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

Sunday, July 31, 2005

I don't remember who this happy looking gentleman was.
But I remember that 20 years ago the Central Electricity Generating Board paid me to drive down to Hayle in Cornwall just take his picture and then drive home.
A round trip of almost 400 miles and I only stopped at Exeter on the way back to eat.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Where are they!

Friday, July 29, 2005

Here's a reminder of the old Bath City police force, copied off a wall at the police station.
These were the days when they spent money on staff rather than cars, radios and helicopters.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Tabitha checking out the carrycot for her new sister, soon be time for her to move over.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Sunset over the island Newquay.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Ever had one of those days when you think that you have the
perfect spot with nice background.

When a great big fire engine pops up to ruin the picture.

Monday, July 25, 2005

It's sad to think of the funeral of the well-known broadcaster Roger Bennett today.
Here's a picture of him trying to get a word on edgeways with Wendy and her students.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Tabitha demonstrates her skill in gate climbing.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Free Ride.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Time for the sign to come down.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Old picture of Helen and Storm as a puppy.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Nicky and Tabitha yesterday.

Biting off more than he could chew.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Me with my first visitor (and a half) at home. Thought that those of you who know Tam might like to see how well she's looking. I'm not feeling too bad as long as I take my opiates on time and lie down a lot. Thanks to everyone for my gorgeous flowers,presents and kind thoughts. They have really kept me going. Love, Nicky x

Nurse Tabitha checks Storm, before moving on to making sure auntie Nicky is resting enough.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Great News

The dogs go wild as Nicky comes home earlier than expected, and a stone lighter.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Stop Press

Waffles with bananas and chocolate sauce, not really
but Nicky has eaten mashed potato and rice pudding today with no problems.

So a return home some time this week looks likely.

Nicky News

Nicky continues to improve and could be home by the end of the week.

This is the sort sale you don't see often?

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Nicky News

Nicky continues to improve.

Last week she had a visit from old friend Krow Coles

Here's one I took earlier
About 30 years earlier, they haven't changed much have they?

Friday, July 15, 2005

Nicky News

Well its good and bad news today.
First the good news, Nicky had her tests today and all looks good as there is no sign of any blockage or problem.
It looks like it's just a matter of time while her innards adjust to the last operation.

Now the bad news, we have had to say goodbye to Smoky, he had been a member of the family for almost 15 years and was about 30 when we bought him.
He had a severe chest infection and despite trying special powder that cost nearly £100 a month he wasn't getting any better.

Here is a picture of him in happier times.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Nicky News

Nicky is still waiting for tests, she is well in herself drinking is no problem.

She has spent some time outside reading under the trees, though she has lost a stone, due to not eating while waiting for the tests.

Today's picture by Wendy, Tabitha in her giant Babygrow trying the carrycot.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Nicky News

They were unable to do Nicky's tests today, but she is feeling better for not eating?
It's starting to look like her stay may be prolonged.

No Nicky picture today so here's one I took at Bowood House yesterday with my little Fuji.

It's very hot; and a lamb looks for shade despite being freshly shorn.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Nicky News

Nicky is due to have more tests tomorrow, and there may be a delay in her return home.

The Recent London bombs brought this picture taken on the A4 near Box back to me, it was 20 years ago that the bus caught fire, no one was hurt.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Nicky had an x-ray today that shows her gut as slightly distended, but she is still hoping to come home this week.

No new picture of Nicky today but this young man/mouse? Stands in Corsham Road watching the traffic.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Latest Nicky News

Nicky is still improving and walking around the hospital with Andy, but the doctors are having difficulty balancing her fluid intake and output (she is dehydrating).

So her return home may be delayed.

No new picture of Nicky today so the picture is Tabitha in her paddling pool today.

With all the news of the London Terror bombs and the centre of Birmingham being cleared last night, it's easy to forget that it can happen anywhere.
Here's my picture of the Corridor in Bath 30 years ago after the IRA bomb.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Nicky had a visit from Helen Ennis today, here's her message and picture

Hi Sam and Wendy

Hope you're both well and enjoying your weekend. I've just come back from visiting Nicky and she was looking very well and wasn't feeling too bad either, just a bit queasy.
I took this picture of us on my camera phone when nobody was looking.

Thanks for the blog updates which have been much appreciated!


Friday, July 08, 2005

Latest Nicky News

Nicky is still improving slowly and hopes to be coming home early next week.

She has been opened down the middle six times in the last three years and wondered if the curious among you would like to see her latest set of staples.

Yes please take me to the staples picture.

No thanks please show me how to make a model of a giant armadillo out of paper.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Latest Nicky News

Nicky is still improving slowly; she had some clear soup today.
The hospital went into
red alert
for the attacks in central London and started looking for patients to send home to clear beds.
They picked one woman from her ward, and sent her home carrying her electric pump? But lifted the red alert soon after, so she’s coming back in on Monday.

Channel Four have taken over Nicky's hospital for a new drama comedy.

Film crew at work in the main corridor.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Nicky's a little better today, she has been drinking water and her
Stoma is working well.
This is Nicky and her drip out for a walk with Wendy today.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Nicky News

Nicky has had a couple of difficult days and is still not eating.

Her stoma is not working properly but she’s hoping to start eating Friday, and possibly return home early next week.

Spotted in a charity shop, do you wear it of play it?

Monday, July 04, 2005

Just had a call from Andy, Nicky is still getting better and will be on nil by mouth for the next three days.
This may delay her return home till early next week.
Posted from Harrys book shop in Oldfield Park.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Nicky News

I’m sorry to report that Nicky has had couple of bad days since coming off the epidural, as the hospital tries to balance the pain relief with the nausea it causes.

She slept most of the time today while we were visiting, as this is the way she finds best to combat the nausea.

No Phone calls to the Bed please, only to Andy (07967502786) it may be on answer phone if he’s in the hospital.

I will put a notice on the Blog when you can call her.

The picture shows how the hospital remembers retired cleaners.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Wendy and Sam are going up to Harrow again on Sunday, and will report on Nicky's health Sunday night.

It’s strange the machines you find on motorway service stations, I think they must test new ideas there, here is a machine to charge mobile phones it's only £1 for 30 minutes.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Latest from Nicky

I called Nicky at 8 .30 tonight and she says she had the epidural out about 12.30.

And despite some discomfort, the pain is under better control than last time.

Nearly all her tubes are out and she managed a few steps today with Andy’s help.

She sends her love and hopes to be home within a week.


Nicky on Thursday with the flowers from the boys a Running (Bath) in the High Street, they must know about her attempt to become the Imelda Marcos of running shoes, or it maybe it’s the brownies again.