Friday, 17 October 2014

A little more holiday fun.

At the end of a week of holiday exploring a new area, here are a few more of our highlights.

We didn't go out on a boat on any of the lakes but Fraser & Ally did enjoy a wee look around one of the ones that was 'parked' by our picnic site in Keswick.

Not all of our activities were outdoors ones. One day we visited the Rheged Discovery Centre, which is a place with a little bit of something for everyone. While James (14) went with his dad and grandad to watch a documentary about D-Day in 3D at the iMax cinema, I took Calum (12), David (8) and Alasdair (5), and Fraser too of course, to do some pottery painting. Meanwhile Granny and Auntie Anna visited the shops and one of the cafes.

Alasdair chose to paint a monkey as it reminded him of his favourite character 'Monkey George' (Curious George).

Another day we discovered the fun hybrid of Footgolf! It is just as it sounds - a golf course where you kick a football around instead of hitting a golf ball around.

The holes are extra large so that the football fits in!

Apart from the cold day at the Birds of Prey centre, we had such beautiful weather all week and spent our last afternoon climbing to see a waterfall beside Lake Ullswater.

This really was a much higher spot to stand than it looks on the photo! Walking down the slippery stone steps with Fraser in the sling was a little tricky!

At the end of the trail were these fun wooden shapes.

To finish with, here is a 'selfie' of this little man in his sling, where he spent many a long walk throughout the week and remained his contentedly chilled, happy little self.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Holiday Makings via some majestic birds!

Well, after me raving about the beautiful weather, today took a definite autumnal twist!


Firstly we visited an old country house, parts of which, like those in the photo below, date from the 1400s.









It didn't seem too chilly as the boys ran around the grounds and we were constantly on the move.


But after a picnic lunch we went to a Birds of Prey place, which included a 2 hour demonstration of various birds of prey flying around and over us, as well as the chance for the boys to get up close with the birds.













It was a great display of the birds but sitting down outdoors for 2 hours was more than a little chilly! So, if you are still with me, I was quite happy that I had finished off my latest make a couple of days earlier.



I saw these wrist warmers on the lovely My Rose Valley's Instagram account and just had to make them as soon as she released the pattern.
I've had my eye on her Nordic Shawl pattern for some time now but I can't justify buying any more crochet patterns just now with my rather long crochet to-do list, although the temptation is very great!
The wrist warmers are in a similar style to the shawl and looked nice and quick to make. Something that wouldn't take up too much of my Christmas present making time.
And they were very practical on a day like today too!



As a little foot note, does anyone else think that the falconer (or whatever you call a person who works with birds of prey) looks like Bernard Cribbens?!


Monday, 13 October 2014

Half Term holidays so far

It's half term for our school boys this week and so we are away in a lovely wee place for the holiday.
We have come to a tiny village in Cumbria, in the north west of England, where we have rented a beautiful holiday cottage along with my parents in law and sister in law.
The holiday is really part of the celebrations of the the birthday year, with my mother in law turning 70 in the summer and my father in law turning 80 last month.
The holiday kick started on Saturday with a trip to see an old steam train in action at a nearby station.
It's so very British of me to talk about the weather yet again, but, yet again, it is continuing to be so beautiful! Usually by this stage of October the winter coats are out but on Sunday we headed out to the hills in tshirts and still found ourselves a little too warm!
Rather than our usual Sunday afternoon stroll around our woods and the duck pond, yesterday we headed out on the Pennine Way. The older three boys and Auntie Anna did the full 3 1/2 miles to the top of the hill and then back again. Hubs, Ally, myself and Fraser (in the sling) accompanied them for about 1 1/2 miles before turning back. I should say that we had no intention of doing the full seven mile walk and that we didn't just give up!
The sky was a beautiful blue colour and the countryside rich in its autumn colours.
My parents in law joined us for about the first 1/4 of a mile. My mother in law had a knee replacement at the beginning of the year so hill climbing isn't really her thing just yet!
Do you see David (8) below? And the kicking action? He doesn't need a football, just anything kickable!
Today we headed across to the Lake District and had a picnic, by a lake of course. Isn't this a beautiful spot for lunch?
The Lake District boasts many beautiful lakes, mountains and outdoor shops! Calum (12) was delighted to spend some of his birthday money on some proper walking boots and plans to head up a hill early tomorrow morning with Auntie Anna to try them out.


The Lake District is also where Beatrix Potter, creator of Peter Rabbit, lived and so of course no trip to the Lakes can be complete without a wee visit to a Peter Rabbit shop and a new cuddly toy for a Peter Rabbit fan.


The weather forecast (there I go again) is for yet another dry couple of days ahead of us, so I foresee plenty more outdoorsy things ahead of us too!


Got to cram them in while we can before the season hits us properly!