Thursday, 30 August 2012

Paralympic Opening Ceremony

Unfortunately our Freesat recording box didn't do a very good job of recording the opening ceremony and I missed quite a bit of it. I did manage to catch up though through my iPad, thankfully. The ceremony was every bit as good as the Olympic opening ceremony. I really enjoyed it and took pride again when our athletes entered the stadium.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

What's your name?

'Nonny' she relies! Little cutie!

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Raines Hall Farm

Today we planned a day out with Kathryn, Jessica and Daniel. We decided to go to the Maize Maze near to Kendal. Unfortunately the weather hasn't been too great lately and we had a little chuckle to ourselves how muddy everyone was looking as they emerged from the maze! In previous years they've put straw down to soak up the mud to make it an all weather experience but I'm guessing this year it was just too muddy and they were doing welly hire instead! As neither Kathryn or I were wearing socks we decided against this little adventure! Fortunately there is quite a bit to do at the farm, we petted the rabbits and guinea pigs, had a ride on the tractor, treated ourselves to lunch in the cafe, played in the indoor area and groomed a horse. All in all we had a fun day!

Monday, 27 August 2012

Bank Holiday weekend

I can't believe we're at the last Bank Holiday weekend of this year! The year is flying by! We arranged to go and visit my Aunty and Uncle in Northampton over the weekend. We set off on Friday night and after quite a long journey down (roadworks and torrential weather) we arrived and settled in nicely.
Saturday we headed off to Wicksteed Park. I was taken here when I was little and the memories came flooding back, especially after seeing the water chute! We had a smashing time there on the rides.

We had a break and went back to the cars for a picnic and play. Charlie had a very big piece of grass to play football on!  We went back into the park area to have a few more rides and met Wicky Bear, Courtney enjoyed a dance along with him! It was a great day!

Sunday morning the 4 of us had a walk around Earls Barton (where Aunty Win and Uncle Pat live.) It's a very pretty village, some buildings have thatched roofs, there is a green and a very nice picturesque church. We found 'the rec' (recreation ground) and had a play on the swings before going back. We were booked to have a carvery around 2:30, on the way we visited Sywell Aerodrome. I think we go there every time we visit, it's such a cool place to go! There are small planes taking off and landing constantly!

The meal was very nice, after which we said our goodbyes to Aunty Win and Uncle Pat.

Whilst watching TV a few weeks ago we'd seen an advert for 'Milkshake Live!' Charlie and Courtney enjoy watching Milkshake in the mornings. All their favourite programmes are on it! We just thought, like most of these live performances, they wouldn't be anywhere near to us and indeed this one wasn't either but on researching the locations I realised it was playing in Buxton, Derbyshire on Bank Holiday Monday! Perfect, it was on the way home (ish, with a *slight* detour) and there was ticket availability! So we made our way to a Travelodge in Macclesfield the night before. Monday morning we drove into Buxton, to be fair there wasn't much open on the Bank Holiday but there was enough to entertain us for a while. We made our way to the theatre and found our seats. Charlie and Courtney were very excited!

The performance itself wasn't very long, we were in the theatre an hour and a 1/4 and that included a 20 minute interval! It was long enough though for littlies and they both had a brilliant time!

It was a bit of a long drive home, quite a lot of the way was on windy country roads but once we got onto the motorway it seemed to go OK. I think we were all happy to be home though.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Blackpool Zoo

Charlie, Courtney and I had a really good day at Blackpool Zoo yesterday with Elizabeth. The weather forecast was very changeable for the day and boy did it live up to the forecast! It had stayed fine all the drive down to the zoo but as soon as we'd paid for the tickets, it poured down! Thankfully it was only a shower and we had a look around a few enclosures. We realised that it was soon feeding time for the penguins. I really like penguins so wanted to see it. We got a good view and suddenly a very big flock of seagulls circled above our heads, they obviously knew what time it was too, LOL! A keeper gave a very interesting talk about the penguins whilst another keeper was feeding them. Shortly after it was time for the sea lion show. It was just around from the penguins so we made our way there, we got really good seats and waited about 1/4 of an hour. Just as the show started we could feel a few rain spots, then a few more, suddenly it was torrential!!! We tried to sit it out, thankfully Charlie and Courtney had raincoats but it got unbearable and we made our way out of the arena, just as we did they cancelled the show. We piled, with everyone else, into the cafe! The handryers in the loo came in very handy! Courtney had a change of clothes in her nappy bag and we dried Charlie's jeans. As we were in the cafe we decided to have lunch whilst the weather calmed down. It did and we walked around a few more enclosures. We dared to try the sea lion show again at 2:00. We arrived about 20 minutes before and sat waiting in the baking hot sunshine!! The show was very good and well worth seeing. We made our way to the children's farm after, Charlie and Courtney fed a few animals. We then had a last look around some more enclosures, avoiding a couple more showers on the way! All in all though we had an excellent day out and to be honest the weather we had was much like a lot of how our summer has been!

