Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I decided today to get all the chores done and out of the way before lunch. This was made easier by Boo not making any fuss and while I hoovered through she followed behind me with a mob and bucket :D I must say it is nice to finally be able to see and hoover the floor in the study (up until now the pit of despair!).
We ate lunch and I gave Joel a game of pool - I won - he potted the black and then Belle asked if we could go to the brook. The sun was shining. The washing was on the line and everyone was awake. I could see no reason why not and it was sufficiently late in the day to make it possible that Paul might meet us down there when he got home from work. By the time everyone got dressed (I know, but it is summer hols!!) and organised themselves (involving swimmers, changes of clothes and body boards!) a little more time had passed, but it remained a beautiful afternoon, so off we trotted…
Paul met us about half way there and the younger ones were thrilled to have him join us. We then spent a great hour or so playing around down there. For lack of a beach this is about as good as it gets :D. It’s safe enough for even NJ to play in - if he were willing brave the cold. Admittedly there are bits with slightly faster currents, but not dangerous and the little ones did not venture into them anyway. The body-boards are great for the little ones to ride on, pulled along by the bigguns. Totally good fun :D It even had Boo and JI saying “I’m so glad we moved here. We didn’t want to, but I’m so glad we did!”
It’s just a shame that there weren’t any other children down the re. I have been reliably informed that it is usually teeming with kids on a nice sunny day, but none of the times we have been down has there been any others :( Sometimes there are some kids in the park, but mine are not so enamoured with the park - there is nothing there really much except for a few swings and a big field. I hope the big two will begin to make some friends with village kids soon, but getting them to go down to the park ‘just to see’ is a bit of an issue, especially as neither of them is that keen on footy anymore :(
They came home and chilled in front of the TV for a bit, while I uploaded the photos and Paul cooked tea (and read his paper). Chores were done and now it’s 9.30 - the kids are all in bed and the house is clean and tidy - wooo hooo! That doesn’t happen too often believe me!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Saturday, August 08, 2009
So now you see - you can all have a giggle at my expense now too :D. I was not one for fashion. I very much did my own thing. Everyone had nice bags that night, but I hated them, so I took my carrier bag and wore my tatty old grey coat - thankfully I left the ridiculous bow out of my hair though for the occasion!!
Thursday, August 06, 2009
As we walked home the swallows were gathering for their evening bug-catching flying session. It is fascinating to watch them, and to see how the flock has swelled in number over the summer (with the addition of this years brood). Our resident family has nested again (same nest) and the babies hatched yesterday and today (3 this time), so a few more days and they will be fledging too - hopefully we'll get to see it again - third time this season :D We really have become quite fond of our swallows and the way they dive-bomb us when they want to get to their babies and we are in the way! We will miss them when they are gone, which probably won't be all that long now. I hope we catch the moment when the, now quite large, flock gather together en-mass and fly south to Africa for the winter. I imagine it will be quite something to watch. Apparently they fly in large groups and return to the same area in the same groups in the spring. So I guess one day they will simply be gone and then with the arrival of spring they will suddenly be back :D