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Thursday, 28 August 2008

For Eleanor!

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Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Jump for joy

So we played at the harbour for quite a while, throwing stones and collecting shells and other interesting bits and pieces. Kali found a few pieces of decorated tile and really tiny scallop shell that was the most gorgeous colour of salmon pink. Wish I'd taken a photograph of it.

Here's one of Kali instead:

and one of Saffron (this one is my favourite of the whole weekend):

We bought some delicious ice creams and found a small park to sit and eat them in

We also found a low wall that was just crying out for this ....

.... and a Ninja jump too!

Aftwards, we went to the Aquarium at Macduff where we stood and watched the Wolf Fish (which are arguably the world's most ugly fish)and we stroked starfish, sea anenomes and sea urchins. We also watched a huge tank of rays swimming elegantly and occasionally popping their heads above the water and we were fascinated by a tank of jellyfish which were floating with the current. Such a great way to spend a few hours - unfortunately though, I don't have any photographs to share.

Sunday came and we all went to a lovely garden centre about 12 miles away, where Tim and I bought them all their very first Crocs!

After we got home, we just had to have a pic of our new footwear!

Clockwise from the bottom .... me, Saffron, Aaliyah, Kali, Cameron.

Posing girlies ...

Finally, on Sunday evening, we went 10-pin bowling!

Thirsty work!

And that,

as they say,

was that!


Monday, 25 August 2008


No, not reading books - but the Reading Festival. Kerry and Simon were away down to see the Sunday shows this year. This meant that Tim and I were in charge of the four grandkids for the weekend!

On Saturday, we took them to Portsoy, a lovely little fishing village about 30 miles along the coast from where we live. It's got picturesque old harbour .....

.... and up on the hill beside here, is what seems like a random old gable-end, with window ...

Somewhere, I have a photograph of my own two girls - at around this age - on this very window. I shall have to hunt it out sometime!

There's short-ish coastal path that leads to a disused outdoor tidal swimming pool, where we stayed for ages. Saffron and Kali were very interested in the rocks and stones and of course Tim, being a geologist, was in his element, pointing out to them the different gniesses, granites, sandstones, quartzites and schists, to name but a few!

(It's all schist to me! Lolol)

Aaliyah preferred to pose ....

While Cameron liked to do his own thing, as most boys do .....

Saffron led Tim to safety ...

.... and so did Cameron!

Then we went back to the harbour and taught Cameron how to skim stones! You can spot his stone in this shot!

More tomorrow!

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

School's out for ......

.... a strike.

My youngest grandchild (Saffron, 5) was supposed to start school today, but there was a strike of council workers here in Scotland, so she's couldn't go. The teachers themselves aren't on strike, but people like janitors, cleaners, auxliaries etc are all out, so most of the schools are closed. Poor Saffron was SO looking forward to it today.

Give her a few years and she wouldn't be so disappointed!

Quite a few members of our lovely little forum had a weekend get-together in Nottingham a couple of weeks ago. It was really, really lovely to meet some old friends again and to meet some new ones too.

I made this hanging organiser in Lorraine's Bind-it-All class ....

I used Cosmo Cricket papers, Basic Grey rubons and foam alphabet stamps. The black ink didn't stand out very well against the dark papers, so I highlighted each letter with a white gelly roll pen.

I made this bracelet in Jo's shrink plastic class ....

Then I decorated this candle in Claire's class ...

I tried the technique with a photograph when I got back home ....

It's not so pale in real life and I'm really happy with it. In case you're wondering ...... it's a photograph of Jodie when she was about 4 years old. She's 27 now. Oh my.


Monday, 18 August 2008

Lost in (cyber) Space

I knew I hadn't blogged for a wee while, but I hadn't realised it was SO long. Where does time go? I demand a refund on all the time I have ever lost. How fab would that be?

Hopefully, I'll be back blogging very soon.