Sunday, 24 September 2017


Esther is growing! She now sports a shiny new tooth...

She is also now quite capable of being elsewhere to the place in which she was put. I left her on her changing mat for about a minute, and found her here...

Sunday, 17 September 2017

More treating

Lydia has now also got a button jar. Here she is the first time it was filled - very exciting! The treat was a snack with Mummy just before Jumping Beans. Very good indeed.


We have given in! Naomi and Miriam have had their first trip to a certain clown-sponsored fast food chain. Over the past two weekends they filled their button jars, and first Naomi volunteered that she'd like to go. Then Miriam.

I can report that Happy Meals are much the same as they've always been - though the ordering process is a bit more technological than I remember.

Naomi genuinely described this as a "dream come true".
Even better for her, within a few days she got to experience it again with one of her friends!

Miriam was so captivated by EVERYTHING in the place that eating a small packet of McNuggets and fries took nearly an hour!

Back in the 'Boro

This past week I went on another visit to Loughborough, but not at all connected with my past there. I was at the OR59 conference, which is all about Operational Research (arguably another name for the kind of things I do). A different mixture of people to my normal conference crowd and very interesting.

Conference accommodation was the student halls, which are actually pretty nice:

In one of the social events there was a pub quiz, and I ended up on the winning team. I didn't contribute much beyond several bonus points for the connections between answers in each round, but somehow I ended up with the remainder of the team prize, which has obviously been polished off very quickly in our house:

I also had an excuse to get another umbrella, and was able to combine it with my first bit of Loughborough merchandise!

Of course, I also had a quick visit to Civil Engineering for a chat there, and a nice walk through the ever- pretty campus.

In other news, this week I also was in the honouring position of delivering the first proper (that is, with technical content) lecture to the undergraduate CS students. They all looked so keen! I think it went well: it was certainly fun from my end.

Saturday, 2 September 2017


Also learning (after giving it a go a while ago) is Naomi. She's getting the hang of it too...

Worth a little celebration...

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Saturday, 19 August 2017


Holidays with grandparents - and the first for Esther. Lots of catching up with family and friends, and even some rest. All good fun.

First big trip in the big car with a big load of luggage!

Treats at Brechin Castle. Highly recommended.
Treats for parents too!

Treats at Granny's house. Also highly recommended.

Naomi dances to keep Esther entertained


I was amused by this appropriate sign.

I love this picture. The girls did have lots of fun.

New toys to play on...

 I don't remember park toys being this good when I was small!

Yet more spinning...

...and more

My parents have their golden wedding anniversary later this year. Naturally this is an occasion for a family gathering - here are all the grandchildren.

...and here are the hard-working photographers! (my sister and family)
The celebration itself

Trip to Aden park with Grandparents means ice cream of course!

And some more park toys, this time with added mud.

This is actually a real toy. Hold on for dear life and SPIN! Then fall off and "AGAIN AGAIN"

The visit to my parents also meant time with cousins, during with Naomi and Miriam in particular were hardly to be seen.
These are some musical instruments they made one day. I love the guitar!

cousin mealtime

Miriam learned how to swing by herself on this holiday. Every time she jumped on a swing and got a little better - with the result of real joy!

Well, why wouldn't you cover yourself in starts just before bedtime?

Miriam drew a butterfly and a wand.

Esther is learning how to hold on to toys.

More park fun!

and more park fun...

Happy baby!

more treats on the way home

It wouldn't be summertime without rolling down a hill

Lydia doing some outdoor dancing