Saturday, 31 July 2010

A Little Catchup

Hello, its been a while I'm afraid. The holidays are here and I seem to have had very little time to read blogs let alone update this one.

We are all well in warm and sunny Bucks, the little ones are enjoying the holidays and they seem to be speeding by already.

We have been on picnics, met up with friends, been to see Toys Story 3 and generally chilled out. Alex is very excited about his football course he is going on for two days next week. He is still football mad and seems really keen to spend two days playing non stop football.

We are supposed to be going to the zoo on Tuesday, weather permitting, not sure what the forecast is for next week.

We have booked up a few day trips and are off to Buckingham Palace a week on Monday. I am really looking forward to it, we also have tickets to see the Royal Mews too. I have promised the little ones a trip to Legoland before the end of the holidays also. Daisy is very excited as we are going to see The Lion King for her birthday in September. We decided to sod the expense and book tickets, its a combined birthday treat for her and a joint wedding anniversary present for us.

Off on our holidays at the end of August, when we head down to Cornwall. I am really looking forward to spending time in my favourite county. I went to Cornwall a lot for holidays when I was a child, so I have some really fond memories. We last went when Daisy was nearly two, so it's been a while. I am looking forward to visiting the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Helligan, to name but a few places. We are staying in a lovely looking cottage, so really looking forward to it. Can't wait to indulge in a few cream teas too, not that my waistline needs it at all!

I have been crocheting loads over the past few weeks and will reveal all in my next post. I absolutely love crocheting and really feel like something is missing if I don't do some at least daily.

I will leave you with a few pictures from the last couple of weeks.

Daisy with Dandy before her dressage test. She did really well with her test until the instructor who was calling out the test order lost her place. Daisy got penalised for this mistake and came last in her group and was very very upset. She still got a rosette but lots of tears were shed and lots of cuddles and words of encouragement needed. She made up for it a week later when she took her recorder grade exam and got a distinction! She was really chuffed with herself.

Daisy's collection of rosettes pinned to the notice board on her bedroom wall.

The little ones and Mr P having a bundle in the fields by our house. We went for a walk this evening accross the fields and up the lane to the little pub. We enjoyed a drink and some nuts and crips sat out in the garden before heading off home back accross the fields.

I will leave you with Alex doing his farmer Giles impresssion.
Till next time.

Monday, 12 July 2010

A Day At The Cherry Fayre

Hello, do you fancy a day out? Want to come to the Cherry Fayre?

Lets find a comfy place on the side of the road to sit whilst we wait for the parade to start. Free flags for all to wave.

Come on don't be shy wave your flag, We are after all in the 1940's and the war has ended, there is lots to wave and cheer about.

Can you hear the band? Oh here they come marching along playing their merry tunes.

The flags look so colourful against the blue sky.

The army trucks have joined in too.

Dad's Army and the home front boys are next.

They have even managed to get some rationed petrol so that the motor cars can join in the parade.

We've even got rather tall clowns joining in.

The little nurses look so sweet in their uniforms.

I think that's the parade over. Come on lets go into the field and enjoy the fair.

Fancy a go on the swinging chairs?

Or maybe the swinging boats?

Feeling strong? Fancy winning a coconut?

He looks like a strong little fella.

Lots of bright lovelies to buy too.

Lets stop for a cooling lemonade.

Mustn't forget the cherries to take home. Afterall that's the reason we are here having a fun day out. The cherries have been safely harvested and its time to celebrate and enjoy the sunshine.

I hope you've had a good day out, its been fun hasn't it?

Wednesday, 7 July 2010


Hello. What a busy week, July is always choc a bloc with end of term school stuff . It was Daisy's sports day on Monday, and yet again the sun shone and a good time was had by most. Daisy isn't at all sporty, she is so like me when I was a child. I used to really try at sports but had no natural ability what so ever. She was however very pleased to be in the winning yellow team.

Its the school's Summer music concert tomorrow evening and then on Saturday morning Daisy has a recorder exam. She is playing her recorder and her flute in tomorrow's concert. I don't know what it is about the Summer concert but I always end up feeling really emotional. The children look so proud playing their instruments, I always feel like I'm about to blub!

Camping at the weekend was a success. We managed to put up the tent and spent a very pleasant afternoon and evening outside in the sunshine with our school chums. The kids had a ball. Alex played football for about five hours solidly, Daisy hung out with her friends. Mr P and I sat in the sunshine sipping pimms and beer. It was fairly cold overnight but we snuggled up under duvets (the children used their sleeping bags) and wore lots of layers. We awoke to the dawn chorus (damn those birds - it was way too early) and eventually got up to go find the tea and bacon rolls that were being served. The only down side was I am now sporting about 5 mosquito bites that are driving me crazy with their itchiness.

Been doing a spot of baking today. I reckon it's been a good three weeks since I last baked anything. Whats in the tin I hear you ask? Nice tin don't you think?

Why it's a batch of chocolate chip cookies. They were very yummy indeed.

One batch of cookies just isn't enough when you haven't baked for three weeks, so some chocolate chip and banana muffins where on the agenda too.

There was much excitement in our house on Saturday morning. Alex got a Blue Peter badge. He was so excited and pleased with himself. He had sent in a picture of a tiger and had written a sweet little letter to go with it. He took it into school on Monday to show his teacher.
Tonight we had the grand revealing of the carrots that Alex had planted at school. Here he is with his little plants.
Here are the carrots, all freaky and bent. We were a little disappointed to say the least. Not sure why they were so stumpy. Alex took it in his stride and didn't seem to bothered.

Alex's bed arrived today and I am very pleased with it. I will add some pictures of his room when I post next time.
I have sat up stupidly late tonight listing some outgrown children's clothes on ebay. I though the sale proceeds would come in handy for our holiday.
Crocheting is coming along nicely, I have managed to churn out a good few squares in the last week. I am still loving it but find it frustrating that time for crafting is very limited at times. But hey ho that's life I suppose.
I must go to bed now or I will never get up tomorrow.
Till next time.