Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Back into circulation again
Well I feel like you must all think I've disappeared off the face of the earth
Sorry everyone - I haven't forgotten you all, life has just been so hectic that blogging has had to take a bit of a back seat - but hey! I'm back again so prepare to have the pants bored back off you all again :o)
The past two to three weeks have been a real mixed bag - phew!
Our holiday in beautiful Devon was very mixed - the cottage was not good! I'll go no further on that one, sufficient to say that two tired parents in desperate need of a holiday, three lively children and two very intolerant grandparents used to their own space, all cooped up together in a small room about 16' x 13' for seating, cooking, eating and playing doesn't really work for harmonious living for a week
The holiday had lots of plus points too - Devon is a gorgeous county - put it on your itinerary if you ever come to the UK
The weather was mixed but never so cold or wet to stop us doing something (thank goodness, because a cold damp day in that room would have added further tensions to an already very strained situation) and we did manage one very hot day on the beach where the three kids tried their hand at sea kayaking for the first time, much to Daddy's delight!
Big PLUS point - found a craft exhibition with some quilting included - the quilt above was my favourite (sorry about the picture quality but it was in front of a window and the camera is still being temperamental) The exhibition was so varied and extensive that all seven of us got something out of it - even if the three boys did retire to the pub opposite for the latter part of the afternoon as we spent the best part of four hours there
We had good days and not so good days - my father at 76 has the maturity of a five year old a lot of the time and gets very jealous when my mum spends time with the grandchildren - he does attention seeking with knobs on and is prone to storming off to bed in a huff if things don't suit him (hence the five year old label!!!) - so things were often strained but on some days when he managed to get over that we had a lovely time
However I must say it'll definitely be THE last time we ever go on holiday with them - their generous offer to pay for the accommodation was repaid in time, energy and patience a hundredfold and we both feel like we need another holiday to get over it
Enough said on that front now - I'm going to get off my soapbox and stop whining - you don't need to hear any more but thanks for listening and letting me get some of it off my chest
Other parts of the holiday were lovely - the other photo shows the girls in the family dressed in Victorian clothes (the boys were too chicken!) when we visited a reconstruction site of a Victorian village built up around a tin mine - we could step back in time and see how people lived and worked around 150 years ago.
It very much reminded me of a place I visited in Indiana when I was over 15 years ago - Connor Prairie, if any of you are familiar with it
The picture, if nothing else has made me realise it's time to do something about the double chins that have miraculously developed since we moved here almost a year ago - groan!!!!!!!!!!!!
I haven't forgotten about our quilt show photos and will start posting them over the next few days - plus probably some more Devon photos to whet your appetite a little more
Good to be back!