Monday, March 30, 2009

Star Wars

This period of our life if defined by a paleantolgist unearthing our bones would be the Jedi-assic period, framed as it is by constant viewings and then re-enactments of the many episodes of Star Wars. The boys are foverver slaying us with their light sabres, both single and double sided!
Nick and the boys were down recently and he joined in the madnesss with very little encouragement, particualry the wearing of the CloneTrooperVoiceChangerHelmet, yes, it is all one word, especialy when uttered by Stan!

Monday, March 16, 2009


Had the most wonderful day, home alone for hours and hours in delicious sunshine with a huge list of jobs to do in the garden. Not surprisingly don't fancy going to work tomorrow, but I am off again on Friday so hope the weather holds. Stopped briefly for breakfast and lunch outside but otherwise was up to my arms in soil, happy as a pig in the proverbial.
In the veggie garden I have put barrow loads of muck onto the beds, moved the summer raspberries and some rhubarb and generally tidied up.

At the other end of the garden I thought I would 'just' mulch, but when it came to it I totally renovated the front 'hot' bed. Removed every single plant, dug in loads of manure and then re planted . I hope that in doing so I will have managed to rid the bed of the Spanish bluebells which I try and pull up each year, pretty unsuccessfully, also last summer the soil in that bit ended up looking Saharan even though we had lots of rain, the compost should help.

Everything out...

"Now where shall I put it all?"

Back in..

Only another 4 or more bits this big to do!
Thankfully it's yoga tonight so I may be able to walk tomorrow after all!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Muck and Sun

These two things have defined today!

I had 3 tons of mushroom compost delivered on Friday - it is quite a big old pile you'll agree.

Have spent all day in the glorious sunshine applying it to the garden. It's a slowish process, not because it's hard work but because I go along I keep finding things that need moving, or tidying or weeding . One particular clump of bluebells precipitated the start of a whole new 'spring garden' which will look spectacular next year I hope with crocus, bluebells, daffs and forget-me-nots. I am going to over-plant them with a mix of hazels and dogwoods and then we won't see the chicken run from the house.

A 'first' always logged on this blog is the first lunch of the year outside and today was it. Hooray! Often it is Easter weekend when we make poor unsuspecting guests eat their roast lamb in the sun but often with a chilly wind. Today it was just us and bread and cheese and really warm sun for lunch and a very happy me

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Red Nose Day

The kids thoroughly embraced the "do something funny for money" motto for this year's Red Nose Day, all going to school looking crazy - especially in the hair department! Stan had been encouraged to go to school in pyjamas and I so wish I had taken my camera to school as the teachers had, in true Ethelbert Road styleee, made themselves look truly bonkers. The head was in a full length purple nightie, red wig, etc etc.

Raff got rather upset when we did his hair because he said he looked stupid and everyone would laught at him, in the end he realised as we drove to school and saw all sorts of craziness on the streets on Fav that that was rather the point!

Georgia's theme was crazy clothes, so tutu, wings, multi colours was the order of the day along with mad hair!

Victory for Nick

Nick has been awarded his licence and is aiming to open in May, can't wait!

Monday, March 09, 2009


Raff has been going to Taekwondo for a few months now, which he really loves and it is really boosting his confidence, and also (we hope) helping with co-ordination which he lacks...Last Sunday there was a 'grading' where they test what he has learnt and if successful he gets a new belt.

Success!! Mr Orange now has the orange belt.

And he showed us some if his moves, very impressive Raff!