A Weymouth adventure

Hello there. It is very windy down here today. Uncle Tache went out and about and nearly got blown over in Swanage.

Anyway a quick update. The trip to the Middle East went well and I have some more photos for you to ohh and ahh over. All went well and the conference was a success. Colin got out and about and was last seen paddling by the Persian Gulf. Here he is.

Colin by the Gulf

Colin by the Gulf

This is a close up of him enjoying the sunshine.

Camel close up

Camel close up

Doesn’t he look distinguished?

He also met a waif and stray who was sat by the pool and asked if she could join us. Here is Lola and she is fitting in nicely.

A new friend

A new friend

I know that you rely on me for the real news so I can also report that Uncle Dave’s visit went well. He arrived on time and was discovered in a local pub drinking some very strong beer. When they got home that man broke out the Champagne so it was a very merry evening. Uncle Tache had whipped up a Vegan delight for them both to enjoy so all were well fed and watered. The following day it was very wet and windy so with the folly of “youth” they decided to go on a trip to Weymouth seafront. It was very exposed and very wet. Uncle Dave had borrowed Uncle Tache’s Barbour jacket and it was at least two sizes too big so absolutely swamped him. However he was glad of the protection as it saved him becoming very wet indeed. They went into a local cafe for lunch and then battled their way back to the station. By the time they had returned to this place all was still and dry so they were both a bit miffed about that. A nice evening out at the local pub soon calmed them down though followed by a lovely chat with Aunty Helen. All of this was then thrown away when the Brexit vote happened and got them agitated all over again. Thanks a lot for that.

As you can see peace and quiet is reigning supreme here. Long may it continue is what I say!

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The adventure continues

I know this is very unusual but I am providing you with a quick update as more pictures have come into our news desk.

Here is Colin proving that a winning personality and good manners can get you a long way. He has obviously made some friends on the flight. They look like a fun crew and I can only hope that Colin had the good sense to ask them to put some vodka into that orange juice.

Making new friends

Making new friends

The other photo that we have is a picture of where they are actually staying. Apparently they are on the top floor (49th) and have a corner suite on the right. It is giving me vertigo just looking at it (and I am an Eagle!). Talk about living the high life.

Don't look down

Don’t look down

I think that is it for now. Someone we know is off to an evening reception. On the other hand we are keeping ourselves amused by playing solitaire with a pack of cards that is missing at least one card. Life is quite unfair at times you know.

Breaking news from Arabia

Yes breaking news from the Middle East. Whilst we are sat huddled here in the midst of another gale one of our companions has flown off on his magic carpet to the Middle East. Yes Colin T Camel is off on his travels once more with Uncle Tache. Here he is settling in on his magic carpet in World traveller Plus.

On our way to Arabia

On our way to Arabia

You can tell what a winning personality that Camel has from this picture. This wasn’t the picture that did the damage though. That came later when they arrived at their destination. Here he is settling in to the St Regis somewhere in the Arabian world.

A little nibble before bed time

A little nibble before bed time

There is a certain amount of dark muttering about “where are our nibbles?” from the Gorillas so it is going to be a long afternoon I can tell you. When those two get a bit mardy it can go on for ages and be quite tedious. Anyway on the plus side Uncle Dave arrives tomorrow so all will be well at that point.

Seriously it looks like a nice hotel so let’s hope that they have a good time. If we receive any more pictures we will naturally pass them on. Meanwhile back in the real world it is back to the tedium of a Sunday afternoon with that man. Hey ho.

Spring has sprung

Afternoon all. It is good to be back with you all once more. The weather hasn’t been great down here so we thought you might be cheered up to see this little photo montage of happenings in the back garden. Spring has sprung here in the South West and everything is coming back to life.

Spring has sprung once more

Spring has sprung once more

Spring has sprung once more

Spring has sprung once more

Spring has sprung once more

Spring has sprung once more

As you can see the Daffs and Crocus have done well and the Tulips aren’t too far behind ready to bloom. Inevitably Bob the Sheep and little Bucky needed to be part of the action. Here they are exploring and finding that Barry the Crocus has returned once more.

Bob, Bucky and Barry

Bob, Bucky and Barry

Bob, Bucky and Barry

Bob, Bucky and Barry

All together now-ahh! He really does like to be part of the action whatever it is.

In other breaking news Uncle Tache is off to the Middle East. He has taken Colin the Camel with him so we hope that they have a nice trip. As compensation Uncle Dave is coming to see us next week. Rest assured the Champagne is now on ice. Here we go again I suspect so something really nice and silly to look forward to.

Light up Poole

Good morning and welcome back. I know that some of my dedicated readers get a bit worried when I disappear for any length of time. Worry not all is well here it is just that we had a bit of a lull after our trip out and about. We have gradually recovered and life is a bit easier when you don’t expect a good level of cabin service as disappointment inevitably ensues-well at least round here it does. Having said this travels are definitely in the offing as Uncle Tache is soon off to the Middle East for a few days and then it is off to Seattle and Vancouver at some point.

Things are very wet and windy today. It is another Atlantic storm coming in and making life tricky for us. We are sat on the Snuggler though watching the world going by so no need to worry for us. Luckily our visitors came last weekend as it was lovely spring weather at that point. Yes Uncle Jerry came along and brought along little Molly to keep us all on our toes. We were all taken up to a spare bedroom as that man was worried that we would simply encourage Molly to excessive behaviour. We were very good though and simply pointed her in the right direction. That man was woken up at 1 in the morning by a big face lick and it wasn’t Colin the Camel for once. We did enjoy that whole experience and it was worth the money that we had to pay to make it happen.

