Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Day 69 to 76 - Stamford Days with Finn

I travelled up to Stamford to see my brother, sister in law and my nephew Finn who's 18 months old. We've had a great time so far.

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Finn's learnt how to climb onto the sofa and chairs using my leg as a platform. He then applauds himself when he reaches the his destination at the top of the seat and looks around to make sure everyone else in the room is applauding his achievement too.



He took a particular fancy to the hat I bought from Peru for his soon to be brother... It was a little too small as you can see from this video.



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He's moving about like a sprinter. When you get down to his level and open your arms to ask for a cuddle, he thinks about it for a few minutes, weighs up whether he wants to give you a cuddle or not and then screws his face up like an old man and runs towards you with his arms open. It's so funny.

We spent a day at a classic car show in a town called Bourne about 20 minutes from Stamford.

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Also, we fed the ducks and Finn had a stand off with a big goose who stole the bread out of his hand. Finn was not impressed... He did learn how to quack like a duck as you'll be able to hear from this video about half the way into it.



He wasn't sure about the ducks at first and took a bit of time to get used to them.

We then went to the park and he showed me how good he was at climbing.



and he loves grapes....



Other than that, Finn's learnt how to say Andy, he's actually said the word banana too... pretty good for a young 'un. Uncle Andy had his first experience of bathing and changing his nephew. Very brave, i'm sure you'll agree.

On Friday 12th June, I went up to Leeds to visit my mate Rich. We had a great time... and plenty to drink. Ended up getting back to his place at about 4am. It was certainly an entertaining day, to sum it up in words i'd have to say the following.... Fat Mercedes driver, pool, late burger, free pool, Ukrainian ballet dancer, trip to Prague, internet date site, salsa dancing and about 14 rum and cokes. I'll let you draw your own conclusions....

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The fat mercedes driver by the way refers to an idiot in a car park in Leeds who decided his fat mercedes couldn't fit into just the one parking space so he needed to borrow some of the space in Rich's parking spot. This meant that Rich couldn't get into his car... Whoever he was will have returned to his car to find a note under his windscreen wipers from the law highlighting his stupidity and suggesting he would be hearing from the authorities. Don't know how that got there... heh heh.....

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Overall, I've had a great time in Stamford, which is a beautiful Roman town with historic buildings and lots of greenery all around. It's been wonderful spending time with Finn who's just a star. Also, Mark and Keira have chicks nesting in their back garden... check out these little guys.



I'll be here for another 3 or 4 days and then I had down to London.

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