Sunday, July 24, 2016

Wild Swimming

I have recently been introduced to the joys of open water swimming.  This weekend, in honour of our good friend Anthony's birthday, we had a families outing to this idyllic lake, and inducted the kids into a bit of wild swimming.  What an adventure!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Park running

Parkrun this week was a particular pleasure as James joined me for the first time in six months.  He made me a very proud mummy as he sprinted to the finish line at a very respectable time of 31:18.  Awesome running James!

Friday, April 01, 2016

Easter in the Lakes

Easter Monday: Scrambling up the side of Pike O Blisco

 At the summit of Pike O Blisco
 Wednesday: View of Grassmere from the top of Loughrigg
 Rydal Water from Loughrigg
 Mad lunes paddling in Rydal Water in March
 Thursday: the start of our big adventure at Kentmere

 Drinking stream water from the life straw
 Happy campers

Jenny exploring the valley (tent can just be seen just to the right of and below the reservoir)
 All cosy in bed
 Beautiful night sky
 Friday morning, ready to head home with tired bones but happy hearts

Friday, March 04, 2016

Book week

If I'm totally honest, book week is generally the low point of my school year.  I dread the prospect of inventing a costume that will vaguely pass as a book character so that the children can hold their heads high at school that day.  Finding the time and the creativity is a huge challenge, and this year was no different.  I was beginning to despair last night at 7pm when the amazon man still hadn't arrived with the promised parcel - so much for their guaranteed next day delivery service.  But just as I pressed 'send' on my emailed complaint there was a knock on the door and book day was saved.  Another year survived with Jenny as Queen Jadis of Narnia and James as Hiccup the Horrendous Haddock the Third.  Phew.

Monday, February 08, 2016

R.I.P Maisie

Goodnight for the final time, beloved Maisie.  Life will feel very different without you, most loyal and loving friend, but we are so much richer for having known you and loved you these past thirteen years.  Thank you for all the adventures and the happy memories you leave behind.  We miss you so very much x 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Snow at last!

It might not much, but it was very exciting to wake up this morning to a sprinkling of the white stuff. All plans for the day were swiftly cancelled until almost all of the snow had been scooped up and thrown at one another.  After an apprehensive start, Pippa thoroughly enjoyed her first ever snow day.

Happy New Year 2016