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Holiday to UK August 2018

Here are some of my favourite photos and memories from our August 2018 holiday to the UK.

The Jacuzzi got a good workout, it was good to see Doris and Alex too.

Thumbs up kids!!

Peter Rabbit was the favourite movie it seemed,

We enjoyed some lovely walks in the countryside, this one was around ‘WhiteWays’ where I mountain biked a lot also.

My old mates, Paul Rumsey and Keith Highland.

Lunch at the Gribble inn in Oving near Chichester.

English barbie 🙂

Me fixing up my 20-25 year old Mountain bike, and Mike trying to fix the kids quad bike.

Catching up with old friends, Tim, Leo and Rich Earnshaw.

Some traditional fish and chips at ‘Freds’ fish & chips in Littlehamton by the river side.

Mountain biking on my 20-25 yea old bike back where I rode 20-25 years ago. This area was called ‘The Pits’ and was where all the kids and teenagers when to ride their bikes. Now its a Private 4wd park.

Feeding the birds at ‘Swanbourne Lake’ near Arundel.

A lovely family photo near ‘Swanbourne Lake’ near Arundel.

We went ‘scrumping’ corn from the local farmers fields.

More fun in my parents hay barn. The hay is for all the horses over the winter.

Sanna 2nd baby updates

Warning, a couple of photos and the text are a bit graphic if your squeamish.

Mon 11th June 1am

Its 1am in the morning, Sanna has started her contractions. She noticed a change today, it felt ‘different’ she said. Those that know, the baby is currently sideways (known as breech), not head down like it should be, let’s hope when we get to the hospital and they check, it has turned to the correct head down position.

Mon 11th June 1:55am

Oh wow what a rollercoaster ride! Fast forward 55 minutes it all happened so quick, the contractions started so quick and got faster and faster, after just 30 mins the waters broke and Sanna was shouting ‘the babys coming’ I replied ‘dont worry your doing well it’s on its way’ next thing Sanna said was, ‘the babys legs are hanging out!’ I couldnt believe it, I looked, and and as Sanna was squatting in the bathroom, it was!

2 purple legs were hanging out, blood everywhere and we were in our bathroom at home, not ideal!

I hung up the phone from the midwife who I was talking to about the contractions and phoned emergency 000. They despatched an ambulance straight away and talked me through what to do.

2nd push and the baby was up to its waist, 3rd push and the left arm and half the chest out, 4th and final push and the head and other arm popped out onto the soft towel I lay beneath. In just 5 minutes we went from no baby showing to all the way out.

The baby wasnt breathing and lay still and deep purple on the towel, still attached to Sanna by the cord. The 000 staff on the phone told me to rub the babies back to stimulate it. After a minute it took a tiny breath of air, then after 15 seconds another breath, and another, then 10 seconds gap, then after a few minutes she started to breath slowly and started to make a quiet wheezing sound which was good the 000 person on the other end of the phone said.

I asked sanna to get off the floor and sit on the closed toilet and I put the baby in the towel in her arms and took this photo.

A few minutes later 4 ambulance staff and Hanna all arrived at my door at once.

They said everything looked ok and helped clamp the cord so I could cut it. It was a relief they said everything was ok and we had successfully delivered the baby.

Sanna was taken to the royal hospital for women in the ambulance and I followed shortly in our car.

Sanna and baby ‘Taylor’ is heathly girl and well. Taylor is 3.5kg, larger than Zara who was 3.08kg.

First time photo of when Zara met her little sister Taylor.

Eating time at the hospital.

Sanna is recovering well at the hospitable and the doctors think she will be home tomorrow.

Cairns to Cape York MTB adventure

I’ve just returned back from the adventure of a lifetime. To ride from the Queensland city of Cairns to the northerly most point in Australia close to 1000km’s by mountain bike.

I’ve been wanting to do this for years and my buddy Ian came along with me. The trip took 10 days, of which 8 were riding, covering around 100km’s off-road per day. We had a 4wd support vehicle, and a team of other riders to share the experience with.
I have put together a video of all the highlights on YouTube. Watch on YouTube Here

and for those that were on the trip with me, you might like to watch the full over an hour long version to relive the experience. Watch on YouTube Here

The Willo MTB race

Continuing my trend for 2018 of 1 MTB race a month if I can, this month it was ‘the Willo’ a 50km race in Wingello near Bundanoon, 1:45 South West of Sydney.

I rode with my friend Ian again who had technical issues 1/4 way in and had to retire at the 25km mark. This delayed me quite a bit as  I waited for him at various points to see if he was alright, probably lost about 10 minutes overall.

