Monday, February 23, 2015

Derwent Water

We have just returned from a fantastic holiday with six families including various Burgii, Grews, Maycocks and Bennetts, at a hostel on the shores of Derwent Water.  After a damp and windy start, we were blessed with a fine day with to climb Cat Bells which was the highlight of the trip.  A certain Mrs Tiggywinkle is said to reside here, behind a little wooden door cut into the side of the hill.  Much searching was done to find the secret door, but hedgehogs are notoriously shy and Mrs Tiggywinkle proved to be no exception.  But despite the lack of hedgehog sightings, it was an epic day of adventure, surrounded on all sides by the most stunning views.  Without exception the twelve children gave the whole experience a big thumbs up, and went home hungry for more mountain adventures.  For us, it brought back memories of old when many, many mountains were climbed, and as the children's legs grow longer the mountains will most definitely get taller, or at least that is the plan.  We will have little persuasion to do from our end, James having declared his ambition to climb Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Ben Nevis next!

Sunday, February 08, 2015

More birthday fun

Jenny's 7th birthday celebration began with a day out at Kent Life with her buddies from school, followed by games, tea and dinosaur cake back at home.  Another year, another birthday party survived!

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Birthday snow

It wasn't much and didn't stick around for long, but this very light dusting is the best we've had this year, and Jenny was thrilled that it arrived on the morning of her birthday.  I had the unexpected pleasure of picking Jenny up from school today, having spent the day looking after James who was recovering from a nasty bout of flu.  Jenny had a brilliant day, with yet more sylvanians, a camp blanket, some very special colouring pencils and a much loved "blobby" from friend Tegan. Happy birthday Jenny, more fun to come on Saturday!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Christmas 2014

...shall be remembered for the multitude of Sylvanian families who moved into Sunnyside.  We have a new theme park here called Sylvanian World.  Visitors are welcome and admission is free.  If you are lucky we can also throw in a slice of turkey pie which is still flowing thanks to the enormous bird we roasted for Christmas dinner.  Happy Christmas!

Happy Birthday James

James celebrated his ninth birthday with a Paddington themed weekend.  We saw the new Paddington film at the cinema, which we highly recommend to anyone who has not yet seen it.  A beautifully made film with a great story and plenty of family humour.  Followed by a yummy, if rather demented looking, Paddington birthday cake.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hey Ewe

This is the end of an era for us as Jenny participates in her last nativity play.  But she went out in style, landing a lead role as the Curious Sheep in this year's performance of "Hey Ewe".  She had lots of lines to learn, and even sung a solo to a hall full of parents and staff.  I don't know how she summoned up the courage for such a brave and confident performance, she certainly didn't get that from her Mum!  Well done Jenny, what a girl!

Golden wedding

Peter and Yvonne celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on the 26th October (sorry about the belated blogging).  The venue was very fittingly the Spa Hotel where they spent their very first date.  A lovely afternoon was had by all, helped by the plentiful flow of tea.  Peter gave a very entertaining speech, aided by one or two rude jokes which somehow made it past the censors, although I'm not sure how he fared once the polite company had departed.  Congratulations to you both, you are an inspiration to us all, particularly the younger generation of Mrs Burgesses who look to your example as something of a survival manual for the coming decades.