A very quick catch up (Matt was away last week in Hungary and Slovakia, and the evenings were too long to leave time for much by the time I had got them all to sleep, cleared up, and got ready for the next day…)

last Sunday – we had friends to lunch. Bee and their 6 year old daughter spent the afternoon making perfume out of rose petals.

Monday – Matt had a day off and we went to Houghton Mill (pronounced Ho -ton ) with 4 other families. It’s a National Trust place, and as we have group educational membership they opened for us and gave us a “tour”.

Tuesday – lunch and play at J, F and T’s. JJ tired and Littlest a bit unsettled but a lovely morning anyway.

Wednesday – We planned to go on the NVR railway, but I couldn’t find the membership cards, so we went to Ferry Meadows instead.

Thursday – pottered locally. play area, charity shop (found A Tale of Two Bad Mice and a Dr Seuss, both on tape)

Friday – spent the day at the farm with another HE family. Beautiful day, lots of chatting. Came home and made scones with our Houghton Mill flour.

Saturday – Matt came back with a bug. While he spent the morning recovering I assembled our ant world and discovered how difficult it is to catch ants (unharmed). Matt had bought the boys a loom kit, so in the afternoon he began that with them and showed us the photographs he had taken.

Sunday – Church in the morning. Matt tried to catch more ants in the afternoon. We have about 10 now. 25 – 40 are recommended.

Monday – J and I took the children to Stanwick Lakes with the EO group. Lots of water, sand and climbing. The children loved it, though it was so busy trying to watch them all it was difficult to stop and chat to people. Pictures to follow when Matt has time.

Today – lots of parcels this morning. Our local e-bay seller brought some books over so we read some of those this morning, and then I motored through as much laundry and tidying as I could before heading over to Ferry Meadows this afternoon. The parcels also included a new buggy snuggle which is gorgeous and fits JJ much better than the baby cosy-toes, and a new drink bottle for Bee, which he carried around with him all day.

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