Monday 16 February 2009

A lovely weekend

It started off on Friday evening. Meeting up with some friends, old and new, to sit, eat homemade cake, knit and chat. It was definitely my kind of evening, and hopefully it will become a regular event.

Saturday was relaxed, with no tennis lessons first thing as it is half term. As much as Alec enjoys it, it is rather difficult getting up early at the weekend, especially when it is so cold... roll on the spring. Alec and Ethan, instead spent most of the day playing outside with the neighbours boys, whilst Luke and I went to a lego exhibition held by George (one of Jo's boys). He had been working very hard all week on his creations, and Luke was very impressed with Indy stuff!

Sunday we initially thought we would head to Malvern and take the children up the hills. But as ever, we weren't organised enough, and we ran out of time. Instead we headed to some local woods, about 2 miles away. I used to go there as a child, but there were always people riding motorbikes through it. I was very impressed with it now. No motorbikes for a start! But the woods were very well managed, and as parking was so difficult, there were very few people there.

There is something very spiritual about woods, a sense of calm, of age old knowledge. We could have walked for ages, but it was getting dark. We found a rabbit warren, trees on impossible cliffs with their roots exposed, but keeping them upright. Other trees that had fallen across ditches creating natural bridges (which Luke just had to traverse!), or other trees that had fallen or grown into natural shelters. We were all disappointed we had to cut our walk short, but I have a feeling we will be back there again soon. It really is a little treasure on our doorstep!

Tuesday 3 February 2009

Catching up

My goodness, where does time go? It's nearly a month since my last post, apologies.

Betty has had us all worried, with her moping around the garden all this last week. Took her to the vets, and the vet was also a keeper of chickens, so did a heavily discounted rate (always worth knowing!). He drew up some anti-biotics for us to administer to her by injection. Now I'm only just getting used to handling the chickens, let alone injecting them! He reassured me it was easy, and with Stuarts help it went ok, but I didn't like the idea of wielding a hypodermic needle around! The good news is she seems to be on the mend, there were a few mornings when I opened the hen house and I thought I would find her perished, but she seems to be made of strong stuff. Still don't know what she was fighting off, the vet ruled out egg perotinitis, which is what I was worried about (a broken egg inside of her that gets infected).

Oh, and whilst on the subject of chickens, Hetty is now laying regularly, and the boys are thrilled to be eating "Hetty eggs".

What about the children, all I seem to have posted about recently is chickens. Well, Luke got a head teachers commendation for a mosque that he built for a presentation. Apparently he is the first boy in the school to have got one since Christmas! Sophie is tentatively trying her first solids ( a bit of a mish mash of BLW and spoon fed weaning, which she is definitely getting the hang of, but the faces she pulls are quite hilarious!) She is also beginning to get slightly mobile with a combination of rolling, wiggling and "swimming" across the floor. I am going to have to get sooooo organised to get all the little bits out of her way otherwise we may have some "interesting" nappies!! Alec and Ethan have been their usual happy selves, but found the recent snow a little too cold for their liking!

Stuart has found his firebowl to be a great excuse to buy marshmallows, and toasting them out in the garden, but the chickens straw has dwindled very quickly, as it apparently make very good tinder!!

I am owing some posts regarding being tagged by Jo, and a tree of happiness by Moon Mumma and Joxy. I will address all of these in the next post!

I also realise I owe you all some pictures of many things. I will ask Stuart to give me a tutorial on uploading them, as I've been taking loads of photos in anticipation of getting them blogged, so please be patient.