April 19, 2021

Alfie had a go at horse riding over the weekend - he seemed to really enjoy it which pleased his Aunty. On the Saturday Alfie was charging from park to ...

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April 14, 2021

What a day Monday was! 90 minutes of snow fun - tobogganing and snowmen. Then back inside for the live broadcast. Later on Father and son were out again after ...

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April 8, 2021

Here is a fairy house that we found on a visit to Grandpa’s. We had a really full and fun time over Easter. Plenty of cousins and friends as well ...

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March 29, 2021

Madejski Stadium In the queue to get my first vaccine last week. Pleased to visit the local Stadium for the first time. A very nice stadium it is too. Everything ...

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March 19, 2021

The bread rose and it is certainly a pleasant gluten-free loaf. It turns out that using fresh yeast is the key. I am doing our usual Italian flat bread today ...

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February 21, 2021

Two pictures of Alfie’s (and my) weekend. Exploring on the right with a strange branch in the shape of his favourite number. And making sand castles again rather than snow ...

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February 7, 2021

Helen was working at the weekend and we had to help out by dropping off an extra camera. These vehicles happened to be at the venue, so Alfie was in ...

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January 25, 2021

Unadulterated fun I did not turn on the computers on Sunday we were having too much fun. Alfie was on the sled, making snow balls and snow men and even ...

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January 17, 2021

The family are getting used to a morning cycle. Alfie on his balance bike and us on the pedalling machines. His confidence is so high that controlling him on the ...

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December 6, 2020

He started the day with balloon football. And the fun went on throughout the day. Obviously he was spoilt rotten all day! Here he is with his cake and his ...

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November 28, 2020

Holiday celebration It seems a long time ago now, but this is a family picture at the beginning of our week break. Please excuse the mess! ...

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November 28, 2020

Daddy’s attempt to create a mad hat Alfie was invited to a nursery Mad Hatter’s party so I selotaped cars to his bike helmet. Never did get a picture of ...

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November 23, 2020

Autumn Walk Having been ill since we had our little holiday, I had failed to update my blog for which I apologise. We enjoyed going for daily walks and cycles ...

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October 20, 2020

So I have posted our favourite recipe on the gluten free forum at the same time as having Alfie help me make it. In pyjamas for the first part Finger ...

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October 18, 2020

Alfie and Helen emptied the pumpkins to ready for carving but were then busy making pumpkin lasagne. Mops and cloths were needed regularly to avoid the mess getting out of ...

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October 18, 2020

Alfie loves dribbling the treacle in to the yoghurt extending the making time! Here are me and Alfie making treacle bread, the first recipe on the gluten free forum. This ...

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September 27, 2020

Autumn has arrived so I am making something that I have done for the past three years. And I need books to weigh down what I am creating! I am ...

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September 27, 2020

I have been a little lax in posting so will have to change my ways and start uploading more regularly. Here are two pictures of a family walk in Swinley ...

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August 6, 2020

Alfie showing off his ice cream eating skills And very happy about it too The ice cream was a special treat but he hears the van go by every day ...

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July 20, 2020

These were my sister’s blackberries made in to a lovely fool. However we did manage to pick a punnet of our own on Sunday. ...

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July 12, 2020

Apologies to a few who missed the Friday afternoon bridge game. I was busy making Alfie a new sand pit. In fact we have had a very busy weekend. Lots ...

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July 9, 2020

Wild flowers from the garden and a few home grown veg, but mostly an Italian inspired anniversary dinner. Thanks again to Roger & Irene. ...

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July 5, 2020

Helen and I generally operate gluten-free so we look for various recipes. This one has worked out nicely for Friday lunchtimes: it is so simple. Very simple to do. Make ...

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June 3, 2020

With Mummy and Daddy busy the child will play! Paint everywhere! Panic ensues... At least I cut put Alfie in the paddling pool. Some emails and enquiries were delayed! ...

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May 25, 2020

A few curls left Having displayed my new cut this morning, here is Alfie’s new hair. You can be the judge. He seems happy enough anyway. ...

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May 24, 2020

Toys all over the place There are times that the house is neat and tidy, but this isn’t one of them Sometimes my mind is a little like this when ...

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May 1, 2020

This morning’s story Alfie loves sunken boats and treasure. He just about manages to stay the course for most of the tale. A very sad story but brings back memories ...

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April 19, 2020

Too many hair cutters? Well I finally took the plunge and let Helen have a go. Alfie did not want to miss out either, although he doesn’t know that he ...

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April 17, 2020

Trying to proofread, but the end result is down below Alfie got hold of the pen ...

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April 10, 2020

Every morning that I have an online session, I look after Alfie from 7 to 10.30 just to get me in the zone! So much easier when the sun is ...

