Learning how to ride

We took Chloé out for the afternoon to teach her how to ride her bike with out stabilisers. I found a nice stretch of path near the St. Catherine’s Park and ride car park that gets hardly used.

She’s had a while without them by herself, but I thought it was about time to actually teach her how to ride a bike properly. So I packed it in the car, picked Kate from work and headed down to the Park and Ride.

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Catching up

It’s been a while since I last updated, because I really haven’t know what to write. The odd thing is, it’s not as if nothing has been going on either; loads of stuff has happened.

My niece turned two on November 7th. We travelled down to my sisters in Kent, the weekend before her birthday, to spend some time with her and give her the presents that we bought.

While down in Kent, my sister asked me to try and get some photos of her and her new boyfriend, Jake. The entire family ventured out to Leybourne Lake Country Park for the afternoon; it was absolutely freezing! I did however, manage to get a nice shot of them both.

On the Sunday, the slight cold that I had for a couple of days, decided to take a turn for the worse. I started to have hallucinations and ran a really high temperature. One minute I’m boiling, the next I’m freezing cold. It was horrendous. Thankfully, I started to feel better to drive home on the Monday evening. We finally made it home at just gone 1am.

The following week, 14 November, it was Ryan’s birthday; he’s now seven years old. We had a set budget of £200 for his birthday. That £200 would pay for some presents, a trip to the zoo, a movie at the cinema, dinner, a birthday cake and celebrations with his cousins and aunts. for a seven year-old, he does pretty damn well out of us!


A while back now, I started thinking of my future and I wanted to improve myself in certain areas of my life. One of these areas was going to be academic. Katie and I, enrolled in the local college here in Winchester, called Peter Symonds. We signed up for two classes; Maths and English.

It’s been two weeks since we started. Everything seems to be very basic and not really challenging and I didn’t really expect this, but as I understand it, it’s like this so they can test what level we are at and can then proceed with a customised course to help me improve on the areas that I need it most.

In the long-term, I hope the English course will help me maintain a good level of communication here on my blog, and also help me with my hand writing. It’s atrocious for someone of my age. As for the Maths course, I enrolled in this because I want to be able to help my kids with their homework when they start bringing it home. I don’t want to be one of those parents who doesn’t have a clue and look stupid in front of their kids.

Not only will the courses be good for helping the kids out, it will be something extra to add to my CV ( résumé for the foreigners who read this ). This, then, may or may not help me out when I decided to eventually proceed into a different career.