Posts Tagged ‘family’

Sunny Easter

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

I was woken up in the night by the sound of rain hammering against the window. When I got up in the morning, it was still raining. Everything looked wet and green and rainy. It seemed odd. It must be so long since it’s rained that I’ve forgotten what it’s like. But there’s always a silver lining to everything, so the saying goes, so I expect the gardens and the farmers needed some rain.

The weather forecast for Easter wasn’t very good, but fortunately it was wrong. The weather was gorgeous. It was warm and sunny on Sunday and on the Bank Holiday Monday.

On the Monday I went out to a family get together. When I set off in the morning, there was a lot of mist around, but that soon burned off and there was a lovely blue sky. After lunch, we sat out in the garden to relax and chat and have a cup of tea. It’s a beautiful garden with a big lawn with a low wall across it separating two levels. It looks very pretty, and much more interesting than a large expanse of lawn and the youngest member of the family, who is nearly two, discovered walking on walls!

I spent some of the afternoon holding his hand while he walked along the wall, up a step and along to the end, then jumped off. Then he ran back to the beginning saying ‘more jump’. It was fun. I loved seeing his enjoyment of what he was doing. It was a good day.

Home Made Lemonade

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

Yesterday I went to a gathering of family and friends with a ‘Bring and Share’ lunch. I wanted to take something refreshing and a bit different to drink, so I decided to make some home made lemonade.

I learnt how to make it at my first Cookery Lesson, a new subject for me when I moved on to Senior School. I haven’t made it for quite a while, and didn’t have a recipe, so I had to rely on my memory, so I wasn’t sure if it would work, but I bought the lemons and had a go. I guessed and tasted until I thought it was right, and it tasted good. I took a pretty glass jug with me to make it look good.

At first it was only me who had some, other people going for the fizzy bottled lemonade. So I asked people if they had tried it. When they heard it was home made, they were very interested and tried it, and said it was very good. Then others hearing that, wanted to try it too, and soon they were asking if there was any more.

I refilled the jug, but before long it was all gone. Everyone who tried it really liked it, so that was definitely a success! I must make it more often! It’s very easy to make and is very refreshing with a sweetness and tangyness. Let me know if you’d like the recipe.

Sea, Sun and Snow

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m living in the wrong place.
I love the sea and being at the seaside, but I live miles away from it.
But as well as living in the wrong part of this country, I think I’m even in the wrong country!
When I look through other people’s photos on Flickr, the ones that I really like and mark as favourites, are the ones with deep blue skies, and pretty coloured buildings. Here in England, our skies are pale blue or grey, and the buildings are stone or brick. Not so bright or happy looking. But there isn’t much I can do about it, as my house, my job and my family are all here, so this is the right place for me to be.
I did manage to have a few sunny days at the seaside earlier this year, but wasn’t able to go again later in the summer because of the awful weather. Perhaps next year I’ll be able to enjoy walking along the beach and listening to the waves.
Our climate and weather does have some advantages though – this evening when I came out of work it was snowing! Lovely fluffy white snowflakes falling thick and fast. It didn’t settle as the ground was too wet, but it is expected to become colder, so if it carries on snowing, I could wake up to a beautiful white world in the morning.

Chesil Beach in Dorset

Chesil Beach in Dorset