Sunday, 17 August 2014

Our Holiday Part Two

 So after a lovely breakfast on Wednesday morning we set off for Cornwall.

We stopped on the way at Lyme Regis. What should I say about Lyme Regis?  WOW.
I really loved it, the beautiful gardens, the beach and harbor, the quirky shops and narrow streets, I could go on. I really wish we'd  had more time but sadly we had to carry on.

 On Thursday we went to The Eden Project.

This is somewhere I've wanted to visit for years!!

We arrived early and headed straight for the Biomes.
The first one was the Mediterranean Biome, it was beautiful and so lovely and warm.

The Rainforrest Biome was next and it was huge!! and very humid. They even had a cool room where you could call for medical backup.

The signs said to watch out for animals and my Daughter spotted a lizard (in the top right photo)

There was lots to see but be ready for walking, it covers a huge area and being in a 50m crater, its quite hilly.

So Thursday evening was our final evening before we went home. Personally I don't feel like the holiday is complete without dipping your toes in the sea. 
With that in mind we headed for the seaside village of  Charlestown

We all really enjoyed our holiday and will hopefully be heading back next year. 

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Our Holiday Part One (don't worry, there are only two parts!!)

Early Monday morning we set off for Bournemouth for the first part of our holiday.

After many long hours on the motorway 
(similar to wacky races, do you remember that show?)
we stopped for some lunch. 
We had some lovely New Forrest ponies join us.

After checking into our hotel, we should've had a rest, BUT I hate doing that so I dragged persuaded everyone to go for a walk. We walked through the Chine Gardens down to the sea.

I love the sea. It was quite breezy, but still very beautiful.
Blue sky - Sand - Beach huts - Sunshine.

On Tuesday we went to the Tank Museum. What can I say? There are loads of tanks. . . . 
My other half thought it was great and my little boy said it was 'awesome' and 'epic', so a big success!!

Back at the hotel, yes we where all pretty tired, so time for another walk!!!
Back to the beach, then we headed for Bournemouth Pier.

Don't you just loooooove Beach Huts! 

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Winter knitting in summer.

My Little boy is doing a reading challenge over the summer at our local library.
On a recent visit, just to pass some time, I had a little look in the knitting section.

Luckily I had my library card!!!

What to knit? ooh the debate.

On the short list are:
The super soft cape (for me),
The hat with horns (for my daughter),
or the gloves with acorns (for me).

A lot depend on whether or not you can get the wool. . . 

So after a trip to the wool shop, I am now knitting the hat with horns!

Its great to be knitting again.

The hat is done and now I'm knitting an ear.

Ooh how I hate knitting two of anything, but I'm told
 'the hat will look silly with one horn and one ear'

Yes I know!!

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Water, water, everywhere. . .

Last week on a wet Friday, we packed up the car to go camping. The weather couldn't put us off because we had arranged to meet up with family in the Lakes. 

We managed to put up the tent and settle in whilst the weather was fine.
(we even put up bunting and fairy lights)

But Saturday was wet, wet, wet! We headed over to Barrow Dock Museum


 Spending time with family is great, we only had 13 in our group this time (along with four dogs). Number 14 is on placement from Uni at a Hospital for children. We really missed her !!

We did quite a bit of walking, mainly down to the lake.

We also did some 'playing with fire'. (We did supervise!!)

We also visited Ambleside and had a walk into Coniston.

We had visitors to our camp, a small group of goats. One goat is quite manageable but when the flock arrives my daughter had to use a folding chair to persuade them away!! Watching them around the camp was pretty funny, many unsuspecting campers had goats in there tents.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

The Giants are coming . . .

Early Friday morning we set off for the train station (along with hundreds of others) to head into Liverpool to see the Giants.

The little girl is beautiful and her dog was amazing, but its very difficult to get good photos.

As we waited for the Giant Grandma we had a chance to look at some of the amazing buildings in Liverpool.

The Giant Grandma was walking with her stick when we saw her, but she did have a wheel chair for when she felt tired !!

 The little girl looks as tired as we felt. Lots of walking, quite a bit of standing about, very hot weather - yes we where all pretty tired.

The train ride home, well what can I say.. . . queuing to get into the station, queuing for the lift (with pram), queuing in the station to get onto the platform, then queuing on the platform to get onto the train - not for the faint hearted. 

P.S. The last time the Giants came to Liverpool was for 'Sea Odyssey'.  I think this was before I started my blog but I found some photo for you to have a look at.  

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Summer Birthday Number 2. . . .

The second birthday of the month was on a minecraft theme. So whilst watching the Tour de France I made some minecraft bags!!

 This is when you're relieved its only a small party.

All the party food was minecraft related, we had 
Redstone - strawberries
Golden apples - apples
Gold - popcorn
Carrots - carrots
etc. . . 

It all went down well, with no left overs.

The cake was pretty simple, just earth with grass or chocolate with green butter cream.

Icing cakes in the blistering heat is not a good idea. They look pretty 'rustic' but they tasted great.

A couple of hours later the guests had all gone and the presents all unwrapped. . . . 

A chilled glass of wine with a bit of cake, bliss.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Drum roll please. . . . .

Well a few things have been ticked off my list and I am starting to feel a little less stressed.

The award ceremony went very well. My Daughter got a prize!! 

She was awarded for her textile project, I know textiles!!!!!

Her Teacher said:

Your Unicorn bag was fantastic and I look forward  to teaching you in Year 8.
Well done wonderful girl!!

Well done from your Mum as well, you amaze me everyday and you are definitely wonderful. xoxoxo