Friday, 29 December 2006

Beautiful Brittany

The pictures below were taken by my Dad, one of the best amateur-photographers I know.
Douar-an-Avel is our wonderful family home, just a few miles outside of Morgat - a quaint little britton port and seaside resort where I have been going all my life. It truly is my very favourite place in the whole world, mainly because it's a real haven, my home away from home and simply amazingly, breath-takingly beautiful...!!!
The beach is Lostmar'ch (or maybe Goulien?) on the Atlantic ocean, our very own 'sunset heaven'. We come here to pretend we can surf, and to get away from the German and Italian tourists (no offence?!?) that crowd the little tame beaches of Morgat and its environs.
As I write it's damp and grey and miserable outside on a cold,dark winter's day and I am pining for the beauty and serenity and warmth of summer in writing about it is the next best thing - nearly.

the wibbs family of Baughurst

Well here we are, at the end of 2006, pretty much. Looking forward to developping this blob - er, blog - and sharing with the rest of the www, who, why and what we are. Just got to hope it makes sense to some of you, and I also have to take this opportunity to promise everyone that, yes, I do in fact have a life.

Monday, 25 December 2006

Christmas 06

The family patiently waited to delve into the mound of gifts Santa brought last night. NB: spot the realistic-looking snowy footprints which prove 'he' really was there...

Christmas lunch/dinner was lovingly prepared by 'Yours Truly' and her little crew of helpers and avidly devoured by at least 3(1/2) members of the wibberley household!! Thomas doesn't care much for free-range turkey and crispy roast potatoes though, so had a good old drink and played with his toy tanker-truck instead.

We then went and enjoyed mummy's new present in the garden room, a new sound-system, especially for me you understand, no ulterior motives whatsoever...and the boys had a good old 'jam' on the musical equipment. What fun was had by us all :o)

Saturday, 19 August 2006

Italia - our 10th anniversary trip

On 13th July Mark and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary - and treated ourselves to a week in Italy without the kids! What bliss...

We stayed in part of a gorgeous converted farmhouse, with our own front door, lounge, kitchen bathroom and 4-poster bed on a mezzanine floor; we were surrounded by hills, lavender and cattle, and had 24-hr access to a beautiful outdoor pool. How very extremely romantic I think you'll agree...

We had hired a little Ford KA (on a local's advice that it would serve us better than a Fiat Punto) and did quite a few miles to revel in the exquisite Umbrian countryside and little hill-villages.

Orvieto, Perugia and Assissi were also part of our sightseeing and were a great insight into local Italian existence-once the tourists had left, that is! We enjoyed some good cuisine, although were somewhat disappointed by what folk call Pizza; we reckoned we could easily get nicer ones in our Pizza-Express back home...However, soaking up the atmosphere whilst ambling along the towns' narrow streets more than made up for the italians' lack of expertise in pizza-making.

Back at the "Casa di Piandelbello", lazing around by the pool-side was easily a highlight of the whole trip, although the water was way too cold for me to actually swim (I did have a dip or two); but Mark thoroughly loved it, especially 'after-hours'...and was like the proverbial fish in water! He spent many hours in the fresh water pontificating on the benefits of being a pool-owner and did a lot of measuring of the pool's dimensions to see if having one the same size in our back garden might be a possibility. Thankfully after much praying on my part Mark came to the conclusion that it would probably be cheaper in the long run to come back to Piandelbello on a regular basis to indulge in his pool-fantasy.

We left on the Friday morning, and headed for the capital city...:RRRROMA!! It took us quite a long time (hmmmmm...) to navigate our way into the city once we'd come off the 'Autovia', but we eventually found our 4star hotel.
And although we only had about 24 hours in Rome, we can well and truly declare that we 'did' Rome - and utterly fell in love with it... (my feet didn't but then I should've known better than to wear sweaty trainers in 35-degree city-heat)!

Anyway, without further ado, here are some pictures...

Entrance to Lavanda...our honeymoon suite

Our four-poster bed
And rach cooking

La bella piscina!!

Some friendly german co-holiday makers

View from our balcony

A random house in local village and a random little street in a little hill village

Orvieto Cathedral

The Donna Laura Palace, our hotel for one night...


mio marito e un poco follo??!? Roman ruins

Beautiful view of the Vatican over the Tiber river

St Peter's Basilica behind Rachel

Mark got a little thirsty

...Time to go home...