On leaving our training cabin this morning, son Leo and his mate Chris asked if they could use the computer to Skype their friend Ollie (9yo son of my old mate Colin, in Oxford UK). So of course I agreed, and let them go on ahead.
Getting back to the house, we discovered that they had taken the laptop up to Leo’s room (he stays here now about 50% of the time). A lot of giggling going on – and we find them both in front of the camera stark naked, posing and flexing their muscles to an equally enthusiastic Ollie who is prancing around his sitting room in Oxford in his underpants.
Back in the summer they all met up at our place in Wales and made a pact to ‘stay friends for ever’ and to work out hard to get as fit as possible. They sealed the deal with a few ‘endurance challenges’ dreamed up on the spot – including skinny dipping in the river in the rain and some messier stuff ahead of that – and, I must say, they have kept to the bargain, getting together on line at least twice a week.
Ollie is, of course, desperate to visit us here in TN. However, the next chance for a meet up is in Wales where we shall spend Christmas. The last time we were there, Chris came too: that’s won’t happen over the festive season and he is bitterly disappointed that his friendship with Leo and Ollie doesn’t weigh heavier than his family here in the US! But Ollie gets to come over to Wales from Oxford and to stay for a week, and Leo is over the moon. Hence all the note comparing.
Colin has been reviewing his own fitness too (ex gymnast) and we should have some fun times in our barn gym with him and his ex-gymnast wife Natasha.
The river can be a bit cold in December and early January, but we’ll see…
Anyway, we found three boys posing their muscles at the camera from all angles… none of them sporting pecs quite like this (yet!):
…but definitely looking good for their age (like this dude):
Dave and I suggested to Leo and Chris that some underwear might be appropriate if anyone else in Colin’s household happened to view the screen, but not before a few shots like this had made it onto the ether:
The lighting in Leo’s room mid-morning is not exactly as subtle as that in the picture, but you get the idea. More like this (and, just for the record, these shots are not of Leo or Chris!):
Underwear for training does seem to be the way of things in Russia:
For swimming too. Whereas swimwear itself can make a more-than-suitable attire for the fitness gym (assuming you need to wear anything, of course!):
That thought made me wonder a little what kind of pictures the boys might have been posting to one another – perhaps better not to ask, but just to deliver the obvious lecture about web safety!
Anyway, Ollie and Leo get to spend time together during the vacation. With 3½ years age difference, I’m surprised they have hit it off so well, but it’s great that they have. And keeping the friendship over a distance of 4000 miles for someone as young as Ollie is quite amazing. No doubt, if we have snow, they’ll be comparing their abs:
“Made in is own image”! Well, sort of. There’ll be plenty of this:
…and, given it is Wales, this:
Even in winter in Wales, sun is occasionally possible:
Weather dependent, our helper in Wales (Neil) has acquired some bicycles too:
Eventually, it being late afternoon in Oxford and time for a supermarket visit, Natasha pulled the plug on the Skype call after flinging some clothes towards Ollie and grinning at us, laughing in the background of the TN image, with a sort of helpless shrug. It’s fantastic that the son of two of my oldest friends is such a great mate with mine (and his friend Chris too) and long may all our friendships last, especially as the festive season approaches.
Being usually of the ‘bah humbug’ tribe, I think I’m actually looking forward to a Christmas in our own home – log fires, family, friends, a little alcoholic lubrication, and time to think through our future plans as Dave’s dad finishes his contract at the lab here in Oak Ridge and contemplates giving up the house here.
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