Saturday, 27 February 2016

Wisley Butterflies

We went over to RHS Wisley today to see the butterflies in the glasshouse. This is an annual outing for us as the girls love seeing them fluttering around. This time S had her own camera and I have to say she got some lovely shots whereas my (more expensive) camera just misted up and stayed that way, struggling to focus. Typical huh.

Two butterflies, back to back.

Seeing what a bug sees.

Where are all the fish?

Enjoyed our walk around (as always) and will be back in a couple of weeks for a wander around the Pinetum as we've not been over that side in a while.  Lots of work going on at Wisley and areas sectioned off so looking forward to seeing all the planting for the summer.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Old friends

Today was very special.  Through the joys of Facebook's 'Do you know this person?' I spotted an old friend. In fact, this lovely fella was my next door neighbour from before we started school together and we stayed in touch until quite some years after we left secondary school, only to lose touch as circumstances changed (such as me moving away).  Luckily, we're now back in touch and intend to keep it that way!

E has officially been the person I've known longest.  I'm delighted to say he also only lives a few roads away from me. How cool is that?  So today we met up in a local pub and just talked and talked about everything. It was really relaxing and such fun. Wasn't like we hadn't seen each other in years at all.  The time simply shot past.  I'm so pleased to be back in touch with him.

Next meet up is with our other halves.  Nicer that we met first as that way we don't bore them to death with our yarns of school friends and mischief.  Roll on the next time!

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Polesden Lacey Walk

We decided to blow the cobwebs away (lots of poorly people in the house of late) and go for a lovely walk around Polesden Lacey. We've been all around the outside of this National Trust property doing the Humble Hike set of geocaches, but we've never been in. Now we're NT members, we thought we'd swing on by.

We had a nice walk around, although the girls didn't want to wear their wellies which I should have insisted on really.  They enjoyed the play area. Such a lovely carved bench!

We walked to the bridge (we've walked under that many times before) and then into the walled garden.  I'm sure this will look stunning in the summer with the flowers all out in the beds.

Down to the rockery area, which we had to climb up and down of course!

As we walked past the house (we didn't go in today), there was a tree with all bits of ribbon attached to it.  Wonder why?

A final stroll back to the car after a nice hours walk about. I'm glad we arrived early as it was getting very busy when we left.  S did quite well with her fear of dogs and seeing most of them on leads was good for her. We even saw one that must have had a spinal injury as he was on wheels at the back which she was amazed by.  

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Blue Peter Smelly Sock

S is beyond delighted today.  She was watching Blue Peter (as she always does) and what should appear but the 'smelly sock' she sent in for Sports Relief.

Sock is in the middle of the presenters, pink peg
Not only is that just so cool, but then, much to her (and our) total surprise, she only went and got a mention too!

Suffice to say, we have one seriously happy little girl tonight.  Thank you Blue Peter - you've made her year!


Spring has sprung in our flowerpots and garden.  I'm just hoping that the snow does not arrive this weekend as predicted as it would be a shame to see all the colours vanish under a blanket of it.

The girls love this time of year when the blooms start.  Winter seems somewhat colourless in comparison.  Roll on summer as I'm after planting all my pots up into bursts of colour again this year.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

BFG and other Roald Dahl books

The girls loved watching Matilda on TV, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on DVD and reading The Magic Finger so I decided to get another couple of Dahl books. Although both girls read very well themselves, there is something special about that time when mummy or daddy reads to them. I still remember my own parents reading to me, especially my mum, so I want to hang on to this as long as possible.  The first book of Dahl's I'm reading for bedtime is The BFG.

I started reading it to them tonight and they both love it.  The chapters are very short so I think actually it would be a good book for them to read themselves.  I love the way it is written and decided to look for a few more books.  It was then I saw a great deal on Amazon for 15 books for just over £20.  Bargain! I've bought them and will sell on the 3 I have now (which will soon be duplicates).

It's always good to get something the girls really enjoy to read to them. Our last book was The Faraway Tree collection of 3 books in one and they lapped these up. I had the constant cry of "Just one more chapter please mummy" whenever I finished reading (even if I'd already read 3 or 4 chapters that night).  Let's hope that all the Dahl's are just as successful.

Only problem is...doesn't the BFG die at the end?  I'm worried about that as S, in particular, doesn't do sad endings very well.  Oh well, I've started now...