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Summer at home

The Felton family have been enjoying our Summer break from school by catching up with a few local friends and doing a few lovely days out locally together.

Sam in his year 6 leavers hoodie.

Sam got to go into school for the last half term and had his last day in Primary with a small group of his class mates. He really loved getting to see more of his friends at the end of school picnic and hopefully he’ll be able to continue to see some of the lovely friends he has made over the 8 years he has been with them.

Our superhero alter egos head off to the shops.

We’ve been out more over this Summer and have also had to visit a few shops to get in all the school supplies we need. Now I just need to spend a good few hours sewing in all the name labels!

Locally we are very lucky to have some beautiful parks and access to nice quiet walks like getting to wander down past the canal. Sam has enjoyed getting to sail his wooden boat that he finished making over lock down.

Almost too big now for both of them in there!

The kids have been really pleased to get to play in the local parks again now they have reopened. When we have been past and if it isn’t too busy they have loved climbing about on all the equipment again.

Tired, sweaty and proud.

All our hours doing Karate in our dining room during lockdown paid off as we got to go in for our grading and we all managed to pass and move up a grade. Sam & Emily are proud owners of new green belts and I’m still just about staying a grade ahead of them with my new blue belt πŸ™‚

First Warhammer model complete.

Sam has discovered a new hobby, he has just started painting the very intricate Warhammer models. He took a good few hours very carefully painting this first model and is deservedly very proud of it.

Dunham Massey

We are also very lucky that we have so many beautiful National Trust properties to explore close to our home.

Tatton Park

We have started trying to visit one each week and have had some great adventures in all sorts of places.

Windswept at Lyme

Though we have mostly been lucky with the weather we have had a few exciting sudden changes…

Wet through in minutes while exploring Lyme

Good thing we are proper Northerners now and always bring our waterproofs!

Yum! Ice creams at Quarry Bank Mill

And when the weather is sunny we have made sure that we sample all the ice cream on offer!

Tea Towers in lock down

We wanted to share some photos of what we have been getting up to during our time in lockdown. With Rich working from home and me needing to go into work on a rota to help look after some of the children of key workers, we’ve been pretty busy, but have managed to find a little time to get up to all sorts of things as a family.

Rich proudly showing the depth of his digging

One of our first projects was to relocate our wildlife pond, much digging was done.

Sam working hard

Pond successfully relocated

Pond residents settling in nicely πŸ™‚

Sam & Emily have both been busy with trying to earn extra Scouting and Brownie badges. We borrowed this impressive tent from a neighbour so that Sam could join in with his Scouting group’s camp from home.

Sam enjoying the immense tent
Sam enjoying his online scouting meeting

Sam also had to cook his own dinner and slept out by himself overnight.

Sam has also managed to earn his first two Scouting badges – one for Martial arts and an International badge too, as he also took part in an online Scouting international event. He is currently working towards his Naturalist badge and has plans to earn a few more as well.

Sam & Emily doing the clap for carers on St. Georges day

Emily has managed to earn one of her Brownie badges too – an Aviation badge.

Bottle rocket just before I got covered with vinegar…

It took three different attempts to get our bottle rocket off the ground but we did manage it in the end!

Emily has been working hard on getting her Archaeology badge and soon will be starting her Space badge!

Proud Emily showing off her new badge

Emily also got sent her Blue Peter badge for a letter she had sent into the show a couple of months ago with a picture she had done of our guinea pigs.

School at home

School is still happening, just about! We’ve been getting lots of work through from Sam & Emily’s school to complete at home and both Sam & Emily have been really good about working through it all each day (though they refuse to wear their school uniform to be at home!) Being at home has meant that we’ve been able to make a few bits more fun – Emily got to do a news report on our pet guinea pigs as well as building a model of a Roman Baths with Sam using Minecraft.

We have been spending quite a bit of time playing badminton in the garden as the weather here has been perfect for it recently.

Sam starting to get used to using his racket
Finding the clues

On Easter Sunday Rich set up a egg hunt that had the kids running round the house and garden solving clues to get their treats while I got to work on the very tasty roast lamb.

Gathering their Easter stash
Easter bunnies near the Brook

On our Easter walk we got to admire all the beautiful blossom on the trees as well as spotting two scooter riding bunnies.

Emily fighting the baddies with the Ring fit

Our Ring Fit computer game has been a great way to keep exercising while at home – we’ve all been playing it each week and it really works all your muscles.

Zoom Karate at home

We’ve also been able to continue our Karate lessons over Zoom with our Sensei. We’ve managed so far not to break anything in the dinning room (though Sam has bashed his arm and I managed to do an elbow strike into one of our dinning room chairs…) and none of the neighbours have complained yet about all the kiai-ing.

Emily with her lovely decoupage rainbow

We have decorated the windows with various rainbows including a beautiful rainbow dream catcher that my lovely sister Liz made.

Playing Pandemic

We’ve also been having our own go at curing a virus outbreak by playing the Pandemic board game with the kids… No luck so far but we’ll keep trying πŸ™‚

Guinea pig cuddles

Much love to you all from all of us at Tea Towers, hope you are all safe and well, we can’t wait to see you all as soon as we can x

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 πŸ™‚

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 cavernΒ  after a very impressive climb.

And after a bit of a struggle I managed to join my family of intrepid climbers πŸ™‚

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.