A third sister in May.
Taking up the old floor in the new house prior to the builders moving in.
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)
crabbing from the board walk.
Lolly sticks and a glue gun have produced weeks’ worth of modelling – houses, planes, and especially boats.
After a winter of sanding, varnishing , painting and fixing leaks the mirror was ready to sail.
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.
And then the baby decided she needed to go out too. (she wailed and shouted for a very long time until I gave in). JJ also went out too, but that picture doesn’t seem to have made it here.
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.
We stopped off here on our way home from Ironbridge. We had watched some of the TV series beforehand, and finished it when we got back. I forget what it was called…
Sailing continued thrice weekly into the autumn, and is now just once a week for the winter.
Making the most of one of the last warm days of the year at a local park.
We went out with the 4 younger ones for a short while and came back to find apple crumble being made……
We met with friends at Bolsover Castle – roughly halfway between the 2 families. There’s 13 children there!!
JJ completed the Rubik’s cube for the first time while we were away at Cefn Lea. He’s been studying a book about it and since has become steadily more proficient.
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!
We found some Common Newts in our garden.
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).
At Ling’s Meadow near Thetford Forest. We joined J’s brother and girl friend at this lovely camp site. We visited Thetford Forest and an ‘Anglo Saxon Reconstruction Village’, which was holding a re-enactment day.