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  Surprise Peas nostalgia _POSTEDBY cat -  
Fresh garden peas are very difficult to find over here, and if you do find them they are expensive. Our local HEB was selling them last week, already shelled, at $1.48 a bag. That's an excellent price. Then I was wondering if anyone remembered Surprise Peas. Are they still around in England? I used to love them. I did a Google search and the only ones I could find were in New Zealand. Yes, I've ordered three bags and am paying more to have them shipped to the U.S. than they cost. This is what happens when you're stuck in the office on a sunny Friday afternoon and are feeling hungry.

Friday, February 08, 2013   Comments?    Printer-friendly page  

  Bikram Yoga: 2012 Bikram numbers (and a special offer!) _POSTEDBY cat -  
In 2012 I took 278 90-minute hot yoga classes. Lifetime total: 2,590 (first class was March 21st, 2003).

In 2012 I taught 245 Bikram yoga classes. Lifetime total: 1,120 (first class was December 28th, 2007)

About the same as last year, although the teaching numbers may go down in 2013 as my other job has become extremely busy.

I still love Bikram yoga and love teaching it. Here's an offer . . . if any Habershons (brothers/nephews/nieces) want to try it I will pay for your first 10-class package!

And for the record, in case it becomes a habit, I also jumped out of aeroplane eight times in 2012.

Thursday, January 17, 2013   Comments?    Printer-friendly page  

  And the winners are . . . _POSTEDBY cat -  
. . . the Emsworth Habs. Again.

Congratulations, Uncle Ant, et al! The prize is on its way.

And thank you, Jim, for setting the quiz. Here are the results:

Emsworth: 37
Bedford: 35
The Mill: 23
Houston: 20
Sydney (Bondi Branch): 20

Update: Click "read more" for the answers. The Houston Habs thought there was a bit of an Australian slant to the questions, and the Sydney Habs requested that teachers be banned from setting questions in the future. Otherwise, no complaints.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Monday, December 31, 2012 Read more about And the winners are . . .  6 comments    Printer-friendly page  

  The Ninth Annual Habershons.com Christmas Quiz _POSTEDBY cat -  

Thank you, Jim, for compiling this year's Christmas Quiz.

Here are the rules:
This quiz is open to any household that contains a Habershon, a née Habershon, a Habershons.com commenter, or anyone who resides on the Branch Office page.

One point will be awarded for each correct answer. One point will be deducted/added for each household with more than/fewer than four participants. For example, if there are ten participants, six points will be deducted. And if there are only two participants, two points will be added.

The team with the highest score will receive a £10 (or equivalent currency) Amazon gift voucher. If there are more than eight entries a second prize will be awarded. Correct answers and the team results will be published on the website as soon as possible after the closing date.

No looking up answers on the internet or in reference books. All answers must come straight from your heads. Submit your answers to the Webmistress (cjathearn @ gmail.com) no later than 11pm GMT on Sunday, December 30th.

As usual, no correspondence will be entered into, and the Quizmaster's decision is final. Only one entry per household.


Good luck, and a Merry Christmas to everyone!

Sunday, December 23, 2012   Comments?    Printer-friendly page  

  Huge Engagement Announcement! _POSTEDBY cat -  
Congratulations, Jamie and Gina on your engagement! Full details in The Times announcement. Yep, scanned because the online version charges us to read their stuff. And you know that Habershons are cheap.

Friday, November 30, 2012   1 comment    Printer-friendly page  

  Battlefield tour _POSTEDBY cat -  
David and Libby and 18 friends took a coach over to Ypres and Aras last week on a battlefield tour. They visited the Thiepval Memorial on the battlefield of the Somme and found Leonard Osborne Habershon's name. He was son of Samuel Osborne Habershon, who Ed named Sam after. Samuel had died before his son was killed but Leonard's mother Catharine was still alive. David found all this in the book which is kept at all Commonwealth War Graves (there are thousands along the Western Front) and all the Habershon details were in it. Leonard was 26 when he was killed. Click below for some pictures from the tour:

Sunday, November 11, 2012 Read more about Battlefield tour  1 comment    Printer-friendly page  

  Depressed after Jump #7 _POSTEDBY cat -  
I'm not very good at this. Feeling very down today. The weather was so perfect for skydiving yesterday, sunny with no wind, and I was hoping to make two jumps. One as a tandem and then one on my own if I could demonstrate to the instructor that I was ready to continue with the Student Training Program.

The tandem was a bit of a disaster. You will remember that the big problem last time was my lack of upper body/arm strength. Well, for the past three weeks I've been working out with handweights and hanging on a bar in the garage and trying to lift myself up. I've been feeling stronger and thought I was ready to flare that parachute. It was not to be. I pulled the toggles to just below my waist, a bit further than last time, but couldn't get them any further. The instructor had to help me. And they've told me that until I can do a complete flare there's no way they're letting me jump on my own (and nor would I want to!).

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Read more about Depressed after Jump #7  Comments?    Printer-friendly page  

  Car talk _POSTEDBY cat -  
Remember the July 11 post from Colin, looking for historical information on what I thought was Uncle John's car? Well, good old David has followed up on this. Here's a picture of the car (not the actual one being discussed, but a picture, nevertheless, so we all know what they're talking about. And here's their correspondence on the subject:

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 Read more about Car talk  Comments?    Printer-friendly page  

  Sixth jump _POSTEDBY cat -  
Still alive! As I drove to the dropzone yesterday (without John, who has a bad cold) I became increasingly nervous about the upcoming jump, especially after nearly killing myself off last week. As I left Houston I was thinking of lots of good reasons to turn around (too windy, too bloody scared, etc.), but there were too many reasons not to turn around (the jump was paid for, I'd bought them kolaches, I really needed to jump out of an aeroplane, and I'd feel obliged to go into work).

Friday, October 12, 2012 Read more about Sixth jump  1 comment    Printer-friendly page  

  Cathy. Flare! _POSTEDBY cat -  
My first solo skydive did not go well. I went up there on Thursday as planned but it was too windy for students. Rather than wait around for it to die down, I left and went back early on Friday morning, after calling my boss to see if I could get another day off.

John drove me up there on Friday morning. I was assigned an instructor, and was given about two hours of more instruction. It's amazing how much stuff there is to go through. Things like calculating the size of the parachute according to my weight, checking every part of the equipment at least three times, drills in "Malfunction Junction," practice arches and practice pulls on a wooden board that swivels around (not sure what they call that), practice aircraft exits, fill out pop quiz, study landing area and wind direction and draw a diagram of the approach to landing. Everything was covered. When it came time to jump I felt I was ready.

Sunday, October 07, 2012 Read more about Cathy. Flare!  2 comments    Printer-friendly page  
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