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April 3, 2020

Alfie helping me to prepare for the live feed. Beatrix Potter this morning along with road-track and cars. ...

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April 2, 2020

With so much in the picture, I am struggling to keep eyes at the camera! So the job for the next live stream (Friday 11am) is for me to focus ...

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March 30, 2020

This was the quiz from the first live show. I had envisaged showing the piece of paper rather than the computerised element. That was quite an experience. It is nice ...

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March 27, 2020

This is a taste of the equipment and set up that Helen has been working on to get me going live on YouTube. Aiming to start on Monday 30th at ...

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March 27, 2020

Alfie with a cousin in Brighton enjoying the waves. No bridge trips so having a lot of family time. ...

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January 8, 2020

Alfie helped with some tidying up at Denham! The event went really well. Another full house with plenty of dancers inspired by Helen's playlist and then 15 tables stayed up ...

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January 8, 2020

[wpvideo dmA4SiqE ] Alfie has his own pack of cards to do with as he wishes. This was just before Christmas. ...

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December 15, 2019

Alfie's birthday happened to coincide with our farewell Mr Bridge party on board. They created a lovely big cake and he was thoroughly spoilt! We were in Hamburg for the ...

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December 2, 2019

Alfie entertaining clients with a card trick. Actually messing up a bidding box and really enjoying it. We are in a very cold but sunny Oslo today. ...

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November 30, 2019

Finally we have got our Belgian beer. Back on Balmoral in Blankenberge. Another cruise after a busy period of bridge weekends, Helen working and Alfie being a bit ill. All ...

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October 11, 2019

The holiday starts! I have one week with the family before another week with a bridge group. We have only just flown in but feel relaxed already. ...

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September 15, 2019

Missing my family with two weeks in the heat of Tunisia. A great bridge group. Pictures like this one keep me going We are usually just in the Royal Kenz ...

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July 27, 2019

I stayed at a hotel on my way up to Rosyth for a cruise. We are actively looking for more venues in the North. This one was halfway up. Another ...

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July 27, 2019

The next weekend I was doing a morning seminar at Richmond bridge club on 4-4-4-1 hands. All went well and then it was time for the family to enjoy the ...

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July 27, 2019

80 years and counting. Over 350 guests came to celebrate the occasion. The weather was perfect and the whole day went smoothly. About 100 bridge guests including many of the ...

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July 5, 2019

Two weekends on the trot but there is time for the family to enjoy summer. Last weekend I was in Blunsdon with a full house and this weekend I am ...

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June 21, 2019

Another country in a day! In and out of Verona to see our new hotel on lake Garda. Looks great. Good food, great hotel and good bridge facilities. The picture ...

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June 13, 2019

Here I am in Palma airport after a day trip to puerto pollensa. Visiting a hotel with Peter Kirk, the agent that handles our Tunisia and Croatia trips. It was ...

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June 13, 2019

Another year amassed! My birthday was duly celebrated and then the family had a break in Brighton with my brother and Alfie's cousins. The weather was pretty good considering. Alfie ...

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May 18, 2019

We had a great time in Malta. My family has some good time - here Alfie is getting ready to explore the rock pools. The bridge went well as well ...

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May 12, 2019

I am in Malta for Mr Bridge's first holiday in St Paul's Bay. I have my family with me. Here they are enjoying the Aquarium. The hotel is excellent with ...

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April 17, 2019

I am cruising the Med again. In Sicily for three days and then to Malta and on to Greece. Our bridge group are having fun trying to use splinters and ...

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April 17, 2019

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. ...

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March 30, 2019

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 ...

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March 17, 2019

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 ...

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March 16, 2019

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 ...

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February 27, 2019

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 ...

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February 26, 2019

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 ...

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February 26, 2019

[wpvideo M7e0QE6B ] 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 ...

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January 24, 2019

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 ...

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January 24, 2019

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 ...

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December 6, 2018

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. ...

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December 2, 2018

Time to play with Alfie now that the last event is over. I came back from Dartmoor last week having had another great gourmet bridge break. A lovely tasting menu ...

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November 20, 2018

I have been on a cruise for 9 days visiting Morocco and then the Canaries. Today, whilst WhatsApping home Alfie said Da Da for the first time! I will see ...

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November 2, 2018

Alfie was having a messy play Halloween party as I headed down to Worthing for another bridge event. All was well there with a great crowd of guests. I am ...

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October 22, 2018

This is a picture of Alfie waiting for Daddy to come home. I am blogging from the plane back from Munich. Quite a final day of the river cruise: Linz ...

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October 21, 2018

This is the last day of the cruise. Back home to the family tomorrow. We did not make it all the way down the river because it was too dry. ...

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October 15, 2018

One year on from our first jaunt down the Danube I am back again. Above is my 'snack' at the airport. I have already chatted to Alfie and Mummy this ...

