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Friday, July 26th, 2013

Martha Planchant born July 22nd 2013, at 9:56am, 3200g. Mother and baby both doing well. It’s taken us a few days to agree on a name. Nine months just not long enough. Her big brother is smitten.

Exactly two years since my last post…

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

…and what better way to blow away the cobwebs than with a post to say Happy 2nd Birthday Gruff. Thank you for two of the most tiring yet rewarding years of my life. We’ve both come a long way.

Little Gruff

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Gruffydd “Gruff” Planchant born this morning, August 3rd 2010, at 2:19am, 3300g. Mother and baby both doing well except for Gruff’s sore head and Rhian’s lack of sleep. For those wondering how “Gruff” is pronounced, it’s just the same as Griff.

Dorset and River Cottage

Friday, September 18th, 2009

We were very lucky that our camping trip to Dorset coincided with a beautiful later summer’s weekend. As well as visiting the River Cottage Autumn Fair for the birthday of Hugh’s biggest fan. We also enjoyed walking, a spot of mackerel fishing off Lyme Regis (and cooking the spoils), eating too much and sampling some […]


Sunday, May 10th, 2009

We arrived in Paris by TGV from Basel. A comfortable journey made all the more entertaining by the conductors attempts to seamlessly switch between German, French and English. We spent the afternoon wandering around the 5th and 6th arrondissements and reading a collection of posters outside the Jardin du Luxembourg. The final night of our […]


Saturday, May 9th, 2009

We enjoyed a great two days in Basel with Nicole and Christian. While we were there we explored the old town, took in the views from Bölchenflue, visited the Roman amphitheatre at Augusta Raurica, cheekily enjoyed a free beer at the Feldschlösschen brewery, took in a spot on the Rhein where France, Germany and Switzerland […]

Return to Pokhara

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Following a short taxi ride from our treks end point at Phedi we arrived back to some luxury at Hotel Nirvana. We enjoyed a few celebratory beers before attempting to cleanse ourselves of the previous five days worth of grime. That night we treated ourselves to steak at the Everest Steak House, washed down, of […]

Ghorepani – Ghandruk trek

Friday, March 6th, 2009

After much deliberation we decided on a trek from Nayapul to Ghorepani then across to Ghandruk and back to Phendi and Pokhara via Landruk and Dhampus. Our start was delayed by a bout of sickness suffered by Mam but we were soon on our way to Nayapul one hour away from Pokhara by taxi. From […]


Saturday, December 27th, 2008

We had to returned to Kuala Lumpur in order to pick up our Indian visas and to make our first flight of the trip (to Chennai.) After much deliberation we decided to stay in Kuala Lumpur a few more days in order to spend Christmas there. We had been given some gift vouchers for the […]

Ko Lipe

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Our journey from Ko Mook to Ko Lipe was something to remember. Although we were completely soaked by the time we disembarked the thrilling journey made up for it. After an unpleasant night at a guesthouse on Hat Pattaya we packed up and moved to the friendly Pooh’s. We had managed to escape the grey […]

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