Summer times

In contemplating my work trip back to London this evening, I’ve realised that I’ve been remiss at updating this site since our summer trip back to UK (and Italian) shores…

As seems to be so often the norm, several weeks since being back home in Saigon and the vibrant memories of safari-ing at Longleat Park, crabbing in Lymington and camping in San Vincenzo can get easily eclipsed in the all too pressing realities of school runs, work trips and planning the next holiday!

I have managed, however, to keep up with my new video making enterprise, and in doing so have tried to capture some of that vacation vibrancy in these two clips:


I don’t think I’ve known a holiday to run so smooth as ours did this summer: logistics (all ran to time), weather (perfect sunshine), and dramas (none!) and then having enough time in-between it all to indulge and appreciate the very special moments of family and friends sharing in the same moment together, and drinking it all in….in Tuscany, quite literally so, with Issy’s Dad, Mark, deploying some highly effective strategies involving 10:30am beer stops, grappa-infused espressos, afternoon Campari cocktails, and camp-side Prosecco toasting. Hard work it was (keeping up.)

Florence and Martha, as ever, bounded through what amounted to a 5 week trip away, lodging in various places and travelling up and down the UK, as well as across Tuscany, in cars, trains, planes and buses.

Back home now, they have just as readily jumped back into new classes at school and, with the slight exception of a small fall resulting in a broken elbow (Martha) a few week’s back, both are thriving and ensuring the hours spent outside the classroom are filled with lots of “stuff” (as my mate Jamie would say) – this weekend alone there were sleepovers, glitzy “catwalk” birthday parties, poolside picnics, and pizza, curry, dim sum, and sweet treats aplenty on the menu.

It’s a tough life indeed being young.

Until next time…

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Hangin’ with my new cousin, baby Isabella, over in the Swindon ‘hood.

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Teaching Isabella how to pose.

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Some things don’t ever change in the summer.

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Flo, Yasmin, Martha, Annabel and Freya. Cousins have fun in the water.

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Fearless Flo at Longleat.

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“My cousin!”

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Cousins selfie.

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Crab-tastic. Lymington.

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Cheesy chips. Life pretty much peaks here.

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Pizzas in Palazzo Vecchio, Florence. Life still peaking….

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Florence gelato selfie.

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Florence on top of Florence. The money shot.

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Martha eating carrots on beach in San Vincenzo.

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The Campiglia Marittima camping crew – Tom, Jack, Albe, Joey, Mark, Issy, Martha and Flo.

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Had to put my drink down eventually to take this shot. View from our tent.

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Beach bums.

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Pretty women. And Martha’s underpants in background.

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Our local piazza.

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Yep, it’s leaning.

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Auntie Beck’s cool photo app.

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FV hospital, post surgery. Saigon.

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Flo and best mate, Grace, on her birthday last weekend.

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Dim sum delights at the weekend – Shao Long Bau dumplings.

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