Photos From ‘Can I Kiss Her Yet?’

At long, long last! Here we have a selection of photos from the time around my wedding, including all sorts of craziness – from hamsters to camels to giant cardboard underpants! The credit for most of these pictures goes to Roo (who persuaded me to buy her a camera so large it practically needs its own passport). On the upside, this means we actually HAVE some photos, as if it was left to me we probably wouldn’t. On the downside it means I have to take all her hair products and most of her underwear in my backpack, to make room for the camera accessories in hers. Which has given me a few strange looks in Customs, I can tell you…

NOTE: If you click on an image to view it full-size, you’ll have to hit your ‘back’ button to get back to the gallery – if you close the picture, you’ll close this website too! Best way I find is to right click the picture and choose the ‘Open in New Window’ option.

At Home in England

I arrived back in England separately from Roo – unfortunately, as it left her wide open to the Immigration people, who gave her a serious grilling. Luckily, she was allowed into the country (phew!) – under strict instructions NOT to get married here…


Roo’s birthday present that year has gone down in history as one of my better decisions! Although it rapidly got out of hand, Roo’s hamster obsession gave her endless joy – and kept her busy while I put the finishing touches to ‘That Bear Ate My Pants!’ Anyone not interested in hamsters may feel free to skip this gallery – I can’t say I’d blame you! For those poor lost souls who identify with Roo’s craze, read on – but beware! Cuteness will ensue.



Now, there’s quite a lot of these! Because Jordan (the country) is amazing. If ancient history and big-assed ruined columns aren’t your thing, feel free to scroll past these! Otherwise, you might be here for a while…


Gill’s Wedding!

Two weddings took place that year – well, probably thousands did, but the only ones I really cared about were mine, and my sister Gillian’s. Here are the edited highlights of Gill and Chris’s big day.


My Wedding!

It took a LOT of effort to bring it to this point, but the final event was everything we hoped it would be. Butterflies flitted overhead, the sun shone, the harpist played… and Roo and I were joined, legally and spiritually, forever. It still makes my heart race just thinking about it!

The Grand Adventure



With the Grand Adventure over, we had less than two weeks to pack our stuff and say our good-byes to England. We had an amazing honeymoon in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which Roo’s family had treated us to, before arriving in Australia. Surprisingly, I wasn’t stopped at the border, and we passed a pleasant, if uneventful year in Perth. Roo worked hard as a cleaner, supporting me while I worked on my second book, ‘Don’t Need The Whole Dog!’ People who have since read the book tell me I probably shouldn’t have bothered…



We finished 2012 in adventurous style, with a trip to Cairns in tropical North Queensland. It’s about as different from perth as it’s possible to get, whilst still remaining in Australia – but then, that’s the beauty of the place. The relaxed, laid-back city, the stunning countryside and the lush Daintree rainforest gave us plenty of variety. It was only a two-week holiday, with Gill and her husband Chris flying in from New Zealand, and Mum and Aunty Margaret flying in from the UK. It was a joyful reunion in a fantastic part of the world – I think it’s safe to say we all loved Cairns.

16 thoughts on “Photos From ‘Can I Kiss Her Yet?’

  1. I really like looking at all the photos. They put faces on the people in your books.

  2. Cheers Richard! Yeah, I wish I could include pictures in the ebooks, but it’s realy hard to do with Amazon, and they make us pay for it!

  3. Iā€™m wondering how much of the areas in these photos was damaged by the massive fires. So sad. As a wildlife refuge guy married to an Aussie, it must have broken your collective hearts.

  4. Yeah, every year the fires are bad, but the last lot were staggering. I’m starting to worry if there’ll be much left of the world by the time I’ve got kids to inherit it.

  5. Good stuff! Will do… might want to get some glue or tape for those tits… šŸ˜‰

  6. Just discovered you today. Was looking at books on Depression on Amazon and you popped up. We are under lockdown here in Massachusetts. First you are gorgeous. Second I love people who unappologetically take on the world on their own terms. You remind me of my daughter who doing the same only here in the US. Glad I found you.

  7. Hi Peg!
    That’s great, I’m glad you enjoyed the books. I hope the depression isn’t hitting you too hard, these are crazy times to be living through, eh! Roo and I have been working less, giving ourselves a bit more time off to relax, and making an effort to do things we know will cheer us up, like little bits on online shopping (for her) and playing with Lego (for me!). Australia is starting to come out of lockdown, so hopefully the rest of the world will be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel…
    Sounds like your daughter likes adventures too – I just hope she’s not as clumsy as me… If she ever gets the urge to write a book, tell her to get in touch šŸ˜‰
    Love and best wishes,
    Tony (n Roo too!)

  8. Loved this book. Almost better than the last one. You’re very talented and I wish I had gone or more adventures when I was young. You appear to be a fun couple. Marcia

  9. Hiya! It’s never too late, you know! My Mum has been dragged along on quite a few of our adventures, and she quite enjoys it. And she’s always survived… so far šŸ˜‰

  10. Thanks Helen! Yeah, Roo and I are still very much in love – poor, and happy regardless! We’re even thinking of starting a family… watch this space, eh šŸ˜‰

  11. I stumbled across your books and I love them! Definitely helping me get through this insane time where we can’t safely travel. I’m in a band with my husband, and not being able to travel and play gigs has been tough. Thanks for making me laugh we I need it the most. You and Roo are a lovely couple. Maybe someday we’ll make it to Australia (we’re from Kentucky in America)! Cheers!

  12. Hi Leila,
    Thanks for getting in touch! I’m glad I’ve given you a chuckle, Lockdown has been crazy hard on so many people, I actually feel quite guilty that we got off so lightly here in Oz! Roo and I don’t get out much when we’re not traveling, so the worst part of it for us is that we’re not allowed to leave the country… but at least that’s helped us save our pennies… and by pure chance, Roo has ended up pregnant, so it looks like we won’t be going anywhere for a while longer šŸ˜‰
    I hope you guys manage to get out and play soo. There’s a great culture of gigging and live music in cafes over here, but most of it is over in Melbourne – that’s where the people with culture live šŸ˜‰
    Good luck in lockdown!
    Best wishes,

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