Thursday, 12 July 2012

The Great British Summertime.

Really there’s been nothing great about this summer.  Unless the best is yet to come?


I took Charlie to the lake Visitor Centre for an ice cream after school on Tuesday.  The ever present rain meant it had to be eaten indoors.


My new holiday handbag.  It’s a Cath Kidston.  I bought it in the sale just over a week ago.  I love the patriotic print, it’s called Royal Stan.  These handbags are made from oilcloth, which I presume means the bag is waterproof.  Methinks that could prove to be an advantage this summer!


I’m on a patriotic roll at the minute.  These are my new wellies.  I think they’re lovely but I’ll be very happy if I never need to wear them!

I’m signing out for a couple of weeks.  Lucky us are heading down to the southwest again at weekend.  Rain or shine – we’ll take it – at least it’s by the sea.


PS. Having moaned about the weather throughout this post I’ve just realised, it hasn’t rained once today!

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Armed Forces Day, Sports Days and a Race for Life That Didn’t Happen.

Have you ever psyched yourself up for something?  Something that you really, really wanted to do and then that something is cancelled.  Well, that happened to Caroline, my younger daughter, today. 


She rose with the larks and was all ready, set to go run a 5k Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research in Huddersfield.  Charlie and I went along to give support.  However when we got to the venue there was no crowd ready and raring to go with her.  The race had been postponed due to the course being deemed unsafe to use because of all this flippin’ rain we are having!  Talk about disappointed!  What was a girl to do?  Head to the nearest coffee shop and have a little treat, that’s what.  Caroline wasn’t the only deflated runner there.  Several other ladies followed us in all with the same forlorn, can-you-believe-it look on their faces. 



George and Nicholas stayed overnight with us Friday night.  Here’s Nicholas making pancakes for breakfast yesterday morning.  This was at 7.30 and George, sensible boy, was still in bed.


Sunday last was Armed Forces Day. Caroline had seen an ad for events taking place in Halifax Piece Hall and that’s where these pictures were taken.


The day had a 1940s  theme.  The band played songs from the era, mainly those associated with the war. 


Both boys had a turn at dressing up like a real soldier.  Charlie particularly was in his element.


Both got to ride on this vintage funfair carousel.


People came dressed in character for the day.


I loved seeing this old lady in her house pinny and carpet slippers.  The 1950s trolley is just like the one my siblings and I would’ve been pushed around in.



Charlie’s Nursery School Sports Day was held earlier this week.  He did really well and won quite a few of his little races.


Afterwards his little friend came to play at Charlie’s house.  Don’t they look sweet holding hands?

Nicholas’s Sports Day was also held earlier this week.  He too did really well and won lots of his races.  George, Nicholas’s brother, fell foul of the weather and his Sports Day was cancelled.  He wasn’t happy about it, poor thing. 

What a long post this turned out to be but I’ve been dragging my feet over this one and when I finally got stuck in I didn’t want to leave anything out!


Thursday, 5 July 2012

A Month’s Worth of Rain.

I don’t know if it’s a threat or a promise but a month’s worth of rain in a day is what the Met Office insists is heading our way!


So, with that in mind when the sun was shining and the threat/promise of rain did not materialise I headed to Hebden Bridge for a late breakfast this morning.  I was able to sit outside my favourite cafe in the warm fresh air with the sound of the river roaring over the weir right in front of me.  Yes, roaring!  This little town has suffered badly and was flooded recently. The river was still very high today, hence the roaring.  Several of the shops were still closed for business while repairs and refurbishments go ahead.

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I’ve been working on the silhouettes above.  They are of my grandsons, George and Nicholas.  I printed them off as 5 x 7s in time for their lovely mother’s birthday which was the day before yesterday.


Happy birthday daughter dear!

I’ve been trying to write a post covering the last week or so but I seem unable to get my act together and just do it.  Never mind, I’ll try again tomorrow.  I think maybe I need a little blogging break.