Friday, 6 July 2012


Working anti-social hours and not having a reliable car limits my visits across to Immingham to see family. Luckily, Justine has family in Liverpool and calls in en-route. We thought we would celebrate this particular occasion with a picnic at Witton Park.

Thursday, 5 July 2012


Our good friends Paul and Liz visited, always a hoot. During after-dinner discussions Liz mentioned that she had always fancied visiting Malham cove, to which Craig replied it's only up the road, let's do it tomorrow! So, here are some shots of the expedition. Paul and Liz have three children and exploring with them has taught us all we need to know about motivating kids on long walks, mostly centred around praise and a large sweetie bag. Freya and Edie required some carrying up to the 'Limestone Pavement' but it was well worth it.

The route to the large rock face takes you along a valley floor, a stream runs through it with little bridges to cross for fun. It has always reminded me of a small scale Yosemite National Park.

Moomin enjoyed the walk along the valley floor, particulalry going for a swim in the stream but was less happy 'up top'. She was terrified of the 'clints' and 'grykes' that she had to traverse on the top of the cliff.

All in all, a great walk.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012


A random post just to mention Freya coming out of a cot into a big girl bed, and here it is. We have had surprisingly few hiccups so far.

While we are mentioning sleep... this is what I see whenever I pull up to the shops. They can be arguing, being noisy and kicking seats almost up to the second that I need to get them out of the car... then this happens, like some form of enchantment just to piss me off, but they do look cute!

Tuesday, 3 July 2012


Converse trainers are part of my mummy uniform. I did once comment that I would have been better off with two beer mats strapped to my bare feet, after a particularly painful pram push around Manchester. I have since relented and am now accustomed to them, although I wont be climbing Kinder Scout in them.

Thanks to Aunty Becky and Uncle Serge the girls have some snazzy 'only available in the States' mini Converse trainers to match mine. Here they are all lined up like little soldiers at 'Fidgets'.

Monday, 2 July 2012

Book reading

I am so excited. I am a massive book lover although as an adult I don't often get to indulge. I distinctly remember the joy of reading 'Jamaica Inn' from cover to cover whilst on holiday in Greece. It was the first book I had completed since Freya was born and it felt great.

Books have the ability to enrich our lives in a myriad of ways. I found this quote from Julia Donaldson, the new children's laureate  to illustrate this.

The reason I bring this up? Freya and I have just finished her first chapter of a real book, whoop,whoop. Fantastic Mr Fox, where better to start. There is so much that I want to share with her... the Magician's Nephew, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Willard Price and the list goes on and on...

This is my copy of the book from when I was a child and we even made our bookmark. I hope both girls develop a love of reading but really, what's not to love?

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Huntington Nature Trail

I have probably already waxed lyrical about the park opposite our house. It is fabulous any time of year and has provided hours of solace and excitement for children, adults and dogs alike. There has been a lot of care invested in the park and this exhibition is a testament to that. The Huntington Heritage trail in Bold Venture Park is a group of sculptures related to local history. It was commissioned by The Friends of Bold Venture group and funded with a lottery grant. The day of the unveiling was awash with Bucks Fizz and sunshine.

There were walking tours going on but we opted out, having been lucky enough to see all the pieces in various stages of installation and getting to chat with the artists to boot, very cultured. One of my favourite pieces are these contemporary speech bubbles that are barely visible in the trees.

Here is Edie exploring the 'Who Pays the Quarryman' carving in the rockface, it was created by the same sculptor who made the stone mason sculpture at the motorway junction, Thompson Dagnall.

The installations span across both top and bottom parks and here is Moomin sitting on 'Huntington's Parlour', an installation dedicated to a wallpaper designer from Darwen.

The sculptures are just weaving themselves into the fabric of the park now and, we probably don't even notice them but it is a really cool trail to follow for visitors to the area.