Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Egg Hunt

I keep meaning to take more video of the kids, but of course it takes so long to upload and uses up so many bytes of my blog. I wonder what will happen when I have used them all up? I can't post the longest video, because the file size is too large.

Anyway, we made a treasure trail and the kids had to follow a map to find the eggs.

Thursday, 21 April 2011


We're at it again. We have a French family Couchsurfing with us all week. They are a family of three - Kinnie, Maxime and Aaron, their son. We went swimming and out for a meal yesterday. Today I'm planning an Easter egg hunt, which will hopefully be successful. The weather has been gorgeous - hot and sunny all week. They have been very lucky for their first trip.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Too Good To Miss

It's sunny. In fact it has been sunny most of the week. I've been mucking around doing *stuff* all week - getting to the end of another issue of Compass, hosting a Couchsurfer from Wales, doing acres of washing at Mum's (I still don't have a washing machine that works), walking the dog, planning for work next week. [Woohoo! I actually have some! Shame it's in the Easter holidays when the kids will be at home. :o( Still, best not to look a gift horse in the mouth.]
So, with the sun shining and all my little people racing around the house trashing it, I thought it best to get them OUT into the solar healing.
Cue me printing off a local walk we'd not tried before. It started at Upper Arley - a small village on the River Severn.

We followed the directions across numerous fields and over stiles, round farmyards and past barn conversions.
The dog nearly choked himself straining to chase sheep. The sheep made a hasty getaway and no damage was done. The trail followed the river for a couple of miles back to the car-park, where we all had ice-creams and felt virtuous.It claimed to be a 4.5 mile walk, but even with children it must have been longer. We took 2h 45m to complete it, and we hardly stopped, so unless our walking pace is similar to escargot, I'm guessing it's further. Either way, it was an enjoyable afternoon.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Six Miles

I don't know where the time goes. Last Sunday we decided to take a walk, following the River Severn to Stourport, like I've done several times before, but this time walking back again down the other side. Knowing that the kids would need a break, we decided to have lunch half way. It was a gorgeous day out, not really sunny but pleasant weather for walking. The kids had a great time and Nick only really started complaining of 'glowing feet' towards the end. All the photos are from Sunday.

Following that, on Monday I actually had some work! Amazing! Strange how the new financial year allows schools to start hiring supply staff again. So I did a day in a school near Telford, which was OK despite its bad reputation. Then I raced back to do some tutoring before hanging around for a couple of hours waiting for the big twins to come back from ice-skating.
When the mini-bus did finally arrive, a selection of bruised and battered Scouts tumbled, limping, out of it. Mel spent the next two days complaining of a 'sprained ass' and Donny had a purple knee. Friend Dan came off worst and ended up with a plaster-cast on his arm the following day.
On Thursday there was a concert at Strings. Donny played her violin (she's getting quite good at it now) but Dan could only watch. Broken arms are not ideal accompaniments to musical renditions.
The following day I had a job interview. You all know how much I loathe them. This is a job going out to schools and teaching kids how to ride their bikes safely. It won't make me rich, but it should be fun, and we definitely all need more fun. Well, for the first time ever, I think, I actually got the job! I don't think I have ever passed an interview before. Woohoo! Anyway, it comes with training - like First Aid, and Bike Maintenance - which will no doubt come in useful.
Donny and Mel and the One Arm Bandit Dan have gone off with the Scouts again. This time they are walking in Snowdonia. I hope they are having a nice time. It's amazing how quiet the house is with only two kids in it. I would have liked to go to, but I consoled myself by climbing the Malverns, which you can read about here.