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Building work finished pictures!

As I said in my last post the decorating is now complete, Yay! We had Courtney's room decorated a few weeks ago but wanted to wait a little longer before she moved upstairs. We bought her a bed last week and she moved in on Tuesday night (the 14th.) The first night was fun! She was certainly working with the novelty factor and it was almost midnight before she settled to sleep! Bless her, she has been fine ever since, thankfully, LOL! Here she is on her first night.♥

..........and this is her room. (although I'm sorry to say I don't think the photos do it justice as the lighting wasn't good in our house today, it's very pink and girly!)

a close up of her bedding

we chose a sweet daisy wallpaper for her feature wall, she loves sitting at the little dressing table we bought for her Birthday.

We've also put out the accessories in the upstairs bathroom. (shower room) I got most of the things I wanted from the Next stripy range I mentioned here but couldn't get hold of the soap dispenser so I made do with another one in the range. The toilet roll holder and towel ring have also been put up.

This needs a new mount yet, I'm thinking of getting a coloured one but wanted to put it up.

There's been a London theme added to the study. Don't you just love this huge canvas from next!

These were Birthday gifts from Mark

A little cross stitched soldier that sits in front of the printer. (The London stitch-a-long that i'm currently doing will also go into the study.)

Keyrings hanging from the drawers under my desk.

 and finally canvasses hanging down the chimney breast.

The last room to be decorated is the hall, stairs and landing. We purposely left it until last as we wanted to get the actual rooms decorated first and in case any damage was to be made to the new decor carrying furniture and the beds up. I'm going to be honest here and say I am actually a little embarrassed to show the before photos. I wish we'd got the panelling painted way before now. We last decorated when the first loft conversion was done 11 years ago. (*blush*) Still it suited our taste then but certainly not now! We can't believe how much brighter and light it all is now, we knew the red wallpaper made the room a little dark but the difference is amazing. I absolutely love the finish, we are in the process of changing the old brass handles downstairs to the same as the modern chrome ones upstairs (they are just balancing for the purpose of the photos, LOL.) We are just waiting for the decorator to come back and gloss the other sides of the doors before they can actually be fitted.

Do you remember the plaster in our living room?

Our poor living room being a victim of the builders!

Well, it now looks like this.......phew!

Finally, we had a problem! We discovered our downstairs toilet had a leak and not just a little leak! We had to take up the old vinyl and ply flooring. We had a dehumidifier on for a couple of weeks after the leak was fixed to completely dry out the floor, that's how bad it was! It seems it was never fitted correctly so has probably had the problem for a few years, it was only by chance we noticed it. The back of the old vinyl was stained so we got a new piece. Isn't this stripetastic! It's so clean looking! Of course then we needed a new bathmat and towels! I love how the bathmat matches the frog bath toy storage, that was quite an accident, I took a sample of the vinyl with me to match to a colour and by co-incidence they're exactly the same! This room used to be all blue and beige (the old vinyl was beige pebbles) but it really suits the injected colour! 

Friday, 17 August 2012

"Bring me Sunshine!"

Today I welcomed Cara, Sue and their daughter's Sian and Allie from the 'Chorley Roses' to Morecambe!Allie has wanted to visit the Eric Morecambe statue for some time and as we aren't having a crop this month we arranged a day out instead. It was lovely having them all over, they also saw our building work, now that we're completely decorated and Courtney has moved upstairs, they were the first guests to see it all! (Blog post to follow soon showing the complete work!)
It wasn't looking good for their visit first thing, I dropped Courtney off at Nursery in heavy rain! Thankfully by 11:00 it was clearing up. We decided to head straight for the Eric Morecambe statue whilst it was dry. We then walked to Trawlers Chippy. I suggested there as we could eat indoors, just in case! It was still dry by the time we came out so we had a walk along the prom and stopped off at the Clock Tower. (or Little Ben as Charlie calls it) We ate Walling's ice cream there, the sun even came out for us as we were eating it! I then picked Courtney up a little early so she could have some time with us all back at home.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Cross Stitch catch up!

