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No Stone Unturned 

22 Jul 18

As you know it’s long been Darrell’s holiday tradition, at home or abroad, to find at least one holey stone to take back home, but it quickly became obvious that our Elounda beach did not yield up of it’s holey stones willingly and so in the …


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A Most Romantic Place 

21 Jul 18

Our holiday book of choice this year has been The Island by Victoria Hislop, a story discovered by Darrell, which is set in Elounda, where we are staying, the island of Spinalonga which was a leper colony until 1957, Agios Nikolaos (where we’ve …


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Our Cretan Breakfast Of Choice 

20 Jul 18

Darrell’s frequent trips to the local supermarket have brought us the most wonderful breakfasts of a Cretan type nature each morning ……..


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King Of The Lunchbox 

19 Jul 18

Bless him, when it comes to all things of a Cretan lunchbox type nature Darrell has not been found wanting.


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Beach Comestibles 

18 Jul 18

Though Darrell has been putting together the most excellent lunch bags for our delectation each day, it wouldn’t be a Greek Odyssey without the odd beach comestible …….


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Our Most Favourite Flag 

17 Jul 18

Naturally the Union Jack (Flag) is our most favourite flag of a national type nature …… …….


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The Truth Will Always Out 

16 Jul 18

We are still a little taken aback by the palatial holiday apartment we have been given at our hotel complex ……..


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Best Holiday Must Have Ever…….. 

15 Jul 18

Well, I think we have Nigel to thank for our best holiday must have ever this year.


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Sea Legs Required. 

14 Jul 18

Last night we decided to go for an evening meal at Kalidon, the floating restaurant on the quay that Darrell has had his eye on since we arrived.


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We Do Love A Greek Church 

13 Jul 18

As you know, we love a Greek church and as such we have been checking each day to see if the church we spotted in the middle of Elounda is open so that we could have a little peek inside and then light a candle, a long held Greek odyssey tradition…


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A Bit Of Sculptural Culture In Agios Nikolaos 

12 Jul 18

We think we must have done a big circle round Agios Nikolaos during our day there, until our feet got the better of us and we could walk no further.


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Nigel Finds A Greek Treasure 

11 Jul 18

I have to say that Nigel has quite an art for finding the quaint and quirky of a Greek café type nature.


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Exploring Agios Nikolaos 

10 Jul 18

As there were a few storm clouds over Elounda we decided to leave “our” beach for a short getting a taxi to explore the pleasures of Agios Nikilaos round the bay……..


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The Elephants In The Room 

9 Jul 18

The covers on the sofa/beds in our holiday apartment lounge area have a very definite African theme to them, which Darrell says must be a current, de rigueur, must have in Greece ……… …… but to be honest I just can’t see it, Greece is just…


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Home Thoughts From Abroad 

8 Jul 18

I couldn’t help noticing that sometimes Darrell drifts off into his own little world when gazing far across unbelievably blue sea to the mountains.


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Crete Brings About A Change In An Almost Implacable Holiday Habit ……. 

7 Jul 18

Partaking in a pre and apres dinner cocktail has always been very much part of our holidays of a foreign type nature …….


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Nigel, Found Without ……. 

6 Jul 18

I have a sort of feeling that this is going to be a holidays of swings and roundabouts as regards to our fortunes ……….


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We’ve Got Wings ………. 

5 Jul 18

I have to admit that when we arrived at our hotel at stupid o’clock this morning, we were all totally incapable of taking anything in, we just went into what we thought was “the bedroom” and collapsed on either one of the twin beds.


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And So …… Our Crete Odyssey Begins 

4 Jul 18

The eagles have landed …….


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A Wolverhampton Development Of A Bus Type Nature ….. 

3 Jul 18

We’re staying with Lu for a couple of days before we jet off to the hotter climes of Crete as her house is very convenient for the airport and while we are here , well, Nigel just couldn’t resist a trip into Wolverhampton on the bus to see what…


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Look Out Romantic Island Of Crete, Here We Come …….. Well Almost 

2 Jul 18

Passports – check, EHIC cards – check, an ample sufficiency of euros and a few pounds for emergencies and the airport – check ……… ……..


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The Times They Are A-changing 

1 Jul 18

Well, after much planning and the poring over of plans, Darrell and Nigel’s room has been emptied ……… …… and The Towers is now full of the carcasses of new drawer units, cupboard and shelves and all the other paraphernalia that goes with …


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An Art Installation ….. Or Something Missed By The Bin Men 

30 Jun 18

As you know Nigel had a habit of finding things on his daily meanderings…….


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A Late Addition To Our HoliBob Packing …….. 

29 Jun 18

I thought we were almost packed for our Cretan Odyssey ……..


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And There Was Light ……. 

28 Jun 18

I have to admit that there have been a few dark days Chez Le Towers of late ……..


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Do Not Block The Entrance 

27 Jun 18

The temporary duck pond that tickled Nigel so much the other day is now drying up …… However, this is no bad thing, it had caused the little fella no end of worry knowing how many huge lorries must have passed over it each day.


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Swings And Roundabouts Of A Confectionary Type Nature …….. 

26 Jun 18

With great sadness our Evesham confectionary emporium of choice, Mr Chills, is no longer ………………… However, all is not lost ………..


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Ducks A Waddling And A Paddling 

25 Jun 18

There’s a rather large puddle, near the bridge, at the top of our estate ………..


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Doggy Swim Suits? 

