Huxley Thomas Baines
Huxley was born on Trafalgar Day,
21st October 2013 to our Grandson Nick and his lovely wife Emma.
He was due on the 26th October but
decided to appear on Trafalgar Day, we like to think it was a sign that
Tom was sending us a message, as he was a fan of all things to do with
- The Marriage of Neilé Baines & Luke Hoare
- took place on Saturday the 6th April 2013
- at St. John the Evangelist
- Holdenhurst Village
born 11th May 2012
Daughter of Neilé and Luke
- Elsie is the third great grandchild for Tom and I.
- Neilé is the daughter of our eldest daughter Tracy and her
Neilé and Luke have a baby on the way (a boy) due
in early 2014.
- Tracy and Neil's son Nick and his wife Emma are expecting their first baby
on the 26th October 2013.
- And so it goes on!
- born 15th December 2011
- Second great grandchild for Tom and I.
- Daughter of Roxie and Jacko, sister to Taylor.
Oliver John Skudder
born 3lst August 2009 - 7lb 1oz
Oliver with his Grandma, Daddy, sister Jasmine and cousin Rory
another Great Grandchild for Eva
Congratulations to all!!
was born at 4.15 pm on the 2nd August 2009 weighing 7lb 1˝oz
Congratulations to Roxie and Jacko the proud parents
Lots of Love from
Great Grandpa Baldy and Great Grandma Noddy
Taryn J Lee
Taryn is now a Judge. Out of over four hundred applicants last year Taryn
was one of 15 chosen to be Judges on the Northern Circuit. On the 18th
March 2009 her husband Andrew, Tom and I went to Leeds to witness her
swearing in as a Judge and we were bursting with pride. She has worked
hard over the years and put her heart and soul into her chosen career and
with the support of Andrew and her sister Dianne making sure her two
precious children Talia and Tom were cared for whilst she went onwards and
upwards, it has been quite something to watch and be part of it
happening. We are very blessed.
These are a few informal photos taken after the ceremony
1. Taryn with Judge Peter Collier,
2. Group of New Judges,
3. Andrew, Tom & I with Taryn,
Thanks to the generosity of Neil and Tracy, and much
organization by Neil, Tracy, Carla and all who helped to make our
holiday in Merida such a wonderful, unforgettable holiday. First we
stayed at the Presidente INTERCONTINENTAL Hotel in Merida and then
celebrated Neil's Official Birthday at a wonderful Hacienda on the
outskirts of Merida (all the pathway lit up by lights, drinks as you
entered, music playing, people attending to your every whim and all
under the stars, 3 orchestras in total. "Perfect". Then on to the
Beach House for a week, all 19 of us (Tracy & Neil, Neil's son Anthony
and his wife Mandy, Neil and Tracy's son Nick and his
wife Emma, daughter Neilé and her boyfriend Sam. Taryn and Andy and
their two children Talia and Tom. Dianne and Nick and their two
children Olivia and Ruby and Dianne's daughter Roxanne and of course
Tom and I) It was Paradise, a fantastic house with separate apartments
and small houses in the grounds plus a very large pool and a place at
the side of the pool where we could sit at tables to eat etc. or curl
up in comfortable chairs to relax together. Anita who made sure we
had everything we wanted, changing and making our beds, cleaning up
after us etc. and guards on duty at all times. The wonderful beach
was a few steps from the pool and we watched the local fishermen in
their small boats fishing by dragging their nets along. Wonderful
walks along the beach, eating out in the evening at superb
restaurants, I could go on and on. We also celebrated Neil's real
60th birthday there on the 23rd February 2009 and a fantastic time was
had by all. Neil then transported us all to the old town in Merida
where we stayed at a wonderful, charming hotel The Casa Del Balam
where we mixed in with all the activities that were happening, and
superb shopping for Mayan made blankets, jewellery etc. Tommy
celebrated his birthday on the 28th February 2009 at Pancho's
Restaurant in the old town where we all sat outside under the stars
and enjoyed a sumptuous meal. Then back to the Intercontinental Hotel
in Merida for the last few days. Besides all the numerous activities
and partying we then went for a day to Chichen-Itza which is one of
the Wonders of the World. It is all the history and buildings of the
ancient Mayan people and we had a wonderful day together. On our last
day Taryn and Mandy celebrated their birthday on the 4th March 2009
and we had a celebration meal and then had to pack and make sure we
were in the hotel foyer at 5.00 am for the journey home.
Photos are of the Beach House, relaxing in the open
lounge, All of us as Chichen-Itza (minus Neil who had to work)
All the girls in Old Town Merida, Kids in Hotel,
Neil and his Three Kids, Girls on Balcony of Neil's Suite in
Boys on Hotel Balcony, Group joining in the
celebration parade in Merida
As you can see we all had a Wonderful Time and then
we had to come back to reality.
Senor Neil Baines "Weaver of Dreams"
Oh, I nearly forgot, Neil's Birthday hit the Society
Pages of the Diario de Yucatain Newspaper
(One For The Lads!)
Latest news from the Chef
is excelling himself with each recipe he turns out. There is no
end to his talents in the kitchen.
He calls Joan over to the cooker every few minutes to
show her how well everything is turning out and especially
when he is roasting a chicken and she has to say how
wonderful it looks.
I think we may be in for quite a mixture
of stir fries as he has just acquired some new 'stir fry' recipes.
Whilst we were in Spain in May
2003 Tom cooked breakfast for us every day (10 in total) and did some
evening meals as well,
if we weren't eating out.
There is no end to his
new found talents - he even cleaned some of the windows the other day!!!
Tom & I went to Spain
again in August for two weeks and he excelled himself again in cooking
still enjoying sitting with her feet up and waiting for the Dinner Gong
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I've been told by Neilé and Roxy that the details I put on the website
about them are boring so I am going to liven it up for them.
Talia has now got into the act and I have
to update her latest news.
|Roxy and Neilé have both been accepted as as singer/actress - Roxy and a
model/actress - Neilé, and they are inundated with offers and are having to turn some
down. Talia has been offered a modelling position with Roberto Cavali and
she can't make up her mind whether to accept or not!!!!!
They have just got back from Hollywood where they met Tom Cruise, Brad
Pitt, Justin Timberlake, Brittney Spears and many others. They were rushed
over to Chicago and appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show.
They are also appearing at Disney's Magic Kingdom and
will be playing lots of different parts - Lizzie McGuire, Snow White, The
Mermaid, Peter Pan, etc. They are having difficulty keeping Tom and
Olivia from getting in on the act, but they are into Power Rangers.
Simon Cowell has said what an incredibly talented bunch
they are and they should go far - he didn't mention how far!!
We look forward to seeing them in their new movies, TV
roles, books they have written etc. Their talent knows no bounds!!!
See you at "THE OSCARS" kids.
|Whilst we were in Florida at Christmas
Roxie took part in The Lion King Show at Disney. We had to do
an impression of a lion roaring and the audience were terrified when
she did her roar!!!!!!
Roxie is a whizz on the computer and enjoys
listening to her music whilst on line and singing at the top of her
voice - oblivious to whoever is in the house at the time.
|The photo above is of Neile` on the
patio in Spain. She is still keeping on with her piano lessons
and percussion. She is also involved in all sorts of activities
after school, youth club etc.
She came to visit us for the weekend
of the 12th February 2004 to celebrate Auntie Di's 40th Birthday, she
always is very happy to see her Grandma Noddy and Grandpa Baldy and
she usually has an expression on her face similar to the one above
when she sees us.
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Nick's your man for all the building jobs,
large or small.
A very happy chappy.
When he's not constructing he's diving.
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