Last week we went to Amsterdam as a family. Alfie’s first flight.
I would like to say it was just holiday but actually I was visiting two river cruise ships. Mr Bridge is looking for a new ship to work on.
We travelled to Zaandam to stay on a Croissi ship and then the next day took the train to Arnhem to visit Brabant – Fred Olsen’s river ship.
After the work we had two lovely days in Dutch sunshine. Amsterdam on Monday and then Keukenhof gardens on the Tuesday.
Alfie is walking fast now and loved the gardens in full bloom.
Here is Alfie helping me to prepare for my event in Worthing.
Getting the boards ready.
I am now down on the sunny south coast at the Chatsworth Hotel.
A great crowd mixing bridge with springtime strolls, as well as paddling and the odd ice cream.
Working for Helen at the photography show in NEC and looking after Alfie.
Caught in a hail shower with Alfie but note the proofreading beneath the pram – can you guess the magazine!
What a pleasure to return to the Royal Kenz in Port el Kantaoui.
I had been there for 15 years in a row and now after a three year forced absence we got back.
You only realise how much you miss a place when you finally return.
The sights, the sounds, the people and the food. The staff of the hotel were so welcoming – so pleased to see us all back.
The weather was good and with a full party and a great atmosphere- a great time was had by all.
On returning home I was greeted by Alfie and Helen, although Alfie was rather enjoying the entertainment at Heathrow:
I flew out in the morning and flew back in the evening so I could inspect our new hotel.
Sandy Bell is doing the first event in April and she is in for a treat.
Great bridge facilities, lovely rooms and a gorgeous beach as you can see.
However by the time I got home I was a little weary!
Another successful trip to the island. Good weather and good bridge.
The only thing missing was my family.
We covered competitive bidding over the four days and as the event went on the doubling increased.
Furthermore, since I suggested that if you never get -800 you are not bidding enough. A lot of players proved that they are definitely bidding enough!
It seems a long time ago, as we are basking in the sun. However whilst I was running a weekend in Lancashire in early February, Alfie was enjoying the snow!
Within ten days we were back at Denham for the new ACOL REBOOT event which we were replacing the filming event with. The same length as before with the same number of seminars too – six in three days!
The atmosphere was as good as ever and had my voice been a little stronger I would have enjoyed it just as much. However, starting with a sore throat and knowing you have a lot of talking to do was a little daunting.
It all went really well though and Alfie and Helen came up to see me for the last two days, cheering us all up with their smiles.
The picture is of the ingredients that Helen suggested for soothing my throat. That is turmeric by the way.
Thanks to all those who supplied medicines particularly Trish for Tyrozets.
Next year it will be Reboot Your Card Play at the same place and for the same time.
A little bit late posting for the new year!
As usual the family were at Denham Grove for the celebrations. Bringing in the new year with dancing, champagne and of course, bridge.
Alfie was on great form, joining in with everything except for the cards. He managed to stay up for half of the gala dinner, enjoying a little dancing too.
What a wonderful year!
I have been around the world in more ways than one.
Alfie is wearing his birthday suit from Morocco. Bought in Marrakesh on my last cruise.
Alfie has a wonderful day, starting with his presents including a tunnel which his mother was enjoying too:
Then a nice walk in to town and back followed by lunch and then a visit to Santa:
Then over to Ryden Grange to meet Grandpa (Mr Bridge) and his cousins for singing and cake.
Finally to sleep and two tired parents celebrating a wonderful year:
Can’t wait for the next year. Hopefully doing two cruises with the family and a few weekends too, starting with Denham at New Year of course.