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Round the World with Gonzo

Hello folks. Thanks for visiting. Well, contrary to my usual character, I've jacked in work and decided to "do something different". It took a few months to work out exactly what, as you will be able to tell from the earlier diary entries. Anyhow, eventually I realised that I was in love, yes, with Gonzo, and he and I have decided to hop foot it around the world together for the next 365 days. For all those who are bored with SuDoku, I have a new game for you - spot the Gonzo. At the end of the year, those who have spotted Gonzo in all the right places win a prize, like the t-shirt I wore all around the world, or something......Oh you luck souls......

Diary Entries

Wednesday, 23 August 2006

Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Oh dear, oh dear. It is so long since I have written to you all, and I did promise to do better. Still, like everyone else nowadays, I have been busy. Its a poor excuse, but a reason none the less.

First off, many of you have heard from me or other members of my family that my Dad suffered a stroke early July. It was serious, in that he has lost the use of his right side, but he's working impressively hard and already is back on his feet walking (although he calls it staggering!). Sadly, his right arm is giving him lots of trouble and pain and I know this frustrates him, but I'm sure with the same positive attitude and hard work he's already shown, he'll master the use of it again. It was an upsetting time for everyone, and I took a trip back to the UK for the month of July to help out with his recuperation. I'm back in sunny old new zealand now. Its hard being so far away, but I guess I knew it would be when I made my decision to settle here.

So, as I put on my last post, I bought my new house. Its been wonderful. Mum and Deryk came out to visit for almost 8 weeks in Feb/March, which was alot of fun, and they plan to be back for a similar stint next year. I found a job, as General Manager of a local company. Unfortunately, that all went pear shaped when they called me on the day I was meant to start to tell me they were withdrawing my position, due to insoluble disagreement amongst the directors. It's a long story, but given we'd executed a contract of employment a month prior, I'm now taking them to the Employment Relations Authority for compensation. Which means I'm back on the job hunt travellator again. Its going slowly, but I'm sure I'll find something again soon.

I've fallen very much in love - Maree is the lucky lady's name, and i've put more than a few photo's up on the site of us both. We've had quite a few weekends away - down to Wellington for a mountain bike race, over to Mt Manganui to watch the sunrise, down to the mountain for ski-ing. Check out the pictures.

Well, that's all my news for now. I will write again soon.

love Andi

Thursday, 26 January 2006

Location: Auckland, New Zealand

First off, I want to say Happy New Year to everyone. I hope you all had an enjoyable Xmas and a peaceful New Year. I apologise to each and every one of you for the fact that you did not receive a card from me, not even an electronic one. I would like to say I’ll do better next year, but we’ll see…However, I hope you all know that I thought of each of you over the time, and missed you all.

So, the rumors have been abounding and most of them have found their way back to me. If the rumours are to be believed, it would seem I’ve joined a modern day mountain biking church, I’ve married a kiwi girl, and I’ve bought the next best thing to Buckingham Palace that can be found in this Fair Isle. And I guess it’s all true. Well, in part.….:-)

I have indeed decided to settle here in New Zealand for the foreseeable future and I have bought a house. The sale will complete on Feb 1st. I’ve put photos up of my new abode for all to see. I’m really chuffed with it. Its modern and totally renovated throughout, has a pool and is less than a km from the beach that I intend to swim in each morning (-yeah right!). This will be the first time in 2years, since Rachael and I separated, that I will have a home of my own, and I am greatly looking forward to it. It’ll take a wee while to settle in, especially as I’m not earning at the moment so I don’t have vast sums of money to spend on furnishings But having my own space, and a sense of home will be just great. I feel very positive about my decision to live here in NZ. It is a beautiful country, and most importantly I believe it is the place where I can establish that life of balance and nature that I yearn for. It will just take time, thats all, and you know me - impatient little tyke! As well as the house, I’ve bought myself a big 4WD to lug my ever growing collection of bikes around in. Its nearly twice my size (the truck, not the collection of bikes), and so its pretty fortunate that it has those runner board things along its side, otherwise I think I would have to pole vault into it

So, did I marry a kiwi girl? Is that what all this moving to NZ is really all about? Well, I’ll come clean and confess that I had the pleasure of spending most of November and December with a rather lovely lady, whose photo does appear once or twice in the pictures on this site (Misty). However, hold fire on your cards and presents, because the romance was short lived (relatively), and she has moved onto fresher pastures (how can that be? I hear you all cry….  ). I guess nobody likes being rejected, no matter what they tell you, and I did fall a fair way for Misty, so I was/have been sad that things didn’t work out. But, one of the great things about Auckland is that it is full of lovely, sporty, fun, intelligent women – thus, in this case, the old maxim “plenty more fish in the sea” is a most true one  So, rest assured I’m having fun and staying chilled in spite of the coming and going of said romance.

