Posts Tagged ‘Baby’

What do cows say?


Laughing Baby


Zara turned one last week.

It’s been a good first year. She’s well and is very good natured. She also likes to laugh a lot.

Family photo



Back home


Home tomorrow – 0400 get up, 0840 plane, arrive at 1840 Dubai time. Fortunately it’s a big A380 and we have business class seats, somehow having been able to get them months ago for the same price as premium economy for a previously planned trip that had to be rescheduled.

Apologies in advance for anyone expecting a quiet journey – it might get noisy.


This has been the longest holiday I have ever had, I think, since I started working in 1998. It took me a week to calm down, finally switching my BlackBerry email off eight days after officially being on holiday. I managed to keep it off for most of the remainder of a lovely three and a half weeks away.

We spent all of it in Milton Keynes with my mother-in-law, with trips down to London and one night for me staying over in the big smoke after an evening out with friends. My father caught up with Zara for one afternoon and we all saw various friends. A good balance of not doing too much.

Naturally, just as we are leaving we seem to be getting into a workable routine with Zara, with who does what being evened out, although I have been informed I am still not quite pulling my weight. I have done my best, honest. I’m sure I could do more though. I’m best with specific tasks that have a beginning and an end – bath time, looking after her for an hour and a half from her waking up at around six in the morning. The open ended ‘take her for a bit’ sessions I still struggle with.

It’s been fantastic and very relaxing. Great weather. Aside from the cost of the flights, not too expensive either. So as not to overdo it, after four working days we’re off again from Tuesday to Sunday to a wedding in Istanbul. No Emirates for this trip – FlyDubai all the way. This will be an experience…








Eye of the beholder


Riz, my brother-in-law, took this snap of Zara while we visited Milton Keynes’ famous concrete cows yesterday.

Here’s the original and a couple of crops – you can see me and Riz reflected in Zara’s eye, Riz with his camera and me pushing the buggy.





Mum, Dad and Zara at Milton Keynes’ most iconic location. Dad needs haircut and a shave.


Back home soon


I leave for a long holiday on Thursday afternoon.

Hoping to take it easy and take a proper break too. Lots of reading, lots of blogging and lots of time with this one –


Rockin’ in the rocker


Where Every Day is Special


During idle moments, I often find myself chuckling at the reviews of certain hotels in Dubai and Bahrain in TripAdvisor.

The hotel websites are also often unintentionally hilarious – and appear to date from 1997.

This is a classic example – surely the best ever image to grace a marketing publication?