Friday, 31 August 2012

Sherwood Forest


The other day we took a trip to Sherwood Forest

You know the actual home for Robin Hood and his merry men (in green figure hugging tights apparently)... 

Some say it's purely folklaw/myth others say its based on a real outlaw... 
*Tut* haven't they seen Robin Hood Prince of Thieves? It is so obviously real (despite Kevin Costner having an American accent in the movie).

I've wanted to visit this place for ages...
Isaac absolutely refused to accept that Little John was the bigger man...
My favourite part of course was the walk through the woods to find the Major Oak. The very Oak that is claimed to have been used by Robin Hood as a hide out...

Come for a little walk with me will you?....
It's a beautiful forest... 
With clearly some really old trees within it...
Although am I the only one that can see wooden boobs all over the tree in the left photo...?
Just me then huh?

There are 'things' to climb...
As well as cool places to get your head stuck...
Aw posing for Grandpa...

You know me and trees. I can't enough of walking in the woods at the best of times...


Okay I admit it. I'm a total tree hugger...
There are cool wooden statues everywhere like this laughing tree, which as you can see achieved its desired effect...
Then you finally reach the major oak. I was all 'this better be big after such a 'major' build up'...

And it was! The photos don't do it justice, it's so big its held up by freaking metal poles...

And it's next to a place where the boys can build their own dens and pretend to be real Outlaws...
Any minute now Kevin Costner is going to come running out of the trees claiming he would die for me...

Any minute now...

We wouldn't make it as outlaws though. In no time at all Isaac was doing the 'i'm hungry' dance...
I'm not kidding. That is what he is actually doing.

We found a cool spot to eat though...
Plus there is a really cool playground...

'Come on little buddy follow me...'
 'um...a little help here...'

Hee! I hope you enjoyed the walk as much as we did x

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Wordless Wednesday: loving the bees

If you forget about the whole stinging thing, close up bees look all soft and fluffy...

You could almost just give it a little stroke...




Luckily for me, I didn't.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Sunday is easily my favourite day of the week...

Sunday is easily my favourite day of the week.

It was not always so.

Saturday was the obvious favourite as a child with morning cartoons and playing all day with friends. No obligations whatsoever just a day for fun.

Back then Sunday however had obligations aplenty. It was the day we went to church. I didn't hate going to church but it made the day feel more serious. There were important things to be done before fun could be had. You know? I had to dress smartly, be polite and well behaved in front of all the old people and during the service I had to sit and listen to someone talk for what used to feel like an age. That's not to say it was completely unenjoyable. I liked the singing and it wasn't long before I was found chasing my friends around the graveyard, playing hide and seek, doing cartwheels and headstands, climbing all over the gravestone (yikes!) and eventually going home with my smart clothes looking like they have been through a hedge backwards (which they probably had). We also went to church in the evening too and sometimes over to the old peoples home to do a visit and service there. So you weren't home free until later in the evening which is when you get that 'it's the evening before you go back to school' feeling.

I no longer go to church or have those beliefs but somehow Sunday has become an important day. A good day.

As some of you know unless the weather is rubbish I often go for a bike ride on my own...

I love it because I do a little exercise but mostly because I take pictures and enjoy the surroundings. It's almost like meditation...

I'm reminded of lyrics from that Faithless song 'This is my church, this is where I heal my hurts...' I often think that even those of us unable to believe in God still need a place to reflect and find peace. This is where I get mine.

Taking the time to breath in the fresh air and notice the little things we normally miss when busy...
A reminder that no matter what life is good.

Sometimes you have to set up the good, which is where Pancake Sunday started...
Hubby makes the best American style thick pancakes. These ones were filled with banana and were soooo good. I say hubby makes them but he always has helpers...

I say use the word helping loosly as it usually consists of lots of this...
We set the table and pour the all important tea...
And within what seems like minutes our table looks like this...
Don't worry about those left overs we eat them for snack later ha!

And it was good.

Then the rest of the day is for play, see friends, do a blog post, take some more photos whatever you fancy. I think there is an unspoken rule about no housework which is a little like a day of rest.

