The Farr Family

This Is the Blog of the Farr family, Sam and Wendy Farr and their Daughters Nichola and Helen plus their husbands Andy Higby and David Mattock. They all live in the Bath Area. Sam works as a freelance photographer after taking voluntary redundancy from The Bath Chronicle after 20 years, Andy is a freelance Manager for various Charities and David a Computer programmer. David and Helen have our two Granddaughters, Tabitha and Lottie they can be seen at

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Andy helps Nicky prepare the note bellow.

A letter from Nicky

Hello everybody

I’m currently doing very well my epidural means I can’t feel much (including my legs and feet). Tomorrow will probably be horrible, as that’s when they take the epidural out and I’ll be able to feel the bruised and battered bits.

The hospital staff are all great and I feel like I’m in safe hands, though they might be trying hard because I brought them brownies.

Love you all, see you soon


Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Update on Nicky

All seems to be going well, obviously it will be months before we know the full results of the operation.

Nicky’s pain is under better control, but she still can’t feel her legs because of the epidural and blood pressure problem.

We are visiting her tomorrow and will give you more details when we return.

Spotted this in Bitton last week, luckily this isn't one of Nicky's surgeons.

Don't forget the Family Web Sites

Just Returned from visiting Nicky, she has come through the operation well but has a blood pressure problem at the moment.
This is probably caused by the epidural pain relief, more details tomorrow when Andy sees the surgeons.
Nicky has not seen a doctor yet as everyone is a Mr (all consultants)
Her bedside phone number is 07041 104307.

St Marks Hospital Harrow, Join up of two frames through a small window.

Andy marvels at the hospitals unique, non-stop lift.
Used only by staff, who step in and out of the constantly moving lift cubicles.
He's smiling because they let him try it.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Latest Nicky News

We have spoken to Nicky and Andy this evening, she has had her pre-med and all is well.

She is due to go down for surgery at 8.15 on Tuesday and she is first on the list.

Should be back on the ward about 5pm and Andy will ring me, we should be home about 10pm and I will put the latest news and Nicky’s bedside phone number here Tomorrow

Nicky will be residing at Frederick Salmon Ward
Level 4 St Marks Hospital
Watford Road
(0208) 235 4192

Phone Andy on 07967 502786 to ask about visiting (10am-9pm) for map and directions

Helen models the latest in rainwear.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

This is the Farr computer set up almost 25 years ago, Nicky is playing space invaders on a BBC model B.
It was the 32k memory model (there was a 16k version), you had to supply a TV for the monitor and use a cassette player to load the programs.
And it cost £399 for the computer only.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Combe Hay Church.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Don't forget the Family Web Sites

Sam's old picture of Priddy Sheep Fair.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Not much room to pass here, next door are having the tennis court resurfaced, and the lorry looks a bit big for the lane.

They have had two of these petrol powered wheelbarrows making dozens on journeys across the field with the new surfaces material.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Sign at Trago Mills Devon.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Wendy's latest creation for Tabitha.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Nicky Higby and Tabitha Mattock.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

One for the chocoholics, the Cadbury Fry factory in Keynsham.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Old Walcot Street, this path ran through an old graveyard and was the footpath to Walcot car park.
It started opposite the back of the Saracens Head and ran down to the river, its probably between the multi storey and Waitrose.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Engineer at work 300 feet up on the Tamar Crossing Plymouth.
He had been out on the little trolley to check for corrosion on the line spacers.
Picture by Sam for the Central Electricity Generating Board in the 80's.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Must do some haymaking soon, as Smokey is starting to vanish.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

I know that Children's pushchairs are getting expensive, but this the first time that I've seen one padlocked.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Sam on the first UK roller coaster to loop the loop at Alton Towers.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Which way did that cat go!

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Nicky and Helen had a joint birthday party today,
Purdy next doors dog joined us, but was totally under whelmed.
More of the party at .

Wendy checks out moon dust brought back by American
Astronauts in July 1969, and displayed at Bristol University 1970.
We queued for over an hour to see it.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Tabitha's new hat.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Hungry goat at Norwood Farm.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Happy pig at Norwood Farm.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Green Park Station Bath, now Sainsburys car park.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Makes you think Sam and Wendy started off daft, and have spent the last 40 years getting dafter.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

This is my dad driving at a fireman's funeral date unknown, but I do remember him saying he was allowed to keep his old brass helmet when the modern one came in, but didn't bother.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Stray cat finds a comfy kit bag at Bath cricket club.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Wendy in Stratford on Avon, early 70s note the large Bolex H8 movie camera on her lap.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Every year I find more Alpaca stands at the Royal Bath and West Show.
I'd love some but they are so expensive would be afraid that they would get pinched and eaten by the locals.