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What will I do when they don’t want to spend time with me anymore because it’s TOO BORING……

Thankfully that day at the moment seems a long time off!!

Long may it all last!

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Cowes

It was summer. No really, it was. The sun shone, there was no rain and we all moaned about how hot it was. So that was that then. In amongst the sunny days there has been the evidence of urchins who have been to visit. And learned to ride bikes.

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Lessons

We had them to stay for a couple of days whilst their parents selfishly went away for a much deserved break!

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Urchins

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Slip sliding away

What larks we had…

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Larks

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End of the cone

A fun time was had by all. They then reappeared a week later…

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Boys

And all was going swimmingly until some one (not the next one) was caught weeing in the pool…..

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Washing basket swimming

Well, boys will be boys…

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Homegrown

There is nothing better than a glut in the veg and fruit beds. It allows for creativity in working out just what to do with those marrow sized courgettes or 50 lettuces which all need to be picked at the same time. Happily this weekend’s glut was several pounds of strawberries which the small people took great delight in picking and turning into a couple of pots of jam and a rather splendid strawberry cake.

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Jammin’

I love to have them in the kitchen even though things can get a bit fraught at times with arguments about who is cracking the eggs…

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Ready to cake!

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Applying the strawberries

And the proud moment of near completion

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Cheese!

And the inevitable conclusion

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The remains

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You’d have to be a hard hearted sort not to love a donkey wouldn’t you? With their woofly noses and long soft ears, not to mention their gentle dispositions they are a study in patience. For last Christmas we adopted three from the donkey sanctuary here on the sunny Isle – Daisy, Dylan and Doris and under instruction from Father Christmas they are duty bound to visit. Often.

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The Urchins do like a donkey (thankfully) and like the café even more for endless chocolate cake and drinks so it’s a popular choice for a visit. And they have little Shetland ponies too…

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It’s a grand spot, free to get in to and it’s got miles of muddy paths and space to run and test your wellies out in!

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Great fun and then time to repair to the café for the aforementioned cake..

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By the way and just in case you didn’t know, if you close your eyes then food tastes better. I leave you with Miss Phoenix demonstrating same…

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Ah the logic of the three year old!

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Bestival was its usual bonkersness.

I dipped in and out.

Drank cocktails.

Watched some very good little bands.

Watched only The Jacksons on the big band front.

Walked miles.

It was a colourful affair.

With bubbles.

Enjoy…

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I love these naughty urchins. They are the smileiest, silliest, most loving little people I know. Now that I can have odd times of the week off with my new job, it seemed just the thing to accompany them and their slightly frazzled Mama to Robin Hill for some fun and frolics…

Robin Hill here on the sunny Isle is just the place to run off some steam, feed the carp, get soaked and generally behave like children in the acres of wood and park land.

It is transformed into Bestival land in September which is in itself fab but for now is child land.

A lovely day was had by all – except that they think that I’m the same age as them so there was much up and down the slide and I have the scratches to prove it…

And of course there are those for whom butter wouldn’t melt…

I think we’d all reached critical mass by the end of the day…

Brilliant.

 

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I always think that it’s amazing that in the 13 years that I’ve lived here on the sunny Isle there are still places that I’ve never been to. Newtown is one of those.

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From the woods which are full of bluebells and wood anemones…

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…to the marshes which are the breeding grounds for all sorts of birds…

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We managed 5 miles in all and my target of 10,000 steps a day soared to new heights! SONY DSCIt was peaceful

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There were boats

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And all manner of interesting things to look at

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The village is pretty too and we did a circuitous route to make the most of it all

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We walked off too much wine the night before, too many chips and a bank holiday argument and felt much better all round

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And sometimes that’s just what you need!

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