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Summer time

As we are sadly at the end of our lovely summer break I wanted to quickly share a few photos with you all.

Rich found this cool chestnut carving on one of the walks through Grin Low and Buxton country park.

We also visited Poole’s cavern during our visit and got to see some amazing natural formations.

Sam & Emily got to enjoy a bit of Dino golf with Rich while I had my last couple of days at work.

Taking full advantage of my absence, Rich also bought them Nerf guns… Eeep.

Sam & Emily started learning a bit of crochet and spent a good few hours doing a pretty amazing job of making their first granny squares.

Emily grew two lovely sunflowers… these did so much better for not being in our garden, as it was hard for the slugs to find them 2 floors up!

The kids have also been super helpful and even made us all a lovely pasta salad for lunch one day.

We’ve played a number of board and card games, Catan, Star munchkin, Gubs, Ticket to ride, Pandemic, Risk etc.

We also got to visit Liz & Myfanwy which was so lovely 🙂

And on the way back from Wales we stopped into the Royal Mint too.

Then to finish a lovely summer we all spent the day at Lyme park. It was great to be able to visit the house again and spend a few hours wandering round the beautiful grounds and park land.

Christmas time

Christmas here at Tea Towers has been a little different this year – we have still managed to do a lot of our home Christmas traditions but because we’ve been unable to see friends and family this year we really wanted to share our photos with you all and let you know that we are missing you x.

To kick off the Christmas break a trip to the Krispy Kreme doughnut factory was a must to get hold of their seasonal doughnuts… these didn’t stay around for long!

Sam has been quite active in the kitchen this holiday making himself and Emily their Saturday evening meal each week.

Emily has enjoyed doing some of her Christmas Brownies activities, including making smores before having a camp out in Sam’s room and also taking part in an online Brownies Christingle service.

Sam & Emily very much enjoyed trying to work out who was attempting to ruin Christmas in the online Theatre production from Wrongsemble (www.wrongsemble.com/humbug).

Much baking of gingerbread took place this year, not only did we make our own gingerbread house, but Sam & Emily also decorated a gingerbread caravan from their grandparents this year.

Our street was very lucky to have a visit from a brass trio who very kindly came out on a cold wet evening to play carols as they weren’t able to do their usual concert this year.

This is Christmas morning before the present unwrapping began… it took a lot of restraining to get this photograph taken before they were allowed to start 🙂

Rich is clearly delighted with his present of corn on the cob skewers and I am also very excited in this photo with my ‘Wooloo’ Pokemon toy.

We all really enjoyed eating our traditional turkey dinner, mmmm pigs in blankets 🙂

The weather has just turned quite Christmasy over the last few days in Sale, we’ve had two days of morning snow and the kids have had a great time having snowball fights and building a large number of snow people.

We really hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas, that you are all safe and well and that one day soon we’ll get to see you x

Cake & Birthdays

After a lovely Summer break at home we’ve been busy getting back to school and celebrating two exciting Birthdays.

Sam started at his new high school in September and has really been enjoying getting himself there and back and being more independent. He is also happy to be with a good few local friends and has lots of nice teachers as well. Emily is up to year 4 now and has settled back in fine after the long lock down break. She is very happy to be back with her friends who she really missed and seems to be really enjoying her time in class.

Early on in the term we went off to explore the Yorkshire sculpture park and had a great time there. This was obviously my favourite sculpture… made me feel a little thirst though.

Richard quite enjoyed these ones and couldn’t resist framing his face.

For Emily’s Birthday we went to a local bowling alley which we had completely to ourselves for most of the time. It was good to be out but strange to be there by ourselves and having to wear our masks.

Emily wanted a Kirby Birthday cake so this is what Rich and I managed to come up with.

For Sam’s Birthday trip we headed out to the Dino Golf and had a great time together there (thankfully not getting too wet!).

I managed to convince Sam that this chocolate box type cake would be better than the very tricky hat space ship that he wanted doing from the game Mario Odyssey… it turned out very tasty 🙂

Last quick photo – Emily with the Autumn bouquet that she gathered for her daddy.

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.