Monday, November 1, 2010

Norwich Evening News, Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Congratulations!

65 years is a truly amazing achievement. Looking forward to your platinum in 5 years time!

Dylan

Sunday, October 31, 2010

I guess Winter's here!



Chil's in Winchester for Lucy's wedding, well, the weather's changed!
I wonder what the girls will make of it tomorrow?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Autumn in Ottawa

It's still just about Autumn (fall) in Ottawa... although it was 2c this morning when we went to the farmers market. Its been really pretty in the Glebe which has a lot of old trees.



The road on the right is closed on Sunday mornings except for bicycles and goes for miles along the canal to Byward market. Chil had bought the first bike that she's ever owned, I've got one for the first time in about 10 years and we've even got a little trailer for the girls! They love the trailer but don't love the helmets.



We spent a weekend with our friend Mike Shanahan in Montreal, who was visiting on a sabbatical from the UK. Here's Namwezi running after squirrels. Our friend Sylvain had taught the girls a few words in French the weekend before and they remembered to say "bonjour" and "au reviour" to the Quebecois in the park.

And here's Namwezi again, getting to grips with the local sporting culture. Wamaka is in the shadows.


Hope you have enjoyed Autumn. We're getting prepared for the winter that is surely just around the corner. Last year was mild but apparently they had 8 meters of snow the year before, so much more than Toronto.

Love, Dylan and Chil

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Happy Anniversary!

Happy 40th anniversary Mum and Dad

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If you have a fast internet connection you can see a hi-def version of this video at http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1435548/Happy%20Anniversary%21.m4v

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The picture speaks for itself!


Luke sent me this comparison... uncanny!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Happy Belated Birthday Claudia!

Would you believe it's still your birthday here!?? It's the time difference, you see...
Hope you had a great day,

love Dylan and Chil

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Ottawa Summer

We've moved into our home for the next year or so (seen above). Our friend Yvonne's place was really nice and had home comforts I'd not imagined: the fridge was plumbed in to provide chilled filtered water and ice, the BBQ was plumbed in to the gas, there was forced air conditioning (and forced air heating for the winter) and even centrally piped vacuum, you just push a hose into the wall! But it's great to have our own place again and we are getting more and more settled in. We've got some really great neighbours and the Glebe is a lovely area to live in with a lot of stuff for kids to do. We have a spare room so can start accepting visitors straight away!

The slow, some say catatonic, pace of life is taking a bit of getting used to, but we have not been deterred by Ottawa being called "the town that fun forgot" and have unearthed some fun anyway.

Our big news is that we have some childcare for the girls, a nanny for 4 days a week so Chil can start thinking about her career again. The girls seem to enjoy getting out in the Glebe during the day and about and apparently their antics get all the other kids laughing. We also have a babysitter so we can explore Ottawa in the evenings a little. I'm well settled in at work at CHEO, they are a friendly bunch and it's great to finish in the operating room at 15:30 so I cycle home and can see the girls in the park before 4!

Last weekend we went to visit the cottage of some friends, about a 90 minute drive from home in Quebec. It's amazing to be right out in bear country, off the electricity grid and by a quiet lake after such a short time on the road. It took us about 90 minutes to get from Tooting to Islington on a Saturday afternoon, a considerably less picturesque drive. The girls enjoyed splashing about looking for frogs. Little fearless Wamaka wanted to head for the middle of the lake and as always took some dissuading. We ended up drying off in front of a campfire where the girls managed to get toasted marshmallow hair.



Namwezi and Wamaka are saying more and more words: hi, bye bye, yes, no, more, all gone, dog-dog, woof woof, miaow, up, socks and their favourite - shoes. They are getting less and less shy on Skype which is definitely the best way to get us all. Let us know when you're online.

Dylan

Sunday, July 18, 2010

* * * Happy Birthday * * *

Happy Birthday Chil!
We hope you have an excellent day.
with lots of love,
from bill and claudia

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Green bin racoon

It's not just me that's getting confused by Ottawa's refuse system.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Ottawans


We've been in Ottawa for one week now and the girls have recovered well from their trip. We have been given a very warm welcome by our friend Yvonne who has kindly offered to house us for the rest of this month and for July in her beautiful home in leafy Glebe. It's a much shower pace of life than Toronto and we have been adjusting to all the other differences of the nation's capital. In particular, the Ottawa recycling and refuse system is pretty complex. Ultimately I put out the neighbours trash by mistake after quite a lot of poking around to check everything had gone in the right bins. Apparently the neighbour thought I was one of the homeless people who searches the bins for the bottle deposits, which doesn't say much for how well I was looking with the jet lag.