I have been beavering away with my stitching. I am still scrapbooking and will upload some recent layouts soon but the Olympics have been great to stitch along to!
Firstly as I said in my holiday post I stitched Princess Courtney whilst we were away, she has now been joined by Calico and some bunting!

and the other piece I'm working on at the moment is the London stitch-a-long! I stitched the Big Ben square in July and have just completed the post box square today for August. It seems quite apt stitching that square this month after our visit to the golden one last week! I stitched the underground sign and London word as I went along, it's only the squares we're stitching monthly.

Both these pieces have me hooked, I am enjoying them both very much!

The Closing Ceremony

Oh my, the Closing Ceremony last night was every bit as good as the Opening Ceremony although it had a very different feel to it. The Closing Ceremony offered ‘A Symphony of British Music’ and was fantastic, something there for every generation! I really liked the opening scenes with a newspaper covered London, all famous landmarks, vehicles and even the costumes were covered!

After the opening scene the athletes made their way into the stadium to a massive applause and stood in the triangular parts of our flag.

The centre of our flag was where the main staging was although the artists moved about the stripes a fair bit, mostly in vehicles. Stars included The Who, The Spice Girls, Take That, Tinie Tempah, George Michael, Fatboy Slim, Madness, Jessie J, Annie Lennox, Kaiser Chiefs, Taio Cruz, Beady Eye with lead vocalist Liam Gallagher, Ray Davies, Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor, Pet Shop Boys, One Direction, Muse, Elbow, Emeli Sandé, Eric Idle, Julian Lloyd Webber, Ed Sheeran, Richard Jones, Mike Rutherford and Nick Mason. So quite a mix! At the end of the Ceremony Lord Coe and Jacques Rogge (IOC Chairman) gave speeches and finally the torch was extinguished, I will admit I had a lump in my throat at this point. The Olympic Games experience in London have been fantastic! I am very proud to be British right now.
My images were taken from the official Olympic website, there are many more images on there if you'd like to have a look.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Bradley Wiggins's Golden Postbox!

In celebration of every gold medal won at the Olympics, Royal Mail are painting postboxes gold in the Olympians hometown! Bradley Wiggins is from Chorley, that is our nearest golden postbox so as I'm off work this week I took Charlie and Courtney on a train ride to see it! Bradley won his gold medal in the time trials event, we watched it whilst on holiday. It was an honour to see his postbox as only a couple of weeks before the Olympics he also won the Tour de France, the first Brit to do so!
The postbox is placed in front of the Town Hall, it was quite a popular attraction! We took a few photos there then went to Costa Coffee to meet up with my friend Tree and her daughter Catherine.

It was then that we thought about sending Daddy a postcard through the golden postbox! The post office was just along from where we were so when we said goodbye to Tree and Catherine we went to it. Unfortunately they didn't sell postcards but did have a blank Olympic first day cover envelope so we bought that along with a set of Bradley Wiggins stamps and an Olympic first class stamp. Charlie and Courtney wrote a message on the back and we went back to the golden postbox to post it.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

"Inspire a Generation"

"Inspire a Generation" is the motto of our Olympic Games. There is something uniquely special about how Charlie and Courtney have enjoyed the Olympics, Charlie has been excited in the run up to them and has watched many events. Courtney has also enjoyed watching the TV and has spent a lot of time copying Charlie so if he is excited she is too, if he joins in then she does too! I know they probably won't remember the games when they're older so I'm trying to record as many memories as I can for them with photographs and here on my blog.
A few days ago Charlie told us that he wants to be in the Olympics when he's a big boy! We asked which event he'd like to take part in, he thought for a bit and then declared he'd like to carry the torch, LOL!!!
This afternoon the Synchronised Swimming final was on, we've watched the qualifiers the last couple of days and both days, this has happened, I was hoping it would again today as I had the camera out! Indeed they didn't disappoint, here are my mini Syncro swimmers!!

Not long after we had the Equestrian event on, straight away Charlie went to get his hobby horse, of course then Courtney went to get hers! Here they are just having a quick watch to see what is their next move! Too cute!

Monday, 6 August 2012

Thirsk Holiday

We have just returned from a lovely week away in Thirsk, Yorkshire. We rented a cottage with Mark's parents at Thirkleby Hall. It was a lovely cottage, maybe a little dated compared to cottages we've rented in the past but it was comfortable and clean and the setting was perfect. Lots of outdoor space for Charlie and Courtney to play, a miniature golf course which was fun and peacocks!

Day 1: Saturday 28th July.

