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Archive for August, 2007

Day out with a toddler – Almond Valley Children’s Farm, Museum and Railway, Near Edinburgh Scotland

Friday, August 31st, 2007

We visited Almond Valley Children’s Farm, Museum and Railway during our holiday at Craig Tara, Haven Caravan site, in Ayr Scotland. This was quite a long drive away from the site we stayed at. It was worthwhile, but there were alternative locations within a shorter distance (we visited another farm which was much closer to […]

Day out with a toddler – Dundonald Castle in Scotland

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

When thinking for somewhere to take a young child in a pushchair then going to visit a castle would perhaps come pretty low on the list. Having taken my daughter in a pushchair to a few castles whilst I agree that there are some you would not really want to visit there are also some […]

Haven Craig Tara caravan / holiday park in Ayr, Scotland

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

During July 2007 we visited the Haven Craig Tara caravan / holiday park in Ayr Scotland. The holiday was not what we had hoped for, partly due to the awful state of the accommodation. I’ve already written a review about the accommodation – Haven Craig Tara, Ayr Scotland – Awful Holiday Accommodation 2007 and the […]

Blackpool Family Seaside Resort, or drunken stag and hen parties

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

On our way to our holiday in Scotland we stayed overnight at Blackpool to break the journey up. I’ve been to Blackpool many times both as a child and as an adult. This is however the first time I’ve gone as a father and it has changed my perception of the place somewhat. We stayed […]

Update on: Haven Craig Tara, Ayr Scotland – Awful Holiday Accommodation 2007

Monday, August 27th, 2007

This is an update on my earlier post on: Haven Craig Tara, Ayr Scotland – Awful Holiday Accommodation 2007. You need to view the post to properly appreciate all the issues, but essentially our main complaints with the accommodation were: External Stairs were dangerous and unsuitable for young children and pregnant ladies Safety rails on […]

Update on: The Priest Hole, Ambleside – The most expensive meal I’ve ever bought for a 1 year old

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

This is an update on my earlier post The Priest Hole restaurant, Ambleside – The most expensive meal I’ve ever bought for a 1 year old. Basically in my earlier post I state that we went to the restaurant and was verbally told that although they didn’t have a children’s menu they would be able […]

Converting filenames / extensions to lowercase in Linux and Windows

Friday, August 24th, 2007

On one of my websites I have a photo gallery that requires the filename extension of the pictures to be in lowercase. Whilst it would be possible to recode the gallery code so that it could try different case extensions it’s cleaner to just convert the filenames before uploading them to the website. On linux […]

Joining The British Bone Marrow Registry – during blood donor session

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Today I joined the British Bone Marrow Registry, so that if required I could become a Bone Marrow donor (or donate stem cells). Joining was very straight forward. In fact so simple I’m surprised they don’t ask people when they donate blood. Basically I went along to my usual blood donor session, where I filled […]

Haven Craig Tara, Ayr Scotland – Awful Holiday Accommodation 2007

Sunday, August 12th, 2007

The other big complaint that I had from our holiday this year was the state of the accommodation at the Haven, Craig Tara site in Ayr, Scotland. At the time of booking we had the choice of a Silver Standard Apartment or Silver Standard Caravan. We chose the apartment and ended up regretting it. The […]

The Priest Hole, Ambleside – The most expensive meal I’ve ever bought for a 1 year old

Friday, August 10th, 2007

In an earlier post I mentioned that although we had a good family holiday in the Lake District there were a couple of things that spoilt it. This is one of them, the fact that I felt cheated by a restaurant, The Priest Hole in Ambleside, that said they would do a children’s meal, but […]


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