We have already experienced very hot days, a heavy rain storm and a 5.5 earthquake which slightly curtailed Chil's shopping for suddenly needed summer clothes. Most of our time has been taken up with trying to find a place to live although we've found time to keep up with the World Cup and to explore this part of Ottawa. We haven't found a place yet but are starting to get a feel for the city. Next week Wednesday is Canada day, a national holiday, and I start work the Monday after.


A performance on the Trinidadian national instrument, the bottle and spoon, at the Ottawa Jazz Festival, by the excellent Drew Gonsalves and the Mash Potato Mashers.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Before You Leave . . .






It was really great to see Dylan and the girls in Norfolk last week. The girls were remarkably well behaved and Dylan wasn't too bad either; he seems to be getting the hang of almost single-handedly looking after Namwezi and Wamaka. Respect!

I thought I ought to post a few shots from their couple of days here. We went for lunch to the Wiveton Hall Cafe (Big House near the coast at Blakeney, small, informal bistro-type cafe and lots of acres of strawberries in tunnels and in the open air, plus asparagus and soft fruit bushes) and we witnessed exactly how much The Twins like strawberries . . . lots!

Hope you like these few pictures. We take this opportunity of wishing Chil, Dylan and The Twins a smooth and trouble-free flight to Ottawa and trust that all your planning will make the next few weeks easier for you all.

Leaving for Ottawa







We haven't had much time to post or upload pictures recently so here are a few from our last month or so in England. We'll arrive in Ottawa on Sunday afternoon and are staying with a friend for the first month. We'll be sure to update you when we have a proper address but in the mean time email is probably the best way to get hold of us. We'll keep you posted!

Dylan

Monday, May 31, 2010

Oldabould's stll awake!

Hello all! I'm still here and getting about but slowly and not very far. We have been in the throes of decorating our sleeping quarters and things have been a bit hectic but we are I hope) back in some sort of business - its just that everything seems to take abit longer. I have't yet brought myself up to date on the blog and again its seems to me that I'm doing things backwards - you will get used to it perhaps!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Twins in Norfolk


Here are a couple of pictures from the twins recent visit



Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Wamaka and Granddad


Don't be shy Granddad... there are nice pictures with you in them as well!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Babes in Hats


It was great to see Namwezi, Wamaka, Chil & Dylan in Hindolveston over the last few days and even more wondrous to witness the rapid progress being made by the girls in walking, copying just about anything and many other areas. Just a few weeks and they'll be talking, I'm certain! Here are just a couple of photos of Namwezi & Wamaka for everyone to smile at.






We are fully aware how busy you're going to be preparing everything for your departure for Canada, so it was especially generous of you to make time to visit Norfolk.

Here are just a couple of photos of Namwezi & Wamaka for everyone to smile at.

Tis me!

Hi familie Bould, Theis my first essay into the land of Blog and I've got everything crossed on the hope that I've managed to retain what you imparted to me yesterday; I got the feeling Dylan, that it was hard going for you to get the messages across and I can only say thankyou for your patience.

Sad to say Nanna is not feeling very well today and has taken to her bed. She has these set backs from time to time and feels very nausiated (that aint spelt right) but bless her she struggled to prepare our dinner and was able to eat after which she went up to bed. I'm no good at cooking but wanted to do what I could to help but Nanna does'nt give in easily. She is now having a cup tea which I managed to bring up for her and sends her love.

We were thrilled to see you all yesterday and you've got to believe me when I say that we think you are both doing a wonderful job with those two lovelyand sturdy little girls. Summat is saying I o nly have a minute or more remaing. Good bye andlots of love Nana & Nandad

Monday, February 15, 2010

Vancouver 2010



I guess that's why there's not much winter olympics on TV here: Britain doesn't win anything!

I think I'll support Canada in Vancouver 2010

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Mia and Ella 1 - Nandad 90

In the blue corner, weighing in at a combined 22kg... the tag team challengers:

In the red corner, at a little over 22kg... the defending champ.


The final score was Mia and Ella 1, Nandad 90. They never had a chance.

Thanks so much for all your birthday wishes, cards and presents for the girls. Only a very small party this year due to some illness (all ok now)... both girls were a little worried about their candles, Wamaka sucked the icing of both cakes and neither were interested in eating the actual cupcakes!

Great to see so many people at Nandad's 90th, would love to see some pictures here from anyone, we will post some but in the meantime there are some on our family album.

Dylan and Chil

Friday, January 22, 2010

One for Evaristus!


That (lucky) 3-2 victory doesn't look so impressive now... well we'd better gloat while we can, it might not last long!


Friday, January 8, 2010

Namwezi and Wamaka visit Lusaka

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I hope you enjoy this short film from our recent trip to Zambia.

Dylan