Thursday, 19 May 2016


I am determined not to let the blog slide into being very out of date again, so you may have to deal with some very photo-heavy, word-light posts!

So far in May........
We took F to the new trampoline park for his birthday. It was fun! This was towards the end of the hour-long session, and they are both pretty exhausted!

Unfortunately I have no evidence of us learning how to do front flips. In fact I have very little evidence of anything, becuase they moved so fast, this is the least blurry photo I managed:

It was easier when they were sitting still enjoying the ultimate birthday treat - slush!

The Steiner School Spring Fair yet again raised the question - is it wonderful or is it a cult? When a group of rowdy 4 year olds fall immediately silent on the gentle ring of a bell in order to watch the puppet show, I err towards the latter.

Ring the bell for silence and then light the candle

There is a right way and a wrong way to decorate windows. Seriously, we have been taught this!

But when everyone (except me and Thea) are experts at circus tricks because they are given time to practice them in class everyday, I return to the former!

Of course, Thea is ecstatically happy there....

And who can resist the combination of maypole dancing and sheep in the playground?

On a very different note, Nathaniel attended a birthday party at a high wires park. Not one of those trendy ones in a forest, just some hire wires in a light industrial estate. not very aesthetically pleasing. I wasn't sure how well he would rise to this challenge, as he has not been very confident in the past, but he had a whale of a time and just powered round.

Rather him than me....

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Life dominated by Arthur Ransome

And so it continues.......

There is much excitement when a tow bar is fitted on the new car, allowing the boat to go back to the sailing club.

The new Optimist, acquired from the deep south, is installed under the club house:

And the crew get to work in sanding down the foils ready for re-varnishing.

An interest in making arrows in the style of the Amazon pirates leads to a morning learning how to do whipping (which was much better before I accidentally pulled out the feather and had to reinsert it for the photo):

And then arrows are made:

Meanwhile, everywhere you turn, you find a new boat picture has been drawn.

And Nathaniel has discovered the existance of Peel Island and is clamouring for a visit. Just as well we now have a canoe at our disposal!

Friday, 6 May 2016


Hooray, the sun has appeared and it is warm. Perfect weather for making May crowns at kindergarten and then skipping along to a maypole song to make your streamers fly out behind you.

And to enjoy the blossom.

It is also time to eat outside at all times from breakfast to supper.

And if you conveniently have the day off school so that your school can be a polling station, the best thing to do is to don swimming stuff, switch on the hose and turn the slide into a slippery slip!

Long may this weather last!