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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Hallowe'en: Part one.

Flippin' Blogger won't let me put photos up again, so I'll have to try doing them in another post. I've got a couple on here that I'd saved as a draft the other day though.

On Saturday after Colin's taekwondo lesson he took Romy to the Archaeology club at the museum. They had a Big Draw event on. Basically they both came home with lots of pictures they'd drawn of archaeological artefacts from different angles. In the evening we went to a Hallowe'en party. Some friends from taekwondo had organised it in their home and I must say I was gobsmacked at how much they'd really 'gone for it'. We had to walk through an alleyway at the side of their house to get in and they'd done it up to look like a real haunted house with ultra-violet lights and cobwebs. There was even a proper 'zombie' in there ready to jump out at us. Unfortunately though after hearing the hysterical screams of the kids who went in before us I had to politely ask him not to jump out at us because Romy was petrified! Bless him, he stayed still, rofl. What a nice zombie. You know they have such a bad reputation.

Anyway, Romy went as a gorgeous witchypoo:

I was a somewhat less-than-gorgeous witchypoo and Colin was a Ring Wraith or summat from Lord of the Rings. Hope that's how you spell it ;o)
Found these cool pumpkin related videos on youtube. Amazing pumpkin carvings and utterly revolting yet strangly fascinating timelapse rotting pumpkin!

On Sunday night Roo and I had our own little Hallowe'en party when Colin went out to his friend's house. We also watched Dirty Dancing (again!) Oh I love having my girl. She's such a wonderful age. Still my little girl but grown up enough to enjoy a bit of romance and escapism :o)))

On Monday we got down to a bit of work; Romy wrote a few pages in her diary, then did some handwriting practice and some Lazy Town maths problems that I'd written for her, lol. At 4.30 we dropped Roo off at Emily's house for a brilliant Hallowe'en party. Colin and I went to a pub just a few doors away for a meal while Roo was enjoying the games and fun. Unfortunately she had tummy ache during the party (too much to eat that day I think!) I'm hoping she didn't put too much of a dampener on things. She was still poorly when we picked her up and went to Colin's taekwondo lesson. She was laying on the floor the whole time :o( Putting us through a mammoth-length version of Game of Life and a good night's sleep put her to rights though.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Half term happenings.

I've been trying to update for a couple of days but Blogger still wasn't playing fair with the photos, grr... At last it's let me upload some, so here's one from last week when Roo's friend Abi came to her taekwondo self-defence seminar.

So this week we've been up to various fun things for half-term. Roo and I watched a girly film together; Bend it like Beckham. We really enjoyed that, especially Jonathan_Rhys-Meyers Yum yum ;o)

We made bath melts that smell divinely of chocolate to go with the bath bonbs we made last week. We couldn't resist rubbing the last bits of the mixture on ourselves (just cocoa and shea butter) so we smelt lovely, lol. Here they are all wrapped up:

On Tuesday my Midwife Debs came round. Will write more about that on Sunday in my pregnancy blog. Then in the afternoon Theresa, Abi and Thomas came round to play. The girls went upstairs whilst Theresa and I tried to stop Thomas from attacking the poor guinea pigs ;o) I was mortified when he saw Willow drinking from his bottle and took it off the cage and stuck it into his own mouth!!! Noooooooo! We both shouted. Luckily Theresa saw the funny side of it. Phew!

While Abi was here the two girls wrote a letter to the fairies. Romy has been writing to them for a while and they've 'written' back, but this time they decided to ask for something the fairies couldn't quite manage; two gold lockets filled with magic fairy dust, rofl. They left a note saying they'd run out!

On Weds we had a walk up to Ashby to buy roo a pink wig (explain later!) and we'd just got home when our friends from a couple of years ago; Kim and Emily turned up! Haven't seen them for ages, so it was nice to have a catch up. Roo and Emily played like they'd never been apart and Kim and I had a good laugh too.

Back to the pink wig. Romy has a current obsession with the children's programme Lazy Town. It's maybe a bit young for her, although the lead character is meant to be eight, so maybe not. Anyhow, she loves it. She was desperate for a 'Stephanie' outfit so I treated her to a wig. I'm hoping my Mum might be able to help out with the dress ;o) Here's Roo all in pink playing on the birthing ball I got the other day. (Have hardly been able to get on it meself!!)

