1 September 2014

Family - more from the weekend

It has been a busy weekend, - the meetup on Saturday, a visit to my parents on Friday, a long walk, blackberry picking/jam making yesterday.  I'm sure I go to work just for a rest, lets hope the boss never reads this!

Friday - Rachel and I took Jess to visit her great grandparents, we had a lovely day, and Jess was pure entertainment, dishing out lots of smiles and charming them both. I shall be very glad when the improvements to the A11 are finished as it took us over 2 hours to get home and Miss J was a very unhappy little girl for the stationary portion of the journey.  Normal journey time is around 1 hour 10mins.

on the train with great-grandad

Girls - 4 generations

Sunday - we decided to take ourselves off for a walk and pick some blackberries.  There are so many about this year, and as we are completely out of blackberry jam - Ru's favourite - I needed to restock.

we picked just under 6lbs
 We had a lovely walk, picked some wild hops, saw some wild bees, and just enjoyed the sunshine, a pub lunch and one anothers company

Chicken of the woods
Bell vine
wild bees - bottom of the opening

Scampi, chips and mushy peas
have man why carry - see his hands are still free
"water sausages" - according to Rufus
Granny jam - blackberry and apple
All in all it was a great weekend, no plans for this weekend coming. I'm sure there will be plenty to do, there always is. Lots of garden jobs. The weather is supposed to stay warm, though currently its pouring with rain.

Oh before I forget, here's a bit of knitting I've not shared

a basic beanie I forget to show you finished
Aviatrix hat - love this have another on the go now
a spare bunny for Miss J as its a firm favourite
and nothing worse than losing a favourite, especially at bedtime!

31 August 2014

Family - a Burghley get together

On Saturday we finally got to have our aborted get together with friends.  Venue Burghley Garden of Surpises.

After a cool start, too cool for the children to strip off and play in the fountains, we managed our picnic in the sunshine. A lovely day was had by all.

This friendship goes back years, actually more years than I care to admit! Judy and I first met when we were 12 and we cycled to school together. Judy was the year above me being just slightly older, but we worked part time and socialised together.  We met our husbands at the same time, they being friends from their village and school.  So as you can imagine we all have lots of shared memories. Whilst Judy's family moved away to Northampton before they got married we kept in touch and visited one another a fair bit.  Both of us went on to have 2 daughters a piece - their daughters being Katie and Chloe, who both have a daughter each Charlotte and Amelie. We have shared holidays and weekends away.  We don't see one another that often these days, life and families take up lots of spare time (we wouldn't have it any other way), but when we do, we just pick up where we left off.  Easy friendship, and I am thankful for it.

So without further ado, here is my photographic record of the day. Hopefully Katie and Chloe's husband's, who weren't able to join us on this occasion will enjoy them and feel a little bit part of the day.

The "boys" catching up, took them a while to walk down.......

Miss C wasn't too happy about her granny holding Miss J

Rufus with his new school haircut

he still has a few curls just at the back

Tim kindly took a group photo, Laurie decided he wasn't going to be in it either, though you can just see him popping up in the moving one, thanks Google

The ball game started to get a bit rough!

A lovely day, thank you all for coming and to Beck and Chloe for arranging it.