~ Bertelson Bulletin ~

vacation of a lifetime here we come :)
March 29, 2010, 4:22 am
Filed under: Alice, travel
following is a long, unorganized regurgitation of my thoughts, excitement, itinerary, history ….

feel free to bail if you only want the bottom line …. which is
will be gone/offline for pretty much 4 weeks 🙂

SO…………………. I am leaving tomorrow for 3.5 WEEKS !!

I am so stinking excited, I am like a little girl and will probably not be able to sleep tonight!
So I will be spending 5 days with my Mum up in Cheshire first, get to see my long time school pal Christobel too. She lives about an hour away from Mum now, up in the hills of Diggle/Saddleworth – so pretty up there.
Then I am taking a train down to my sister’s, just outside Milton Keynes … spend about 24hrs with her family before my BIL drives my sister and I to Heathrow airport … we fly to the Seychelles on Easter Sunday … if you have google mapped the Seychelles by now (or watched Amazing Race tonight!) you will probably have figured it out that it is a long flight (another overnighter)
The Seychelles is 8 hours ahead of me here in FL (ie Eastern time) ….
Our cousin Mark, his wife Julia and 2 of their children Lianne (22 – who was the one on the UK reality show “Shipwrecked”) and Christopher (16) are going at the same time too … all 6 of us will be in one house that our other cousin’s daughter has set up for us …
She (Laura) is living there right now (before she starts her lawyer job in London in September I think) writing a book about the history of the Seychelles and the Dauban family which is quite revered there I hear, looking forward to star treatment 😉 … was tempted to make my sister and I T-shirts that said “I’m really a Dauban!”
My Mum was Valerie Dauban – her dad was French, Rene Dauban, born in 1897, his cousin Henri Dauban (born 1903) owned the Seychelles islands and I think sold them in the 60’s – anyway Silhouette is the island with all the Dauban history – a mountain, a river, a mausoleum … Laura is putting on an exhibition there too.
We will be there for 10 days  …staying on the main island Mahe in a house on Beau Vallon, that has a wonderful view of the island closest to it called Silhouette.
We will go to Silhouette for the day at least once, maybe twice, maybe more depending on how much we love it and how much there is to see on  …. staying ONE night at the only hotel on the island would cost my sister and I (one room) $1000 – WOW – yeah, so we will be taking the $30 ferry/boat over and back each day … that would be ALL my spending money for the entire 10 days gone in one night – I think NOT!!
If any of you are interested in reading or seeing more on the Seychelles, this website is fabulous www.seychelles.com
After we get back from the Seychelles, I will be in Reading with my old school friend Morag (actually Christobel, Morag and I all went to the same boarding school)
then …. Morag, her youngest Tallulah (of 4 – 3 girls, 1 boy, 1 girl called Madeline – sound familiar ? and we haven’t seen or spoken to each other for 30 years, reconnected on Facebook last year – ironic eh!) .. anyway we all will be meeting up with Harry & Charlie (plus younger brother Jasper, Dad Howard and Mum Shelley as well) – yes I am talking about the infamous siblings Harry & Charlie as in “Charlie bit me”  YouTube most watched clip family 😉
Then I get a train back up to Mum’s at the end of Saturday April 17th to spend another 4 days with her before flying back to Miami.
I then have ONE day at home to unpack, get over jet lag, wash stuff that I need and repack to leave the next day (Friday) for our big annual Crosswaves ministry camping trip

…AND hubby won’t be here, he will have already left on Tuesday to go up to the campground to set everything up.

I will hopefully be fitting in a Jan96 Mum’s rendez-vous with Alison and family on that Thursday (they fly back home on Friday, having been in Florida vacationing the entire time I was NOT in FL !! )
…. and my new job is AMAZING, I love working there, my boss is awesome, told me to take the full 4 weeks off and just come back the following Monday … the guy I work with is really nice too … I learn more each day and get more comfortable with the job each week.
I will be setting my cell phone so that incoming phone calls go directly to my voicemail (I tested it the phone doesn’t even ring) … and will change my voicemail to say basically “text me”

I called t-mobile and had a LONG chat with them about what each option cost while ‘roaming’ over there … yeah my data plan part will be TURNED OFF !!