24 Jun 18

Hugh is passionate about his four beloved basset hounds who are often to be seen walking through Notting Hill in the latest Prada, Gucci or Dolce and Gabbana collars and bandanas But, Nigel doubts very much if they would, sadly, ever be seen in the …


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Nigel Makes Darrell’s Day 

22 Jun 18

Nigel knows all to well that Darrell is a martyr to his rigorous beauty regime and there is nothing he appreciates more than a bonnet de douche to keep his hair covered when he gives it a deep conditioning treatment, or reversely, to stop his fringe …


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I Just Daren’t Tell Darrell 

21 Jun 18

It hasn’t gone unnoticed by my good self that the bathroom showroom up by Tom and The Lovely Laura’s has undergone a total refurbishment ……..


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No Nigel, No …… 

20 Jun 18

I seem to be doing an awful lot of “oh dearing” at the moment ……..


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Evesham Under Evasion 

19 Jun 18

Poor, poor Nigel, yesterday he was so terrified that Evesham had been invaded by Storm Troopers that he ran all the way to The Towers to warn Darrell and I to prepare for a siege, and hence there being no time for any other photos …….


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What Have I Done? 

18 Jun 18

I admit that I didn’t look too closely at Darrell’s plans for his and Nigel’s room, but Darrell has reasonably good taste and I trust that anything he has come up with will not be too outrageous.


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More Changes At The Towers 

17 Jun 18

It has to be said that Darrell has never been truly happy with the set up in his and Nigel’s room, he has said, on many an occasion, that it just doesn’t flow ……….


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A Minor Irritation 

16 Jun 18

The name probably has a very deep and significant meaning, pertinent to an ancient historical Evesham type nature ……..


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Whiffaroooooooooney! 

15 Jun 18

Oh my goodness, it’s a really good job you can’t smell this post as it would almost certainly make your eyes water.


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It’s Not Every Day ……… 

14 Jun 18

It’s not every day ……..


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Snail Trees? 

13 Jun 18

Oh my goodness ……..


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The Start Of “The Season” 

12 Jun 18

There has been much activity on the riverbank these past few days, the grass has been well cut and a few branches cut back …… …….


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Derek’s In Evesham 

11 Jun 18

Darrell and Nigel were casually flicking through the Evesham Arts Centre programme, and would you believe ……….


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Spotty Stop Off 

10 Jun 18

Sadly, we’re homeward bound in a slightly interesting condition, but decided to make a quick stop to break up the journey, have a bite to eat and let Young Master Bertie get some fresh air and stretch his legs.


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Out Damned Spot 

9 Jun 18

Oh dear …….


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Being An Uncle ………….. 

8 Jun 18

Sometimes……..


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Just Bonding 

7 Jun 18

Spending time on my own with Young Master Bertie, away from home is just ………..


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Home Sweet Caravan 

6 Jun 18

Our caravan, just outside Weston Super Mare is perfect.


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Bonding With Bertie In Weston Super Mare 

5 Jun 18

With Nigel and Darrell having their own adventures over the past week or so, I decided that I should follow suit and have a few “boys only” days away with Young Master Bertie in a caravan, booked at the last minute, in Weston Super Mare.


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A Most Romantic Start To Nigel’s Day 

4 Jun 18

Nigel had a very romantic start to his day as he walked up to Tom and The Lovely Laura’s this morning……..


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We’re Soooooooooooooo Smart! 

3 Jun 18

Following on from yesterday, there have also been exciting developments Chez Le Towers, we have been propelled into the exciting world of the Smart Meter.


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Much Exciting Developments Across The Water. 

2 Jun 18

I couldn’t help but notice how much noise the seemed to be coming from the other side of the river, behind the marina …….


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Oh Joy ……. 

1 Jun 18

The Water Park down in the park by the river is now up and sprinkling ……..


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Rain Stopped Play 

31 May 18

Oh my goodness ……….


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Nigel’s Swanlings Of 2018 Have Arrived. 

30 May 18

It’s been an anxious few weeks for Nigel, watching his beloved swans and their nest up by the lock.


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Darrell Does Scrapbooking 

29 May 18

While Nigel was at Ragdale Hall being pummelled and pampered courtesy of Hugh, Darrell was partaking in a scrapbooking workshop at the local Crafters Companion, another generous gift from Hugh.


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Nigel Does Ragdale Hall 

28 May 18

As you know, Darrell very much believes in the mystical powers of a holey stone, and at Ragdale Hall Nigel was encouraged to caress age old pebbles ………….


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Nigel Does Ragdale Hall 

27 May 18

I told Nigel that if he was going to take any selfies while he was at Ragdale Hall he should be mindful that they didn’t include any unintentional nudity as far as his body was concerned.


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Nigel Does Ragdale Hall 

26 May 18

Hugh phoned to say that he’d booked himself in for a day at Ragdale Hall Spa in order to recoup after “The Wedding”, but, when Saturday was all over with, he quickly realised that a day in a health spa just wouldn’t be enough and instead was…


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Heaven Help Me …… 

25 May 18

Darrell told Nigel about the garden/yard he had spotted the other day and within minutes the two off them were off to try to get a better look.


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Too Much Time On His Hands To Think!???? 

24 May 18

Running here, there and everywhere during the week for the nursery run, does occasionally get a bit boring, so Darrell tries to make an extra effort in taking notice of every little thing along the way, which also sometimes gets him pondering…


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Now …… That’s What We Call Garden Ornaments! 

23 May 18

Darrell spotted something yesterday that he can’t believe he has never spotted before ……..