On my way to New Zealand, some random observations from LAX

So I am on my way to New Zealand. Almost half way there, actually, sitting at the gate in LAX after 10 hours in the air, about to board the second leg of the flight. At 0329 UK time here are my slightly random, and probably vastly boring observations.

1. Air New Zealand is a pretty good [...]

Pug puppies and two good Champagnes

Nipped over to my sister Hester’s last night to see their new pug puppies. They already have an adult pug, and these new recruits take the pug quotient in the Beavington household to 3. And twin sister Anne has taken another pug from the litter.

They are incredibly cute, although labradoodles still rock more than pugs [...]

Snow, puppy and Port

From all the fuss, you’d imagine we’d never seen snow before in the UK. But for each of the last three winters, we’ve had a good dose of the white stuff. And as long as you haven’t got to get anywhere, or do any work, it’s a nice distraction. Quite seasonal too.

Unfortunately, Fiona had to [...]

RTL update: poooopies on the way, soon!

Rosie The Labradoodle is with puppy. And she’s due to give birth at some stage over the next week. Saturday night, if our calculations are correct.

It was just over two years ago that she had her first litter; we have no idea about how many to expect. Last time it was eight, and they were [...]

In Devon, and the sun is out

We’re in Devon for a few days, and although it rained all yesterday, it cleared up in the evening for a big family do to celebrate niece Hannah’s 21st. And today has been spectacular. We started off on Braunton Burrows (above), wandering up and down the amazing dunes. It’s a huge area, right behind Saunton [...]

Urban art with younger son and RTL

Fiona is away for the weekend with friends, so I’m a lone parent for a few days. [It's normally the other way round.] Remarkably, I’ve managed to get younger son out walking the dog with me twice today, although he was on his bike.

This afternoon I tempted him out by offering to go along with [...]