Friday, September 29, 2006

Garden Leave

The garden is now officially finished. Just in time for winter :-( I'll post some pictures later this evening so you can see the finished masterpiece. It's great.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Pandonras Box

We’ll it’s a Saturday evening in September and as I sit here watching the end of a ‘Long Kiss Goodnight’ (great movie BTW) Abi is writing Christmas cards. Why would she be doing that in September I hear you say?!?!? We’ll the well travelled Piper/Warde family won’t be here to celebrate Christmas in the UK; we’ll be spending it in Sydney. I’ve been working on a project for the Australian business for the past 2 years and they’ve asked me back to finish the next phase. It wasn’t a difficult decision for us to make. I know our parents will be a little disappointed they won’t be able to see us but it’s an offer we couldn’t refuse. I’m looking forward to Christmas on the beach and New Years Eve watching the fireworks explode over the bridge.

However, I have a lot of work to pack in before the holidays. I’m off to India in a couple of weeks, something I’m not looking forward to. Then it’s Barcelona for a week in early November for a conference. Abi’s going to fly out for the weekend. The I leave for Australia at the end of November, returning some time in mid January.

I’ve decided to change our holiday plans. Instead of spending three weeks in South East Asia, we’re off to South West USA. We’re going to spend two weeks travelling around Utah and Arizona. Please not this had nothing to do with the recent coup in Thailand, but more a desire to get back to the US (I haven’t been there for two years). We also wanted to visit some more of the national parks in Utah. We really enjoyed our visit there three years ago but didn’t have time to see everything we wanted to. I’ve ordered a rough guide but we’re going to leave the planning until we get back from Australia. I am counting the air miles we'll be earning as you read this :-)
I was told about a great website this week. Pandora. It's an interesting twist on internet radio and it's free. You put in an artist or song name and it plays music that's very similar in style. A great way to find new bands. You can only fast forward a few times each hour and you can't rewind. You also have to register after the first hour or so but it's free. Check it out.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Mad Russians

This is a great clip from Google Video. It shows a young Russian guy climbing around Moscow. It's called Parkour 'a physical discipline of French origin in which the participant — called a traceur — attempts to pass obstacles in the fastest and most direct manner possible, using skills such as jumping, vaulting and climbing'. You may remember the BBC 'trailer' back in 2002 with the guy called David Belle leaping across roof tops. For those who haven't see the video then click here. It's impressive. Check out Wikipedia for a definition. On a related note I just had to say how wonderful Wikipedia is. Have a look at the site. It's a free online resource maintained by people that reference it. I've been very impressed so far, especially at the amount of detail. I advise you to book mark the site.

Oh and can I just apologise to my Dad. He doesn't have broadband so this video is going to kill his internet connection. Come on Dad, put your hand on your pocket and give BT a call. Abi's dad is now surfing the high speed highway. So if he can (sorry Herb) anyone can do it!!!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Grand Designs

Work is nearly complete on out garden landscaping. We've used a local firm to tidy up our garden and make it somewhere we both want to spend some time. it's taken three weeks so far but we aren't in a hurry and we've got a fixed price contract. The only problem is that we can't turf at the moment and will have to wait until October. Shame on Thames Water!!!!! I've attached a few photo's.