Sunday 21 August 2016

One photo, 20 words

Love the fact that Cassandra can get pleasure out of so many different activities!


Saturday 20 August 2016

Summer Hols - Week 4: Lake District

Having spent 8 hours driving up on the Friday, we planned to fill our days with hikes, walks, photography and views - and that's exactly what we did.

Saturday saw us hiking to Bowder Stone and then we went to Honister Pass and visited the slate mines there.

 Stopping off at High Spout Waterfall on the way back.
Cassie's boots were hurting her, so her and I never made it to the top of Lattrig which is a shame, but Lee and Alex went on..
 Nicholas and Cassie were knackered!
 A good soak in our tub was in order to soothe tired legs!
 Sunday saw us all at Lowther Castle and Gardens

And also at Red Pitt, Kirkstone Pass
and finally Castlerigg Stone Circle.
I was amazed we all (mainly me) made it to the top of Catbells on Monday, but felt very proud afterwards!

 Aira Force was first on the list on Tuesday
 Alex did so enjoy the rock climbing bits!
We then all hoped aboard a Steamer and ventured down Ullswater from Glenridding to Pooley Bridge, where we found yet another tea rooms that offered refreshments and yummy cake!

Unfortunately on Wednesday, Alexander wasn't feeling too well and threw up a few times, so I stayed at the cottage with him and Cassie whilst Lee and Nicholas ventured off to Thirlmere for a hike around Derwent water.
After lunch Alex felt better so we drove over to see Ashness Bridge
 And then carried on to Surprise View.
Our last day on Thursday saw us hiking Post Knot
 AND Brant Fell.
 with a bit of tree climbing thrown in too.
We spent the afternoon at the National Trust's Wray Castle - getting into the spirit of things!

I have to admit that whilst I wasn't particularly looking forward to hiking around (laying by the pool is so much more my thing) all week, I quite enjoyed myself and the kids had a great time.

You never know, we may yet, go back again!

Summer Hols - Week 3

Well, week 3 has been and gone and it was quite an uneventful one to be honest.

My car had a serious oil leak so I was without it for nearly 3 days which was most inconvenient as the kids all had some activity to attend at some time.  All 3 missed their tennis session that I had them booked into as Alex's bike had a flat tyre and we were running late on the Monday.  One good thing that happened though, was Nicholas' new Arsenal keeper kit arrived!
Bless Mum's soul as she came over to collect Alex for his cookery session at Waitrose on the Tuesday, keeping him for a sleepover too.  Millie spent the day with us after her and Cassandra's horse riding lesson. Nicholas spent most of the day watching TV and gaming and that left me to get on with some study..
I finally got the car back on Wednesday in time to make it over to Garrons for a fun swim with Alex's scuba diving bud Hayden.

That afternoon saw us all (including Mum) watching Finding Dory at the cinema.  Not as good as Finding Nemo, but enjoyable nevertheless.
Thursday saw Cassandra cooking giant cookies at Waitrose and me, Alex and Cassie having great seats at the Palace Theatre to see the Summer Youth Production of Oliver!  Was indeed a brilliant show and Alex is quite keen to join in next year.
Friday we were off to the Lake District and after 8 long hours, we finally made it!


Monday 8 August 2016


I do so love a good wedding and after getting back in touch with my biological Father a few years ago now, and building relations with my half brother, Michael, Saturday saw us all over in Surrey as guests at his and Lorraine's big day.

My gorgeous girl was one of the SEVEN bridesmaid and a real cutie she looked too.

Walking down the aisle with her cousins Joe and Katie (My half sister Wendy's kids)

  Mr and Mrs Christmas!
 The cake was a HUGE hit with the kids!!
Ken and I.

The sun shone and it was a lovely day.


Summer School Hols - Week 2

So the beasties are STILL alive and kicking and it's actually all been okay this week.

On the Monday, Alex and Nicholas along with Alex's friend Hayden all went to spend the day at the old Southend Marine Activity Centre along the seafront.  They had such a great time Sailing, Windsurfing, Paddleboarding and Canoeing.

Tuesday saw Nicholas at the 1GK goalie day at, Cassandra spent the morning with her friend Kaylah giving Alexander and I some nice 1:1 time together.  That evening saw Lee and I along with Alex watching the new StarTrek movie, Alex going for a sleepover at Mum's and me going to try out for Galaxy Emeralds Netball team. Not sure how that went, but I haven't been told I can't go back!
On Wednesday Cassandra and Millie had their first horse riding session at Belfairs Woods and Nicholas had his football team bud Samuel over for a sleepover.

Thursday was a 'free day' for everyone (we're actually NOT going out Mummy)?, and I actually managed to get some study in!
Friday Alexander got his contact lenses all sorted out.  Glasses will be taking a back seat from next week when they come through.

Saturday saw us at my half brother's wedding where my darling girl was a bridesmaid!

After a nice lie in on Sunday morning after getting back late the evening before, we headed over to Go Outdoors to pick up a few bits for our Lake District trip next week. A quite stop off to see the in-laws who had only got back from Florida the day before, then Nicholas and Cassandra were at Jemma's pool party and I was a guest at Louise's baby shower.

A full on week, but hey, it's now week 3!!