Friday, 30 May 2008

wishing for a long hot summer...

five days of rain are making me wish for long hot summer days. summer days that are so sticky you dive into rivers and feel fish brush against your toes as you swim. days that last forever as the sun won't let the night fall.

I am currently inspired by the book 'Wild Swimming' by Daniel Start.

the garden is more thankful than I am for rain and the veg is growing well, although a little bit of sunshine would certainly help!

Sunday, 25 May 2008

we courted here

we courted here, originally uploaded by Emma Bradshaw.

paddling in rivers and streams, lying in long grass and talking for hours and hours and hours...

about what? I don't remember... just enjoying spending time with someone who just wanted to spend time with me...

sometimes the routines of daily life make you forget the spontaneous creatures you once were, but the spontaneous creatures that we were, just wanted to nest... together!

we now share our meadows with our children, and to them there was no 'before' they came along, for in the mind of a 'reasoning' four year old, he was 'always in mummy's tummy', just waiting for me to find the perfect daddy!

Saturday, 24 May 2008

come let us stray our gladsome way and view the charms of nature...

stream dipping, originally uploaded by Emma Bradshaw.

today we had a family day out to a beautiful nature reserve with rivers that meander through flower meadows. It was a little windy but apart from that fine. Armed with a picnic, identification guides and nets we dipped in the river to see what we could find. We caught three very little fishes, had a good look at them and then let them swim off again. Apart from some cows and a few people walking, there was hardly any one around.

We then drove not less than a mile away through a very pretty village/tourist hotspot that was swarming, literally swarming with tourists. "How sad" I thought and what a contrast, that people go to where there are others, will queue for parking and food almost like lemmings whilst dragging their children around. Will even call their experience a trip to the country - but is ISN'T! Buy a map and follow a footpath rather than a car parking sign!

I am known to actually avoid anything with the title 'family fun' and as for a visit to an attraction in the summer - forget it, it's the countryside for us all the way with it's hidden, magical spots just waiting for us to discover.

Monday, 12 May 2008


pretend , originally uploaded by Emma Bradshaw.

we are having a hot spell, if last year is anything to go by, this is summer and it will be over by June! we celebrated by playing in the 'girl next doors' paddling pool and drinking pretend pina coladas. Water is amazing when it comes to entertaining children, I have never understood the ability of a child with a bucket and some cups to entertain themselves for hours. Even in the coldest winter's and the boys are feeling couped up, a few minutes play in the garden with some warm water does wonders! who needs expensive toys anyway?

Sunday, 11 May 2008

which came first the chicken or the egg?

found, originally uploaded by Emma Bradshaw.

on our holiday there was a chicken run and house from which you were able to collect eggs. I have never seen so many children entertained before! there were ten tents with a couple of children in each and as soon as they woke in the morning on went the wellies and they ran to see if there were any eggs by opening up the nesting boxes. The funny thing to see was the older children ordering themselves in turn depending on their waiting time, so were fair in sharing them out. The problem was there were only eight chickens! free range laying was never going to keep up with demand. Our little man was delighted with his egg, which he delicately carried to show us. We then cooked his egg and ate it - food has never tasted so good...

Saturday, 10 May 2008

Feather Down Farm

inside the tent , originally uploaded by Emma Bradshaw.

Just come back from an enchanting holiday with Featherdown Farms, in gorgeous tents, with woodburning stoves, bluebells outside the door, candles for light in the evening, aaahhhh peace and quiet? Well apart from the boys, who played with the water pump, waited and waited for the chickens to lay them an egg, made friends and had great adventures. I miss it already!

Sunday, 4 May 2008

mellow man....

family jazz breakfast , originally uploaded by Emma Bradshaw.

this should of been a civilised affair, watching a band over breakfast and the Sunday papers, but the boys fuelled by a chocolate croissant, were enjoying running up and down the corridor instead! It didn't matter and nobody minded, but sometimes we forget how little they are (4 & 2) when we go to things like this and expect them to watch and sit down for an hour!

I just got fed up hearing my voice saying 'don't run off!' - they were having a ball and seemed to be masterminding a new game of 'wind your parents up' which they have only played as amatuers before now, but are beginning to understand quite powerful they can be if they join forces - divide and conquer I say! But it is nice to see them getting on so well, even if it's to get the better of me! Let the games begin...

Friday, 2 May 2008

sleeping bag

sleeping bag, originally uploaded by Emma Bradshaw.

Finished one, two to go as I must get them ready before our camping trip, again, an entry for my 'seemed like a good idea at the time' award as again these are hand stiched and even have zips! I really must borrow mums sewing machine! I used some remnants of a lovely Cath Kidston cowboy fabric and lined with a brown fleecy material, lovely and cosy.

Thursday, 1 May 2008

Happy May Day

May pole dancing , originally uploaded by Emma Bradshaw.

Maypole dancing is a form of folk dance from western Europe, especially England, Sweden and Germany, with two distinctive traditions. In the most widespread, dancers perform circle dances around a tall pole which is decorated with garlands, painted stripes, flowers, flags and other emblems. In the second, dancers dance in a circle each holding a coloured ribbon attached to a much smaller pole; the ribbons are intertwined and plaited either on to the pole itself or into a web around the pole. The dancers may then retrace their steps exactly in order to unravel the ribbons. Ours was a simple affair just walking one way then the other wearing our May Day crowns!

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