Thursday, 12 May 2011

Catch up .......

Thanks for all your lovely comments about my 'Creative' post, I am glad you liked all of our creations :-)  Now I apologise in advance as this is rather a photo heavy post as I wanted to do a catch up with what we have been up to for the last few weeks :-)

The weather has been glorious here for weeks now, in fact I don't think I have ever wished for rain so much :-o  We have had around a month and a half of no rain here so our gardens and farmers fields really could do with some now.  This has however meant we have had loads of fun outside :-)

Above and below are photos of the Marina which we are lucky enough to have in our village, this is the one place where my kiddies never argue so we spent quite a lot of time down there  ......

We went to Scotsdales (a large garden centre) in the holiday too, I know how to treat my kids lol, mind you they love it there :-)  Middle Sweetpea couldn't help but give the bronzed chap a kiss, you can't take her anywhere!  Little Sweetpea wasn't so sure about him and kept chatting about the 'man with no eyes' all the way home.

The kiddies have been playing in a den they have created in the field bank.  They have since made a little picket fence along the bottom of it and they spend a few hours together making a flag for it.

Much fun was had with the amazing amount of dandelions that popped up this year.   Little Sweetpeas hair even seemed to be trying to get in on the dandelion act :-)

They spent ages picking and blowing them.  I had to refrain from pulling up in the car near roundabouts as I had a real urge to photograph the hundreds of dandelions surrounding them - I didn't think the general public would like a view of my backside up in the air taking photos of them :-)  Luckily we found a field full of them !

We popped to my grandparents (the sweetpeas great-grandparents).  I couldn't help but take photos of my Nan Glynn an Grandad Pete's fab gnome filled garden .....

And we all just love their retro caravan ... in fact my hubby and I have lived in this caravan for a few months in my parents yard when we were buying our second house so it really is like home for me.   I think all my Aunties (my granparents daughters) have lived in it too at some point

Later in the holiday we had more fun down the marina, this time with lots of extra kiddies.  Eldest Sweetpea is at that age when he wants to go out on his own with mates so I have been having to let him go.  He will be off to College in September so I know the time is right but it doesn't make it any easier.

One way round it was the Marina, this did mean I ended up with a few more kiddies (9 one day) but at least I could keep an eye on them all and know they were safe.  We did have a scare with one of my Nephews who came to ours to stay as he nearly drowned, luckily Middle Sweetpea saw him, his big brother was sent to fetch him back and Eldest Sweetpea pulled him to the bank.  Scary stuff and that showed them why I was being boring and telling them all to stay in sight and not jump off the bridge etc!  I was just about to jump in myself but then realised Little Sweetpea would follow me if I did so it would have caused more issues, all was safe and well in the end - phew.

Little Sweetpea has loved it down the Marina too, it is so relaxing there.

Another thing she has loved is dancing, she insists I pop music on for her to have a quick boogy.  Goodness knows where she gets her moves ....

For the Royal Wedding of William and Kate (now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge just down the road from us :-)) we went to Swaffham Prior street party.  I haven't been to one of these since I was about 3, it was great fun.

A whole road was shut off and everyone came out to celebrate ....

Even the phone box got in on the act :-)

And my Dad here is chatting to a mate who is trying to look serious even though Dad was wearing a funny hat :-)

Then I saw this gorgeous Camper Van there, oh how I want one.  One day, one day you will be mine ....

Then on May Day we did our annual pilgrimage to Reach Fair where we met my parents (Mr Sweetpea had to work yet again - in fact both of us worked most of the bank holidays :-().  We had a lovely time but it was a bit nippy,  tea and scones soon sorted that out, they were being served in the little local church and we ate them whilst sitting on the church pews.

Eldest Sweetpea managed to win a goldfish whilst Middle Sweetpea got in a mood as she didn't :-(  We went out and bought a friend for this little fella the next day to cheer her up.  After winning him Eldest Sweetpea wasn't sure it was a good idea to win him as he was upset for all the fish left behind.  Dart & Spark (the fish) seem happy in their new home.

A gold star for anyone still reading and who hasn't dropped off :-) x


  1. Wow sounds like you had great fun and l love the caravan too.What a scary moment with you nephew glad all went well.

    Hugs Pat

  2. one gold star for me then x he he
    its been great looking at all the pictures that go with all the stories you have told. Oh and how big was that street party, no wonder you all had such a fab time. oh one more thing, its finally nice to meet your dad, hello grandad sweetpea x x
    ps did you see then earthquakes in spain x

  3. Looks like you have had a very busy and happy few weeks , love the pictures that go with your story.

    Leah x

  4. Love all your pictures! Such fun and sweetness xxx

  5. Lovely post - it's so nice to hear what you've been up to! I like to see lots of pics, and they are so beautiful.

  6. I read right to the end:o) It all looks so gorgeously English, countryside, street parties and even a red phone box! Luscious pics!!

    Kate x

  7. Gold star for me too ;) great pictures, I especially love those ones of little sweetpea dancing..SO cute!! x

  8. I read it all the way through and stayed awake! it was delightful, such lovely photograph's, thank you for sharing. x

  9. Great post (I managed to keep reading to the end!) and lovely photos! The street party looks great, it's nice to see everyone getting together! Looks like you've all been having lots of fun! :) x

  10. I read right to the end! Loved seeing your little girls, they are so sweet and cute. All your photos are lovely - looks like a wonderful family time with lots of outdoor fun and games.
    Helen x

  11. Hey Z, the gorgeous rose hairband came the other day and I keep forgetting to drop you a line to thank you - it's fab!!

  12. It looks like you've been having lots of fun, what a bonus it's been having such good weather. Scary stuff about your nephew, I'm sure it will have taught him a thing or two, hope he's ok now.

  13. Hi Sweetpea! I smiled all the way through this post. You have made so many wonderful memories for all of the sweetpeas so far this Spring! I loved the little hiding place they have created for themselves near the bank. My children used to do this too. I loved seeing the little one dancing her heart out. Oh you are such a lucky mommy you know!!!

    I wanted to tell you how much your sweet message has meant to me. It was a blessing to my heart.
    hugs from here...


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