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Family camp – bee style

Last weekend Sam and Rich got to enjoy the excitement of Cubs family camp – two nights and 2 and a half days of Bee related fun.


Sam’s group co-operating to complete a tricky challenge.

Creating their own art work and sculpture.

Meeting local twitchers on their scavenger hunt.

Time for a little relaxing axe throwing…

Enjoying the great outdoors.

And finally time to get snuggled up tight as a bee in a rug 🙂

While all that was happening I had this little bundle of mischief to keep an eye on…

Book day 2019

It’s that time of year again, the time of year when my two decide what crazy costume idea they would like me to try and make.

Emily decided she wanted to go dressed as “Norman the Slug with the silly shell”.

She has been almost hopping everywhere with excitement about this costume and was so very pleased to get to wear it finally today. Not sure that her teachers were best pleased with having to help her into and out of it a number of times as having a giant doughnut strapped to your back makes it impossible to sit in a chair/wear a coat/walk around a class room…

Sam decided to be the disobedient dragon ‘Toothless’ from the “How to train your Dragon” series of books which he is reading at the moment. Unlike the film, the ‘Toothless’ from the stories is a green dragon with no teeth. With the help of some plastic milk bottles and plenty of paper mache and paint, I came up with a dragon hat (which I tried to make look like the descriptions in the books) to go with some dragon wings attached to his top.

Snow day

This week Tea Towers was deep in snow and so most of our local schools were closed.

Time to get on warm coats and pokemon hats and get out in the snow.

Extra socks were needed to cope with cold toes.

Though short of carrots Sam still managed to complete his snowman’s features with a handy apple.

After warming up from snowman building we popped over to a friend’s house for a quick snow battle in their garden.

Sam taking revenge for a vicious snowball head shot.

Emily ready to take on everyone.

Christmas at Tea Towers

The last month has flown by here in Tea Towers (to be honest so has all of 2018…) but I thought I would quickly share some of our festive photos from the last month…

Emily took part in her last school Christmas performance – “Christmas with the Aliens”, we’ve enjoyed hearing her singing all the songs leading up to it and in this photo she is standing along side another girl next to the Christmas tree on stage.

Sam joined his school choir in performing at our local Walkden gardens as well as at a local Residential home – “feliz navidad!”

We really enjoyed decorating the tree (and Emily) when Nanny & Granddad came to visit.

Much building of Christmas Lego also took place.

We managed to get our Gingerbread house baked and assembled without any collapsing walls this year

Many lovely presents were opened on Christmas day – thanks to everyone & Christmas thank yous to come soon!

Lake district adventures

We’ve just returned from a really lovely break away in the Lake District.

We stayed in Heaning in this lovely little cottage, one of three made from a converted barn.

We wandered up to Stockghyll force in Ambleside to admire all the lovely waterfalls there.

Careful there Rich!

Sam all togged up for his tree trekking adventure – he loved it and was racing ahead of me on the course.

Emily looks pretty happy here, unfortunately she turned out not to be a big fan of the tree top obstacle course though she managed to make it all the way round and loved the aerial slide at the end.

After so much climbing ice creams were needed.

During a wander around Grasmere lots of sheep were spotted.

Having a well earned rest from wandering.

We spent a really lovely day at Allan Bank – a lovely National Trust property with a really relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

While out looking for pumpkins around Allan Bank Rich wanted to point out yet another lovely view.

After much pumpkin spotting there was enough time for a bit of rope swinging.

Next day we made another trip to a National Trust property – this time it was Wray Castle.

We joined in with a shadow puppet performance which was great fun.

The latest local royalty enjoying their new realm.

On our way to find the Cathedral cavern we were quite amused by this road sign…

We managed to find our way up to the disused quarry – should have known it was not going to be an easy trek with having to climb up a tricky stone stile just to get on the path up to this sign.

The main cavern was very impressive.

Here is Rich and the kids waving down to me in the cavern  after a very impressive climb.

And after a bit of a struggle I managed to join my family of intrepid climbers 🙂

On our final day we visited an original 17th century farmhouse called Townend.

It was heavily wood carved by an earlier owner, I loved the room containing the library there.

Before heading home we drove over to Blackpool.

Sam said hello to the sea.

And we stayed late enough to admire the illuminations.

Last days of the holidays

We are coming up fast to the end of the holidays so I thought I would quickly share a few photos of what we have been up to here in Tea Towers.

Junk modelling in the garden (homes for ‘Higgledies’)

Hama beading with friends.

Water bomb making before an epic garden water fight.

Face painting with Emily’s new favourite game character ‘Higgledy’

Building Lego castles for their ninjas.

Eating sensible lunches.

Only healthy food to see here, honest!

Improving our crown green bowling skills.

And lastly decorating cakes for a hungry daddy.

Birthday BBQ

We had a really lovely day for our Tea Towers summer BBQ – can’t quite believe just how sunny it has been here over the last week.

The gazebo (once we managed to get it up) did a great job of keeping the sun off those enjoying the garden. We also had the paddling pool out which was very, very popular with all the kids who spend hours splashing and jumping in and out of it. Rich did a great job with cooking up burgers, sausages and tasty kebabs on the BBQ while various friends helped out with the washing up in the kitchen.

Thanks to all the friend who came and made the day so much fun.

Number of candles does not equal age.

We’ve got some lovely photos of the kids all jumping about in the pool – so if you want to have copies of any photos we have of your little ones just let me know and I’ll email them out to you.

Gardening at Tea Towers

Rich strikes mud

Rich strikes mud

Spring finally seems to have sprung here in sunny Manchester – and crazed with all the excitement about finally seeing the sun we decided to have a go at growing some of our own vegetables.

The first step towards accomplishing this aim was to mark out where we wanted to put in our exciting new ‘raised beds’ and then dig up the turf in those spots.
While we had been busy doing this Sam had been occupied with watering the flowers so hadn’t really been paying attention to what was going on. When he saw that his daddy had dug a big hole out of the grass he dropped his watering can in shock.

whacketty whack whack

whacketty whack whack

After much digging and turf removing both Rich and myself were worn out. Time to call in the professionals we thought.

Very kindly Eric had already put together some simple frames for our raised bed and brought them round to hopefully fit our recently dug holes.

Phase II involves us visiting a gardening centre and doing a bit of shopping for hardy vegetables so hopefully we’ll have some exciting ‘veg growing’ photos to show you all soon…