Sunday, June 21, 2015

Tobogganing and snow tubing

Home alone this weekend, we headed to the ski slopes in search of fun.  It just so happened that Charlie's Dad was also away for the weekend so we joined forces for a fatherless Fathers' Day.  As we loaded up into the land rover to head home, Charlie declared he was going to tell his mum to "get her butt over here".  I think that means they had fun! 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


After a tip off from a friend at a barn dance, we drove up to London on Sunday night to witness the filming of the new James Bond film 'Spectre'.  We were not disappointed! As soon as we approached Vauxhall bridge we were confronted with a couple of low flying helicopters just above our heads.  We parked outside MI5 (as you do), and spent the evening watching Blofeld's helicopter speeding along the Thames hotly pursued by the film crew in a slightly less evil looking helicopter.  We even saw Daniel Craig in a speedboat firing a few gun shots at nothing in particular (I'm guessing they will 'photoshop' the baddy in later?!).  Nice flying Blofeld aka Gary Butcher, and thanks for the tip off - this is has been our best date night for some time!  

Bike riding at Bedgebury

This was our first bike riding trip to Bedgebury.  We enjoyed a stunning 9km cycle ride on a gently undulating track through beautiful woodland, even spotting a deer at one point. The day concluded with the obligatory playground stops along the exit route, followed by ice cream before loading up the land rover to head home.  A lovely family day out.


Bodiam is one of those places that we never tire of.  There are always larks to be had, towers to be climbed, swords to be clashed, and grandparents to be fleeced in the gift shop.  It's allure is timeless and we will doubtless be back here several times before the summer is out.  

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Les Barries

We spend this weekend in the fine company of the Barrys of Bath.  With gloriously sunny weather we barely set foot indoors, and today was mostly spent shooting things.  The casualties were half a dozen flower pots, a couple of plant labels, some fake bunnies and a plastic fork.

A stunning performance from James at 25 metres, this boy barely missed a shot, thanks to Christopher's expert tuition.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Space hoppering

The good old 1970s space hopper was enjoying something of a revival at the May fair this weekend.  An enjoyable day in which we space hopped, raced eggs on spoons, country danced, and returned home laden with coconuts.  

Monday, May 04, 2015

Tractors and trenches

The garden has been the site of some serious battles today.  Here we have Burgess squadron defending the mound from attack by Mummy's spade and James's water bombs.  Further down in the wild area of the garden (the area pictured above is actually in the 'tamed' area), Daddy has been playing tractors.  We are converting this area into a wildflower meadow, with a few fruit trees to keep us in crumbles and pies.