Monday 13 March, 2006

we are still here

Filed under: Uncategorized — claire @ 1:48 pm

Dear oh dear, its been a month since I lasted posted, unbelievable! My excuses are connection problems and holidays, which in turn lead to being out of the habit. So all the emails asking what was happening have finally motivated me to log on and of course, as it works with these things, it’s no biggy and now I can stop thinking every night as I drop of to sleep shit I forgot to post again!

We had a great time skiing, good weather, wonderful accommodation in a very atmospheric gite and no broken bones. Though I had a glorious collection of truly horrendous bruises across the back of both thighs from where another skier slammed into me and after the tenth ca va? ca va? from them I begged them to ski on. Ca va? does not cut it with me as an adequate query to my well being after they have temporarily taken away my ability to stand. Jim did not see the incident and showed no particular concern or any interest in piggy backing me down the slopes so I valiantly soldiered on placating myself that appropriate levels of sympathy would follow as soon as the full extent of the collision was evident in the technicolour bruising I knew would appear.
We skied solidly for the week though we did take one morning off to go raquette(?), which is what the french call it when you pop tennis racket like shoes on and go snow hiking. It was a lot of fun and I would certainly be keen to do it again for a lengthier time. I’ll post some photos tomorrow from the holiday.

Other than that we’ve been keeping pretty quiet, Jims very busy at work with 3 paper publications coming up. And as I only work very part time and Jims on a Post Doc we have to watch our pennies to enable us to do the travelling we want. We find the cost of living in France is very high. Petrol is very expensive and what makes our blood boil is the road tolls, it wouldn’t be so bad except on a road trip they will cost more than the petrol. Our French friends tell us it is not so bad and at least they have very good roads, Jim and I smile but the truth is we think the roads are appalling, in Germany you do not pay road tolls and the roads are excellent. I notice the difference in the quality of the roads as soon as I cross the boarder to Belgium, just 20min away. Anyway just a small gripe and really its important to stay focused on the important stuff, like fromage, so very good and so very cheap.

It’s been so cold lately, the news headlines yesterday translated to the cold that keeps staying, it was -5 this morning. I just keep thinking in a few weeks we’ll be in Italy on the island of Ischia off the coast of Naples, I cant wait, I long to be in single layers and feeling the warmth of the sun instead of bundled up and developing a peculiar hatred for my winter clothes.

Some lovely news to share, Con and Toula have a new little man in their lives, Thomas. He looks so very cute in the photos and we are so happy for them. When we return home there are going to have a lot of new loved ones to meet, very exciting. I’ll leave it there as its impossible to catch you up with all our news in one go.

Saturday 24 December, 2005

tout le monde

Filed under: Uncategorized — jim @ 7:37 pm

Joyeux Noel
Bonne Annee

Tuesday 15 November, 2005

Happy Birthday Mum

Filed under: Uncategorized — claire @ 11:07 am

Mum with our beloved girl Lola

Wish we were there to celebrate with you, to the Hills (Red) we would all head with Robyn and Dave. Enjoy your celebrations with them….yes celebrate you are 62 years young! I’m so proud of you. And as usual still laughing at the thought of our last conversation. How is Ardunna? Jim always knows when I’m on the phone to you, its when I laugh loudest.

We send you all our love and we miss you.
Claire & Jim xxxxxxx

p.s Jim says in his rendition of happy birthday he belted down the phone to you he did use his BEST voice.

Thursday 10 November, 2005

More photos of little Costa.

Filed under: Uncategorized — claire @ 11:56 pm

Ok is he not the cutest baby ever. The first photo we showed you he was just a few minutes old, here he is a few weeks I think? He looks pretty relaxed, I love the tongue action and all that hair!

Thanks for keeping us updated Harry, keep the photos coming….our love to the three of you xxx.

Friday 14 October, 2005

A New Family

Filed under: Uncategorized — claire @ 8:23 pm

We were thrilled to hear of the safe arrival of Harry and Connie’s new little man….baby Costa. Congratulations to all!!! It warms our hearts to think of our dear cousins now cocooned in family life.

What we would give to be able to visit and have a cuddle of baby Costa and a whiff of that gorgeous new born baby smell…..aaaaaaaaaahhh

All our love
Jim and Claire xxxx

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