Los Juegos Olímpicos


A show jumper with Canary Wharf in the distance.  Fencers in front of Warwick Castle.  Hockey in front of some other ancient pile.  A weighlifter eyeing up the top-stones at Stonehenge.  Beach volleyball in Horseguards Parade.  Discus throwing from the Giants Causeway.  An athlete hurdling antique chairs in a stately home.  Wheelchair basketballers on the Royal Mile at Windsor.  Kayaking down the water course at Chatsworth House. A single scull in front of the 02.

Of the many things we might have expected to see in Santo Domingo, an outdoor exhibition of posters promoting the imminent Olympic Games was not one of them. [Read more…]

Cumpleaños de Zach


We’re in denial.  We can’t quite believe that Zach, our youngest, our baby, is four.  Saturday was his big day.  He was, of course, very excited.  He wanted Friday to go quickly, so it would be his bithday sooner.

The day started early.  At around 5.30am a very excited Zach bounded into our room, presents in hand.  “Can I unwrap them, Dad?  Can I?  Mum, Mum.  MUUUM.” We were headed to Santo Domingo for the day,  so needed to be up at 6am anyway, so rather than shooing him back to bed with a weary “it’s too early”, we shook ourselves awake and enjoyed sharing his excitement. [Read more…]

Caribbean Cake


We had only been in the Dominican Republic 5 days when Katie celebrated her 5th birthday. We tried our best to celebrate in a style that she would recognise and had a little party on our balcony for all the people we had met in our short stay. We bought her an enormous cake from the local bakery and whilst it looked the perfect cake for a little girl – all pink sugary icing, flowers and fairies – it was fairly expensive (about £30) and was a big let down when it came to the taste test. [Read more…]