Archive for July, 2013

July 13, 2013

Getting Away

As the weather looked to stay hot all week, the girls and I went camping for a couple of nights at our favourite camping place, Burnbake, near Corfe Castle.

It was so good to get away from the domestic grind, work and suburbia. There is very little to do when you don’t have to tidy up floors or process laundry, wash up dishes or answer the phone or send emails or listen to drilling, banging and radios blaring. Three of our near neighbours are doing building work and it was starting to drive me a little bit mad.

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So, the tranquillity of a campsite far from a road was a welcome change. I did nothing and the girls played. Then I read a book and they played. Then we went on a mega walk to Studland Bay which was well worth the journey but ended up being our longest walk ever at just over 7 miles in all!

Here we are on the outward leg of the journey. Miss Froo wouldn’t wear a hat so she was using the ‘parasol’. This is the view from the top of a hill overlooking Poole harbour

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This is an amazing rock that was in our path. It’s called Agglestone Rock and it’s a local oddity as no-one really knows how it got there

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The beach was a very welcome sight but there was plenty of digging needing to be done. Whenever we go to a beach with J he always starts digging a hole and last year in Lyme Regis he dug one so deep that when he stood in it we couldn’t see him! The girls still have a way to go to beat that.

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I totally forgot to take my swimmers so ended up swimming in my me-made undies and a crepe Novita top that I was wearing. Both dried out well on the walk back! My me-made wardrobe served me well: I only took two tops, a vest, a skirt and a dress and they were just what the weather called for. Has it ever been so hot in July????


Now we are home again, the building work continues but I am refreshed. Another bonus of camping is that it re-sets my nocturnal clock back to a diurnal one and I’ve been getting up at 8.30 since we got back. It’s quite nice to sit in the garden reading at that time and the day is very long when I don’t start it at 11am! I’m reading Simon Jenkins’ A Short History of England which I’ve borrowed from J. It isn’t a light read, unlike the latest Rebus which I borrowed from El Famosisimo and finished in a day. It’s great to have boys who buy books that I want to read 🙂

July 5, 2013

It Really Might be Summer Now

Last weekend we went to our first summer fete of the year. Miss Froo’s Rainbow pack (I think they are called a pack!) entered crowns fit for a Disney Princess into the 6 and 7 year old craft categories of the Radley Village Flower Show and Fete but she missed the day they decorated crowns from pre-cut templates so made her own.

It is one of those proper English things where all the entries have to be in their places by 10.30 for the judging then the public are allowed in at 1pm once the judging has been done.

Despite the jewel at the top getting lost somewhere along the journey, hers won first prize in her age group. She won a whole shiny pound coin in a little envelope!

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There were other craft sections, with patchwork, smocking, garments, knitting and crochet, animals made from a toilet roll and a handmade oar! Then there were photos, paper crafts, floral arrangements, cakes, cheese straws, quiches, eggs, vegetables, cacti, roses and foliage.

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The prize giving at the end took nearly half an hour as there were so many great entries and many won trophies of all different sizes, all named after either long standing  or fondly remembered members of the local community. Outside there were stalls and the ever important barbecue so the menfolk had their bellies filled with good meat. All in all it was a lovely way to spend a summer’s afternoon.