I've been surfing around (on the net!) to find stuff for her about Lazy Town and have found some lovely stuff on Youtube. Unfortunately though there are tons of sickos around and it makes my blood boil!! The girl who plays Stephanie is actually 15 but looks about eight. There are comments from grown men (paedophiles) on there saying "phwoar, pass me the Kleenex." and other such revolting things. Even if they're going by her being 15 (still illegal) she looks like a little girl!!! She has no breasts, hips, waist, etc. SICK!! Then there are the other type of sickos who are making fan vids to make it seem that Stephanie and 'Sportacus' (played by a 42-year-old man) are in love. What's wrong with these people??? It's a kid's show. I can't believe I have to screen stuff about a kid's show before I let Roo watch it. It's a sick world :o(

Anyway, rant over. Onto nicer things. Romy had Emily over to play yesterday and today we've been quilling with a set bought from Nikki, baking choc chip cookies *dribble* and Roo has sewn herself a dress made with fabric bought from the Fabric Warehouse yesterday. She certainly takes after my Mum; she's in raptures in fabric shops. She runs around touching them all saying "Ooh, I love this shop soooo much!" Rofl. Here's a quilled poodle we made this afternoon:
Off to swimming lesson now!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Sleepover central!

I've had a shattering few days, mainly because Romy had Abigail to sleep over on Friday night. They of course had a fab time. I on the other hand am getting a bit too pregnant to be having three hours sleep ;o) I'll come to that bit in a minute. Firstly, what I can remember of the past few days.

Our candle-making kit arived first so we had fun making votive candles. We experimented by putting food colouring in with the soya wax but that was a total disaster. I suppose if I'd any head for science at all I'd have realised that it would all sink to the bottom when the wax set. Unfortunately we ended up with a very red worktop for a while! Anyway, here's a pic of the candles cooling in their moulds

Next to come through the post was a free Scottish wildlife pack that I'd seen on Lucy's blog. Roo started colouring some of the animals ready to put on the map and we had a look through the top trumps that come with it. Very educational.

The next day our bath bomb set came :o)))) Been looking forward to that one! They were so easy to make. But does anyone know where I can get citric acid from to make more? We were really chuffed with the results, although the teddy one didn't survive completely intact and was later used by Romy and Abi:
On Friday afternoon Roo went to Emily's for the afternoon while I tidied like a mad thing (well like a mad thing with gammy hips, which is a lot slower than a regular mad thing.) She had a lovely time. I didn't. ;o)

After swimming Abi came back to our house and I threw them in the bath, did their hair and then they played for the rest of the evening. I'd been under strict instructions to get Abi to sleep by midnight (as opposed to 2am like last time, rofl.) So a midnight feast was out of the question! They made do with an 8 o'clock one instead. I didn't get to sleep until 2am though, and then Tilly woke us at 5.40am by kindly having another fit. She only just had two on Tuesday! Poor thing. Anyway, that was me up then. The girls woke soon after so I dragged my sorry bum out of bed to make them breakfast. We then nipped into town to a morning of activities at the art gallery for The Big Draw day. The girls had lots of fun making a bag, pencil pots, magic pictures and rubbings. By the time they'd finished it was time to drop Abi home for lunch. We got home and grabbed something to eat quickly (I could've just stayed there on the settee) and went back to pick Abi up again for a self-defence session that Romy's taekwondo place was doing. The girls had lots of fun pushing a hunky policeman to the ground and then played whilst Colin had his session. Have got some photo's but Blogger doesn't seem to want to put them up :o(

When we finally got home I collapsed into a bath but had to get out after a while because I was falling asleep in there! That's the first time I've ever done that. Mind you, I came downstairs to find Romy and Colin fagged out on the settee and chair too, rofl. I woke them up for tea and we watched Ant and Dec. We all had an early night though!

Been to my Mums' today and saw my scrummy sister. Off for our regular girl's night in now ;o) (We have chocolate!)

Oh and tomorrow we'll be having a go at the last kit I bought; bath melts!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Quick round-up.

