Carly Bond

Captain Fantastic


When I heard the news this afternoon I was totally shocked and genuinely upset. A press conference that actually let to big news…but I was never expecting this. After a day at work I have just listened to the press conference and the interviews with Gary Hetherington, Brian McDermott and the man himself, Sir Kevin Sinfield.

Over the last 25 years of supporting and watching my beloved club, I couldn’t name a more inspirational and passionate leader or player. He is the ultimate professional. Watching his interview had me in tears as you can quite clearly see the weight that he has been carrying on his shoulders over the past few weeks plus how much the club really means to him. It’s a great move for him and after thinking about it over the day I can totally see why he has done this.

I will be forever be thankful to Sir Kev for giving me some of my greatest sporting memories, the grand final speech in 2011 being the greatest.

The ‘Every Minute Counts’ slogan for the Super League, seems to really mean so much more now! We love you Sinny…Sir, you will always be a Rhino and will go down in the history books as a legend. Good luck in everything you do.

You can read and hear more about this on the Leeds Rhinos website.

Port Zélande CenterParcs Part 2 – Day 9

Today was our last day and typically one of the only days we wanted to get out and go visiting different places, the weather was horrendous. Just as we were trying to keep the kids entertained and pack the cars, the rain was just bouncing down.

So instead of setting off towards the ferry early and visiting places on the way, we opted to stay around the Center Parcs complex and go for a last swim in the Aqua Mundo, play crazy golf and have lunch in the Adventure Factory, which was actually very nice and relaxing before the journey home.

At about 4pm we decided to head to the ferry and have tea onboard in the restaurant, leaving a little time to spare to let the kids run around the dance floor for a little while before the entertainment came on.

Port Zélande CenterParcs Part 2 – Day 7

Today we decided to stay local to the CenterParcs complex. We went for an early morning swim (well after bacon sandwiches anyway) then we went off to the beach.

The beach was just fab today, beautiful sunshine even if it was a little cold! The boys played with the power kite & the rest of us played with the sand :)
For the first time we went to the ‘All you can eat’ restaurant which was awesome. Lovely food & all set up for families so very much worth a visit.

Port Zélande CenterParcs Part 2 – Day 6

Today we went to a little town called Brouwershaven which we’ve been to before last year but we knew there was an little enclosure of animals for the kids to look at.
We had a little walk round the marina & harbour but it was a little cold.


After that we drove to a place by the sea called Renesse to the best pancake house! Well it was Pancake Day after all so we thought it would be rude not to :) My husband & his friend had pancake for main & pudding!!

After all that eating we went swimming when we got back to the ranch and then we ate our own body weight in Bittenballen (well holidays are for indulging)

Port Zélande CenterParcs Part 2 – Day 5

Today was the first day we ventured off the CenterParcs site and we decided to go to the beach for a picnic because the weather was lovely.

We went to just outside Ouddorp the nearest town to where we are. The beaches were called West Nieuwland and Oude Nieuwland and were as beautiful as the rest of the beaches around this area. Both had cafés (that were closed for renovation but looked ace) and both had children’s play areas built on the sand. Thankfully my little man loved the beach today, building sandcastles & digging.


After the picnic we went into the town of Ouddorp to do a bit of shopping and to have a lovely hot chocolate. The windmill in the town was a working one so we saw the sails going round & round which the bubba just loved :)


Port Zélande CenterParcs Part 2 – Day 4

Today we took a wander down to the local beach for a bit of sandcastle building. It was a little bit cold so we didn’t stay too long. The little man was getting a bit restless so we took him into the beachside bar to get warm.

We stopped here for some lunch which turned out to be satay chicken, not a chicken burger I thought I’d ordered ???? The joys of a foreign menu but all part of the fun.

We went back to the ranch in the afternoon and went straight for a swim. Afterwards we went for a wander round the complex as the sun was setting and got some lovely views.


Port Zélande CenterParcs Part 2 – Day 3

Today has been a bit of a lazy day. Another couple were coming to join us so we waited in for them to arrive. We then went for a walk down to the marina to feed the ducks and see the boats.

Just on the marina was a little park, with some climbing frames and a sand pit so the kids had a bit of a runaround in there.

After lunch we decided it was time to go back into the Aqua Mundo for a swim. Unfortunately it would seem my little has lost his love for swimming, however he does love splashing in the baby pool which is funny to watch :)

After we’d got far to cold in the water we went to the Adventure Factory for drinks & to watch Orry & Friends.

Port Zélande CenterParcs Part 2 – Day 2

As we have brought all the food for the holidays with us we were left with a full day free. CenterParcs is only 40 mins from the ferry terminal so we were in the complex for 10am.

We couldn’t get into the apartment until 2.30 we decided to make the most of the facilities. We had a coffee and then went for a swim in the Subtropical Swimming Pool. As it is change over day it was so quiet which meant we could easily get onto he slides, but it also meant some bits were closed too. It was enjoyable nonetheless.

We then went into the Adventure Factory for some lunch and a little play on the bouncing castle and trampolines.

Once we got into the cottage we then had a relaxing afternoon reading books listening to music. It was very similar to the cottage we had last year with a balcony overlooking the water, just looking in a different direction.

Port Zélande CenterParcs Part 2 – Day 1

After a long and boring day at work I was picked up and we decided that instead of eating on the ferry we’d stop at Ask on the way which was a much better way of doing it. Much better that carrying a load of food on board.

We found our way to the Sky Lounge again and sat in exactly the same seats as last year and this time our little man, being a year older, stayed up a bit longer.

He crashed about 8.30 which then resulted in us taking it in turns to walk around the bar to get him to sleep. It’s surprising what people do for entertainment in the bar (I was being nosey on the way round), poker, mobile phones with scrabble, iPads, board games, etc)

We finally made it to bed at about 12 and by that point we were pretty much ready for a sleep but not looking forward to the disembarkation bing bongs at 5.30.

North-fun-berland Holiday – Day 6

As we are going home tomorrow we decided to stay fairly local today. So after a fairly lazy get up we went for a wander round Seahouses again. Went in all the shops as a lot more of them were open today. We went for a walk to the end of the harbour again and the sea was slightly more choppy that last Sunday. The waves were crashing over the harbour wall, luckily the other side to where we were stood.
In the afternoon we went for a little walk into Beadnell beach. Had a little paddle & built some sandcastles with the little man! It was beautiful, if not a little windy. It was pretty warm for this time of year.