So, onto more happier subjects… - what have I been up to in the three months since I last wrote to you all (other than buying a house, a car and falling in and out of love, you all cry!) Well, back in October, I left the Glaciers of the South Island and headed down to Queenstown. I had now journeyed into true “Lord of the rings” country and it really was (is) quite spectacular. I was joined by a recent, but already good, friend Sim and we holidayed in and around Queenstown for ten days. Our adventures included throwing ourselves around the cliffs and rocks and water pools of infamous Routeburn canyon (in the name of the sport “canyoning” you realize), sea kayaking in the mysterious fjords of the Milford Sounds and mountain biking the Moonlight trail round Ben Lomond (although we were sensible, and did the 50Km route in daylight…). However, the highlight of my time in Queenstown had to be learning to paraglide. It’s a pretty daunting sight when you first open up your kite, there’s so many fine lines attached to it, and given my tiny stunt kite has been sat all tangled up,under the kitchen cupboard in Cambridge for the last four years, I was not feeling confident about my chances of not getting this mammoth beast into the most almighty mess. Thankfully, our tutor was a patient soul (and also very attractive, so you can imagine I was an attentive student), who trained us well and ensured there were no serious mishaps with the lines throughout the course. Our first day was spent running down a relatively benign slope, learning how to handle the kite. This went off so well, that the instructor told us at the end of the day that we were ready to take on our first solo flight, off the top of the 500m Coronet Peak…..Well, I had initially only booked in for a single introductory day, but the chance to fly solo off the top of the Peak was just too irresistible, so I was signed up for another three days, in order to get my first level license (PG1). I was soooooo nervous at the launch site, getting the kite ready and watching other, more experienced gliders go off the edge. Keep in mind, that because I had skipped the 100m practice hill, I hadn’t actually flown solo at this point, just lifted a few metres off the ground. As I un-wrapped my kite, I tried not to think about the fact that at this stage, no one had actually discussed with me how I should land. It’s a pretty daunting prospect throwing yourself off a hillside, whilst not really knowing how you’ll get down……other than catastrophically of course..:-) As it happened, no one actually talked me through the landing process before I launched, but I was wired up with radio communication and the instructors did a fantastic job of talking me through the whole process live. And WHAT A BUZZ! I have to say, you get the most amazing rush as you run like a mad devil to the edge of the hill and then get that sensation of being lifted. Once you’re up, and sat back in the chair, its all you can do to say to yourself in a slightly euphoric (even delirious) way “Oh my f*&^in god, I’m flying – there’s just me, and this sheet with cotton attached to it keeping me in the air right now…….oh good grief….” It’s a hell of a rush. I hope you enjoy the pictures, it was an amazingly beautiful place to fly for the first time.

After my adventures with Sim in Qtown and Milford Sounds, I headed across to Dunedin to hook up with some old friends from Cambridge-Dave and Jude, who emigrated out to NZ nearly two years ago now. It was great to see them again, and they showed me great hospitality, and I had a very chilled out time hanging with them. The highlight was the trip to the Yellow Penguin reserve. Check out the photos. These penguins are solitary penguins, only forming single partnerships with the one partner for a lifetime. During suckling, which was taking place when we visited, the partners take it in turns to sit on the babies to keep them warm, whilst the other goes out fishing. So, every morning either Dad or Mum can be seen trudging off from their nests, along the dunes, down to the sea to go out for their days work. Then, around 4pm, they come back from the fishing, and take over baby warming duty, whilst their partner trudges off for more fish. This partnership of fishing, warming and feeding goes on for a couple of months. And it is the funniest sight to see them making the long walk to and from the sea. You can almost hear the penguin muttering as he trudges from the shore front to the nest across the dunes “I wanted to live closer to work, but noooo, she had to have the nest with the view on the lake; and now I have to walk a mile instead of a quarter of a mile…..mutter, mutter, mutter”. Very funny, intriguing and beautiful animals.

So, after Dunedin. I flew back to Auckland to hook up with Misty and do some more holidaying and adventuring around the North Island. Our first trip was to the Coromandel region, which is a beautiful peninsular region to the South East of Auckland. The highlight of these few days was our epic 70km off-road mountain bike ride around the entire peninsula. It was damn knackering, and as you can see from the photo’s we got a bit mucky too – but the views of the peninsula and coastline made the effort and dirt well worth it.

Other adventures before Xmas included cylcing 160Km around Lake Taupo one weekend. This cycling event has 10,000 competitors, and handles nearly 5000 "relay" riders around the course, moving bikes around to relay stations in trucks. Spot prizes for participants included motorbike, quadbike, plasma TV and even a Nissan Murano (great big four wheel drive). It was quite an event. I also spent a week up at Whangerei Heads, which is north of Auckland and more mountain biking down at Rotorura (sorry no pics of any of these adventures, something, or someone, must have been distracting me…. )
Then, my Xmas was spent in Australia, visiting Becs and Dave, two gorgeous people, who have been friends of mine for nearly 12 years. We had the most fantastic Xmas – very Aussie - surfing on the beach on Xmas morning and then over to friends for a seafood lunch that consisted of crabs, giant prawns, moreton bay bugs and lobsters. It was very special. The following day, Becs, Dave and I had our own quiet Xmas day, in which we exchanged pressies, ate more good food and chilled out and watched movies. It was fabulous to see them both. I had originally intended to stay in Oz until Jan 10th, but I was beginning to get restless feet by the 28th or so and my mind and attention were wandering to the challenges I had set myself for my new life in Auckland. My house purchase needed some attention to get complete, I needed to get myself some wheels, and I was eager to get started on my new business plan, so that I could start earning again sooner rather than later…..not to mention get NZ residency aswell… So, although I know Becs and Dave were a little disappointed, I cut my trip short and headed back to Auckland for New Year.
So, since arriving back, I’ve been putting a lot of energy into making new friends, sorting my new home and getting my business off the ground. The business is in the field of “mobile commerce” and the goal is to utilize wireless communication technologies to encourage and maintain adherence to exercise programs. I have made some good contacts at the Uni Auckland Business School, and we have identified a potential funding partner for the initial development. I expect that the business plan/funding proposal will be complete by mid-feb, and we will know if we have secured funding by end of Feb. Aswell as this, there is a project underway here in Auckland to set up a Bioscience cluster, and there is a high probability that I will be able to work as a consultant on this project. So, exciting times indeed. Aswell as hard work, grit and determination, I think I need a little lady luck too, so cross those fingers folks. I’m riding my road bike a lot, and was also out on my mountain bike quite a bit, until the latter was stolen three days ago from the garage (not of my new house, but the house I have been staying for the last two months). Pretty disappointed to lose the bike I bought in Canada to petty criminals, but – what can you do? I also spent a weekend up north diving at the infamous Poor Knights Islands, with Jo’s family. If you recall, Greg and Jo are a couple from Auckland that I met whilst in Fiji. Since my arriving in NZ, they have become firm friends, and have been absolute stars in allowing me to rent their spare room for the last two months. Our day out at the Knights was simply perfect, warm, blue, sunny skies and it was a great diving spot - I’ve included some photos. There’s one in there of the rarely seen Selp – kind of a giant pink tube creature that just floats around in the sea all day doing not much else. Pretty weird organism! My ear held up brilliantly, and until my bike was stolen, I was preparing to buy my own diving kit – however, I will have to wait now until I have replaced my bike, and probably until I’m earning again.
So, that is pretty much my news. I hope you enjoy the pictures. I will try to not be so lax in the future, and hope to write more often than I have done. I know a lot of you were beginning to worry if all was OK. Hopefully, you’ll see that all is very well. Mum and Deryk are arriving on Feb 22nd for six weeks, which I’m terrifically excited about, as I have missed home and family a great deal. My Dad and bro have plans to come at Xmas, and Evi is coming over next Feb 07. All this helps me feel good about my decision to stay here, as the world does indeed appear to be getting smaller. If all goes well with getting funding etc on the new business, then I hope to be back in Europe in June – but I will keep you all posted on this. Otherwise, who else is up for some fun in the most beautiful country in the world? My house has three spare bedrooms – so there’s plenty of room  Write soon with all your news, thinking of you all.
All my love
Andi
x


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From sarah
hey andi , house looks fab, carnt wait to visit. your looking pretty fab yourself..... mum is so excited about coming, hope you have loads of fun.. take care see you later in the year hopefully..love sarah
Response: Hi Sarah
Great, now I have your new internet address. I noticed you dont have your yahoo any more. How's things? Will send you a more detailed mail on the private...lots of love.
x
From Fliss and Molly!
I sympathise with the penguins - although we haven't mastered the skill of sitting on Molly yet!
House looks fantastic - but do think you need a few orange and hot pink walls to liven things up!