We set off late morning and has a stop in Embsay, near Skipton. It was a good place to have a light lunch and has a craft shop which was fab for me! I needed a piece of evenweave for the Jubilee cross stitch which I wanted to start on holiday. We arrived at the cottage shortly after Sylvia and Hughie and settled in. We all then went into Thirsk for some dinner then came home to watch the Olympics. 

Day 2: Sunday 29th July.

There is a really good selection of leaflets in the cottage. After having a look through them we decide on a trip to Monk Park Farm. It's only just down the road from the cottage. Oh my goodness, this place was fabulous! It was so well set up, the animals were living in good surroundings and there was nothing pretentious about it. What I mean is that the animals weren't confined and it was their choice if they came to see you! Of course with a bag full of food, they didn't hesitate! First of all we went into the small animals habitat, guinea pigs, rabbits and ducklings lived in here and over the other side there were some goats, pigs and lambs.

As we are in there we realise that it is soon time to feed the lambs. This was an experience I will remember for a very long time! We were asked to form a semi circle and hold the bottles in front of us. We then had to call 'wakey wakey' to the lambs and all of a sudden a load of lambs came running down the slope towards us. These lambs are not so little any more so it was quite a sight!! They quickly latched onto the bottles and within a few seconds it was over!

We then wandered around all the other animals there, including cows, donkeys, goats, llamas and pigs feeding each as we went along, one cheeky goat even ate Charlie's paper bag! At the bottom there is a lovely lake with lots of ducks, swans and geese.

We made our way back up to the up to the top when it just started lightly raining so we ducked into the cafe for lunch. Just opposite the cafe there is a huge sandpit and play area, Charlie and Courtney spent quite a bit of time there.

There were still quite a few animals for us to see and also a nature walk that we could do. We set off and took our time, there were benches every so often for a rest and Charlie and Courtney had shoulder rides and piggy backs! They loved it! It was whilst on the walk that we first saw the barrel ride, that became Charlie's incentive to walk back! It was great fun on the ride, it was sooooooo bumpy! Charlie and Courtney giggled so much!!

We left the farm and went back into Thirsk for dinner, we ate at the same place as last night as the food was so nice!

Day 3: Monday 30th July.

We have only been in Thirsk so far to eat so today decide to explore our holiday town. We know that James Herriot lived in Thirsk and that there was a museum dedicated to him. We ask at the tourist information place and it's only a short walk away. It's actually the house he lived in. Charlie and Courtney were given a little worksheet where they had to find the animal shapes and write the letters on them down. (just to note at the end it spelt out James Herriot.) They took this activity very seriously and both did well finding the animal shapes.

I think we all enjoyed the museum, it was set out as it would have been when he lived there. Courtney wasn't too sure about the model humans in the house though, LOL! Once you work your way through his home you are then guided through to a video presentation about him. His name was actually James Alfred Wight, he was referred in the museum as 'Alf Wight'. When he wrote his books he wasn't allowed to use his own name so took his name from Birmingham's goal keeper at the time, Jim Herriot. The second part of the tour takes you through the television series and his writing career.

The tour concludes with an interactive room, we all played along with the games in there. At the end Charlie and Courtney are presented with a little bug for their efforts in the worksheets.
After the museum we had a little wander around the shops. I had seen a pair of navy shoes in Clarks that went in the sale and have never been able to buy them in my size. Lo and behold there they were in a shop window! I enquired and yay, they had a size 7! I tried them on and they fit great, that was me very happy! We didn't really buy much else but enjoyed looking through the shops. On the way back to the car we had a few minutes play at the grass park next to the river. We had a mini Olympics, running race around the tree, star jumps and roly poly's, LOL!  We saw these lovely duckings and promised we'd come back later in the week to feed them.

We decided on the way back to the cottage to go in search of the white horse on a hillside, we later find out it is call the Kilburn White Horse. We had asked for directions in Thirsk and was told it was on the right as we drive out of Thirsk. We drive for a few miles and can't see it. We turned around and asked someone else, it seems we were told wrongly and it was indeed on our left when leaving Thirsk. As we drive back we see it very obviously on the right side! It covers about 1.6 acres so would have been hard to miss!