Last weekend there were a lot of people about as there was a spectacular light show around town. Various buildings were lit up with moving pictures and designs on them and it was wonderful. Our local church tower was lit up and a show was projected on to it. The Guildhall hosted a show all about marine creatures which featured images of huge Jellyfish swimming over the front of it. Quite wonderful and worthwhile coming for a visit if it is repeated next year. Don’t forget that a small deposit will secure any room in the house if you want to come and see us.

We are keeping things local at the moment as the rest of the world is still absolutely barking mad in our humble opinion. Hopefully normal service will be resumed before too long. Due to the wind outdoor flying has been banned for today so I am off for a flap round the living room. Before I go a big wingwave to Mrs Rine who will be shortly be celebrating a birthday. We hope that you have a lovely day.

Out and about with Colin Tiberius Camel

Hello and welcome to a different view of events. This is Colin T Camel here and I wanted to tell you about my recent trip to New York. To give some background I am a close friend of Cliff’s and I normally go flying every evening with Uncle Tache. He asked if I would like to come along to Cliffiefest and we also brought along Percy the Duck and his lovely companion Prudence.

Anyway it was up and out ready for our flight to New York. Here I am sat next to UTs flight bag. The initials BOAC were originally said to stand for “Better on a Camel”. You can make your own mind up about that.

Better on a Camel

Better on a Camel

Cliff and I got comfy settled ready for take off.

Hello from the two of us

Hello from the two of us

After an uneventful flight we arrived in Shannon and were cleared through customs and immigration. We then headed back to the plane and were soon settling down. The call came suddenly from the flight deck. Is there a suitably qualified Camel on board who could help the Captain? I calmly introduced myself and took my seat in the cockpit.

Calm and under control

Calm and under control

I quickly got things under control and left Captain Gavin to it for a little while whilst I went for my pre lunch snifter. Cliff had already had his as you can see from the empty red wine glass.

Lunch

Lunch

The hours slipped by and we all got comfy settled.

In our little cubby hole

In our little cubby hole

We eventually made our approach into JFK flying across Manhattan and I slipped up front to help out. The ducks wanted to come along too and so we all went to help with landing. Here we are getting down to work.

Where are we going to fly to today?

Where are we going to fly to today?

After a slightly bumpy landing we all had a moment to share our success.

High 5 on a successful landing

High 5 on a successful landing

Then it was time to go. We really didn’t want to leave our wonderful new friends and we asked them for a photo.

Auntie Jamie, Auntie Amanda, Uncle Steve and Uncle Chris, Uncle Gavin was flying the plane!

Auntie Jamie, Auntie Amanda, Uncle Steve and Uncle Chris, Uncle Gavin was flying the plane!

They are Aunty Jamie, Aunty Amanda, Uncle Steve and Uncle Chris. Uncle Gavin was still busy getting things settled in the cockpit. He did thank me for my help and issued me with an official log book.

The it was time to get to the lovely Intercontinental Hotel Barclay and settle down to read a good book.

At the Barclay having a rest

At the Barclay having a rest

All too soon it was time to come back home. It was a very early start but we got out to JFK and were soon on board and getting settled. We were on the upper deck of a 747 and so it was all nice and relaxed. Aunty Corine and Aunty Anika were taking good care of us and even stamped my log book.

Auntie Corine ans Auntie Anika

Auntie Corine ans Auntie Anika

As it was very early in the morning breakfast was soon served and here I am just getting stuck in.

Breakfast

Breakfast

Note the Bloody Mary which really perked me up at 08:00 on a Sunday morning I can tell you.

After breakfast we got settled down and I was able to enjoy sunrise over Greenland in a moment of rare contemplation.

A moment of reflection

A moment of reflection

I soon got comfy and had a lovely sip of Champagne to help me celebrate the end of a lovely holiday.

Pre dinner snifter

Pre dinner snifter

We were soon headed to Heathrow and the captain touched down with great flair. As I had now got some experience I was able to look out the window to confirm that we were in the right airport for him.

Is this the right airport?

Is this the right airport?

It was then time to go and say hello to the crew and congratulate them on a wonderful flight. They asked me if I wanted to take the plane for a quick spin but I decided that it might be better to head for home where I can fly with Uncle Tache every evening. Here I am at the controls deciding if I wanted to rotate and take off.

Full steam ahead

Full steam ahead

I hope that you have enjoyed my alternative account of events. Hopefully we will meet again before too long but in the meantime happy flying to one and all.

Another selfie

Hello there. This is definite displacement activity on behalf of that man. He has ironing to do but is encouraging me to post this piccie instead. Anyway I know how much you all like my occasional foray into selfies. Here is another one that we found on that man’s phone.

New York darling

New York darling

This is very much in your face and perfectly sums up my attitude to life. I am saying “It’s New York sweetie darling” in case you were wondering.

I have been taken to task for my spelling of a certain well known Dutch artist who is famous for pictures of Sunflowers and such like. I know his name is not spelt Van Goth but I thought you might like the subtle humour involved in slightly changing his name.

Time for ironing I think.