Howard’s Photo Gallery
All of my photo albums in one long gallery. Each album in the gallery has a little background text too.
Here are photos of the great weekends us lads have had. Happy days.
Somewhere in darkest Wales. We stayed in a 5-man tent with wooden balcony. Very nice too.
We spent 2 weeks in The Lakes October to November 2018.
During first week, we shared it with Vicki, Stephen, Florence and Harry, and then Jamie and Kat came over for a couple of nights, on their way to Scotland.
During the second week, Rob, Summer and Reuben stayed in The Cottage, while AJ and George stayed in The Old Stable.
And what a day that was!
We started procedings on the Friday with a meal and drinks in The Crown in Devizes. Very nice it was too.
Then on Saturday, Annie picked up Jamie (his B&B was near ours in Shrewton) and dropped us off outside the Bear in Devizes. We met Gordon, Rob joined us and the four of us ate a hearty breakfast. Then we got changed (see The Bear photo album) and took a taxi to St Mary’s Church in Potterne. The boys busied themselves with various preparations, such as lighting the candles while I took some photos.
The wedding was fantastic (despite the inaudible PA system) and made especially good by the beautiful warm sunny weather. Then we all headed off to the reception. That was amazing too. The trio of classical musicians were there and we enjoyed a relaxed afternoon of food, drink and great company. In the evening we were treated to more live music (The Somebodies) – a really good, loud, rock/pop covers band.
On Sunday we made our way to Libby’s folk beautiful house and enjoyed lunch and chatting. Then home. What a great weekend.
During their trip to England in 2017, Joe and Charlotte hired a cottage in the Peak District. So after Christmas, Annie and I, and AJ and George went to visit and stayed overnight.
We met up with Tony, Pat and Kath for lunch. It was especially nice to see young Ted. And did I mention the pub served outstanding draught Plum Porter? It did.
In May we flew to Hong Kong and had a lovely holiday with Joe and Charlotte and baby Ted near their house in Lamma Island. We stayed in a small hotel overlooking the harbour, and had great fun watching the birds, fishermen, people and boats.
We found the Hong Kong climate a bit of a challenge (very warm and humid), and the mosquitos even more so!
The funniest episode was when we blagged our way to the very top of the university building roof (very high up) only to find that the door we came through was self-locking, and we were stuck. After much searching we found a second stairway on the outside of the building (yikes!) and after wandering around and trying several more locked doors, we found some workmen, and sneaked back in.
We went on holiday to Blue anchor Bay and stayed in a static caravan. A steam train ran right by where we were and I got a lovely photo of Jamie, Vicki, Gordon and Rob waving to the driver. We had a day trip to Butlins, one to Dunster Castle and another to Cleve Abbey. I remember how happy I was to have my children around me during what would have been Lesley’s 36th birthday.
This was our holiday of a lifetime.
I had a business trip to Zambia, and my work grade meant that I travelled business class. I had a word with the travel agent and was able to reduce my travel from business class to cattle class, pay a bit extra (only a few hundred pounds) and end up with a work trip, plus a 2 week holiday for two to Kenya. Get in!
So after my work in Zambia, I flew up to Nairobi in Kenya to meet Lesley who had travelled from Heathrow that day. We got on to the overnight train and travelled cross country to Mombassa on the East coast of Africa. That was a train ride to remember. We woke up early morning on the train, opened our cabin window and were greeted by the hot African sun and giraffes in the plains in the distance. Wow!!
And we spent the most wonderful time relaxing in The Shelly Beach Hotel (as recommended to me by my dear friend Richard Lemmey). Our apartment was right on the beach and we went on quite a few day trips, such as on an Arab Dhow, a snake farm and a glass bottomed boat. Take a look at our photos.
Here are the few photos of my Dad, Frank Hill, before he met and married my Mum, Irene Brown. Photos of his family are there too, such as his mother (Nana Hill) and brothers John and Bill, and their sister Lily.
And photo of my Mum, Irene Hill (nee Brown) before she met and married my Dad, Frank Hill. Photos of her family are there too, such as her mother (Nana Brown) and her brothers Basil and Denis Brown.