We decided to drive right up to it, that was when the fun really began. We couldn't find it at all, let's just say we appreciated quite a lot of beautiful Yorkshire landscapes on the way there! It was only sign posted about a mile before we go there! We were told that the gradient of the hill to it was steep, they weren't kidding! I thought my poor car was going to pass out, LOL! I was so glad we weren't walking it! Close to there really wasn't a lot to see but I was pleased we went, we got to read all about it whilst we were there. When we arrived back at the cottage Sylvia and Hughie had been home a while, they'd seen the horse from a distance and then went home, maybe in hindsight we should have done the same!
It's a beautiful evening and there is a un ploughed field on the left of the drive down to our cottage. I decide I'd like to try and take a photo of Charlie and Courtney in the corn field but alas, they are tired and really don't want Mummy pointing a camera in their face. They decide they will however enjoy a game of peepo! :D

Day 4: Tuesday 31st July.

Today we had a trip out, just the 4 of us. Sylvia and Hughie were going to go to Castle Howard but unfortunately Sylvia was feeling unwell so they had a quiet day, they went off to Knaresborough for a run out. We headed off to Ripon, to Lightwater Valley. I really wanted to go there as i'd been when I was little with the Girl's Brigade! I don't remember much about it really but wanted to go back! Mark isn't a great one for funfairs but did go on a few rides, we all really enjoyed our day there. It was well spread out so the rides weren't on top of each other. There were rides for every age and although we hadn't paid for Courtney to enter she got to have a nice number of rides. Charlie was a real mini adrenalin junkie, I think he'd have ridden everything had he been allowed to! It was great for me though because I was able to take him on quite a few rides that normally I'd have had to ride alone (there's no way I'd have ever persuaded Mark to go on them with me, LOL!!) One ride that I really wanted to do but unfortunately Charlie couldn't as he was just too small was called 'The Ultimate.' It's a wooden rollercoaster and reminded me of the one we used to have in Morecambe. I decided to relive my youth! It was very exciting as I climbed up the track in the long train, only this train was going higher and higher, far higher than it ever did in Morecambe and when you're all that way up there's only one way down!!! Aaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrgggggghhhhhhh!!!!!! Ok, so it was NOTHING like Morecambe's! Morecambe's went up and down, this one did that but also spun in circles and was a lot faster!! I really enjoyed it though, I even didn't mind my bruised knees after, LOL!!

After our fun day we headed into Ripon and had a wander around, Charlie has a real fascination with London, particularly at the moment whilst the Olympics are on. He was delighted to find these 4 red phone boxes all in a row!

We also saw the Cathedral.

We found a chippy with an eating area so had our dinner there before heading back to the cottage.

Day 5: Wednesday 1st August.We decided we needed a quiet day, we stayed local. Mark had read about a place called Easingwold in the travel guide provided in the cottage. We had a trip there with Sylvia whilst Charlie and Courtney stayed at the cottage with Grandad! It was a very pretty village with lots of nice shops and a couple of cafes. It had said in the guide that there were lots of antique shops, we did see a couple but not lots. The shops there though were definitely my cup of tea! I really love chintsy type shops, home decor shops that are my taste and fresh homemade produce, we spent a nice amount in the bakers, LOL! I also bought some cute Jubilee wrapping paper that I will use to craft with and some bookends for Courtney's room. After visiting a cafe we then went back to the cottage for lunch, we ate the things we'd bought from the bakery.
In the afternoon we stayed at the cottage, we played snakes and ladders (Fireman Sam version!) and when Courtney had her nap I played a game of miniature golf with Charlie. 

Whilst we were playing golf we got a really good view of the peacock chick, we had noticed a couple of days ago that there was a chick and I had been trying to photograph it but these birds can move pretty fast and obviously didn't want to be photographed! I had my camera with me so attempted again, this was the best photo I got of it in the end, it's just a shame I cut the beak off the adult!

I spent some time in the afternoon on my cross stitch too, it's going well and I'm hoping to finish the girl by the end of the holiday. Around 4pm Mark and I set off for York. We have booked to go and See 'Ted' at the Vue cinema. I really looked forward to this film! We ate dinner out first, that was so nice, it's rare we get to eat out on our own, which is how we like it but just occasionally it is nice to just be the 2 of us. We finished sooner than we expected so go over to Vue to see if we can get into the earlier screening. We do and take our seats. The film turns out to be disappointing, I have since heard mixed reviews of it but our opinion wasn't that good of it. I expected the bear to be a little crude as it is written by the makers of 'Family Guy' but Mark summed it up perfectly, it was actually vulgar! Never mind, it was still nice to be out and we had a little drive around on our way back to the cottage.

Day 6: Thursday 2nd August.

