Summer holiday 2013

We’re back from holiday – actually we arrived back on Saturday, but it’s taken me a few days to get back to normal again).  Here are some highlights from our time away:

1) A lovely weekend visiting our friends in the Lake District – as always a time of refreshment, and relaxation 🙂 .

2) We spent Saturday at Woolfest – a little to my surprise, the kids loved it (and behaved beautifully) and were quite content to spend all day there!

3) A lovely trip across country and up to the Northumbrian coast, where we set up our tent and settled in.

4) A couple of days doing not a whole lot, while the kids disappeared off to play around the campsite with their newly-made friends. This set the tune for the rest of the week – any time we were around the campsite, we barely saw the kids 🙂 .

5) It rained for a while on the second day – this didn’t deter the kids, who came back at lunchtime, gathered food onto their plates and took it to eat in the shelter at the top of the climbing frame.

6) We cycled along the coast to Bamburgh, ate delicious icecream, and played on the beach.

7) We drove up to Berwick-upon-Tweed, where we spent a happy half hour in a second-hand bookshop (and had an amazing morning tea in a fab little teashop!).

8) A beautiful cycle across the causeway to Lindisfarne, a wander round the museum and picnic lunch in the old priory. After that, we cycled across to Lindisfarne Castle and spent a happy hour exploring it, before a cross-country cycle around the island. Afternoon tea sustained us and gave us the energy for the cycle back to the mainland, which was much needed as we cycled into a strong headwind the entire three mile trip back! The kids coped amazingly welll, although K had to teach M to slipstream him to try and give her wee legs a bit of a rest!

9) We hired a firepit and bought some logs and had a campfire by the tent. We toasted marshmallows and baked damper – one of the best suppers ever!

10) A cruise around the Farne Islands – a collection of small rocky islands, home to several species of nesting birds – cormorants, kittiwakes, guillemots, shags, and puffins. We scrambled across the rocks at Staple Island, to get within metres of the birds, and we cruised out to see the Atlantic grey seals sunning themselves on the rocks, and playing in the water.

11) We played crazy golf, and A won comprehensively!  Clearly his golf lessons with Grandpa are paying off 🙂 .

12) The coastal drive home on a beautiful clear day 🙂 .

Help, tattie scone, and WIP Wednesday

1) I’m paying the price of a disturbed night yesterday (a certain small girl woke me up in the night and I was unable to get back to sleep), and now I have a headache.  K agrees to take A to cycling club this evening. It’s so nice having him home early enough to help 🙂 .

2) A cup of tea, accompanied by a hot potato scone, fresh from the toaster.

3) Well, I’ve made a little bit of progress with my Dropped Stitch Scarf – it’s not the easiest of yarn to work with, but it will knit up fairly quickly, once I have some time to devote to it…

 Dropped Stitch Scarf

I’ve cast on for a new project, the tank version of this top, knitted in Wendy Supreme Luxury Cotton DK, in the Aqua/Navy colourway.

Wendy Tank Top

You can see more of today’s Works-in-Progress over at Tami’s blog

Extravaganza, bike ride and hard at work.

1) The kids have been going to a Holiday Club at my parent’s church every day this last week, which culminated this morning in an Extravaganza service. They’ve had a wonderful time all week, and it’s been lovely to see them with such happy smiles 🙂 .

2) We finally did something we’ve planned to do for a long time – namely cycled along the canal tow path along to my parent’s house for Sunday dinner. It took the four of us 1 hour 10 minutes going, and K and I just 38 mins coming home again. It was a perfect afternoon for a bike ride, and we all had lots of fun! Here’s K, with M on the trail-gator before we left, and Aidan and I enjoying the cycle…

3) Aidan and Gungle were finally able to start work on Aidan’s Airfix Saturn V model rocket this afternoon. Here they are hard at work: