A long and blistering summer gave way to a warm and sunny Autumn and then, just before it got really cold, we flew south (or South-East-ish) to Cayman for three weeks. We had forgotten the horrors of our freezing arrival last February until we clambered off the plane last week... Youch. Winter's back. Air conditioning has switched immediately to heating, winter clothes have been hauled out of moth-ball-filled boxes and we we've been bulk buying everything furry (and bulk eating ALL the carbs) in an attempt to stave off the cold.
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Jet Ski's make everyone feel like the best sort of bond villain. It's certainly the closest I'll ever come to feeling like an international spy - I love them! Before we left Cayman to go home to Austin for a while, we gathered our favourite people for an afternoon and hired a set (what is the collective noun for jet skis? there should be one!) to say good bye to a couple of our favourite places.
Sunday, 11 January 2015
As someone with a (I think understandable) fear of deep water / sharks / giant octopus tentacles, I've always been a bit wary of sub aqua activities. I've scuba dived a little and done plenty of snorkelling and a bit of free diving but I'm never at the front of the queue to get off the nice dry boat.
Saturday, 10 January 2015
One of the best things about having friends to visit with us is that they are a perfect excuse to do all the holiday things I love again. guilt free. Excellent.
I love parasailing - all the parts of me that feel nauseous just thinking about the physics of helicopters are completely ok with being suspended by a tiny clip underneath a giant kite on a rope behind a boat.
Friday, 9 January 2015
Christmas is a brilliant time to be on island because everyone is home for Christmas. Most of J's school friends are back and staying with their families, so, in order to cut a little bit loose (everyone's on good behaviour when they're staying with their mum!), we all made our way to Drew's beach house at the other end of the Island for a 24 hour house party.
Tuesday, 6 January 2015
Sunday, 4 January 2015
As I began sorting my photos to print from the last year they fell neatly in to a picture timeline of 2014. A bit twee. But also relieving. Looking back on the year in its entirety I feel vindicated in my exhaustion! We've moved continents, thrown a serious sized wedding, flown far more than any purportedly environmentally concerned couple should and adopted the worlds most excellent (and possibly least intelligent..!) pup. Here's to a bit more napping in 2015!
In January we packed up our London flat ready for some tenants to move in - a little bit heartbreaking for a first home we've loved so much. I made the worlds least impressive cow boy birthday cake for J, we saw as many old friends as possible and threw a leaving (for now) party in Southwark to mark our departure from London for Texas skies and sunshine in Austin.