We've just been up to bits and bobs over the past few days. Nothing too exciting, so bullet points can suffice (can't be figged to write loads.)
-Roo has just been to Brownies. Tonight some 'tortoise ladies' brought in some... you've guessed it... tortoises! She got to hold them and entered a competition to name one of them. That girl is still being horrible to her. Do you know I'm sick of things being ruined at the moment. It seems like everywhere we go someone has to be horrible. There's a girl in Romy's swimming class making her life a misery lately too. I'm just waiting for either one of them to overstep the mark before I have words with teachery people.
-Talking of swimming, Roo got a prize again for staying under water the longest :o) She's got a good lung capacity that girl!
-Roo and I have been watching episodes of Heidi every night in bed on the portable DVD player. Very cosy :o) We're sad it's finished now though.
-We've also been taking it in turns to read chapters from the third Stardust Spitit book in bed.
-We got a National Music Week pack through the post with loads of freebies including a pop quiz DVD. I'm great at the 80's section ;o)
-Played loads of games; Boggle, Rummy, Pyramids (card game) Dingbats, etc.
-Got a really odd book to review from Education Otherwise. We do seem to get the weird ones :o(
-Roo and Colin weeded/tidied the front garden. They found loads of caterpillars hibernating so Roo brought them in. we kept them for a couple of days on lettuce but they were looking really 'badly' today so we've turned them out into the elements again.
-Romy has been adding to her button collection. She bought a few from the market on Saturday and then raided my Mum's button box on Sunday.
-Been teaching Roo to crochet. She bought a lovely ball of wool with her money on Saturday and is currently crocheting the baby a scarf. Bless.
-Roo has been playing with a couple of boys who live five doors away. They used to go to the TKD place she was at. They came in our house and said "This is a scruffy house. Do you have a vacuum cleaner?" Little sods!
-We've been making gorgeous fairies for people for Xmas. Have also ordered a couple of craft sets off eBay. We'll be making candles, bath bombs and bath melts for Xmas pressies too :o)
-Roo's been biking, scootering and skipping... a lot!
-Managed lots of English, maths and handwriting practice.
-Tilly had a fit at 2.40 am and then another one exactly 12 hours later at 2.40pm. Spookee!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Royal Mail rant.

No, they don't even deserve capital letters. Let's call them royal mail. God I'm sooooo mad, I could scream!

A while back (before I was pregnant) I bought two tickets to see Keane in concert for me and Romy. However I didn't realise at the time that they were standidng tickets and now I can't face standing there for hours so I put them on eBay. Well, they did very well and I was really chuffed. I got twice what I paid for them (I would have been happy with just the cover price.) The bloke paid instantly by Paypal and I sent them first thing Monday by first class recorded delivery. So far so hunky dory. However I emailed him last night to ask if they'd arrived safely and, er no. He hasn't received them yet. So I checked online and by telephone using the tracking number and was told to leave it a couple more days as, no it hasn't been delivered yet. AAAAARRRGGHHH!!!!!!! Why didn't I fork out a fiver to get guaranteed next day delivery? If I have to give this money back I'll be left with nothing as you can't even get compensation for recorded (Well, you can get a bit but it doesn't cover the cost of the tickets.)

Anyone know a good field I can go scream in?

Monday, October 09, 2006

Graduation and self-motivation.

I can't believe I still haven't blogged Romy's green-belt graduation from Saturday. I'm so damned lazy ;o)

Well, she did excellently. She had to show all the skills she knew all on her own as she was the only taekwondo student graduating. The rest were kick-boxers. Here she is getting her new green belt from her instructors: Showing off her new belt and certificate:
And in the middle with the kick-boxers who also graduated:
After the graduation we went to the garden centre to look in their craft department for a quilling set. Unfortunately they only had a few strips of paper for a fiver!! Forget that. We'd had a go at home-made quilling on Friday with varying degrees of success. We've found a lovely set that Nikki sells though, so we're going to buy one of those. We walked throught the Christmas shop while we were there. Very surreal as it was blazing sunshine outside!
Just before the graduation I nipped into WH Smiths and bought Romy two vastly overpriced books for a 'well done' pressie for Roo. I got the fourth Stardust Magic book. Unfortunately they didn't have the third so I've ordered it from eBay. Romy is absolutely obsessed by these at the moment. Luckily there are only four to collect (as I write!) but Linda Chapman's other books; the Unicorn ones are certainly prolific!! I don't know how many there are but Romy finds them equally enchanting. I found the first two stories in one book at Smiths' for the same price as a single book, so that's the second book I bought her.

