Apr
15
2019
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Team Collymochon Day 3 – Istanbul

Today we have had a brilliant and exhausting day.

We started with an exceptional buffet breakfast which served everything from bread rolls, to pastries, to sweeties, to chocolate cereal and eggs every way possible. The Mister ate his way though an impressive selection of different types of breakfasts.

32We then headed off to explore the streets of Istanbul. As expected it was heaving with people and got busier and busier as the day progressed. We had thought ahead though and had purchased useful wrist straps for the children – it might seem a little like overkill but we were grateful of the fact that it mean we could tether ourselves on child to one adult and to know that we couldn’t lose them!

15We headed for the Grand Bazaar – an absolute warren of shops and stalls selling jewelry, clothing, Turkish tat and any manner of other stuff. It was an amazing place, full of smells and sights that the children have never seen.

16The Little Miss has turned out to be s proper little tourist attraction! Her blonde curly hair means that the locals are fascinated by her and are often chucking her under the chin or touching her cheek. Twice today I have had complete strangers stop her her and take a selfie with her. It’s rather hilarious but also useful as stallholders were reducing their prices when she was with us!

After that we went to the Spice Market – probably my favourite as I love buying spices and the sights of all the sweets like baklava and other dried fruit etc – it’s such a treat to see overthinking displayed so beautifully.

14We had lunch in the shadow of one of the mosques with the sounds of the call to prayer echoing around us.

1312After lunch the kids were pretty tired so we took a 90 minute trip up the Bosphorous River. It was amazing how much fabulous architecture we could see from the river and on our return we walked over the Galata Bridge to the Asian side of Turkey before getting the tram back to near our hotel.

Despite it being early we decided to go for dinner before we went to the hotel as the kids were flagging. It was a disaster. We went to what looks like a niceish restaurant that had an OK menu and we ordered a couple of pizzas and 4 different types of kebabs and chips and some drinks. Two bottled of water arrived and then we waited and waited. Finally two pizzas arrived, brazenly delivered to the booth at the back in a pizza takeaway box before being slid onto plates by the useless waiting staff. Five minutes later to kebabs and chips arrives on plates covered in cling film from another establishment elsewhere. We never received the other food and never received the drinks. Emma channeled her teacher persona and gave the waiter a loads of grief in English before giving him enough money for what we had received and leaving. We then headed to the hotel where we bought more food and drank wine.

Emma and I are now sitting in companionable silence in the bar, drinking wine; me writing my blog and she writing her travel journal about our splendid day. Istanbul is a delight.

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Apr
15
2019
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Team Collymochon Day 2 – Heathrow to Istanbul

7Another reasonably early start as we anticipated carnage at the airport. Turkish Airlines have been a nightmare to deal with before today but actually on the day they have been brilliant.

We had a really good 4 hour flight and the food was pretty decent and we each had an entertainment system so 8all the kids were happy. We arrived at the new Istanbul airport which opened just last week. It is slick and shiny and has some beautiful internal architecture. The queues for passport though were pretty tricky and no-one seemed to really know what they were doing.

We had arranged an airport collection and found them before heading to the hotel an hour away. By this time it was about 9pm UK time and ewe still had to feed the children, so we headed across the road from the hotel to a kebab place and ate a huge amount of bread and meat. It was delicious.

Tomorrow we have a busy day of sightseeing, if only these horrible children would go to sleep!

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Apr
11
2019
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Team Collymochon Day 1 – London

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So, the day of the much anticipated Williams/Worthington holiday to Turkey has arrived.

1After about 4 hours sleep we met at the airport in Guernsey to fly to Gatwick on the red eye for a day out in London. Originally we had planned to fly to Gatwick, leave all our luggage at the Premier Inn and travel into London for a day of sightseeing before returning to Gatwick to sleep before travelling the next day. Unfortunately Turkish Airlines buggered up our plans by cancelling our flights and rescheduling so we flew out of Heathrow. So, we had to take our luggage and leave it in left luggage and then we had a lovely day out.

3Our first stop was The Natural History Museum. The boys absolutely loved the dinosaur exhibition and eagerly trawled their way through the exhibits. The Little Miss however was absolutely traumatised by the animated T-rex. They enjoyed the earthquakes and stuff like that, but the mammals section was looking tired and dates because the exhibits are all so old and (quite rightly) they will not replace them with new stuffed animals.

5We had a quick lunch before heading to the British Museum where we looked at more Egyptian artefacts and as usual I marvelled at the truly glorious roof.

By now the kids were starting to revolt so we decided to walk to Covent Garden and on the way we found a small play area where they burned off some energy for half an hour or so and then we went to watch the street performers in Covent Garden. We finished with dinner at Wagamamas – unfortunately The Little Miss forgot she was sitting on a stool and fell backwards and now has a huge egg on her head!

2We then collected the luggage from Victoria and headed to Heathrow but Martin missed getting on the train so Emma went back to find him and left us with all 4 kids. The Little Miss sobbed all the way to Heathrow, both because she was missing Martin as well as being too tired to cope.

Finally we reunited and got the kids to bed and the boys went to drink beer in the bar and I drank wine in the bath. Onwards…. to a flight tomorrow to Turkey. Wish us luck

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Apr
10
2019
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8 April 2019

PatientSo, a more unusual photo today.

I had to go and have a heart rate minitor fitted for 24 hours. Hopefully they don;t find any significant problems but I guess time will tell.

I felt like a bit of a tit though as I hadn’t realised one of the pads would come up higher than the neckline of my top!

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Apr
10
2019
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6 April 2019

Surfer boyNew wet-suits for the kids so that they can spend more time surfing.

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Apr
10
2019
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4 April 2019

Careers FayreThis morning I had to go and help out at the careers fayre at the leisure centre.

As you can see it was a valuable and successful couple of hours.

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Mar
30
2019
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27 March 2019

Spring dressNot a terribly flattering photo but I didn’t take any others today.

Unusually I wore a bright blue dress today which had divers on it. I had so many compliments about the dress it was really nice.

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Mar
30
2019
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25 March 2019

25 March

I saw this set of gorgeous Hornsea pottery in a local charity shop. It called to me and I stopped and stared at it for about 10 minutes before I purchase it.

My friends on Facebook are of very much mixed views about it! I love it though!

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Mar
30
2019
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21 March 2019

Marie Kondo MisterEven The Mister is getting on board with Marie Kondo.

This is his t-shirt drawer after he tackled it. Very pleasing

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30
2019
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19 March 2019

World Social Work dayToday was World Social Work Day and I went to a conference which was all about the important of relationships.

We did several different exercises over the day and one of them involved picking out a postcard we liked. I really like this one of Frieda Kahlo’s leg!

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