Saturday, March 14, 2015

"I'm not Kate Humble"

Who would be a sheep?  Made to give birth while crowds of onlookers gather round, watching eagerly with cameras poised.  It wasn't the quiet and unintrusive affair located in a beautiful old stone barn that we see on Lambing Live, and Mark Burgess is definitely not Kate Humble, as he announced to today's visitors.  I don't think many of them suspected that he was Kate Humble, but always good to be clear about these things.  After a short wait, we saw two lambs safely delivered, then celebrated with ice cream because the weather wasn't quite cold enough today.  Well done farmer Mabs, you did a fab job today despite not being Kate Humble.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Harrisons Rocks

After a dull Saturday in which Mab spent most of the day swearing whilst attempting to replace the bathroom radiator (finally achieved several thousand miles of plumbing tape later, having drained the central heating system for the seventh time), we thought we should make it up to the kids by giving them a fun Sunday out.  This was their first trip to Harrison's Rocks, and what we hope will be one of many.  As we walked up the footpath and I cast my eyes upon this sandstone outcrop, a warm fuzzy feeling washed over me.  It's a good few years since I have been here, and many a happy day has been spent climbing these rocks with good friends.  Today was a rope free event, the kids scrambled up and down the accessible routes declaring this the most epic place they have ever been.  These days, "epicness" is measured by whether or not Dan and Boo would enjoy the place or thing in question.  Clearly this place was a winner and we look forward to some more fun days here with the Northern clan.

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Good Day In The Office

What's not to like with the sun on my back, fire going, cutting trees down and a cup of tea (or a few) thanks to the Kelly Kettle and now off lambing until the cold hours of the night.

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!