Friday, September 23, 2011

Honeymoon highlights

Paris


We had a super time in Paris - first champers at St Pancras and then a quick zip through the tunnel. We visited the Tour Eiffel and went on the Vedettes de Paris along the Seine to the islands and back again; to the Louvre and a little Da Vinci Coding; up to Sacre Coeur to catch a view over the city. We ate (a lot!) at Marriage Freres, the Jules Vernes restaurant in the Tour Eiffel, at lots of little spots in Montparnasse, and at the Atelier de Joel Roebuchon. It was all magnificent and we did as many of the suggestions as we could but of course we're just going to have to go back!

Florence


Then we were off to Florence, and some interesting driving in a taxi from the airport. Staying right in the centre, every night we could enjoy the musicians playing in the squares and on the Ponte Vecchio. We again ate a lot of delicious things - including the tummy stretching italian dinner of antipasto, primi and secondi piati and dessert. We visted the wonderful Uffizi and Galileo museums, the Academia and the Strozzi, Pitti and Vecchio Palaces, and we found ourselves in the midst of a marching band festival! Magnificent!

Table names


A few people asked us about the origin of the table names so we thought we'd explain a little! When we asked Claire and Amy to make the Particle Articles for the table centres we had to give them some ideas of what we would like. So we thought about things that we did and what was important to us and came up with a list of twelve things. These they translated into the magnifcient beasties in the middle of the tables and then we came up with a code name for the maps. If you fancied making your own maps they were folded using a turkish map fold. The map in the background was from one we picked up in Hay-on-Wye and is of Madras circa 1850.



Table Finches was on the theme of evolution and Darwin. Claire and Amy made the Gentle Gene Genie for this one.




Table H2O was on the theme of chemistry & the lab. Claire and Amy made the Test Tube Pest for this one.




Table Toulouse was on the theme of bicycles and cycling, Toulouse was the wonderful bike Mel took to Chile. Claire and Amy made the Pernicious Puncture Pixie for this one.





Table Cake was on the theme of baking and cooking. Claire and Amy made the Spoon Scooping Sprite for this one.





Table Click was on the theme of photography. Claire and Amy made the Photography Fiend for this one.



Table Bibliophobe was on the theme of books - we have a serious book shelf crisis going on at #33! Claire and Amy made the Novel Nibbling Nymph for this one.




Table NNW (northnorthwest) was on the theme of maps, an ever present necessity for adventuring (particularly by bike). Claire and Amy made the Map Pinching Pixie for this one.




Table 6b+ was on the theme of climbing, which we do every week and was one of the first dates Mel took Nick on. The 6b+ is a grading - pretty hard and one both of us aspire to! Claire and Amy made the Rock Reacher Creature for this one.




Table Prudence was on the theme of economics and money, as Nick is an economics graduate and often found with his nose in an economics blog. Claire and Amy made the Penny Pinching Pixie for this one.




Table After 8 was on the theme of watches, as Nick has a collection of watches, though he may have been cured of this, and has nothing to do with Mel's addiction to chocolate! Claire and Amy made the Time Keeper for this one.




Table Buzz as on the theme of insects, Mel used to collect big beetles off the tennis courts in Brunei and is quite fascinated by them all. Claire and Amy made the Innocent Insect Imp for this one.




Table Relativity as on the theme of Einstein, who was also born on the 14th of March like Mel. Claire and Amy made the Genius Genie for this one.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Order of Service

We have been busy printing out the details of the Order of Service and the Menu.

Maps



















There's been lots of papercraft going on - here are some little maps we've made for finding the tables!