Life in a nutshell, 'cos it's better if you're nuts!

A collection of random thoughts, adventures, happenings and general goings on in the Gardner Family.
Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound

Time to wave bye bye to our adopted home of one week and get ourselves back to Milton Keynes again.

Back to the Island

Back to the Island

For our final full day we couldn’t really decide what to do, so we went back to the Île de Ré to do a bit more exploring.

The Quiet Day

The Quiet Day

This was the day where we didn’t do much. We did so little that I apparently couldn’t even be bothered to take any photos of it.

Fairytale Castle

Fairytale Castle

The Château de la Roche Courbon is a really rather spectacular historic monument just over an hour’s drive south of La Rochelle. It took us all day to drive there, see the sights and drive back.

Towers and Fish

Towers and Fish

Our third full day and our first trip into our host city of La Rochelle. We’d read that the old town centre of town is very pretty and that the Aquarium is great.

Venise Verte

Venise Verte

A bit of leisurely walking, photography and punting around canals, whilst generally feeling a bit tired after the previous day’s exploits.

Phare des Baleines

Phare des Baleines

We drove all the way over to the western end of the Île de Ré to visit a rather nice lighthouse.

Lots of Driving

Lots of Driving

Our first ever holiday where we drove onto the continent in our own car. We drove a long way on the first day.

La Rochelle

La Rochelle

A week on the beautiful west coast of France. It was so hot, it was more like sun-snogged than sun-kissed.

Les Arcs

Les Arcs

Skiing in Les Arcs, and overlooked by the totally mad “Speed Skiing” course.

Wet in Whistler

Wet in Whistler

In early 2005 Kas and me went skiing in Whistler with the Burlaces. The weather was a bit suspect.

Lake District in the Winter

Lake District in the Winter

In February 2004 Kas and I took a short break in the Lake District to enjoy a final bit “couple” time before we became parents.