LOL – it is $15 per MB of data transferred (while roaming) – so last month I ‘transferred’ $6000 worth of data (had I been roaming I mean) … since we have unlimited texting all INCOMING texts are free … outgoing is 35c per text, so I will keep my replies limited for sure.  Emergency phone calls, should I need to make a phone call in an emergency, then in UK it is $1.30/min and in the Seychelles $2/min ….
I will be able to use my Mum’s computer to check email and Facebook … but on the island I am not sure how it will be (though I did see an internet cafe is the footage of Amazing Race tonight 🙂  I am going to keep my internet stuff to a minimum, I am actually really looking forward to unplugging for a while and spending time with my sister and our cousins.

I will be waiting nervously for ONE text though … Maddie will find out on April 12th whether she was accepted into the Digital Media program at Alexander Dreyfoos High School of the Arts …. I hope she isn’t disappointed  … they only take 27 students out of the 250+ that applied for this program …

Nils will be off from the Fire Station pretty much the entire time I will be gone, the 2 or 3 shifts he couldn’t get coverage on, my wonderful MIL Joanie will of course step in and help ….
I have typed in lists and instructions and reminders for them all …. I am sure things will be forgotten and not done my way, but he’s a great Dad and fully capable of being in charge solo for a month …
The dogs know I am leaving and keep climbing onto me and or my suitcases with forlorn pleading eyes as if to say “Pleeeeeeeeeese don’t go” or “Take us with you Mummy, you are the only one who always remembers to feed us on time, let us out,  give up fresh water, …  I might worry more about them than the hubby and kids because they can’t don stuff for themselves !!!
I will of course be taking OODLES of photos but it will be while before I get to upload any for you all to see 🙂
WOW it’s midnight, I am wide awake 🙂

Bear with me!
December 22, 2009, 12:48 pm
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OK, so I know I was rotten in 2009 with my blog – I am going to be better in 2010 🙂

That said,many of the photos in priors posts are now missing, this is because I have switched over our website from one hosting company to another… but I only put minimal stuff on the new site because I want to restructure it, streamline it etc …. so that will all fix itself in 2010 as well

Off to NC with the family tomorrow early so today is a day of major packing and preparing 🙂

2009 started off with a BANG!! – I mean that literally!
January 1, 2009, 3:46 pm
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 Everyone is fine – but the neighbours’ (about 10 houses or so east of us) Ted Shed is GONE though.

Not exactly sure how it started, I would assume a firework ember or something must have set it off (the owner and his wife [and *6* dogs!] were actually already asleep)
Unfortunately (for them) the shed had a BUNCH of imflammable stuff in it though (oxygen cannister, gas, etc) so there was at least 3 BIG explosions!!! – The flames were SO high !!!

Everyone BUT me on that golf cart are firefighters!! – We called it in to 911 and the nearest Firestation is only 1.5 miles away …. and then of course the 3 of them jumped in and helped the arriving firefighters setting up the hoses and hydrant etc … didn’t have my camera with me darn it, but did take a photo from down the street of all the lights and firetrucks once it was over (well the shed was out – well GONE actually!)

Thankfully the corner of their house that was next to the shed didn’t catch on fire.

Hubby and I and a couple of our neighbours/friends were driving around on their golf cart at midnight, honking and watching fireworks and stuff .

We’re back – wading through emails! check out this video
December 27, 2008, 8:52 pm
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…. not only because it’s an amazing song (“How Many Kings” by Downhere (downhere.com) but because Melanie and I are IN it !!!

It was put together by Downhere fans !!!


more on the cruise (and pics later – maybe much later!!)


CRUD – Fender Bender
December 17, 2008, 11:02 pm
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After I JUST sorted out some insurance/doctor’s office mess (after a week of being on the phone with UMPTEEM people) and I was feeling relieved, huge weight off my shoulders and then this happens – totally a ‘bad timing’ thing

I’m fine, I was only backing up at about 2 mph! I can’t believe my bumper got scrunched so much, her car has a tiny dent & paint scrape on her passenger side back door.

