Happy New Year

2020 has certainly been a challenging journey for most of us and so we are super happy to be at this end of it. COVID-19 has made for a painful scenario that has destroyed many peoples businesses and potentially lives through closing travel, accommodation and hospitality (among many other areas of course). The children have lost a lot of time in education, although it does feel that our school has managed very well all things considered (and we are sure that our school is not significantly different from others in this respect).

Sadly we are not out in the Caribbean celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary but we have enjoyed our mini celebrations at home and Vicky has been dreaming of her MFB.

2021 has got a great outlook from here right now, we have multiple vaccines, each with their own approach and a whole heap of hope. we are dreaming of an Easter where we can actually spend time with others and a summer that we might just be able to eat out again and who knows, we might even get a “proper” holiday next year…

Anyway, we hope that you are all well reading this and are readying yourselves for a much better year in ‘21.

Wishing you health and happiness throughout 2021 and beyond.

Simon, Vicky, Elliot, Oliver, Hugo and Eddie xx

Wishing all a very Merry Christmas

Wishing all our friends and family near and far a wonderfully Merry Christmas .

We hope that you are able to have a lovely time with your closest and that we can all meet up again soon in 2021.

Our Christmas Day isn’t quite going to be how we had planned as we were due to Be onboard P&O Britannia in the Caribbean celebrating our 20th Wedding anniversary.

However, as with likely all of you we are at home enjoying the coziness of the open fire and another terrific Christmas dinner courtesy of Mrs R 👌🍾🍷🍹

Have a wonderful time and we look forward to meeting you again soon for dinner, drinks, a dog walk or under whatever circumstances we can ❤️

20 years ago today……

We were preparing to say our “I do’s” and begin the journey of our lives….

20 years later and we are sat at home, rain outside, the kids still in bed and we can’t go out for dinner tonight…

Not quite the plan that we had for today – we were expecting to be aboard a fabulous cruise ship, sailing the Caribbean, enjoying family and of course the wonderful food and beverages.

Maybe one day we will be able to celebrate in that way, but today, we are going to enjoy being together, walking the hounds in the rain…

Hopefully we will be able to host a celebration in the summer in the garden instead where we can celebrate with friends and family – fingers crossed…. 🤞🤞🤞🤞

Christmas is on the way…

We have pushed forward with Christmas given the fun and games that the year has brought us all so far. 

So, we began the task of getting the decorations out and beginning the process of decorating the house.

We started in the office…

… and moved on to the tree in the snug….

…. and we will continue next weekend …..

Merry Christmas folks 🎄🍾🎁

We escaped a sinking ship….

Today, we visited Escape Hunt in Leeds and took on Black Beard’s sinking galleon. It was a whole load of fun and all four of us brought value to the game in that if any one of us was not there, we would not have escaped 🙂

The boys really enjoyed it and were totally in the thick of it – Olly right from the off as he found the first key and Elliot as he figured out how to get us into the second room (Black Beard’s Office) – something that the rest of us were stumped on.

There was a need to find some clues in the office that were definitely challenging but between us we figured it out – Olly struck gold again when he noticed that the paintings on the wall showed us something about the room that wasn’t quite in place – when he made it so,we got the final clue 

We really struggled with one piece that was about a keyboard – it took us 10 minutes to figure out and together with some help from our assistant, we nailed it and ultimately finished in 56 minutes and 10 seconds so thankfully we were saved from certain drowning ‍♂️