On a walk through the woods behind our house. This was probably October.
Early morning at Brightlingsea to watch the start of the barge race. That would have been September.
(and smack race)
Dismantling the play house ready to move.
Last sailing at Priory? Matt, Bee and 2 little ones in the Wanderer, JJ and Bear in a Topper (Bear in water after a capsize practice) and Mip on a paddle board.
After the move – taking an afternoon off at Pin Mill.
Picnic at Colchester castle after the dentist
Paddling on the road during a very high tide.
Wivenhoe sailing club. Note the yellow wod (Wivenhoe One Design) in the background.
Another day out at Clacton air show.
First sail at Ardleigh Sailing club in a Merlin.
Matt crewing in a Wod race (the yellow one)
A quick check…
….then Bee an Mip had the first sail. All well – no leaks!
Meanwhile the little one, Roo and I were taken out on the safety boat to take photographs.
Then it was Bear’s turn.
I think I may have caught up with posting the summer’s photos!
One of the things I’m wishing I was recording better are the books we read as a family and the i player watching. Most of these I have forgotten now. Anyway, currently Matt is reading The Lord of the Rings with the children, I have just finished the Jim Elliot biography and started on Harriet Tubman, and we are watching Tudor Monastery Farm and Frozen Planet.
Our Museum Ticket from last year was still in date, so before and after our usual Cefn Lea week in Wales we stayed at the Ironbridge YHA and re-visited some of the Museums.
Below MIP is filling some plaster moulds at Blist’s Hill Victorian Town.
Bear and Littlest at the China Museum.
Games at the YHA Open day – what a team!
On the way from Ling’s Meadow to J’s mothers we called in at Woolverstone Marina to see if the Nancy Blackett was home. She was, and the Skipper and Mate who had just arrived kindly took the children aboard and showed them around. Picking up on our children’s enthusiasm they then decided the depth finder should be checked.
Next they decided the sails needed checking. We took some very happy children home that night (and then joined the Nancy Blackett Trust).