Summer Fun!

Sorry I’ve been AWOL for over a week, things have been a little hectic here. Local readers will have guessed that one reason for this is that summer has finally arrived in England! Sunshine, wahoo! We have been out enjoying the weather…
… at Kingston Lacy, a local National Trust property with a huge manor house and extensive grounds, with games to play on the lawn, leafy woodlands to walk through, a community farm to visit, and interesting things to spot wherever you look. We went with my friend Rosie and had a fun time exploring all day long:

…we went to a friend’s summer party, where they had their large garden filled with bouncy castles, a ball pit, hook-a-duck, a tin can alley, face painting, home made cakes, a puppet show, and a tombola. They also had obstacle races for kids and grown ups, plus a visit from an ice cream van. It was a very fun day:

… we visited the beach with one of my daughter’s friends and her mum and baby brother. It was a very very hot day, I got a bit sunburnt on my back because I always coat the kids with lotion and forget to re-apply on myself. But we had a lovely picnic, played in the sea, and built castles, little miss loved being there with a friend to run around with, and my little man kept attempting handstands on the sand:

How alike to my daughter and her friend look here?
This week I was away working from Tuesday to Friday, at my last ever Creative Creatures course (I talked about the end of the business here). It was fun, though a bit sad thinking it was my last course! Rosie presented me with flowers and a card during the presentation to the parents before the kids went home. I’m going to really miss working with her!
When we got back on Friday I was exhausted, but I still managed to stay up and watch the Opening Ceremony, how could I not? Here was my favourite bit:
Photo Courtesy of Shimelle Laine at www.shimelle.com
Up until that point I’d been impressed with the scale but wondering what the point was – once I saw they were smelting the Olympic rings I was like ‘oh, cool!’ It was such an amazing event and it made me proud to be British! I shall be trying to watch some of the sporting events on TV, I especially want to show my daughter the artistic gymnastics as I think she’d like that!
Yesterday we spent the day out sales shopping. My mum had been down for the week to look after the kids, and she wanted to take us shopping for some clothes before she went home – because we’re off to Disneyland Paris with her and more of my family at the end of this week! She wanted to get us some holiday clothes which was very lovely of her. I can’t wait to go, I couldn’t get excited about it until a few days ago as we were waiting for our passports to arrive, but they’re all here now. Yay!
I hope you’re all having some nice days out and activities too! x
9 Comments
  • Yeah – you finally made it to Kingston Lacy! It really is a nice spot – have been there several times! Maybe we will meet someday 😉

    July 29, 2012 at 9:17 am
  • You definitely deserve a few days of blogging and some fun in the sun after your marathon 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful time at Disney

    July 29, 2012 at 9:21 am
  • Sounds like such a lovely week….hurray for the sun….finally.Enjoy your holiday.

    July 29, 2012 at 9:25 am
  • It looks like you made the most of your week – great pics.

    July 29, 2012 at 11:47 am
  • I watched the opening ceremony on a big screen in Leeds city centre and it was a great atmosphere and really patriotic! They did us proud! x

    July 29, 2012 at 3:07 pm
  • Phew! Glad they arrived in time. Loved the pics of your little man – bottoms up! 😉

    July 29, 2012 at 5:05 pm
  • it was an amazing ceremony wasn’t it!I loved it too. Sounds like you’ve had some fun…lovely photos x

    July 29, 2012 at 7:56 pm
  • Wonderfully summery photos – I love that one of you all in the meadow, and of your little man doing headstands in the sand! Priceless …

    July 29, 2012 at 10:29 pm
  • I love the picture of you standing in the field with the babies.Rinda

    July 30, 2012 at 6:22 am

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