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April 4, 2012

Five months in six paragraphs

Filed under: Family,For Posterity,Miscellanea — admin @ 8:03 am

The past five months have passed by in a blur. As a favour to my future self, here’s what’s gone on.


Sap & I moved back from Australia just before Christmas last year. There was much that needed doing before, during and after the move, so Christmas and New Year passed in a slurry of flying, settling in, buying baby/house things/a car. Before we knew it we were into a new year.


Much the same as December. A flurry of decorating to get our flat ready for us to live in after having it occupied by a stranger for three years. Walls were filled, sanded & painted; paintwork was redone; carpets were laid; furnishings were bought. We finally found a car and rediscovered the joy & freedom a car brings. We moved into our flat on the 18th January.


Most of Feb was spent assembling our nursery & living room furniture and buying the last few bits & pieces for the impending arrival of our little bundle of noise. We finally finished everything on Saturday February 25th.

Amelia Rose Walsh came into the world on Tuesday 28th February at 11:53pm (so close to being a Feb 29th baby!). There’ll be a separate post on this which I’ll wilfully backdate to the Feb 29th. It’s what my future-self would want.


Although it’s only just ended, March feels like a long time ago. My paternity passed in a blur and I went back to work on the 14th, incredibly sad to be away from our daughter but secretly relieved at the structure my workday regave my life. The two weeks I was off just after the arrival of Amelia were the strangest of my life — days and nights mushed into one, I lost track of which day was which. Going back to work gave my subconscious the steer it needed to understand when the daytime was and what days were what.


It’s only four days old but April has already brought springlike weather and some isn’t-it-tempting-to-think-it’ll-stay-like-this structure to Sap & Amelia’s days and nights.

This post has been hastily written whilst having a cup-o-tea, so future-self — don’t be too harsh.

January 23, 2009

We’re now officially in a recession

Filed under: Miscellanea — admin @ 11:15 am

It’s official: the UK is in the grip of a recession for the first time since the 1990s.

It’s a formality, of course — we all knew it was coming. But now that UK GDP has shrunk for two consecutive quarters it’s officially allowed to be called ‘recession’.

Sterling is at a 24-year low against the dollar — £1 is now worth $1.355. Last time we visited Chicago (last November) £1 got you around $2.

Keywords abound: grim, weak, depression, severe, deteriorating, decline, slumped, losing confidence, shrink…

Despite the government injecting £37bn into the banks they’re still not lending and still not passing on the massive rate cut to borrowers — the cheapest mortgage rate from Nationwide, for example, is 4.00%.

The BoE base rate is currently 1.5%.

However they are passing it onto savers — a regular day-to-day savings account from Nationwide currently offers around 2.00% interest.

October 18, 2008

VW Polo GTi for sale

Filed under: Miscellanea,The American Adventure — admin @ 5:22 pm

Our lovely VW Polo is for saleSeeing as we’re relocating to Chicago, we’re reluctantly parting with our pride and joy.

Here are the vitals:

  • VW Polo GTi
  • 1600 engine
  • 125bhp
  • Black metallic paint
  • 93,000 genuine miles
  • Full service history
  • Comes with original VW roofrack & all fixings

If you’re interested, please do drop us a line. Alternatively you can make an offer via eBay or view the car on Auto Trader (coming soon).

UPDATE: She’s gone…sniff…be well, car, be well.

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