Catching up; life without broadband is occasionally complex but rather liberating 🙂
Yesterday had a different feel but was nonetheless pleasant. We pottered in the morning, took Fran and Abbie to the museum for a workshop in the pm (while Max took the others to do a museum box) and then went to Exmouth in the evening, to do beach stuff. Girls insisted on being in swimsuits at 8pm, as Flickr will testify! It was a lovely evening; Amelie had us in stitches because she stood in the middle of the sandcastle they built, organising the workforce, sorting out where she wanted walls and trenches and spotting weak spots. She’s definitely management material! 😆
The visit to Exmouth had a remarkable effect too as earlier in the evening i had tripped coming down stairs, fallen the last two steps and ended up in the porch, in agony, with a rapidly ballooning and bruising foot. Max said his dad swore by the healing powers of Exmouth water so i stood in it and today the foot was virtually fixed 🙂
Maddy has been making us laugh too; in the pub on Sunday night she asked for a pudding. They don’t do puddings, we told her… “hmmmm…. they must do, because that spoon and fork is for puddings!” (Gotcha) Then yesterday i told her not to play with her food and she said “I’m not playing with my food, i’m playing with my fork.” (Okay, fair point.) She has had a couple of wobblies over sand in her clothes and something else sensory too but also loved the feeling of wind when she stood up on top of a rock the other day. She spread her arms and closed her arms and just melted into it.
Today started with what is essentially unbloggable because its not my history to share, but although the visit was a very intense and emotional experience, its was also a very precious and positive and i’m so glad we did it. I was very proud of my girls for how they handled a really quite grown up moment too. Not intentionally obtuse, i apologise to those reading, but i want to record the moment for myself and us.
After that we went to Grimspound a (not sure which actually but…) Iron or Stone or Bronze age settlement on the side of a hill. Max and i have been before and had a cup of tea in one of the stone houses; today we found that our prolific child creating years meant we had to move up from our previous Grimspound starter home to one of the larger family accommodation sizes 🙂 Photos to follow! We had lunch in our little house before climbing the Tor above but were Letterbox unlucky.
Drove around a bit, visited Postbridge, another favourite, for afternoon tea then went off to Saddle Tor after a tip-off in a visitors centre. 😀 Saddle Tor did indeed turn out to be a Letterbox haven; all the girls managed to find several, most of which had been placed by children, and came home with about another 15 stamps in their pads. Its amazing how much fun you can have with a pen, an ink pad and a load of liberally sprinkled tupperware!
Fran is amazing us – she has suddenly turned into a voracious reader; still mainly simplish readers but she is just doing it constantly. I keep tripping over her walking along reading or brushing her teeth while reading. I bought her 3 new books yesterday and hse has cracked them already!