On Sunday my Mum and Robert came round and very kindly took us out for a meal at Pizza Hut :o) Not until Romy had shown Nana how she can ride her bike though, lol. She's now riding the ultra cool Cica bike she won in a competition when she was 11 months old, rofl. When we took her to get her first pair of shoes from Clarks' we filled in her details on this win-a-bike thingamejig and forgot all about it. We were really amused when we found out she'd won. Anyway, the bike went up in the attic and has finally come down to be ridden. It has suspension and all sorts of funky features. Mind you we're making sure we keep it in the house as those pikey kids from down the road (who we're convinced nicked Roo's scooter) seem to have their eyes on it :o(

On Monday Romy spent the whole day doing two sides of work for her taekwondo project. I was none too pleased I can tell you. So as an experiment on Tuesday I left her to do whatever she wanted. I was around to help but I didn't push her into doing any formal 'work'. Let's just say I was amazed when I realised what she'd actually done by the end of the day!! Briefly, she made a ten page magazine for me which included quizzes, competitions, a story, pictures, colouring to do, and instructions for how to make a unicorn model. She then made a dolls house all by herself. She used a Weetabix box, cut off the front, used patterned paper as wallpaper and carpet, made a bedside table, lamp, mat, bed and even little people from pipe cleaners with wool wrapped around them to make clothes. Later on Romy rehearsed and put on a play for me, read several books to herself including one about castles and designed lots of stuff with stencils. All-in-all a much more productive day than the day before when I set her some 'proper work'. Just goes to show me then, doesn't it?!!

We were all feeling crappy on Monday night as we'd received some really bad news. We went to bed a bit shell-shocked and numb :o(((

This morning we've spent a while sending messages to each other using the sign-language alphabet. Romy then wrote a letter to her friend but I had to tactfully tell her that there were a few spelling mistakes in it and that her friend would probably say she couldn't read it (she did last time!) Roo was upset but we went through it and I suggested she type it instead and then I could scan the pictures she'd done for it onto the word document. That seemed to work really well and she cheered up no end. Emily is here now and they've been playing dressing-up, stencils, paper dress-up dolls and arguing. Lol.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Gosh, makes you think...

Have a look at the short movie on this page. Makes you realise what you have.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Growing up.

Coming hot on the heels of the "I can write stories just for fun and not worry about the spellings" epiphany comes the "Look at me, I can finally ride my bike" epiphany. It's been a long time coming and I was getting worried she would never do it (not that she's been anywhere near her bike for about a year as she's been more into scootering (before it was nicked) and roller blading. I kept seeing little three and four year old kids riding away merrily and thinking we'd failed as parents, but today Colin took Roo to a local park with lots of empty paths and off she went!!! I've even seen the video clip from Colin's mobile to prove it. I'm well impressed (apart from the stopping part which involved just falling off onto the grass, rofl.) She did master the stopping and starting bits eventually so I'm told. Proud, proud moment :o)))

Another thing Romy's learnt this week is how to do plaits. Unfortunately though this was prompted by some bullying :o( At Brownies on Tuesday they made a friendship bracelet by plaiting some embroidery cotton (even I would find that fiddly!) And Romy took a long while to do hers and was being pressured by the others in her 'six' to let them do it for her. She was a bit upset so on Wednesday we set about learning on her Barbie horse. She got the hang of it straight away and decorated it fit for a dressage competition! It was lovely to see her so proud of herself :o) I was fuming after that Brownies session because apparently another girl was being nasty to Romy. She told her friend Abi that she didn't like her because Romy had once told her to shut up in Woolworths. What the....? Romy's never been in Woolworths except with us. And she'd never tell anyone to shut up anyway. I've been told that this girl is generally a nasty piece of work but it still makes me mad. Romy said every time she looks at her she gives her an evil look. And peope wonder why I don't send her to school! As far as I'm concerned this is like an hour and a half of school. And that's even without the boys! I'll play hell up if anything else happens as Roo really loves going there so I don't want her being put off. She took her badge book in this week to get her two swimming badges. Brown Owl (lol) told her they'd never given out an advanced swimmer badge before so she'd have to wait until they got some.