Will send some photos soon

xxx
Response: well, I do have racing green!? I definately think if you came over here I'd let you paint one of the walls bright pink with daisy's. Glad all is going well in the mallam househould, talk to you soon
x
From simon
love the house kiddo!you will have to take me paragliding that looks fantastic!its cold and miserable here(jan 30th)and it seems everyone is sick or getting sick.nothing really new here ,selling the house and buying a smaller one for me and emms,going to miami i2 weeks for the boat show and then when that is done i am crewing for a race down there so that should be fun!if i have money left over from tha house i will come and visit you and we can find a subway to spit at!lots of love simon
Response: wow, sounds like your really into the boating! Miami, should be warmer eh? Great to hear from you, do come over if you can - there's loads of room.x
From Juliet
Hi Andi,and a Happy New Year to you too! Robin's been keeping me up to date on your adventures, so this is my first visit to your blog. Great idea! I'm so glad you're finding a way to 'balance' your life - all the fun and action-adventure stuff with work - ah, wait a minute, work? Well, I'm sure you'll find a way to earn the dollars to fund your passionss easily enough, being a resourceful creature. I hope that you will find some time to come 'home' though, at some point, for a visit; we'd love to see you. We have a big boar on loan right now, so we hope to have adorable piglets by Spring (and yummy bacon by Winter!). Hugs and kisses, Juliet. xx
Response: Hi Juliet
Lovely to hear from you. Likewise, Robin has been good at letting me know what the two of you have been up to. It sounds like you are creating quite the managery there....hope to be back in the UK in June, funds and work permitting. Yes, at some point, I do need to put the work back into the "balance". big kiss
x
From Fi
Hiya And - great blog!
Loved the dolphin tale, especially... So glad to hear you're settling in & having such a brilliant time.
Alls' well here - (Tom's got engaged!!!)
Keep next Feb '07 in your diary for a home visit (mine & Caroline's big birthday..)
Loads of love,
Fi
xxx
Response: Thats really exciting news about Tom. Whens the big day? Next Feb 07, might be a bit diff, a friend has already booked to come here - but I'll do my best. Keep in touch, and be good. love Andi
From sebastian
how do the penguins build those houses? very clever...

nice house.
Response: they are arent they. probably be driving cars up and down the beach before we know it.....
glad you like it. Is it true you're coming at Xmas.....very exciting if it is:-)
From sheila
HI Andi,

Just wanted to wish you a very Merrry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I'm sure you will have a memorable '06! I hope you are somewhere warmer than us!
Love, Sheila
Response: Hi Sheila
Gr8 to hear from you, I hope you enjoy the latest update. Maybe see you soon?
love Andi
From Carina
Hey andi, elz finally got round to giving me your e-mail address and website. Oh my god, your pics are amazing, elz wasn't lying. Back in rainy old york now, and missing travelling so much. The US was fun on the way back, loved Seattle, very laidback city, after the manicness of LA. Now i'm just jealous to hear about all your NZ exploits. Ah well only a year or so to go until I get back out there ;p Keep enjoying it lovie, now studying Postcolonialism ARGH! Oh and haven't met any boys to match up to the lovely scuba diving instructor - what a pity! Loadsa love
Response: Hi Carina
Great to hear from you. Glad you like the pics. I've never visited Seattle, but would certainly like to at some point. mmmm, post-colonialsim, sounds like a blast....:-( All good with me in NZ, about to head back up North for some travelling with da luvly Misty......:-)
From Grace
Hi Andi
Sounds like you are having a great time in NZ. Mark, Ruth and I will be heading there in 5 weeks time. Not looking forward to the flight with a lap bound wriggly 1 year old! What places/ things would you say are must do's/see's?
Response: Gosh, what a question! How long will you be out here for? and where are you flying into. Send me an email to my gmail address (ask evi if you dont have it), and I'll give you some pointers..........:0
x
From mum
At long last I get to view the famous blog. It's great kid, so pleased your having such an amazing time. Grandad read more than I did and loved it. I will take over now and keep up to date. Love you Mum xxx
Response: Aha! Mother! So happy to hear you got a chance to see what I've been up to. And glad you're taking up Grandads mantle, altho I presume you're not taking to smoking a pipe? Will call soon.....xxxxxxxxxx
From Frie and Inton
Hi Andi,
We found you ! (After Evi passed on details about planetranger). As I could read -I admit it was diagonally' because the kids leave us with little time for anything else than taking care of them- so, I said read, from your "reports", you are having the most amazing time of your life. The pictures are just great, stunning, ... I seems that you are visiting dozens of marvellous places there, which made us dream away from behind this dull computer screen... So I'd say ... travel on, and show us some more amazing places to see from all over the world. But do come back... or else you'll have us come over sooner or later, one day, to wherever you pick you -temporary or forever- place to stay !
Take good care of yourself. And ENJOY !
Frie, Inton, Leandro and Tiago -born 11th of August 2005-
Response: Hi Frie & Into, lovely to hear from you. I hear your news from time to time from Evi. Congratulations on Tiago, you really must have a handful now.....I will keep in touch. xxxxxxx
From Linz
Hi And,
What amazing pics and i was so touched by your morning on the beach with the dolphins, i truly believe Granadad did arrange that for you!. Good to see you are still having a great time, but really miss you.
See you soon and stay in touch. xxxxxxxxxxx
Response: Hi Linz
Gr8 to hear from you. Hope things are settlin back down at home, and you're still enjoying work. How about saving some pennies to come out and c me when I settle in NZ?
xxxxxxxxx
From ivo & Helmuth
Hey ms G, Looks very familair to where I have been and Helmuth will go to in a month or so.
We are jealous right now, working hard on new enterprises... :-)

Ciao, Ivo & Helmuth
Response: Ah, the boys who one day will rule the world. Very excited for you both on all these professional adventures you guys seem to be having. Dont miss it much myself though, well, OK, if I'm honest from time to time I do have pangs of wanting to be back in the thick of it, then I give myself a slap to bring myself back to reality and order another coffee. Helmuth, let me know whereabouts you're gonna be...!
x
From Sue
Made me go all goosebumpy reading about the dolphins - aahhhh.
Helsinki was great (Lez had a gig there). I've never experienced such clear, clean & crisp air. I also the most quiet and underpopulated capital city I've ever been to. Also the one place where most of the girls seem to dye their blonde hair dark brown or black - really odd seeing blonde roots on them :-o
x
Response: Hi Sue
Good to hear you and Lez are still on track. Helsinki, better add that to my list I guess. Now why would anyone want to be a brunetter, I ask you?
xxxx
From Nicki
Stop! you are making me homesick! The story of the dolphins is amazing, you were very blessed that day.. Maybe you will still be in NZ when I get there on 21st December? And you are right to fall in love with New Zealand, you are really a kiwi at heart.. xx
Response: Its true. I am a kiwi at heart, if it wasnt for the english accent, I think I would just blend right in. lovin it.........:-)x
From Sim
Hi Andi,
What a stirling job you do of portraying our county!! It's a wonder the travel industry hasn't snaffled you up for your story telling skills yet. This is such a glorious medium for getting a visual window into your antics... Pity you didn't introduce Kea and Gonzo... I figure they're related... both with big beak noses and all... maybe a video capture of their first meeting? Teehee. Though I guess the risk is that forward Mr Kea might want to run away with little Gonzo.
I wonder what Gonzokea chicks would look like?... and whether the Department of Conservation would approve. '-)
Simx
Response: spoken like a true mad, rambling NZer. Gonzokea chicks, I ask you, is no one serious anymore????
From Liz
Hiya,
i was just looking for ideas for ur own site and came across yours, I love the pics of Fiji especially!! Looks AMAXING!!! :o)
My friends and I are hitting towards Oz in a few weeks and stopping in Fiji amongst other places....can you recommend anywhere in particular there?
And of course is Bounty Island the one where Celeb Love Island was filmed????? Would LOVE to visit there!

THanks, and enjoy the rest of your trip!!

