There’s always a lot of hype surrounding New Year’s celebrations. People put all of their efforts into ensuring the night of the 31st December is the best of the year. But it’s all a bit much for me. As I’ve grown older I’ve moved away from wanting to have one, grand night and have become much more concerned with spending time with my family and friends. Now my favourite thing to do at the end of December is to take a trip somewhere and enjoy a fantastic week-long holiday, rather than focus on just one night.
Every country seems to be showing an interest in Africa because of its wealth of untapped resources. Despite this, the West African nation of Mali has struggled to maintain funding, which is likely due to its unstable situation. Continue reading
I’m proud to say that South Africa has fared particularly well in the Telegraph’s Travel Awards for 2013. The newspaper recently announced the winners in 15 different travel categories ranging from best tour operator to best airline based on survey results from 75,000 of its readers. South Africa was named the fourth best country to visit in 2013 (just ahead of Australia), while Cape Town was given the honour of best city, beating Vancouver and Venice. Despite its troubles, South Africa is a very beautiful country, and Cape Town a very pretty city. With beaches like the one below, it has got to be one of the most picturesque in the world.
In other news, Lorna and I would like to introduce another new family member; we are now the proud owners of a beautiful boat named Amazing Grace. After having it surveyed (much like a house), Lorna and I became the official owners of a 51ft Sunseeker yacht as of last Monday. We’ve also acquired a berth in the port in Beaulieu, France, where the boat will be moored, so we’ve set ourselves up a sort of base there.
You may have noticed I’ve taken a break lately from writing blog posts. Is having been particularly busy in recent months a good enough excuse? Either way, I’m back now. And I’ve got plenty to update you on!
My favourite restaurants in the South of France
So, it was too good to be true after all – it’s now pouring down with rain in Buckinghamshire! I have to say that Lorna and I aren’t feeling too down about the weather today as it is quite cosy to sit inside with a cup of tea and watch the rain pour outside. However, that’s not to say that we’re planning on sticking around. We’re now planning our next trip to the South of France and we can’t wait. We’ve been working hard on selling the house and doing up the new house recently so we think it’s time for a little break.
Norman Peires & Family Photos- Slideshare
Apparently Slideshare is the next big thing so I decided to put one together of all my favourite family snaps from the last few years. When I see all these photos together it takes me back to some wonderful memories and I am truly so proud of every member of my growing family.
So, it seems that summer has finally arrived in Buckinghamshire and I have to say Lorna and I are in our element! Part of the reason we travel so much is because we love the sunshine and we believe that we need it. The climate here is usually so miserable and the more I read about Vitamin D and how it affects our mood and our brain the keener I am to find some sun.
I read an article recently which states that ‘Scientists have found that older people who are deficient in the vital vitamin D are more likely to struggle with everyday tasks’. I also found out that over 90% of people in the UK are deficient in Vitamin D which can lead to brittle bones and rickets in children! Now, myself and Lorna don’t need to be told twice to go and catch some rays but we are also dedicated to keeping ourselves fit and agile for our children and to prepare us for when we are older.
Lorna and I have really got into car racing
A while ago, Lorna and I took part in the Rally for Heroes to raise money for Help for Heroes. It was great fun, but the intensity, difficulty and potential danger involved shook us a little bit and after the 6th round (and on Lorna’s sound advice) we retired from the race.
But, since then I’ve been looking for alternative car races to take part in – perhaps ones with a slightly lower risk of danger. While looking for options, I came across a number of sites on historic car racing, and it has got me interested. Continue reading