Bellerophon symbol, variation 7
Saturday 5th December 2009

I still don't know who has right of way
img_3657.jpg So, picture this . . . you're coming up to a 'give way' sign at a cross-roads. You're coming from a minor road, hoping to turn right onto a major road. You're driving a car on a UK road (hey, you never know, I get web-bots reading this stuff from all over). However, this ain't a straightforward T-junction. Directly opposite there's a no-entry road where traffic emerges, turning right, left or straight on. There's no traffic on the major road and you're thinking you're clear to set off when a car appears from this no-entry road opposite and they're waiting to turn left. So these two cars are facing each other, blocking each other's path and you're thinking, img_3664.jpgimg_3663.jpg "Who the hell has priority here?" I don't know. The Highway Code isn't exactly clear. So who does what? Such a junction, of course, exists nearby and M****** had a similar problem to that described above, although when you add a load of non-verbal communication between drivers (and passengers) and confusion on the part of both drivers as to who has priority you have a recipe for disaster. Although the disaster in this case wasn't so much a disaster but rather an escalation of angry and entirely unclear non-verbal communication.

Tuesday 8th December 2009


Thursday 10th December 2009

More (potentially) embarrassing photos for the future

Sunday 13th December 2009


Monday 14th December 2009

A******'s nativity (kind of)
img_3733.jpgimg_3731.jpgimg_3723.jpgimg_3722.jpgimg_3721.jpg I dunno what was going on with the camera here . . . it couldn't work out where to focus and the flash wasn't really helping much. But hey . . . A****** was a sheep.

Tuesday 15th December 2009

img_3738.jpgimg_3739.jpg So yeah . . . the nativity was spread over two days, so this is day two. Well, I say spread over two days but it was the same 45-minute performance done twice - once today, once yesterday.

Sunday 20th December 2009

The snow begins . . .

Monday 21st December 2009

more snow . . .
img_3758.jpgimg_3757.jpgimg_3755.jpg I think M****** took these. Can't remember.

Tuesday 22nd December 2009


Thursday 24th December 2009


Friday 25th December 2009

Christmas - at home

Saturday 26th December 2009

Boxing Day - Halton (Helen and Stu's)

Sunday 27th December 2009

. . . then over to my parents' house
So, the aim here, in the first five photos, was to capture all ten of my parents' grandchildren. They're rarely all together all at once, so it was a rare opportunity. However, the moment was brief. Henry kind of wandered off and Jake and Ethan started fighting but, hey, objective largely achieved. Later on we were playing Pictionary.

Monday 28th December 2009

. . . then off to Ambleside (more snow!)

Tuesday 29th December 2009

. . . and then back to Ambleside (sledging!)
I stayed at home with R****** today, tidying the house, that kind of thing. M******, A****** and Uncle Simon went back to Ambleside to take advantage of the snow-covered hills, with a bit of sledging. M****** took the camera to Ambleside but then forgot to take it out on the sledging expedition.

Thursday 31st December 2009

New Year's Eve
Those first two pictures were taken for two reasons: (1) to prove to M****** that, yes, I did indeed take the boys out today (Mel was at work, see) and (2) as memory of the state of the canal. I probably could have walked safely on sections of that but . . . perhaps not a brilliant idea, not a fantastic example to set for A****** and R******. The rest of various drunken pictures taken during our little get-together. Vague attempts at trying to get my camera to take a picture of everyone. Failed.