Sunday, December 31, 2006
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
You might be wondering just what the hell is going on here. To ease your interest I have taken the liberty of using my time ,while on holiday, to put together a real rant! Whilst I type England are busy making some sort of a fight on day 2 of the fourth test. Warnie will return later in this blog.
Christmas was a huge surprise for Tayla. She had mistakenly left out a plate of tasty biscuits and one beer (only one!!) below the chimney for Father Christmas and duly found it all consumed. She knew something was afoot but could not quite work it out..
She sure found out when she heard a knock on the front door and opened it to find her present (see pic below). It is slightly too big for her and at this stage too intimidating so she enjoys pushing it and playing with the bell.
We followed the present opening session with an "expat" tradition on the island. Champers and salmon sandwiches on Elbow beach. We were probably to the first to arrive thanks to our daughter and this proved to be a good thing. By 11 o'clock there were about 1000 people on the beach. If the government ever wanted to get rid of the foreigners this would be the place to do it. It was fantastically festive with people dressing up and enjoying the hot weather.
Tayla did her usual......took her clothes off and headed for the sea. She must have learnt this from her mother or possibly some other dangerous Rhodent.
After the session of bubbly on the beach we headed for Christmas lunch at the Southampton Princess Hotel. We decided that without help from Thandi or Nellie....cleaning up was not an option; so a stylish eat-as-much-as-you-can (if this can be stylish) feast was a brainwave....not mine, but Nicki's. Yes, you might reflect on this being slightly unusual but it was the chocolate fountain that sold it for her. Needless to say Tayla enjoyed it....
The day ended with an uncharacteristic afternoon sleep...I cannot remember one since Tayla was born, but then again I am never prone to exaggeration.
I did manage to get some focus after the lengthy day to watch the first day of the Fourth Ashes test and if I digress slightly to say goodbye to one Shane Warne then so be it - as a South African supporter he has probably tormented me more often than I care to remember. I can still feel Daryll Cullinan's pain as though it was yesterday - and for him it probably is. I will be glad to see his back shortly, but not before he dishes out further psychological damage on the Poms.
Tayla did get a chance to drive our car and then fell fast asleep on the way home - much to our relief!Carol is with us until the 2nd January and with the odd game of golf booked it is pretty much down to getting things ready for the new year.
Posted by Dave Horan at Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Monday, December 25, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
Last Friday we were invited to attend Tayla's Christmas concert at school. I took the day off work and Dave got off school. Some of the older Moms said that we should not sit in the front row and the kids get upset, so we sat in the 2nd row.
Posted by Dave Horan at Friday, December 22, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Dave is making his presence felt on the hockey front!
Posted by Dave Horan at Thursday, December 14, 2006
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Christmas is not a small thing in Bermuda. You can definitely feel the North American influence here and the houses are being decorated and people are pulling out all the stops. Part of the Bermuda celebrations are the Christmas Parade down the main streets, and then the Boat Parade. There are various categories that people can compete in and they do a circuit around the main areas. As you can imagine, Miss Tayla loved it, and she waved at all the Father Christmas's as they went past (I am not too sure how to explain that one!).
It is downhill to Christmas now and most of my shopping is done (it helps when there are only 4 of us for Xmas!). I hosted a lunch for all the Finance folk at work here today. Dave had a hockey game and scored 3 goals (and also got sent off!), so they won their game 3-2.
Posted by Dave Horan at Saturday, December 09, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
On Saturday we went to the local Farmers Market – so nice to be able to get fresh organic chickens and fish and some lovely local veg. We then managed to watch the rugby – great win – at last! After that we headed down onto the beach where my daughter stripped off all her clothes and had a little swim. As you do in Bermuda, we met a friend of hers from school and they ran backwards and forwards – good to tire her out before dinner. Dave and I had a lovely dinner out with the Valentines at Lido. We bought these dine around vouchers which s $120 for 3 three course dinners. So we used them at one of the nicer restaurants and had quite a late night. Somehow there was a slight dryness at the back of my throat the next morning, but we were up and about at 6:30!
Back at work this week. The great news is that Di is coming to visit from Toronto when Mom is here so it will be lovely to see her again. I just hope the weather stays as nice as it has been. The other news is that Dave has been accepted from his Masters at Bath University so we need to sort all that out. Love from Bermuda
Posted by Dave Horan at Monday, November 27, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
Posted by Dave Horan at Monday, November 20, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Tayla was spoilt and got a new kitchen. It has kept her busy for hours! A great investment! Second hand of course.