Liz
Response: Hi Liz
Yes, Fiji is stunning. And yes, do goto Bounty Island. The staff there are fab, and the island is equally as lovely as those you can pay 10x more for. And yes, it is where celeb island was filmed. Its quite fun seeing the love shack n all. Have a gr8 trip. I'm lovin it!
Andi
From ellie
Wow ur fiji photos are amazing, im gonna have to steal some and say i took em! Got back home 2 days ago. missing being away so much. the cook islands werent very good, fiji was much better, we wish we'd stayed there another 4 days instead. carinas now in LA having a ball and im stuck back in chilly england. anyway was lovely to meet u. keep in touch!
Response: Hi Els
Good to hear from you. Let me know which ones you fancy and I'll send you the hi-resolution files. Good luck with the upcoming year, and mail me from time to time with your gossip. How was seeing the boy again???
From Kieron
Hi Mate,

However do you cope? The stress of deciding which way to go in the morning must be killing you! I was in Mechelen yesterday and met up with a few of your old friends, they say 'Hi, miss you' but don't come back yet, they still have more of your old gear to flog.
I may have been mistaken but was that you in a dress on the 'Love Island'? didn't think it could have been!

Love Kieron and the Incyters
Response: Me, a dress - never.....! Yes, heard you were in Mechelen - hot news travels fast....he, he. Have you and the Incyters released an album yet. How about, "the only way is up", or "the long and winding road", or "dont leave me this way" and other sad ode's to the sorry stock price.
Tell Evi she cant sell my MI videos. Catch you soon K.
From Sue
So good to see you're having such fun Andi. You really have taken in some cool places. I'm off somewhere cool today - Helsinki. I'm sure it's cool in both respects! Keep having fun & writing.
Response: What you up to in Helsinki? Not been there, maybe I should add it to the ever growing list of places I want to go visit next...................Be good.
From Jane
Sorry to hear about your eardrum. Verily that is a bummer.

Hoylake continues much the same with out you :)
Response: And there was I thinking that people were mourning on the streets. Spoke to Andrea recently, she told me your news. Send me a mail on gmail or yahoo with a more personal update? catch you soon.
From onno
Cool, I am jealous.... Robin told me he follows your adventures with great interest, but would never, never camp out like you on a trip like this, he is more the 5 star type...
Well, it it not much compared to your adventures, but we went out with Galadeno on my little boat (15 people!) and had a great bbq on the Kaag. Galadeno is back to 20+ people, quite a change..... Helmuth will be leaving October 31, Richard is his successor. Stock holding up well, volume is great.

We miss you Andi, if you grow homesick too much, and want to break off your trip, don't hesitate to call...
Have fun,
Onno
Response: Yes, Robin often finds my allure to grime and muck hard to understand! Have been watching the stock price and listened to the half year results. Seems all is going well, you must be pleased. will send you a more personal mail soon.
x
From Sailor Ted
Hi Gonzo
I hate to say 'I told you so' but that bedroom says it all! Get out while you can, ditch the crazy bird before she has you snorkelling in mud. At this stage in your life you deserve a little comfort. Cousin Jan is your best bet.

Love Ted

ps Miss Piggy sends her love. she can't speak at the moment she has a frog in her throat.
Response: Tell Ms Piggy, some frogs are poisonous, so she should take care. My head is back in place after the axe incident. Have to admit, didnt mind too much, as meant I didnt have to smell my surroundings anymore. You can imagine it gets a bit tiresome when your nose is so large. I couldnt agree with you more on Cousin Jans, but you know, since we've been here I've been stuck in the rucksack all night and day - I think Andi's ashamed of me, which is just rich coming from her. No doubt, I'll get paraded about again when we're fighting pirahanas in Fiji. I ask you?
love Gonzo
From Uncle Stu
Hi there A,

Spent last weekend with your Dad at Fedw Ddu..We went to the Brecon Jazz Festival...Great !

Sounds like you are having a wonderful time..
Stay safe and well...
Love, peace and energy from Uncle Stu

P.S. Jamaica looks like a no-no as it's very very difficult to buy a house there, despite the fact that they are crying out for foreign investment, however large/small.
Response: HI Stu, sounds a bummer re. Jamaica. But I hope the Brecon Jazz made up for it. I'm sure you'll come up with an alternative to J soon...........love Andi
From Sheila
Hi Andi,

I love the pictures. You are still crackers, I see. I told my mum about your adventures. She remembers you from when you were a little toddler in Mawdesley. She wanted to know if you still talked all the time!
Stay safe, Love, Sheila
Response: Getting madder by the minute, it would seem. Haven't managed to hook up with Ant, and not sure if I can now as have left whistler, am cycling through the rockies for 6 days, damn hard work I can tell you. And yes, do still talk all the time, except in the morning, dont do mornings - must be getting old