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2012 - 2015 Catterick/Bedale, North Yorkshire


22 Aug 15 - Thanks for a great last week everyone, were flying tonight and its over to our next page in 'Our Journey Blog'  http://www.darlingtonfamily.co.uk/journey/saudi.html
1 Aug 15 - Mercedes is sold - tick
House is rented - tick
Visa are in our passports - tick
Inoculations done - tick
Storage arranged - tick
Shipping prepared - tick
Flights booked - tick
Apr-Aug - Not a great deal of updates to report as Russ is on a 4 month Arabic Course in Shrivenham prior to our move overseas to Saudi.   
24 Mar - 2 Apr - A great holiday on a Nile Cruise in Egypt. Great boat, crew and made some good friends. Anyone wanting to try it out, just have a look at the picture linked to a few pictures. 
 19 Jan - Winter Ball. Had a great time at the winter ball with friends from Work on our own table. Food was amazing, after dinner dance was best served with a little alcohol and the Photo booth was just really good fun.
Christmas - Another great Christmas with a good number of Family around our table on Christmas Day and a great spread on Boxing. Elli was master cook......"Good Job". Brilliant to see Alex getting stuck into the presents. Missed Chloe, she would have been in her element :-)
 15 Dec - Molly Helping paint the dining room ready for our first Christmas in the new house. 
 15 Nov - Today we Sadly lost Chloe after what we thought was an upset tummy after probably eating something outside turned out to be Cancer of her stomach and organs. Thankfully a quick end to an amazing Dog. We all miss little Miss greatly, Planted a Winter Blossom atop her ashes which will flower every November.  
2 Oct - Busy time painting, papering, knocking, tightening and Accessorizing ...... The Rug matched the Dogs perfectly.
29 Sep - Moved into our new house. Finally our Forever-ever House, lots of DIY to do, things to paint; curtains to hang. Great Fun.
1 Aug - Tripped off to the Royal Armouries at Leeds for a unique tour followed by a sprint accross the county to Ripley Castle for an off-road Segway drive. First time on a Segway for both of us, really easy to get to grips with. Obviously the competative side came out and Karl won the drag race as Russ stalled the damn device.  Great Day !!

5-6 Jul 14 - BRITISH GRAND PRIX 2014. We all met up in Bramcote to stay in the Mess and after a nostalgic trip around our old houses (2 Army 1 Private), Nuneaton Town, Elli's work (Sainsbury's), K&K's school (Nicholas Chamberlain) and a few pubs, we ate in the somewhat disappointing Millennium Balti in Atleborough and had a pint in the Fox and Hounds before returning to our favorite pub ..... the Officers' Mess. 

Lewis Hamelton won the 50th anniversary race at Silverstone after a brilliant start to the race with the Red Arrows. Excellent day, thanks Kirsty and Karl. 

Red Arrows, also 50 Drawings REKK Red flag Start Last Lap Hamilton
Sunday 15 June - Fathers Day - Vintage Taylors Port and an England football top .... thanks KK, followed by Golf and a Aerial Extreme. A great weekend thanks Kids.

Apr - Out and About in Oman - Second Edition - Just over three weeks in the Middle East, visiting Kirsty, then, 22 meetings, 6,000kms, 49o Temperatures, 30 tanks of fuel and 155 book pages edited ready for the final submission for Edition two by the end of May. Hard work but great fun.


30 Mar - Mothers Day and Kirsty's visit - A complete surprise for Mum, dinner on the LNR Steam train from Bury. Joined in First Class by Elli, Kirsty and Karl. Brilliant trip for two Mums and a Grand mum.


22 Feb - Christmas Dinner - Yes, Christmas dinner number two in as many months. Great to have everyone around ..... Thanks

18 Jan - Russ's 5oth Birthday - Thanks to all the family for the brilliant presents, see the link here for a few pics of Russ's Day!    LINK

Christmas and New Year 2013 - We made the best of a Christmas without Karl, although he did video skype in on Christmas Day. It all started with the Arrival of Kirsty, Carol Singing in the Market Square in Richmond, Christmas with Mum, Steve, Jon, Naomi and little Alex, Boxing day (winners!) at the Ridleys, the Departure of Kirsty a New Years Party for 2014 and ending with a Christmas message and picture from Afghanistan. Click on the pic & enjoy the albumn. Happy New Year 2014!

30 Nov - Eventually got chance to arrange Ellis Christmas Present from last year, a super car drive, Choice of Austin Martin, Audi R8, Ferrari or Lamborghini Gallardo. Well I went for the Lambo and here is the pic. 500 Bhp, fastest car of all the group and what a brilliant circuit drive. I WANT ONE !!!!!!!!!! ..... thanks Elli

lamborghini gallardo 

9-24 Aug - Couple of weeks in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Oman with Kirsty and Karl. See friends and family around the region with lots of down time to Camp, Party, Eat out, Waterparks, turtles, wadis, treks, mountains, sushi, sheesha, BBQs and event time to squeeze a show in back in Dubai. To see the full album go to Holidays here and click the picture

21 Jul - No, we are not becoming train spotters but you cant help admire the size, power, noise, engineering and of course the nostalgic Britishness about a Steam Train. North Yorkshire Moors have volunteer enthusiasts that run the line to Whitby, so it was a day out on a Train with Fish n Chips from the seaside.

