Monday, 31 July 2017

A trip to the museum

Emma dressed as a maid

The weather on Sunday was somewhat less pleasing than Saturday, so a trip to the Brampton Museum in Newcastle-under-Lyme seemed a good way to pass a rainy afternoon. We love it here. It is quite a little museum, but very sweet and the Podlings particularly love the toy gallery. It was a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Emma loves to play with the dressing-up clothes in the toy gallery.

Alex loves the display of vintage toy cars. He would dearly love to play with them!

I fell in love with little Nelly, a well-loved toy elephant from the 1920s. She seems a little sad to be shut in display case all by herself. I wonder if she dreams of the little girl who used to play with her.

I love the Victorian artefacts on display. The Victorian era is a particular favourite of mine.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Raspberry Rambles

We enjoyed a lovely walk around Ridgegate Reservoir in Macclesfield Forest this afternoon. The Podlings consumed their own bodyweights in wild raspberries, frequently stopping to pick handfuls which they shared with one another. We ended our afternoon with an exciting picnic tea which saw us repeatedly dashing under the shelter of nearby trees to avoid the rain showers! We were forced to admit defeat during our second cup of tea when the showers turned to a decided downpour, but we had finished our picnic by then anyway and at least it stayed sunny for our walk!

Monday, 24 July 2017

Tea and biscuits at Beeston Castle

Sunday afternoon saw us enjoying tea and biscuits with a fabulous view over the Cheshire plains from Beeston Castle. We never travel without a Thermos! 

Shortly before a butterfly landed on Emma's hair bow, no doubt mistaking it for a flower

The floor is lava! Very much the game of the moment.

This three-hole entrance to a rabbit warren looked poetically like a rabbit paw. There are so many rabbits on the hill at Beeston Castle and we love to see them.

Alex looking after the biscuit tin! You have to keep an eye on him as he likes to take a bite of a biscuit and then put it back before taking another one!

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Our holiday in Germany - A Last Farewell

After checking out and letting the Podlings have a final play in the play park, we decided to take a farewell walk around the perimeter of the campsite and down to the countryside behind. It was so beautiful and I wish we had walked there earlier in the week so we could have followed the path further down the hill. There was a field of wheat on our left with beautiful purple vetch climbing up the stalks to delightful effect. The verge was lined with wildflowers and butterflies and to our right the open countryside afforded stunning views. It was like something out of a storybook and I wish we could have spent more time soaking it all in. I would very much like to come back here again.

Capturing this photo of a fritillary butterfly on field bindweed rather made my day!

We found the biggest dandelion clock I think I have ever seen, so I photographed it with Mark's hand to illustrate its size.

Alex couldn't wait to blow the giant dandelion clock. He was a very happy little boy!

Friday, 16 June 2017

Our holiday in Germany - Our lovely campsite

A view of Saarburg from the top of the hill

During our holiday in Germany we stayed in large mobile home on a lovely campsite on top of a hill overlooking Saarburg. The road up was steep and winding with a total of fifteen bends from the bottom to the top (Mark counted them!), so the view from the top was excellent! It was quite possibly the nicest campsite we have ever stayed on and both the swimming pool and the play park were a huge hit with the Podlings. One of the things I love about Germany is their use of wood and the play park was certainly the most charming I think I have ever seen. I took lots of photos of it as I know the children will want to remember it. We loved our time here and would definitely stay there again.

Breakfast and Angry Birds on the iPad!

Stories at bedtime with his current favourite book "Cars and Trucks and Things That Go" by Richard Scarry which Alex calls his 'funny car book'

Man make fire! We had a barbecue on our last night. We were all set with lots of meat, coal, firelighters and a shiny new bucket barbecue when we realised that we didn't have any matches! I improvised some splints out of a torn up brown paper shopping bag and used the gas hob to light them. I then passed them out the window to Mark who managed to eventually get the thing going. He produced a fabulous meal for us on this little bucket!

Sandcastle building

Emma was quite sad on our last visit to the park as she loved it there and was already missing it.

Souvenir shopping in the camp shop with their holiday money.

Vineyards at the bottom of the hill