Last Sunday I finally finished putting up photos on our bare walls. I take all these photos and then I never display them. So while the boys watching My Iron Giant (omg I love that film) I put them up...

What do you think?

Let me tell you about this picture! 
It is maps of our Favorite places in the world. The first heart is a map of Becket Massachusetts, the summer camp where we met. The second is Grachen in Switzerland were Tim has family and where we got engaged. And the last picture is Woolacombe North Devon where I have family and where we got married.


I saw it on Pinterest (which I am totally addicted to btw) and immediately went to the website to get one of my own. If you are interested it you can find it here. I'm not getting paid to advertise for them I just love it so much and the service was excellent. It was a little pricey so we got it as a long overdue anniversary gift for each other. By that I mean for the last 3 years we've had no money and said we will get something at some point and then never get around to it.

Sunday is a great day for doing those things you always mean to do but never do! Actually as you can see I find that Sunday is a great day for many things.

x



Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Trip to Newcastle

As I previously mentioned we recently went on a trip to Newcastle to see my friend Fiona get married.

For the second time.

To the same man.

Wait what?

Well she went and moved to Australia. Because she said she wanted to and that's the kind of girl she is. She does the stuff other people talk about doing but never do. I love that about her. Her and her hubby got married in Australia (wedding number 1) but as lots of people couldn't go all the way to Australia they came back to do it twice (wedding number 2). Why have one wedding when you can have two right? She's good like that. I didn't take any photos of the wedding because my boys were everywhere. I spent all my energy trying to make sure we didn't lose them and that they weren't taking people out on the dance floor. Luckily Tim got a shot of us together. Doesn't she look beautiful?

We met at summer camp (where I also met hubby) and it was love at first sight (with her then hubby ha!).
This girl is all kinds of fun and I heart her alot! I can't wait for all our holidays down under!

So we decided to spend a couple of days in Geordie land and I know I promised you trillions of photos but on the first day I had forgotten to charge my camera. On another trip I forgot to bring it with me and the rest of the time I was trying to rein in two over tired and over excited boys...

Oh and the dog ate my homework...

Still I did take some photos obviously!

We went to the sealife centre in Tynemouth which was really good! Right off the bat Lucas makes a new friend and refuses to move on...
 I can see the attraction...

Sort of ...
Holy space creatures what on earth are these?!...
Now this I have seen before, so pretty...
Now we get to the fish who look so pleased to see us...
What's that now? Where's Nemo?
How the devil should I know?

Oh don't give me that fish stare I have no idea! You all look the same to me...
 Ask him I think he knows something...

And just when we thought things couldn't get more exciting it did...
Great stuff!

We also went to the beach. The day when it was really hot and we swam in the sea was the day I didn't charge my camera. So you'll just have to make do with the day it was kind of cloudy so we just hung out on the sand a bit...

Which was kind of fun too...
Despite bringing an array of buckets and spades Isaac seemed content to just roll about it...


And lucas?

Well he just wanted to eat it *rolls eyes*
Don't be fooled, it may look like chocolate but it is definitely sand.

And when he wasn't eating sand for lunch 
he was following Isaac everywhere...
And when Isaac didn't want to play with him? 
Well I think you can see what happened...
Daddy as usual got in on the action...
And even risked my wrath by using my camera slyly to get some shots of me when I wasn't looking...

And what is the first thing the lens sees? 

Me telling off Isaac for kicking sand in Lucas' face! Seriously I make him look so good with his athletic lifts and jumps and this is what I get?!
It gets better...sort of
The only way to make Lucas go in the direction you need him to go is to carry him on your hip. We do that alot...

Finally me playing with Lucas...

Or I'm playing rugby with my child as the ball. Same thing.

What? They love being chucked around...
And a trip to the beach wouldn't be complete without showing off your muscles. At least I think that's what he's doing? Unless hes trying to perfect the art of standing up sleeping...
 My kids are nuts...

Lastly before we waved goodbye to lovely Newcastle we met up with Fiona and Mark at a nearby farm...

Where the birds were pretty...
And the pigs were...

Oh my...
And the goats were friendly...

And the sheep hmm...a little static.

So much fun in such little time.

I'm not gonna lie I'm knackered.

So long Geordie land. It's been fun x