April 26, 2005


deb does sushi

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February 18, 2005


debs already making friends

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Bye Bye

Mum's photos from the Airport. Cheers everyone for pitching up, was really nice that you were all there. It was all too early to get sad, but we will miss everyone...

Lovely set of T-shirts though :)

[2 galleries here and here]

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February 16, 2005


nicola comes to visit

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blury rob.

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February 12, 2005


we got a little peckish ...

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mum !

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February 07, 2005


party boys !

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Party People !

Well, I had a fantastic time at the leaving party - thanks to everyone who came along, hope you all enjoyed it. We haven't got loads of pictures - we seemed to forget the camera somewhere along the way :)

[2 Galleries here and here]

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February 02, 2005


dj deb

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January 26, 2005


mmm... mexican

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can anyone else see a face in this newly varnished wood ?

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January 24, 2005

Plans made !

Well, we've booked our trip (or at least reserved the tickets). The itinery is linked from the sidebar on the right. I thought I'd give a quick rundown on how we decided where we wanted to go ...

The first thing was deciding on how long we wanted to go for - this came down to us wanting to be back for christmas 05 so we were limited to a maximum trip of about 10/11 months. Other factors are obviously cash and optionally how much time you can get off work (we just decided to quit - yey !).

Once you've figured out how long you want to travel for the next part is the most difficult one - the destinations !

One of the things we've tried to do a lot of on our holidays recently is snowboarding, we've both got reasonably proficient so we decided to make a large part of our trip involve it. I've been to Canada a couple of times and I've loved Vancouver and B.C in general so we wanted to take a little tour if possible. It also happens to be a great destination for Snowboarding which is handy :)

Deb has always wanted to go and see Japan/China (being the sushi master and all) and I wanted to see Hong Kong so that was another set of destinations added.

We both wanted to go to New Zealand and spend a good amount of time there (again another great location for Snowboarding !) - another key destination.

To fill in the gaps between these countries we spent an afternoon looking through various travel books - The Travel Book and One Planet (thanks Deb's Parents and Steve). We marked all the places we wanted to go and see and fit them in between our key destinations.

We then whittled them down - there were a few we would have liked to have seen like Chile/Easter Island and Nepal. Nepal was a possibility but the US Government travel warnings didn't look too friendly so we decided against it.

We wanted to see some sun between the snowboarding so we tried to pick destinations with a bit of Sun (Mexico, Bangkok, Japan, Fiji) at the times between the snowboarding countries.

Then there were some places that were 'jump points' to get where we wanted to go - San Fransisco and Austrailia being the main ones so we decided to hang around rather than fly straight through.

The last thing - booking the tickets. We went to STA travel and talked to a nice man called Bob who took us all through it.

The only problem with all this - people can't vote where we go next - it was something we really wanted to do but the cost was prohibitive - although I still think there are some Poll based things we can do as we've got a month in Mexico where we're not sure what we want to do and over three months in New Zealand.

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new splashback

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pikachu and the ladies

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January 22, 2005


sage @ picadilly

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January 21, 2005


jacknife in otley

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shes got the whole world in her hands

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January 19, 2005


more tea vicar ?

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Garmin etrex Legend C arrives

I've finally got myself a GPS reciever, so we can update our position on the map in the sidebar as we travel round the world. I really didn't know too much about GPS receivers when I first started looking round but I had a few criteria that it had to meet :

Also I would have liked :

After searching I originally came up with two (cheap) choices :

I was initially quite excited by the Fortuna as it was pretty much the only unit with both a handheld display and bluetooth (and was available on ebay for less than £100). After some thought I decided I didn't really need bluetooth as I'd probably buy a dedicated sat nav system for the car when I got back and there wasn't any decent GPS software for my P910i. If I was going to use it with the laptop then I didn't really need the bluetooth connectivity as we're not going to be walking with the laptop out :)

This left the Garmin eTrex which more or less fitted my basic criteria but only supported a serial port connection to the laptop - you can buy serial to usb adaptors but I'd read some posts saying they didn't always work (as Garmin Mapsource software only looks for COM ports 1->4). Thats when the technolust hit me - I saw the new Garmin eTrex Legend C ... It was basically like the old Garmin etrex Vista (top end of the garmin outdoor line) with 24Mb of mapping memory but without the compass and altimeter and this one had colour and did autorouting for when you're in the car ! It also supported USB out of the box ...

So £245 later I've got a brand spanking new handheld GPS ...

Here are a few pictures - deb's the photographer (this way I can test the photogallery functionality too !)

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Realwood Furniture & Joinery Launched

Apart from watching "Charmed", since quitting work I've been mostly spending my time finishing off a few sites. So on Monday we launched the first, Larry's new site: realwood.co.uk

There's still a little more content to go up there, but it's generally complete - yay.

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January 18, 2005

Letters to the Editor

With all this time on our hands, and with the help of Mr Running Richard himself, I had my debut in the local Newspaper (Wharfedale and Airedale Observer) letters section last Thursday. We did write this after a couple of beers, but I feel it expresses some of my views on when is going on in Otley at the moment.

Look under (our mirror) "Plans run-in" for my letter...

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January 16, 2005


birthday !

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January 15, 2005


yaadgar quality mixed sweets

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ricks trick

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cheese tree !

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bowling green

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yey - my toenail came off

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my new profession

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mmm ... pasta bake

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deb goes crazy

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January 13, 2005

First Post !

Well, we've finally taken the plunge and jacked in our jobs. We've saved our pennies and now we can afford to lounge at home, err, travel round the world. For those of you who know us well it will come as no surprise to learn that we've not quite finished the planning yet - however what we have done is developed this web site to log our travels :) We'll be putting up a new poll every so often, in theory we should be allowing you to vote for where we travel to next - there's a certain lack of flexibilty due to the nature of round the world tickets but we'll see how it goes but I think we'll probably have to pick the first destination. The first poll is up now - although it's not destination based - Go and vote !

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