Posted by Dave Horan at Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
I can't believe we have been here for over 3 months already. In some ways it feels like we have been here for a year, and yet in others I feel we arrived yesterday. We always thank God for people that make a real effort to get to know us, and we have some people here that have done that. I work with Corinna, and she and Grant have been a great help to both of us. Their daughters, Hannah and Clara, are Tayla's mates as T is in the middle of them age-wise. Then Craig and Caroline have been great, as well as people we have met through work.
We have not yet settled at a new Church. For the last 2 weeks we have been to the same one, which we are enjoying, but some of the things take a little getting used to. Time will tell whether we settle.
Big news, we have been potty training Tayla this weekend. She has done really well and I was even brave enough to take her to the shops with me without a nappy (but with a dry pair of pants in my bag). The trick will be to see how she goes at nursery tomorrow and for the rest of the week.
Some more exciting news is that my new bike arrived on Thursday. Very impressive - a Liberty 125CC - much more powerful than my rental scooter which I was needing to go full throttle on up the hills.
There has also been a baby boom amongst the friends. Brig and James had a little boy, Sean. Ang and Fonz had a little girl, Georgina and Jen and Sikes had a little girl, Kirsten. Wow!
We are spending Christmas here. My mom is coming over on the 17th and is with us until after new year and we will probably just have a really relaxing time.
As you can imagine, the winters in Bermuda are quite mild. This morning we were on the beach at 7am and went for a lovely walk. I will post some pics when I am home (am baby sitting at the moment!).
Would love to hear all your news. We miss your friends in London big time and hop you will ALL come and visit.
Posted by Dave Horan at Monday, November 13, 2006
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Di is also so well. She works a lot from home finding homes for clients and keeps very busy with demanding clients. I managed to gather a whole lot of her hand-me-downs which was wonderful as we are the same height.
We were also able to get an appointment at the Hospital for Sick Kids which was wonderful. The head of the unit said that Tayla’s feet were great and she should continue to use her booties as long as we can. Based on photos I sent to Dr Ponseti, he said that she should stop wearing her boots in three or four months time, so we will just have to see how it goes. Good news though on both fronts.
WE stayed in Niagara for a couple of nights too. It is a beautiful part of the country and, being the end of autumn, we were able to see all the fantastic colours of the trees. We did some wine tasting, some shopping in the US (just across the border) and a trip to the butterfly farm.
We got back yesterday lunchtime (with a new bread maker and slow cooker). Now life is back to normal. Next weekend is a long weekend (Monday, 13th is a holiday) so that is our potty training weekend – HELP! Tayla is well and her vocabulary and sentences increase daily. It is fantastic to watch! Mom and dad think she is very clever!
Posted by Dave Horan at Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Sunday, October 15, 2006
This week will a busy one. We are off to Toronto to see Di on Sunday (for a week) but first have to face a week at work. Will keep you posted!
Posted by Dave Horan at Sunday, October 15, 2006
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Well we are getting through the boxes slowly. There are still no bikes and we have not heard back from the shippers - how bizarre. The weeks are full and by the end of the week we are all exhausted. It has been quite a rainy weekend - on Friday evening it really came down, but it always leaves things clearer.
Miss T has rediscovered all her long lost toys and books - lots of reading in the evenings now and no TV which is great.
Posted by Dave Horan at Sunday, October 08, 2006
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Tayla's eye is going through all the different shades of blue as she recovers from her fall. She is now officially saying Ja - lekker man! Oh yes, and she is a whizz on her tricycle - great to watch.
Posted by Dave Horan at Sunday, October 01, 2006
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Sunday was the most perfect day here in Bermuda. We were on the beach at 9am - and it was an awesome day. Not much to complain about.
Tayla is at the stage where she enjoys jumping on the bed. She has already picked up the Bermudian accent with a very round sounding "i". I don't know what she is going to end up like - but it amuses us in the mean time - and there is nothing we can do about it. We are encouraging the use of "Ja" - but I don't think it is going to work!
Dave has been playing golf - hence T and I have time for a photo shoot.
Good news - our stuff is in Bermuda - it has not yet cleared customs, but I am hoping that by the weekend we will have it!
The caption to this could be - where oh where have my parents taken me now! Tayla has been asking to go in the aeroplane - she is having withdrawal symptoms after 2 months of not being on a plane - so we have booked to go to Toronto to see Di, my aunt for a week - very exciting as I have not seen her for about 12 years.
Posted by Dave Horan at Tuesday, September 26, 2006