So, it’s the end of another summer and it’s been a great one!
Lots of lovely hot sunny days spent with people I love, lots of fun days out and some pretty big changes too!
We moved house in the middle of August, we’ve got a lovely old house with a huge kitchen and a lovely cellar that Kia has turned into a cosy bedroom for herself.
Evie has a huge double bedroom to fill with her Xbox and various other bits of geekery and as always Scott and myself have drawn the short straw and have the little bedroom, which is currently filled with boxes and boxes of craft supplies including 10 very large boxes of wool!
We had so much help from our lovely friends and family moving house and Scott’s brilliant parents came all the way from Inverness to clean and decorate the new house before we moved in.
So we’ve been here a month and still not finished unpacking or putting up furniture…but otherwise its perfect, we’ve already had guests to stay.
Kias friend Penny came for 5 nights before heading home to Denmark and then Mica and her boyfriend Danny were here last week when they came home from Cheltenham for a few days.
Hopefully we’ll be unpacked and organised sooner rather than later as I’m planning a house warming party in a few weeks!
Other things we’ve enjoyed this summer is a new found love of geocaching , if you not know what geocaching is…it’s a worldwide treasure hunt, looking for containers holding one times nothing more than a teeny roll of paper on which to sign your name. You get the GPS Coordinates from the official geocaching website, and use your phone with GPS enabled or another handheld GPS device to track down the geocache, be warned if you give it a go…it’s pretty bloody addictive!
http://www.geocaching.com/ is where to look if you’re at all intrigued by it!
And finally to end our brilliant summer…we had lots of music recently in the form of a very very muddy weekend at LeedsFestival, I went with Kia, Evie and my little sister Hermione. Even though Evie and Hermione have been to festivals before, this was the first time they were really into the whole thing, the music, the silliness, the general festival spirit and of course the never ending MUD!
We saw some amazing bands including Nine Inch Nails, Fall Out Boy, Villagers, The Lumineers, System of a Down, Green Day, Foals, Is Tropical, The 1975, Chase and Status and the absolute high point of the weekend Eminem!!
And following closely on the heels of Leeds Festival was a musical evening at the bisque painting studio Les Cadeaux in our village with our very talented friend Kayla Kavanagh playing there, in the break between segments of her set Evie payed ‘Yellow Submarine’ with Neil the owner of Les Cadeaux and Evie’s guitar tutor, it was a wonderful night, Kayla is talented and funny and a lovely person too and seeing my little girl sat playing her guitar in front of a roomful of people was the icing on a big fat cake!
So, we are well and truly into September now, the weather is much, much cooler already and the nights seem to have drawn in super fast.
We are back on track with our lessons and Evie has the LEA assessor coming to visit us next week.
Our current topics are The Romans for history, Australia for geography and The Solar System for science, so lots of fun coming up with those!
That’s all for now
There’s nothing much can beat a summer weekend when there’s nothing much to do except relax and enjoy the sunshine.
Evie spent most of the weekend chasing around with Hermione and some friends, soaking each other with water pistols or squeezy bottles filled with water, which is what we used for water fights when I was a kid!
Me and Scott spent sometime painting at the village studio ‘Les Cadeaux ‘, we went to see ‘World War Z’ and we spent all this afternoon watching Andy Murray win Wimbledon!
World War Z was a really good film, I wanted to see it because I love anything with zombies and as I read the book recently it made me want to see it all the more.
I really, really enjoyed the book but couldn’t see how it would translate into a film as its just a series of interviews with survivors of the zombie war, but if you haven’t read the book or you can detach yourself from it and accept the film as a story in its own right then it’s a bloody good film!
We saw it in 3D and all I can say about that is…3D zombies…wowzers!! There was one point early on in the film where I jumped like I’ve never jumped before as a big scary 3D zombie suddenly popped up in front of me, and I do not usually scare easily!
The film was tense from the start and had a bit of a nail biting edge to it all the way through, the ending was a bit predictable and sentimental for my liking, I know I’m awful but I love miserable, depressing, unhappy endings (my all time fave film is ‘Requiem For a Dream).
Anyway if you like a bit of zombie action or a bit of Brad Pitt or just a good, jumpy story go see it!
In very brief other news, I shed a few tears when Andy Murray won the tennis this afternoon, I’m so happy that he won, he always seems so very serious and he’s such a nice guy…I hope he lightens up a bit and enjoys his moment of glory!