Today we all headed off together to York. We took the park and ride in which worked out well but we realise when we get there that we've forgotten and nappy bag and a pit stop is needed! After a quick emergency visit to Boots and the parenting room we are ready to start our visit. Sylvia and Hughie go off to look at the Minster and we have a little mooch around the shops. One thing I've wanted to do whilst in Yorkshire is visit a Betty's tea shop. We decide to go there for a light lunch, we passed one on our walk into York but when we go back they are queueing around the corner for a table! We decide to visit the Minster first and go to Betty's after. On the way we spot another Betty's, it's a smaller one and to be honest looked nicer as it was smaller.

There was a small queue for a table but we are seated quite quickly. I decide to have a traditional afternoon tea, a lovely cuppa of Yorkshire tea and 2 scones! Whilst we were in here Sylvia rang to say they both weren't feeling well so were going back. (I hadn't realised that Betty's is a none mobile zone, whoops, LOL!)

York is full of unusual shaped quirky buildings and we point some out on our walk around. We made our way to the Minster and had a look inside.

Whilst there we saw a 'Noddy' train but it was just setting off, we went over to the stop and saw that they ran every half an hour. We decide to go back into town, maybe to return later. We headed to 'The Shambles,' a narrow street with very unusual buildings. Once back in the centre we give Charlie a choice, a boat trip on the river or the 'Noddy' train we had seen earlier, he chose the 'Noddy' train (we knew he would!) We headed back to the stop and had a little wait. Charlie was very excited, the 'Noddy' train took us to the Railway museum. En route we crossed the river and saw the city wall.

We departed near to the wheel so had a stroll to it and once there decided to have a ride as it was really quiet. We got a good view all around York, especially the Minster.

Just as we got off it started to rain, we have been so lucky with the weather all through the holiday, it has rained a few times but we have managed to avoid every shower! this was no exception, we noticed before we went on the wheel that the park and ride bus stop is just the other side of the road. There was a bus at the stop and thankfully it was our bus to go back! (we hadn't realised that there are 6 park and ride car parks, so the odds of that being our bus wasn't good!!) We get into our car and head back to the cottage.

Day 7: Friday 3rd August

We are tired, we are nearing the end of our holiday and Sylvia and Hughie aren't quite 100% We were thinking of another day out but the stately home that we thought to attend is fairly expensive so we decide to have another day in Thirsk. This time we visit Thirsk museum, the building was the birth place of Thomas Lord, the founder of Lord's cricket ground.

The museum was more historical more than local pieces. It was nicely set out and although the man who sold us our tickets said that it wasn't really interactive he was quite happy for Charlie and Courtney to touch things which was excellent, it meant we could relax as we looked around. It was very good and upstairs Charlie and Courtney found plenty of things to touch!

There was an old Singer treddle sewing machine up there too, my Grandma had one of these and I spent many happy times with her sewing, I'm pleased to say I haven't lost the knack and got up quite a speed, LOL! We left the museum and went to a cafe for lunch. We then called at a shop to buy a cheap loaf of bread to fulfil our promise of feeding the ducks. We spent quite a bit of time there.

......and we saw the ducklings again who looked like they were having a telling off, LOL!

Day 8: Saturday 4th August

We had quite an early start this morning, we had to be out of the cottage by 10:00am so had breakfast, got dressed and had packed up the car by 9:15. We'd done most of the packing late yesterday afternoon so it was just a case of packing the last minute things. We said our goodbyes to Sylvia and Hughie and left. We had arranged to visit my cousin in Leeds late morning so had a detour by a Tesco so not to be too early, we needed to pick up a few things for home so it wasn't a bad thing. We arrived at Andy and Jen's around 11:00, they had a baby boy called George at the beginning of June, this was our first time of meeting him. We took a gift we bought whilst in York. He is absolutely delightful, Charlie and Courtney were smitten and enjoyed playing with his toys too!

After having a drink we went for a walk in their local park, it's literally across the road from where they live (this was our first visit to their house, Andrew used to live in Earls Barton, Northants but moved to Leeds when him and Jen got engaged a couple of years ago, they married last year.) The park was really good, a great size and had a fabulous play area! I can see George will have many a happy hour there as he grows up! Andy and Jen have a dog called Trigger, it's a good job he had a long lead so both could take him for a walk otherwise we'd have had arguments, LOL!

We left around 1ish, had a quick bite to eat in the car before setting off home. Oh, and whilst I'm thinking about it, I did manage to finish Princess Courtney on the Jubilee cross stitch! I spent most evenings stitching whilst watching the Olympics plus some time on Wednesday afternoon. I will admit I forgot to stitch her arm and added that on Saturday evening at home!