Here I am at the finish line and I had used wet wipes to clean the much off my arms, look at the colour of my legs to see how my face and arms looked.

Well I finished at 2 hrs 47 mins,  42nd place out of around 150 odd in the 50km Male category. If it wasn’t for the 10 minute technical delay I think I would have climbed to around 20th place.

When I got home I had a parcel waiting for me from ChainReaction cycles in the UK. A new brake upgrade. Only a small size upgrade from 160 to 180mm, but this subtle difference will help me cope with the stepper gradients and longer downhills I’ve been getting into more as my skills improve.

Hot summer

Its been a hot summer as always, getting up as high as 40 degree’s for a few days, but hovering in the low 30’s quite  a bit.

Its great to take Zara to one of the local water parks or features where she can cool off and have some fun. This is the fountain in Hyde park 2 mins walk from our place. She had great fun running around naked.

This is Zara’a best friend Chloe, they have so much fun together, they giggle to each other, hug each other and Chloe says “my Zara, my Zara”. its lovely to see them making a friendship at only 2 years old.

Zara’s 2nd birthday

Thank you to all those that came to Zara’s 2nd birthday! We are glad we chose the Centenial Park Wildplay location, a lot of you commented how good it was. Here is Zara’s birthday cake that Sanna made and I helped decorate with her name.

Troy and Archer with little Archer.

We setup the birthday space under a nice shady tree.

This is with Bella and Victoria, Kat and Ivans girls.

On our big portable fridge rolling home.

Shimano MTB race Glenrock

I took part in a MTB race this weekend with my mate Ian. It was a team relay event where we each do a lap each in as fastest time possible. The winning team is who does the most laps in 4 hours. It was all setup in the bush near Newcastle, all the marquees are from the professional race teams with all their equipment.

I’ve never done an event like this before, their were more professionals taking part than other events i’ve been in. Normally you go from point A to point B getting across the ground in the quickest time possible, and its a long distance with no rest.

This event was good fun as you go as hard as you can for a lap and finish, eat and drink quick to fuel up, rest for 20 mins, then warm up and ‘tag’ the team mate coming in from their lap.

Sanna was our ‘team manager’ and she had to let us know how long till the other person was coming in from their lap by watching the clock. She did a good job but our transitions could have been a lot smoother! Good jump below:

Looks like i’m riding in a tropical rain forest doesn’t it, but this is just 2 hours north of Sydney.

Rocky Trail Entertainment’s Shimano GP round 1 at Glenrock

One transition, Ian went off to warm up down the road and when I got back from my lap he was not there, he came back and it was a 30-45 second transition, doh! oh well. Photo of me after a lap, I pushed myself hard each lap.

We didn’t train much and came 16th overall and 3rd in our age group, so very happy with that! I’m sure a lot of it is down to having such a good bike. I hope to do more events this year, I really enjoyed it, and i’m thankful to Sanna coming to support me and joining in.

Merry Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas 2017! Lots of love to all my family and friends around the world from Sanna, Zara and me. Zara is now nearly 2 years old now and she is still not very comfortable around the big man in the Red suit, maybe next year.

Here is a lovely photo of Zara that was taken at her daycare in Dec 2017 when a professional photographer visited. Isn’t she a beautiful little darling.

Its been a usual HOT December in Australia, temptation is always to have a cold beer when its hot, been having quite a few of them! Here we are at a brewery and Zara was having fun on a little bike.

Basima has been working at Cousin Jacks on the weekends for a few months now, we are teaching her more and more things and she’s now starting to serve customers. Here she is serving her sister Yasmin and friends.

Zara’s very own wall 🙂

Zara is our special Christmas angel for the top of the tree this year. If you look closely you can see her on the tree 🙂

I became an elf on the window sill in my office.

and there have been MANY Christmas work outings this year with all my work colleagues. I’m lucky to have great and smart work colleagues I can learn from, but are also great to socialise with.

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Zara’s going to have a brother/sister!

Good news! Sanna is pregnant  with a 2nd child. Zara is going to have  brother or sister! The new baby is due mid June 2018.

Here is Zara holding a photo of her brother or sister, she wasn’t sure what to make of this picture, if only she knew what it represented.

You may remember during the birth of Zara I was updating this blog regulary to big you the news as it happened!

Good news is the 2nd time im going to step it up a level, I’ll be covering the whole birth with:

  • Live 24/7 web cams in ultra high definition!
  • Multiple cameras , probably 10 at least!
  • 2 way voice chat to Sanna all through the birth!

Its going to be great 🙂

Oh and happy Christmas from the top of our tree, the little Zara Angel sends her Christmas wishes!