Until next time
Evie’s project this week is Saltaire and Sir Titus Salt, the wool manufacturer and philanthropist from Yorkshire.
Sir Titus Salt built the model village Saltaire on land he had acquired near to Shipley, he decided to relocate his mill and workers out of the it’s of Bradford after a cholera outbreak killed over 300 people in Bradord.
Salt built houses for his workers, a church, school, hospital, an educational institute and almshouses for retired workers as well as his magnificent mills.
Saltaire had everything a good village in the mid 19th century should have except a pub! Sir Titus Salt was a strict teetotaller and insisted that his workers remain sober as well.
The streets of Saltaire were mostly named after members of the Salt family and two architects who contributed to the design and building of Saltaire, a few notable exceptions include a trio of streets named after flowers popular at the time and some streets named after royalty.
These days the mill hosts an exhibition by local artist David Hockney and some excellent historical information.
A brilliant restaurant and some rather lovely shops!
And the houses once occupied by mill workers are now highly desirable properties and the shops are mostly either speciality shops or sadly empty, although we did see one, ‘Salts Village Bakery’ where my Grandma worked a long time ago, and where they make and sell the most deeee-licious spinach and feta pasties!
We also found the street where my Dad lived when him and Mum first met and where my Grandma still lived when I was first born and we spotted houses where various relatives have lived over the years.
We had a yummy picnic in Roberts Park and a good walk around it, culminating in a run around (for the kids) in the playground…although I had a quick bounce on a trampoline and our friend Helen slid down the slide a few times, looking out over the river Aire from the playground we could see a weir in the river where as a child I begged and begged to be allowed to play with all the lucky kids who were allowed to play in the water…I was never ever allowed though!!
The weather was on our side yesterday too which helped make it yet another lovely day out!
Until next time
I know I’ve only been writing this blog for a week but I want to review the whole month of June because its been a great month all round.
We’ve had some great days out, The Magna Science centre in Rotherham, Experience Barnsley, the open studio and walk around Skipton and the end of year exhibition at Batley Art School.
We’ve crafted loads.
We’ve started our homeschool adventure and completed a very successful first week.
We’ve had five amazing days in Portugal, we lost a day and a half because of the French air traffic controllers strike.
We’ve eaten some lovely food and I’ve drank endless good coffees!
We helped out at a local litter pick to make our village a nicer place for everyone and we met Dan Jarvis our MP when he unveiled a plaque commemorating the Queens coronation.
And most importantly we’ve spent lots of time with our amazing family and friends, we celebrated a 71st birthday, we had a goodbye party for my sisters mother-in-law and my good friend as she’s just moved to Exmouth, and we had a visit from our middle daughter Mica.
All in all Junes been a brill month!
Our middle daughter Mica lives and works in Cheltenham so we don’t see anywhere near enough of her, but she’s been home for a visit this week.
As she was leaving to go home this afternoon we decided to go for lunch at the cafe in our village. Corner Cafe is the little cafe just a few minutes walk from our home, the owners Bev and Dean are really friendly and always willing to accommodate the endless strange requests we make with our orders!
And we are a fussy bunch, in our extended family we are almost all vegetarian, some are vegan and one is a raw vegan! Then we’ve got a coeliac and a couple who want milk in their drinks, but only non dairy milk and as I had a gastric bypass last year, I only eat teeny tiny meals, which again they are happy to make for me.
Luckily for us Corner Cafe sell great food, salads, soup, panninis, breakfasts in both meat eating and meat free varieties, the most delicious ice cream ever and loads of lovely looking cakes. But most importantly of all they sell bloody good coffee, I hate to eat anywhere where the coffee is rubbish, ( there is a notable exception to this that I’ll write about another time).
Anyway what was going to be a quiet lunch for the five of us turned into a riotous lunch for 12 of us!
We had to put two tables together and squeeze around them, we were loud and there was lots of laughter and shouting up and down the table, for some reason everyone was showing off their whistling skills or lack of them in some cases…like erm…me!
I don’t think I’ve mentioned yet I’m an avid hooker and managed to fit a few rounds of my latest project in whilst I was waiting for everyone to arrive!
Mica left just after half past 2 with me promising to go to Cheltenham as soon as I can to visit her there, so hopefully I’ll get a couple of nice sunny days down there with her.