Had a nice holiday?


Hi everyone,

I’m back and had a great time in Norway! Only a short week, but it was lovely to be there and see lots of friends and family and even though the weather was a bit grey most of the time we had a super time. I did get something of a shock though… my wife had told me we were going to see some friends for lunch, and on the way just dropping her mum and dad off at a nice hotel for their annual Arthritis lunch.

They told me there was an art exhibition there and suggested I came in with the kids to have a look. So, in I go and am totally flabbergasted to find all my close friends in Norway there to welcome me… for a surprise 50th birthday lunch! I was somewhat speechless (which is unusual for me) but after a little while, had a great time and I was given loads of lovely presents.

We had a very traditional meal called spekemat (literally dried food!) which is a collection of cured meats and lovely potatoes with various extra bits – mmmmmmmmm!

It’s back to normal now though and how busy we’ve been! Worked the saturday and sunday of the bank holiday and then managed to fit a kitchen in my wife’s shop on sunday night and monday! The kids are beginning to wind each other a up a bit, as they have been together for about five weeks now, so it will be a bit of a relief (for them too) to get to school next week. Louisa starts proper school, so we’ve been trying on lots of uniforms and practising hair etc. It's all go!

I hope you have had a nice time over the summer period, and although you won’t have had much of a chance to send postcards about the lovely weather, just remember November last year…… and enjoy whatever we get over the next two months!

All the best,

Love Simon x


  1. sylvia September 1, 2011 at 9:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Simon
    I am so glad you had a great birthday surprise.Isn’t it nice to meet up with all the family.I do hope you enjoyed yourself.A very Happy Birthday to you Simon.I too celebrated my 50th this year in may and it did hurt a bit.40 was much kinder!
    I think I will start counting backwards from next year.LOL.Take care Simon x

  2. simon biagi September 20, 2011 at 1:20 pm -  Reply

    Thanks Sylvia, but counting backwards seems like hard work…… I think I’ll just stop counting!!

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