Friday, August 10, 2012

August Already?

Is it really August?  I mean, are we really into month eight?  Are you sure?  My oh giddy my.

Things have been trundling along relatively nicely here at Pollard towers.  We have had a few things that haven't been particularly fun - including the X-Box deciding to give up (covered by guarantee as we've only had it since Christmas), and this evening our car decided it wanted to stay longer at the country park we had driven to.  We found out that sitting in the pitch black dark, surrounded by trees, for over an hour with 3 children aged 1, 7 and 10, isn't the best of fun.  Thank goodness for the word association game that managed to raise more than a few giggles.

The X-Box issue hasn't really been a problem for me, in fact it's been quite a relief.  Throughout the day it was very often in use by at least one of the children and it's been a welcome break to either a) not have the television on at all, or b) to have the TV all to myself and be able to watch the Olympic coverage without hassle from littlies. The breakage couldn't have happened at a better time - in fact one might almost think that mama arranged it - but alas, I'm not that wicked.

The car problem might cause me more distress. As pretty as it is to suddenly have lights appear on the dashboard, of course it doesn't bode well.  We had had a lovely couple of family (without teens) hours walking around a country park and nature reserve, admiring the wildfowl and walking the dog.  We returned to the car and ...

Nothing.

Splutter splutter splutter.... cough cough..... splutter.

Joy.

For 5 minutes or so we consoled ourselves with the fact that we were sat in the car and thus sheltered, we weren't causing an obstruction as we were in the car park, and we had parked near enough to the visitor centre to receive the light.  Then the lights went off (it was nearly 10pm after all), and there we were, sat in total utter darkness surrounded in the most part by trees.  Rather creepy so I demanded we lock the doors.  Funny (not really) just how vulnerable I felt.  There was nobody else around, no walkers and no cars, just darkness and shadows.   We entertained ourselves with a game of word association which raised a few giggles - it's a great game to psychoanalyse your children ;)

We phoned the RAC and they made contact in just over an hour.  By 11pm we were home with an upset and very tired bubba.  We have arranged for a mechanic to come out to us on Monday to assess the issue, the light is still showing on the dashboard so there is obviously an issue - I just hope it's not too costly as money, well, any spare money is pretty much non-existent here.

In happier news, I celebrated my 37th birthday on Thursday.  We were going to go out for an evening meal, but instead decided to make the most of the yellow stuff in the sky and went for a picnic instead.  We packed our bags and trundled off to Bellever Forest on Dartmoor.  As always a great time was had by all.  We took the dog and she had a fabulous time running us ragged as we threw her ball - over and over and over and...

She did take time to rest and chew...



Happy girl :)

We admired the utterly gorgeous views...


Took time to explore and climb...





Ensured we got plenty of rest...




There were thoughtful moments of blissful ponder...




and lots of smiles and cuteness...





We examined things...


and found "fairies"...



Pure utter cuteness and joy, she kept pointing and exclaiming she had found fairies, I love her.

Of course, as always, sticks played quite a large part in the proceedings...


but we still managed to find the time to see the beauty around us...


and enjoy time together...


We walked, we talked, we ate food, and we grinned...


I may be 37 in the real world, but in my heart and rainbow filled bubble I'm still a sprightly 17 year old...hence the hair!

So, what else have we been up to?

Well, since the X-Box has had a paddy and ceased to exist, creativity has been in abundance - particularly for Callum, the X-Box King.  I am almost tempted to hide the fact that the console is fixed when it returns as I've totally loved seeing Callum engrossed in things other than being controlled by a screen.  He has done a few experiments, crafted, drawn and painted.  He has also been trying to read far more frequently than before, and shown a real interest in books for the first time.  Hmmm.

Callum, Tiegan and Joseph have also been spending far more time in the garden, which Taisia has adored.  They've played with water, bounced on the trampoline, and played numerous role-play games.  It's been good.

Chelsea has been preparing for college - brushing up on her maths skills and organising what she needs to buy - materials and uniform.  She has to go for another open-day thingy-ma-bob at the end of August which seems to be a bit of a tedious time-wasting opportunity for Chelsea as it is more focused on those that need to go in and show their exam certificates.  Never mind, I guess the more she becomes accustomed to the building and system, the better.

Home-Ed group this week was a trip to Brixham.  We were blessed with a beautifully sunny day and made the most of it by staying outdoors.  The group itself was a very quiet one as many members weren't able to make it due to a variety of reasons, but we had a great time anyway.  We tried our hand at crab-lining for the very first time.  We had a few nibbles, but nothing biting.  Callum loved the challenge anyway and would like to do it again.


We ate chips by the sea, and sat on the beach.  Some of the children explored the rock pools, whilst others sat and chatted - firmly securing friendships.

We saw fantastic ships and posed for photographs...




What else can I tell you...

Aha, we have a new addition!!!

We have a new beautiful (truly beautiful) budgie.  I have been looking for a friend for our solo budgie Belle for a while now.  Some of you will know that we used to have a far few birdies at one time.  They had free-range of a spare room and had the use of a massive cage - I think we had nine at one point.  Sadly as always they departed one by one until only precious Belle was left.

We moved her into the living room so she wasn't alone as much, but her zest for life was diminishing.  I saw an advert stating that a new home was needed for a budgie after a child had lost interest and thought it might be the perfect companion for our old girlie.

Introducing Yuki...


Yuki (formerly Harry, but as that is the name of our cat I thought consequences could be disastrous if when called both appeared!).  Cute eh?

Belle and Yuki have already become firm friends (it was touch and go at their first meeting, Belle made lots of noise and appeared territorial, but within minutes the domestic was over).



Here's Yuki playing peek-a-boo, such a character!


My long-term aim is to start a small scale breeding enterprise, but that is some way off for now.  I think it will be a great educational tool for the children as we can learn about generics etc, and each of us can play a part in the hand taming experience.  I'm in the planning stages and we are learning all we need to know about the best way of doing things and necessary precautions and equipment. 

I think that is everything all up to date now.  Tomorrow is our wedding anniversary - 17 years!  Then on Tuesday is my husbands birthday.  Hopefully we shall still have a little extra cash available after the car saga to treat ourselves to a cheap meal out as way of celebration.

1 comment:

  1. Happy Anniversary to both of you! 17 years - how lovely! xx

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