that handy year-in-a-nutshell that'll take
you on to pages about each month, each of which is a blatant excuse for me to
put up pics where our friends and family can see them and stop bothering us for
weekly emails (actually, we don't mind. Really).
So, in early 2003 we moved to the Southwestern city of Bristol, and set up in
the beautiful Redland area north of the city.
||AND IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN.
December brings colder weather,
prezzie-planning, and a surprise visit from my Dad who makes it out of
London for the first time in his life!
||BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY - BUT NOT WHERE WE ARE. And
that's a good thing, as November marks our first year away from the megalopolis of
||INN-SPIRE-ING. October delivers the
goods when it comes to Autumn colours. Not exactly as spectacular as that in
the Far East, but beautiful anyway. And we liked it. We keep hearing that
Bristol gets almost no snow. Still, we plan to do some dry-skiing anyway.
||SEPTEMBER STUFF. As the summer started to wind down,
we found ourselves spending a little more money on things. Like getting our
Rover fixed after it was rear-ended on the motorway...and other things. More...
BODIES. The UK's hottest summmer on record (not that we Africans really
noticed it) and the opening of the newly-refurbished Roman baths in the
centre of the city about two blocks from where I worked. In Bath, that is.
Speaking of bodies, two of my brothers were in town for a gig so we
took the chance to stroll around my part of the world. There've been some
changes on the personal front: I've also started playing soccer with my
work team, which means that I've been shocking Laetitia by coming home in
sports kit for the first time in our married life. Beats the high heels
||JULY - ENGLAND FRIES. How many
times have you seen a double-yoked egg? Not many. If you have, try and
work out the odds of finding THREE double-yolked eggs in the same
half-dozen carton! Here's proof that it can happen. And also a nifty way
to bring up the 'summer' of 2003: a time of new work experiences, a
'heatwave' (not for us), and lots of very nice things being done.
||JUNE KNOW WHO HE IS? Don't make
him angry - you won't like him when he's angry. June saw me change jobs
(for a more team-based environment), paint my face (for a party), and
think about all the international travelling we won't be doing (for a
||MAY-DAYS. (Yes, I had to). Even
though the weather had hardly warmed up, we still squeeze ourselves into
T-shirts, and icecreams into our faces. A couple of visits to the South
coast where Derek - friend and ex-colleague from Korea - lives.
|APRIL: CARS, BARS AND SARS, AND
A PHOTO BRINGS HOMESICKNESS. Not really. Though we DID have some really
nice things to recall as our wedding anniversary #11 rolled around, so did
things vehicular in our driveway (well, that's where we'd've parked them
if we actually HAD one), plus global sniffles and sneezes.
|MARCH-ING WEST - ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER
CITY. After taking newly-arrived brother Darrell around to a couple of touristy-type spots, Laetitia
and I move from London to Western England near the Welsh border, and take possession
of a flat in the historic Redland area of Bristol, where we intend to
spend quite a while. See more here...
(ARE WE BIN OVERLADEN WITH HASSLES)?. Terrorist alerts shut down transport systems and add a certain frisson
to life in the Big Smoke. Makes it difficult when one works out of
Heathrow Airport. We also have major snowfalls, which do nothing to prevent yet another of my
brothers from joining us in the U as Darrell arrives for his first European
||JANUARY - IT'S LAKER TIME.
Old friends from back in SA come to the UK for a while, and we visit them
up in the Lake Districts for a very decent weekend. See here...
LINGUISTIC NOTE: It's often the case
that we South Africans forget about our own distinct brand of English, and when
that happens, we just go to
this site and everything disappears in a haze of homesickness. Agh, siestog.
And we're not the only ones: seeing that we live in Bristol, it's only logical
that we give you a good introduction to the unique variety of English spoken
here so off you go to the well-known satirical website
That Be Bristle for a
Go to our 2004 news page
got here via our Homepage
(logically), but there's more...
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