Drunkenness, General, Music, Travel

Liz’s Surprise Hen Do

Due to concerns that nothing was being organised for Liz’s Hen do, some of us decided to organise a surprise one that would be in London and held under the guise of a weekend visiting Helen. As it turned out, this was the weekend after the official hen and stag do which a number of us had also attended. It was still a fun weekend and Liz was continually surprised all the way through the day. Continue reading

Photography, Sport

Liz and Richard combined stag and hen do

Liz’s official hen do was combined with Richard’s stag do and held the weekend before the surprise one. We got up ridiculously early to drive up to the adrenalin jungle paintball centre near Sherwood Forest. After dressing the stag and hen appropriately, we proceeded to the interminable wait to get our equipment, safety briefing etc. Finally we were ready to go. Continue reading

Food, General, Photography, Travel

South Africa 2008 – Day 14 Home time!

Lou left us properly this morning, getting up early to take a taxi to Cape Town airport. Dave, Helen and I are booked on the Robben Island ferry at 11 this morning. So we drove to the now very familiar V&A Waterfront and went to the terminal to check that they were still running (the weather had been very bad on the way over, raining so hard that it was difficult to see where we were going). Continue reading

Drunkenness, Food, General, Photography, Travel

South Africa 2008 – Day 13 Wine “tasting”

Wine tasting tour today. Got picked up in front of our apartment by a bloke called Stefan with a bus full of Germans and Americans. He drove us at breakneck speed round a number of local wine estates alternately teaching us about wine and wine tasting, encouraging us to get drunk and encouraging us to kick people in their private parts. Continue reading

General, Photography, Travel

South Africa 2008 – Day 12 800km drive back to Cape Town

Today we have 800km to cover from Addo to Stellenbosch so we got up early and headed into Port Elizabeth to drop off Louise’s hire car. Then we all piled into our rental and began the journey. Helen drove the first 300km back past Nature’s Valley to where we stopped for breakfast (at about 11.30!). There were also shops here and by the time the girls had finished shopping it was gone 1 and my turn to be driving.

Just the one picture today to prove that we got Louise and all her stuff in our car with us. Continue reading

Food, Photography, Travel

South Africa 2008 – Day 11 Addo Elephant National Park

Helen’s birthday today and I presented her with my present, carried all the way from Nottingham, at breakfast. Breakfast had been proudly described as “none of that uncouth sausage and bacon stuff” which had made my heart sink but was actually very nice and a good change from the huge amounts of meat that you traditionally get for every meal in South Africa. And my first opportunity to eat rusk on this trip! Continue reading