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October 15, 2018

He is getting his feet! I made the long journey back from Newcastle to immerse myself in family time. Alfie is coming on leaps and bounds. We did all sorts ...

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October 15, 2018

Sitting in Sweden looking at 'The Bridge' that crosses to Denmark. My posts have few and far between so I am set to try and catch up. It has been ...

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September 2, 2018

Wow! A busy month which finds me back on the Aegean odyssey now. But I was on the Balmoral in August with my family. Here are some photos from the ...

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August 3, 2018

[wpvideo 00aKAZHB ] This is what Alfie and Mummy we're up to while I was working. He is progressing fast and we are loving it! I am down in Worthing ...

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July 28, 2018

From heat and family fun back to work on the road: Here is the audience of a defensive seminar at the Olde Barn near Grantham. Just working until Sunday then ...

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July 11, 2018

We have been doing weekends with our respective families. Malvern one weekend and then Ryden Grange the next. Alfie has been amazing with all the people. Having a great time ...

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June 24, 2018

Alfie is growing up but I am here to see it. I found 12 days on board a long time, but I am back in the country for 8 weeks ...

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June 5, 2018

Half way through the Cruise and another year gained. The clients sang happy birthday at the end of a seminar! Earlier in the morning I had my sister and family ...

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May 31, 2018

After our last bridge session we had a party with prize-giving and these two cakes on display. Then we had our food and finally a lot of dancing. Energy draining, ...

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May 31, 2018

So I am away for 12 days this time. The first long stint away from the family. In Livorno now, having sailed from Rome. I had an extended sleep for ...

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May 31, 2018

Wow, time runs away. A really intense river cruise, which was very successful but also busy! Followed by six days with Alfie. I need to fit in some rest time! ...

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May 16, 2018

I have been a bit lax with my postings. This should have been last week's A week away in Croatia with a good Bridge group and a great team. I ...

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April 26, 2018

It has been some time since my last post as I get ready for my first sojourns abroad since becoming a Father. I finished just over a week ago with ...

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April 9, 2018

We made the long journey down to deepest Cornwall to meet Alfie's 4 cousins. They live in St Buryan. The weather was wonderful allowing picnics on both days and a ...

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April 2, 2018

A calmer week at home with Alfie growing. Last weekend I did another Bridge event at Blunsdon House near Swindon. A few days of family fun are on their way ...

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March 22, 2018

More packing for the family as we headed to the NEC for 5 days. Helen runs a big stall for her photography bag business there. I help out by taking ...

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March 15, 2018

Made my way back from Dartmoor last night. Pretty much non-stop rain. However we had been very lucky the day before to get sunshine for our walk. Alfie was on ...

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March 10, 2018

I was in St Anne's for a Bridge event on Monday and was so lucky with the weather - the snows had cleared. Coming back on Wednesday evening just before ...

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March 2, 2018

Another Bridge event in Bournemouth over the weekend, followed by the cold weather. Alfie and I got caught in a blizzard and now we are wrapped up warm in the ...

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February 23, 2018

Well actually I just had three days between the event in the Isle of Wight and in Bournemouth. However, Alfie has been on good form while I have been recovering! ...

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February 18, 2018

I was lucky enough to have my family with me in the Isle of Wight on our now annual Bridge holiday there. Five days from start to finish it requires ...

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February 13, 2018

I am not sure how much he took in, but he has seen his first cards. We had a good weekend away from work. We saw my Father on Saturday ...

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February 7, 2018

After another busy weekend in Worthing at the Chatsworth Hotel, I was welcomed home by a lovely smile from Alfie: ? I was in charge of Alfie most of Monday ...

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January 31, 2018

He seems to be smiling most of the time, but grouchy too! We attended a funeral on Monday although a grimace from Alfie took me outside for a few laps ...

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January 25, 2018

Another quiz done for the magazine; this time revolving about redoubles! At the same time it seems Alfie is going through a growing spurt! That is what you call it ...

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January 21, 2018

Most of this week has been about resting and fathering. Alfie is in to his seventh week now and is much more responsive. My next event is over the next ...

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January 14, 2018

Exhausted, but home with Alfie and Helen. Three gruelling days of filming, but lots of fun too. The seminars went down well and the atmosphere was great. Above are three ...

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January 12, 2018

Behind the scenes of our filming event: the sound desk and directors screens. Another full house for this year's filming. Two seminars done, four to go. Missing Helen and Alfie ...

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January 11, 2018

Filming starts tomorrow and I have ordered new trousers. Unfortunately the company has messed up their delivery so I am waiting before making my way to Denham. Six new seminars ...

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January 9, 2018

Having recovered from New Year Helen and I have been trying to create a routine but Alfie is having none of it. Tried to work on some seminars this morning: ...