22 Jun - Casablanca Summer Ball in the Officers' Mess. Karl, Mum, Pat and Allan joined us at dinner for our Summer Ball 2013 party. Lots of friends started the evening off at the Jacksons before we drank, ate and danced the night away till the wee hours. Great night.

17 Jun - Fathers' Day, Kirsty flew over from Abu Dhabi and Karl came up from Brize Norton which gave us the opportunity to celebrate Fathers Day. Father  was treated to Lunch and a day snowboarding in Leeds. Thanx Kids it was great fun.

8 Jun - Knaresborough Bed Race. Brilliant event with teams pushing home made beds around a 2 1/2 mile circuit for charity. Last time we saw this, Russ was 17 years old and pushing a Bed.

4 Jun - Our 30th Anniversary, we took off to Edinburgh for a couple of days away to celebrate our 30th Anniversay. Thanks to all the family for the wonderful cards and gifts. See the full picture album when you click the picture inset.

31 May - Karls Birthday, celebrated in London after our trip to the Royal Garden Party. 24 today, next year, Karl will be half Dads age for the last time.

Karls Birthday 24yo
30 May - Queens Garden Party, an amazing invite to the Royal Garden Party. A great day, staying in Brize then into London, then onto the Palace, we saw the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Andrew, Princess' Ann, Eurgene and Beatrice. We also went to see Drummer Lee Rigby's Flowers, RiP link Invitation Russ Elli Karl Buckingham Palace Garden Party
A Royal Invite All ready In the Back Garden !

10 May - Karl, myself and a few from work decided to walk up a big hill in the lakes, about 940mtrs, very cold, snow and horizontal ice rain all in the clouds. Marvellous !!

tarn hill walk karl russ

3 May - Elli celebrates her 50th Birthday, Family and friends came from all over to dinner in the Black Lion Hotel, Richmond.   Then Breakfast, out in town, lunch and dinner for some before all the fun ended on Sunday which became a very lazy day after a busy weekend.

Ellis 50th birthday

20-27 Apr - Working hard in Turkey during an Adventure Training Exercise where my work mates paddled Sea Kayaks 65km. Dave and myself provided the administrative support.  One week, loads of food and a few beers.  Here is the 3 1/2 min move. Be patient on the download. Link

Turkey Kas Sea Kayaking Adventure Training

14 Apr - Blees over from Oman for Jordan's grad, a great weekend in Wales.  

blees darlingtons

Feb - 2nd car arrives, and what an amazing car it is. Mercedes Benz SLK convertible; 3.0 litre, supercharged V6 engine, electric everything. Fitted with the Triptronic semi automatic gearbox, in Sports mode it is frightingly fast. Still trying to get used to the flappy paddle gear shift, but thankfully you can over-ride them for comfort driving. What fun were going to have with this :-)

Mercedes Benz SLK 280

3-5 Jan 13 - Boarding in the Cairngorms, no where near as good as the Rockies but hey, its white and its great fun. Karl and Russ hit the slopes near Aviemore and sample the delights of Scottish Pubs. 


New Years - Saw the new year in at Richmond Market Centre by the Obelisk with a few hundred party goers. Great atmosphere and a bottle of bubbly then home and snug up in bed. Hello 2013, its going to be a year of significant changes as Russ and Elli embark on a new life outside of the Military. 


26 Dec - Boxing Day with family, a great gathering. 

boxing day gathering darlingtons

25th Dec - Our Family Christmas card inset with Kirsty who was sadly absent in Abu Dhabi. What a laugh we had putting the Christmas hats on the dogs.  


15 Dec - A great party in the Mess celebrating the coming of Christmas with some family....L to R Steve, Elli, Joan, Sue, Jenny and Russ . 


27 Oct - 10 Nov - On holiday in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Oman. . Full holiday album  here

Intercon Brunch 2012 Formula 1 Boarding dude AbuDhabi 4-Dubai 1 Wild Wadi Oman-Tiwi Old friends Niluka & Family

Oct - A kind christmas present from Sis Pat 'Dog walks in the Yorkshire Dales'. 4 Miles round Thruscross Reservoire near Blubberhouses was great for all four of us. Stopped in to say thanks to the Ridleys on route back home. A good, tiring day out. 


Sep - One route, Molly and Chloe's tickets were twice the price of ours, they had to check in 5 hrs before the flight which was a worry but comforting to see them being loaded. In the Picture, One dog has already gone into the hold, the other waits in the suitcase cart. 


Sep - Car purchased and Chloe inspects the new vehicle to ensure there are no Cats or Gophers hiding in the engine compartment, having passed the inspection and already noted the location of the 'Dog Cupboard' she quickly returns to the kitchen and stares at the door until somone gives her a bone. !!!!  Clearly both dogs are completely unafected from their journey.