs a body swerve

I rely on you
like a handyman needs pliers
like an auctioneer needs buyers
like a laundromat needs driers
like The Good Life needed Richard Briers

I rely on you
like a water vole needs water
like a brick outhouse needs mortar
like a lemming to the slaughter
Ryan's just Ryan without his daughter
I rely on you

Tuesday, 20 December 2011


Gastroenteritis...that is all.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Sunday, 18 December 2011

With Uncle G


Saturday, 17 December 2011

Friday, 16 December 2011

Saying Goodbye

Today we attended Janette's funeral at the church of St John the Divine on Brooklands road in Sale. We arrived to a lone piper walking through the falling snow playing amazing grace, which set the tone for a beautiful and sad day.
The service included an incredible eulogy, a solo of Ave Maria by Janette's son Ali, Clare de Lune performed by her pianist brother in law Michael; Corinthians read by her husband Professor Pollock and a beautiful gospel choir - including her daughter Ellie, whose rendition of her favourite song 'Wonderful world' accompanied by a single cello moved most to tears.
As the wonderful eco coffin of seagrass left the church covered in ivy, beautiful red roses, holly and the thistle-like eryngium I smiled and whispered goodbye; Jon holding me tight, tears streaming down our faces.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Saturday, 10 December 2011


On Saturday Jon's Mum and Dad came to visit to meet George...

A dusting of snow...


...and smiles for Granny

and a very well behaved sleepy little man

Whilst Daddy and Grandad talk techy

Friday, 9 December 2011

Making Christmas

I don't know what tinsel is but I like it....

Our special bauble from

Glorious Fraser fir from Gordon Rigg

George's new stocking on the left

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Yes Sir, that's my baby...

This was taken yesterday, when we took George to be registered. So he is now officially named and recorded. It was strange being back in the register office, the last time we were there was to post our banns of marriage and there was snow on the ground. Almost exactly a year on, there we were with our new baby boy. I do find it strange and wonderful how life comes in cycles.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

All in the end is harvest

Darling Janette lost her fight today.

Will you go lassie, go
And we'll all go together
To pluck wild mountain thyme
All around the blooming heather
Will you go lassie, go

Thursday, 1 December 2011


We waited in all Thursday afternoon for the Health Visitor who didn't come....

George managed to lift the mood by looking like Warren Clarke

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Pretty eyes


Monday, 28 November 2011


Daddy modelling the Close carrier :) xxx

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Photo of the day

Gorgeous George.
Adorable in dungarees with his

Friday, 25 November 2011


Today should have been my darling Dad's birthday
here he is holding me just days old...

and here, all these years later, is Jon, holding our baby
named after my darling Dad and just seven days old....

Thursday, 24 November 2011


After two days on the paediatric unit we are back home where we

Friday, 18 November 2011


George Jacob Newman
Friday 18th November
elective caesarian
9lbs 14oz

Thursday, 17 November 2011

For tomorrow

Tomorrow I am having my baby.

I am booked in for an elective C section sometime in the morning, after which we will finally, please god, have our little

Wednesday, 16 November 2011


Well, my induction failed....48 hours worth of hormone tablets and I'd made little progress, and so, we were sent home.

I cannot tell you how glad I was to be back in my own bed and away from hospital.....

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Induction tomorrow

I pray all goes well and we come through this