Wednesday, December 29, 2010
He's been scything around the house most of the holiday, with wild hacking and thudding noises as he decapitates his victims. I was just about ready to explode yesterday as it gets on my nerves after a while, but I put my head around the door and what I saw stopped me in my tracks. Greg swording violently (obviously), Lewis laying on the settee with Miranda (dressed in Nursey outfit) applying bandages to various parts of his body....
Turns out they were involved in unrelated activities, but the picture was magic....
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Lewis has been reading many of the Morpurgo books himself, and is already a big fan. He currently has his latest book out from the Library. I have to be honest that because he runs around brandishing a sword all the time I'd assumed they were just a load of warrior nonsense...
I myself have been reading Morgurgo's 'Escape from Shangri-La' which Greg finished earlier in the day, and it's a great book. I'm trying to keep up!
Posted by jonboy at 10:41 pm
Monday, December 27, 2010
We had lunch in the main cafe, and what excellent and reasonably priced nosh it was too, even jugs of iced water to boot.
After kicking out time we trawled around Covent Garden and back along Regent Street to see the lights. Carnaby Street again was best for christmas decorations, and we had supper in the Masala Zone which everyone enjoyed, even Miranda. Food fairly good and excellent service...
Posted by jonboy at 10:14 pm
Sunday, December 26, 2010
"When it's peppered with pony poo!"
Lewis was most disappointed to discover that the Point to Point was canceled due to the weather. Everything is frozen solid, and although we've had sunshine and the temperatures are not that low, it's certainly not doing any melting.
The forest looks fantastic, but the animals are not too impressed. I watched a poor pony trying to get a drink, but sliding back and fore on the ice. It gave up in the end!
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Saturday, December 25, 2010
After putting the little ones to bed Lewis joined us for Cheese, his grown up remarks about food quality nearly brought a tear to my eyes!
It's almost five years to the day when I took my all time favourite picture of Mippy...
Posted by jonboy at 10:20 pm
Friday, December 24, 2010
Don't get up too early now boys will you...
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Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
She reappeared with a piece of paper "It's OK Dad I've made a new one..."
Ice Cream Parlour
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Anyhow today we visited the Museum in Poole for a change, and we had the place to ourselves. There's such an interesting range of things to see there. Greg was transfixed by the bird videos i the "bird hide", although the section about the Speedway track he also thought was fab.
We had supper at the Thai restaurant in Boscombe (Thai's Smiles) on the way home, and the food was fantastic again. I asked Lewis for marks out of ten - "Ten"
Posted by jonboy at 9:46 pm
Monday, December 20, 2010
So whilst Mum was in Waitrose we went to the Library to change some books. Miranda came out with 23, nine of which we have read so far today. She's still not feeling up to much so a few books were just what she needed!
The weather forecast turned out to be wrong, as we've had heavy rain which melted all the snow, but hey ho - such is life.
Posted by jonboy at 10:25 pm
Sunday, December 19, 2010
I thought we'd better have this photo on the blog to cheer her up tomorrow, although I sense she's on the mend any how.
Posted by jonboy at 9:43 pm
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Miranda unfortunately a bit under the weather, but she managed all right, although she had a nap when we got back.
The road along the shore was sheet ice about two inches thick, so we may be holed up for a little while yet.
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Friday, December 17, 2010
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The house is all quiet and back to normal tonight as Gran has gone back to Wales after a few days here, I think we're all having an early night.
Miranda performed in the school production this morning, she was the Angel Gabriel - if you can believe it!
Posted by jonboy at 8:44 pm
Monday, December 13, 2010
We've had a nice weekend in London on our own, whilst Gran stayed at home with the kids. As we were staying at the Bloomsbury Hotel, we spent Sunday at the British Museum brushing up on our Egyptology as Greg is doing them next in History.
Lewis's card this morning featured a drawing of a Mountain Biker descending rather quickly, hence the title...
Posted by jonboy at 9:08 am
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Greg had his cello concert in school today. Twenty eight of them on violin and cello, must have made an interesting noise. I put some Erik Friedlander on earlier in the evening, and I asked him who it was
Posted by jonboy at 9:21 pm
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Apparently Mrs Cullen had given out the assignment and was going to write it on the board for them to write on the paper. But Miranda got there first!
So today it's Mippy blazing the trail...
Posted by jonboy at 4:05 pm
Monday, December 06, 2010
In fact this actually happened twice in one day, as Greg brought his English homework in to me this morning before going to school, very chuffed with his story that he'd planned and written. And so was I too...
Miranda I think gets enough praise, but I might just put a picture up of her "written piece' from the weekend tomorrow. A Clue...?
......wspnotm...thewos a lttw red hen
Got it yet?
Posted by jonboy at 10:54 pm
Sunday, December 05, 2010
Decided to go into Southampton today and were surprised to see so many people in their jamjars on their way to the Art Gallery. It was bumper to bumper all the way in.... wherever they were going it wasn't to the last day of the fantastic Bridget Riley exhibition. Southampton Gallery is always good, but the collection today was just fantastic. Not only a Riley show with old work, new work and loads of WIP sketches, but several other superbly curated collections of Modern Art.
We also paid a visit to the Maritime Museum, which is also fascinating. Main thing I discovered today was that the view of the River Itchen that I faced for a few years when I had an office at Kemp's Quay would have looked over the Day, Summers & Company Boatyard which built huge boats despite the apparent shallowness and narrowness of the river at this point. Although it's fair to say that some amazing superyachts are being produced here now, it's also home to one of the biggest (and fairly interesting to watch) piles of scrap metal in the UK.
Miranda's Munch-like picture from this morning, the subject is Raggy her Rabbit!
Posted by jonboy at 9:32 pm
Saturday, December 04, 2010
Main reason for the exhaustion was our bike ride out over the forest this morning. The ice thick on the ground despite heavy rain overnight - in place hard crunchy ice that was difficult to penetrate, in other place you could fly over the hard stuff but ran the risk of falling off as it was so slippery. Lewis had several nasty falls, grinding his bits 'n bobs painfully. A few times I thought we'd have to abort our ride it was so bleak, mist, ice, wind and rain - not a person on the ground all morning.
Nevertheless we did make it back the promise of a hot lunch kept him going, after three hours in the saddle. When we got back we had one of the finest lunches in recent memory - mushroom and butterbean soup, sweetcorn muffins and cake. All homemade.
Posted by jonboy at 9:34 pm
Friday, December 03, 2010
The snow is still thick on the ground here, although we're forecast rain overnight. It's been very cold and even the road along the shore into Hythe has about two inches of ice across the whole surface - very treacherous indeed. Normally it's just the bit of road outside the house that stays icy, but this time I think they have given up! Also still a deep layer over all the fields. Walking back across the playing fields the scene was just like the famous Frank Hurley photograph of Shackleton's fateful mission to the South Pole. Didn't have my camera with me, so no photo of my own!
Really sad to hear of the passing of Gregory Isaacs, who for one reason or another reminds me of that first term at Farnham Art College, way back when... at just 59.
Posted by jonboy at 9:58 pm