The other woman & I both backed out of our parking spots at the exact same time …. unfortunately (for me) her spot was 1/2 a spot further back than mine, so I hit her (as … Read Moreopposed to our bumpers hitting if we were exactly opposite each other or her hitting ME if I had been the one in the furthest back spot) ….. BUT she was not completely honest with the cop & so the police report has me at fault.

The female cop didn’t either understand, care or want to hear that there was no humanly possible way for us to hit bumper to bumper (which she said would have meant no fault etc) with our positioning – see below

then a diagram of the impact

Not sure if my insurance company will fight hers or not, either way my insurance will prob go up 😦

Beautiful Christmas Concert – Tajci
December 6, 2008, 11:11 pm
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I went to a concert last night with my friend Tecie to see this amazing Croatian singer Tatjana Matejas-Cameron – Her croatian name is Tajci (TY-chee)and her story can be read at idobelieve.com

She was basically the ‘Britney Spears’ of Croatia … then realized there was more to life than that – read her story here

The video quality isn’t great, but hopefully the audio will be good enough to showcase what a beautiful singer she is, she basically did the story of Jesus’ life through the progression of songs she sang (did not video all of them) …

Then at the end all 3 of her boys came up on stage and sang stuff too – adorable! I really enjoyed it.

You can watch them small below by clicking on the play button in the middle of the image, or if you want to see it larger, click on the title below the video and it will take you to YouTube to see them in a new window

Breath of Heaven What Child is This Silent Night
Home for Christmas Wonderful World SC is Coming to Town
Reindeer Reindeer! Jingle Bells I Do Believe

Apologies for the long absence of new material!
December 2, 2008, 4:38 pm
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This will be a mishmash of bullet point, pics and videos I think …

Where were we before … Oh yes, this year the infamous Bertelson Bulletin 2008 Christmas edition, along with annual family photo will NOT be reaching you before Christmas!!

Fear not though, it WILL be reaching you (especially anyone who sends US a newsletter and or family photo – hint hint – I love getting them, but not just a card with no news or photo, I always feel that such a waste of a stamp these days!!) ….

…it will reach you sometime in the New Year – sort of a welcome to 2009 nugget/suprise for you once you’re back in the doldrums because the holiday season is all over and the bills that made it happen are starting to roll in!!!

The reason behind this is because we (all 6 of us) are going on a Christmas Cruise (east carribean) with my MIL Joanie, and SHE’S footing the whole bill – yeah baby!! We leave on Dec 20th and return Dec 28th ….

We will be taking our family photo sometime while on this cruise, the exact location and or background to the photo will remain a secret to further build your anticipation… although as the children get older, they are less receptive to my crazy wacky ideas of how to do the photo!

Sadly, and I know some of you are SO sad at this (snort) Twix and Twizzler will not be featured in the family photo since they cannot come on the cruise with us.

Matt – recent photo – was going surfing (the water is chilly, well for us Floridians it is!)

My Son & I

Was taking a bunch of photos of Matt (to showcase his almost 70 lbs lost in the last 8 months)

What amused me about this photo, so I zoomed in was the girls chores pasted on the door behind him!!! His head is blocking Maddie’s (12) list, don’t worry she doesn’t get out of chores! Mel is 17, Kenzie is 11

The Chores are always there!


What else ? – Done 50% of the shopping, we will be doing our Christmas on Dec 19th before we get on the cruise, so sense lugging all those presents onto the ship (well maybe not ALL those, but the few there will be, trying to not go overboard this year)

Oh here’s a Hairy Happy Greeting from Twix!!

Happy Holiday - BIG grin

She’s The POSTER child, well I mean dog for ‘A Norwich Terrier that needs stripping” – LOL

Her hair is SO long and shaggy, I stripped (grooming term – google it!!) Twizzler recently (3 hr job!) but neither hubby or I have gotten around to doing Twix completely – you can’t see it but her rear end is done, so she looks even weirder from the side.

She is SO cute – we love her