Sunday, 17 April 2016

Testing out the van . . . . sorry I meant Classic Campervan

On Saturday we visited my sister.

Not at her house, ooh no.

She has abandoned the tent world and bought herself a campervan.

Its been a long process, with many weekends spent renovating it.

But this weekend they took it for its first overnight stay away from home.

The weather was perfect, although probably too cold for me!!

The locals seemed friendly.

The views out over Morecambe Bay are beautiful, you can see the mountains of the lakes in the distance.

For more photos of her campervan journey hop over to  Instagram

(P.S. This is the campsite we tested out our new tent a couple of years ago)

Saturday, 16 April 2016


On Thursday we had a trip to the beach, 

The day was lovely and bright, but ooh so chilly


We had our usual competition to find the most unusual thing on the beach

Anything to keep us moving!!

The crab above was my find, it was still alive and I hand caught it

But the winner was my son who found the above shrimp/lobster/not sure. . . . . 

And when the memory of the sea has gone, I still have sand and shells in my coat pocket to remind me of our day.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Bolton Abbey

Another day, another day out!!
Today it was Bolton Abbey.

The photos don't do it justice, it really is beautiful.

We visited last year and crossed the river on the stepping stones.
I was absolutely terrified. 
The children wanted to have another go, but unfortunately the river was too high and some of the stones had washed away!!! 
(This meant that meany Mummy didn't have to say no, but Bolton Abbey said no)

After an ice cream and with renewed energy we headed back to the car for lunch, throwing a few coins in the fountain for luck on our way past!!

The children where persuaded to have another short walk after lunch to see The Strid

When we returned to the car we where all shattered but happy with our day.

What would complete the day? 
Yes a trip to the fabric shop on the way home. . . . . 

(Weirdly, when I looked back to our last visit, it was exactly a year and one day ago.
I also managed to call at the fabric shop on my way home)

Sunday, 10 April 2016

The start of Easter. . . . .

Yes, we are finally off school for 'Easter'. I know Easter was a few weeks ago but at our school we only had Friday and Monday off school. So we are now off for two whole weeks!!

Saturday was full of jobs, washing, shopping, etc.

But today we headed out to the local nature reserve.

We spotted our first bluebell of the year!!

Its so nice to be out and about, often I'm at the back of the group, trying to take photos then rushing to catch up!!

We had a look around the Crafty Vintage Fair and a lovely chat with Sarah from Mitenska who had a stall full of beautiful drawings and printed artwork. 

No visit to Brockhole would be complete without calling at the huge park, today's favourite was the zip wire (over large muddy puddles)

Then home for a late lunch, followed by pottering in the garden.

If the next two weeks can be similar then that will be great. . . . . . 

If you fancy looking at a couple of previous visits you can find them here and here.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Williamson Park

After being confined by cough/cold bugs for what seems like forever we finally ventured out on Saturday.

We headed up to Williamson Park  in Lancaster.

The children ran off through the woods, aiming to be the first to see Ashton Memorial.

Around the back of the Memorial is the Butterfly House. 

Butterflies are very difficult to photograph . . . .  

This Butterfly was having lunch!!

Ooh going down the steps is so much easier than going up.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

A fishy tail. . .

Last week, just before I came down with the lurgy, I purchased some 'sparkly pink and silver' fabric.

Yesterday, whilst looking after my sick little boy, I decided to sew.
(My son was only just 'unfit' for school,  happy watching TV and playing with Lego)

It's a fishy project for my two little nieces.

The idea is to make two 'sleeping bag' sort of things, for sofa sitting, story reading, film watching, etc

Number one took lots of puzzling, head scratching.
But all was worth it (just wish I'd made one my size)

So the final fishy tails. . . . . . 

Lovely fleece lined mermaid tails.

You can imagine the scene, my two beautiful blonde nieces, sitting on the sofa watching The Little Mermaid, sitting in there mermaid tails. . . . . . . The  trouble is I know them. The smaller of the two won't sit still and has an aversion to being 'dressed up'. The older of the two will probably say 'Mermaids don't have pink tails, you know?'

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Big mean bugs.

Well what a week its been. 
The bugs flying round this house are big and mean.

It all started on Mothers Day when my other half started with a cold.
After one day at work he was bedridden on Tuesday!!

On Wednesday my son fell over at his friends, taking some skin off his hand but he seemed OK.
Thursday I started with the worst cold I've ever had and spent most of the day in bed.

Our parenting skills where put to the test, getting the children fed and out to school when you can hardly get out of bed is really hard. Add into that my son needed his hand bandaging !!

So by Saturday, fuelled by Lemsip we had to take him to Primary Care.
Now hes on medication for his hand but hes started with a cold, when will the sickness end . . . . 

On a lighter note, I'm feeling a lot better. definatly able to cope with a snotty boy.

Today the weather has been glorious and after being stuck inside for days (it feels like weeks), I played out all morning. The green house is now lovely and tidy and ready for seed planting!!