Work over the last couple of days has consisted of lots of maths (estimating, using a calculator, giving change) and English (Tons of pages from a KS2 workbook. Too much to list!) We've also been looking at some great websites including researching all the actors from The Sound of Music on IMDB. Was really interesting to see the ages of the children who played the kids in the film. Leisl for instance was supposed to be 16 but the actress was 23!! Romy has also been writing her own book about dogs. She always seems to find something to occupy herself with. I've never once heard her say she's bored (and she doesn't know what a Playstation or X-box is, lol.) Most of the time it's hard to tear her away from the stuff she's doing to get her to do some "work." Sometimes I don't bother. She has a pen in her hand, or she's reading so she's learning, right? Why is the stuff I want her to do from a workbook any more valid than the stuff she's thought of to do herself?

Anyhoo. Here are a couple of funny pics from tonight. Romy (oddity that she is) was eating a half-cucumber like a banana. Here she is being attacked by Frosty who was none too pleased at being left out, rofl.

Account of my boring life, lol.

Saw this over at Jax's blog. Thought I'd have a go. There are some things here I'd never want to do in a million years anyway (like eat kangaroo meat, etc.) Also loads of travel-type stuff I'd never be able to do due to finances. Never mind. I suppose I've done some cool stuff!

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said “I love you” and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game (and survived the crush afterwards)
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables.
18.Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment

27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your CDs
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Played touch football
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Kissed on the first date
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror
96. Raised children
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone’s heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Touched a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad - and the Odyssey
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone’s life

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The house is alive... with the sound of music.

So, Romy's latest obsession is The Sound of Music. After just two viewings of said film she has learnt all the words to all the songs and is regailing us night and day. I could hardly sleep last night because I had "How do you solve a problem like Maria" going round in my head!

Here's a weird picture my friend Ursula sent me of Romy with her two gorgeous boys R and R. Thought I'd put it on here 'cos I love it.

On Friday we thought we'd make the most of Colin's last day off and go out to the seaside, but of course it pee'd it down :o( At the last minute we went to see "Hoodwinked" at the cinema. There was only one other family there! Cost a flippin' fortune though. Reminded us of why we never go to the cinema. We could have bought the DVD and still had change :o(

At Swimming on Friday Romy got her Dolphin level 4 badge. There's only one more to go now!! There are nine levels from complete beginner to expert. She did the seahorse levels 1-4 and has now almost finished the Dolphins. I'm so proud of her :o))) Not sure what comes after this. I think it's a choice of swimming clubs, such as lifesaving, distances, etc.

On Saturday after Colin's taekwondo lesson (at which he was asked whether he'd like to be assistant coach to Romy's class) he took Roo off to Archaeology club at the museum. They were doing graveyard mapping. Romy brought some very interesting work home she'd been doing; she had to fill in worksheets about different gravestones, writing down the inscription, dates, condition of the stone, etc. She also had to mark lots of stuff out on a church map and find certain benchmarks. We then went for a long walk at Normanby park and collected lots of conkers. Colin has been teaching Roo how to play which has sparked a passion for olde fashioned games. At the moment she's playing with a big collection of victorian toys she's just made (hoopla, cup and ball, hoop and stick, etc) after researching it on the internet. In a moment she wants to look up Victorian clothing.

On Sunday Colin took Roo to his Dad's house as relatives were visiting. I washed my hair and then we went to my Mum's. We decided to go to Cleethorpes even though it was raining torrentially!! We were comforted to see that we weren't the only mad people when we got there though, lol. On the contrary, we could hardly get a parking space. We had some goes on the 2p machines, tried to win a 'Lumpy' Heffalump for the baby on a grabber machine but failed miserably as usual and had chips and mushy peas (mandatory!) Tilly was allowed on the beach so I sat in the car with my dicky pelvis while Roo and Colin took her for a run. It was lovely to see her so happy (chasing seagulls, lol.)

Yesterday I gave Romy a set of screwdrivers and an old phone and supervised her whilst she took it to pieces. She had so much fun, it was great. We were both fascinated to see what the different components were and what wires went where. Here she is looking triumphant amongst the destruction, er I mean education:
The afternoon was spent drawing plans of Fairyland (complete with key) squeezing our own orange juice, playing conkers, collecting leaves (was very surprised that she'd remembered the names of all the leaves from this time two years ago when we did an autumn project,) doing leaf rubbings, going out to do bark rubbings and watching The Sound of Music together. Here's Roo with her leaf/bark picture.