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January 1, 2018

I was lucky enough to have my wife and child with me for New Year. Alfie was so well behaved. He slept through all the evening meals allowing Helen to ...

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December 28, 2017

After 3 weeks with Alfie I am now back at work. Denham Grove for Twixmas and then for New Year. Missing my boy but with FaceTime or Skype I can ...

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December 20, 2017

The Mr Bridge party was on Monday night and was good fun. The food was good and company too. Today brought a lot of appointments for Alfie including a hip ...

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December 18, 2017

This Saturday we had our annual family Carol concert at my brother's Alfie got to meet 40 family members: everybody wanted a hold as he slept through the whole event. ...

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December 12, 2017

It has been a relatively relaxed start to live as a Father. Alfie is very well behaved. We are even getting some reasonable sleeps. The picture is of the proofs ...

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December 10, 2017

Helen stayed in hospital for a few days but we have made it home. The staff at Frimley were amazing. So helpful and so friendly. Alfie is a relaxed boy, ...

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December 7, 2017

Helen gave birth to Alfred James Forrest Magee yesterday morning at 11.27am Mother is tired but recovering well. Father is over the moon. Alfie is relaxed and happy. ...

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December 5, 2017

Our baby was expected today but no sign of it! We were in the hospital for check up etc. Long waits and good advice given. Both Helen and I are ...

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December 2, 2017

Christmas decorations started with baby around the corner. We will have no time for decorations soon enough! Helen has stopped her work for a month and I have finished most ...

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November 26, 2017

Helen and I are trying to get things in order so plenty of time in front of the computers over the weekend. Creating hands for the seminars as well as ...

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November 21, 2017

This week is all about getting the prep done for the next 2 or 3 months! The six DVDs for 2018 are my major project but also the articles for ...

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November 17, 2017

Just 3 weeks to go. Everything is ready except for our two minds. We are starting to fret a little! Tonight we are out in Bracknell's new town Centre having ...

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November 17, 2017

The Two Bridges events were a revelation: Lovely houseparties of about 40 players all ready to enjoy themselves and play a little Bridge and learn a little too. But most ...

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November 14, 2017

The moors are beautiful at this time of year. We went for another short walk before the afternoon bridge. The weather closed in a little bit we were all glad ...

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November 10, 2017

I did have another look at the seminars on Tuesday so here is the full hand I promised. The answer was straightforward: do not lead a singleton if you have ...

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November 6, 2017

We went to a full day of NCT On Saturday - our last session. And we have been washing loads and loads of hand me downs - when you have ...

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November 2, 2017

After an amazing event Helen and I had to rush back. We left at 3.45 and managed to be in Bracknell at 7.20, just 20 minutes late for our NCT ...

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October 31, 2017

Here is a picture of one of the comfortable lounges at the Two Bridges Hotel. We have a full house but a comfortably sized group: set up for a gourmet ...

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October 31, 2017

So far there has been very little bridge content but at the moment I am spending time creating the new seminars for the DVD recording sessions at Denham in January ...

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October 28, 2017

Our first NCT meeting brings the baby's arrival very much in to focus. For me it was nice to meet prospective fathers who had the same worries as me. Just ...

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October 23, 2017

Recovering over the weekend with gardening, rest and then list making. Preparing for the baby! Wow that sounds weird. Helen and I are trying to prepare our lives for our ...

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October 20, 2017

This is what the end of the two river cruises looked like for me: four pallets ready for collecting with tables chairs and equipment. Next the train to Munich and ...

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October 18, 2017

I am in Bratislava and the sun has warmed the air after a chilly morning. I sense my illness passing and am energised. At the same time, Mr Bridge is ...

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October 16, 2017

Helen and I took a tram in to Vienna, but having missed breakfast we searched out a cafe in the sun. We found a rather posh one! Landtmann: plenty of ...

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October 15, 2017

Back to back events are always difficult: going from a high at the end of the last cruise to start again but I did have the joy of Helen joining ...

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October 13, 2017

After our last bridge session we had a party with prize-giving and these two cakes on display. Then we had our food and finally a lot of dancing. Energy draining, ...

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October 9, 2017

The picture shows the view from my cabin. The weather is fine if a little cold. We are here for 36 hours so lots of time to explore. A seminar ...

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October 8, 2017

The river cruise has started and I am in Vienna with a ship filled with bridge players. This afternoon is a quiet one - most are exploring Vienna, whilst a ...

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October 5, 2017

I am off on a new adventure: river cruising. Flying out to Munich tonight the day before the big event. Taking a flexibus to Passau and then an early morning ...

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September 22, 2017

Just starting a new blog. Getting the feel for the website! I am just getting ready for another bridge weekend. Heading down to Worthing for the Chatsworth Hotel. A full ...

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