Sunday, April 15, 2007

Back Home




We had a lovely time at Ullapool. the weather was very overcast and windy for the first couple of days, but the last couple were spectacular- warm, sunny and still. We relaxed around the cottage for the windy days, just taking small walks down to the loch and into town. However for the last couple of days, when the weather was so nice we got up early and set off for some long walks. Emily and I found some streams and picniced by them while Malcolm and Jack did some big hills. It gave me a chance to spend time with Emily listening to all that teenage angst. I am so happy I am not a teenager- they really were confusing times as I remember, and seem to be reliving with Emily. I have spent today washing , trying to get some kind of order back into our lives before I go back to work on Tuesday. It was a gorgeous day here and so in between hanging out washing I did some gardening- just weeding and cutting back, but there remains lots to be done. I have the most spectalular camelia bush- about 2m high and covered with flowers. It is truly spectacular. Anyway I will post a couple of pictures from our holiday- one is the view from the cottage- every morning and evening a herd of deer would come right by the cottage and graze almost outside the door. The other photo is of a boat in the harbour off loading its catch of halibut.
Thought I would post this LO all about Emily at 14. It is all about her fluctuating moods.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Regrouping



Well, we are back from London, and have two days now to unpack, get washing done, and repack for our week in Ullapool. London was a great success. We drove down on friday afternoon, stayed overnight at Cheltenham- my first visit there, but hopefully not my last. It is such an elegant town once you get off the High St, fabulous regency buildings, parks and loved the pumproom too. We went to Stow on the Wold before heading off to London. Stow was very pretty, very cotswoldy- that gorgeous golden sandstone makes the buildings glow. London was very busy, we fitted in lots of sightseeing- The KYLIE exhibition at the V&A was fun, and gave me lots of ideas for scrapbook pages too. We also went to the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. We shopped on Kings Rd, Marylebone High ST (VVRouleaux and Cath Kidson were too gorgeous) and Covent garden, which is always a fun place to visit. We spent time on the Southbank- the London Eye- queues were too big so didn't go on. That wasn't too disappointing as Malcolm and the kids have been before. We went to the Tate modern and the kids had a shot on the giant chutes. Malcolm and Jack went football stadium visiting- Fulham, Arsenal and Chelsea. We ate at the Stcokpot on Kings rd- very cheap, and Wagamama at Earls Court. Love Wagamamma. So just before we head off I thought I would upload two LOs that were published in this months' Scrapbook Inspirations mag. One is the beach at Achmelvich, where we are headed tomorrow for a week, and the other is jack as a baby. I loved doing the doodling on that page.